Archive for March, 2010

Join me at the Healthy Kids Fair at the Cresenta Canada YMCA

March 15, 2010

I have been asked to present a kids cooking demo at the Healthy Kids Fair at the YMCA in La Canada on Friday morning, April 23rd. 10 am-12 pm. I will share some quick and simple recipes and read a few books that tie in with the recipes. There will also be a hands on gardening time, picnic time and a time to plant and dedicate a tree. So come veggie out with us.

I will be making whole wheat pita and hummus veggie pocket for Katie No Pockets, Banana with peanut butter rolled in a whole wheat tortilla for Curious George, and a baby carrot pretzel butterfly for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Veg Out flyer

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Help Build the World’s Largest Rice Krispy- 10,000 Pounds

March 3, 2010

Such exciting news about the World’s Largest Rice Krispy Bar being built here on the field of our community center. I talked with the ladies in charge at the TLC network and she will be highlighting local groups and programs that are participating. I told her all about my cooking class kids. She would love to have them in the show. So not only will my class this month get to be a part of this but we will also be making zucchini bread, teddy bear biscuits, and stone soup. I’m rescheduling the restaurant tour for another session. Being a part of something in the Guiness Book of World records is a once in a lifetime chance. Then come back on Sunday and eat a slice at the Carnival. The giant bar will be cut and served as a fundraiser for the new community center.

I have just added an April cooking class too. From April 16-May 7th. We will make a special love gift that you can give a special mom/grandma in your life. The classes are for Kids age 3 -10. I hope you have a chance to join the fun.

4 Fridays in March,

preschool 1:15-2:30 ;  age 6-10 3:15-4:30 Please list any allergies.

2 fridays in April 2 fridays in May

preschool 1:15-2:30 ;  age 6-10 3:15-4:30 Please list any allergies.

To register call 818 790-4353 or http://www.cclcf.org click on programs

My Healthy Rice Krispy Bars By Request

I recently spoke at the Lake Avenue Church MOPS group. MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. It is a nonprofit support group for mothers of newborns through kindergarten. I have been in this group for 9 years. I have received so much from MOPS through mentor moms who have traveled on the journey of childrearing to prayers and hugs from other moms when I needed it the most. It was my pleasure to be able to give back to MOPS in a short cooking demo. I titled it How to get your kids to eat healthy and like it. One of the samples I made were the healthy rice krispy bars that I make for my kids. Some of the ladies wanted me to put the recipe on my blog so here it is. Feel free to add or subtract more as your family prefers.

Software: 3 cups of mini marshmallows, 1 Tbsp butter, 4 cups of whole grain oats cereal. I use cheerios (plain or multigrain), 3 cups of rice krispy cereal, 1 cup of dried cranberries and or blueberries. (I like a combo of both) raw almonds would be a nice crunch factor as long as no one is allergic.

Hardware: one large soup pot (a non stick surfaced one makes for easier clean up), butter knife, wooden spoon, lasagna tray or other dish with sides that can have hot items in it. one empty butter wrapper. (I save the wrappers in a ziploc after the butter is gone for these type of recipes), cutting board, sharp knife, tupperware, parchment paper

Procedure:

  • Take the butter wrapper and rub the butter side all over the bottom and sides of the lasagna tray. This will prevent the finished product from sticking to the pan.
  • AHN- Adult Help Needed to set the stovetop to med. low heat to heat up the pot and melt the butter, once the butter is melted swirl it around the pot to coat the bottom.
  • Add the mini marshmallows. Stir so the butter coats the marshmallows. Wait a minute or two between stirs so that the marshmallows have a chance to melt together. Once they start to spread out then stir. You want to avoid getting brown color on the marshmallows. Reduce the heat if you need to.
  • Once the marshmallows have no more bumps then turn off the heat and add the cheerios. Stir to coat the cereal with marshmallow.
  • Then add the rice krispy cereal and stir again. It will be hard but be sure to get the marshmallow evenly spread out.
  • Add in the dried berries. They might not stir in well. It is ok.
  • Dump this sticky mixture onto your lasagna tray and spread it out with your hands. This is the time to push in any berries that fell off.
  • Let it cool for one hour. After it has hardened up a bit, place a cutting board on top of the tray and holding the sides of the tray and the board, flip them so the tray is upside down on the cutting board.
  • Lift the tray off. This should reveal your perfect rice krispy bar.
  • AHN- have an adult use the sharp knife to cut the bar up. Enjoy. They will keep in the tupperware with parchment paper between the layers so they don’t stick together.