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Gardening with Kids Standard

Gardening With Kids: Growing Memories I’ll never forget the first time I picked a beautiful, ripe, red tomato that I helped to grow. I had watered and weeded the plant with love; I was so proud of that tomato. Because I wasn’t interested in gardening when I was a kid, this memorable gardening experience happened the summer I turned 40! Now I get my own kids digging in the dirt. I’m already learning that gardening alongside your kids provides valuable opportunities for them to learn, to get some exercise and fresh air, and to spend some time connecting with you. Check… Read More >>

Recipe: Grammy’s Apple Pie Standard

12-year-old Colton Seamands shares his favorite recipes, one of which includes Grammy’s Apple Pie. Check out Pheasant Wraps here. Grammy’s Apple Pie Circa 1930s — Editor’s Note: When we made this, it fed an army. Either Grammy used a very large pie plate, or you can halve the number of apples. Crust • 2 2/3 c Flour • 2 Tbsp Sugar • 1/2 tsp Salt • Sprinkle of baking soda Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Create well in center and add: • 2/3 C Oil (vegetable or canola) • 8 Tbsp Milk Mix by hand; then knead. Do not over-mix. Add… Read More >>

Recipe: Pheasant Wraps Standard

12-year-old Colton Seamands shares his favorite recipes, one of which include Pheasant Wraps. Check out Grammy’s Apple Pie here. Pheasant Wraps Wraps • 2 Pheasant breasts filleted in half then quartered. Marinate overnight in teriyaki sauce (below), either store-bought or homemade. • 4 Jalapeño peppers cut in half and seeded • 4 oz Cream cheese • 1 Minced onion • 8 Strips of hickory smoked bacon Mix cream cheese with minced onion. Fill each half of pepper with the cream-cheese mixture. Wrap piece of pheasant around filled pepper. Wrap pheasant tightly with strip of bacon. Secure with toothpick if necessary. … Read More >>

Falling for Food Standard

Falling for Food 12-year-old Colton Seamands has found a love of cooking and encourages others to find their passions, too. After discovering his interest for cooking at seven years old, Colton Seamands, the youngest of five siblings, could be found in the kitchen with his mom, Mary Beth. By age eight, Colton had made his very first dish by himself—using an apple pie recipe passed down Mary Beth’s family since the 1930s. “It was absolutely beautiful,” reminisces Mary Beth. “And, honestly, I think it tasted better than my apple pie!” Now, as a sixth grader at Spearfish Middle School, Colton… Read More >>

Dining Out Builds Skills Standard

How Dining Out Builds Skills While your budget might put the squeeze on dining out regularly at restaurants, don’t completely cross the option off your meal-time menu. Eating out, even occasionally, can help kids to develop communication skills and learn acceptable behavior in  public places. Manners Basic etiquette informs those around us that we’re sensitive to them and our surroundings. Consistently practice manners around your family’s dinner table to lay the groundwork for eating out. Whether you choose to dine at the mall food court or a sit-down establishment, role-model how to place a polite order. Coach your youngster to… Read More >>