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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

November 19, 2015
Traditions

Ami Chen: What is Satsang? Can it help our families?

6 Secrets for Teaching Your Kids Contentment

Simple, Elegant Turkey Broth

Traditional Stuffing
Holiday Camps
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  Traditions

(A Nov) Thanksgiving_turkey_stuffed2.jpgIt's a tradition --my mother's glorious Turkey Soup and always three days eating varying turkey meals in order to get to the SOUP.

Turkey Soup is the primary reason I cook a turkey a few times every year.  Not that I don't like turkey breast, legs and wings straight from the bird.  I do! Especially that first, thinly-sliced, lightly salted white meat that includes the tasty butter/herb browned skin.  Yes, thinly sliced, carved with finesse along with stuffing to die for, peas, little pearl onions, squash, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes smothered with turkey gravy. Back when stuffing was actually stuffed into the turkey with the excess overflowing and cradled by the turkey legs, we children would volunteer to set the table because that enabled us to walk by the resting turkey and grab a piece of crusty, tasty stuffing.  Next day: hot turkey open face sandwiches. Third meal: glorious turkey soup!  What traditions are you building with your family?

Dave Ramsey is a financial advisor and radio talk show host who walks the talk.  He has made money, lost it all and made it again.  His life mission is to help others get out of debt and live peacefully so we can give generously.  I hope you can use his message on contentment.

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Have a lovely pre-Thanksgiving weekend with your family.  Parmalee

 

 

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  Ami Chen: What is Satsang? Can it help our families?

(A Oct) Ami-Chen.jpgSatsang is a Sanskrit word meaning "association with Truth," or with "the Self." In Hindu, Buddhist and other Eastern religious-and spiritual-worlds, this is a very common word that usually means: people coming together to listen to, to be with a spiritual teacher, and with each other, to "attend Satsang."

But to dive deeper into the word, and its meaning, is to see that satsang can happen anywhere, at any moment. Seeing some truth of life, whether a relative truth, related to our own families or lives, or an absolute or universal truth, this capacity to feel truth, to know truth, is perhaps the most important "resource" we can call into lives-for our families, with our loved ones, for our work, for everything ... Read more>>>

Ami leads a monthly drop-in class called "Everyday Satsang" for parents, gaurdians and everyone else, through Santa Cruz Yoga at 1010 Fair Ave. Ste. E on Sundays, 2-4 pm. The next date is Dec. 13.

This is one of a series of monthly blogs by Ami Chen on parenting, written especially for Santa Cruz Parent. Ami is a professional coach and consultant, as well as global speaker, trainer and author. She is author of The Spark Inside: A Special Book for Youth, and State of Mind in Classroom. She has worked with families and schools for more than 17 years.

 

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  6 Secrets for Teaching Your Kids Contentment

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If you think it's tough to catch a glimpse of Santa at Christmas, try finding contentment.

Your kids want to add "just one more thing" to their wish lists. Nonstop commercials (already!) are trying to sell you more stuff. Your neighbors are beginning their full-on Christmas lights competition. It's merry madness!

We all want to focus more on gratitude and contentment during the holidays, but it's hard putting that into practice. As a parent, it's your job to set that tone for your kids. Begin by setting some realistic expectations for Christmas, and then teach them what contentment looks like. Yes, that's easier said than done. But let's look at some practical ways to make it happen.

Set Expectations

Giving is a huge part of November and December. As parents, we love to see the joy on our kids' faces as they tear open their gifts. However, you have to consider where you are in your Baby Steps before you begin buying. If you are super-focused on getting out of debt, you may choose to scale back this year.

As tough as that decision might be for you, talk about it openly with your spouse and kids. Start by sitting down with your spouse, setting a budget, and agreeing to stick to it. Once you have your budget set, call a family meeting with your kids and begin setting the expectations for Christmas. There's no need to tell your kids how much you plan to spend. Just let them know that things may look a little different this year while you are working toward your goals.

Here are some other ways to guide your kids to more realistic expectations:

1. Put it on paper. Have your kids create their wish lists. They can simply write their list on a sheet of paper or they could make a collage using pictures from toy catalogues, paper and glue.

2. Tell them what is doable. Look over the lists with your spouse. If there is something on the list that is too expensive, let your child know that it isn't in the budget this year. The longer they anticipate a PlayStation or playground set, the more disappointed they'll be if they don't get it.

3. Make the big choice. If that big item is in your budget this year, explain to your child that choosing something more pricey may mean fewer presents under the tree. This is a good opportunity for them to consider their choices. If they'd rather have more presents under the tree, they might revise their list.

Teach Contentment

If you are scaling back this year on Christmas spending, then you have a great chance to teach your kids about contentment. "Stuff" is fun, but it won't make you happy. When a child learns to give to others and not be attached to their stuff, they are filled with a spirit of gratitude. And gratitude leads to contentment. So how do you get there? Here are some ways to teach this to your child:

4. Volunteer. Spend a day with your kids at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen or other type of charity. Your kids will see the faces of people who have little. And hopefully they'll be less likely to complain about the gifts that don't show up under the tree on Christmas morning.

