• Excellent Rollups!

    Posted by Cara deLigt on 12/12/2019

    A quick snack is always needed afterschool or before an evening activity.  A quick snack that is easy for kids to fix is rollups.  Using a favorite lunch meat and sliced cheese is always delicious. Lay the meat on a plate or piece of wax paper and layer cheese on top.  Grab an edge and roll.  Finger food at its best!  Using dips, such as mustard or ranch dressing, are also a great addition.  Enjoy!

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  • Great website to Practice Writing

    Posted by Cara deLigt on 11/17/2017

    I found a great website to help create and foster a beginning writer!  It's called My Storybook.  The web address is https://www.mystorybook.com/.  The students LOVE it and ask to create a story book almost every day.  It is free!  Which is AWESOME!  

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  • Quick Suppers for School Nights

    Posted by Cara deLigt on 10/15/2017

    If any of you are like me, cooking on a school night is such a daunting activity.  It is so much easier to eat a sandwich, chips, and drink a soda.  I found a website with easy and quick meals that everyone can help with!  I am so excited because it also has ideas for lunchboxes!



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  • 10 Ways to Exercise with the Family

    Posted by Cara deLigt on 10/15/2017

    1. Go for pre- or post-dinner walks

    Whether you head into town or just cruise the neighborhood, building a walk into your daily schedule ensures that it won't get put off. Brookline, Massachusetts, master Pilates instructor Lisa Johnson and her husband take evening walks with 3-year-old Alex, who alternates time in and out of the stroller. To make walking more enticing, Johnson makes a sport of it. "At one house we look for a cat sitting in the window, at another we run up and down a short flight of stairs," she says.

    2. Crank up the music and boogie down.

    Betsy Murphy of Coral Gables, Florida, holds disco nights with her four kids and several neighbors. She moves the furniture aside, fills the CD player with dance tunes, and lets the kids take turns using a flashlight as a strobe light. "They dance for three hours straight," Murphy says. "The older ones know all the words to the songs and really dance; it's hilarious to see the younger ones try to mimic them. Their favorite song is 'Brick House!'"

    3. Make a game out of household chores.

    Pretend that dust creatures are invading earth and it's up to Captain [insert child's name] to save the day by capturing them with his broom, suggests registered dietitian Juliet Zuercher of Wickenburg, Arizona. "Make believe he's one of the Rescue Heroes, and have him save his teddy bears from the slimy pit of the floor by putting them safely in his toy chest," she says. Jodi Arlen of Bethesda, Maryland, turns folding laundry into a guessing game. "It started when my daughter would ask, 'Is that mine?' and it grew into 'Guess whose this is!'" she says. After her daughters, 3 years old and 20 months old, correctly identify the clothing, they help fold them.

    4. Sneak workouts into other activities.

    Have your toddler walk instead of riding in the cart at the supermarket, and take the stairs or walk up the escalator whenever possible. Nancy Twigg of Knoxville, Tennessee, drives partway to her daughter Lydia's preschool, parks the car, and walks the rest of the way.

    5. Turn TV commercials into fitness breaks.

    Invent silly names for simple exercises like squats, push-ups, and sit-ups, and then do them together till the show comes back on. "Call them princess sit-ups or Bob the Builder muscle builders," says physical therapist Peter Kofitsas, of New York City, who does the moves with his 4-year-old and 20-month-old daughters. You can also play "coach," in which you take turns "ordering" each other to "drop and give me five," or "follow the leader," in which one person leads the others in fun, simple moves like clapping, wiggling, and marching.

    6. Have a weekly sports night.

    Every Wednesday, for example, get everyone up and moving. One game to play is the fit-deck shuffle. Create a series of playing cards featuring family-friendly exercises, such as bear-crawling or ape-walking. Each family member picks a card and performs the exercise pictured until all the cards have been dealt. You can also buy a ready-made set of exercise cards from FitDeck (fitdeck.com).

    7. Walk or run for charity.

    Model the value of exercise -- and of giving back to society -- by teaming up with your children for a fund-raising race. When her husband and father-in-law participated in the Father's Day Race for Prostate Cancer, Jodi Zielinski, of Upper Montclair, New Jersey, took her 3-year-old daughter, Noa, to watch them run. When the race was over, she entered Noa in the kids' race that followed. "She didn't win but she had a great time," says Zielinski, who hopes to make it an annual family tradition.

    8. Put kids to work in the yard.

    If autumn brings down leaves in your area, make a game out of catching them on a windy day -- see who can catch the most yellow, orange, or red ones, suggests Zuercher. Then rake them into piles -- give the kids child-sized rakes so they can help -- and have fun jumping in them, or take turns completely covering one another in leaves. After a snowfall, let kids help clear the porch or walkway, then see who can make the most snow angels. Older kids can help build a snowman -- and even toss a few snowballs.

