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This Year Will Be Different: 8 New School Year Resolutions for Parents Who Are Tired Of Doing It All

8 New School Year Resolutions for Parents Who Are Tired Of Doing It All Moms and Dads, are you TIRED of making the kids breakfast, packing lunches, making dinner AND doing the dishes?  Basically, are you tired of doing it all?? Most of us realize that our kids can do more, whether it’s making their own breakfast, taking out the trash, doing the dishes or folding the laundry. But too often we hesitate to delegate, either because we don’t know the right age for the children to start, we get tired of nagging and decide it’s just easier to do it ourselves, or we have trouble relinquishing control of the way things are done. But, at the same time, we’re often frustrated and exhausted from trying to do it all, and we realize it would be better for all of us if our children took on more responsibility. Here's Aviva’s advice in the Washington Post for how to delegate more and get changes to stick. Please read and share your new school year resolution for...

8 Ways Cooking Can Keep Your Kids’ Minds Sharp Over the Summer

8 Ways Cooking Can Keep Your Kids’ Minds Sharp Over the Summer

No matter your situation when school lets out in June, whether you are happy to get a break from supervising homework and packing lunches, or you’re stressed because you’re scrambling to fill hours usually reserved for school, you probably wonder how to keep your kids’ minds sharp and their bodies occupied productively for 10 weeks during summer “vacation.”

You may wonder:

• How will I prevent my children’s brains from atrophying when they aren’t in class for 6 hours a day?

• How will we keep them off of YouTube, tablets and the TV when those digital babysitters are not only easy temptations, but can also feel like the only way we can get a little break?

• And how can I make sure they don’t forget their hard-learned math, reasoning and reading skills when school is on hiatus for so long? (Those summer “math packets” don’t really cut it when our kids forget about them until the week...

7 Basic Cooking Skills Kids Need Before They Leave Home

  Cooking Skills Kids Need Before They Leave Home

Some of my friends worry that their kids don’t have even the most basic cooking skills they might need in their next phase of life. So what cooking skills do kids need? Last year I wrote about the 6 things every kid should know how to make before they leave home. Now in the Washington Post I share basic techniques kids may want to master this summer.

Summertime, when the pace of life may be just a little slower, is the ideal time to get your teen cooking — especially if they are leaving the nest soon. Making one of their favorite things to eat — whether it’s burgers, salad, pasta, corn on the cob or omelets — is a great place to get them started on picking up basic cooking skills. Many families find it works well to have each family member take on a meal each week. They might even like to make a checklist of dishes they’d like to master before they leave home.

Let your teen decide...

  Jul 5, 2016   Time Saving Kitchen Tips

Make Your Kitchen Smell Sweet: How to Get Rid of Bad Smells in Your Refrigerator, Sink and Kitchen Trash Can

Make Your Kitchen Smell Sweet: How to Get Rid of Bad Smells in Your Refrigerator, Sink and Kitchen Trash Can I know, it’s not the most appetizing topic. But do you know what is really unappetizing? When you can’t get rid of bad smells in your kitchen! It’s not too appealing to create delicious food when your refrigerator smells like old fish or your sink smells like rotten vegetables. Recently we had a fishy smell in our fridge.  I cleaned the shelves, emptied any vegetable scraps that were past their prime, and gave the refrigerator a once over to see if there was anything rotting, but I couldn’t find a thing! So I did a little research and discovered that putting coffee grounds in an open container in the fridge can eliminate bad odors. Sure enough, a day or two later, the refrigerator was back to its sweet smelling self. I decided I would turn to my clever friends, including some Six O’Clock Scramble members, to see what other home remedies they...

Will You Help Me Decide What Cooking Videos to Make Next?

Will You Help Me Decide What Cooking Videos to Make Next? Have you subscribed to The Scramble’s new YouTube channel yet? I’m sharing inspiring weekly recipes, tips and helpful cooking videos to make your meals and snacks easier, healthier and more delicious. If you subscribe to the channel, you wont get bombarded with emails, but you will get notified when there’s a new video so you won't miss it.  My goal is to share short and inspiring videos each week that will make your life easier, healthier and more delicious. Please let me know what recipes or tips you’d like me to share next. Current top contenders are: A. What to pack for kids’ summer camp lunches B. How to make peanut butter, banana and chocolate overnight oatmeal (no sugar added!) C. How to make banana whip...