5. Pass it down. This works best with younger children. Odds are that clothes get passed down. So why not do that with toys? Have the older sibling select a couple of their old toys that they know the younger one likes, wrap them up, and place them under the tree. The younger child will love the presents. Even better, the older child will get to see their little brother or sister's reaction. This will help them understand the power of giving.

6. Get one. Give one. Encourage contentment while reducing clutter. Tell your child that for every toy they receive, they'll give one away. They'll learn to not hold onto their stuff too tightly. But, more importantly, they'll learn to share.

The most important key to setting expectations and teaching contentment is communication. Talk to your spouse and kids often throughout the holiday season. You might even choose to tell the grandparents, extended family and friends what Christmas is going to look like for your family this year. When everyone knows what to expect, you'll all have a merrier holiday season.

Dave Ramsey is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host whose pleasure is helping families become debt free.  Learn more about Dave's inspiring story here.

The newly revamped Financial Peace Junior doesn't just give you the tools to teach your kids to win with money-it shows you how. This kit is packed with tools, resources and step-by-step instructions for parents to make learning about money throughout a child's life fun! Learn more about Financial Peace Junior and other featured kids' products.

 

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  Simple, Elegant Turkey Broth

(A Nov) TurkeyBroth.jpgNo quantities here because it depends on the size of the bird.  All ingredients are "to taste."  Wing it. You cannot go wrong with this recipe.

After the turkey has been largely eaten, place everything (you've saved every bone!) into the crock pot, pressure cooker or large pot, cover with water and cook on medium heat until the meat falls off the bones.  Scoop out bones, meat, everything into a strainer.  Let it all cool.  Skim the fat off the liquid.  Separate and set aside the meat.

Chop celery and celery leaves into edible bites and toss into the broth.  Saute chopped onions in olive oil until translucent.  Add to broth.  Add a can of tomato sauce.  Add two tablespoons of your preferred turkey bouillion.  Simmer. Sometimes I squeeze in two lemons at the last minute.  Cook rice.  I like a combination of brown and wild rice.  To serve, place rice into bowl, then ladle turkey soup over rice.  Salt and pepper to taste.

I added about a teaspoon of ground chipotle pepper to the last batch I made.  That was delicious! I might try adding chipotle and lime juice next time.  Another variation would be to up the green power with a bunch of shredded kale.  Of course you can add any vegetable you like! 

Miraculously any soup stored in quart jars in the refrigertor overnight tastes even better the next day.

 

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  Traditional Stuffing

At least a week before Thanksgiving save stale or buy new, three different kinds of bread: sourdough, dark brown and rye.  Warm slices in the oven until "dry."  Tear 1" or so pieces into a large bowl. This is a great kitchen project for the children.

Meanwhile boil some water and add turkey bouillion to it, about 2 cups.  Chop celery into small pieces.  Saute chopped onions in olive oil. Now, add everything to the bread in this order: poultry seasoning (lots, you cannot overdo this), onions, celery (toss), several raw eggs and dabs of (A Nov) Thanksgiving_Stuffing.jpgbutter (at least a stick), a little salt and pepper.  Add the turkey bouillion until you have moist stuffing.  Place in a glass pan, covered and bake at 350 for a half hour, but uncover and bake for 10 more minutes to crisp the top layer of stuffing.  I used to put the stuffing into the turkey, but that's passè.  I'm sure it was the basting juices that caused that memorable taste, but you're simulating that with the hot turkey bouillion. 

A fun way to present the stuffing is to make individual stuffing balls.

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The Petite Nutcracker
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Agape Dance
Date: Every day (Dec 16-Dec 18)
Ages: Young Audiences
Details: The Petite Nutcracker comes to Santa Cruz County
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Emergency Prep Fair
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City of Santa Cruz
Date: 11/21/2015 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Explanations of flood maps, a sandbag demonstration, information from the American Red Cross and information about how to prepar
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Julia Robinson Math Festival
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Julia Robinson Math Festival
Date: 05/01/2016 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Open to kids grades 6-12
Details: Explore the joys and power of mathematics with other kids and older mentors
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If Houses Could Talk!
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: 02/21/2016 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Join Park Naturalist Lee Summers on a tour through the Quail Hollow Ranch House.
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FREE Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Holiday Sale Nov 22-23, 2014
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  FREE Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Holiday Sale Nov 22-23, 2014
Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society
Date: Every day (Nov 21-Nov 22) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Gems, Minerals, Fossils, Rocks, Jewelry, Supplies Fun for ALL
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Santa Cruz Turkey Trot
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Santa Cruz Track Club
Date: 11/21/2015 at 7:45am
Ages: Kids, Teens, Adults!
Details: Run like a turkey in 1K Kids to 10K Adults
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Aromas Hills Artisans
Date: Every day (Nov 19-Nov 20) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: A great variety of artisans' works... find one of a kind gifts. hot drinks, treats and lunch!
Special Instructions: corner of Rose and Blohm Ave
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