Amaryllis Joy

There’s nothing like a blooming Amaryllis to cheer up a long winter! I received this bulb at a Christmas party last December. I didn’t think it was even going to make it because I forgot to plant it right away. By the time I remembered I had it the bulb had started to sprout in the box and half of the bulb looked almost rotten. I didn’t think it would do too well because of it. Amazingly I had two shoots with a total of 8 blooms! I just love the coral-pink color!

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Whole Foods Battle Junk Foods

I came across a great website today called naturalnews.com. It’s always refreshing to come across others spreading the truth about health. With all the propaganda in our media, government and health industry the truth is rarely heard.

Anyway, here’s a cute little cartoon from Natural News you might like. My daughter and I thought it was cute.
Super Food Bowl Battle

Valentine’s Day Scones

image Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I found this fabulous recipe for Cranberry-Orange Scones at Epicurious (my FAVORITE recipe site) and just had to make them for Valentine’s Day! My daughter and I took them to a Valentine’s tea at a nearby friend’s house. They actually have more of a sweet biscuit texture than a traditional scone. I can’t say these are especially healthy but boy are they scrumptious!

Here’s the recipe with a few adaptations:

Cranberry-Orange Scones

Ingredients:
3 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
2 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. cinnamon
2 T. grated orange peel
3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/4 c. halved fresh cranberries
1 c. buttermilk (or regular milk soured with 1 T. vinegar)

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda into large bowl.
Mix in orange peel.
Add butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Mix in cranberries.
Gradually add buttermilk, tossing with fork until moist clumps form.
Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface.
Knead briefly to bind dough, about 4 turns.
Form dough into two 1-inch-thick rounds.
Cut each round into 8 wedges with a pizza cutter or do shapes with a cookie cutter.
Transfer wedges/shapes to prepared baking sheet, spacig 2 inches apart. Bake until tops of scones are golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.
Let stand on baking sheet 10 minutes.
If desired, drip glaze (made of confectioner’s sugar, milk & almond flavoring) over scones.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

Encouraging Creativity

image I’ve really been into famous quotes lately. They offer insight in bite-size pieces that are easy to remember and I just love that! Lately there have been several that have struck me so you’ll probably be seeing more of them on here in the near future.

Lately I’ve been pondering quotes about creativity and imagination. Here are a few that have impressed me:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ~Albert Einstein

“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” ~Beatrix Potter

“Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.” ~William James

In thinking about these quotes I’ve wondered what can we as parents do to encourage our children to be creative? Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
Let kids be their own personality.
Send kids outside to explore.
Allow them to make mistakes and even fail sometimes.
Don’t always entertain them.
Encourage playing and pretending.
Support them in their unique interests.
Don’t over-schedule them. Childhood should be spent in play and exploring not doing truckloads of extra-curricular activities.
Read to them! (Richard Scary books are great for encouraging imagination while building up the mind by rhyme)

Ok, now it’s your turn! I’m eager to hear your ideas! :)

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