Hanukkah may not enjoy the same name recognition (or consistent spelling) as Christmas, but it is a fun holiday with its own family traditions. And gifts and chocolate. What’s not to like? For kids, the gift giving is a particular appeal, and one of Hanukkah’s many assets (at least from a kid-friendly point of view) is eight nights of presents. For parents, this can be a bit of a nightmare, worsened when you have more than one kid. You have to satisfy your kids night after night. Some of ... Continue Reading
Learn the traditions surrounding Hanukkah celebrations.
Next time you head to the slopes, try to make it an eco-ski vacation.
Skiing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the winter holidays, but you may be concerned about your carbon footprint. Many ski resorts rely on water-hogging snow guns, use tons of energy running high speed gondolas, and are frequented by gas-guzzling SUVs with gear strapped on top. Here are a few tips for your next eco-ski vacation. Take a Longer Trip Save gas and money by skiing for a week, rather than a couple of weekend trips. By making just one trip to the mountain you'll qualify ... Continue Reading
Going skiing can be daunting – for both children and parents. Follow these trips for a great ski trip.
For both parents and children, going skiing for the first time can seem daunting. But the potential rewards are so great that most families who ski together can’t wait till their next trip to the mountain. Clothes The key to your ski clothes is to dress in layers. Weather can change quickly in the mountains, so you want to be able to peel off or add on a layer. Wear one good pair of socks and bring a spare pair of socks for every member of the family. We swear by Smartwool ski socks ... Continue Reading
Enjoy a rich, guilt-free chestnut soup this Thanksgiving.
Around Thanksgiving, people always ask me how, as a vegetarian I survive a turkey-free day. With hors d’oeuvres, soup, stuffing, and 5 or 6 vegetable side dishes, I have way more food than usual. In fact, I could stop at the soup. I usually make a rich chestnut soup for our family gathering, a crowd-pleasing soup that is also deceptively easy to make. The key is to buy peeled chestnuts, in a can or jar. These are not the candied chestnuts, used in baking, just whole roasted ... Continue Reading
Head to a Halloween event at theme parks across the country.
When my older daughters were toddlers, my husband had a convention in Orlando, and families were invited. There was just one snafu. The convention was over Halloween weekend, and my kids wanted to go trick or treating. As is turns out, Disney World had a Halloween event, with just the right amount of candy and costuming. Throughout the year, kids dress up to go to Disney World, and during October, the theme park ratchets up the festivities, with special parades and not-terrifying Halloween ... Continue Reading
Slip a few vegetables into pancakes for dinner and your kids may think it’s a special treat.
Even the pickiest eaters can usually be coaxed into eating fried food, and if you tell kids they are having a special treat, breakfast for dinner, you can even slip a few vegetables in. These are not pale, insipid pancakes drowned in maple syrup. Corn pancakes, bursting with fresh kernels (you can use frozen out of season) are hearty on their own, but you can serve them with a kid-pleasing fresh vegetable salsa for even more flavor and vitamins. The squash or pumpkin pancakes work equally ... Continue Reading
Make healthy homemade granola for a great family breakfast or snack time treat!
Cereal is a quick and easy breakfast, but it isn’t always healthy. If you check the ingredients, you might be alarmed at how much sugar, and how little fiber, you are feeding your kids. Allegedly healthy cereal like granola is loaded with sugar and fat, so I started making my own when my oldest daughter was born. Mixing up a batch of granola takes very little time, but the baking takes awhile. Since we were around the house a lot of the time, I figured I could create our own healthy ... Continue Reading
Even if you don’t want to eliminate meat entirely, you can cut down on consumption and easily feed your family healthy vegetarian meals.
One of the arguments against vegetarian cooking is that it takes too long. While slapping down a piece of meat on the grill and throwing a few potatoes in the oven is undoubtedly quick, you can also prepare a few vegetarian meals that are easy and kid friendly. Even if you don't want to eliminate meat entirely, you can cut down on consumption and easily feed your family healthy meals. Vegetarian family meals should be green in two senses: good for the environment, and providing healthy, green ... Continue Reading