Spicing up the holidays

Thank you for all your ideas yesterday. I’m kind of excited that you want more exercise ideas with your kids, health news, and I’m really glad you want to know why specific foods are good for you and your kids!!

This next week I want to talk all about spices.   Although this isn’t anything you would eat, do you remember making Christmas tree ornaments with whole cloves and oranges?  Erica enjoyed this so much, she wanted her friends to be able to make one at her birthday party.  They all sat, watching Parent Trap for a good hour poking cloves into oranges.  They really enjoyed it!  And they smell so good.

I picked up 1 lb of whole cloves from Alison’s Pantry, here in Utah.  It was about $10.

I had them pre-poke the orange so the cloves would easily slide in.

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Christmas oranges

DSC_0135 (2)Then stick it with cloves! Easy as pie.

DSC_0131 (2)  And then we added some ribbon:

DSC_0147 (2) CLOVES:  A source I use often to find the health benefits of food (and I have their book) is The World’s Healthiest Foods. Here they talk about cloves.  In a nutshell, cloves have :

  • Anti-inflammatory benefits. In some studies, cloves have been found to reduce inflammation by 15-30%!
  • They are a good source of maganese, fiber, vitamin C, calcium, and omega 3!

One word of advice.  If you buy whole cloves, don’t grind them in your expensive blender. Emily did, and the food she blends now, still tastes like cloves!!

Erica left this note for me when she went to school the other day.  She has such a soft spot for the homeless.  Nothing I’ve cultivated as a parent.   She will sometimes draw pictures for the homeless for me to drop off to them while she is at school.

 

imageIt says, “Dear mom and dad,

I love Christmas, but I want to give a present to the poor!  the poor needs it more than me! love Erica.”

written by
Amy Roskelley

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Amy says:

She did clarify later she wanted to give ONE of her presents to the poor. It’s still sweet though. And we actually did give her one present less than everyone else and she donated a doll from the store to an angel tree thing.

Stacey says:

OH my stars! Bless her heart!! That has got to be the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard! Clearly you’re doing something right!

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