Be a Food Historian

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Of all the lessons that have accompanied Travis’s Raddish Kids recipes so far, this one was the least accessible to a preschooler. I did my best to adapt it for Travis and it turned out to be sort of his first social studies project!

First, I set out some of the Thai ingredients we had used in our recipes and grocery store hunt, and invited Travis to test them out with all his senses. He was almost scared by the smell of little bird chiles!

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And incidentally loves soy sauce plain. Invite your child to taste, smell, and touch if appropriate, and add items like lemongrass, sugar, lime juice, or ginger.

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Big kids can go in depth here into the history of Thai food and learn that being a food historian is a real job; however, the suggested links from Raddish were heavy on text rather than video.

Instead, I showed Travis images of a few other iconic food/country pairs, including:

  • Tacos & Mexico
  • Baguettes & France
  • Sushi & Japan
  • Pizza & Italy

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I then asked him which he wanted to explore more in-depth. He’s been very into Japan lately (ninjas, in particular), so chose that pairing. Again, there were many suggested links to web resources for big kids, but these were text-heavy and not of interest to my preschooler.
Instead, we located Japan on a world map. We then thought of a few things he knew about the country and printed out pictures of each.

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He helped write the word ‘Japan’ across the top, and we glued down the pictures.

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Voila! His first social studies project. I was proud he stuck with me for this lesson, which ultimately ended up being quite cute.

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Make a Weekly Survival Hit List

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Today’s activity with baby was another one of those more for the parent; I’m constantly on the hunt for the best and most efficient way to organize my mind, our days, our weeks. I have several methods for planning the family’s week, but it always feels a bit scattered.

For events, there’s my day planner, with a column for each person. I highly recommend this – or at least a color-coded system – so you can quickly see not just what the event is but who needs to be where and when.

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Next there’s my method to plan weekly meals. My best advice for menu planning is: don’t wing it! Especially with Veronika now eating a varied menu each week, I plan meals ahead of time in a spreadsheet. When it comes time to make a grocery list, the info is already there!

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Then I write up daily meals on a wipe-clean board. No out of sight out of mind here!

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But I still don’t have a way to string it all together in one place, and I’ve been searching online for inspiration from the bullet journal (bujo) crowd, which I tested briefly with Veronika’s schedule.

Here is one method I liked, laying everything out on a page:

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There’s a column for appointments, housework, blogs or work-related items, a meal section, and then of course the Hit List for the week’s important to-dos.

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Each item gets a dash when incomplete, which turns into a plus sign once done.

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I’ll test this for a week or so, and see if it manages to combine my disparate organization methods thus far. What does your weekly hit list look like? Please share in the comments!

Peach Popsicles

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Happy Memorial Day and unofficial start to summer! We’re kicking things off with this pretty peach popsicle recipe, perfect for cooling down poolside or wherever you may be on this holiday!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen peaches
  • 10 ounces unsweetened hemp milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until set. Unmold and enjoy!

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