Homestyle Stuffing

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This cozy stuffing is baked in individual muffin tins, which make the perfect single-size servings for kids!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (1-inch) cubed ciabatta bread
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package Field Roast apple sage sausage
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 Ener-G eggs
  • 1 and 3/4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance butter
  • Shredded non-dairy cheddar
  1. To make croutons, arrange the ciabatta bread in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes, until crisp and lightly browned. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the sausage and cook in a skillet over medium heat until browned on each side, about 8 minutes. Add to the croutons.
  3. Steam the carrots and celery until tender; add to the crouton mixture. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning and toss to combine.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the flaxseed, water, and Ener-G eggs. Pour over the crouton mixture.
  5. Meanwhile, combine the broth and butter in a saucepan over low heat and cook until the butter melts. Pour over the crouton mixture. Divide evenly among 12 muffin cups and sprinkle with shredded cheddar to taste.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes.

 

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Holiday Card Circuits

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Need to celebrate a birthday with someone from afar during COVID-19? Or planning on sending cards for Passover or Easter (or whatever the closest holiday might be?). In this age of social distancing, here’s a card that will literally shine through, even over Zoom!

This card works on the exact same circuit principle as the graphite circuit Travis made recently. But first we needed to make a pretty card! Since ours was a birthday card, we chose heart-print scrapbook paper and glued a felt heart to the front. Make sure you cut a hole where your LED light will shine through.

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Of course you could go in so many directions with this card, whether one for Easter (a light-up chick or egg?) or just a fun theme to say hello like a UFO beam or fire truck siren. You can use stickers or cardstock cut-outs for the decorations.

Inside, make a rectangle from three strips of aluminum foil and tape down, leaving one corner that still flaps open. Also leave a gap at the top where the LED light will go. Tape down the legs of the LED, one to each side, making note of where the positive and negative sides are (Hint: the positive leg is longer).

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Now tape down a 3V battery in the corner where you’ve left the foil loose. When the flap of aluminum foil folds down, the circuit is complete and the card lights up!

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Here’s mom’s amazement, even if it was a little old-hat for Travis.

Tube Slide

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If you find yourself with a leftover cardboard tube (think from wrapping paper, or a craft paper roll, or even cardboard mailing tubes), don’t head to the recycle bin! These tubes are the perfect item to entertain a toddler.

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Today I wanted to make the best ball slide for Veronika using the tube from a gift wrap roll. It took three tries before I got it right! For the first version, I set the tube at an angle from the couch so it dangled over a laundry bin.

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She tried a few rolls, but was more interested in just tossing balls into the bin from the floor. So not the best version!

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Then I tried dangling it from the end of the stair railing with tape. Again, the landing point was a laundry basket.

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But it was impossible for her to reach the tube without me holding her, and I wasn’t comfortable letting her toddle up the stairs to try it solo, so this version lost her interest quickly. (You’ll notice she preferred to sit in the laundry basket).

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Thinking fast, I taped the tube to the wall just above her toy bin, which she could safely scamper onto like a stool.

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I showed her how to roll the balls through the shoot from here.

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And she had the perfect advantage of height now to see them land in the laundry bin.

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We have a winner folks! This third version made the best tube slide for this particular toddler. Which version does your child like best? Please share in the comments!

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