A Family That Eats Together: Quick Oven Roasted Chicken with Garlicky Spinach and Couscous

April 29, 2012

quick oven-roasted chickenMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike. Nicole is also the creator of the new Little Froglet line of children's activewear.

Nicole's meal plan for this week features vegetarian asparagus carbonara, kheema matar curry, tortellini salad, and this quick oven-roasted chicken garlicky spinach and couscous.

What is great about this recipe is how easy it is to make and how amazing it tastes. With some readily available inexpensive ingredients, you can wow your whole family or friends with this healthy and delicious meal.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time: 5 minutes to overnight (whichever you choose)
Cook Time: 35–40 minutes

Scavenger Hunt Birthday Parties at Powell's Sweet Shoppe in Novato

April 24, 2012

Powell's Sweet ShoppeSweet treats are always a favorite at birthday parties, so wouldn't it be amazing to have a birthday party in a candy store? Powell's Sweet Shoppe in downtown Novato offers fun and delicious scavenger hunt parties that allow you to do just that.

Each participating child gets a scavenger hunt map that lists over 30 different kinds of candy to search for. Kids then search around the store to find all the different varieties, and the map ends at the store's gelato counter where they each get a scoop. Best of all, children take home all the candy they find on their scavenger hunt. It's a fun and interactive way to celebrate a birthday.

Powell's is a nostalgic old-time candy store that's jam-packed with nearly every kind of candy you can think of—and probably a few kinds you didn't know existed. Just shopping here is like a scavenger hunt of sorts, and you never know when you'll run into a candy that you haven't had since you were a kid.

Win Tickets to See San Francisco Ballet's Don Quixote

April 24, 2012

SF Ballet Don QuixoteSan Francisco Ballet's 2012 season draws to a close soon, and their final production is the colorful and family friendly three-act story ballet Don Quixote. With spectacular all-new scenery and costumes and a vibrant score by Léon Minkus, it's a lively and exciting interpretation of Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes' famous novel.

Music for Don Quixote is by Léon Minkus, and the production and staging is by Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov. Approximate program time is two hours and 30 minutes, so this ballet is probably best suited to older children who can suit through the production and appreciate the artistry on stage.

We're giving away a pair of tickets to the Saturday, May 5 2 pm matinee performance of Don Quixote. Simply send an email to contests@marinmommies.com with "Don Q" in the subject line by 11:59 pm PST on Friday, April 27, 2012. We'll choose a random winner on Saturday. Many thanks to San Francisco Ballet for sponsoring this giveaway. Read our contest and giveaway rules here.

Coming Home with Your New Baby

April 23, 2012

New babiesMarin Mommies presents a guest article by pediatric nurse, postpartum doula, and consultant Regula Keller.

The big day has finally arrived and all your concerns about getting through labor and birth are now behind you. Your precious new baby is here and you are ready to go home and start your lives together as a family. As helpful as the hospital staff can be, all of the interruptions, the procedures, the strangers, the bright lights, can all leave new parents overwhelmed.

There is great excitement about coming home to the peace and privacy of your own home, and the comfort of your own bed. You will also be leaving the assistance and care of the hospital staff, who have been right there to answer questions and offer suggestions. You will now be on your own. Good preparation ahead of time will make the transition from hospital to home smoother and less stressful. A well thought out plan will contribute greatly in setting a loving and rewarding foundation for the new baby and the new family.

Win Free Tickets to the May 15 Speak to Me Event in Mill Valley

April 23, 2012

Laura CarstensenSpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents "A Long Bright Future," a discussion with Laura Carstensen, Ph. D., director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, professor of psychology and public policy, and author of A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity, on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, from 6:30–9:30 pm.

