It’s hard to believe it’s less than one month until Christmas! 2012 has just flown by. It’s been a busy year in the Hodgkinson home with me working full-time as an elementary teacher and I wanted to share a craft project that has made our lives much more efficient, healthy and delicious!
Several of you know that my daughter, Ema, was born with a rare skin disorder called Ichthyosis. Her body makes too many skin cells and her skin is very dry, itchy and red. We have known since she was a baby that good nutrition is just one of the many components of how to care for her skin. We make a very conscious effort to eat well balanced meals but it’s sometimes hard to convince a child to eat healthy (heck, adults in this household struggle with this as well!)
This past summer Ema and I spent some time leafing through some recipe magazines. You could also use recipe books and recipe cards. She then flagged all her favourite recipes – ones that were tried and true and we weren’t going to fight over. She then wrote out (in her very neatest printing) all the details to track down those recipes onto brightly coloured cardstock (recipe name, page number, issue/book).
Each Sunday afternoon, just before grocery shopping, Ema gets to pull out five to six recipe cards from the recipe box. The recipe box was made by painting a plain cardboard box (We R’ Memory Keepers), covering it with patterned paper (Jillibean Soup) and adorning it with felt flowers (Jillibean Soup).
In order to keep track of the recipes for the week, we then mark each page with daily bookmarks. For complete instructions on how to make these bookmarks and a magnetic grocery list for your fridge (using JillibeanSoup supplies), see this link from the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog.
In order to organize all my Clean Eating magazines (where I get all my recipes lately), I place them all in binders according to the seasons. For complete instructions on how to make these organizational binders (using Jillibean Soup supplies), see this link from the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog.
I hope this kitchen crafting project can trick your kids into eating healthy. When children feel that they are a part of the planning process for meals the success rate of them actually eating what it cooked is much greater. By the way, the same is true for adults. Happy craftin’ and cookin’!
~ Sarah Hodgkinson
(pssst...last day for our Relay For Life subscription sale! Imagine "happy mail" four times a year!!!)