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Garden Gifts

Garden gifts of corn! Bring that outdoor garden gift of corn into the kitchen and see what happens.

When the garden gives too much corn, the kids make corn(y) food art. The art projects started simple enough with my 10-year-old daughter crafting corn people with vegetable faces. Her seven-year-old brother seemed disinterested; he appeared happy sticking thumb tacks into two old finger-potatoes.

But when his sister unwittingly left the room…Attack!

Her corn people were taken hostage with a potato gun! Would she ever see them again?!

Of course she would. I,the food art, corn police, was standing right there mixing up the cornbread. Keep reading to see the happy smile of Mrs. Corn upon the safe return of her kidnapped son. Also get an easy cornbread recipe. But the best of all?

Get a scrumptious breakfast recipe for blueberry croissant puff. Croissant in a garden-gift-of-corn post? The cornbread recipe made too much for my little family so I used cornbread instead of croissants. – Terrific…and practical. And these puffs look so pretty and taste so light and sweet that I’ll serve them to special guests as a dinner dessert.

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Need A Fast, Healthy Breakfast For Kids? Try Homemade Breakfast Cookies

For the past couple of months, my children’s choice for breakfast has been breakfast bars. You know, those foil-packaged rectangles of oats and mystery fruit. The box lauds them as nutritious, and comparing them to Fruit Loops or Cocoa Krispies they’re probably superior if served with a multi-vitamin. I originally bought them as car snacks for road trips. But they traveled into the kitchen cupboard. 

My children had been eating cold cereal or instant oatmeal for breakfast, but have since tired of these. Recently my daughter (9) is choosing to spend more time styling her hair than eating breakfast. In her last mad dash to pack her backpack, she simultaneously munches a breakfast bar. If I get her to swallow some milk too, I congratulate myself. My 6-year-old is the opposite. An early-riser, he’s ready for breakfast before I’m ready to serve it. So he helps himself. Ever his sister’s copycat, he chooses breakfast bars. I arrive in the kitchen in time to give him some milk too.

I’ve been thinking that I should be able to make a breakfast that meets our morning’s new criteria:

  1. tasty enough that the children will choose it
  2. fast to eat
  3. can be self-served by a 6-year-old
  4. nutritious enough that mom is not guilty

I found a recipe that meets these criteria in the cookbook Apples Everything by Jean Hill and Jody Littler. Click on “Continue reading…” for the recipe and rest of the story.

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How To Celebrate Life? Healthy Stomach Answers with Call for Food!

“Celebrate your life,” encouraged the sign outside the photography studio. Attractive images of healthy, smiling people lined this clean, store-front window. At this store, moments of human happiness were digitized and now hung large, still and frozen on glass.

I paused a moment at my reflection. Was I celebrating my life?..I guess so. I was here, up early, exercising in cold, fresh air. This chill in my nose, the sun’s light in my eyes, and the tired muscles in my legs said I was alive. Celebrating though? Was I?

“Yes,” I decided. How did I know? What told me? My stomach. I was hungry. I had not eaten in 13 hours. My stomach called for food, – not cheap, sweet or greasy food, – GOOD FOOD. It didn’t have to be gourmet or fancy. Plain and simple would do. But it had to be soon.

My body demanded nourishing food because my body was living and my body insisted it go on living. So many tomorrows it anticipated, all starting with today, now, in this living moment, not one of those past moments, frozen on a window. “Right now!” it said,”Get busy! Move!” My hunger within was large. “Bring on the food!” it ordered. I obeyed and directed my legs toward the kitchen. 

Years ago a friend, who is a physical therapist, was trying to encourage a nursing home patient to get out of bed. This patient had grown disgusted with living. She no longer saw the point in the effort. Cranky from pain, she just wanted to be left alone and grump.

“Get out of bed!” my smiling friend urged.

“Why should I?!” demanded the old lady. My friend thought a moment.

Then she answered brightly, “To eat breakfast!” And the old woman started to laugh…And she got out of bed.

Perhaps nothing so signifies a life in celebration than enjoyment of breakfast. What stronger way to affirm one’s life than to nourish it, – especially at the fresh start of a brand new day?

So in this spirit of healthy breakfasts and life celebrations, here’s a recipe for a spicy, low-carb quiche called Eggs Mexican Quiche. Piece of quicheThe recipe is courtesy of the Hill Street Bed and Breakfast in Spring Green, Wisconsin. This recipe is one within a collection of recipes and breakfast menus called Morning Menus, Inn Style, published by the Innkeepers of the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association. Each page describes a different Wisconsin inn, lists the inn’s signature items on its breakfast menu, and gives a breakfast recipe which put the inn on the Wisconsin map. Yes, I do believe that these are the special Wisconsin folks who know how to celebrate life in the morning, Wisconsin-style.

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