Every holiday season I try and find something that I can do with my kids for them to see other’s needs. It can honestly be difficult to get them to see a bigger picture if it’s not in front of them. We have dropped off donations, given money to Salvation Army volunteers who stand outside our grocery store, shopped for kids who needed clothes and presents for the holidays, donated food, etc… but I can always tell that they still aren’t connecting with it in the way I hoped.
I stumbled upon a story in September of a random act of kindness and I still think of it with happiness. It makes perfect sense for me to ask my boys to look for ways for us to practice random acts of kindness. I am going to give them some ideas I have- like write a note to someone they love, invite a new friend to play from school, buy someone their next Starbucks order, etc. I know my boys will love this and I am so excited to hear what THEY think up.
I am off to look for a printable (or make one) for them to include when they do something nice for someone. Something tangible that they can carry to remind them to think of others.
From Justine: ”I used the smoker bag below last night and had to tell you about it – we have a smoker insert for our gas grill but I saw this bag at Walgreens of all places & thought I’d try it. I was worried about chemicals but it seems to be natural. I put chicken breasts (seasoned with olive oil & a rub) in the bag & put the bag on our grill for 30 minutes – the flavor was amazing & the chicken juicy & moist! An easy way to have smoked meat with buying a smokey joe!” Emerils Smoker Bag- Hickory
My friend Jill made this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad and loved it- I still need to make it. Will try this week!
Sarit emailed me about Planetbox – she wrote “I just ordered 3 sets of these lunch boxes for the kids and thought it might be something you’d like. Food safe, Eco etc.” I watched the video and it seems like a great idea. Would love to hear if any of you use these!
Kristy emailed me about the Cinch Tote she traveled with- “This was a great bag last time I traveled. It got a bit heavy when full, but I could shove it under the seat in front of me easily and it held everything that I needed while traveling with a kid. I give it a thumbs up and I used to work with the guy who started this company. He is awesome, so double thumbs up!”
My sister Holly sent me a picture of this Good Seasons Salad Dressing packet and said it’s the best dressing! She loves it.
I asked a bunch of friends who cook what their go-to cookbook is these days. My friend Mandy wrote “My new favorite cookbook is Dinner, A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach. She has a blog and writes for Bon Appetit. I wish I could say I cook out of it often, but when I do I love it. It is all about the family dinner.” I quickly borrowed this from our library and have about 15 recipes chosen for the next couple of weeks! I love the way it’s written. This would make a great gift for a cook!
Have a great week! And please send me any of your most recent finds- I love to hear them.
Do you get the Mark & Graham catalog? They have really great things and their gift wrapping is awesome. Can’t blog about what I ordered as they are gifts to be given soon!
Loving these Chooze shoes for my soon to be 2 year old although the reviews seem to suggest they are work to get on.
My boys are wearing hoodies from Tucker and Tate and they wash so well and stay so soft!
Received a sample of the first Tory Burch Fragrance and it smells so nice. Really light and feminine.
A friend saw these origami bats for a Halloween craft and I think they look great for a school or home activity this month
With so much candy coming our way soon, I liked this bloggers Healthy Halloween snack round up! Especially the spooky yogurt!
And if you need to learn how to draw a monster (my 8 year old needed to know!) this is a great and simple tutorial
I have been back in the kitchen and excited about cooking. This week, I made Ryan’s Bolognese Sauce- which made seriously 5.5 quarts so be ready! It was really delicious and my 8 year old helped me make in the morning and then we warmed it up again at night. The only change I make is I used diced tomatoes rather than full ones. I like dinners like that- you do it all and then can relax the rest of the day.
I got this email from food network about 50 things to do with Canned Pumpkin and some of them sound delicious. I am anxious to make soups this fall as I always INTEND to and never end up doing it! I have no more excuses.
With all the apples in season, I love to make America’s Test Kitchen Apple Strudel. It not only looks beautiful, but tastes amazing.
Hope you are back in the kitchen too!
seriously, if this doesn’t motivate you to exercise, what will?
c’mon!! This recipe for mini s’more pies is right up our alley over here. Sometimes I think the Iowa Girl Eats blog is peeking in our house for what we want to eat- her recipes are so good. I have made more recipes from her blog than any other food blog. Enjoy… this is a new staple for an easy dessert over here.