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Baked Pasta Recipes

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height="160" align="left"/>These baked pasta recipes are pure comfort food in every bite. From a classic meat lasagna recipe to a rich and cheesy baked macaroni and cheese, these dishes are kid-friendly, easy to make and sure to please.

And if you’re a fan of make-ahead cooking, these pasta recipes are perfect for that. Make a double batch, freeze half, then thaw overnight in the refrigerator before warming and serving.

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Labor Day (or Any Day) Hotels

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Luxury travelers know how to do Labor Day right.

But since I’m certain your plans are already set (right?), consider these American hotel getaway ideas as simply food for year-round thought.

  • South Florida luxury cocoon with great golf & dining: Turnberry Isle Miami
  •  Loews Philadelphia

  • Tranquil, central, kid-friendly on Key West: Ocean Key
  • A swanky resort with a transporting spa: Eau Palm Beach
  • Florida fun for the family, with nary a cartoon character in sight: Waldorf Astoria Naples
  • A magnificent historic hotel as worldly as its namesake: The Jefferson, Washington, DC
  • Radisson Blu Chicago pool

  • Extreme pet-friendliness in an Art Deco landmark: Loews Hotel Philadelphia
  • Time-honored shore hotel with marvelous restaurants: Congress Hall, Cape May, NJ
  • A welcoming hotel that guarantees a good night’s sleep in the city that never sleeps: The Benjamin, NYC
  • Langham Boston hotel tea table

  • A spa & golf escape on an estate in the genteel Berkshires: Cranwell, Lenox, Mass
  • Beantown dignity & a peak-experience brunch: The Langham, Boston
  • Fresh-minted architectural dazzle in the city known for it: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
  • Tip-top digs in the Big Easy: Windsor Court, New Orleans
  • Inn of the Anasazi

  • Beep-beep! Roadrunner State’s best service: Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Santa Fe, NM
  • Sin City with urban excitement: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • The grand hotel, the place to see and be seen: THE US GRANT, San Diego
  • Fairmont Miramar hotel bungalow

  • SoCal retreat with Relais & Chateaux excellence: Rancho Valencia
  • Happening resort in L.A.’s hippest beach community: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica
  • Enchanted Pacific panoramas: El Encanto, Santa Barbara
  • Cosmopolitan Hotel Vegas bar

  • California Craftsman lodge amidst Earth’s tallest living things: Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park
  • City by the Bay sophistication: Taj Campton Place, San Francisco
  • 1200 acres of Napa pleasures: Silverado
  • Grown-up finesse in hipster Portlandia: The Nines

The Nines Portland hotel suite

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Brown Bag Lunch Ideas for School

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height="150" align="left"/>Skip the boring old PB&J sandwiches. Start the school year off right with creative, kid-friendly lunches. These brown bag lunch ideas will give you lots of options.

My pizza wrap sandwiches, for example, have just three ingredients. And I have yet to meet a kid who didn’t love them.

My cucumber sandwiches take a tea-time classic and update it for today’s school kids. Try all 26 of these recipes and ideas. The kids can enjoy over a month’s worth of lunches with no repeats!

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Rice Crispy Treats Recipes

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height="150" align="left"/>Could there be a snack easier or more kid-appealing than rice crispy treats? I think not. And with this collection of rice crispy treat recipes, you can enjoy a different type and flavor of rice crispy treats every day of the week!

My chocolate football rice crispy treats, for example, make a great tailgating snack.

And my rice crispy treats with chocolate topping combine the crispy crunch of the cereal treats with sweet, rich chocolate. What’s not to like?

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Healthy Lunch Recipes for Kids

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height="150" align="left"/>I never make New Year’s resolutions, but I often make new school year resolutions. They typically include exercising before the kids go to school (almost always break that one), making sure their backpacks are packed the night before and of course, giving them a healthy lunch. With these healthy lunch recipes, the last resolution is a cinch.

They include lots of creative, kid-friendly ideas, from fresh tomato soup (rich in lycopene, vitamin C and vitamin A) to Southwestern steak pasta salad (make it the night before) and more.

See? You don’t have to resort to boring turkey sandwiches on whole wheat ever again!

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Healthy Snacks for Kids

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height="150" align="left"/>There is nothing like a satisfying snack to break up an afternoon. And with these healthy snacks for kids, they can beat that mid-day slump without a lot of unnecessary sugar, calories and unhealthy fats.

My healthy peanut butter rice crispy treats are always a kid-pleasing favorite. They will love the peanut butter flavor and won’t even notice that these treats are made with brown rice syrup instead of marshmallows.

My berry fruit smoothies taste like berry-flavored milkshakes, but they are made with only all-natural fruit, yogurt, soy milk and lemonade concentrate.

Try all of these recipes, and check out my healthy snack ideas for kids, too. These ideas include snacks you can buy as well as make.

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Crowd Funding Sex Education

I’m not sure if it has to do with my family background, but there’s something about evoking “the crowd” that makes me uncomfortable. Crowd funding, crowd sourcing, the wisdom of the crowd. It may sound sexy and new, but historically, when people become crowds it doesn’t turn out too well for some of us.

And still, I love being a part of crowd funding projects. I have backed over 60 projects on various sites and I published my first kid’s book through the generosity of thousands of backers on Kickstarter.

In the past few months a couple of particularly unethical projects tied to sexuality have tried to get off the ground via crowd funding. The tricky thing about criticizing crowd funding is that the goal when you are running a project is to have as many people coming to your page and sharing it as possible. So sharing the link to problematic projects at once alerts others to the problem and also, in some ways, helps those who are trying to raise money. It’s a lose-lose situation for those of us who care about sexual ethics and justice.

