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Healthy Tips:

#1 Make your own natural deodorant

Sprinkle a 1 tsp of baking soda in your hand. Add a 1/2 tsp of water. Rub mixture between your palms. Apply to your underarms.

 #2 Do your kids say they “hate” water? 

I don’t blame them. I think it is boring myself. 

Grow mint on the windowsill and rub a few leaves on the side of a glass. Fill the glass with cold water. I did this the first day of school for my students and 2 months later they still are asking me if they can have “minty water”. 

If you don’t have a green thumb, brew a mint teabag and pour some into your kids water bottle for school and add water. No sugar necessary. 

While your kids do homework or watch a movie give them a glass of water with lime squeezed into it. Add a straw and watch them guzzle down the water mindlessly. Kids seem to drink more with straws.

#3 Trying to get your kids to eat brown rice? 

Ease them into it.

Cook 1/2 cup brown rice with 2 cups water. Set timer for 20 minutes.

When the timer sounds add 1/2 cup white rice to make a 50/50 combination. Cook for 20 more minutes.

As the weeks go by add less and less white rice. 

#4 Worried your kids are not eating enough protein?

Try cooking up some well rinsed, white quinoa until it is really soft. Puree it in a blender. This complete protein can be added to pancakes, baked goods and smoothies. SSShhh, don’t tell my daughter my secret.


Easy window washing recipe

1 Gallon of hot water

3 Tablespoons of Borax

2 Tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap

Combine all of the ingredients in a bucket. Hose down the window. Scrub with a sponge & 3M pad. Hose soap off the windows. Walk away. No need to dry or use a squeegy. The borax makes the windows dry crystal clear. If only we could use that method to wash the windows on the inside.

FYI - 5th graders in FACS have learned how to do this.


  Sweet Potato Pancakes


1  sweet potato baked

½  cup of whole wheat flour

1  cup white flour

1 tsp  baking powder                      

1 tsp salt          

1  tsp vanilla                                                                   

2 T. Honey

2 egg, beaten

¼ C. Quinoa, pureed

1 ½ Cups milk

2 T coconut oil

Tsp = teaspoon      T = tablespoon       C = cup



  1. Wash & prick with a fork the sweet potato. Microwave for 5 minutes or til soft.

  2. Scoop out the sweet potato and put into a large bowl and mash.

  3. Add to sweet potato and mix

    1. milk

    2. coconut oil

    3. eggs

    4. quinoa

    5. honey

    4. In a separate bowl sift together

               a. baking powder

               b. salt

               c. whole wheat flour

               d. white flour

    5. Combine dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.

    6. Heat 1 T coconut oil in a skillet on medium heat.

    7. Using a ⅓ cup measure pour the batter into the hot skillet. Turn once when the

        pancake Is bubbling.

    8. Set the table with a napkin, fork, knife & spoon


Nutritional Facts:

Sweet Potatoes

  1. High in fiber - fiber keeps you regular at eliminating waste.

  2. High in Vitamin A - Good for your vision.

  3. High in Potassium - Keeps your heart working and helps with   

            muscle spasms (charlie horses).


  1. Is the only grain that is complete protein making it a good protein source without the fat of animal protein.


*Recipe for maple syrup:Bring to a boil 1 cup sugar, ½ cup water, 1 tsp maple flavoring *     

These were a big hit.




I made it but I don't think that I want to eat it.

Slicing & dicing veggies for the cold rolls.

Cold Rolls

Yummy Quesadillas


Voila, Breakfast Yogurt Parfait

6th Grade made a Yogurt Parfait as a healthy breakfast choice.

When is Ms. Vail going to stop taking pictures so that I can eat this Yogurt Parfait?

8th Grade made pesto from basil that Farmer Melinda DeFeo provided to us from a local farm.

8th Graders made "Good For Your Gut Pickles" (A.K.A. Lacto - Fermented Pickles) Thank You Farmer Melinda & Maria MacKenty for the cucumbers.

7th Grade took a trip to The Farm Institute to harvest potatoes.

7th graders getting down & dirty in search of potatoes.

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Dress A Girl Around The World.
The 5th grade will be making shorts or a dress to send to Dress A Girl Around The World.

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