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Russian Spice Cookies and the Magic Nesting Doll Story

Earlier this week my daughter pulled out of her bookcase one of her favorite stories, “The Magic Nesting Doll,” by Jacqueline K. Ogburn and illustrated by Laurel Long. Little Miss I first saw this book at our local library, but we both liked it so much that I bought it … Continue reading

Arroz con Leche and The Girl who Walked among Scents book

Today our cooking journey finally brought us to Mexico, where I was born and raised. I decided to share one of the easiest and most satisfying recipes with the girls: Arroz con leche, or Rice Pudding in English.  For this version I used two ingredients that might not be that … Continue reading

Indian Coconut Ladoo and the story of Ganesh

Last Sunday we had a friend from India hosting cooking class. She taught the girls (her daughter and mine) how to make Ladoo’s or sweet coconut balls. She said these were Ganesh’s favorite dessert, and so she also read a book about who Ganesh was and how he got his … Continue reading

Greek Honey Pie and fabulous Greek Myths

This week our cooking around the world class took us all the way to ancient Greece and their myths, by the girls request. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always been drawn to the Greek and Roman myths, so this one was easy for me to do, book-wise… … Continue reading

Chinese Dumplings and their story

This week Little Miss I went on to China on our cook travels to learn and make one of her favorite dishes: Chinese Dumplings. We were both pretty surprised on how easy it was to put them together; it is time consuming, but easy enough for a 5 year-old to … Continue reading

Giving power and a sense of accomplishment to my girl

Yesterday, March 10th, Little Miss I and I went to the post office to submit her official entry into the PBS kids writing competition. I had found this competition through a Google book community, and asked Miss I if she’d be interested in creating a storybook to submit. As she’s … Continue reading

Polish Paczki and the legend of the Dragon of Krakow

This week, because of Fat Tuesday, a friend was asking about where to buy Polish Paczki in town. I looked around and found a bakery, but then I also found a recipe online. It seemed pretty easy to make, so I decided to use it for my cooking around the … Continue reading

Indian Srikhand and Gobble You Up Book review

Last Thursday we had cooking class again. I didn’t post until today because Tiny Mr. A and I went to a conference in SD (lot’s of fun at #womengetsocial !) Anyway, here’s a very easy and yummy Indian dessert for children to make called Srikhand, which I learned during my … Continue reading

A surrealistic potty poem by a 5 year-old

Little I has been into poetry lately, thanks to the Jane O’Connor’s “Fancy Nancy’s Poet Extraordinaire” book. She has also been getting herself in trouble because of using potty talk at inappropriate times… meaning, anytime she’s not at the potty. She thinks it is hilarious, but hubby and I think … Continue reading