The Sprouts

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Educational section including tips for food-related activities, books, & gardening.

The Sprouts: Arriving in India


During our "trip" around the world, our next stop is India.  My husband teaches Computer Science and quite a few of his students are from India.  He has taken the kids to watch his students play Cricket and we some times play music from India ( is one of the online radio sites, or a quick type of Indian music into a search engine will get you other options). It will be fun to explore the country and cuisine further. Our children have, do I dare say, eaten Indian food but usually the Naan bread is the primary thing consumed.  Who can blame them, there is nothing like warm Naan!!!!!  The following family menu is a great way to introduce the cuisine:

•          Easy Chicken Masala

•          Caramelized Cumin-Roasted Carrots

•          Cool Cucumber Raita

With Oven-Baked Naan (Recipe Below)

It gets a TWO THUMBS UP from our kids every time we make it.  

The Sprouts: African Wrap Up


The music of Africa is another vibrant, cultural component of Africa.  As I mentioned in a previous post, we enjoy listening to our Putumayo African Playground CD.  While visiting Phoenix recently, we were able to explore the music of Africa further at the Musical Instrument Museum.

Sprouting the Beans: Sprouts on Other Sites

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I'm excited to announce The SPROUTS on other sites:

The Sprouts: Signs of Spring


Spring in the Northland likes to taunt you— one day warm and sunny and the next grey skies with blistery winds and snow showers.

Colored Eggs


This week we've been sprouting our Beans. Join us this coming Tuesday for more eating adventures! Hope you find lots of colored eggs!

The Sprouts: African Animals


This past weekend as O and I played our Amazing Animal Trivia game, I said to him, “We know a lot about animals, especially African animals!!”  When you have a six year old who EATS up animal facts, you some times live, breath and even become animals!  Both kids love elephants so we’ve had an Elephant-Themed Halloween and the following year was an African Cats Theme: Jaguar and Lion.

The Sprouts: Talking Food


We’ve been starting seedlings and dreaming of the tasty treats our garden will provide.  So it’s fitting that the African folktales we explored this week are about talking food.  I strongly believe our food “talks” to us in many ways, which made the exploration extra special.  Read a book…and sprout some seeds!

The Sprouts: Blooming Together

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;

They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust

The Sprouts: West African Stew (Djaba Dji)


When choosing where we would visit next, Skoogie & O requested, Africa... a place they hold dear in their hearts. But we've never eaten much African food so it has been a new adventure!

The Sprouts: West Africa


Last Wednesday as we were driving across the John A. Blatnik Bridge from to Duluth, MN to Superior, WI for swimming, O asked, “Are we in Africa yet?”  I chuckled inside thinking of the inevitable question every parent has heard…. “Are we there yet?”

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