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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

February 9, 2017
Make Valentines & Driftwood Art
Preparation for Storms

Be a Genius, Do This One Thing, Have Better Soups All Winter

Easy Toddler Valentine Craft

"Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age"
Places to Go!
Homemade Vegetale Bouillion Recipe
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  Make Valentines & Driftwood Art

(0 Feb 2017) Valentine1.jpgThe ladies arrived with scavenged paper, tissue, glue, ancient stickers, paint brushes, markers, glitter, old magazines and a marvelous assortment of doodads. For the next four hours they talked, laughed, nibbled, imbibed and created valentines for loved ones and old friends. I especially liked this one!

Goodness, with all this rain, it's time for soups! We bring you a great (0 Feb 2017) driftwoodheart2.jpgsoup/stew bouillion recipe that promises to make all your soups unique and boost your soup making reputation.

Our beaches are loaded with driftwood, the storms gift to us and ours for the taking.  Time for driftwood art. Enjoy the inspiration from previous storms.

(2 Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgPlease share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a safe weekend,  Parmalee

  Preparation for Storms

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Stay home if possible!

www.cityofsantacruz.com/emergencystormpreparation.

Santa Cruz County Emergency Preparedness

Watsonville Storm Preparation

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  Be a Genius, Do This One Thing, Have Better Soups All Winter

by Kristen Miglore

Creative Director, Food 52

(0 Feb 2017) VeggiesforSoup.jpg"There's one surprisingly simple thing you can do tonight (or tomorrow, or Saturday afternoon) that, all winter long, will give you the soup-making power of homemade vegetable broth in-snap!-the time it takes to make hot water.

It's not magic, it's bouillon! One jar will last you a good six months-basically through the end of broth season. And it will prove especially helpful if you identify with any of these traits:

  1. You stumble when faced with the vagaries of the boxes and cans of stock at the grocery store-weighing costs, weighing ingredients, weighing how will this make my soup actually taste?
  2. You kick yourself for not making your own stock from that bag of loose stems and onion skins you keep around -because that would have been really handy for dinner right now.
  3. You do not have room for quarts of stock in your freezer.

Instead, into a relatively tiny corner of your freezer or fridge, you could tuck a jar of vegetable bouillon that you yourself made-by simply blending a heap of raw vegetables into a paste, with enough salt to preserve them. There are also some herbs, alliums, and sun-dried tomatoes, whose natural umami (glutamate) is a delicious stand-in for the MSG you might find in commercial bouillon cubes.

The recipe below is a trusty formula, but, as Corbin writes, "You can use just about any vegetables and herbs you like-the important thing is that they are fresh and taste as vegetable-y as possible."

This means that every batch will likely come out a little different-and also that if you can't find celery root, that's okay! Add more celery, or leek, or whatever you do have on hand. As Corbin points out, even if you do have a brand of store-bought bouillon you like, use it enough and, "You might find an underlying uniformity creeping into your cooking." Not possible with this DIY hodgepodge.

Armed with your bouillon, you'll be free to use it for simmering any bean, any grain or grain-adjacent. It will become the base for your soups, stews, (stoups?), braises, sauces, and risottos.

Or, if you're feeling under the weather, it will make a soothing broth all on its own. And all of it will be ready for dinner, even if dinner is right now. Recipe>>>

 

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  Easy Toddler Valentine Craft

(0 Feb 2017) valentines-day-toddler-craft-231x300.jpg"This was a fun Valentine's Day craft that we made together at our local library. He was 15 months old at the time.

It was all about exploring for him and he thoroughly enjoyed it.

His favorite part was using the paint dabber (looks like a bingo marker). He also colored with marker on the page.

Then, I helped him glue a paper heart, sequins, numbers, and glitter all over the page."

ArtsyMama

 
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Words of Wisdom from the Front Line

"Art and music give deep meaning to this world. Surround your kids with both. Music and art can help to unite children from very different backgrounds." Parents' Little Helper by Elisabeth Ayer

 

  "Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age"

(0 Feb 2017) Screenagers3.jpgThe Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County is hosting a free movie screening of the documentary "Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age" on Thursday, February 23 at 7p.m. at Santa Cruz High School.

Adults and teens and pre-teens will gain insights into the impacts and challenges of "Screen Time" and leave with ideas to empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

  Places to Go!

