Sunday, January 20, 2013

Endless Fresh Green Onions

I don't know about you, but I often buy fresh vegetables, only to find they've gone bad in the fridge before I've gotten around to cleaning and cooking them.  ugh.  I recently discovered the joys of green onions (scallions), but I rarely get a chance to use more than a couple before the rest of the bunch gets brown and soggy.  That is...until I stumbled upon this great little tidbit.  

If you cut off the root end of a scallion and throw it in a cup of water IT GROWS BACK.  

That's right!  Every time you use a green onion, you can regrow a new one.  Voila! A never-ending supply of fresh green onions!  There are a few simple rules.  You have to change out the water every other day, and eventually, if you use the same root over and over, it will not have enough nutrients to regrow again in the water.  So, you do periodically have to buy new ones that have been grown in soil.  I'm guessing that it takes about a week to grow each new onion.  Take a look at these photos which show the growth process after four days using this method.  

This little project can be used for lessons in healthy eating habits as well as basic plant biology.

Mrs. K.

Set up
Original roots in water.

Onions: Day Four

Friday, January 11, 2013

In Search of Healthy Snacks

I'm always on the lookout for healthy snacks.  Not just for the kiddos, but for me as well!  These are two of my favorites:

I loved giving my kids peanut butter and apples when they were little.  Add a few cake sprinkles and they think they're eating candy!  :D

Mrs. K.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Raising a diabetic child

As the mother of a diabetic daughter, I have a unique perspective into the world of a Special-Needs-Child.  I'm definitely not an expert in all forms of special needs, but I've been through the trauma of diagnosis, the battles with the public school system, the self-satisfaction of adjusting to a new life, and the perseverance of living with the ups and downs of a child with a chronic illness.  Through all of my experience and education in the matter, I can tell you this:  "Kids are kids first." Whether they need extra care to breathe through an inhaler, take medication, avoid certain foods or substances, or require injected insulin to live, the fact remains that they ARE KIDS.  They need to play, laugh, love and learn.  They need to experience being a kid; even if that takes extraordinary efforts on our part.

Mrs. K.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Staying hydrated

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated during the summer, but don't forget the winter months when everyone is fighting colds and flus.  Put a delicious and healthy "spin" on water by adding fresh cut fruit.  One of the best things you can do for your child's health is to encourage them to drink lots of water.

Mrs. K

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Time to Start Having Fun!

I can't wait for the kids to arrive.  
Social Services has one more inspection to complete, THEN my license.  Sweet Pea Academy is now ready to accept applications for a limited number of spots. Call today to schedule a visit.

Mrs. K.