Warm Day, Chilled Soup

Warm Day, Chilled Soup

Wintertime means cozying up to a piping hot bowl of soup to soothe the soul and warm the body. But winter is well behind us and the warmer weather is making us smile. We still love soup, but a hot bowl isn’t what we’re craving…we want something cool and refreshing. That’s why chilled soup is so satisfying. You get all the flavor and goodness of a hot soup, but you won’t sweat while you’re slurping! Plus, making chilled soup is simple, especially when you use a blender and whip it up in a snap. These three chilled soups are great for kids and adults alike, filling bellies with deliciousness spoonful by spoonful. Read below for the recipes – each makes two servings. Chilled Creamy Chickpea Chickpeas are high in protein and delicious. This soup is filling and flavorful, similar to hummus. Ingredients: ¾ cup canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans) rinsed ½ cup heavy cream (or whole milk) ¼ cup vegetable stock 3 hard-boiled egg yolks 1 tablespoon dried parsley Salt and pepper to taste Incorporate everything well in the blender and place in the fridge to chill for a few hours. Serve up with warm pita bread or carrot and celery sticks and enjoy! Roasted Red Pepper Puree Roasted red peppers are complex in flavor, making this soup interesting to the palate. Makes for a great marinade too. Ingredients: 2 large red peppers, sliced and roasted (you can get this pre-jarred if you don’t want to roast yourself) ¼ cup vegetable stock ¼ cup tomato juice (unsalted) ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream 1 teaspoon paprika Pinch of...
Books About Dads to Celebrate Father’s Day

Books About Dads to Celebrate Father’s Day

Father’s Day already? Sure, Mother’s Day was just last weekend, but now it’s time to put a focus on fathers. June is dad’s big month, so preparing with a special present means planning ahead. For dads who love to read with the little ones, getting a book about dad is the perfect match. With so many books to choose from today, make Father’s Day extra special by selecting a book or two that puts dad front and center. These five books do just that. Dad By My Side by Soosh Perfect for that unbreakable and everlasting father-daughter bond, Dad By My Side will make reading time for “daddy’s little girl” all the more special. I Love My Daddy by Sebastien Braun A papa bear and his cute cub are the main characters of I Love My Daddy, a story about the loving nature of dads and the bonds they have with their children. Superhero Dad by Timothy Knapman Dads may not wear capes to prove their power, but Superhero Dad shows us that everyday dads are just as amazing, perhaps even more so, in their own special way. How To Surprise A Dad by Jean Reagan What better occasion than Father’s Day for the kids to read up on how to give their pop a super surprise? How To Surprise A Dad will give tips and ideas on how to do something special for dad. Spot Loves His Daddy by Eric Hill The bond between puppy and dog dad is just as loving as the human connection, as told by the story of Spot in Spot Loves His Daddy....
Quick Ways to Calm Your Child

Quick Ways to Calm Your Child

When kids are “wired” or overtired, or perhaps in the throes of a tantrum or fit, calming them down and doing it quickly is on the mind of any parent seeking peace. Perhaps the kid’s not listening or paying attention or they’re running around when you want them to settle down. This is the perfect moment for a fast fix, getting them to calm down without a battle. Parents know that it’s not always a breeze to get a child to go from full speed to slow motion. Even if they can get there, it usually takes a while. But when time is of the essence and calming the child down quickly is a necessity, here are some tips to try that may just do the trick. Turn Off the Lights Obviously, this tip is only doable at home, but isn’t that where we often need the kids to take a breather? The sudden change of ambiance will startle the child and get them to refocus for at least a moment as they try to get a grip on why the lights went out. You can take this time to huddle everyone together, get quiet, and perhaps even sit on the floor. With no bright lights to keep the kids going, they’ll calm down for the moment so you can say what you need to or ask them to do what you’d like them to do. After a couple of minutes, everyone is ready to move along, but this jolt will take them on a new path. Give it a try and see what happens in the dark! Beverage...
Pamper Yourself Without a High Price Tag This Mother’s Day