    9. Team up for gardening.

    Kids are great at digging up dirt, so let them turn over the soil and help you plant new bulbs. Research shows that gardening is as good as weight training when it comes to preventing osteoporosis, and if you're planting vegetables, it can make them more appetizing to kids. Dawn Schwartz, of Livingston, New Jersey, has her 3-year-old daughter, Samantha, help water the plants. "She loves to mush her hands in the soil," she says. In the summer, set up a sprinkler to water the lawn and challenge kids to duck the droplets.

    10. Walk the dog.

    New research from North American Association on the Study of Obesity shows that dog-owners had more fun losing weight and were able to keep it off longer than non-pup-owners. Don't have a pooch? Go look for some. Somers, New York, mom Mary Rose Almasi gets her two kids, ages 5 and 3, to go for a walk after dinner by suggesting they go "looking for dogs." "Luckily, there are a few at the end of my long street. That's the carrot I dangle," she says. "It works like a charm."

    10. Walk the dog.

    New research from North American Association on the Study of Obesity shows that dog-owners had more fun losing weight and were able to keep it off longer than non-pup-owners. Don't have a pooch? Go look for some. Somers, New York, mom Mary Rose Almasi gets her two kids, ages 5 and 3, to go for a walk after dinner by suggesting they go "looking for dogs." "Luckily, there are a few at the end of my long street. That's the carrot I dangle," she says. "It works like a charm."

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  • Great healthy shakes to make and enjoy!

    Posted by Cara deLigt on 9/17/2017

    Looking for healthy and quick shakes that are also low calorie has been a challenge.  I did find a website today with all types of healthy shakes.  Go take a look.  They look easy to make and most have ingredients that we already have.


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  • No Fail Biscuits

    Posted by Cara deLigt on 4/22/2016

    I don't know if you are like me and make biscuits you could use to pave your driveway, but I have found the best biscuits recipe ever!  4 ingredients + 30 minutes = delicious!


    7-Up Biscuits

    2 cups Bisquick

    1/2 cup sour cream

    1/2 cup 7-Up

    1/4 cup melted butter


    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Put melted butter in a 9 inch square pan and spread to the edges.  Cut sour cream into Bisquick until crumbly.  Add 7-Up.  It's going to be sticky so have extra Bisquick around to roll.  Roll until 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out with biscuit cutter and put in buttered pan.  Place in oven for 15 - 20 minutes, depending on your oven.


    Take out and enjoy!  Biscuit heaven!  Goes well with country ham, bacon, or sausage.

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  • A Different Way to (Not) Dye an Easter Egg

    Posted by Cara deLigt on 3/23/2015
    I found a creative and interesting way to create Easter eggs without dyeing them.  Check it out and let me know what you think.
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  • Checking Out the Weather

    Posted by Cara deLigt on 3/23/2015
    Learning how to watch the weather is an important way to plan for each day during the week.  Sometimes the weather will go cold on us and catch unaware.  Watching the weather also helps us to plan our wardrobe.  Do we need a winter coat or just a light jacket? Could we wear shorts or do we need long pants?
    Here are 3 different websites you and your child can use to plan your days.  Watching the weather will also help your child learn words and vocabulary needed in their science class. 
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  • 11 Ways A Parent Can Help With Math

    Posted by Cara deLigt on 1/19/2015

    I found this website while looking for new math ideas.  It is an awesome way to engage your child while talking about math.  Talking about math will help you understand what type of math is being taught and will help your child explain the math.  Being able to explain any situation helps with communication with people. Being able to communicate is one of the greatest skills you can have in our world today. 

     Here is a website that can help out with topics for math - http://missmernagh.com/2013/09/07/11-ways-a-parent-can-help-with-maths/ .
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  • Soup for a Cold Day

    Posted by Cara deLigt on 1/19/2015



    15 Bean Soup

    1 package of 15 bean cajun style

    1 kielbasa with jalapeños, diced

    1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic

    3 or 4 cloves garlic, minced

    1 medium onion, diced

    2 or 3 squirts lemon juice

    Hot Shots from McCormick

    Follow directions on package.  While the beans cook, cut the kielbasa into small pieces (I cut the sausage into fourths and then cut into small pieces).  Dice onion and mince garlic.  Put the sausage, onion, and garlic into a fry pan and saute until onion is tender.  During the last 30 minutes of cooking beans, add flavor packet from bean package, diced tomatoes, sausage mixture, Hot Shot (anywhere from 1 tsp to 2 - 3 Tbsp.  I use 2 Tbsp), and 2 - 3 squirts of lemon juice.  Finish cooking and taste for heat.  Add extra Hot Shot to mixture to add heat.


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