In summer heat, our appetites and cooking styles naturally turn to cold or grilled foods. I don't know about you, but sometimes, even in the blistering heat, I get a hankering for a hot (not char-broiled) meal. When that craving hits, I tout out these tried-and-tasty summer stove-top soups. These recipes feature pared-down (pardon the pun) cooking time frames that won't over-tax the air-conditioning or overheat the house. Best of all, these yummy soups incorporate summer's vegetable bounty and are easy on the diet. Kids love them too. Quick-Cook Kid-Pleasing Summer Vegetable Soup Recipes
I love party-planning, especially for preschoolers. At this age, they're pretty easy to please and you don't have to spend much to put on a great kid-friendly shindig. I'll never understand why anyone would want to take kids to an birthday restaurant or activity venue. They're are over-priced and you really don't get much bang for all that buck. I've found that kids have the most fun with backyard birthday bashes and holiday parties. Here are some preschool games and activities that are easy and free (or pretty darn cheap). Use these for your kiddie harvest, All Saints Day, Christian-themed or Halloween party, too! Easy, cheap, DIY activities for preschool birthday parties
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