Spring into reading and baking!
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Spring begins with March, National Reading Month and as we’ve stated before, all baking and cooking involves reading so spend the month making some yummy dishes with your children. Since March 2nd is also Dr. Seuss‘s birthday why not get creative with cooking and read a Seuss classic like Green Eggs and Ham or The Butter Battle Book? Math can also be included this month along with a slice of pie that you have made with your children on the 14th, Pi Day. Consider reading Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander and perhaps make a pizza pie or meat pie for dinner. To include some history and cultural cooking, cook up some traditional Irish fare on St. Patrick‘s Day and include either a fiction or non-fiction story about the day.
National Flour, Frozen Food, Noodle, Nutrition, Peanut, & Reading Month
National Reading Month
-Read whatever is at hand, anywhere you can and as much as you can!
**Check out our book lists for recommended titles, particularly our list of Stories about Books, Reading & Libraries or browse your local library or bookstore for ideas.**
National Noodle Month
National Peanut Month
**Think outside the box and choose some recipes (and read some comics) from The Peanuts Family Cookbook: Delicious Dishes for Kids to Make with Their Favorite Grown-ups by Weldon Owen.**
2nd: Dr. Seuss‘ Birthday (Read Across America Day)
**Take a look at the article from Cook‘n & Eat‘n that offers some simple ideas for
combining books and food: Read (and Eat!) Across America.**
4th: National Pound Cake Day
6th: National Oreo Cookie Day
7th: IHOP Pancake Day
14th: Pi Day (3.14)
17th: St. Patrick‘s Day and National Corned Beef & Cabbage Day
20th: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle calls to mind snacks such as celery stuffed with peanut butter or soft cheese topped with fresh or dried fruits and/or nuts or apple slices (with the skin) or grapes laid out to create an edible caterpillar.
20th: National Ravioli Day
23rd: Fannie Farmer’s Birthday
Farmer’s cookbook The Boston Cooking School Cook Book (1896) was the first to utilize standard measuring cups and spoons thus creating the first recipes to feature standardized, precise measurements.
23rd: National Chip & Dip Day
3rd week: American Chocolate Week
26th: National Spinach Day
Happy reading and baking!
-Kate @ BTBL
We are three generations that seek a way to get back to basics. It’s not that we eschew technology, but sometimes simpler is better, especially in raising our children. Mom was a reading teacher, Amanda is an early childhood educator and Kate a children’s literature specialist and former school librarian along with the latest additions, a daughter (now 4) for Kate, and two sons (now 1 and a newborn) for Amanda. We advocate reading aloud, the simple toys that use imagination and encourage creativity and learning in the kitchen, which can be a fun mess but also teaches life skills. Join us in raising healthy, happy, inquisitive and intelligent children.
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We are mom Sandra and daughters Amanda and Kate, all with backgrounds in literacy and education, who want to share our philosophy of taking the basics of life; books, simple toys that encourage play, imagination and creativity, and using cooking and baking to teach math and real life skills to raise happy, inquisitive children. Join us in exploring the old and the new and sifting through the myriad of research to consider what is best for our children.