Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Good in the Hood - KidSpace Volunteers Needed

hey mamas ~

Good in the Hood is a great neighborhood event in NE Portland on June 25 and 26. They have a KidSpace area this year with crafts and activities. But they still need some volunteers to fill oout the days. I might do an afternoon shift if anyone wants to join me. If you can help please contact Tori Piazza @ 503.865.2859 or via city email. Thanks! /courtney

Monday, May 23, 2011

SCRAP camp

In case you are looking for a last minute summer camp, SCRAP has some terrific offerings in July.

I'm planning to sign up Kieran next summer for sure...once he's out of full day childcare.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Parent Survey for State Agencies

hi ~

Parent Survey for all parents in Oregon related to ealry childhood programs.

Please help spread the word about an online survey to all Oregon parents of children under 10 and expecting parents.

They would like to hear from ALL parents of young children in Oregon. They are especially hoping to reach communities that are not always fully represented, such as immigrants, faith-based communities, or communities of color. Please be sure to include these contacts in your local outreach efforts.

The information from the survey will be made available for use by state and local communities for future funding opportunities and program development.

This Parent Survey has a very short time line. Please forward to your networks ASAP so we are able to learn more about your local community. May 11, 2011 through June 6, 2011.

The online survey can be found at: https://survey.emp.state.or.us/surveys/7J868P/


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Working Mom's Recipe of the Week

No-Bake Granola Bars
Servings = 12 bars

1/3 c roasted, unsalted almonds
1/3 c roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
2 c rolled oats
1 c chopped dates
1/2 t cinnamon
dash salt
1/2 c mini chocolate chips
2/3 c honey

In a food processor, pulse almonds and sunflower seeds until broken up. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Heat honey in microwave for 30 seconds; pour over oats. Mix with spoon. Cover a cooking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Dampen your fingers with water and then scoop the oat mixture onto cookie sheet. Press into an 8 by 12 inch rectangle, dampening your fingers if the mix starts to stick. Place in freezer for 20 minutes. Cut into 12 bars. Individually wrap and keep in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Notes: If you don't want to use chocolate chips, replace with currants, raisins, dried cranberries or any other dried fruit. You can use roasted, unsalted pecans or pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower seeds.

Adapted from Sunset Magazine.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Working Mom's Recipe of the Week

Dilled Salmon Cakes
Servings = 4 (2 salmon cakes each)

2 12-oz salmon fillets
2/3 c dry breadcrumbs
1/4 c chopped green onions
2 T chopped fresh dill (or 1 1/2 t dried dill)
2 large egg
1/4 t black pepper
2 T olive oil
1/2 c plain low-fat green yogurt
1/2 c peeled, seeded grated cucumber
1 t grated lemon rind
1/4 t salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Place salmon on a greased cookie sheet. Cook 25-30 min or until it flakes with a fork. Remove skin and any bones; flake with fork into a medium bowl. Add breadcrumbs, green onions, dill, egg and pepper. Form into 8, 1/2 inch thick patties and set on aside. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 patties to the skillet. Cook 4 minutes, flip and cook 4 minutes. Place on a plate and keep warm. Cook the remaining salmon patties.

While the patties are cooking, in a small bowl combine yogurt, cucumber, lemon rind and salt. Mix well. Serve sauce with salmon patties.

Notes: Good side dishes include cucumber and cherry tomato salad or asparagus or trimmed green beans.

From Weight Watchers Five Ingredient Recipes magazine, PointsPlus = 4 per serving

Monday, May 9, 2011

May Meeting: May 25th - Personal Safety Skills for Children/ Understanding Sexual Development

Our May meeting is May 25th this month.

This is another one for the dads - so please let them know.

Personal Safety Skills for Children/ Understanding Sexual Development

Tracey Johnson from
Practical Parenting

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
12:00 - 1:30
Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Avenue

Tracey's speaking fee was paid for by DEEP.