Late Winter Challenge

This is the last day to complete our Winter challenge!

Post below that you have completed the whole challenge, what were the best and worst moments?  Leave your email address and I will send you a link to a short video of some highlights of our spring break.

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Quick dinners

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Two 5 minute meals for a busy day outside!

 

Here is a secret from one mom to another: Nachos can be 80% veggies, and the kids will be thrilled they get nachos for dinner.  And Mom, you will be thrilled because it took less than five minutes to throw together.

I mix corn chips and sweet potato chips as the base.  For our brood, I fill 2 cookie sheets with a thin single layer of the chip mix.

Sprinkle grated cheese over top.

Saute whatever veggies, beans, and/or meat you have handy.  Throw on top.  Load the veggies on, if they fall off, kids will still eat them up.

Broil for two to four minutes.  Serve with salsa, guacamole or avocados and sour cream.

Our favourite combos:

Peppers, onion, chicken, olives

Ground beef, peppers, corn, onions, tomatoes

Black beans, corn, broccoli, peppers

It is really hard to go wrong.  And if you are all too hungry to wait to pre-cook the veggies, you can toss them on raw, just chop smaller and try cooking at a lower temp (like 350) for closer to 15 minutes.

Olive Chicken in the Slow Cooker

For our gang, I place a costco-size tray of organic chicken thighs into the slow-cooker.  Add 1/2 of a jar of manzanilla olives, with the brine.  I sprinkle some italian seasoning over it.  Turn on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Go out and play.

Serve with baby spinach salad, broccoli or baby carrots.

Enjoy.

Don’t let that dinner time crunch cut into your outside play time!

 

Less toys, More Nature

Looking for a toy that boosts your child’s creativity, intelligence and have a calmer home?  Go outside!  Save your money.

Yes, you read that correctly.

No toy will provide the endless opportunities for the open-ended play that nature provides for kids.

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Just get them to the forest and watch them:

  1. Climb over logs
  2. Try to build a shelter
  3. Listen for birds
  4. Look for bugs
  5. Jump in puddles
  6. Throw sticks and rocks in creeks
  7. Run up and down hills
  8. Climb a tree
  9. Help smaller kids climb
  10. Scavenger hunt for acorns, moss, mushroom, etc.

With a little encouragement, your little ones will find millions of things to do outside.

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No video game, plastic toy, or tv show can boost intelligence and creativity and increase happiness like being in nature (Louv).

The best part, leave the mess of sticks, rocks and leaves in the forest, and go home to your tidy home, with exhausted and happy kids… hopefully to a meal waiting in the slow cooker.