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Babies & Bumps 2015 Recap

Babies & Bumps 2015 Recap

We hope you had as much fun as we did

A Passion for Thrifted Fashion

A Passion for Thrifted Fashion

Affordable Style

  By Phoebe Verkouw It’s May…

Party Planning—Without the Stress!

Party Planning—Without the Stress!

It's Party Time

By Gigi Mallatt • Photography by…

Take Dad Out to the Ball Game!

Take Dad Out to the Ball Game!

Father's Day Gift Idea's for the 7th-Inning Stretch

  By Shannon Smith Buy him…

ThePoodlums: Rockin’ Music Therapy

ThePoodlums: Rockin’ Music Therapy

Feet Stomping, Hand Clapping Goodness

By: Jordan Venema Photography by Samantha…

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Fresh Stories & Good Stuff

Take Dad Out to the Ball Game!
26 May 2015 18:24

  By Shannon Smith Buy him some peanuts and crackerjacks—show that important Dad in your life that you’re his #1 fan with one of these ‘outta the park’ picks for Father’s Day!

Party Planning—Without the Stress!
26 May 2015 17:47

By Gigi Mallatt • Photography by Ligia Ann Photography Have you ever attended a birthday party where the host or hostess is running around frantic, panicked, and completely stressed out? Chances are, the planning of t [ ... ]

Soothing the Stings, Bites, and Burns of Summer
26 May 2015 17:00

By Ashley Talmadge Ahhh, summer! The joy of being in the great outdoors seems endless. Yet, the season also brings an abundance of biting insects, harsh sunrays, and rash-producing plants. When exuberant squeals turn in [ ... ]

ThePoodlums: Rockin’ Music Therapy
26 May 2015 16:30

By: Jordan Venema Photography by Samantha DeLeon Photography | SamanthaDeleonPhotography.wordpress.com The Poodlums break down musical equipment as children approach them shyly. “I just wanted to say you guys did rea [ ... ]

Shannon & Raychell’s June Juice Challenge
22 May 2015 20:24

  Edited by Shannon Smith After the article on juicing last month, Raychell and I were inspired to give an all juice cleanse a try. I had been feeling a little run down, not sleeping well, and relying on Dutch Bro [ ... ]

Meet Jordan
22 May 2015 19:56

  Sacramento Parent’s newest writer on moving to Sactown and his non-traditional approach to fatherhood By Michelle McDaid Name: Jordan Venema Children: Cassian, 6 years-old Writer, Jordan Venema is Sacramen [ ... ]

Considering Day Camp?
30 Apr 2015 17:19

  10 Questions to Ask   Fortunately, we live in an area where there are camp options to meet every interest, price range, and schedule throughout Greater Sacramento. Knowing your options, as well as your chi [ ... ]

The Gift of Camp: Skill, Adventure & All Kinds of ...
28 Apr 2015 20:22

    By Gayla Grace I treasure the stories my children tell after arriving home from camp. Their daily adventures include experiences that build character and bond relationships. Every camp has a unique way o [ ... ]

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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