April 30, 2013

Free family events in May

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May 7: Llama Llama Read-a-Rama Pajama Party RESCHEDULED 











Time: Tuesday May 7 at 5.30-7.30 pm
Place: Saint Cloud Public Library

From this month: A farmers market near you!

Market Mondays in Sartell
Mondays May 13 - October 21 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N 
***MOMS Club have a kids' activity on Market Monday May 20th*** 

Sauk Rapids Farmers' Market
Thursday afternoons
Thursday May 23rd - October 10th 2013 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Sauk Rapids VFW, 901 North Benton Drive, Sauk Rapids, MN 5637

Saint Joseph Farmers' Market
Friday afternoons
May 10 thru Sept. 13th 3:00pm to 6:30 pm
Sept. 20st thru Oct. 18th 3:00pm to 6:00pm
September 13th: Harvest Festival
610 N. Co. Rd. 2, St. Joseph, MN

NEW MARKET! Central Minnesota Farmers Market
Saturday mornings
Saturday May 4th, 2013  -  Oct. 26th, 2013 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1480 10th Ave NE, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Saint Cloud Area Farmers' Market
Saturday mornings
Saturdays in May through October 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bremer Bank Parking Lot, (Downtown), 1100 W St. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN 56301

Financial report for April 2013

$601.77 start
+75.00 Three renewals
+25.00 New member
-64.00 Club re-registration
-58.00 PO box rental

$579.77 end

April 10, 2013

From around the web: Laugh don't cry

The big Web offers a wide range of ways to keep already sleep-deprived parents from going to bed when the house is finally quiet.  If it's any consolation, you're not alone!

The Sydney Symphony Choir: "Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents and Terrorising Toddlers"

(Carmina Burana lyrics competition winner)

Reasons My Son Is Crying (Tumblr site)
Reasons being a toddler is tough.  When private pictures of normal kids crying over normal things went viral, Dad had to explain himself in the Christian Science Monitor.  But back to the question: Why is this kid crying?

“He asked me to put butter on his rice. I put butter on his rice."

Adults can look pretty funny, too.
Dr. Harvey Karp can speak "toddler-ese" and you gotta hand it to the man; when it comes to ending a tantrum, it works.

Now go to bed!

Potluck recipes from March: Vegetarian

Barley Vegetable Salad (Leslie)

3 cups cooked pearl barley
1 16oz can black beans rinsed/drained
1 16oz can corn, drained
1 1/12 cups diced fresh tomato
1 cup frozen green peas
1 cup cubed avocado
1/12 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 cup water
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated fresh onion
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves minced.

Toss dressing into ingredients. Chill, serve. 

Minty Lemon Lentils with Spinach (Mandy)
I would recommend doubling mine, as it only serves 2-4 as written. 

Bulgur Baked with Raisins and Cranberries (Ally)
From The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever by Beatrice Ojakangas)

2 tsp butter, plus more for dish
1 cup bulgur or cracked wheat
2 cups boiling water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dark raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Pre-heat oven to 300F, butter a 1-1/2 quart casserole. Combine bulgur, water, salt, basil, raisins, cranberries and the two tsp. butter in the casserole and stir to blend well.  Cover and bake for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the bulgur is tender and has absorbed all the liquid.  Before serving, fluff with a fork and garnish with the toasted almonds.

Cheesecake (Jen)

DeeDee Molus' recipe in the MOMS Club cookbook p. 132

1 cup sugar
4 - 8 oz pkg cream cheese
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line outside of an 8 or 9 oz spring form pan with foil. Grease bottom and sides of pan. In large mixing bowl beat sugar and cheese at medium to high speed for 8-10 minutes. Scraping sides twice, until mixture is extra smooth and sugar is dissolved  Stir in eggs just until combined. Pour batter into pan and place in shallow roasting pan. Place in oven and add 1 inch of very hot water to the pan. Bake 70-75 minutes or until center appears nearly set when shaken. Remove pan from water bath and cool on wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a thin metal spatula around edge of cheesecake to loosen from sides of pan. Cool 45 minutes more, cover and chill overnight. Can be made with crust or without.

Roasted chick peas (Maggie)

From Terry Walter's Clean Eating cookbook.

3 cups chick peas
2-3 tbls olive oil
Seasoning of your choice

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Drain, rinse, and pay dry chick peas. Place on parchment paper, coat with oil and seasoning. Bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes.

