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Share Our Holiday Table: A Season of Sharing With Others

Posted on 09 November 2011 by noelskitchen

At our most recent PTC meeting at the school, one of the topics on the adgenda was Holiday Meals for Families in need. This time of year has always been inspiring to me to start thinking about ways our family could continue to help other family’s, our community and write more about my passion for sharing family meals with others!

One of the ways I’m excited to participate again this year is join in Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry to help raise awareness childhood hunger in the U.S. during this critical holiday season. I couldn’t think of a better cause to donate my time to.

I have to admit, I’m not quite sure about the details and how exactly it will all happen, but throughout the holiday season,  I’ll be committing to writing about sharing a family meal “hopefully” almost everyday. At first I was a little worried about working full-time outside the home, and not having that extra time to sit and write about one specific topic everyday much less come up with individual posts. But family meal sharing is my passion, so I’m going to give it a try.

Share A Family Meal With A Family This Season

During my Share Our Holiday Table Series, I will share with you new recipes, re-visit some old traditional family favorites,  and I will share ways our family is helping others this holiday season.  All the recipes will be “family friendly”. I will also show you how you and your family can get involved this holiday season in family meal sharing.

 Nearly 17 million children- that’s almost one in four – face hunger in the U.S., not knowing where their next meal will come from. That is a stunning statistic! During this holiday season, when we are all scurrying around buying gifts and enjoying celebratory meals with our families, I would urge you to take a few minutes to reflect on those less fortunate, including the 17 million hungry children. Please spread the word about ending child hunger, and if you find it in your heart, consider making a donation to Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry, no matter how large or small. Just $1 can connect a child to 10 healthy meals, and $25 provides 3 meals a day for a child for 3 months.  Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry helped provide 4.5 million more meals to needy children in 2009.

I hope you enjoy my Share Our Holiday Table Series, but even more importantly, I hope you will help spread the word on childhood hunger so we can help solve this crisis together. If you want to tweet about this campaign, please use this hashtag #NoKidHungry.

I am so pleased to be able to provide community service, recipes and sharing family meals with you, knowing that it is in support of such a worthy cause.

Coming Up Next: No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake…Yum!

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Jamie Oliver’s Food Resolution Wakes Up Los Angeles Schools

Posted on 13 April 2011 by noelskitchen

Last April, I shared with you a post called Nutrition In The Schools:Is It A Reality Check Or Just Drama? I discussed an interesting article I read after Food Network Chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution  aired where Jamie tackled Huntington, West Virginia in his first attempt to bring awareness to the US on nutrition in the schools and childhood obesity. Jamie Oliver is back and he’s bringing his game on to tackle Los Angeles Schools In case you missed the episode last night, you can watch it HERE. Grab everyone in your family and watch it together.  Then talk about it. This is a great family topic of discussion to have with your kids. There is great value in educating yourself and your children to have a healthier lifestyle.

This is one show I think everyone in your household should watch. You may say it’s just another reality show, and you’re right! It is just that! Childhood obesity and poor nutrition is a reality all across the US. Whether you choose to act upon it or not is your choice but the fact is, our children are our future. Don’t you want to see them healthy and live a long fullfilling life? It’s disturbing to me that the concern is more on the fact that the Board Members in this show don’t even want to give Jamie Oliver the chance to teach the schools a better way to provide nutrition to our kids.

I’m personally excited Jamie’s back!! This time he brought his wife and four beautiful children with him. Jamie Oliver has this absolutely great visual way of questioning parents and viewers do you know where your food comes from? When he was in the kitchen showing those parents how beef gets processed, I had absolutely no idea about the pink slime.  Totally grossed me out!  I had no idea this is where they take the inedible parts of beef that are typically sold for dog food, process it so the meat and fat separate, wash it in ammonia and then grind it.  It is then used as filler in ground beef. 

How often do we visit a meat processing  wherehouse? It’s not something we think about. But now I certainly will!  Up to 15% can be added, oh and did I mention it doesn’t  even have to be mentioned or labeled.  The USDA says it’s safe and that the ammonia is part of a process, not an ingredient so you don’t need to know about that either.  That’s very disturbing! I am questioning the fact if I wanted to continue feeding my children hamburgers for dinner. Do you know what’s in your ground beef?  I hope you ask the next time you buy or eat ground beef.

Jamie also attempted to gather a bunch of parents together to show them how much sugar is in all that flavored milk. To give the parents a simple understanding of how much sugar is found in our flavored milk, Jamie gives parents gathering a visual in the amount of sugar found every week in schools was a simple number of 57 tons. The bus overfills with sugar as you can see from the picture below.

If you watch the show, Jamie also attempts to get a local fast food owner to change just a few things on his menu and the owner just doesn’t want to budge.  He believes his customers wouldn’t purchase a healthier choice of food from his menu. This just goes to show you, the value of eating a meal with your family at home versus going to a fast food place. Only as parents, can we make a difference in the lives of our children. Our voices need to be heard. We are responsible for educating our children to make the right decisions and guiding them along the way. If Board Members who are paid to have the responsibility in our school systems won’t do it, then it’s up to us as parents!

It’s amazing what a difference one person can make by making changes.  Jamie is trying to do just that. He has inspired me to share and educate those in my community and bring awareness on childhood obesity and better nutrition.  Have you signed the petition to get good food in our country’s schools?  If no go do it now. Click here.

