Showing posts from August, 2013

August Crash

That post coffee crash can turn a great morning into a lousy one fast. My solution to this is....have a second cup. August seems to be a very strong black brew and we all miss our tennis routine. We did 7 weeks of Urban Tennis, essentially daily lessons for the kids in one hour shifts by age group. Those not playing tennis would be at the park or doing summer workbooks. I pre packed snacks and we had a wonderful system. August has descended like a wonderful deep brew. The intoxicating possibility of sleeping in and having no structure is upon us. Kids all think this is going to be uber cool until week two and they are at each other. Feet stick out just slightly in the hopes of tripping another, bikes are taken without asking the owner (a sibling of course) and snacks roll listlessly into meal times. To add to the crash we are in the final push of finishing a home build, getting our house ready to sell, starting new schools and potty training L. She actually did number two in the

Otis Food, Recipes & Healthy Kids

I have been trying to be more creative with having our kids have less processed snacks, things like gold fish and pretzels that seem to "take over" our snacking. Some friends reminded me we do a lot of creative snacks already and I thought I would share those! I am always looking for more ideas. We also do beef sticks, cheese sticks and veggies with dip but these are some fun ones.  Zucchini Muffins 1 shredded zucchini, I shredded and squeezed out water from the day before. If frozen drain. Then microwave to get soft, about 2 min if raw, 4 if frozen then drain and put aside to mix with: 1 ripe banana 3 eggs whole teaspoon corn starch cinnamon & sugar teaspoon or plain cinnamon, or add savory spices Spray a muffin tin, 12 openings. Bake about 12 min or so until brown edges.   33 Calories per "Muffin"  Simple Otis Cucumbers   4 cucumbers peeled and sliced (even the youngest kids love peeling these!) regular vinegar, 1 cup