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Are You Ready for Some FOOTBALL??? TOUCHDOWN TACO DIP {with “Speech Snacks” for /t/ & /d/—practice worksheets included}


Superbowl Sunday is this weekend and it’s sure to draw millions of Americans to their TV sets again this year. While some of us are only interested in all the entertaining million-dollar commercials inserted between the football action, others of us find it a great opportunity to have a mid-winter party and eat (and drink) a lot!!  Still there are those of us who have a vested interest in watching the actual game and rooting for their team of choice.  If you live on the East Coast in particular you may be finding yourself a little more interested in who wins since the teams are from New York and New England.  Personally, my favorite teams are out of the running (first it was the Philadelphia Eagles, then the Denver Bronco’s–sorry Tim Tebow, but you are still my favorite quarterback—and then the Baltimore Ravens).  With all my favorites out of the running, I find my interest turning to the commercials and yummy snack foods.  My nine-year-old son was introduced to the specifics of the game this year as he played on a team this fall.  He loves the game and will be back to play next season, so I will join the ranks of the worrying but supportive mom’s who watch the action on the sideline.  My husband, a die-hard football fan will be partaking in all aspects of the Super Bowl experience–the food, the commercials and of course the game.  With all this football interest in my household, I always prepare a spread of snacks appropriate for game day.  Today’s recipe is  a simple dip that I’ve revised slightly.  Continue reading “Are You Ready for Some FOOTBALL??? TOUCHDOWN TACO DIP {with “Speech Snacks” for /t/ & /d/—practice worksheets included}” »

“Easy-Peezy” (Kid Friendly) Apple Pie {with “Speech Snacks” for /l/}


If your kids like to help you cook in the kitchen,  then you are sure to have a great time preparing this recipe together.    And if they are working on the /l/ sound, you will find lots of opportunities to reinforce this sound, work on direction following, practice sequencing steps and your older kids will have a chance to practically apply their knowledge of fractions.

When my son was in preschool, we took a cooking class together.  This is one of the many fun recipes we learned to prepare.  It’s been many years since we took that cooking class—(time sure flies the older we get)—and  I still enjoy making this simple apple pie with him and reliving the memories of that special “mommy-son time” we shared! Continue reading ““Easy-Peezy” (Kid Friendly) Apple Pie {with “Speech Snacks” for /l/}” »

“Cookies for Santa” {with Speech Snacks for /k/}


One of my fondest childhood holiday memories centers around the cooking and baking that took place in my home during the weeks leading up to Christmas and the New Year.  Christmas Eve was always the most anticipated meal of the year as we celebrated “La Vigilia” (The Feast of the Seven Fishes).  My mother spent days making her shopping list and preparing the amazing menu of fishes and side dishes.  And somehow, she was also able to magically squeeze in Christmas cookie baking!!  (While caring for her  four children and working a full time job!)  As we got older, we all started to pitch in and help with the baking.  There were always at least eight different types of cookies that were prepared.  We gave them out as gifts to our teachers and our neighbors and had plenty more for all the company that came visiting during Christmas week and up until New Year’s Day.   As the oldest of four children, the tradition of making the large variety of cookies was handed down to me and every year I now bring the “cookie tray” to mom’s house.  I have continued to make many of the same wonderful favorites that we made growing up and have added a few new varieties of my own.  And although I generally throw my health-conscious rules out the window during the holidays, I usually try to sneak in a recipe or two that has some health benefits.  This year I added a delicious cookie that is the perfect substitute for the old oatmeal or chocolate chip stand-by that many of us make over and over every year.  I love how this recipe utilizes yogurt in place of lots of butter and substitutes wheat germ for all that white flour. I think this has become one of my new favorites and it will surely be back on my cookie list next year!   Don’t forget to put a few out for Santa too—I think he will approve!! Continue reading ““Cookies for Santa” {with Speech Snacks for /k/}” »

Chicken Soup–It’s Not Just for the Soul! {with “speech snacks” for /s/ and /ch/}


Nothing is more comforting when you are feeling under the weather than a bowl (or two) of homemade chicken soup.  I can remember this remedy being a magical elixir for me many times throughout my life.  Luckily, I had a mom who instinctively knew when a bowl of homemade soup was in order.  As a child, it got me and my sisters through many cold and flu seasons.  As a young adult, I can remember returning home from college for a quick weekend visit and walking in the door greeted by family and the familiar, comforting aroma of mom’s chicken soup.  As a parent, with a family of my own, I have been lucky enough to have this wonderful recipe passed on to me—and it has come in handy on many occasions—for my child— and my husband who becomes a child when he is feeling sick!!  This holiday season (and cold and flu season) I am passing on the gift of Homemade Chicken Soup to all my viewers.  I hope it comforts and warms your heart and soul as well as your ailing body the next time you are in need of a natural healing cure!  Continue reading “Chicken Soup–It’s Not Just for the Soul! {with “speech snacks” for /s/ and /ch/}” »

Baked Oatmeal with dried cherries and apricots–{and Speech Snacks for /l/}


Nothing starts off a cold wintry morning better than a bowl of hearty, warm, good-for-you baked oatmeal.  Not only is it absolutely delicious, it is nutrient dense, a great source of energy to fuel your busy day and a great way to send your kids off to school—and best of all, you can prepare this version the night before and bake it in the morning! Continue reading “Baked Oatmeal with dried cherries and apricots–{and Speech Snacks for /l/}” »

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