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Holidays, Families and Teachers
December 16, 2009
From the Editor
Suki's Blog: Energy Girl Rocks!
Central Coast Independent School Fair, Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Is it possible to eat healthfully and still have tasty food?
Heddi's Blog: Spelling Power
This Week
Third Annual Interactive Toy Trains Show
Recipes
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(Icons/Graphics) Family_NRHomecoming.jpgDear Parents, Friends, Teachers and Business Friends,

It's about family and our children, is it not? 

If you are a parent and you have any challenges at all in raising your children or if you are a teacher with a challenging student in your class, you will surely enjoy reading Suki's 2009 parenting and homeschooling journey which she reviews in her blog.  It will take you through a  re-visiting in a year in the life of her delightful and creative daughter.

Giving homemade gifts or time and "presence" requires more energy than purchasing gifts but have a long lasting and deep effect on both giver and receiver.  Still, it's fun to give tangible, store bought (local!) presents, especially when you come up with a gift that truly connects with a strong interest of the recipient.

(Icons/Graphics) Family_NRGrampa.jpgThen there is tikkun olam and tzedakah which Suki writes about: "...tikkun olam (repairing the world) as a primary goal in one's life.... and... tzedakah (charity or justice). It['s] not enough to live a good life - you are required to help others live a good life, too." 

It begins within the family, extends to neighbors and friends, expands to our community and for some of us influences the world.  We are raising our children to be ambassadors of our family culture. We do our best with our awesome responsibility!

Have wonderful holidays with your families!

Parmalee

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  Suki's Blog: Energy Girl Rocks!

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It’s nearing the end of the year, and I’m starting to feel nostalgic. Also, my daughter just turned seven, and somehow that seems very momentous. It occurred to me that I’d like to publicly thank all the people who have helped her this year. It’s been an amazing year for her, full of growth and promise. And I know we wouldn’t have seen nearly the amount of positive change without various people’s help.

The longest-term thanks goes to...>>>>>>

  Central Coast Independent School Fair, Wednesday, January 20, 2010

 Looking for the right school for your child? 

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Save the date: Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010

Meet representatives of the many fine independent schools
of the Central Coast.

www.IndependentSchoolFair.com

  Is it possible to eat healthfully and still have tasty food?

Is it possible to eat healthfully and still have tasty food? I went to a Christmas party put on by Jennifer Brewer that featured seasonal vegetables. While I am not a vegetarian, I'm striving to change my eating lifestyle. One change I've made is a major increase in my greens and veggies intake. I have even gotten to the point of eating greens three times a day and especially for breakfast. One preparation tip I have learned is that adding the right combination of spices makes veggies taste great!

(Site Photos) JenniferBrewer_color_640.jpgI use many of Jennifer's weekly recipes and confess I am majorly impressed with the great variety of dishes you can make with veggies. Jennifer's a nutritionist and natural foods chef whose clients subscribe to her weekly meal planning service with shopping list, recipes and directions. She's affiliated with New Leaf, so each week's shopping list comes with a generous coupon! I think by using the coupons that I actually come out ahead.

I tasted a small helping of everything, potato-leek soup with a kick, baked polenta wedges spread with a white Bean Puree and topped with Mushroom Ragout, a spinach/squash salad and texas caviar on blue corn chips. My favorite was Creamy Cashew Cheese spread on toasted sourdough topped with a sun-dried tomato relish on one end and pesto on the other. It was so tasty I could have eaten several more but I was saving my calorie allotment for one of the cookies.

Choosing only one cookie was a challenge, but I stuck to one, the Cherry Chocolate Crinkle, crispy on the outside and yummy soft on the inside with a piquant cherry surprise in the middle! Recipes are below.

Visit Jennifer at her website and learn how she conquered 20 years of yo-yo dieting, eats well and will share how to do it it with us!

  Heddi's Blog: Spelling Power

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Whether you have a child who spells easily or one who is challenged, Heddi has found a great spelling program/challenge for you.  Check out this book.   If you think you are an excellent speller, ask your children to quiz you from this book which contains the "...most frequently used and frequently misspelled words..."  and if you know you are spelling challenged, perhaps you can get some help from this source.  Read Heddi's blog to find out more. >>>>>>

  This Week

Event CalendarBelow is only a partial list of upcoming events and activities so be sure to click on our EVENT CALENDAR so you do not miss anything >>

Use the PARENT PLANNER to click on events and resources you are interested in and click PRINT MY PLANNER to print or email your list.

Holiday Events | Movie Showtimes

 

Parent Chat

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A reader asks for help!

You, parents and educators, are the best ones to answer her question!

Parent Chat

Child's Sweater or Poncho
Handmade Locally
by CateCreates

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Extra soft, warm acrylic variegated blend yarn
Holds its shape
Machine washable
Choose your
favorite color(s)
$60

catecreates@gmail.com
704.6159

Come relax with us!


