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National Blueberry Pancake Day!

28 Jan

Today is National Blueberry Pancake Day!  Cooking activities are an excellent way to keep kids busy on cold, rainy or snowy days like today.  Whip up some blueberry pancake (a few recipes below) with your child and eat them for lunch, snack, dinner, dessert or save them for breakfast tomorrow.

Blueberry Pancake Fun!

Blueberry Pancake Fun!

A few recipes:

1. Keep it Simple Blueberry Pancakes:  Perfect for when you are in a rush or need a simple activity for young children.  For 5 pancakes: Use  1 cup Aunt Jemima’s Original Complete Mix, 3/4 cup water, 1/4- 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla extract.  Mix together in a bowl or we mixed in a measuring cup to make pouring the batter on the pan easier.  While pancakes are cooking, place blueberries in batter. Use as many or as little as your child would like.  My older daughter added chocolate chips for an extra sweet treat!


2.  Driscoll’s Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes

Image from Driscoll's

Image from Driscoll’s

3. Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes: Add blueberries to this Whole Wheat Pancake recipe from Skinnytaste

Image from Skinnytaste

Image from Skinnytaste

4. Blueberry Pancake Cupcakes by Your Cup of Cake

Image from Your Cup Of Cake

Image from Your Cup Of Cake

Freshmade NYC

26 Sep

Last week, I attended day three of the Freshmade NYC Open House to kick off the start of their first semester in their new space for their cooking school. During day three, children listened to stories about planting seeds and then were able to choose between two flowers to plant. After, they got their face painted by Rockstar Face Painting and had their picture taken in a photo booth by Keren Precel Events. Freshmade NYC provided some of their tasty, healthy treats for nibbling. The favorites for my girls were the humus-vegetable sandwiches, fruit and the tomato and mozzarella sticks. Adults sipped on wine while kids enjoyed the activities. I was very impressed that she sold AllerMates wristbands for children with food allergies. I made sure to pick up a peanut one for my daughter. The space is beautiful, with two kitchen areas with two long tables with benches as well as a reading rug with a variety of food related books. My girls had a blast and I am looking forward to checking out classes.

One class I am particularly interested in trying is the farm to table class. Every week Cara, owner, receives a box of seasonal fruits and vegetables from the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group. She never knows what each week will bring and has to come up with meals with very little notice. At my daughter’s four-year check up, her doctor she needed to try one new vegetable a week. Making meals using seasonal produce straight from the farm would be a fun way to introduce new fruits and vegetables. Freshmade NYC is on the waiting list to become a member of The Battery Urban farm, with hopes to grow some of their own produce to use in their classes. Click here to find out about other classes Freshmade NYC is currently offering.

For a limited time, Freshmade NYC is offering drop-in classes for you and your child to try. All drop-ins require a reservation. To reserve a class or find out more about pricing and availability, contact Freshmade NYC at 212-475-0500.

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. I received coupons for a free class for attending the open house. Congratulations to Freshmade NYC on the opening of your new space!