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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

August 10, 2011

Frozen Pop Favorites from Jill at Holistic Family Nutrition

Viva: Downside to the Perfect Mom

Amy: In the Beginning There Were Picture books

Suki: Against Prescriptive Parenting
Summer’s Sweetest Treats – Melons!
This Week
Tri Santa Cruz - MultiSport Weekend
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(Graphics) I_Love_Food.jpgWe're all foodies.  With so much local bounty so easily available in stores, farmers markets and restaurants, how can we help but be conscious of eating right!?  Several of SantaCruzParent's sponsors are in the food industry: New Leaf, Casablanca Inn & Bistro, Tyrolean Inn, Fresh Prep Kitchens and now Jill Troderman, CNS and her new business,  Holistic Family Nutrition.  Get to know these local businesses.   You will be well rewarded!

Two local radio shows centering around food are excellent.  Listen to Michael Olson's Food Chain Radio Saturdays 9am on 1080AM.  Just before Michael, at 8:30am, Chef Jenny Brewer, MS, CNS and Dr. Aimee Shunney on Green Tea and Honey ask, and answer, the question, "Can you love your food and your body too?"

September brings new beginnings: schools, teachers, classes.  Keep checking our Events Calendar and Class Calendar for new postings. 

How about a couple more special outings.  Click here for Free Admission Days at Museums.  Staying with the free theme, there is plenty of activity in our local state parks.  Click for All Park Activities.  Are you up for one more Festival before school begins?

Now and September are the best months for ocean swimming.  Treat yourselves to several more good beach days!  Is there a beach you have not yet tried?  Here's a descriptive list of county beaches.

Have a great weekend and bon apetite, Parmalee

  Frozen Pop Favorites from Jill at Holistic Family Nutrition

(Photos General) Popsicles.jpgWow, who knew crafting the tastiest and most tempting ice pop would be such an eclectic art! The flavor combos are quite endless and it's pretty hard not to create something satisfying, especially if you start with whole and delicious fruits and juices. This really is the perfect healthy treat for your whole summertime crew.

For the curious of mind, a bit of wikipedia ice-pop history....

"In 1905 in San Francisco, 11-year-old Frank Epperson was mixing powdered flavoring for soda and water out on the porch. He left it there, with a stirring stick still in it. That night, temperatures reached a record low, and the next morning, the boy discovered the drink had frozen to the stick, inspiring the idea of a fruit-flavored "Popsicle'."

Write me and tell me what your favorite flavors are!!

Keeping it cool, really really cool, Jill, Holistic Family Nutrition

Prep time- 10 minutes  ~   Freeze time- 4 hours

Orange Creamsicle - The 70's Classic
This flavorful ice pop will be a familiar and nostalgic taste that everyone born in the last century will still love and the kids today will too!

Combine in a blender or mixing bowl:
1 ½ cups orange juice
1 ½ cup vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
Dash of vanilla

Pour slurry into ice pop molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.

 

 

Mango Madness
Mangoes are the world's most popular fruit. Need I say more?

Combine in a blender:
1 cup mango, fresh or frozen
1 cup orange juice
1 cup strawberry, fresh or frozen½ cup pineapple juice
Pour slurry into ice pop molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.


 
Berry Blast
This frozen pop captures a warm summer day in the cold freezer.

Combine in a blender:
1 cup strawberry, fresh or frozen
1 cup blueberry, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup mixed berry juice
½ cup soy milk
Pour slurry into ice pop molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.

 

 

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  Viva: Downside to the Perfect Mom

(Graphics) LemonGirl.jpgI like to start Mondays with a challenge to myself to better my life in some way that week. Since frugal living as been at the top of my list of goals lately, I decided to start a Monday Frugal Challenge.

I thought of this week's Challenge when my husband and I were out eating sushi a couple days ago. It was the same old Japanese restaurant he and I have been going to for six years, but this time the sushi was exquisite, and we were almost giddy as we bit into each new sushi roll that was delivered. What made that visit so different?

Answer: We hadn't eaten sushi in over a year.

After such a long break from sushi, our taste buds' appreciation for the flavors had grown without us even realizing it. Absence had truly made the heart grow fonder. There is a lot of talk right now about using "mindfulness"...  continued>>>>

 
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"Meet me at the Casablanca!"

Wednesday through Monday 11am -10pm
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  Amy: In the Beginning There Were Picture books

(Photos General) AmyWirth_SantaCruzParent.jpgOkay, so it's not the absolute beginning of the The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children, but the Picture Book section is close enough and whether anointed by some list or merely a parent's childhood favorite, picture books are the beginning of many a childhood milestone: first book at laptime, naptime, and bedtime; first book read on one's own after many readings by a parent; the first time a parent is rewarded with hearing that their childhood favorite is their child's too; the first time a parent realizes their childhood favorite is completely and almost unredeemably politically incorrect.