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Festive Holidays

The Tyrolean Inn

Christmas Eve, 4 -9pm

New Year's Eve, 5-10pm

Advance reservations requested!
9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond
336.5188

Cooking Classes at

Fresh Prep Kitchens

KID-Chef 101--Cooking Basics

Cooking skills such as measuring, mixing, whisking, baking, knife skills, kitchen safety, science/cooking related presentations and FUN! Cooking is hands on for students and includes visual demonstrations of new tools and techniques. Each student will prepare and enjoy the food they make in class.

 

Tues, 12/15, 3:30-5pm:

Fresh Raspberry Scones with Lemon Blueberry Spread and Fresh Fruit Platter

 

Tues, 12/29, 3:30-5pm:

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting--Make, Decorate and Take Home

 

Ages 8-12
Instructor Phyllis Endicott
$40/student/class

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TEEN-Chef 101, Cook a Take-Home Dinner for Your Family

Hands-on and demo class where teens learn how to prepare a complete a 3-course meal to take home and serve to their families. Dinners serve 4.

 

Additionally, your teen will learn all of the basic techniques and skills to be able to follow these recipes at home for future meal planning and fun. Our instructor is also a science teacher and will be teaching related science experiments during class.

 

Thurs, 12/17, 4-6pm

Home-Made Lasagna, Pasta and Sauces From Scratch. Lemon Tart



Tues, 12/22:

Dim Sum--Pork or Chicken Stuffed Dumplings, Stir-Fried Rice with Vegetables, Sesame-Coconut Cookies

 

Ages 13 to 18
Instructor Phyllis Endicott
$65 per student, per class (includes dinner for 4 persons to take home)

 

Fresh Prep Kitchens
504 A Front St, SC
429-1390

Time for KEEN!

Katie Dog's little friend likes Katie's Keen so now her Dad feeds her KEEN!

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KEEN

A low-gluten diet made with turkey, organic oats, vegetables, and love!

Dr. Ken & Dr. Jen at

Allpets Clinic recommend it!

So does Katie-Dog!

1226 B Soquel Av, Santa Cruz
425.0945

 

 Third Annual Interactive Toy Trains Show

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Join us for a rotating cavalcade of operating toy trains from the 1920s to the 21st century. Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up-headlight flashing, drive wheels spinning, smoke flowing from the smoke stack and of course a mighty whistle. On another track, see a remote controlled modern production of an O gauge diesel with all the latest electronic features. Hear the roar as the diesel starts up, the blast of the mighty horn, the squeal of the brakes at the train slows for a curve and the chatter between the engineer and the control tower. Toy trains have come a long way over the last century, but new or old, the emphasis is on fun!


Toy Trains 2009 features the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad with its famous Chicago-California streamliner "The Super Chief" in miniature. Children and the young at heart have the opportunity to operate the trains, sound the whistles and much more! Visitors will view vintage advertisements extolling the advantages of luxurious Pullman train travel of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Examples of many interactive accessories some and colorful catalogues produced over the years will also be displayed in the exhibition. Members of the Over the Hill Gang will be on hand to help young engineers' master controls and to answer questions. Don't miss this nostalgic exhibition.

Toy Trains 2009 is presented by The Museum of Art & History in conjunction with the 'Over the Hill Gang'--a group of local toy train collectors who love to operate their trains. The "Over the Hill Gang' has generously donated a new Lionel Santa Fe passenger set complete with track and transformer for this year's free raffle prize at MAH. Just sign up at the Museum for a free chance to win! The raffle winner will be announced on Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 3pm.

Special Train Event on Tuesday, December 22 at 11am: Live Performance with Liz Anderson from Musical Me. Liz will entertain children young and old with an interactive train themed musical experience!

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Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 30) from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Details: Magical wonderland of thousands of colorful twinkling lights, exciting, animated displays and favorite holiday music
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  Recipes

Cashew Cheese Spread

1 C raw cashews, soaked overnight
2 cloves garlic minced
1 T tahini
1 T olive oil
4 T water
1/4 C lemon juice
1 t sea salt

In a food processor, puree cashews until well ground. Add remaining ingredients and puree 5 minutes or until mixture is VERY smooth, stopping to scrape sides as needed.

Pick up sun dried tomato and pesto prepared garnishes for topping from New Leaf.

(Site Photos) Cookie_chocolatecrinkle.jpgCherry Chocolate Crinkles

1/2 C butter, softened
1/3 C date sugar or sucanat
1/4 C maple syrup or agave nectar
1 egg or 1 T ground flaxseed mixed with ¼ C milk
1 C all-purpose flour
1 t salt
1/2 C cocoa
1 C pitted, unsweetened dried sweet cherries
2/3 C dark chocolate chips
Organic powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix butter, sugar, maple syrup, flaxseed mixture or egg and mix well. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soca, salt and cocoa and add to butter mixture. Fold in cherries and chocolate chips. Shape into 1 inch balls, roll in powdered sugar and place onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until firm. Cool on a wire rack.

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