Corn and Mushroom Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette

Corn and Mushroom Salad with Sesame VInaigrette

This vibrant summer salad combines almost all of Travis’s favorite vegetables. Eating in season is a great way to show kids how vibrant fresh produce can be.


  • 3 ears corn
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped radishes
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  1. Shuck the corn and cut the kernels from the cob. Combine the kernels and mushrooms on a baking sheet and toss with the sesame oil. Broil for 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cilantro, tomatoes, and radishes. Add the corn mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Whisk together the vinegar and canola oil. Pour of the salad, tossing to coat.

Frog’s Dinner

Frog's Dinner (3)

Here’s a silly and fun way to teach kids how very differently frogs eat from us – not just that they eat bugs, but that they use a long tongue to do it!

To set the scene, we gathered together all of Travis’s stuffed frogs, and said the frogs were very hungry!

Frog's Dinner (1)

Attach Velcro pieces to any plastic bugs you have (I love the Velcro strips sold with a sticky backing already, so you don’t need glue). Attach additional pieces of Velcro¬† to the ends of paper party blowers. Then, show your toddler how an elongated party blower latches right on to one of the bugs and slurps it up, just like a frog’s tongue!

Frog's Dinner (2)

Travis thought the game was an absolute delight. He didn’t want to try blowing a party blower himself, but loved watching mom and dad do it! I put a few pieces of Velcro directly over the stuffed frogs’ mouths so they could “slurp” up the bugs just by pressing onto the Velcro as well.

Frog's Dinner (5)

Party blowers were fascinating in and of themselves, and provided entertainment for a nice little while.

Frog's Dinner (6)