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Chicken Noodle Alphabet Soup
I’ll wager an alphabet that this one pot, homemade soup is a hit with kids and adults alike. It’s such a quick, tasty, and fun recipe. Ingredients For Chicken Noodle Alphabet Soup 8 cups Chicken Broth 1 large chicken bouillon cube 1 tsp. salt ½ tsp. ground pepper ½ onion, diced 1 cup celery, chopped 1 cup carrots, chopped 1½ cups of chicken, cubed 2 cans of cream of chicken 1½ cups of alphabet pasta Directions In a large pot, pour the chicken broth, the salt and pepper, and the bouillon cube. Mix slowly until the bouillon cube dissolves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Add in the celery, carrots, onions, and chicken. Cover and cook on medium heat for 25 minutes. Stir in the cans of cream of chicken and slowly mix until lumps are gone. Add in the alphabet noodles, cover, and cook for another 5-10 minutes until the noodles soften. Serve your soup with either your favorite rolls or crackers while warm. Enjoy! Courtesy of thebutterhalf.com
DIY STRING ART: Ice Cream Cone
String art has become a big thing in home decor lately, and it’s no wonder! It’s such a cute idea that lets your kids make something they can treasure for years to come. Supplies for DIY String Art Ice Cream Cone painted wood board (approx 5.5”x 13”) wire nails embroidery floss hammer DIRECTIONS Start by either drawing a design on your board, or going to their website to download and print a paper template to use. Now let your littles hammer a nail at the top of the cherry and bottom of the cone to hold it in place, then go around nailing nails about 1/2” apart. When you’re done, pull off the template. Time to start stringing! Pick a color and start on a section, and go until you get the coverage you want. Once you have all ice cream cone done, go back and outline the sections to give a more finished look. Then display your art proudly! Courtesy of amotherthing.com
Simplify Your Morning Routine
Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you’re running late and the kids haven’t even eaten as you dash to the car. Stop dreading the stressful start to the day and start taking control of your mornings. A few simple tips and tricks will turn the morning craze into smooth sailing. Plus, when you have a stress-free start with a morning routine, the rest of the day just seems to go better. Select a week’s worth of clothes Sunday night. Instead of choosing outfits the night prior, supersize your time-saving efforts by doing this task just once on Sunday night. Involve kids in selecting their clothes for the week so they feel empowered in their choices. Then hang entire outfits in the closet or stack in one drawer dedicated to weekday wear. When mornings come, kids know exactly where to find the day’s duds. Bonus: you don’t have to worry about midweek laundry. Create a morning routine and set alarms. Create a morning routine and stick to it. For example, kids wake at 7 am, eat breakfast at 7:15 am, get dressed and […]
Protein Power Packed Overnight Oats Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 8 hours Servings: 1 to 2 Ingredients For Overnight Oats Recipe: 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled-oats 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt 1/4 cup pecans 1/4 cup fresh blueberries and raspberries Large spoonful of nut butter 1 to 1-1/2 cups milk (basically cover what’s in your jar) Optional: 1 teaspoon chia seeds 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon honey Directions: In a large jar, layer your ingredients starting with about a 1/2 cup of old fashioned rolled oats. Then add about a 1/2 cup of your favorite yogurt, your favorite nuts and fruit. Next, add a spoonful of nut butter If you want, add chia seeds and a drizzle of honey and vanilla extract. Cover with your favorite kind of milk. You can use cow, almond, coconut or soy milk. Gently stir your ingredients, top with a lid and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning, you’ll have a jar full of yummy oatmeal ready and waiting for you. Choose to eat it cold or warm it up in the microwave. Courtesy of WhipperBerry.com
Hoo Knows a SuperStar: Sanna Moravek
Mom, Outdoorswoman, Advocate, Volunteer and River Warden When deciding on a career, you’re often told to figure out what you love, and find how to make a living doing it. Local mom, Sanna Moravek, has made her passion for nature also her career. Sanna is mother to 9 year old daughter, C.J., Deputy Director for Chattahoochee River Warden and the founder of WILD (Women’s Initiative for Learning and Discovery). Originally from California, Sanna moved to the Columbus area in 2013, where she became a Whitewater kayaking instructor. She decided to make Columbus her home after leaving for a brief time and realizing the Chattahoochee Valley was home. “The local businesses in the area, especially on Broadway, bring so much color to Columbus,” she continues, “after tasting craft beers at Nonic, you can take in a show at the Springer, or rent a bike from Rides on Bikes and explore downtown.” The year-round warm weather was also a plus for Sanna, “the heat is just another reason to get in the water, and since it doesn’t get very cold, December is the perfect time for hiking areas like Providence Canyon State Park.” Sanna has always been an outdoorsy person, growing up […]
Choosing A Private School
Choosing a private school is not a simple task, since there is not a universal ranking system that you can use to determine if a private school is the right one for your child. Here are some tips to help you get started on your search for a school that will meet your child’s needs. Make a list of private schools that interest you Once you have decided which private schools are both realistic and can help your child excel academically, make a list. In your list, note deadlines for applying to the private schools that are your top choices and any dates for admissions testing. Also, you also want to make notes regarding other criteria you will be considering when you make your final decision. Are the school’s values and culture a match for your child? For example, it is important to some parents that their child attends a school that teaches religious values that match their own. Consider academics first when searching for a private school Your child’s academic success in school should be your number one priority when choosing a private school. Carefully review the curriculum for the private school you are considering. There are many different […]
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