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Happy New Year from Handstand Kids

With the New Year quickly approaching, it’s time to look back at 2012, pick out and savor precious family memories and promise yourself to be better in the new year.  This is how we grow as people.

Instead of the old stand-by resolutions we often make, such as to lose weight or save money, we look at the travesty that happened earlier this month in Connecticut and challenge all of the parents out there to make this year’s resolutions about the thing that matters most – our families.

Here are some ideas for New Years resolutions that we promise will bring your family closer!

-        Resolve to have “dates” with the kids: Kids and adults crave one-on-one time, but the hustle and bustle of everyday life often gets in the way, plus kids usually have to share the spotlight with siblings. Set aside time for each child to have “dates with mommy” or “dates with daddy.” You can get manicures or even wake up before everyone else in the house for a secret, private breakfast on the porch; just spend time with each child individually and give them your undivided attention.

-        Resolve to have a regular family game night: Whether it’s once a week or once every other month, make the effort to turn off all the electronics and gadgets, and play Monopoly, Scrabble or your family’s favorite old-school board game. The friendly competition is a wonderful opportunity for bonding as a family.

-        Resolve to eat dinner as a family: Instead of grabbing something quick and rushing off to each child’s various activities, put the extra effort into gathering the entire family around the kitchen table for dinner for at least 30 minutes once a week with no TV. It is a great opportunity to hear about everyone’s day and have meaningful conversations with your kids.

-        Resolve to say “yes” more: We certainly don’t mean to imply that you should spoil your kids rotten, but there is something to be said for picking your battles and indulging your kids’ simple wishes occasionally. It’s tempting to say no when we’re busy, have had long days, or are ready to climb into bed. But promise yourself you’ll say yes to the little things more often, and the payoff will be huge. Say “yes” to making cookies on Saturday. Say “yes” to the third bedtime story even though it’s too late. The quality time with your kids and the genuine happiness the “yes” elicits will be well worth it.

Please share your families’ New Years resolutions with us via Facebook or Twitter. Happy New Year from our Handstand Kids family to yours! We hope 2013 fills your home with much love and laughter.

Language Lesson: Cucumbers

The cucumber or cucumis sativus is a widery cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. It is a creeping vine which bears cylindrical edible fruit when ripe. We wanted to take the day to give you a quick language lesson. Try saying “cucumber” in these different languages:

Spanish - pepino

German – gurke

French – concombre

When you’ve mastered all of these words, try them out in the following recipes:

Spanish Cucumber Salad from About.com is a perfect dish for a warm day – light, tasty and refreshing!

Gurkensalat from AllRecipes.com is a traditional German favorite.

This French cucumber recipe from Food.com was a favorite of legendary chef Julia Child.

If you like our cucumber lesson today, let us know on our Facebook or Twitter!

Veggie Dips!

One thing that Handstand Kids and Handstand Parents can all agree on is the fact that anything that helps us eat raw veggies is awesome! In light of that fact, we’ve done a round up of some of our favorite dips that make eating veggies fun and tasty! See below for three sure fire crowd pleasers!

Kuki’s Cookbook has a dreamy, creamy veggie dip with only 5 ingredients!

This bright green Veggie Dip is made with broccoli, kale and basil and can be left as is or baked for even more deliciousness!

This White Bean Veggie Dip uses yummy Greek yogurt!

What is your favorite dip? Let us know in the comments below or post to our Facebook or Twitter.

Kebabs for Kids

The word Kebab generally refers to meat served on a skewer cooked over or next to flames. Not only are these skewers a snap to make but they’re extremely easy for even the youngest chefs to help put together – just make sure to watch out for those sharp points! Even though Handstand Kids love meaty recipes, we love making new twists, so we’ve provided our favorite kebabs made from meat, veggies and fruits!

You can’t go wrong with these traditional Beef Kebabs from SimplyRecipes.com!

These Veggie Kebabs from RecipeShack.com can be eaten as a side or a complete meal!

These Fresh Fruit Kebabs from AllRecipesIn.com will bring vibrant color to your table scape!

If you’re kebab-ing it up, make sure to share what you’ve made on our Facebook and Twitter.

Summer Desserts

This Red, White and Blue Cheesecake will help you kick off Fourth of July!

