Category Archives: family Involvement

Kids Holiday Gift: 8-Page Mini-Cookbook From 1 Sheet of Paper

A 6-page mini-cookbook is a great kids gift project.

An 8-page mini-cookbook is a great kids gift project.

by  donR

Holiday gifts made by children are always fun to receive, especially when we see how proud they are about their creation.

In keeping with the holiday spirit of  giving, I am posting 5 days of gifts children can make for the kitchen. The good news is they keep on giving because they will be used again and again. Our first gift is the 8-page mini- cookbook: Continue reading

Food, Fun, & Conversation: 4 Weeks To Better Family Dinners

FDP Wkshpby donR    Updated August 12, 2015

You and your family can explore ways to have food fun & conversation around the family dinner table. For more information or to join the workshops and Community Dinners, follow the links below.

  • Log onto TheFamilyDinnerProject website and sign-up for “Food Fun and Conversation: 4 Weeks to Better Family Dinners.” this is a “Do-it-yourself” version. However they offer lots of Tips, Tricks and suggestions for support.
  • Contact them about any Community Dinners in your area or
  • Join us locally for Workshops and Community Dinners in Whatcom County, WA. They will begin in late September. Watch our events calendar for more information. Read more to learn about the workshops and Community Dinners:

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How To Clean and Cook Trout

Trout can be simply baked, fried, poached, grilled or broiled. But the sauce makes a big difference in the taste.

Trout can be simply baked, fried, poached, grilled or broiled. But the sauce makes a big difference in the taste.

Trout can be the center of a very budget-friendly meal, especially when caught by family members. More than that, there’s a feeling of pride by providing food for the table. With Washington State lowland lakes opening last weekend it is fitting to feature trout preparation and cooking. But don’t limit yourself to fishing for trout because farm-raised trout are available from the grocer year-round. Continue reading

Free Seafood, Fun, Conversation

Kids under 15 can fish without a license in Washington State.

Kids under 15 can fish without a license in Washington State.

by donR   4/20/2015

Take your kids fishing, clamming or crabbing for a fun-filled day and lots of conversation. Washington State lowland lakes open up on April 25th. Kids do not need a license during the year unless they turn 15. Parents can tag along to watch. Read more for links and information about equipment costs, free Washington State fishing days, types of seafood to look for and some tips and tricks about harvesting and cooking.

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Healthier Pizza For Kids

Personal pizzas using tortilla shells are simple and easy on the budget.

Personal pizzas using tortilla shells are simple and easy on the budget.

Okay. Most kids love pizza but should it be served regularly as a meal? We have shared ways to reduce the calories by creating whole wheat crusts with veggie toppings and limiting the cheese. Eliminating some of the cheese certainly cuts back on the saturated fat but we have found that kids like pizza because of the cheese. They also love Mac & Cheese, toasted cheese sandwiches, and string cheese. The real issue then is will they like pizza made with reduced saturated fat and less sugar? We think they will and here’s how. Continue reading

Dinner Table Talk: Which Is Healther, This or That?

Or This?

Or This?

Which is healhier, This?

Which is healthier, This?

 

 

Eating Well magazine posted a challenge to its readers,”Which  is healthier, popcorn  or pretzels?”  and several more “This or That questions.” These questions would certainly start some interesting conversations round the family dinner table. Continue reading

Five Dinner Table Questions: Share With Family

 

The right questions at the dinner table can inspire conversation and build positive relationships between family members.

The right questions at the dinner table can inspire conversation and build positive relationships between family members.

Anil Gupta suggests five questions be posed at the dinner table. These conversation starters are non-threatening and everyone can contribute to the conversation. Anil’s workshops focus on building relationships which is important as the family sits around the dinner table. Continue reading

Host A Simple Community Dinner: Food, Fun, and conversation

Our cook-ins, like the Community Kitchens in Seattle, provide a place for people to gather, assemble meals to take home, enjoy a dinner they helped cook and build friendships..

Teens can get together for an evening of fun, food and conversation.

Teens can get together for an evening of fun, food and conversation at a “Community Dinner.” Photo: iclipart

For those of you who want a simple evening with two or three other families, draw upon ideas developed by The Family Dinner Project. Their idea is to get people together for an evening of food, fun and conversation. Read more to find out how you can plan this simple event and download their organizers’ toolkit. Continue reading

The Sit-Down Meal: Conversation Starters III

Need a  source for witty, probing, interesting, challenging, , funny, intuitive,  and totally age-appropriate conversation starters?   No, you don’t need to find a toastmaster  book at Barnes & Nobel.  All you need to do is click on this link to The Family Dinners Project and you will find  enough material to keep your family engaged in meaningful conversation for years to come. Continue reading