So instead of linking to the badness, I thought I’d highlight a project that, whether it’s successful or not, is definitely part of the solution and not part of the problem. The project, Sex Ed: The Saga was created by Forward Together’s Youth program, an Oakland based organization that has been training Asian youth to be leaders in their communities since 2005.

I wanted to know a bit more about the project, so I emailed and asked. The collective answers came from Heather Bach, Renee Bach, Vy Truong, Fiona Tang, Ervin Lopez, Ellie Cao, Kevin Xie, Chay Tadeo, Kathy Xie, Sharmane Fulgado, Courtney Ng, Sidhartha Taruc, Kevin Lei, Christy Nghe, Irish Quach, Melissa Ma, Christine Lau, Karen Guan, all of whom are involved in the project.

Tell us a bit about Sex Ed: the Saga and why you wanted to make your own sex education.

Sex Ed: the Saga is the epic video series documenting the legendary experiences of Oakland students and their quest for sex ed. It has music, dancing, animation and a lot of funny pop culture references. It’s by and for young people, and the way we’re talking about sex is like nothing you’ve ever heard before!

Sex Ed: The Saga is a way to get young people, caregivers, teachers, and mentors to start conversations on topics that no one else is really talking about, like healthy decision-making, sexual orientation, gender identify, and acceptance.

In Oakland, like in many other parts of the state and country, students are not receiving the information and resources we need to make healthy decisions about our bodies and relationships. Our videos provide an alternative to the misinformation we get from the media, society, and often our schools.

What would you say to folks who think that sex education should be taught by professionals, adults, teachers who have been trained to talk about sex education?
We agree! We want our teachers to be trained to talk to us about sex and relationships in a way that is non-judgmental, inclusive, and information-based. We want the adults in our lives to be prepared to have conversations with us in a way that is respectful, meets us where we’re at, and honors our right to accurate information.

The problem is that that’s not happening right now. So we are taking it into our own hands. We are making videos that can be a great educational tool for adults to use with young people to get the conversation started.

As sex educators we all bring our own experiences, biases, and values to our work. Who we are always informs how we see the world. Can you share a bit of your collective perspective on what’s needed in sex education?
We are a group of Asian, high school and early college aged youth and most of us come from low-income immigrant and refugee families. It’s our families, peers, and communities that inspire us to move forward with this work. This project means a lot to us because young people usually don’t get to decide what kind of sex ed is taught to us. No one else knows better than we do what we need to learn, and we want to make our voices heard.

Youth have very few options to get accurate information. The internet is one of the most common places where youth get their information and a lot of what we find, if we find anything, is inaccurate. Also, the information we do get is just about condoms and pregnancy prevention; it often stigmatizes young parents and leaves out LGBTQ youth. Plus, sex ed classes are boring. No one wants to see another gym teacher put a condom on a banana!

Our framework is about Sex Education Justice–the idea that we have the right to a comprehensive sex education that teaches us about healthy relationships, gender, sexual orientation, and that is relevant to English Language Learner and LGBTQ students as well as students with disabilities. Sex education is a core part of our lives, not a side issue that can just get tacked on to one class at the end of the semester.

Anything else you’d like to say about the project?
YOU can be part of changing the conversation about sex ed. Please donate to our Indie Go-Go campaign today!

Check out Sex Ed: The Saga on Indiegogo

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How to Pack a School Lunch

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height="170" align="left"/>Whether you’re sending the kids off to school for the first time, or they’re returning for high school, you will want to make sure they have a satisfying lunch to get them through the day. I can show you how to pack a school lunch that’s healthy, wholesome and satisfying to kids.

Start with foods you know the kids will like. Every kid wants to open a lunch box and find something familiar and tasty inside. Make that you’re starting point. Then, if you want to get creative, try changing the bread, grilling the sandwich or adding one of my kid-pleasing lunch snacks to round out the meal.

If you want to switch things up, try offering new foods in fun shapes or small sizes. Aspic cutters (compare prices) make it easy to cut everything from cheese slices to apple slices into adorable bite-sized shapes.

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Summer Drinks for Kids

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height="200" align="left"/>The weather around here has been so hot and sticky, you can practically steam clean carpet just by opening the windows. When it’s this hot outside, the only thing the kids want to do is splash in the pool, and cool off with a refreshing drink. These summer drinks for kids include lots of fun options.

My strawberry lemonade recipe is a wonderful all-natural blend of fresh strawberries, water, sugar and freshly-squeezed lemon juice. Add a little club soda and it becomes a natural soda.

My watermelon smoothie recipe is a terrific way to enjoy one of kids’ favorite summer fruits. It’s cool, creamy and full of bright flavor.

No summer drink list would be complete without milkshakes. My Oreo milkshake recipe is a kid favorite. Try it, and you’ll never get a milkshake from the ice cream shop again.

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School Lunch Ideas for Kids

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height="170" align="left"/>Getting ready to send the kids back to school? These school lunch ideas will give you 10 creative options for sending them off to school with a healthy, satisfying mid-day meal.

Take my beef wrap sandwiches. Made with leftover cooked beef (use ground beef, flank steak, pot roast, really anything), these wraps are a meal in one, with cole slaw mix and rice.

My zucchini bread cream cheese sandwiches are a creative way to give the kids something sweet for lunch, using all that zucchini from the garden.

And no kid can resist my pizza wrap sandwiches. To keep them hot, wrap in foil and put in an insulated lunch box.

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