Archive for March, 2012

While MP was in France last week, she had the pleasure of reading French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon. The book’s sub-title, How our family moved to France, cured picking eating, banned snacking, and discovered 10 simple rules for raising, happy healthy eaters, piqued MP’s interest. CP#1 and #2 are good eaters, but they can be picky, and like their mother, they also enjoy a delicious snack—let’s call it a petit dessert—twice a day. With these facts in mind, MP thought a little guidance couldn’t hurt.

French Kids Eat Everything begins by showing the cultural differences between North American parents and the French when it comes to food. Prior to their move, Le Billon’s girls, ages 2 and 5, were accustomed to several snacks throughout the day: mid-morning, afternoon, and another before bed, while the French maintain an unwritten one snack a day rule (the after school goûter). For meals, the author’s oldest daughter, Sophie, preferred foods like French fries, Cheerios, pasta, and buttered toast. Claire, the youngest, began to follow suit.


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Sugar on snow, stacks of pancakes with real maple syrup, the smell of spring in the air—these are just a few reasons we’ve always loved Maine Maple Sunday. But why celebrate this fun, family event just once a year? At Jillson’s Farm & Sugarhouse in Sabattus, visitors can enjoy all the wonderful things about Maine Maple Sunday (minus the lines) every weekend through mid-April.

The sugarhouse is open for guests to visit throughout the sugaring season.


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Today’s spring preview has MP thinking about ice cream (not that she needs an excuse). One of her favorite new spots is the Catbird Creamery in Westbrook. Owner Andrew Warren, who grew up serving ice cream with his father at the Dark Harbor Shop in Islesboro, makes his own delicious flavors daily.

A sampling of flavors from Catbird Creamery.


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Thanks to everyone who entered our first Friday Flash giveaway! We’re looking forward to more in the future. Congratulations goes to lucky #17…

…Raina! She wins free YoKids Organic Yogurt and new, YoKids Organic Greek Yogurt from Stonyfield. We hope Raina and her family enjoy their winnings!

Photo courtesy of Real Simple magazine.

Like so many of you, we eat yogurt nearly every day. One of our favorite recipes is a yogurt parfait from Real Simple magazine. All you need is Greek yogurt, sliced pears (we like the red pears at Rosemont Market), almonds, dried cranberries, and real maple syrup. It’s a great treat to enjoy during Maine Maple Sunday. Oh and maybe a few pancakes, too!

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YoKids Organic Greek Yogurt is available in strawberry & raspberry flavors. 

Our friends at Stonyfield have kindly offered one lucky reader a chance to try their new (and super yummy) Greek yogurts for kids. Simply comment on this post and you could win:

• (2) free 4-packs of YoKids Greek Organic Yogurt

• Your choice of (2) free Squeezers 8-packs OR
(2) free 6-packs of Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt

One entry will be chosen at random. Contest ends Monday, March 5 at Midnight EST. Good luck, everyone!

P.S. To find YoKids Greek Organic yogurts, shop your local Hannafords or Shaws.

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Every so often, MP tells the kids she wishes she were an octopus. Just think of all the things a parent could accomplish with 8 arms! You can imagine MP’s delight when she came across this Octopus Wrangling tee. Designer Christopher Larochelle of Minka in Kennebunkport says he likes childlike images with a little weight to them. With that idea in mind, he created this playful t-shirt for kids and adults.

Minka’s T-shirts are American-made, 100% cotton, and they’re printed locally using environmentally friendly ink. What’s not to love?

For more on Minka, find them on Facebook or visit minkahome.com

3 Dock Sq.

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