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sparkle kitchen: quinoa chicken nuggets

In the Junkyard Tales story “A Time for Play,” as dawn breaks, the Junkyard residents discover that their home is covered in balls of ice. Ben Thompson learns all about "hail" and that it can lead to a lot of fun. Everyone joins in the games except the steadfast watchdog Sergeant. Can they entice him to play?...

sparkle kitchen: hand- shaken milkshakes

In the Junkyard Tales story “Junkyard Valentine's Day,” the Junkyard animals celebrate their love and appreciation for each other with their traditional Valentine's Day gift exchange. Everyone draws one name from a hat to learn who will receive their gift. But when Ben Thompson, clever cat, picks the name of Georgia Bean, the kindly rat, he panics. Georgia Bean is like a mother to all the animals! There’s no one better at being kind, caring, and generous. What could he possibly give her?...

sparkle kitchen: roasted tomato basil soup

In the Martin & Sylvia’s Nature School story “Winter Wonder,” Martin notices while at Goose-eye Wilderness Camp that his friend Sam is feeling tired of winter and missing her home in Arizona. He hesitates to tell her that there are still several weeks of winter left, but luckily Helmut, the apprentice from Germany, knows exactly how to show Sam the way to appreciate the gifts of winter....

sparkle kitchen: hiking food for little explorers round up

If there is one thing I have learned that is essential in getting my kids outside whatever the weather, it's having proper snacks. I suppose proper clothing comes first, but snacks and drinks are a very close second. The quickest way to end a fun outing is for your little ones (or big ones) to get overly hungry — their blood sugar drops and, with that, their good moods. So we've rounded up a bunch of wonderful on-the-go snacks that are kid-friendly and will keep you outside and moving — whatever the weather....

sparkle kitchen: healthy winter drinks round up

In this week's So Many Fairies story, "Benno and the Nymph," a poor farm family sails across the sea to seek a new life of possibility. When they finally arrive, they see that the land is parched and there is no water in sight. But Benno, the farm boy, smells something familiar - it is the smell of the hillside spring near their old home. What he doesn't know is that the water nymph from that spring has followed them and is ready to help....