10 packs of erasers
9 bottles of glue
35 sticks of glue
4 boxes of colored pencils
5 boxes of markers
11 packs of pens
2 packs of index cards
22 packs of pencils
4 packs of paper
5 composition books
6 pencil boxes
1 pack of copy paper
1 pack of construction paper
21 boxes of crayons
55 notebooks of paper!
Christie shared this fun idea for a group treat - an Ice Cream Trough - that she found on one of her favorite sites, Skip to My Lou.You basically can use any leftover cake or brownie and a myriad of yummy toppings. Let the kids pick. And if you serve it outside you can just send them through the sprinkler to clean up. More on the dessert here.
Some of the moms suggested:
- roll ups - tortillas rolled up with cheese & a meat and then sliced
- thermos filled with chicken nuggets or leftover pasta
- jelly sandwiches
- hot dogs cut up
- chicken nuggets
- scrambled eggs
- leftover slice of pizza
- hard boiled egg
- string cheese & fruit
- various crackers with cheese slices cut in fun shapes
- baby carrots & grape tomatoes
- rice & veggies
- plain yogurt packed with a baggie of things to add like fruit, granola or even chocolate chips
- fun pasta shapes with veggies
- hummus & pita or carrots
- veggies with dip
- small muffins
- mini-fruit kebobs
- and all the standbys like raisins, granola bars, baby bagels etc.
The Baltimore Sun has an article with lunchbox tips too.
I had my first foray into packing lunch for my daughter this summer for her day camp. I experimented and I'll continue to play around with menus to make sure she eats what I have packed. I threw in the occasional treat and always put a drawing in with it (since she can't read yet).
Look at these fun printable notes for the lunchbox.
Summertime in our gardens have most flowers ending their glorious peak. My mom grew up on a farm and she taught us lots of little fun things to do with flowers and foliage. We would make daisy crowns, flower and leaf collages and our favorite -- flower dolls.
I found some flower fun around the Blog-o-sphere:
Make a flower girl
Or a Meadow skirt
Look at these amazing flower doll creations.
Or you can paint with flowers.
Wendy posted on the board asking advice about packing lunches for school. She thought she used too many plastic bags last year and wanted to know what the other moms suggested. Some moms suggested Tupperware containers and other plastic organizers.
Tonight was one of those nights. After a conversation at my weekly playdate, I wanted to double check that the allegedly excellent charter school in my neighborhood did in fact take everyone in the neighborhood without having to do the lottery (it does). So I spent some time perusing the website and started mentally shopping for the school supplies listed and doing web searches for the best deal for the school uniform. Lands End is having a sale and I was [this close] to purchasing some things for Lilian's future school uniform in 4 years. I also had to look at the high school we would try to get her into if we decided to stay in the city and other possible areas we might move when 8th grade ends if we decide to not stay in the city.
Of course, then I started worrying about the 2nd kid possibility and would they really want to share a bedroom until college? I mean, the room is big and all, but I never had to share a room. And what if this future possibility of a child is a boy! Is it fair to have a boy and a girl share a room all through high school? What about middle school? Wouldn't that be weird? And how long would we keep that future possible child in our bedroom before they would move in with Lilian?
So you see how it goes?
Remove hot dog from package. We use Hebrew National dogs. They seem to curl more uniformly than Ballparks.
Slice hotdog into two halves of equal measure.
Slice each half lengthwise without cutting the rounded end. Slice in this manner four times to create all eight legs. On busy days (also known as "mommy can't be bothered to cut all eight legs" days), I'll sometimes cheat and only slice twice for four legs.
Stand both octopi on a folded paper towel, evenly splaying their legs (okay, I'm giggling now that I've written a recipe that involves "splaying legs").
Microwave on high for 30-40 seconds until octopus legs begin to curl. Serve with fries (I haven't told them that Veggie Fries aren't really fries).
Despite the way some felt our town and it's cuisine were portrayed in the recent Anthony Bourdain "No Reservations" show on Baltimore, we know that there are some good eats in town.
This Sunday (August 9) is your monthly chance to catch a ride on the miniature trains at Leakin Park in Baltimore. This is not to be missed if you have a little one obsessed with trains and it is pretty darn fun for the grown ups too.
We're all sharing farmer's market inspired recipes as squash, zucchini, peppers & cucumbers are in abundance.
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons salsa
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 zucchini, finely diced
1-1/4 pounds ground beef chuck or ground turkey
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 (7-inch) warm pita breads
*Combine mayonnaise, salsa, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl.
*Heat oil in nonstick skillet; add onion and half the zucchini and cook 3 to 4 minutes, until tender. Cool
*Toss beef with zucchini mixture, Worcestershire, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Shape into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.
*Heat grill pan. Grill patties 5 to 6 minutes per side until an instant-read thermometer inserted into side of burger registers 160 degrees F (165 degrees F for turkey). Place burgers, sauce, and remaining zucchini inside pitas.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large firm ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 English cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 red onion, cut in 1/2 and thinly sliced
20 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a large saute pan. Add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed.
For the Vinaigrette, Whisk all the ingredients together.
In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, basil, and capers. Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Serve, or allow the salad to sit for about half an hour for the flavors to blend.
At BaltimoreMommies.com we have area groups that cover all of the Baltimore area and a main board where everyone meets to chat, share and plan gatherings. Our forums cover many different topics including health, beauty, entertainment, pregnancy and beyond, and much more. We share recipes, parenting frustrations, milestones and hurdles. Daily fun can include photo challenges QOTD, quizzes and polls. You'll find support groups for our working moms, children with special needs and breastfeeding, to name a few.
Our moms talk sports, recipes, the economy, tips & tricks, work, daily joys and of course, potty training. All of our moms are in the Baltimore area so you get a real sense of community and an active calendar of events to enjoy each other's company.
A look around the board today has moms talking about summer squash recipes, back to school (yes, it's coming), favorite football teams, Baltimore neighborhoods, summer vacations, new haircuts, balancing work, daytrips and of course, everyone welcoming all the new moms that join the board daily.
If you're a mom, come join the fun.
You don't need to head to the shore. Grab your swim suit and water toys and get ready to cool off in some of the best swimming spots in the Baltimore area. From sandy beaches to ancient river swimming holes, you can enjoy these wonderful spots all summer long. Small fees per car apply at some of the beaches. Enjoy our Daytrips and Vacations forum for more shared ideas for family fun.
Gunpowder Falls State Park - The Hammerman Area offers 1,500 feet of beach and swimming area on the banks of the Gunpowder River. The swimming area is supervised by lifeguards from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The area has multiple picnic tables and grills, many shade trees and also has a food concession, playground equipment and a windsurfing beach. Ultimate Watersports rents kayaks, wind surfboards and catamarans at the beach. Hours are 8 a.m. to sunset.
Elk Neck State Park- There are many places in the park where the river is accessible for swimming, including the North East River area. A snack bar offers beach items and souvenirs. No lifeguards. Enjoy a picnic by the river and many trails in the shady woods. More info here.
Sandy Point State Park- This 786 acre park on the Chesapeake Bay offers an array of recreational activities. These include swimming, fishing, crabbing, boating and windsurfing. The park's beaches and picnic areas provide unparalleled views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge over the Chesapeake Bay as well as frequent passing of seagoing freighters and sailing regattas. Wildlife viewing and bird watching are favorite pastimes for many park visitors. Sandy Point's location on the eastern flyway makes it an ideal location for viewing a large variety of woodland, marsh and migratory waterfowl. More info here.
Oregon Ridge- Lake & Beach area. Hunt Valley, MD
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