Healthy Lifestyle Ideas

Friday, September 23, 2011

Nutrition at the Schools

I'm very passionate about keeping tuned in to what's being served to kids at the schools these days. A healthy diet is right up there in importance with a good education. They go hand in hand. Neglect either and your child or grandchild will suffer. Please sign the petition at Jamie Oliver's website to help make changes to what the school systems are serving our kids. I've been on this band wagon even before the first Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution show aired.  I spoke to the local school board and have been in contact with the board's nutritionist to voice my concerns. We can't stop caring about this issue. There's been several improvements that I'm happy about, but if we stop caring, they'll revert back to serving more processed foods. I'm still battling the nutritionist over the flavored milk issue. Thanks!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kid's Artwork

My two youngest kids went to art camp this summer and I was so impressed with 2 paintings/drawings that I framed them. The theme of the camp was Pop Art.
My youngest artist is 6 years old. I think she did a great job and I love the button border.

This piece was done by my middle child who's 9 years old. The black contrast made it very dramatic!

Pumpkin and Watermelon Havested the Same Week

It was really strange to be gathering up watermelon and pumpkin from my garden the same week. I must have planted the pumpkin too early and the watermelon too late!  Today  I'm  making watermelon rind preserves so I can make this final watermelon of the season last into the fall. The first step to making the preserves took a while because I had to peel and cut the rind up small 1" pieces and now those pieces are soaking in salt water (a 5 hr soak). I can't wait to taste the final product. I've never tried watermelon rind preserves before. Hope it's good.

I had on a few small sugar pumpkins to harvest. I haven't had much luck growing them organically. It was a big disappointment.  But I took my small harvest & immediately cooked the pumpkins, made a couple of pies and froze the rest.