Except for a handful of stragglers, and a few we just couldn't find, we have made our way through most of the 230+ books in this section. Among them were some truly sublime treasures, some books that were fine but would not have made our family Best Of list, and some real stinkers that maybe we are either too immature or too high-fallutin' to appreciate. According to the Guide, picture books "have simple texts, and for the most part, a very young child can study them and understand what they are about...Picture books are principally for preschool-age children, but school-age children often continue to enjoy them." (Lipson, p. 11.) Having an eight-year-old and a two-and-a-half year old, I can attest to the accuracy of that definition.

So, here we go with the first round of picture books.  continued>>>>

 

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  Suki: Against Prescriptive Parenting

(Photos General) SukiRedHead_138.jpgI'm spending the weekend with my tribe: a ragtag band of people who call themselves homeschoolers. We each have different reasons for choosing this path, and our kids are as different as kids can be. Some of us homeschool because we want our kids to go to college. Others homeschool to keep our kids away from school, period. But the thing we have in common is a passion for kids and learning.

But that doesn't mean we always agree.

I started out this morning going to a talk that I had to walk out of. The speaker is well-regarded and I'm sure she was going to say lots of things I'd agree with. But she gave herself away in the first ten minutes. She told me that she knew what my kids need and want.

Good way to get me to stand up and walk out.  ... continued>>>

  Summer’s Sweetest Treats – Melons!

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The summer heat is on and it's important to stay hydrated. To make it easy, be sure to eat lots of water-rich-foods, like melons and even squash. Add a powerful boost to your daily nutrition and enjoy the benefit of eating a portion of your daily intake of water. Melons are especially packed with vitamins and minerals. Just a few from the long list are vitamins C, B-6 and B-12, calcium and iron. Come in and see New Leaf's summer produce selection. It is off the vine!

Cantaloupes are very aromatic when ripe and are one of the most popular melons in the world. with trademark sweetness, ripe cantaloupes have a dull yellow background color with raised netting. There should also be a sweet fragrance on the blossom end, which should yield a bit when pressed.

Galia melons are thought to be a cross between cantaloupe and honeydew. These juicy green-flesh melons have an ultra sweet, spicy taste. In appearance they resemble a darker cantaloupe with a netted golden yellow rind. Originally developed in Israel, Galia, unlike most melons, is at its best when slightly chilled.

Sharlyn melons have a distinct, perfume-like fragrance. Their pale green flesh is creamy with a nice balanced sweetness. appearing like an elongated cantaloupe with yellow-orange coloring and thin mosaic netting, sharlyn is a product of cross breeding (most likely a cantaloupe and a few other varieties were involved). They are thought to have originated in Italy around the 15th century.

Minty Melon Trio with Crispy Prosciutto
1/2 lb finely sliced prosciutto
1 small wedge each of the melons above, cut into cubes
1/4 cup fresh shaved parmesan
2 teaspoons crushed mixed peppercorns
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 bunch fresh mint, finely chopped, a few leaves reserved for garnish
3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar

Set your oven to broil on high, and place the prosciutto on a pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until just crisp. Allow to cool, then break into large pieces. Mix together the melon cubes and chopped mint and then place on a serving plate. Top with the crispy prosciutto pieces and the parmesan.

Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, crushed peppercorns and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Pour over the salad. Garnish with remaining mint leaves.

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of upcoming events and activities.

Click on our EVENT CALENDAR for more!

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Chartwell School, Informal Tour 8/13


The New High School Project Informal Tour 8/13

 

Orchard School Open House 8/16

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Great Art Classes

 

Art du Jour

Santa Cruz


Art Factory

Aptos


Drawn2Art

Scotts Valley


Mountain Arts Center

Ben Lomond


Studio Palette

Santa Cruz

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Angela's Home Daycare

Santa Cruz


Auntie Wendi's Daycare

DeLaveaga area


Casa de Kids

Watsonville


Free to Be Me Preschool & Daycare

Santa Cruz


Miss Jonnie's Aftercare

Santa Cruz


Golden Rule Afterschool Care

Santa Cruz

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 Tri Santa Cruz - MultiSport Weekend

Tri Santa Cruz, Swim, run, ride - family course option
August 13 - Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon ~ August 14 - International Distance Triathlon

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You'll swim 1500 meters (two loops) at Cowell Beach adjacent to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, right next to the famous Steamer Lane surf area and the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf.

After your swim you'll run down the sidewalk to Depot Park, have assistance getting your wetsuit off if you need it, and hop on your bike for a 24.8 mile ride (four loopSCITs) out to the West Side of Santa Cruz. You will only travel one way on Delaware Street, making a U-turn at the entrance to Long Marine Lab, then a right turn onto Swanton and a left turn onto West Cliff Drive for a very scenic ride back towards the corner of Bay and Laguna. You will make FOUR loops of the bike course before returning to transition.

At the end of your bike ride you'll return to Depot Park and run up West Cliff Drive past the Surfer Museum at Lighthouse Point and along West Cliff Drive to a turnaround point before returning to the Depot Park Finish Line. The run will be 10K.  Details.

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Date: Every day (Aug 18-Aug 19)
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