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As a follow-up to my post from earlier in the week, I’ve been asked by a few folks to share an easy, quick pasta sauce recipe (or as it is called by my Italian family, “gravy”). The recipe I make for a Sunday pasta dinner takes four hours from start to finish, and is one that has been passed down through my family. I can’t share it here for fear of being disowned, but I instead will share one that I’ve started using recently when I need a faster version. It’s a very quick, tasty, super healthy recipe that you can tailor to your family’s tastes, especially picky little ones. Traditional pasta sauces sold in grocery stores are loaded with oils, sugars, and often high fructose corn syrup. To get something all-natural without spending the day in the kitchen, I’ve used this one, based on a recipe that comes from Weight Watchers. It goes quite well in Italian dishes, and you can put it together quickly and let it simmer while you boil pasta, make a salad, or assemble the rest of your meal.
A quick, healthy pasta sauce
In a medium saucepan, heat one teaspoon of olive oil on medium heat. Add two cloves of diced garlic (about two teaspoons) and saute until brown, 1-2 minutes. Add one (28 oz.) can of crushed tomatoes, stir and reduce heat to low. Add two tablespoons each of fresh basil and oregano (or a handful of dried herbs) and simmer for at least 10 minutes, and as long as an hour. Stir often to prevent burning on the bottom. Season to taste, using kosher salt, pepper, onion powder, or whatever is desired.
When my partner Stephanie and I had our baby last November, we took several classes in the months leading up to the due date. We found the information to be extremely helpful down the line. But perhaps even more important, we are still friendly with 3 couples we met at the classes.
Here is the CRYSTAL RUN HEALTHCARE prenatal class schedule., with additional classes added for Middletown and Rock Hill.
The classes, open to the public, first launched in April 2010. The program, designed by Crystal Run pediatricians, is intended to provide guidance and emotional support and help prepare expectant parents for the arrival of their new baby. ALL CLASSES HELD FROM 5pm to 6pm.
I have a habit of slouching. It’s not good and I don’t endorse it. I always try to remember to stand tall, with my shoulders back, because if I don’t I hear my mom’s voice in my head, “Don’t slouch over!” It’s such a knee jerk reaction. I think that this habit is hard to break, but just as my mom knew it should be taught when children are younger. A recent article in the Washington Post agrees and also says to make learning about having good posture fun. The article has great tips for parents and kids on how to maintain a strong core. Soon no one will have to hear “stop slouching!” anymore.
I have not so good eyesight. I got my first pair of glasses in third grade, and suffered the usual traumas. They were grey with a clear fade near the bottom. I finally got a cool pair in third grade, gold-rimmed aviators. I got contacts at thirteen and never looked back.
Sometimes I wonder if my condition had been diagnosed earlier, would my eyes be not quite so bad? September is National Children’s Eye Care and Safety month. Find out what you need to know in our feature article, “Eye Care For Your Child.”
Now I know when they are babies before they start walking there’s no real need for shoes - except that we moms think it’s just so cute (admit it you know it’s true). But now my almost 20 months old toddler has been walking, running, climbing, jumping, for almost a year, and well shoes are kind of needed to protect those cute little feet, but my thing is how much am I willing to spend on shoes that he will in essence be wearing for about 5 minutes in the scheme of things? They just grow too fast! Let’s see in July he had plenty of room in his size 6s, now he just fits them!
And we can’t forget the other side of the 5 minute shoes … trying to get him to wear them for more than 5 minutes! He’s very into doing things himself right now, trying to get dressed, trying to put on his own diaper (over the wet/dirty diaper), and of course trying to put his and everyone else’s shoes on – which means he just ‘needs’ to take off his shoes (and socks for some reason) to try to put them back on. Hmm wonder if I could duct tape the shoes on him? *kidding*
Saturday I took my boy for his third haircut, this one was better but … why is it so scary? During his first haircut he was only 12 months and he just tried to wiggle away from it, throughout his second at 16 months he was all out screaming and trying to get down (which ended up in mommy covered in little AJ’s hair), and now during his third at 19 months he sat in the chair himself and just whined and would move his head when she came near. I always wonder what’s so scary, yes the second time we used the buzzer on him, probably not the best idea, but still, what is so scary about a haircut? I wonder if it’s the sharp object coming near or if it’s that something comes off of them … things to ponder.
But the end result is pretty cute =)
NEWBURGH, NY – In its sixteenth year of operation, Summer FUNdamentals is a cooperative venture between Bishop Dunn Memorial School and Mount Saint Mary College. Selections can be made from more than a half dozen academic offerings and an equal number of sports, recreational, and arts activities. Popular options include “Cool School”, “Reading Basics…and Beyond”, “Young Scientists/Fun with Physics”, “Fun with Music”, “Challenge of K’Nex”, “Dance”, “Cheerleading”, “Recycled Yard Wars and Food Fights”, “Drama”, “Wacky World of Sports”.
Gloria Guilamo, a parent of a second grade participant said, “There are a lot of camps out there to choose from but what sets Summer FUNdamentals apart is the academics. It’s really important to my husband and I, that our daughter’s reading and math skills are reinforced over the summer months. When she returns to school in September, she’ll have the advantage of not forgetting all that she learned last year. It’s a very good summer camp with a friendly staff and lots of fun activities. We’ll be returning next year!”
For more information or to inquire about the 2011 program; please contact the Bishop Dunn Memorial School at 845-569-3494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
My toddler is now learning how to open doors, so life is turning into a game of ‘wait – where’d he go?’ half the time. Such as last night, when we got back from Walden’s Night Out and my friend takes AJ inside while I grab the bags. I see the door pop open a bit, then my son crying. Apparently I missed another round of ‘wait – where’d he go?’ my friend thought AJ went to see my grandpa in the living room, when apparently my little outside explorer boy was trying to get back out to me (I think more just back outside). What fun! Does anyone know of good child proof door ‘locks’ that my grandma will be able to work?
I always find it interesting to people watch when I’m out. I find it even more so when I have my toddler with me. I love watching people and how they interact or react around kids. One of the main things that I have noticed is that people more and more are losing interest in manners, and that they find it amazing that my 19 month old says “thank you” when handed something. Aren’t we suppose to teach and expect manners in our children? People seem to just be in too much of a rush for the simplest of things. You don’t want to know how many doors have been slammed shut on me while I’m pushing the stroller, or how many watch me struggle to get the stroller through a door then give me a ‘hurry-up’ look. I truly wonder sometimes just where manners have gone. Have we really just gotten to the point where please and thank you are rare sayings?