Pamper Yourself Without a High Price Tag This Mother’s Day

Hey moms! Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and as a busy and dedicated parent, you deserve some “me time.” While one day per year to celebrate mom doesn’t even come close to what you’re worthy of, taking this day to give yourself a break is a gift you’ve earned. You may have some presents coming your way, but what about a little pampering? A piece of jewelry or a bouquet of flowers are lovely gestures of gratitude, but you’re tired and could use some relaxation, right? While you won’t want to spend a lot for a little luxury, there are ways you can unwind without breaking the bank. This Mother’s Day, thank yourself for being such a great provider, role model, teacher, shoulder to cry on, and so much more. You do it all, so now it’s time to “do you.” Foot Massage You may go to the nail salon for mani-pedis every now and then, but you can go in just for a tension-relieving foot massage. Most places don’t charge much for this service, and as little as 15 minutes can make a world of difference. Sit back, close your eyes, and let the masseuse tenderize your toes, heal your heels, and soothe your soles. A Decadent Dessert Perhaps you’re watching your weight or just don’t indulge much, but this Mother’s Day, dig into something sweet and sinful. Go out and grab a slice of the richest chocolate cake you can find. Maybe cheesecake is your thing, so slowly savor every forkful. If ice cream puts you in a great mood, go to the nearest parlor...
Add Some “Oomph” to a Bowl of Oatmeal – Breakfast Can Be Even Better

Add Some “Oomph” to a Bowl of Oatmeal – Breakfast Can Be Even Better

Delish! What’s more wholesome and belly-filling than a piping hot bowl of oatmeal first thing in the morning? Indeed, oatmeal is healthful, hearty, and makes kids happy. They love to swirl in some milk and enjoy it by the spoonful. But what if a basic bowl of oats can be taken up a notch with mix-ins that make it even better than before? With some amazing additions, a plain bowl of oatmeal can be outrageous. Your kids already love it as is, so imagine how thrilled they’ll be when their bowls get a boost. Here are three ways to add some “oomph” to oatmeal. Unique and unbelievable, these recipes will rev up the morning with mouthwatering excitement. Kids won’t ask for that sugar-laden cold breakfast cereal ever again when their oatmeal is taken to the max. Check out these easy-to-prep recipes and give breakfast the star treatment. (Each recipe is for one bowl of oatmeal). Easy Cheesy Oatmeal For kids who like something savory before school, cheese is always ready to please. This bowl of easy cheesy oatmeal is so tasty and tangy. And for cheese lovers, this dish makes for a great lunch or dinner too. Here’s how to make a bubbling bowl. Ingredients: 1 pack of instant oatmeal (plain) 1/8 cup low-fat milk ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese (use Swiss or another style if you prefer) 1 teaspoon dried parley Salt and pepper to taste Prepare oatmeal as directed and swirl in remaining ingredients. Serve hot. Top with some extra shreds of cheese for garnish. If you want to sneak in some veggies, cooked chopped broccoli tastes...
Four Children’s Books with an Eco-Friendly Message

Four Children’s Books with an Eco-Friendly Message

Teaching kids to respect the Earth and do their share in being environmentally sound is so important. There are many ways kids can practice being “green.” It is smart to start teaching kids at a young age how they can be eco-friendly. Every person’s habits make a difference, and as a whole, we can protect the world we live in. Here are four fantastic books that have an eco-friendly theme, teaching kids why their actions have an impact. The EARTH Book by Todd Parr This book provides numerous examples of how we can protect the environment. The pictures are powerful and the tips are so timely. Plus, the book itself is printed with recycled materials. Why Should I Recycle? by Jen Green Recycling is a must-do these days, with so much waste destroying the planet. This book is a no-brainer when it comes to explaining the importance of recycling to children. We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow Two families from different sides of the world plant trees to embrace the Earth and provide cleaner air. Kids will be intrigued by this book’s message and become interested in planting a tree as well, to do their part in protecting the environment. 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh When kids want lots of options to choose from, this book gives them the perfect 10. There are plenty of things we can do to make a dent, so start with one and do all 10! Is there an eco-friendly book you read to your child? Please share the title with the AMC community. For more...
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