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Posts tagged ‘children’

Thanksgiving Goodies for Everyone!

I “borrowed” this one from a great web site that a friend of mine found for me.  (Thank you, Wendy!  But I found this web site to be more than just this great idea for the holiday.  I think you should dig a bit deeper than this great holiday recipe:



The Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies Ever!

(This recipe came from my sister-in-law Dawn Manyen.  Thank You!!  The variations and tips  are my own, but the picture is Dawn’s.)

Hey, people!  Let’s get real.  There isn’t anyone that wouldn’t do a simple recipe that is quick and easy, especially if it gives you that touch of “homemade” that has been missing in your kitchen.  You can even get the kids to help with this one.  That’s how easy it really is!  If you only have three ingredients, there couldn’t be much to go wrong with the kids involved.  So here is your 1-2-3 recipe: (more…)

Tater Tot Casserole

Let’s face it:  a good meal in a hurry is a good thing, especially if it can cook while you’re spending some time with the family.  Then you can feed your hungry bunch with something better than fast food or delivery.  Not only do you save on the family budget, but you get that “comfort” food that you really want.  This is great recipe for one of those times. (more…)

The Pony Ride

Thank you, Mike L, for your inspiration!

Image courtesy of Randy Wick via Flikr.

Image courtesy of Randy Wick via Flikr.

There are times in life when a merry-go-round sounds so simple.  You can jump on a horse or other character that goes around in a circle until the vendor says it’s time to quit.  It goes up and down and you hear the carnival music that goes with it.  It’s fun.  It’s tame.  It’s safe.  But for some of us, it isn’t that simple, but rather the memories that we have of the real animals that are depicted on that ride. (more…)

Sauce it Up!

Image courtesy of Luke Jones via Flikr.Homemade barbeque sauce is a matter of preference for some people.  Most of us just go out to our local grocery store and buy what others make for us.  But there are some barbeque gourmets that spend a lot of time perfecting their own sauce.  (more…)

The Challenge of Special Needs Children

Image courtesy of the U.S. Army via Flikr.It is estimated that there are five million children under the age of five that are at risk for such conditions as autism, physical disability or slow physical and mental growth.  These conditions are considered “special needs.”  The problem is that there are only 20% of them that get the early intervention and care that they need.  Why?  It’s because of the financial strains that are placed on many families due to economic woes.  Job loss, work cut-backs and a lack of medical insurance hampers the care that the families need and want to give. (more…)

Why Are We Here?

Image  courtesy of Dan and Alison Girard via a personal album on FaceBook.(I originally wrote this in 2007.  I’m just publishing it now since I found it in my notebooks.)

It was Grace’s birthday.  “I’m five years old!” she said.  Her birthday cake was beautiful, with balloons, ripples and colorful words – just the way she wanted it.  But being five years old, she had a question that she didn’t have an answer for.

“Why are we here?” (more…)