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5 for Friday

Friday, February 26th, 2010

I have a bad habit of “starring” links in my Twitter feed to share later, and then never getting back to them. (Surely someone out there could create an app that reads those links and sends you back a cliff notes version, right??) So I thought I’d try sharing a few favorite things with you on Fridays, with the caveat that I may not get to it every Friday. But I hope you find it useful and will share anything interesting you’ve come across during the week, too, okay?

  • Health Note of the Week: A new study gives hope that some of the negative effects of exposure to BPA (you know, if you used plastic baby bottles pre-2009, or ever eat food or beverages from a can, or use toilet paper, or … ) may be offset by eating leafy greens and soy. Bring on the miso soup!
  • Food FAIL of the Week: New York City schools have decided that kids can buy pre-approved packaged snacks like Doritos and Pop Tarts at school bake sales, but not homemade treats with all those frightening real sugars and non-trans-fats. It would almost be funny if it wasn’t just so flat-out maddening.  Speaking of bake sales, remember to save the date for the National Food Blogger Bake Sale on Saturday, April 17 — coming to a city near you!
  • timeforlunchLunch Bite of the Week: Moms are getting fired up for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative, and particularly for getting healthier food into school lunches. Here’s a great post from Ilina at Dirt and Noise.
    (Have you emailed your Congressman/woman yet?)
  • Recipe of the Week: The Jewish festival of Purim is this weekend, and I promised the husband homemade hamantaschen this year. Anyone got a favorite recipe to share?
  • Blog Find of the Week: One of my favorite parenting blogs, Simple Mom, has launched a new food site, Simple Bites. Even better, Simple Bites is edited by one of my favorite foodie mamas, Aimée of Under the High Chair. (Why do I love Aimée? Check out the adorable Pat-the-Bunny cake she made for her younger son’s first birthday.) And there’s the new Simple Organic, too. Love.

Friday finds: natural egg dyes

Friday, March 21st, 2008

eastereggs

Now while I generally try to avoid foods with artificial colors, I make exceptions several times a year for holidays and birthdays. I did make “brown velvet” cupcakes for my son’s first birthday, though, when an attempt to use natural red dye turned out unsuccessful. (Apparently natural dyes rarely hold up to baking.) Frankly, I hadn’t even thought of the chemicals in Easter egg dye until seeing this Slashfood mention of an article from Plenty on DIY, non-toxic egg dyes.

I’ll probably still go with convenience this year – especially when the boy isn’t even a big egg eater – but we will use our cage-free, hormone-free, vegetarian-fed eggs, at least. And maybe I’ll try this some year when I have a little more time! Happy Easter!

friday finds: kids’ napkins

Friday, October 19th, 2007

We’ve all seen the many stylish (lead-free) lunch boxes and totes out there, now two California moms have created cloth napkins for kids, Fabkins. They come in sets of 5 (one for each school day) with adorable themes including “beach bound,” “fruit salad,” and African safari” on solid, gingham or stripes. Sure, you have to do a little more laundry, but perhaps having their own cute napkins will encourage kids not to wipe their hands on their clothes.