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    More Real Food Definitions by Real Moms

    Posted on January 28, 2014 by Gina Rau in Food for Thought, Real Food.

    I recently shared my own thoughts and definition of what real food means for our family, along with responses from friends that would easily be referred to as “foodies”. My goal has always been to help other parents realize just how easy it can be to feed their children real food, so I hope that […]

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  • When Frozen Foods Are Best

    Posted on January 23, 2014 by Gina Rau in Food for Thought, Real Food.

    We try to eat fruit and vegetables based on what’s growing in the Northwest during the season, but right now our ground is frozen and we are months (many) away from anything green growing around here. Even the moss dripping from our trees are frozen. But this doesn’t mean we stop eating fruit and vegetables. […]

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    Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls with Real Ingredients

    Posted on January 17, 2014 by Gina Rau in Food for Thought, Real Food.

    Flour, sugar, oil, baking powder, cinnamon and…more sugar. That’s about what you need to make cinnamon rolls. And a couple hours if you’re letting the dough rise. Guess what? I don’t really want to get up at 5am on Saturday to make cinnamon rolls. I don’t want to get dressed to run up to the […]

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  • Shaina Defines Real Food For Her Family

    Posted on January 14, 2014 by Gina Rau in Food for Thought, Real Food.

    Shaina of Food For My Family and I share similar thoughts on food so I, of course, asked her to share her thoughts on what real food means for her family. If you don’t yet know her, you’ll want to head over to her blog (after reading this!) and invite your kids to join you […]

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    Friday Facebook Finds

    Posted on January 10, 2014 by Gina Rau in Friday Facebook Finds.

    Have you noticed that you don’t see as many posts from brands that you’ve Liked in your Facebook stream? Yep, you’re right! You aren’t. Facebook changed their algorithm which basically means that you’re going to see less unless the brands pay. I love you guys, but I don’t have the kind of money Facebook wants […]

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    Kid (and Mom) Friendly School Lunch Ideas

    Posted on January 8, 2014 by Gina Rau in A Few of Our Favorite Things, School Lunch.

    According to my calendar, we’re not even half-way through the school year. Yep, I did the math. That  means that we still have 5.5 months (to be exact) more of homework and projects to do assist with, after-school activities to take the kiddos to and daily lunches to prepare. The Christmas break was definitely needed […]

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  • Real food chili

    Defining Real Food

    Posted on January 6, 2014 by Gina Rau in Food for Thought, Real Food.

    Last month, something prompted me to think about how I feed my own family. Someone publicly criticized me for using canned beans in chili. While I could absolutely make my own corn tortillas, cook with only dried beans and make all our meals from scratch using ingredients from our organic backyard garden, I live in […]

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    Kitchen Science: Fun with Food

    Posted on December 28, 2013 by Gina Rau in A Few of Our Favorite Things, Food Adventures.

    Every time certain friends or my niece come over, there’s one question that I’m guaranteed to hear: can we do some kitchen science? If we’ve got the time and supplies, I love to say yes to this request! Getting the kiddos in the kitchen to explore science and food is something really important to us […]

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  • Christmas Cookie Bark

    Festive Chocolate Cookie Bark

    Posted on December 19, 2013 by Gina Rau in A Few of Our Favorite Things, Kid Stuff, Recipes.

    Part of my Christmas preparedness tradition includes making my holiday treat list. And yes, I check it twice…ok, more like a dozen times to make sure that I’ve included our favorite recipes, popular treats to gift to friends and family, and a few new ones that might make it to next year’s list. Since way […]

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