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9/26/19 8:16 A

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Thanks! That's a great idea!! We can take turns each morning making a veggie tray for snacking while we're schooling! Maybe Veggies one day and Fruits the next!
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9/19/19 10:26 A

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My four daughters and I take turns preparing a veggie tray so we always have fresh vegetables for lunch. The tray is a backup for dinner if I choose not to serve cooked ones.

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9/19/19 8:50 A

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Does anyone have any tips for this topic??
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5/14/19 8:17 A

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In preparation for the next school year - I need to add this to the plan!
Keeping Healthy Eating at the Top of our list of Priorities each day
Too many sicknesses related to what we eat these days!
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Keeping apples on the table has helped us;-)

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Weight Watchers Family Power: 5 Simple Rules for a Healthy-Weight Home
By Weight Watchers, Karen Miller-Kovach

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4/5/14 10:36 A

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We drink milk at every meal. I grew up on a dairy farm, so this may be why it is easier for me. I talk to so many other moms who can't stand milk....

*Water bottles are a must in our house

*Fresh fruits and veggies are in the school room;-)

*whole grain snacks and breads...

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12/13/11 3:26 P

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I'm glad you were able to find the book. I thought it was very interesting.

My mom's family is from San Diego. We would go down to visit only periodically. My husband and I lived in the High Desert, (Palmdale) for eight years before moving to Arkansas. You can't grow much of anything out there, except sagebrush and joshua trees LOL.

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12/9/11 11:37 P

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Thank you for the book title. My local library has a copy. Hooray!

I was born and raised in San Diego. My first garden was in Huntington Beach and it was quite successful. But then my family moved to the horse capital of the world and that's when I saw what a great garden really was. LOL Then moved back to Cali, this time Riverside and the garden was pitiful.

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12/9/11 11:59 A

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Sorry about that. It's the Complete Book of Home Preserving, edited by Judi Kingry and Lauren Devine. It has 400 recipes, a Getting Started section, and helpful tips throughout.

We thought it was us too, but a friend of ours assured us that it's our soil (mostly clay).

Where did you live in CA? My husband and I grew up there, in the central valley. The heartland of farming.

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12/8/11 3:54 P

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Well don't tease me like that, what's the name of the book your mom gave you?
Congratulations on your success!
We've gardened here before and had huge success, and had a small garden in Cali last year and it flopped horribly. Though the broccoli grew well, it was the only thing. If I hadn't gardened anywhere else I would have thought it was me.
This year I have new to me heirloom seeds I can't wait to plop in the ground.

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12/8/11 11:29 A

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My mom gave me a book all about home preserving. I canned tomatoes for the first time. And I made jelly using it, too. Most of our garden; green beans, corn, okra and peppers, went in the freezer though. It's easier. I hope you have success with your garden. It is so rewarding to see you labors pay off. This was the first year we had success.

I think we got a full day's worth of veggies in last night. I emptied all the partially used bags of veggies from the freezer, added some tomato juice, and made soup. It was filling and so warm on a cold night. Unfortunately, like chinese food, we were all hungry 2 hours later. LOL But we just went to bed hungry.

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12/7/11 12:54 P

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bahahaha, indeed, what is wrong with him?! Momentary lapse of good judgement. He's young, it's allowed him. emoticon

my ds and I have lofty plans for our garden this spring. (we didn't plant in time last year, due to over exhaustion and stress that took us two weeks to recover, one week for each of us) I'd like to learn more about storing veggies and canning/freezing. Does anyone have suggestions?



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12/7/11 12:06 P

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That sounds yummy Melody. And I strongly agree with the liver comment. My mom still eats liver, and had my second ds try some turkey giblets at Thanksgiving. He liked them. I have no idea what's wrong with him, lol.

I've seen the recipe for root veggies in magazines, and it always looks really good. I just haven't tried it yet.

We had sweet potatoes cooked with cranberries last night, and green beans...defiled with bacon:) But so yummy.

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12/5/11 9:18 P

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houndlover, I had to lol when I saw your lima bean comment! I would rather eat lima beans than liver. (another thing my mother would serve.) BLECH!

had homemade bruchetta on some lovely wheat bread and no cheese.
also, homemade soup with corn, carrots, celery, zucchini and squash.

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12/5/11 8:36 P

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I think because I've followed our first pediatrician's advice to keep trying veggies with our babies, even if they protest at first, we've got some really good eaters. They all eat the mainstream veggies, and one ds hasn't found a veggie he doesn't like. He'll even eat mushrooms and avocado with me. Our dd shocked me with the lima beans, because we had only had them once. The younger two are more picky, but I can usually get them to eat them.

Sunday was potluck day, and we had very few veggies. Fortunately I had celery, carrots and potatoes in my stew. Tonight we had tacos. Does shredded lettuce count? I don't think I got my two servings. emoticon I will try to do better the rest of the week.

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12/4/11 6:37 P

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I think this is interesting, because in my family it's the opposite. We eat what we enjoy and it's different from each other.

My mom LOVES lima beans. I do not.
I grew up eating fish in my family, but my brother doesn't like fish.
I do not like peas, but my son LOVES them. My dh didn't like tomatoes, but he now enjoys them.

My youngest has the best eating habits out of anyone in the family. He's an inspiration to us all.

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12/3/11 10:58 P

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Now lima beans are straight from hell. emoticon emoticon
But I agree that the more different things we try the more our kids try stuff, too. What's cracking me up is that my daughter, who is 14, will now get on yahoo answers and answer nutrition questions about veggies. She's tried a large number and we've tried growing many different varieties in our garden. Another technique to try them is to buy one and slice it up or even shred it and try little pieces with a salad dressing made from olive oil, vinegar and some nuts and dried fruit added. This works great for most root veggies, most cabbages and lettuces. For root vegetables I like to peel them, cut them in large pieces, put in a baking dish and bake for an hour ad 350 rolled in olive oil and garlic powder. The flavor is wonderful.
Stir-frying in a healthy oil and some sesame oil and soy sauce added for flavor is great, too. emoticon
Steamed veggies bring out the vegetable smell the most and are the most likely to be rejected.
Now as far as lima beans, did I already mention they are straight from hell? emoticon

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12/3/11 4:08 P

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It's been a proven fact, and we all know, that our children learn behavior from us. They learn how to handle stress, respond to others, become compassionate and empathetic by watching us. What somehow gets lost, or maybe we don't care, is that our children learn our eating behaviors as well. Again, proven fact that if a parent dislikes certain foods, especially if we complain about it, the child will dislike the same foods. Infants who are never given certain vegetables, most often because mom doesn't care for them, will never acquire a taste for them. With some exceptions of course. My house is just as guilty.

I don't like fish, so I never fix it. I have however encouraged my children to try it for themselves, and most of them like it. Good for them. My husband dislikes tomatoes, and used to tease the kids for eating them. The majority now doesn't like tomatoes. Thanks Hon emoticon

What is my point, you ask. I challenge us to try more vegetables ourselves, and to encourage our younger versions of ourselves to eat their veggies too. Two servings a day. It's not that much, especially when you consider all the wonderful ways the market has developed to mask the veggies. Like in fruit juices, and spaghetti sauce. Cover your veggies with cheese. Whatever it takes...have fun with it. After all, we see the importance of teaching our children the ABC's at home, good for us. Let's further their education by teaching them how to eat right and try new things.

I know we're all busy, but maybe we can check in once a week and share how the veggies worked, and remember to track them on our other goals. Who knows, maybe you learn that your dd loves lima beans! (ugh)

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