Multicultural Children’s Book Day is January 27th. A day to celebrate and to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. This is the second year I’m participating as a book reviewer. Last year I reviewed The Year of the Sheep and created an activity to go with the book. This year I received 3 books in a larger series of books that introduce children to what their life would be like if they lived somewhere else in the world. It is written by author Carole P. Roman, you can visit her author’s page here. I received these books in order to facilitate a review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Come along with Carole P. Roman and us and take a trip around the world to see what we can learn.
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If you were me and lived…GREECE: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World by Carole P. Roman. All 3 of these books follow the same pattern. However, I will focus on the book about Greece.
First your child is shown where in the world the country is found on a map and given a historical overview to the country. The reader is introduced to Athens and how old it is and how it is the birth place of democracy. Next the reader is introduced to what your name might have been had you been born in Greece. If you were a boy, you may have been named Georgios (Geeg-org-os) or Nikolaos (Nik-kay-los) and if a girl, you were likely to be a Katerina (Kat-a-reen-a) or Sophia (So-fee-a). Through out the book the reader can learn words in the common language of that country as the author includes the phonetic pronunciation in brackets after key words. Readers will learn about key cultural landmarks such as, the Acropolis, and the Parthenon. Your kids will discover the common traditional foods, such as tzatziki, helloumi, or loukoumades of Greece along with the special holidays the Greek celebrate through out the year. And of course, there is a quick overview of the history of the Olympic Games. The back of the book also contains a glossary of vocabulary words along with their phonetic pronunciation. I know I love those glossaries as it is all Greek to me.
And here are a few shots of the inside of the book.
The only slightly minor thing was when my child and I tried to read the pages where the text is placed over top of photo like the photo above, it was a bit more difficult to read those pages. The text on the solid background as seen in the above photos made reading easier. Overall though, this book series is perfect for a quick overview of different countries and cultures around the world. If you know your child is studying a certain culture at school these books would be great to borrow from the library to supplement your child’s learning at home. If you are teaching at home this series is also a great resource for kids aged 5-9. This series would be perfect for a school collection as well as it covers a lot of different countries. You can see all of the books at Carole P Roman’s Site. Since we can’t afford travel around the world learning through books is one of the next best and available resource to expand your child’s knowledge of other cultures and countries.
To expand the learning on Greece my daughter and I made our own Tzatziki Dip. We have tried the store bought versions before but this recipe which I discovered on Two Peas and Their Pod – Tzatziki Sauce is simple, quick, light and tasty to make with your children. If you go to their site you can find the recipe and print it out. Below I have my daughter and I demonstrating just how easy and quick it is to make.
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Who is going to see the new Minions Movie? Banaaaanaa!! Even I’m excited! In preparing for the excitement and to fill up an afternoon with a kid cooking activity this summer we thought we would create our own Minion Smoothies.
What we have are creations inspired by the cute little yellow guys and my kids. They wanted to create a drink that of course had bananas in it but also be blue. Before we went shopping we had to brainstorm how could we make a smoothie blue. We thought blueberries might be a nice complement to the bananas and well blueberries are blue, aren’t they? As they discovered their drink ends up being purple hence their first creation.
How we made the Purple Banana Minion Smoothie:
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 banana 1 handful of blueberries (ours were frozen)
1 tbsp of honey to sweeten it (sweeten to your taste or your kids taste)
Blend and enjoy! Simple and easy!
How we made the Blue Banana Minion Smoothie:
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp of (Kool-Aid) Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade
1/2 cup of ice
1/2 cup of milk
Honey to taste
Our second attempt was trying to use blue Kool-Aid. It didn’t really turn out blue like Mr. Yoda thought it would. When we initially dropped the kool-aid in with the yogurt it was blue but then once mixed with the banana, milk and ice it turned more greenish. So Mr. Yoda wanted to add blue food colouring but I didn’t really think that would help at this point. The kool-aid sort of makes it sweeter but not as much as I had expected so mama added just a little bit of honey. As we learned through the process though, blue is hard.
At the end we voted and here are the results:
Mr. Yoda – preferred the blue banana
Miss Ballerina – preferred the purple banana
Mama – definitely the purple banana
Mr. Black Licorice – well, he loved both of them
The consensus was that the Minions would love either as they both had bananas. They would probably add a lot more bananas though. Banaaanaa!
