Last week SavvyMom was invited on an exclusive and adventure-packed press trip to New York promoting an important campaign in support of Save the Children Canada and sponsored by Frigidaire.
To support Save the Children, Frigidaire has built a microsite which asks visitors to commit to eating fresh. Until September 20, 2011, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children Canada for every new registration. And everyone who registers will be eligible to win a Frigidaire Gallery French Door Refrigerator.
Members of the Canadian media, including Emma Waverman from Embrace the Chaos, Haley Overland from Today’s Parent, Irene Ngo from Chatelaine and myself spent a wonderful day at Blue Hill at Stone Barns Restaurant in Pocantico Hills, NY with Hollywood mom, Jennifer Garner (ambassador for Save the Children) and chef Adam Kaye at the Frigidaire Kids’ Cooking Academy Summer Session.
While we were there we had the opportunity to learn from Adam about the seasonality of fresh foods, tour their beautiful farm and enjoy the just-picked flavours of fresh food from the farm. One of the focuses of the campaign is to reinforce the importance of eating healthy and fresh at a young age. Along with the help of Jennifer Garner and Chef Adam Kaye, a large group of children took part in the cooking academy and had lots of fun preparing four of Adam Kaye’s delicious recipes using ingredients fresh from the farm. The Chilled Asparagus Soup recipe was my personal fave.
We think you would agree that when it comes to Mother’s Day, one of the best gift ideas for Mom is time away from the kitchen. Make it easy for Dad and the kids to show you how much they love and appreciate you this Mother’s Day by giving them the ideas and the tools they will need to prepare a delicious breakfast for you.
If you feel your family needs some inspiration or the kids are ready to do it all on their own, pick up a copy of Jennifer Low’s Kitchen for Kids: 100 Amazing Recipes Your Children Can Really Make and leave it out on the kitchen counter. Kitchen for Kids is a wonderful cookbook full of recipes your kids can actually make themselves. There is no need to worry about safety, because these recipes require no sharp knives, stove tops, blenders or food processors.
As a friendly reminder, print and post this checklist on the family bulletin board or fridge ASAP. Don’t forget to include the directions to the nearest Tim Hortons, Starbucks or Second Cup in case they need a back-up plan.
Checklist (for Dad and kids):
Presentation is everything, so make Mother’s Day breakfast pretty—a tray (if it’s breakfast in bed), fancy napkins, hand-drawn placecards, flowers…and don’t forget about the clean up after breakfast—CRITICAL step.
Breakfast ideas kids can make (with a little to a lot of help):
Here’s wishing you a wonderful Mother’s Day morning. I would love to hear how your Mother’s Day breakfast turns out.