Creamy Spinach Pita Pizza

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A creamy spinach sauce takes the place of tomato sauce in this recipe, which is perfect for the next time you need a novel spin on pizza night.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 4 tablespoons plain non-dairy milk
  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 2 whole-wheat pitas
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 2 tablespoons shredded vegan Parmesan
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the flour, then add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring to combine.
  3. Add the spinach and cook for about 2 minutes, just until wilted.
  4. To prepare the pizzas, spread each pita with about 1/3 cup spinach mixture. Top evenly with the tomato slices and sprinkle evenly with the Parmesan.
  5. Broil for 2 minutes, checking to make sure the pitas don’t burn. Cut into wedges to serve.

National Sock Day

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December 4 is National Sock Day, celebrating the glory that is a pair of matching socks. Today was not about lost socks from the dryer, or old socks turned into crafts, but all about a lasting matched pair.

We love celebrating silly holidays like this, so of course I treated everyone to a new pair today! I got Christmas bows, Veronika got little elephants, and Travis received Darth Vader.

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The kids immediately wanted to race around the house in their slippery new socks.

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Just in time, Travis’s Highlights magazine had a sock-matching puzzle to find 8 matching pairs. In a pinch, you can have fun with the real thing; do a load of laundry and have your happy helpers match up all the socks!

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Then finish your celebration by dining on a famous pair: Peas and carrots? Peanut butter and jelly? Here’s to perfect pairs!

Painting with Baby Food

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We had a few leftover jars of early-stage baby food (i.e. smooth purees) that Veronika will never eat at this point. So we decided to paint with them instead!

I laid down a long piece of butcher paper and poured two colors (er, flavors) of baby food onto paper plates. We had yellow/peach paint and purple paint.

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At first I thought we would use this like finger paint, but Veronika was already playing with her toy cars this morning and it turned into car painting, instead! I showed her how to drive a car through a plate, and then along the paper.

She didn’t waste any time, and soon was happily vrooming. I loved that she talked about colors while she played, too. “Red car makes yellow tracks! Blue car makes purple tracks!”

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Your child might want to get in there with fingers instead of cars, which of course is perfectly fine since this is an edible paint. And there’s a high probability that the paint might turn into snack time, too!

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After she was done driving the cars around, Veronika decided they needed a car wash. I set down a tray filled with a little sudsy water and she spent arguably just as long driving the cars through the wash as she had painting with them. All in all it was a nice activity for our morning.

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