Black Bean & Veggie Ranch Salad (Laura N.)

From my little sis, who eats ranch like it is a food group :)
1 avacodo, diced
1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1/2 c. onion
1/2 c. red or green pepper, diced
1 can of corn, drained
1 packet of Good Seasons Italian dressing mix
1 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate before serving.

Veggie casserole (Vaida)

1 cauliflower
1-2 zucchini
1/2 bag 16 oc baby carrots
1-2 potatoes
cheese of your choice
1/2 cup half and half
pepper, salt, spicy pepper, thyme
coock the vegies, except zucchini, which should be fried in a little bit of butter. Mix all veggies together put in to a baking form, mix haf and half top with chesse and bake it for 10mintues in 375F oven.
Orzo Salad With Feta, Olives And Bell Peppers (Laura M.)
Bon Appétit | October 1997
Applewood Inn, Guerneville CA
Yield: Serves 8 to 10
12 ounces orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups crumbled seasoned feta cheese (such as basil and tomato; about 6 ounces)
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
3/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives
4 green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons drained capers

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon ground cumin

3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

Cook orzo in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Rinse with cold water; drain well. Transfer to large bowl. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add crumbled feta cheese, chopped bell peppers, Kalamata olives, green onions and capers.  Combine lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, oregano, mustard and cumin in small bowl. Gradually whisk in remaining 1/2 cup olive oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.  Add dressing to orzo mixture and toss to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 6 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)  Garnish salad with pine nuts; serve.


April 8, 2013

Free family events in April

April 12: Celebrate! Sauk Rapids-Rice Community Celebration

Free Event. Everyone is Invited.  Free tasting samples for the first 300 people, entertainment, & community resource tables. Additional ethnic food for purchase.

Don’t miss this unique cultural experience. Come CELEBRATE all the wonderful things that are happening in our schools and communities.  Stop at the Community Education table to pick up a Bingo Card.  Visit the community resource tables to get your card stamped. Completed cards are eligible to win door prize.
Time: April 12,2013 at 5-7:30pm
Place: SRR Middle School, 901 1st Street South, Sauk Rapids,MN 56379

April 19: 2013 BLEND Kids Health & Fitness Expo

Packed with interactive, engaging, and fun activities for all ages – kids and families can move from station to station to learn about and participate in many physical activities games.  From a 50′ obstacle course to making hula hoops, BLEND promises a great time for the entire family.

6pm: Kids 12 and under can participate in the 1K Youth Run. Pre-registration for the run is required.


Place: Halenback Hall Fieldhouse, 1000 4th Ave S, St. Cloud
Time: April 19, 2013 2-7 am

April 21: Kids activities at Sustainability Expo

The St. Cloud Area Sustainability Expo is a marketplace for green products, organic food & produce and a place to learn about healthy, sustainable living.
Event Highlights include:
        • 100+ Exhibitors – explore, try, learn and buy!
        • Local Food & Produce – sample organic locally sourced food
        • Creative Activities – art and natures activities for all ages!
        • Sustainability Award – presentation of the 2013 awards
        • City Listening Day – going green in operation and policy!
Featured Speaker: Don Shelby

Time: April 21, 2013, 10am - 2pm
Place: River's Edge Convention Center, 10 4th Ave S, St. Cloud


April 2: Sauk Rapids ECFE Family Fun Night

All are welcome!  Science, art and other fun activities for children.  The gym is open 6-6.30, after which they set up for the music and stories at the gym stage held at 7-7.30 pm.
Place:  Hillside Early Childhood Family Center, 30 4th Avenue South; Sauk Rapids 
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

April 8, 15, 22: Sartell ECFE Drop By And Play

The activities are ready for parents and their young children.  No registration needed.
Place: Early Childhood Center, room 220B, District Service Center, 212 3rd Ave. N, Sartell
Time: Mondays from 9:00-10:30 am

POSTPONED: Llama Llama Read-A-Rama Pajama Party
A family event targeting kids ages 0-10, but fun for the entire family. Come enjoy an evening in your pajamas as you tour emergency vehicles, pet live Llamas, participate in snack time, make Llama crafts and listen to story time. Catch a Llama Drama performance and sign up for prizes! Promote a love of literacy in the life of your child and enjoy a FREE fun filled evening together!
Place: Great River Regional Library, 1300 W St. Germain Street, Saint Cloud
Time: April 11, 2013 at 5:30 - 7:30pm