Garden Chowder

Garden Chowder

This chowder has the wonderful creaminess of the New England clam chowder I remember eating in my childhood, but without the seafood!


  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 2 tablespoons whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup water or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup peeled and diced carrot
  • 1 cup peeled and diced sweet potato
  • 1 cup frozen yellow corn
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  1. Whisk together the herbs, flour, yeast, milk, water, and nutmeg in a saucepan. Add the carrots, sweet potato and corn; partially cover and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, stir in the spinach; partially cover once more and cook over medium heat for 7 minutes, until the spinach is wilted and the other veggies are tender.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the ketchup.

We love eating this with biscuits or a slice of cornbread!

Cupcake Wrapper Flowers

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This is one of those crafts that was really a mommy project, while Travis played with all of the materials alongside me. Children in pre-school on up will love to help you put the flowers together though! When our flowers were finished, Travis loved “planting” them – more on that below!

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To start, I shaped bright cupcake liners into various flower shapes – some with rounded edges and some with points. The cupcake liners were by far Travis’s favorite part of this craft, and he stacked them and filled them with pom poms while I worked.

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For older children, you can trace the shape of the flower to cut, and have them practice with safety scissors.

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Once you have enough flowers, trace a leaf shape on green construction paper and cut out. Kids will love helping to use a hole punch on each leaf.

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Fold a green pipe cleaner in half, and thread one or two leaves onto each. Carefully poke the pipe cleaner “stem” through two or three cupcake wrappers, folding over the end to secure in place.

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We tried gluing pom poms to the center of a few of our flowers, but they didn’t stay on very well. Oh well, they looked pretty even without the embellishment!

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You can display your spring flowers in pretty vases…

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Or plant them in dirt, as we did with an old prop from a Koala Crate.

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