The Sprouts

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

The Sprouts: Don't forget the meatballs......

There is a lot of excitement at our house circling around the meals planned for this week (add link), but SPAGHETTI is definitely the magic word in the house!! And Skoogie keeps adding…don’t forget the meatballs!!

So over the weekend, I pulled out, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett. I thought it might spark even more interest in the spaghetti with meatballs. It did, but with an unexpected twist.

The Sprouts: Kuplink, Kuplank, Kuplunk!

When my parents were visiting a few weeks ago we spent a day blueberry picking. The last couple of years we picked at a farm in Michigan that was donated as a park. Nothing beats free berries!!! Of course if you live in Northern Minnesota, there are lots of free wild berries, but we are still waiting for one of the locals to share their secret spots! So instead, we headed to Shary’s Berries. As we were picking, I heard kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk in Skoogie and O’s direction.

The Sprouts - Franks and Beans

Books play an integral part of our family’s life and each day one of our kids is referring back to a book in some way or another. Originally, I planned to incorporate Yoko by Rosemary Wells with a sushi theme, which is Skoogie and O’s favorite meal of all time!!! I’ll talk about that more when we are eating beyond our local radius again.

Instead, during a recent visit, my mom and O connected dearly with a new component of the book. Yoko is a fantastic story about trying cuisine from different cultures. Each time the book was read last week, there was an instant chuckle when they got to the part about the FRANKS who only eat franks and beans. It has been a long while since we’ve read the book and O’s sense of humor has changed. He now gets the pun about the FRANKS only eating franks and beans and thinks it is SOOO FUNNY. Instantly, he asked if we could try franks and beans. (Click the Read More button to continue story)

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