Teens aren’t Terrifying! How to Bond with Teens in the Kitchen

Bond With Teens in The Kitchen When my kids were young, I used to worry about what it might be like to have teenagers and how I would bond with teens, let alone parent them.  The words that came to mind were moodiness, conflict, attitude, eye-rolling and curfews. Fast forward 10 plus years and I am now the mom of two teenagers, 19-year-old Solomon and 17-year-old Celia.  As with most things, I now realize that worrying about the future was a waste of energy. Parenting teens, and spending time with them and their friends, is more fun than I could have ever imagined. Also, because I love to cook and have taught my kids to be comfortable in the kitchen, I find that now, many of our best times happen while we’re cooking or dining together. How do you bond with your kids in the kitchen? I’d love you to read and share your thoughts on my latest article (plus a video!) for The Washington Post.
  Apr 12, 2016   Time Saving Kitchen Tips

Genius Parent Hacks Make Life with Kids Easier: Win a copy of Parent Hacks on Facebook this Friday!

My friend Asha Dornfest is so clever. Asha has collected thousands of time and money-saving tips from parents all over the world via her popular site and hashtag ParentHacks.com and #parenthacks. Now she’s turned the best of those genius hacks into an immensely readable, page-flippable book with delightful illustrations. The new book is called Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids.  Asha has kindly shared some of the most popular Kitchen Hacks from the book with The Scramble community below. We’re also giving away a copy of the book on Facebook this Friday, April 22nd, so visit it between 9 a.m. and midnight to enter. Have any hacks to add? Please leave a comment below! Kitchen Hack #83: Cool hot food by adding frozen fruits or vegetables: To cool food quickly, add frozen fruit or vegetables, ice cubes, or cold sauce. (Think frozen blueberries stirred into hot oatmeal, or refrigerated tomato sauce added to steaming pasta)....

Question from a Teen Who Cooks: How Far In Advance Can I Make Dinner?

Dear Aviva, My name is Sydney, I am 13 years old. I love to cook, and I have been following your recipes to make dinner for my family using your weekly meal plans, and we all love it! I have recently attempted cooking meals ahead of time (on Sunday). It has worked really well for my family so far, but I'm concerned about how far in advance you can make certain foods. I have been following your "Do Ahead or Delegate" section, but sometimes it does not specify how long you can make it in advance. I am interested in prepping food ahead of time because I really like to eat the food from your recipes, but I don't always have time to make things when I have homework or after school activities. If I prep the food ahead of time, I can make food that I like very quickly without changing my schedule very much.  I am wondering if you have any tips on food prep, or "rules" to make sure the food is good when it is time to eat it.  Sincerely, Sydney Dear Sydney, First,...

What To Use If You Run Out Of Bread Crumbs (and how to make bread crumbs that are gluten-free)

10 Substitutes to Use if Your Run Out of Bread Crumbs and How to Make Bread Crumbs I’m a longtime evangelist for keeping a well-stocked kitchen and immediately adding staples to our grocery list when we finish them up so we can restock on our next trip to the store.  So it completely surprised me when I recently discovered that I had no bread crumbs or panko in the house, and no wheat bread to make my own, even though I know how to make bread crumbs as long as I have some bread. That particular night I was testing a new recipe for salmon sliders and wanted to use bread crumbs as a binder in the burgers. What I occasionally lack in organization I try to make up for in resourcefulness.  I decided that grinding whole grain Heritage Flakes cereal to a bread crumb consistency in a mini food processor would make a more-than-decent substitute.  The salmon sliders turned out to be delicious (recipe coming soon). Crisis averted. When you run out of an ingredient there is...
  Aug 20, 2015   News, Time Saving Kitchen Tips 2

We Heard You! New Menu Planning Feature Saves You Time and Effort

Recently I had an awful customer service experience with the well-known manufacturer of my food processor.  Although the bowl broke while still under warranty and in the course of normal use, they have been dismissive of my request for a replacement and have put the burden of time, effort and expense on me.  I’ve lost interest in using any more of their products. When I was a kid, one of my favorite shows was a consumer advocate show called “Fight Back! With David Horowitz”.  I think that was the beginning of my passion for great customer service.  As a business owner, I can’t understand poor customer service. I treasure each of our members and value your opinions and feedback. And from a business perspective, it’s illogical not to treat customers well because it is so much more expensive to get a new customer than to keep a current one. At The Scramble, we want you to be thrilled with your customer experience so you will stick around (and tell your friends how...