January is just about over and, around here, it really flew by. We had one really cold week, but last week and this week have been just above zero. And now it is almost February. Our theme around the house this next month is hearts and love.
This month, Little Bird and I will be planning a nice Valentines celebration for Papa and Baby Bird. We will get busy on some crafts, and will decide what our family Valentine meal will be. Since the actual day falls in the middle of the week, we will be doing two meals. One homemade on Valentines Day and a fun family outing on the weekend.
One thing we have both voted on is our dessert. Hands down, we are making the new Red Velvet Cupcakes by Betty Crocker. Only available in Canada, Betty Crocker has taken the cake and made it in to minis. The package comes complete with the mix and the icing and only requires minimal ingredients like eggs and oil.
As for the dinner, we will scour books and the LifeMadeDelicious.ca website for some easy recipes. On the weekend, I think we will head out to East Side Mario’s because it is one of Papa Bird’s favorite restaurants.
February is also Heart Month and just in time to recognize the importance of a healthy heart, Cheerios is thrilled to announce the launch of their new site Cheerios.ca. They have a question and answer page, coupons and recipes. I was curious as to what age I could start giving our youngest Cheerios as a snack and the answer was right there. So if you are looking to lower cholesterol levels, make sure you check them out for more information.
In an effort to eat healthier at home, we ended up altering a lot of our recipes. If the salt content of a recipe is under 1 tablespoon, we leave it out all together. If it is over 1 tablespoon, we don’t make the meal at all. We grow our own vegetables in the summer and our oldest loves gardening. I don’t think it is a coincidence that she enjoys eating her vegetables as well. We talk about our food and we tell her how food helps her body. Instead of saying “just eat it”, we tell her why it is important in words she will understand.
I would love to hear about what you do. Please leave a comment below and share how you make meals healthy.
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Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.