Mar 232011
 

Tuck Everlasting is starting at the Dallas Children’s Theater this weekend. I wish my kids were old enough to see this show as it sounds like it is going to be a good one.

The story takes place in the year 1870 and is about a young girl named Winnie Foster. Winnie ventures beyond her own gate and learns the powerful secret of the Tuck family.  Can she keep it, or will she be a part of it?  Told from a youth perspective, Tuck Everlasting addresses the concept of immortality and the beauty of the cycle of life.

Enjoyed by ages 10 and up; rated (YARD) DCT’s Young Adult Rated Drama (YARD).

Visit the DCT website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Mar 212011
 

I was browsing through the Barnes&Noble.com site because they’re having their Spring Sale Spectacular and a TON of books are 45% off! I came across their online story time page that reads popular stories out loud for FREE! What a great way to keep my kiddos occupied for a few minutes and enrich their minds at the same time. Of course, there’s nothing like one-on-one reading time with my kids, but this is a great alternative if you’re in a pinch. I’m so going to take advantage of this.

It looks like there are currently 10 videos available and they feature a different video each month. At the time of this posting, Rachael Ray is narrating the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham.

Check it out when you get a chance.

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Mar 192011
 

I’d love my family to eat 100% Organic and that’s ultimately our goal. It’s unfortunate that, as consumers, we’re still at a point where organic foods cost a lot, particularly in certain parts of the country. On the lookout for organic grocery coupons, I thought I would share some of these sources with you.

General organic coupon sites:

Mambo Sprouts – offers education materials, free samples and value-packed coupon books through email and in-store distribution; click on the coupon link from the main page.

Healthesavers – provides a few printable coupons for food, groceries, natural remedies, natural beauty, nutritional supplements and pets.

Whole Foods – lots of general printable coupons that change periodially

Product specific organic coupons:

Cascadian Farms – sign up for their newsletter and receive an initial coupon for $1.00 off; additional coupons offered via newsletter.

Earth’s Best – choose from several printable coupons

Stonyfield Farms – register to have access to several printable coupons

Horizon – click on the coupon link at the top of the page and sign up to get coupons

Organic Valley – bunch of printable coupons to choose from

Simply Organic – several printable coupons to choose from

Seventh Generation – sign up to access their coupons

Knudsen Juice – register to get an initial $.75 cents off coupon

Dream Fields – sign up for their newsletter and get an initial $1.00 off coupon; additional coupons offered via newsletter.

Earthbound Farm – currently have a quiz you can take to get a $1.00 coupon

Kiss My Face – join mailing list to get coupons and other special offers

Mar 182011
 

Hey Moms and Dads, here’s a preview of family friendly events and activities happening around town this weekend that I hope you’ll find helpful. Check back for updates!

Saturday, 3/19

Garden Walk: Children’s Garden Photography – Texas Discovery Gardens – Dallas

Kids Fishing Event – Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge  – Sherman

Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinics for Kids – Various Locations

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival – The Colony 

Spring Fling Luau – Dr. Pepper Star Center – Frisco & Farmer’s Branch

Stories Under the Stars – Nash Farm – Grapevine

All Weekend

Animation – Sci Tech Discovery Center – Frisco

Bugs – The Heard Museum – McKinney

Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China - Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Fairy Tales Castle Exhibit – Dallas Arboretum

Frog Prince – Dallas Children’s Theater

IMAX Theater at Museum of Nature and Science – Dallas: Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure

IMAX Theater at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History – Fort Worth: Tornado Alley, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure, Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France, Under the Sea, TRON Legacy: An IMAX Experience

Sharkarosa Wild Life Ranch – Pilot Point

Slappy’s The Little Mermaid – Dallas

Mar 182011
 

The twins and I met some friends for lunch at the Neuhaus Cafe the other day. I had their Cobb salad with turkey bacon and it was really good. Talk about filling. The combination of spinach with romaine lettuce, two kinds of cheeses (blue cheese and cheddar), along with a whole boiled egg made for a hearty lunch. The twins enjoyed cheese pizza and some of my salad. Although it ended up being an expensive lunch, I would probably consider having dinner there or do take out dinner because I know I’m going to crave that salad at some point.

We topped of our little epicurean adventure with a stop next door at the Pink Berry Frozen Yogurt place. Wow! Their mini at $1.99 is perfect! They let you sample the different yogurt flavors and then you can pick out 3 toppings out of several choices. Twin brother opted for coconut yogurt, gummi bears, shredded coconut and chocolate shavings. Twin sister opted for mango yogurt with chocolate shavings, gummi bears and chocolate mini chips. Mom stuck with plain old vanilla yogurt, although I wish I’d gotten the mango instead because the vanilla starts to taste a bit bitter the more you eat it and the mango was true to it’s first taste. My toppings of honey almond granola x2 and dark chocolate mini sprinkles were just perfect! I would definitely take the kids to the Pink Berry Frozen Yogurt again!

Check out the Pink Berry toppings we had to choose from:

 

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Mar 152011
 

This is a recipe that my mother-in-law shared with me. It’s a bit time consuming (not to mention rich), so I save it for special occasions, but boy is it worth it!

Here’s what you need:

l pound macaroni (I like Barilla Plus Multi-Grain elbows pasta)
14 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons flour
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
l bay leaf
l sprig fresh thyme
8 black peppercorns
4 1/2 cups milk (I use skim milk)
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
l teaspoon black pepper
l pound grated sharp cheese
1 1/4 cup coarse fresh breadcrumbs (you can use store bought breadcrumbs, but make your own in a food processor or blender if you can)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Cook macaroni as directed and drain well. In the mean time, melt 12 tablespoons of the butter in heavy saucepan. Add flour, onion, bay leaf, thyme, peppercorns; reduce heat to med-low and cook about three minutes, stirring constantly, to make a roux (this will help thicken your sauce). Slowly whisk in the milk until smooth. Raise heat to medium high and whisk until it boils, then cook about three more minutes until your sauce thickens a bit. Lower heat and simmer about 10 minutes more, stirring. Strain sauce into a large bowl (removing onions, herbs, and peppercorns). Add salt, pepper, and cheese stirring just until cheese is melted. Toss in the cooked macaroni and pour the mixture into your baking dish. Melt remaining two tablespoons of butter and toss with the breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over top of casserole and bake for about 40 minutes.

This is rich enough to be a main dish! I’ll usually add a side of steamed broccoli or other green vegetable. It’s also perfect for a big group. Enjoy!

Mar 132011
 

The Nash Farm in Grapevine, Texas is hosting its 10th Annual Spring Into Nash! event on April 2, 2011 from 10am – 2pm.

From their website:

Family Fun! (Admission Free, Coupons required for select activities)
Play Heritage Games * Pony rides * Meet Farm Animals * Milk a Goat * Tractor Rides * Water the Kitchen Garden * Horseshoe * Sack Races * Home made Ice Cream * Treadle Lathe * Milk a Cow * Leather Stamping * Jump Rope Making *

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