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Bundling Up Babies in Need

Bundling Up Babies in Need

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Leprechaun Binoculars

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Spotting Leprechauns

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Tall Tales

Tall Tales

Meet Fenley & Chifu

  Giraffe Encounters at the Sacramento…

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Fresh Stories & Good Stuff

Dreaming Up Bedtime Stories
26 Feb 2015 19:29

  Meet… Jason D. Batt of Rancho Cordova KIDS: Tristan (13), Keaghan (10), Aisleyn (3)   This month we’d like to introduce you to a local Sacramento dad who has taken his children’s bed­time stories  [ ... ]

Summer Camp for all Ages
26 Feb 2015 19:09

    Summer camp offers all kinds of fun and character-building experiences for kids of any age. Whether you’re looking for a few hours of entertainment or weeks of intentional skill-building for your child, [ ... ]

Earaches are a Pain
26 Feb 2015 18:51

    By Jamie Lober Clinically speaking   If your child complains of ear pain, has a headache, acts more irritable than normal and has trouble sleeping, he is not alone. “Ear infections are probably  [ ... ]

Babies & Bumps Boutique
26 Feb 2015 18:38


There’s nothing more personal and thoughtful than a unique hand-crafted gift for a new or expecting mom. While many parents have a list of big box items needed to prepare for their little bundle of joy’s arrival—t [ ... ]

Tips for a Great Photo Shoot
26 Feb 2015 17:52

 5 Tips from our Babies and Bumps Photographer:  This event is sponsored by Sutter Health By Michelle McDaid | Memories by Michelle Photography
www.MbyMPhotos.com 1. YOUR BABY NEEDS TO BE SITTING UP UNASSIST [ ... ]

Bundling Up Babies in Need
24 Feb 2015 21:01

  By Michelle McDaid Photography by Memories By Michelle | www.MByMPhotos.com As a Social Worker for the newborn unit at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, Dawn Olson meets families who are in need on a daily b [ ... ]

Tall Tales
24 Feb 2015 20:46

  Giraffe Encounters at the Sacramento Zoo By Leisa Mayer Photograph by Jill Carmel | www.JillCarmel.com   Fenley loves giraffes and has visited them at the Sacramento Zoo since he was a baby. He dreamed o [ ... ]

Loose Parts
24 Feb 2015 20:26


Turning Bits and Pieces into Learning Tools
By Shannon Smith “To all who value play To all who tinkered as children To all who cherish creativity To all who advocate for preserving childhood” This month we wer [ ... ]

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Farm to Family

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By Melissa Vanni

Your family has just returned from an inspiring trip to a local farm-stand (in this case Soil Born Farms in Rancho Cordova) and has brought home a bag of bright, fresh fruits and veggies.

Now what?  How do you take farm ingredients and turn them into a family-friendly meal? We asked food blogger Melissa Vanni to take corn and potatoes (two summer staples) and make a simple supper!

 

Parmesan garlic fries

Ingredients:

4-5 potatoes cut into thick strips

2 tablespoons of cornstarch

1 handful of grated parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons of olive oil

8 garlic cloves, minced

1 handful of fresh chopped parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

-In a bowl combine your potato strips with the cornstarch, parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper. Make sure your potatoes are well covered with this mixture!

-Arrange your potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray and pop them into a 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes.

-While your fries are baking heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and saute your minced garlic over medium heat until they are fragrant.

-Toss your crispy fries with the sauteed garlic and some fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy immediately!

Summer corn and shrimp ceviche

When the weather warms up the last thing I want to do is stand in front of a hot stove and cook! Let the lime do the cooking in this cool and refreshing summer corn and shrimp ceviche.

Ingredients:

1 pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 a cucumber, sliced

1/2 a red onion, sliced

2 cobs of fresh corn on the cob de-kerneled

1 diced jalapeno pepper

1 cup of fresh lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

-Start by cooking shrimp in a pot of boiling water for 3 minutes or just until they turn pink.

-In a large non-aluminun bowl combine the cooked shrimp, cucumber, red onion, corn kernels and jalapeno pepper.

-Pour the lime juice over this mixture and season with salt in pepper.

-Cover with plastic and chill for several hours to blend flavors.

 

Melissa Vanni is the mom of 4 boys and author of PrettyYummyFoods.com