If you are wondering about the weird title photo at the beginning that is also Mr. Black Licorice’s influence as he wanted to position the banana and the minion.
I have done a few other minion related posts over the last few years you can check them out below.
As a busy mom with kids we need fast, simple suppers that are still flavourful and healthy too. Can we have it all? We can try. One some nights anyways. I have had to step up my game recently as my kids become older and are joining extra curricular activities during the week. In the winter it was Taekwondo but it wasn’t every night and all my kids could go at the same time. Yippee! This spring 2 of my 3 kids wanted to try outdoor soccer. Well, it turns out they are on opposite nights. For the month of May and June we have soccer every night of the week. Mama has to be more organized in her meal planning. It is a good thing I have challenged myself to create weekly meal plans since January for the last 2 years in a row and boy has it made a difference to my sanity. I wasn’t really a meal planner before but I am now. I have compiled a combination of some of my go to recipes and some recipes from sites I follow a lot. Here is the start of 5 simple, easy, fast meals that I can make on week night before soccer and still get out the door in a reasonable manner and mostly on time and the kids at least have attempted to eat something made at home. Just to keep it real, I’m not successful every night. Some nights it does end up being chicken fingers, sandwiches, frozen pancakes etc… but I’m trying to be more meal organized. Now if I could just find the soccer socks and shin guards as easily.
Ever since the Lego Movie Tuesday’s have been a piece of cake at our house. Every Tuesday is Taco night. It can be changed up of course but on our soccer nights I just opt for frying up the beef or chicken and then I just pull out the sour cream, salsa, cheese, tomatoes and taco chips.
For more 20-30 minutes I follow this list on Mel Kitchen Cafe – 30 Minutes where there are a lot of ideas and more added all the time such as this one:
And on Friday’s, it is mama’s night off and I usually order pizza.
Do you have any go to family dinner recipes for those nights during the week that you just need to be fast and easy but still tasty and not take out all of the time? For more recipes join me on Pinterest and my Yummy Foods Idea board.
I tried out another version of Warm Artichoke Dip but this time it is a Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip. I am trying to discover a family favourite or at least a mama favourite dip as I have found I quite enjoy them at restaurants but can not eat out all the time. So far the recipes seem simple enough to make but how to find the right combination of ingredients to make a favourite go to recipe. You can see my first attempt here.
Before I tell you about this attempt I should probably tell you that I’m not very good at following recipes. No wait, I follow the recipes the best I can but it is when I’m grocery shopping that I sometimes buy a different item like no fat versus calorie wise, or plain cream cheese versus Greek yogurt cream cheese and so as a result my end product is slightly different. In my first attempt it just tasted of too much mayonnaise . So it wasn’t a hit. This time I changed the type of mayonnaise I used. So here goes my second attempt to find a family favourite Warm Artichoke Dip.
This is not a sponsored post for any products I have used. I use whatever I have in my pantry or I able to find at the grocery store. Which seems easy but not.
The ingredients I used:
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of chopped artichoke hearts
1 cup mayonnaise (Plain Original Miracle Whip) this time
1/4 cup of Parmesan Romano Asiago (Funny Story about shopping for Parmesan Cheese I will explain later)
1 cup Cream Cheese with Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Mozzarella Shredded Cheese (half used in dip the other half used to melt on top)
How I made it:
1. First I cooked the spinach in a pot on low heat until it looked like wet soggy green sludge. Don’t show kids this they will revolt faster then they can ask for play time on the ipad.
2. While spinach was cooking I chopped the artichoke hearts up into small pieces. Then I put them in my mixer to make more of a paste.
3. Added the spinach to the artichoke paste and mixed into more of a paste. If kids ask what you are doing I would suggest saying you are making green paint that you will use to turn them into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Ewww…. no way mom we are outta here.
4. In a bowl I combined the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, half of the mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup of Parmesan Roman Asigo Cheese and mix together with a spoon.
