Faire Une Promenade

Posted on: July 21st, 2013 by Kay Swatkowski

  Our family lived in France for three years. Sunday was our favorite day of the week. Sometimes we would “dejeuner” with friends from church.  A beautiful roast chicken or cassoulet with the ever present baguette would be followed by a simple salad with vinaigrette, […]

Easy Hot Chocolate – Don’t Forget the Marshmallow Fluff

Posted on: December 8th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

Instant Hot chocolate The first time we made this recipe, it was called Camper’s Hot Chocolate.  Totally easy and inexpensive.  Looks nice in a mason jar with some Christmas ribbon. There are other versions that include chocolate pudding mix that we have not tried yet. […]

Read Aloud Books That Build Baby’s Vocabulary

Posted on: February 24th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

The home is the child’s first school, the parent is the child’s first teacher, and reading is the child’s first subject. – Former First Lady Barbara Bush One of the most fascinating aspects of childhood is language development.  It is almost miraculous to watch a […]

Great Centerpiece Idea

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

Well, it can’t get any simpler than this.  I found this on Pinterest.  Please be sure to visit the original website. I don’t know about you, but I am getting weary of the blah of winter.  This cute centerpiece on my dining room table seems […]

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Posted on: January 15th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

The Great Backyard Bird Count is sponsored by The Audobon Society It takes place this year from Friday February 17th through Monday February 20th. This is a great opportunity to have some winter fun in nature. Counters spend at least 15 minutes a day outdoors […]

Making Grandchildren Feel Welcome

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

There is no place like home, except Grandmas. – unknown The speaker told of noisy, fun-filled weekends at grandma’s house.  Her large Italian family – with countless aunts and uncles and cousins – would gather at grandma’s house every Saturday evening.  She loves the memory […]

New Years Eve Ideas for Young Children

Posted on: December 30th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. – Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1850) Happy New Year We always found New Year’s Eve the most […]

Snow Play

Posted on: December 30th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

Source: Uploaded by user via Anna on Pinterest It is January 12th and the weather people are forecasting our first big snowstorm!  This is good news for children!  Not so good news for commuters. Should your children be the lucky recipients of a snow day […]

Grandma’s Winter Library

Posted on: December 29th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

The first fall of snow is not only an event.  It is a magical event. -anonymous When it snows you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels. – anonymous For adults, a snowfall means a longer commute, dealing with mess and cranking up the […]

A Wonderful Family Christmas Book – Book Recommendation

Posted on: December 21st, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

Yesterday was the first time I  read Pearl S. Buck’s Christmas Day in the Morning. It is  a beautiful book.  The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous.  The story is touching.   A young boy, Rob, realizes how much his father loves him and wants to give […]