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Teen Icon Inspires Healthy Cooking For Kids

Posted on 16 July 2010 by noelskitchen

Teen Icon Inspires Healthy Cooking For Kids

There are dozen or more teen icons each of our kids could name off within seconds. Our kids happen to love watching the iCarly show on Nickelodeon. With as much controversy as there is with kids watching a lot of television, they can learn from watching their favorite tv icon. The  Today Show, featured Actor Reed Alexander, who plays Nevel Papperman on Nickelodeons hit show iCarly. Reed Alexander shares some of his favorite healthy recipes for kids just like him. Your kids can find more inspiration in cooking healthy meals by visiting www.Kewl Bites.com.

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A Recipe For Connecting With Your Kids

Posted on 13 July 2010 by noelskitchen

Do You Enjoy Reading A Good Book While On Vacation?

Our first day of our family staycation began with relaxing by the pool and enjoying a good book.  My oldest daughter and I started reading a book by young adult author Stacey Jay. I’m currently reading the sequel, “Undead Much”.  (I know, it’s far from the land of the cooking world, but it’s FUN!) The kids and I had the pleasure of meeting Stacey at the Borders in Santa Rosa, CA.  a few weeks ago while she was signing a few of her books that included ”You Are So Undead To Me” and “Undead Much”.  Stacey Jay writes about zombies. She gives us zombies and romance like Stephanie Meyer gave us Twilight with the vampires, werewolfs and romance. But the way Stacey writes, makes you laugh, is suspenseful and brings reality to what young adults experience in everyday real life. Stacey definitely connects with each and everyone of her readers.

A Recipe For Connecting With Your Kids
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Stacey was kind enough to autograph the books we purchased and spend a little time chatting with us.  I have always enjoyed reading books of all types. What I enjoy even more is being able to share my reading experiences with a book with my children. As a parent sometimes we can get out of tune with our children. I find that by reading the same books on occassion, we stay connected. It’s a lot of fun reading a book and doing our own book reviews. What we liked or didn’t like. My daughter and I enjoyed the first book because even though it has zombies, the author brings experiences in the book that young adults can relate to. How they are treated by their peers, emotional feelings they experience, connections bewtween best friends, old and new. It’s all there with a little bit of humor, romance, and mystery.  So far, we’re not dissapointed with the second book. If you would like to find out more about Stacey Jay and her books, visit Amazon.com HERE.

What are some of your fun ways to connect with your kids? Share with others tips for getting kids to read during the summer and get an “I Can Read Book” HERE.

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The remainder of our relaxing afternoon was spent by the pool, than later we lit the tiki torches and had a poolside dinner.  Here’s my recipe for Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.

Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, pressed

1 (15-ounce can) tomato sauce

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

3 Tablespoons molasses

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

6-8 hamburger buns (I make my own)

Lettuce

Tomato slices

Directions:

In a slow cooker on low setting, add the above  first 8 ingredients. Mix well. Add chicken breasts, making sure to coat the chicken breasts with the sauce completely. Cook on low setting for 8 hours. At 6 hours, with a knife, shred the chicken. Cook for the reaining 2 hours.  I like to use my Mix n Chop kitchen tool to shred the chicken. It cuts and shreds the chicken perfectly. You can find the Mix N Chop kitchen tool at www.NoelsKitchen.com.

Today is Day 2 of our family staycation. We decided to have today be “Kids Day”. This is the day where the kids get to choose what they would like to do. This is their time and is very important to them sowe’ll let them be in charge for one day.

As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen Tips.com.

Visit my new Amazon Kitchen Store  for some of my recommeneded appliances, storage and kitchen needs along with some of my favorite cookbooks and aprons to help you with your family meal planning. For high quality kitchen tools for your kitchen, visit www. NoelsKitchen.com

Would you like to join our growing Family Cooking Club? Share recipes and tips with others? Join the Family Meals Matter Cooking Club on Facebook.  

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 *“I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms blogging program to be eligible to get an “I Can Read!” book. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

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Friday Family Favorites:Spend Time With Your Family!

Posted on 09 July 2010 by noelskitchen

This week has been very busy. I am so glad it’s Friday! I’ve been very busy sharing posts everyday this week with my readers on a few Kid-Friendly recipes, and staying on track with a busy mom’s everyday life with family and househould duties. I have the whole week off next week and looking forward to spending time with the family by the pool, going to the movies, shopping and just having fun. We don’t have to go to some exoctic place that cost a fortune to have fun.