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Santa Cruz Forest School, Meet-N-Greet 2/23

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Art & Play in the PreK 2.15

 

Santa Cruz Forest School, Meet 'N Greet 2/23

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Open House 2/25

 

Kirby 6--12, Shadow Days Mondays

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Driftwood Art

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CoParenting and Parental Alignment
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  CoParenting and Parental Alignment
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: 02/11/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults
Details: CoParenting and Parental Alignment
Special Instructions: Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare will be provided onsite for $10 per child, but please request it and/or sign up for it in advance.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
     
Contra Dancing
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  Contra Dancing
Santa Cruz Dance
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Historical Aircraft Display
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  Historical Aircraft Display
Young Eagles
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-768-3575 view all details >>
     
Thursday Classic Films
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  Thursday Classic Films
Nickelodeon Theater
Date: Every Th (Feb 6-Feb 16) at 7:00pm
Details: Coming to the Nickelodeon Thursday evenings in January and February 2017: a micro festival of pioneering classics revived on the
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Native Food Traditions (workshop)
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  Native Food Traditions (workshop)
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 02/19/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Practice traditional Ohlone culture and food preparations from building fire to processing acorns
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6115 view all details >>
     
Mommy/Daddy & Me Valentine Cookie Decorating Workshop
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  Mommy/Daddy & Me Valentine Cookie Decorating Workshop
New Leaf Community Markets
Date: 02/12/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Details: Decorate an assortment of Valentine's Day cookies made from organic ingredients
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-466-9060 ext 126 view all details >>
     
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
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  Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
UCSC Recreation
Date: 09/22/2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Details: Ignite your passion for adventure, action & travel!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Alla Rustica, Baroque Music
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  Alla Rustica, Baroque Music
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Date: Every day (Feb 25-Feb 26)
Ages: All
Details: A great way to introduce the children to joyful baroque music ...
Special Instructions: Saturday February 25 at 7:30pm and Sunday February 26 at 3:00pm
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-2159 view all details >>
     
Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
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  Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: The 2nd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 10 years of age and older.
Details: Experience the wildlife and natural beauty of Younger Lagoon.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
Happy Valentine's Day
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  Happy Valentine's Day
Date:
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Dinghies, Dancing, Dining and More!óBig Basin in its Heyday
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State Park Big Basin
Date: 02/12/2017 at 11:30am
Details: Easy romantic hour walks
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8861 view all details >>
     
THURSDAY ART MARKET
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  THURSDAY ART MARKET
Tannery Arts Center
Date: Every Th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Details:
Special Instructions: at the intersections of Highways 1 and 9
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 621-6226 view all details >>
     
Preschool Adventures at the Sanctuary Exploration Center
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  Preschool Adventures at the Sanctuary Exploration Center
Sanctuary Exploraiton Center
Date: Every Wed from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-5
Details: Free Storytime with Crafts and Show and Tell
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
CoParenting and Parental Alignment
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  CoParenting and Parental Alignment
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: 02/11/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults
Details: CoParenting and Parental Alignment
Special Instructions: Limited scholarships available. Childcare will be provided onsite for $10 per child per child, but please request it and/or sign up for it in advance.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
     
Migration Festival
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  Migration Festival
State Park Natural Bridges
Date: 02/11/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Fly, swim, waddle, walk, bike or drive as you migrate to Natural Bridges State Beach for a full-day of activities that celebrate
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-4609 view all details >>
     
Luck O' the Castro
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  Luck O' the Castro
State Park Castro Adobe
Date: 02/11/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details:
Special Instructions: Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-335-6318 view all details >>
     
     
  Homemade Vegetale Bouillion Recipe

Suggested Ingredients

  • 9 ounces leek
  • 7 ounces fennel
  • 7 ounces carrot
  • 9 ounces celery root
  • 2 ounces sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 1/2 ounces parsley
  • 3 1/2 ounces cilantro
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon fine sea salt

Note: The ingredients above are given in prepared weights - i.e., they should be washed, trimmed of any stringy or tough parts, and peeled where necessary before weighing.

The helping hand of a food processor is essential in this recipe. Simply put all the ingredients into the processor and blend together. The result will be a moist, granular paste.

Spoon into clean jars with tight-fitting lids. Keep one jar of the mix in the fridge-within easy reach for everyday cooking.

The rest can be stored in the freezer-it will stay soft and spoonable due to all the salt. Use within six months.

To use the souper mix directly from the refrigerator or freezer, just stir about 1 teaspoon of it into 1 cup of hot water.

*How does salt act as a preservative? By osmosis! According to Robert L. Wolke, if any bacteria are present, water within their cell membranes is drawn toward the saltier exterior, to maintain an equal concentration of salt on both sides. "The unfortunate consequences for the bacterium are that it loses water, shrivels up, and dies."

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