Here is why I have Parmesan Romano Asigo Cheese and not just plain parmesan cheese. I took my handy dandy shopping list, so proud I, one wrote what I needed down, and two that I remembered it. So I took my list and my 3 kids to the grocery store. I usually go shopping at a big box store; you know the ones where everything is laid out in specific sections but if you forgot something in the first section by the time you make it to the end there is no way you are dragging you sorry, tired butt with 3 kids back to the beginning. This is what happened to me. Some how I forgot to get the fresh parmesan cheese in the deli section and then I’m in the isle with sour cream, cheese and yogurt section only the store I went to on that day only had Parmesan Romano Asiago Cheese stocked. Just my luck. That will have to do because I’m not schlepping my cart and 3 kids back to find it. This happens to me a lot. I have these images of tasty yummy recipes dancing in my head only to not find the exact item I need at the store on the day I go shopping. And when I’m in a groove to make something new from a recipe well I just have to go with my momentum.
4. Mix green sludge paste into bowl and mix with cream mixture.
5. Pour green sludge mixture into my baking plate. Here is where Mr. Yoda says “why is it green? I’m not eating that.” Whatever, more for mom even though I should not eat all of this if it happens to be the best thing on the planet.
6. Add remaining Mozzarella cheese on top.
6. Place in oven, bake for 7-10 mins at 325c (oven times vary) Below is a pic of before it went in.
And the verdict is well better then attempt #1 but it tasted like something was missing. Then I remembered that I didn’t add any salt or pepper. I often forget to add these as I’m not a seasoned cooker. My youngest two refused to eat it. My eldest, bless him, tried it at least but wasn’t too fond of it. He prefers nacho chips with salsa. I liked it better then the first attempt. I think the mayonnaise made a difference but like I said something was missing. It was a lot creamier though. So I will cook on trying to find the just right recipe to make Warm Artichoke Dip.
Eating with tortilla chips
Thanks for sharing my journey in searching for a warm artichoke dip. If you have a recipe you think I should try. Leave me a note.
Artichoke hearts, I have never eaten them ever until recently I tried a warm artichoke spinach dip at a local restaurant. Now I’m obsessed with it. If a restaurant has it on their menu I’m ordering it whether the rest of the table wants it or not. I went to the internet and of course there is no shortage of recipes to try. I have decided to attempt to make different ones until I find the one I absolutely love.
This is not a sponsored post of any products, it will just be the ingredients I use in my attempts. I will dish out the good and bad of my cooking attempt. I am not a food blogger just a stay at home mom searching for a simple yet scrumptious warm artichoke dip that I can enjoy by myself or I can work on and maybe use as appetizer for adults at parties.
I choose this recipe to start with because it is a simple 4 ingredient recipe. This can become my starting point.
1 cup of chopped Artichoke hearts (I assumed fresh but I had picked up artichoke hearts marinated in oil)
1 cup of parmesan cheese (I didn’t have any in the house! What!!! Shoot I guess I will have to try with Mozzarella)
1 garlic clove
1 cup of mayonnaise ( I used Kraft Miracle Whip Calorie Wise)
So I guess it isn’t exactly the same recipe from All Recipes but my own weird appetizer.
Supplies for Attempt #1
First I chopped the artichoke hearts up into smaller pieces and the garlic gloves (yup I put in 2 instead of one because apparently I need protection from vampires) and mixed them together in a bowl. Then I took the mixture and put it into my Magic Bullet and turned it into more of a paste which is what you see in the picture below.
Then I added the 1 cup of mayonnaise to the bowl and about 1 handful of cheese and mixed. Then I poured all of it into my pie plate and spread it out. Then I topped it with some more cheese. Then I put it in the oven (which was preheated to 375°f) and cooked for 15 minutes. It wasn’t quite ready yet so I put it in for an extra 3 minutes. The photo below is when I took it out.
Warm Artichoke Dip
I inserted some Multigrain chips and I couldn’t resist trying to make it fun for my kids.
However fun it might look it is not a winner. I repeat do not attempt this one at home.
Adalinc Warm Artichoke Dip
What I think is wrong with this one: the only thing I could really taste was the mayonnaise and the artichoke hearts. I think I’m in need of recommendations for the right brand or kind of mayonnaise to use for the dip. I have seen some recipes that use sour cream and/or cream cheese and maybe that would make this better. Mr. Yoda tried it, and it came out fast with a ‘yuck, yuck, yuck’ so it definitely is not kid friendly. But I will not give up, I will prevail because I’m obsessed and can’t afford eating it out at restaurants. So if you want to follow me in my quest to find our family’s favourite Artichoke Dip sign up to get my post updates, or follow me on Twitter,or on my facebook page.