; Life is like champagne......: 2010-06-06

Saturday, June 12, 2010

New Dawn

My mother gave me this arbor three years ago and the roses are just starting to take off.
I will be making a garden and patio around it overlooking the rock wall, after I finish the big project in my front yard.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Salad anyone?

My perfect garden spot for arugala to grow. I sit down on the bench and pick some for dinner evevry night. This is the only lettuce my daughter will eat because as she says "it has taste".

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Baby formula sweetened??????

You have got to be kidding me! Since when does breast milk come with the choice of vanilla or chocolate? One company is offering just this for so called "picky eaters" over 12 weeks. If I remember correctly, they do not develop taste buds until much later so what you are offering them should be fine. What will happen when you start to offer vegetables at 6 months? Giving sweetened chocolate milk then trying to offering smashed peas will be a big difference in taste. Then there is the sugar being fed at such an early age when there is not a need. Let them get the sugar naturally from the solid food being fed. Just another marketing gimmick to lure mom's who have lack of sleep, who do not consult their physician(which i am sure would not suggest use of)and are willing to try anything to get their child to eat and sleep on a scheduled basis.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta

Pasta does not have to be plain in order for kids to like it. In fact, pasta can have even more nutritional value than before. But of course you do not have to tell your kids this, they may just like it for the taste and never know they are getting more from it. Ronzoni Smart Taste looks and tastes like traditional pasta, and now is an excellent source of fiber, calcium and Vitamin D.

I wanted to put the pasta to the taste test with my daughter. I figured I would add a few ingredients she like and one new one to get her to try. I sauteed shrimp in garlic with some cherry tomatoes. These ingredients she likes and will eat. I then wanted to try some arugula in it, something she has not eaten before and may be a whole texture issue there. I cooked the Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta according to the directions, adding it to my sauteed ingredients to merge all of the flavors. Plated it and added some Parmesan cheese on top. My hope was my daughter would just gobble everything up, not questioning any of the ingredients. The end result was surprising.......she immediately started diving in to her meal, eating all of the pasta, all of the tomatoes and shrimp and did ask what the "green thing that looks like seaweed" was but proceeded to eat it all! What was funny was she also stated several times she loved the pasta.......wow! I cannot say she has said this before to my other pasta I have offered. In fact, most of the time she did not finish the other pasta where as she gobbled up all of the Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, less than 60 percent of children age three to five get enough calcium, and the numbers decline as kids get older. Having Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta for dinner gives the nutrition they need and does not sacrifice it for taste.
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Ronzoni and received products necessary to facilitate my candid review and photo contest entry. In addition, I received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New Petunia for 2010

The newest petunia in 2010 is Pretty Much Picasso. Kathleen my knit buddy bought one for each of us. I looked at two garden centers and both of them were out.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Lithium Cell batteries and infants

You might think that the toys your child plays with are secure with the batteries inside, not necessarily the case. Check out this article here my sister-in-law passed to me.
My secondary thought to this article is the musical cards with the lithium batteries. How many of those are not recycled?

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

A new resident

We have a new resident under our back steps.

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