As an individual, a society and a nation, what are we to do about the additional 20 or 30 years we are expected to live? What do we really know today about life expectancy, and what should we be doing differently as a result? One of the world’s leading authorities on longevity and aging will address this uniquely 21st-century question. Dr. Laura Carstensen will help us re-envision a long life informed by the latest scientific and sociological research. Find out how you can make better decisions today about your lifestyle, family, career, finances and social infrastructure, so you can look forward to many healthy, fulfilling and financially stable years ahead.

A Family That Eats Together: Slow Roasted Tuscan Pork Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and Peppers

April 22, 2012

Slow-roasted Tuscan pork sandwich with caramelized onions and peppersMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike. Nicole is also the creator of the new Little Froglet line of children's activewear.

Nicole's meal plan for this week features arancini with salad, rocket pesto with linguini, lemon and feta roasted chicken with tomato orzo, Thai chicken noodle salad, and this slow-roasted Tuscan pork sandwich with caramelized onions and peppers.

On Sundays, I always feel like I have more time to cook, but I really appreciate cooking on the weekends when the oven does most of the work. I usually start this pork right after lunch and by dinner everything is ready to go. It is super simple to make and the smell from your kitchen windows will bring all your neighbors over wondering what you are cooking inside. This slow roasted pork brings back memories of sitting in the warm Tuscan sun on a lazy weekend afternoon slowing soaking up the sweet air filled with fennel and floral spices.

Ross Valley Mothers Club Community Playgroup Kick-Off Events!

April 18, 2012

Hoping to meet some new friends before starting at a new school in the fall? Want to get to know your neighbors but don't know how to start the conversation? New members of the community, mothers, fathers, and families are invited to stop by one of the new community-based playgroup events being sponsored by the Ross Valley Mothers Club. The Ross Valley Mothers Club (RVMC) is dedicated to bringing children and families together, in a fun, friendly community based setting. Each new sign up will be given a RVMC tote bag and treats!

Sponsors Marin Coffee Roasters, Sugar Mama Cookies, and Fat Angel Bakery have graciously provided snacks for these event.

Location schedule:

All Playgroup Kick-off events are from 10 am-noon

  • April 21—Memorial Park in San Anselmo (for Ross, Wade Thomas and Brookside Elementary Schools)
  • April 28—Gerstle Park on San Rafael Avenue in San Rafael (for Glenwood, Coleman and Sun Valley Schools)

Marin Preschool Fair at the Osher Marin JCC

April 17, 2012

Marin Preschool Fair 2012If you're thinking about a preschool for your child, come to the Marin Preschool Fair 2012 on Wednesday, April 25 from 6–8 pm at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael. Presented by the Marin Child Care Council, the Osher Marin JCC, Parents Place Marin, and the Marin Association for the Education of Young Children (MAEYC), the Marin Preschool Fair gives parents a chance to meet directors from a number of Marin County preschool programs and learn about enrollment procedures, tuition, program philosophies, and more.

The fair begins at 6 pm with a welcome and reception in the JCC's Kurland Lounge, followed from 6:10–6:30 pm by a "Choosing Quality Childcare," a presentation by Aideen Gaidmore, executive director of the Marin Childcare Council. The fair's open house takes place in the Hoytt Theater from 6:30–8 pm.

Delicious New Family Music from Orange Sherbet

April 16, 2012

Delicious by Orange SherbetCelebrate food, the seasons, healthy eating, and fun with Orange Sherbet's new full-length family CD Delicious. Due for release on May 15, 2012, Delicious serves up 17 tasty toe-tapping tunes that encourage families to eat, grow, prepare, and enjoy different foods.

Delicious is the perfect CD to listen to on the way to the grocery store or farmer's market, or while preparing a meal for the family. We've been listening to our review copy of Delicious quite a bit, and love the upbeat tunes on the CD, especially "Waffle Day", the title track "Delicious", and the "Garden Song/Inch by Inch".

The only drawback to Delicious is that you'll probably get hungry after listening to it!

Songs on Delicious are in turn jazzy, folksy, and funky, and will appeal to everyone in the family—kids and parents alike.

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