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Babes For Boobs:Making Strides Breakfast Kick Off

Posted on 13 August 2010 by noelskitchen

 

Making Strides Breakfast Kickoff

It won’t be long before our team joins thousands of breast cancer survivors, supporters and volunteers for the annual Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk on October 17th. This will be my first year in the walk. Joining me in the walk will be my oldest daughter who is turning Sweet 16 the same day as the walk. It will definitely be a day of celebrating!

Yesterday, one of my teammates and I attended the kick off breakfast in Roseville, CA.  At the breakfast, there were approximately 100 people representing corporate sponsors, team leaders, individual fund raisers and cancer survivors.  Each speaker told their story of triumph over the disease or why they chose to get involved.

Bonnie, one of my fellow teammates

Once we signed in, we were able to visit a few of the resource tables for information, pamphlets, enter a raffle and the Discovery shop table where they were selling purses as part of the Power of the Purse Cancer Research Funding campaign.

Babes For Boobs

We are proud to be a part of a successful kick-off and are looking forward to walking in October.

I am also pleased to announce that $2 from every A Busy Mom’s Guide To Family Meal Planning E-Cookbook  purchased will be donated leading up to the event.  But most of all we would love your participation in the walk.  Join our team, Babes For Boobs on the day of the walk and have some fun while helping a great cause!

Click on the link HERE for the location nearest you or you can simply donate in support of my participation, by visiting my personal page. Together, we can save lives from breast cancer! We’ve raised $295 to reach our team goal of $1000! Visit our page often to view our team status.

Together, we can make a difference!

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Summer Brings Local Farmer’s Markets

Posted on 19 June 2010 by noelskitchen

Summer Brings Local Farmer’s Markets

Every Saturday throughout the summer in Nevada City, you can enjoy a beautiful morning at the local Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market is the community’s source for LOCAL fresh produce and music, educational demonstrations, face painting, and good old fashioned fun for the entire family. Shopping at your local farmer’s market is an enjoyable activity that brings the community together for food and friendship. It is an educational opportunity for many. You can learn directly from farmers and other experts about growing practices, crop seasons, and even cooking tips.

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.

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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Nutrition In The Schools:Is It A Reality Check Or Just Drama?

Posted on 10 April 2010 by noelskitchen

I woke up yesterday morning and read quite an interesting opinion on school nutrition and the reality show Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. It was titled Opinion: What’s Wrong With School Lunches? .

In reality, do most parents honestly know what kind of nutrition is being given to their children in the school? Do you actually take the time to read the monthly menu brought home by your children? Is it okay for our children to have pizza for breakfast and French fries for lunch everyday no matter what age? Is it okay for children in the first grade to know what a French fry is but not a potato? Or not know simply vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or tomatoes? Does a French fry really count for a vegetable serving?

In the article, the author states that school lunches are healthier than most people realize and that Jamie Oliver is trying to scare parents off from school lunches. If the author had paid any attention to the show, she would see that Jamie Oliver is clearly trying to teach the cafeteria workers, schools and America  how to prepare a simple meal from scratch that is healthy and nutritious. As a parent, I would rather have my children eat a stir-fry with eight vegetables and fresh chicken than greasy French fries and greasy chicken for lunch.

The author also states the lunch ladies from Huntington are portrayed as what they know and are stuck in their ways and inflexible. As a parent, observing how inflexible and rebellious the head cafeteria worker Alice is, I’m appalled. Rather than take the time to come up with a solution, she always walks away. If the school system is going to walk away from finding a solution on helping our children, than something is clearly wrong with the system.

If Huntington, West Virginia is considered a stout city in one of the fastest states in the union, don’t you think you should start where the problems are the worst? This state is just a starting point for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

This is a true Reality TV show that is educating the school system, parents and children all across America. In reality, how many people would watch something like this on the news versus a reality TV show? Kids are more likely to sit down for an hour to watch a reality TV show with their parents than a news cast. If that is how you have to teach people awareness then so be it. The author did not mention anything about being a parent or educated on nutrition. I was completely irritated with the opinion this author had after reading the article. The author mentions school lunch menus are designed by nutritionist and brown bag meals are not.

The author states,” if families watching Oliver decide to pack a lunch because they think school lunches are bad, it’s not clear they’ll be giving their children anything better.” As a parent who makes homemade lunches for my children, I want to ensure my children are provided a healthy lunch everyday including snacks. The way the author describes parents throwing together a “pre-made lunch”  from the store is basically saying without saying parents don’t know how to put together a healthy and nutritious lunch for their children.  I’m smarter than she thinks when it comes to making brown bag lunches for my children. I can pack my children’s lunch while I am making dinner or when I get up in the morning. I think a lot of parents seeing school lunches as an ‘easy out’ rather than packing their kids a nutritious lunch.

USA Today in January 2010 reported that obesity will cost the U.S. healthcare $344 billion a year. Hazards of obesity now rival smoking in the United States. Overall, about 31.7% of kids are obese or overweight, compared to 29% in 1999, also not a statistically significant difference. This analysis is based on the data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which is considered the gold standard for evaluating the obesity problem in the USA. Obese kids are at a greater risk of weight-related health problems such as high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes, plus they are at greater risk of becoming obese adults.

I know that people are entitled to their own opinion, however the author did not mention anything about being a parent or educated on nutrition. And just to make it clear, I do understand that there are some parents who are not familiar with what types of healthy foods, count calories, etc. but  Jamie Oliver and his producers are taking the initiative to teach people all across America just that. This show applies to a lot of school districts in this country and how parents chose to feed their children. Schools are supposed to teach children too. Why not about nutrition?

Sign Jamie’s petition simply clicking the badge above to save cooking skills and improve school food.

 I support Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. America’s kids need better food at school and better health prospects. We need to keep cooking skills alive.

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