Cookin' With the kids

Hosted by Debra Russell
Group active since Mon, Oct 24, 2011

I am a stay at home mom and homeschool my children.We enjoy cooking as a family. It builds us closer together and we make some great memories too! Do you have a recipe that you make with your child or even your adult children for that fact;share it here. Tell us the fun you had too. Post some recipes you think others would love to cook with their children.

Kimi Gaines
Jun 5, 2013

10 Things to Speak Over Your Children

"I believe in you."
"It’s a blessing to be your mom/dad (grandma, aunt)."
"I love you." Then be specific: "I love your smile (energy, caring heart, etc.)."
"I noticed ... (you got your homework done, you have a new friend). That’s what I call responsibility (kindness, other character quality)."
"Keep up the good work. You’re making progress!"
"If more kids were like you, this world would be a better place."
"There is a bright future ahead for you."
"Thanks for what you did (helping, doing chores, doing homework, etc.)."
"If all the 8-year-old girls (use child’s age) were lined up from all over the world and I could only pick one, I’d pick you."
"I admire or am proud of you for (name a specific quality or trait)."

10 Negative Phrases Not to Say Because They Tear Kids Down:

"You’re no good; you’ll never amount to anything."
"If you don’t stop doing that, I’m going to leave you here (or go home without you)."
"Why can’t you be more like your brother/sister?"
"I can’t stand you."
"You are so much trouble."
"I can’t wait until you’re grown up and out of here."
"Don’t you ever listen? Where are your brains?"
"What’s wrong with you?"
"You are stupid."
"You’re giving me a headache (or stressing me out)."

Tina *****
Jan 21, 2013

new to the group

Hello! I was looking for a new group. I am a stay at home mom with a 5 year old daughter. She will be starting school next year (kindergarten) I have been debating on whether or not to home school her. We love doing things as a family also. I hope this group can be a little more active. I do not see any recent posts. Would love to hear from some of you. Looking for activities for kids and things to cook with kids. Also anyone who homeschools how is it going?

Debra Russell
Aug 6, 2012



Today, we're covering a topic that everyone has experienced first hand in this MoJoe Classic message.

Ever wish you could make the Sun stand still? Ever heard the phrase, “making up for lost time”?

The preacher in Ecclesiastes said that there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. Do you think that is still true for a family living in the future?
Where does the time go?

It just won’t slow down. Even when we sleep the clock is moving. The clock consumes our life. I noticed the other day that we have a clock in every room in our house, even in the bathrooms.

Where are we going to find the time to do all that needs to be done?


After our sixth child was born I noticed I began to pray Psalm 90:12 more often: “Lord, teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.”

I realize that families are not neat things. A family has a dynamic all its own. Trying to schedule a family on a daily basis is something of a supernatural experience.
But believe it or not, you can have success at it. As someone once said, it’s not hocus-pocus, it’s all about focus.

Charles Dickens wrote, “I could never have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence. The determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.”

Two key points are mentioned here, “habits” and, “one subject at a time.” Successful habits take time and focus.

Like any other father or husband I want to be a success at what I do. I want my family to be successful at what they do.

I want to hear Jesus say “well done” at the end of my lifetime.

That means allowing God to develop some self-control in my life. Developing self-control is sometimes a painful learning experience but the reward is worth the effort. It is our daily habits that determine how successful our future will be.


Successful people have successful habits. Unsuccessful people do not. Ninety percent of successful people set goals, ninety percent of people who failed did not set goals.

Goal setting helps us to let go of the UN-necessary stuff in our lives allowing time to do the really important things we should and want to be doing.

Successful habits start with successful thoughts.
I am what I am and I am where I am because of what has gone into my mind. Proverbs tells us that as a man thinks in his heart so is he and to guard our heat with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 23:7; 4:23). I am told to renew my mind with the Word of God so as not to be conformed to this world. (Romans 12:2).

So with that in mind here are some things God says we can do when we are feeling swamped.


1. Meditate God’s Word.
Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3; 3 John 2. Success and prosperity come from putting God and his word number one our daily habit list. The way to remove fear, doubt and unbelief is meditation on God’s Word.

2. Watch Your Confession.

Psalm 112:1-5; Psalm 119:11 & 105; Proverbs 18:21; Isaiah 55:11. We are either thanking God or we are accusing him. Our words shape our daily life. You can talk your self into a depression if you talk negative long enough. God inhabits our praised not our complaining. We believe most what we hear ourselves say. Say what God says.

3. Redeem the time we have.

Ephesians 5:16. Instead of waiting until everything is perfect make the most of the time we have. Redeeming the time is translated in the Revised Version “Buying up for yourselves the opportunity”. This phrase does not refer to time in general, but to a special point in time, a circumstance, or crisis. It refers to a moment full of possibilities quickly passing by, which we must take make the best of before it has passed away. Sometimes it a moment of time to instruct a child, to pray a prayer of salvation with someone, a business opportunity; sometimes it is an occasion for love; sometimes for patience; sometimes for victory over temptation and sin. Let us redeem it.

Let’s stay out of the swamp!