Or try these Lady Liberty cupcakes!

Doesn’t Grilled Pound Cake with Berries and Cream sound scrumptious?

Make sure to post pictures of you and your family enjoying your summer desserts to our Facebookand Twitter pages!

Most Refreshing Summer Drinks!

A cool refreshing drink is just what you need on these hot summer days! Try out these recipes – from Disney Family Fun- that are parent tested and Handstand Kids approved!

Lemonade with Berry Ice Cubes - this lemony, tangy drink gets sweeter, and prettier, as the cubes melt!

This Perfect Fruit Punch allows you to be a “mad scientist” and tailor the drink to be more tart or sweet depending on your taste preferences!

Try out this creamy and delicious Avocado Smoothie – featuring our Food of the month, Avocados!

What drinks are cooling you off this summer? Make sure to post to our Facebook and Twitter pages!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Handstand Kids are healthy kids and yours can be healthy too! Summer leaves you with so much time for fun projects, why not start growing your own veggies to use in Handstand Kids recipes? We’ve provided some tips below on how to grow veggies from existing veggies so planting is a snap. Watch your child’s love of science grow along with these little plants and you’ll continue their learning process into the summer!

Potatoes

Using seed potatoes slice into sections making sure that each has at least three “eyes” Pour lightly salted water into a dish with the potato pieces eye-side down. Place the dish in the sun and let it sit for a day or two, until you begin to notice the eyes growing sprouts.

Full growing information here.

Carrots

Cut 1 inch of the crown of the carrot. Place the carrot tops into a plate or saucer. Make sure the plate you take has big enough flat surface so that the carrot tops can be placed easily in it. Add soil, sand, pebbles and lukewarm water into the plate. Make sure that only the end of the carrot tops are dipped under the layer of water and soil. Place the carrot plate in a sunny part of the house.

Full growing information here.

Once you’ve grown your veggies you’re all set to make a delicious Handstand Kids recipe. We like using carrots in our Peanut Salad recipe from our Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook.

Make sure to post pictures of your growing garden – and the recipes you use that summer bounty in – to our Facebook and Twitter pages!

 

Avocados all around!

We’ve already given out our awesome recipe for guacamole from the Handstand Kids mexican cookbook. However, if you’ve never eaten an avocado outside of the great green dip, try one of these recipes from AvocadoCentral.com. They’re super yummy and perfect for Handstand Kids to help with because they’re also easy to make.

Avocado and Red Potato salad will be a shake up to your traditional BBQ cookout food!

Antipasti Kabobs are a great treat for in between meal times or as a side to a main meal!

Enjoy your avocado recipes, because avocados are our Food of the Summer! Post your favorite avocado recipes to our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Fabulous Fruit Salads

Summer recipes make Handstand Kids think of fresh bright colors and sweet fruits! While vegetables may be a hard sell at your table, these summer fruit salads will be gobbled down in no time!

This Fruit Salad with Vanilla Yogurt from All Recipes.com is a smooth, creamy treat.

If you’re the type that forgets about avocado as a fruit, this Avocado Fruit Salad from Southern Living will definitely remind you!

What are your favorite summer fruit recipes? Share them with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Eating As A Family

Eating together as a family is very important, especially for younger children. Since Handstand Kids already enjoy being in the kitchen, make sure to also teach them that it is important to get together as a family. So many lessons can be learned around the table and here are a few great takeaways.

  • Communication
    • Sharing a meal provides a comfortable setting that allows children a time to talk. Discuss family issues and your day-to-day activities in an environment that puts everyone in the mood to talk!
  • Encourage healthy eating
    • Use your handstand kids cookbooks to create a yummy, kid friendly meal that they can help prepare! Eating in vastly reduces your calorie intake, and you know that your kids are not ingesting any unnecessary additives.
  • Helps promote proper etiquette
    • Kids are great at mimicking and by demonstrating proper table manners you can show them how to behave at the table
  • Embrace traditions, old and new
    • Remember and pass down old family recipes and also create new family favorites with the recipes from the Handstand Kids Cookbook. Try this recipe for Beef and Broccoli from our Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook!

Make sure that you post pictures of your family enjoying a meal – whether or not you use a Handstand Kids recipe to our Facebook and Twitter!