Last year, before the beginning of school, one of Scarlett’s friends hosted a Back-to-School party at her home. It was really low-key—just a few classmates, snacks and a great craft. When I picked Scarlett up she couldn’t wait to show me the pencil holder she had made. It is one of my most favourite crafts she has created–not only is it functional (we may literally have one million pencils), but it is so darn cute. I’m pretty sure it will be one of those things I hold onto and will, one day when she’s 30, cry over due to its cuteness.
Now that it’s back to school time again, Scarlett decided she wanted to make a portable version of last year’s desk-top holder. Obviously, she wanted to have something that was small enough to fit in her backpack but large enough to fit not only her pencils, but her special array of glitter-coloured pencils. When we were brainstorming ideas for the kind of container we needed, I convinced her a postal tube would be the best. However, a visit to a post office counter in our local drug store came up short. Out of luck and out of ideas, Scarlett and I mindlessly walked the aisles until she spotted a plastic snack container for those rice bits that melt in a toddler’s mouth. She shouted to me down the aisles, container waving in the air, “Mommy, this will totally work!” And she was right. Not only does it come with it’s own plastic cap, it was the perfect size for all her pencils and their coordinating animal erasers. Read more
Here we are, people, it’s September. Are you ready? I pride myself on being pretty organized most of the time. But this year? Ay caramba, I’m a disaster. I’m scrambling to pull together the requisite backpacks, lunch boxes, thermoses, water bottles, etc, that my kids will need to start a new school year. And emotional preparation? Have I mentioned my baby starts school this year! Leaving the nest of our beloved daycare seems not to be phasing Julian at bit, but I am a wreck. I have way more anxieties about him going to school than I did with Esme. Or maybe time has just obscured them?
Will he make friends? Will he take to the French Immersion program the way his sister did? Will he eat a packed lunch?! One of the loveliest perks of the daycare we had one or both kids in for five years is the hot lunch they prepare on site every day. We’re talking curries, fish soups and stirfries. How is a plain old sandwich supposed to compete with that? With Esme, I’m in a groove. I know exactly what to make and how often to change things up. But maybe Julian won’t want the same things. I’m starting to have nightmares about creating two completely different lunches every day. I cannot go there. Read more
We're sad that summer is winding down but it was so jam-packed with fun that we really can't complain. For us, there were lots of small and big trips, lots of swimming, barbecuing and picnic-ing. We were also lucky to partner with Metro groceries, doing events and cooking demonstrations on tv. We love Metro's philosophy of offering fresh, local produce. It's important for us to know where our families' food comes from and Metro makes that easy.
Did you catch us on CityLine this morning? We whipped up some great make-ahead recipes that are going to save you once school gets rolling. And as a bonus to you, lovely readers, we're giving away a $250 Metro gift card! Leave a comment and let us know what you'll be cooking in September and you could win! Follow us on Pinterest for more chances to win. Read more
This is a really big day for us over here at Sweet Potato Chronicles. I. Mean. Big. When we started this site, our babies were, well, babies. We started cooking with our kids for a lot of different reasons. We wanted to teach them the the awesomeness of food but we also hoped to one day reap the proven benefits that come along with getting the kid's involved in the kitchen. Plus, we got some pretty hilarious material for posts from our escapades in the kitchen together. But today is a major milestone for this family as well as the SPC site. My daughter Scarlett will debut her very first recipe and post. This simple but wildly yummy icy was her creation. She's done lots of other recipes before. In fact, she created a mean spinach puree that has become a staple in our household, but this dish is all hers from inception and testing to photographing and actually building and writing the post. (Please pardon any misspelling and typos.)
Ladies and gentleman please welcome my daughter Scarlett and her very first post. (I'm having a very proud mommy moment right now.) I'll hand it over to her and, if you need me, I'll be having a cry over in the corner. Take it away my beautiful girl…. Read more
When it comes to summer, I like mine stinkin’ hot. So this season has been a bit of a, ahem, disappointment. I feel bad whining about the weather but the truth is, in Ontario, July and these first few weeks of August have felt more like fall. I just haven’t had enough of those days when as soon as you get out of the water, you’re ready to go back in. Or nights when it’s so warm you’re forced to leave every window in the house wide open, thus allowing you to listen to the cricket symphony playing outside. I know. You think I’m crazy wishing for sleepless nights sprawled across sweat-dampened sheets waiting for a limp breeze, but, for me, summer just isn’t summer unless I have those extremes. So this solstice, with it’s mild days and cool nights, really just bums me out. Read more