I have my Busy Mom’s Kitchen Newsletter almost finished and ready to go out on Monday. We’re talking about family staycations, they seem to be more popular now than ever. We’ll also taske a look at some fun aprons for the whole family. Of course I’ll have my featured recipe of the week, talk about family time and more highlights from the blog! Lots of fun and very informative, so you don’t want to miss it!

Have a great fun weekend with your families!

As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen Tips.com.

Visit my new Amazon Kitchen Store  for some of my recommeneded appliances, storage and kitchen needs along with some of my favorite cookbooks and aprons to help you with your family meal planning. For high quality kitchen tools for your kitchen, visit www. NoelsKitchen.com

Would you like to join our growing Family Cooking Club? Share recipes and tips with others? Join the Family Meals Matter Cooking Club on Facebook.  

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Kids Can Have Fun Making Fruity Snacks!

Posted on 08 July 2010 by noelskitchen

Put some sparkle into snacktime with these Fruity Gelatin Snacks!

Kids Can Have Fun Making Fruity Snacks!

Rubbermaid has these wonderful TakeAlongs Twist&Seal Containers that I use in the kid’s lunch boxes during the school year. They are small enough to fit inside of the lunch boxes perfectly. They have a  leak-proof seal which make them great for storing liquids and snacks. Plus, if you need to microwave the contents, the handles stay cool when food is hot. When the kids are not in school, healthy snacks during the summer are just as important for a busy mom to think about. Why spend extra money on those pudding or fruit snacks at the grocery store when you can make your own at home!

It’s real easy to do and the kids can help too! Empyty your favorite gelatin into a bowl, follow package instructions (with some adult supervision for the young ones of course), toss in some of their favorite fruit and pour gelatin mixture in. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. The kids now have an easy snack they can pull right out of the fridge. When their done, wash containers and make more when needed.

Recipe Note: Fill the containers with Fruit Cocktail, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit, Vegetables, Jello or as a special treat Pudding.

To get your Rubbermaid TakeALongs Twist&Seal Containers visit Rubbermaid.

These containers are very easy and economical when it comes to saving money on your grocery bill. Snacks for kids don’t have to expensive, but they should be healthy.

As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen Tips.com.

Visit my new Amazon Kitchen Store  for some of my recommeneded appliances, storage and kitchen needs along with some of my favorite cookbooks and aprons to help you with your family meal planning. For high quality kitchen tools for your kitchen, visit www. NoelsKitchen.com

Would you like to join our growing Family Cooking Club? Share recipes and tips with others? Join the Family Meals Matter Cooking Club on Facebook.  

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Kids Whole Wheat Bread Sticks Are Fun With ABC’s

Posted on 06 July 2010 by noelskitchen

This week, I’m all about kid-friendly recipes. I used to hear from my kids, “What can I have to eat Mom?” I solved this question by having a variety of fun little snacks to get them through their day in between meals. This easy recipe is one of them.  I make these bread sticks from my pizza dough  recipe and the kids love them! Although, I must warn you, they eat them rather quick. My suggestion, would be to make a couple batches and freeze.

Kids Whole Wheat Bread Sticks

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Butter

1 batch homemade whole wheat pizza dough

1 garlic clove, pressed

All-purpose flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.In a prep bowl, microwave butter for approximately 15 seconds or until melted. Add pressed garlic. Stir and set aside.

Lightly sprinkle some flour on the cutting board. Cut pizza dough into10-12 equal pieces.

Using hands, roll dough pices into 10-inch sticks. The kids can shape the breadsticks into letters or simply leave them as sticks.

Place breadsticks onto a cookie sheet and spread the butter mixture lighly over them.

Adult Help: Place in oven and bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely on wire rack.

Serve with dips such as pasta sauce, mustard, ketchup, or one of your kids favorite dressings.

As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen Tips.com.

Visit my new Amazon Kitchen Store  for some of my recommeneded appliances, storage and kitchen needs along with some of my favorite cookbooks and aprons to help you with your family meal planning. For high quality kitchen tools for your kitchen, visit www. NoelsKitchen.com

Would you like to join our growing Family Cooking Club? Share recipes and tips with others? Join the Family Meals Matter Cooking Club on Facebook.  

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