Sweet Potato Fingers

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These are so delicious that after Jack ate his fill and we went upstairs to play, my husband came home from work, saw the leftovers and devoured the whole plate before he even came up to say hello. Jack has been refusing to eat anything mashed or of a texture he doesn’t like, so sweet potatoes have been a tough one to get down. And it’s terrible because they are SO healthy, but I just gave in and put them out of my mind for now.

Last week I tried a new approach and it worked so well that Jack had me make 2 batches because he loved it so much. It is so easy and such a healthy snack that they can chew with just a few teeth. Take less than 5 minutes to prepare too. Here’s the recipe:

*1 sweet potato peeled and chopped into sticks

*In a bowl, massage them with olive oil

*Place on parchment paper on a baking sheet

*Sprinkle with a little salt (and for adults you can add pepper or even cayenne pepper)

*Place in the oven pre-heated to 350 degrees

*Bake for 15-20 minutes (the longer you bake, the crispier. I keep them a little soft for Jack to chew)

Let cool and serve!

Farming Good Times

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We are constantly trying to get out and do something fun with Jack on the weekends. One thing that is always a sure fire hit is a visit to a Pick-your-own Farm, where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables as a family. Usually there are a few other activities thrown in on the side like horseback riding, animal petting zoos, tractor rides, and starting each September….Corn Mazes!

My all time absolutely favorite one in the history of time (so far) is called Underwood Family Farms http://www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com

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This place is a little bit of a drive, roughly about 40 minutes or so from Los Angeles. BUT, it is a mecca for little ones. Clean, beautiful, full of trees and grass and animals and rides you will have the time of your life. Bring a picnic with you and make a day out of it. I found the vegetable picking part something that I didn’t even have time for, so next time we go we have to make it more of a priority. I wish this was around the corner, I would have a season pass.

Now for the next little gemstone I have found…….. it’s a website. And on this website, you can find all your closest neighborhood farms and details about what they offer, what fruits and veggies they have available to pick and activities they have going on (like the super fun corn mazes). That’s not all. It will also tell you how to make homemade jam, jelly, salsa, pickles, spaghetti sauce, applesauce, apple butter, and 150 more recipes you can store and preserve in your own kitchen. YUM! This website isn’t glamorous but it is the exact information that I crave to know about. Here’s the website: http://www.pickyourown.org

I am visiting this farm next weekend for some tractor rides, veggies and corn maze fun. It’s 17 minutes from my house in Los Angeles, who would have thought!

 

Enjoy!

What cookware is safe to use??

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Whether or not you’re aware, or you are slightly aware but don’t think about it too often, your cookware is one of the top ways to ingest poisons into your body (and your baby’s body). And by poisons, I am talking the types that could have links to future illnesses like Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It’s actually the top way to ingest these chemicals, above packaging and cleaning products.

Here is a breakdown of each type of cookware and which is safe vs. which is the most dangerous to your family’s health.

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