Debra Russell
Aug 4, 2012

Foods That Beat the Heat

Foods That Beat the Heat

By Calli Rhoades

The kids and I spent much of yesterday waiting for and watching a parade. My kids love parades, and I, well, I tolerate them as a part of their childhood experience. To be honest there is a child inside that finds them a little exciting, but the grown-up parts of my brain finds them to be hot, if not scorching, and a bit uncomfortable.

Maybe it is just that I don't walk away with a bag of candy at the end. Maybe that would sweeten the deal for me! Whatever my reasoning, I know that my kids love them and so, in our family, July is parade month. Between the Fourth of July and several local town celebrations throughout the month we will spend several days carrying chairs, umbrellas, and water bottles from the car to the parade route and sitting for ages to ensure a good view...all in triple digit temperatures! Ah, the things we do for our kids and tradition right?

As I sat along the parade route yesterday lathering my pale little blondies with sunscreen for the umpteenth time I was thinking about ways we could beat the heat. When I pulled out sandwiches for the kids to eat and two of them flat out refused to eat (undoubtedly because they were too warm to think food even sounded good) I decided that I needed to research what foods could help us be better prepared and enjoy those hot days more easily. Whether it's parades, hikes, days at the beach or lake, or just those sweltering Saturday afternoon soccer games a lot of us will be spending a lot of time in the sun this summer so I wanted to share some of the interesting facts I learned so we can all do our best to beat the summer heat this year.

From the cooler

The beverages you choose can make a huge difference as far as hydration goes and if you are well-hydrated you will be able to tolerate the warm temps much better. Remember that soda pop and even sports drinks are packed with sugar and sodium and while they may feel refreshing when you are guzzling them, they actually aren't helping in the long-run and they may just leave you even more thirsty. Sticking with water will give your body what it needs to stay cool and healthy...and if you really can't beat the heat you can always dump it on yourself like my kids do. I don't recommend that tactic with soda pop!

From the crisper

The crisper drawer in your fridge holds all sorts of awesome ingredients that will help your body be prepared for the heat. There are several fruits and vegetables with high water content and packed with lots of nutrients and not only taste and feel refreshing when eaten, but help your body maintain that nice cool balance. Fruits like berries, grapes, apples, pears, peaches, and dragon and star fruits are all great options, but these allstars will give you the biggest bang.

Watermelon: Watermelon is packed with water. As much of 90% of that delicious wedge is water so there is no wonder why it is a summer classic. Add in the high volume of vitamins A and C, consider that it has no fat and that it contains an antioxidant called lycopene, which is believed to aid in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer, and you have several good reasons to keep that melon ready to go this summer. All that and the undeniable excitement kids get from being able to spit out seeds and I think it is win-win for everyone!

Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melon: Both have high water content but are also low in calories and high in potassium. They aren't particularly rich in many other nutrients, but their low protein, fat, and carb content make them a good choice for those battling weight loss, cardiovascular disorders, hypertension, and diabetes. They may also help rid your body of unwanted toxins as they are considered to be a diuretic.

Citrus: Oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit aren't just delicious, they are also among the most cooling of all fruits. Citrus fruits are packed full of vitamin C and several nutrients and antioxidants that provide benefits from helping with the breakdown of rich and fatty foods in the system to helping make the skin healthier. Refreshing, healthy, and it will make me look better? I'll take two please!

Radishes: Radishes are sadly underrated, and even moaned and groaned about at my house, but they certainly deserve more credit than they get! There is a lot of water, vitamin C, antioxidants, and even anti-inflammatory properties packed into that little crispy little veggie! All that's great, but the best thing I learned about these little beauties is that they are a rich source of potassium, which can help lower the risk of kidney stones and stroke. Having had kidney stones twice, I would eat about anything that could keep that from happening again!

Cucumber: The very flavor of this vegetable is cooling and refreshing and that is just one reason for the old "cool as a cucumber" addage. High water content and low sugar, carbohydrate, and fat content make cucumbers a perfect summer choice. Cucumbers also have diuretic properties (to flush those toxins) and significant amounts of vitamin B, phosphorus, calcium, zinc as well as other minerals which all help to make this one incredible super vegetable!

Mint: My mom used to make wonderful lemonade and then send us kids out to the garden to pick some fresh mint to toss in. As a child I never really understood why she wanted leaves in there, but it seemed to me at the time that my mom had done stranger things, so I don't think I ever bothered to ask. Truth is, both mint and peppermint have amazing cooling and relaxing properties. Their aroma is downright heavenly and mint is known to help relieve indigestion and inflammation, which can both be problems in the hot summer months.

Whatever your summer event menu calls for, make sure that you and your guests are staying well hydrated! Heat can make or break a good celebration and nobody wants to leave the parade or party sick and sunburned! Enjoy the rest of the summer and, as thousands of yearbooks have put it, stay cool!

Debra Russell
Oct 24, 2011

What a book !

A while back a friend mailed me a book to read.I started yesterday and I just couldn't put it down because I just had to know what was going to happen next.The author was really good. So many things going on at one time but you were able to keep up easy.I finished this 207 page book this morning.I handed it to my daughter to read and she is almost done herself.You should really check it out.
by Fannie Flagg

Thank you Laura D. for such a great book !