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grow-your-own mushroom kits

Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Kits

When we first saw these grow-your-own mushroom kits from Back to the Roots at Camp Blogaway, our initial reaction was, “No way.” You can’t grow mushrooms out of a box with coffee grounds. Er…can you? The answer is, apparently, yes you can. Ten days after we got our mushroom box started, we had an enormous […]

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Naturally Green Foods for St. Patrick’s Day

Green food coloring? Skip it! We want to show you how to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with naturally green foods. You already know how we feel about cake (yum!) and about artificial food colorings (boo!), and about how we made it through Halloween without food coloring. So you can imagine how we feel as St. […]

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Will the Kids Eat the Leftovers?

You’ve hosted a household of people; now you’ve got a house full of food. Everyone liked the meal the first time around, but will they be willing to give it another try…and another…and another? Unless you have extremely open-minded kids, they are likely to turn up their noses at a re-heated (and slightly less tasty) […]

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The Kids’ Drawer

Next time you hear the words, “Mom, I’m hungry; will you make me a snack?” we have a proposal for you. Send them to the “kids’ drawer.” Oh sure, there’s nothing wrong with making your kid a snack, but it gets old. Not to mention that if you’re solely in charge of the food, the […]

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Shopping List from a Six-Year-Old

In our ever-evolving efforts to get our picky six-year-old to expand his palate, we asked him to be chef for a night. This morning his job was to plan a menu and make a shopping list. Here’s what we have so far. Admittedly, this experiment is not off to a blazing start. That said, he […]

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Wash Fresh Produce, Please

Why don’t people wash fresh produce? Like, always. As a permanent default. We’re asking in part because we recently took the kids on a tour of an organic farm. As we puttered through the fields on a creaky tractor, the workers would hand us fresh-picked carrots, peppers, cucumbers, and other vegetables for munching. “You can […]

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Re-Thinking Ketchup – and Ketchup Alternatives

Is ketchup an ever-present condiment on your table? With all of the sugar (and often even high fructose corn syrup) involved, it’s time to start thinking about ketchup alternatives. Ketchup is Evolving True, ketchup is evolving. It’s come a long way since people tried to call it a vegetable. Some brands started by creating lower-sodium […]

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