Category Archives: Back to School

The month of March is certainly a celebration of reading! It’s officially National March into Literacy month. March 3rd was the 17th annual Read Across America Day sponsored by the National Education Association. And this all coincides with the birthday of the renowned children’s author Dr. Seuss, born on March 2, 1904. Whew — that’s a lot going on!   I’m an avid reader and have been since I was a kid. So, around my house, we read every day. … continued…

Back to School Pam Freeman

Like most other moms across America, I’ve been out shopping with the kids for school supplies and clothes. I’ve been diligently trying to fit this shopping in between fun activities so the kids don’t get too upset. I’ve been carrying the supply list in my purse, that way I can take advantage if I find a good deal. So all this means is that you can run across me in the store aisles with a list and a pen in … continued…

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Back to School DIY Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

I started making homemade granola because my oldest daughter is allergic to peanuts and finding peanut-free granola is next to impossible. I also love granola, but felt guilty buying it for myself and then having her ask me if it tasted good. Then, I came across a recipe for homemade granola that was easy and basic. No nuts unless you add them at the end. At first my kids were less than enthusiastic about my new granola recipe. They enjoyed … continued…

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Back to School DIY Healthy Habits Pam Freeman Snacks

I created this because I was craving a cheesy dip I could indulge in without guilt. It’s simple and delicious. So delicious that I think I will also make it and top pasta with the sauce for a family meal someday soon! Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Makes 7 1/2-cup servings Ingredients: 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef 96% Lean Ground Sirloin 1/4 cup flour 1 12-ounce can fat-free evaporated milk 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated 1/2 … continued…

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Back to School Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Snacks

The school lunch program is off to a healthy start for 2012. The USDA recently announced new guidelines to help make school lunches healthier.  While the national school lunch program has always aimed to provide healthy foods and appropriate portion sizes, the guidelines had not been updated in over 15 years.  A lot has changed in 15 years including soaring obesity rates across all ages.  The new guidelines will provide students with both fruits and vegetables every day, more whole … continued…

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Back to School In the News Jenny Kramer, RD

When my oldest first went to school, I soon realized there were tons of papers that I needed to keep around since they held a multitude of useful information. You know … the list of classmates, the daily class schedule and the monthly lunch schedule, project information sheets, book orders, permission slips, etc. I couldn’t believe it; the list was endless. And, many of these papers had to be kept all year! At heart, I consider myself an organized soul. … continued…

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Back to School DIY Pam Freeman

SPICY BEEF NOODLES Ingredients 1 pound Laura’s 92% Lean Ground Beef or 96% Lean Ground Round 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper 1/2 cup shredded carrots 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 1 cup low-salt, fat-free beef broth 1/4 cup peanut butter 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper 8 ounces vermicelli, cooked 1/4 cup sliced green onions 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted Chopped peanuts (optional) Directions 1. Cook beef in … continued…

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