• Mashed rutabaga recipe

    November 21, 2011

    Hi Readers!

    Today at school we’re each bringing a dish that we eat at Thanksgiving  with our families and we’re having a feast! Remember how I told you I eat this root vegetable called rutabaga? Well, my mom helped me make a lot of it this weekend so I can share it with my class. It’s not exactly the same as potatoes, but it grows just like them, in the ground. I can’t wait for my classmates to try it!

    Here’s an easy recipe to make your own mashed rutabaga!

    First, get a couple of rutabagas from the grocery store and with an adult’s help, use a vegetable peeler to peel off the waxy coating (they put that stuff on to keep them super fresh!). Make sure to throw away the peels in the trash or compost, if you have it, because sometimes they can clog your drain. Next, have an adult cut them into 1-2 inch squares and boil them for about an hour (until they’re soft) in salted water. Drain them and get out some butter and milk and more salt and use a potato masher to mash them in the pot that you cooked them in. Make sure you taste them before you declare them done!

    They are delicious! I hope you like them!



  • Here comes Turkey Day!

    November 16, 2011

    What’s up?

    My favorite holiday is next week! Thanksgiving! And in case you didn’t know, Thanksgiving is only celebrated in the United States. Canada has something similar, but Thanksgiving started here in the year 1621 when the Pilgrims came over from Europe. It was a way to celebrate the harvest of the season. It makes sense to me, since it happens in fall so most of the vegetables we’ve grown over the summer are ready to eat!

    What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food? I like the dressing, or stuffing, the best. My mom makes the best stuffing ever! We also eat a vegetable every year called rutabaga and we make it just like mashed potatoes. It’s a kind of root, and when you buy it, it’s usually covered in wax, which helps keep it fresh. You should ask your parents to try it sometime; it is really yummy!

    Have a great weekend!



  • Babysitting 101

    November 14, 2011

    Hey guys,

    So, my first babysitting class was today after school. I learned how to do CPR on an adult and on a baby. I also learned how to take care of little cuts. Plus, I got a binder with all kinds of great information in it, like the phone number to Poison Control, which is what you call in case someone has swallowed chemicals or got something in their eye.

    I’m so surprised by how much there is to know before you can babysit! I mean, I thought you could just go over to someone’s house and play with their kids. But you really have to be in charge!

    I’ll feel so much better when I start babysitting with all of this information. I’m so glad my mom is making me do it first.

    Have fun doing whatever you’re planning to do this weekend!