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How to Bake the Perfect Heart-Shaped Loaf

Baking bread can be simple and fun, and this easy recipe can be the first of many different types of loaves a young chef can master baking in their own boulangerie.Ingredients1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast 1 tablespoon white sugar 1¼ cup warm water (about 110 degrees) 1 tablespoon butter, softened 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups all purpose flour 3 [...]

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Celebrate Taco Day with an Easy Taco Seasoning Recipe

Did you know that October 4 is Taco Day? Well, let's taco-bout how to celebrate! (Sorry, we couldn't resist.) Jazz up your basic taco recipe by using up your spices and skipping the envelopes of seasoning sold at the grocery store. You can adjust spiciness by adding more or less chili powder.Out-of-this-world taco seasoning recipe Makes enough for [...]

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Hello, September! Back-to-School Tips and a Fun Fall Recipe

This week, we wave goodbye to August and hello to the school year! Here are some tips for kids who pack their own school lunches along with a recipe for a fun fall snack.Tips for packing lunches Dedicate one drawer in your refrigerator to keeping supplies for lunch like yogurt, string cheese and juice boxes handy. Wipe [...]

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Puppy Love: Fun and Simple Homemade Dog Treats

Treat your furry best friend to fun and simple homemade dog treats with this simple recipe!Peanut Butter & Banana Pup Bites Makes 2 dozen 3-inch diameter dog treatsIngredients and supplies 1 egg, beaten ⅓ cup smooth peanut butter ½ cup banana, mashed ½ cup old fashioned oats 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 tablespoons milk wax paper baking sheetInstructions In a medium bowl, mix egg, peanut [...]

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All about Umami

What makes your mouth water? Chances are, many of the foods you think of have some umami taste! Learn more about the fifth taste and how to add more umami to what you eat.All about umami Some scientists maintain that there are, in fact, five basic tastes instead of four. This additional taste is called umami, [...]

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Two Kid-Friendly Taste Experiments

Have you heard "I'm bored" one too many times this summer? Set your kids up with these two easy and fun experiments that will teach them all about our sense of taste! When we eat food, it is a sensory experience. The mouth and teeth and tongue and nose and taste buds and brain all work [...]

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2 Recipes Featuring Honey to Try This Summer

Honey is a delicious sweetener made by bees. Here's more on where it comes from, plus 2 recipes that feature honey.Where to find honey Bees construct it in their hives. It is a collection of hexagonal cells made of wax by bees inside a hive or nest in which honey is stored, eggs are laid, and [...]

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The Mystery of the Disappearing Bees

About a decade ago, people started noticing that bee hives were empty and bees were missing. Large numbers of bees across North America started dying, leaving their usually busy and buzzing hives unoccupied. The problem persisted, so farmers and scientists took notice. According to the  Department of Agriculture, in October 2006 beekeepers began reporting losses of [...]

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Soak Up the Sun . . . and Some Vitamin D!

What the human body is capable of doing is pretty incredible. It can turn food into energy. It can turn water into sweat. It can turn new experiences into memories. And, how about this for cool? It can turn sunlight into a vitamin required for human survival. It’s true. While most of the different vitamins that [...]

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I Scream, You Scream: States of Matter and Ice Cream

School's out for the summer! But, that doesn't mean your kids won't learn anything. Discover how matter changes states by making a ice cream.Matter First, let's talk about matter. Matter is a scientific term that basically means stuff. Rocks are matter, and so are things as different as carrots and bicycles and raindrops and air. Matter is [...]

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