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01.13.14 Mightier Ways to Pop Your Corn

Find out how you can make this wonderfully nutritious snack even healthier, then take the pledge to try a mightier way of popping corn!

Every year, Americans eat 16 billion quarts of popcorn. Or, 51 quarts for each of us. Or, let's just say, we snack on a quart of this tasty (and potentially nutritional) treat every week. With all of this popcorn eating, it only makes sense to make the tastiest and healthiest popcorn we can.  Read more...

12.12.13 DIY Kits for Kids

DIY isn't just for urban hipsters. Kids especially like to experience process and learning to follow steps towards making something entirely on their own. And what's one of the best reasons to make something yourself? The chance to mess up. Really. This is great for kids to experience, particularly when they're trained to do everything right in school. Instead of shying away from challenges that might end in "failure," why not allow our kids the opportunity to learn through a potential fail, to accept the inevitability of mistakes. As parents we know that mistakes can be a source of inspiration and also the most effective way to learn.

It's no wonder that kids ask, "can I try?" when watching their parents working with an interesting looking tool. Our bodies actually feel better with tools in our hands, our heart rate goes down and we relax into the action of making.

And now for some making!

12.10.13 Baking Holiday Cookies with Kids

The holidays bring about various traditions among families. And luckily, one of these traditions involves baking cookies! Lots and lots of cookies. And often we bake the same cookies year after year, even if they're not the most tasty—they're just too nostalgic (have you ever tried a springerle cookie?) And then of course, there's the cookie swap. And the sweet neighbors who drop off a collection to provide even more variety.

Holiday baking is a great way to get kids into the kitchen. And if you're in the right mindset and not trying to acheive Pinterest-worthy results for aesthetic looking cookies, making homemade holiday cookies can be a blast. If you're working with a group of kids, then it's good to remember to involve everyone with a task. Keep it somewhat know the rolling pin has quite a bit of cache so make sure even the little kids have a go. Holiday recipes are often linked to our childhood or some distinct memory and these experiences are what make for meaningful traditions.  Read more...

12.04.13 Family Fun: Homemade Pizza Making!

Too many cooks might spoil the soup, but no one ever said that about pizza. 

Make-your-own pizza night is an ideal family meal/activity - something that kids of all ages (and adults) enjoy doing. And eating. It's a great way for the whole family to enjoy an entire meal together - from the process of prepping, making, baking and eating.

So, rather than ordering out for pizza -- make it yourself! 

Making homemade pizza is pretty simple and can also satisfy the various taste buds of any crowd, while potentially fitting in some healthy veggies too! Mightynest Dad (Cam) and three Mightynest kids (Clio, Olive and Milo) recently teamed up to make several delicious homemade pizza pies. Read more...

11.07.13 Easy as Pie: Baking with Kids

There's only one thing more wonderful at this time of year than warm apple pie: Baking it with your kids!

Before you brush this idea off, read on... Clio, Olive and Milo (MightyNest kids ages 9-13) recently had a great time learning to make delicious pie. They did the majority of the work themselves while taking pointers and suggestions from the sidelines. Here's how we made the pies and some equally wonderful memories last Sunday afternoon. 

We decided to go with 'what you know' and used this Basic Pie Crust (an all-butter version) from the fabulous cookbook "A Year of Pies," (by the talented and creative baker, Ashley English).

Simple ingredients you'll need for a double crust pie (but we made several smaller pies with this amount): Read more...

09.27.13 Homemade Fig Newtons

It's not a stretch to say that most people think of the iconic Fig Newtons when they think of figs. I always thought (when I was a kid) that Fig Newtons were the healthy mom's answer to cookies and was thankful that my mom didn't pack that sorry-excuse-for-a-cookie in my school lunches. Now, as a mom myself, my taste buds are re-conditioned and the thought of a fig filled cookie would be high on my list for a treat.

But a Fig Newton? No thanks. As you can see, they're made with high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and preserved to stay fresh for years on a grocery store shelf. Why not make a batch with real flavors and real ingredients and enjoy them for several days? Read more...

06.14.13 How to Uncupcake the Cupcake

Summertime means lots of picnics and potluck barbeques – and who doesn’t want to bring the treat everyone’s talking about?

Enter the Uncupcake! Tell the kids and adults alike to get excited – fruit now comes in the form of a chocolate cupcake!

With healthy fats from avocado and coconut oil and no refined sugar, this cupcake offers a better alternative without sacrificing taste. Thanks to our partner Healthy Jasmine, expert food blogger and mom of 2, you now have the creative recipe for a treat you can feel good about serving and the other party guests will rave about. (Bonus: its gluten free and vegan!)

Check out the recipe here! (I had one and YUM!)

Suddenly getting invites to a lot of barbeques? Thank you, delicious Uncupcake!
(Be sure to check out Healthy Jasmine’s other recipes too – my favorite is the Cherry Sparkler Colada!) Read more...

05.30.13 Essential Camp Gear for a Mighty Summer!

Summertime is nearing and for many families, that means camp for the kids. Whether your kid is going to day camp, overnight camp or taking trips to the pool, beach or park, this list is meant to send your camper packed with quality essentials for a memorable and safe summer camp experience.

Sleeping Bags: It's summer, so you don't need zero-degree down fill, but you still want your camper to be cozy at night. Our selection of sleeping bags are made with a flannel interior and printed cotton on the outside and never treated with flame-retardant chemicals. And this one comes with handy storage straps (easy for a kid to maneuver) a storage bag and a sweet little flannel pillow that tucks inside. Read more...

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