After a long summer break, I’m back with another Sunday With Sarah for you. I’ve missed you!
This week, I invited my friend Liza GardnerWalsh, author of The Fairy House Handbook to join me to talk about the history of fairy houses in Maine, and I invited a couple of young friends along to demonstrate.
Building fairy houses is a wonderful outdoor activity that will deepen your child’s connection to nature and engage his or her imagination. Continue Reading
Children as young as 2- or 3-years old are capable of helping with cooking. Involving children with meal preparation teaches them real-life skills and helps them feel capable and confident.
This week on Sunday with Sarah I demonstrate how I made Stone Soup (vegetable soup) with the children in my kindergarten class.
Though I never use a recipe, here are the general instructions:
Chop an apple and an onion. Peel and crush 2-4 cloves of garlic. Sauté the apples, onions and garlic in olive oil and about a tablespoon of butter.
Add 2-3 bouillon cubes, or 2-3 T. of bouillon paste (I like Better Than Bouillon) to the sauteed mixture.
Add 2-3 quarts of water and put a clean, washed stone in the pot, and let simmer.
Have children help you chop whatever vegetables you have on hand. Veggies can include potatoes, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, peppers, broccoli, celery, zucchini, kale, spinach, or virtually any other type of fresh vegetable.
Have children help add chopped vegetables to pot.
Add a cup of barley or rice that has been rinsed and soaked overnight, or pasta in fun shapes.
Let simmer for an hour.
Enjoy! (Makes a full pot that will feed a family, with enough for leftovers.)
If you decide to make Stone Soup with your children, let me know how it turns out! In what other ways to you involve your child/ren in the kitchen? What cooking tasks have they helped you with? Share your thoughts, comments and questions here!
I had a long and wonderful visit with Wolfgang Schühle, the president of Ostheimer in Germany, and met Stephan Zech, the company’s current designer. I was able to share with them my love of Ostheimer figures and tell them about the joy they have brought my family over the last 20 years.
Wolfgang was able to share with me some of the history of the company, founded by Margarete Ostheimer in Stuttgart, Germany nearly 60 years ago. Fortunately, I was able to record some of my talk with Mr. Schühle and am happy to share it with you here!
GIVEAWAY: Win a Five-Piece Collection of Ostheimer Wooden Animals for Spring!
I want to share my Ostheimer love with you, so Bella Luna Toys is giving away a set of these beloved wooden figures, perfect for a child’s Easter basket!
1 Sitting Rabbit
1 Picking Brown Hen
1 Brown Chick
1 Yellow Chick
Click on the link below for details and to enter for a chance to win: