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26 page paperback by Kerry Alison Wekelo

This activity book shows children of all ages what writing, creativity, and imagination can do when brought together; and the wondrous things they can discover with the addition of activity. The goal is to teach through encouragement, inventiveness, and movement; as together they can pique the interest of all children.

Kerry is a self-proclaimed Jill of all Trades. As a writer she has published countless articles on wellness and leadership. Kerry has authored “Audrey’s Journey” a children’s book series focused on living with compassion and joy, the “Pile of Smile Activity Book” to give away free while children undergo cancer treatment, and “If It Does Not Grow Say No – Eatable Activities for Kids.”
The workbook style of this paperback encourages child participation. Recipes, mazes, puzzles, questions, and more. Recommended for preschool and elementary school aged children.  Non-judgmental presentation of healthy eating choices.
My conclusion – this small paperback seems more like a pamphlet with limited recipes, mazes, puzzles, questions, and not much more.

Kerry Alison Wekelo provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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A quick and healthy school time snack. Or appetizer. Or what have you.


1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed, drained and partially mashed

1/2 cup drained canned whole kernel corn   cooked white or whole grain rice

1/3 cup salsa

1/4 water

2 teaspoons chili powder

5  ounces shredded cheddar cheese

1 small jalapeno pepper and/or poblano pepper, sliced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine beans and next 4 ingredients; pour into a lightly greased small casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese and top with pepper slices. Cover and bake for 20 minutes  or until cheese is melted and filling is bubbly. Uncover and cook 5 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips or other crunchy crackers.


Updated: Love this recipe so much more without the corn. The rice is way better.

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Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake

A Fall Favorite


It can’t get much easier than this one bowl recipe


2 cups granulated sugar

1 (16oz) can pumpkin

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

4 eggs

2 cups flour

1 Tablespoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

dash salt

Combine sugar, pumpkin, oil, applesauce and eggs in a large bowl; mix well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt; mix until well blended. Pour into greased 9×13 inch cake pan. Bake 350 degrees 25 to 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.


4 oz. cream cheese

1/8 cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 Tablespoon milk

Combine all frosting ingredients and mix well on low speed with an electric mixer. Spread over cooled cake. I think this amount is plenty but double the recipe if you like a LOT of frosting. 

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Bread. Pesto. Tomato. Mozzarella. Basil.   

Take liberties to make this quick-pressed sandwich the way you like it. in mere minutes. 

My version:


Start with the bread. I used sour dough because it was available. [any bakery style bread would be good. ciabatta is typical for a panini] Spread pesto on one slice of bread [either store or homemade. what other options are there?] Then add a few tomato slices. Roma are my favorite because they are firm, easy to slice, and don’t have a lot of seeds [use any variety you like, sliced thick or thin] Add cheese. I use packaged mozzarella [fresh mozzarella is an option] And finish with basil. I place whole basil leaves on my sandwich [but go ahead and chiffonade the basil if you prefer]  

Use a nonstick pan. Add butter or olive oil. Heat. Add sandwich. Then use the simple stove-top technique [pan on the stove with another pan for a press]


 have a panini favorite? please share

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A Dutch baby pancake, sometimes called a German pancake, a Bismarck, or a Dutch puff, is a sweet popover that is normally served for breakfast. wikipedia 

This recipe is healthy & easy. minimal ingredients, minimal dishes. a good way to benefit from eggs when you’re not an egg person. twenty minutes equals one dramatic puff. 


Ingredients Needed:

3 large eggs, at room temperature

2/3 cup whole milk, at room temperature

2/3 cup flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

salt, just a dash

4 Tbs. unsalted butter

1 Tbs. sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon, mixed

1 cup fresh berries. any berry combo

Preheat oven to 425. Beat eggs with a mixer on medium until pale and frothy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the milk, flour, cinnamon, and a dash of salt. Beat until thoroughly combined. 

In a 10-inch oven safe skillet, melt butter. Remove from heat and pour the batter (thin consistency) into the pan. (right on top of the melted butter) Place skillet in the oven & bake for about 20 minutes. (yield 1 golden-brown puff)

Remove from oven. Top with sugar/cinnamon mixture and berries. Eat immediately. 


although the pics show a whole puff with berries, i usually remove the puff from the pan and slice before I top with the sugar/cinnamon & berries. just did it this way for presentation. (serves 2-4)





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Cacao Nibs you ask? 

You betcha! These guys are like a mix between roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate.  Crunchy but tender. Seriously good.

Gather up:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1/2 cup cacao nibs

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Beat butter and sugars on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time beating for 1 minute on medium speed between each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then add the flour mixture to the butter/ egg mixture.  Beat on low speed until the mixture just comes together.  Add the oats, walnuts, cacao nibs, and chocolate chips.  Beat on low or by hand until everything is well mixed. 

Use a small cookie scoop to scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet(s) that are lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Makes about 5 or 6 dozen, so make sure you share!



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Intelligent Lids

environmentally thoughtful, one-piece lids for your jars. 

2 styles, 2 sizes, 9 colors!

intelligent lids are available as a storage lid or a drinking lid for your regular and wide mouth mason jars. Made from FDA approved, food safe polypropylene that is recycled and recyclable. They are BPA, BPS, and Phthalate free. Designed, manufactured, packaged and shipped from the Seattle area.



How Intelligent LIDS came to life…..

Intelligent LIDS was started by a Seattle woman who loves her mason jars and wanted a one-piece, non-rusting, reusable, non-leaking lid for everyday use.

“Mason jars are a great example of a perfect product for today’s world: durable, recyclable, beautiful and true multi-taskers. Really, what other item can you think of that people use to preserve food as well as make into a light fixture, soap dispenser or salad container?!! They are so simple in design yet inspire the creativity of the owner. I use my mason jars every day for mixing salad dressings, blending smoothies, arranging flowers and making my own iced tea. I wanted a one-piece, non-rusting lid that reflected the jars’ environmental friendliness and beautiful style.”

Intelligent Lids maintains a low environmental footprint by designing, manufacturing and distributing from the Greater Seattle area.

my review comments:

Love the idea. Love the product. The lids fit the jars perfectly and I’m smiling over the many ways I can use them. The drink lid was better than I expected. It is smooth and easy to drink from. (fyi- the drink slide is not watertight) I found the drink lids helpful when out on the patio to keep “outdoor things” out of my drink. The colors are useful for identifying your beverage/mason jar from someone else’s when entertaining company.

Notes From Dawn received mason jar lids from intelligent Lids in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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