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Too much Candy!

Between two Easter Egg hunts, two class parties, and a visit from the Easter Bunny, my kids made off with more candy than they do on a warm Halloween night. It was insane.  However, it leaves me with two options.  I can either ration the candy high up in the pantry, allowing a few pieces per day with the possibility…

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A Balancing Act

I've only owned one other exercise ball since having kids.  They loved to play with it.  I have found it down the street, in the garden, they've used it to knock pictures off my wall, knock eachother down like bowling pins, it's been deflated, blown up again, drawn on.  I've tried to replace it for them with a big bouncy ball so…

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The Turkey Vs. The Cow

This post is for all the carnivores, or all those with husbands that think a meal is not complete without meat.  Do you buy ground Turkey because you believe it's leaner than ground beef? Think again. It can be if you read the label, but don't choose a hunk of ground turkey and assume. Ground Turkey can range in percent…

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Stashashios

That's how my kids say pistachio's, and pistachio's are the Roskelley's favorite nut.   If I'm feeling kind enough to buy a bag of them, they go crazy.  I would never buy the pre-shelled, or they would be eaten much faster. They like pulling the shells off anyway. The funniest thing is when they bring them in their school lunch, kids will offer…

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Colored Eggs

Every year I forget my kids like hard boiled eggs until we dye them for Easter and they become one of their favorite foods.  Almost as if they take on a whole different taste if the shell is purple. Almost like Lois Lane sees Clark Kent without his glasses and suddently she's in love.  To Lois, Superman is so much better than…

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Finally 5!

Hooray, ketchup boy is 5 years old.  Is there anything more un-appetizing than letting your kids decorate the cupcakes themselves!  I wasn't tempted after watching them lick their fingers and then spreading sprinkles and frosting on each cupcake. But then they don't even eat the cupcakes.  I took a cake decorating class last year and NO ONE ate any of…

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Vitamin C

My kids rarely get sick.  Except for a nasty case of cryptosporidium  ketchup boy got from Utah Lake last summer.  I threw up in my own lap on the freeway (3 times), while driving the fecal sample to the lab. This winter none of us have gotten sick (knock on wood).  I truly believe in the power of vitamin C to…

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“That’s ‘mister’ potato head to you”

The poor potato has gotten a bad reputation. So what if it's high in carbs or high on the glycemic index.  This is why I love them;  they're cheap, they're low in calories, they've got fiber, they have 25% of your daily need of Vitamin C, they are easy to cook, they are versatile (baked,  boiled, steamed, fried) It's a pretty fabulous food, packaged in a…

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30% Fat

I don't follow extreme ideas or diets.  I really enjoy a good Nutterbutter cookie, fashioned into a spoon and used to scoop Cool Whip. But most of the time I eat well.   However, doing my formative years in the 80's have left me a teensy bit fat-o-phobic. It was the "everything should be fat-free" decade.   The decade where eating…

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Peas

  Some kids love frozen peas right out of the bag, some like canned, while my kids won't eat them either way.  This is one I wish I had started when they were a lot younger.  Peas, a legume that is considered a vegetable, is a good source of protein, fiber, Vitamin A, B9, and thiamin. At least the kids on "Hip…

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