Friday, August 18, 2017

Fun at the Omaha Children's Museum

*I received complimentary admission to facilitate this review.  
All views and opinions shared are my own.*

Last weekend my family and I traveled to Omaha, Nebraska for a family vacation, so this weekend I'll be sharing a few posts about some of the places we visited.  The first place we visited was the Omaha Children's Museum.  It's a place for your children to explore, create and have fun.

Omaha Children's Museum - a place for families to explore, create and have fun #OmahaWeekend

After entering the doors of the Omaha Children's Museum our kids could hardly contain their excitement and eagerness to explore.  The museum is nicely laid out so you can make your way throughout each floor and not miss a single exhibit.

Omaha Children's Museum's Super Gravitron Ball Machine
The Super Gravitron Ball Machine
Having kids ages 6 to 1 year old, I appreciated that the Omaha Children's Museum had activities where all of my kids could play in the same space.  One of those spots was the Charlie Campbell Science & Technology Center.  The main attraction in that space was the Super Gravitron Ball Machine seen above.  All four of our kids had fun putting balls into the machine, following the balls through the machine and then catching the balls as they dropped.

Omaha Children's Museum's Imagination Playground
Platte River Water Table in the Imagination Playground
Another area that was perfect for our family was the Imagination Playground.  Our youngest two, ages 2 and 1, couldn't get enough of the OCM Engine House No. 1.  They loved pretending to drive the fire truck and going through the firehouse climbing structure.  Our 4 year old Miss A enjoyed playing pretend at the Grocery Store, Omaha Steaks Grill Station, Farm House and Hospital.  Mr. K our 6 year old could have stayed all day at the Platte River Water Table.  In fact, after we went through the entire museum we let the kids go back to one exhibit and this is where he returned.  He loved figuring out how to change the direction and movement of the river to turn turbines and generate power.

Omaha Children's Museum's Moving with Light
Dancing and "Moving with Light"
The Omaha Children's Museum has a great mix of both permanent and traveling exhibits.  They also have a great line-up of special events, programs and camps available.  If you are traveling to Omaha or live close by, I encourage you to check out their schedule and make a visit with your family.  Our family spent 5 hours at the Children's Museum, which included having a picnic outside of the museum at some of their tables and benches available.  At the Omaha Children's Museum your family is guaranteed to have a fun time and you may even luck out by having a couple sleeping kids by the end of your visit. 😉

So much fun at the Omaha Children's Museum, it may lead to sleeping kids
Miss R and Miss L had so much fun at the Omaha Children's Museum
they couldn't handle anymore and had to take a nap 😉
What do you look for in a Children's Museum?  Be sure to check out the Omaha Children's Museum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and remember to Comment for a Cause.

Omaha Children's Museum - a place for families to explore, create and have fun #OmahaWeekend #funatOCM

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Easy Freezer Sweet Corn #FarmersMarketWeek

The beginning of August in Iowa might as well be known as "sweet corn freezing" season, because by this time everyone has been eating corn on the cob for about a month, the sweet corn left in your patch is nearing being too done, and you don't want to pass up not being able to have sweet corn all year long.  So you gather some friends, family, neighbors, etc. and you have your own little "Freezer Sweet Corn Party".

Picking Sweet Corn - Throw a Sweet Corn Party with Easy Freezer Sweet Corn recipe #FarmersMarketWeek

The party starts in the sweet corn patch picking your ears of sweet corn.

Husking Sweet Corn - Throw a Sweet Corn Party with Easy Freezer Sweet Corn recipe #FarmersMarketWeek

After you pick your sweet corn you then need everyone to help husk it.

Husking Sweet Corn - Throw a Sweet Corn Party with Easy Freezer Sweet Corn recipe #FarmersMarketWeek

Age doesn't matter.  You can find a job for everyone.

Cutting Sweet Corn - Throw a Sweet Corn Party with Easy Freezer Sweet Corn recipe #FarmersMarketWeek

Next, the party can move home so you can start cutting off all of the kernels of sweet corn.

Cutting Sweet Corn - Throw a Sweet Corn Party with Easy Freezer Sweet Corn recipe #FarmersMarketWeek

My preferred method for cutting the sweet corn kernels off the cob is the "bundt pan" method.

Throw a Sweet Corn Party with Easy Freezer Sweet Corn recipe #FarmersMarketWeek

Watch out for people eating on the job...

Throw a Sweet Corn Party with Easy Freezer Sweet Corn recipe #FarmersMarketWeek

Then you take all of your sweet corn kernels and mix them with sugar, salt and ice water.

Throw a Sweet Corn Party with Easy Freezer Sweet Corn recipe #FarmersMarketWeek

Then you place the mixture in freezer bags.


After a days work of freezing sweet corn, a nap might be in need.

So, there you have it - how to throw your own "Freezer Sweet Corn Party".  We enjoy doing this every year and the work of one day pays off when you're able to enjoy sweet corn all year long.

Recipes for freezing sweet corn can be more work than they need to be, but mine is simple and gets the job done.  There is no need to cook the sweet corn - you'll do that when you get it out of the freezer in the winter to enjoy it.  Also, add to your sweet corn as you prepare it from the freezer anyway you like - butter, pepper, seasonings, etc.

Throw a Sweet Corn Party with Easy Freezer Sweet Corn recipe #FarmersMarketWeek

Easy Freezer Sweet Corn

20 cups sweet corn kernels
1 cup sugar
1/8 cup salt
5 cups ice water

Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl or pan.  Mix and Freeze.  It really is just that easy and simple.

What do you like to freeze and can?  Remember to Comment for a Cause and check out all of the other great recipes being shared this week in celebration of National Farmers Market Week!

#FarmersMarketWeek - A week of #FarmFresh recipes


#FarmersMarket Thursday Recipes

Easy Freezer Sweet Corn by Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids
Farmers Market Freezer Fruit Cocktail Mix by Frugal Pantry
Crisp & Spicy Cucumber Salad by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Pecan Honey Butter by Family Around The Table
Pasta with Saffron Pepper Sauce by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Santa Fe Pork with Peach Salsa by Palatable Pastime
Summer Vegetable and Chicken Stir Fry by Cooking with Carlee

Monday, August 7, 2017

Aunt Mary's Refrigerator Bread & Butter Pickles #FarmersMarketWeek

Did you know that today is the start of National Farmers Market Week?  Farmers Markets stimulate local economies, increase access to fresh food, and support healthy communities.  I personally love going to my local Hampton Farmers Market as much as possible, and a heads up for local readers - I'll have a booth at tomorrow night's market celebrating National Farmers Market Week by passing out cookbooks, grocery lists, and other goodies!

I'm also celebrating this week by sharing some recipes inspired by the fresh fruits and vegetables you can find at farmers markets with several other bloggers.  Be sure to follow along all week by checking out the #FarmersMarketWeek hashtag!

Now onto today's recipe!  For the last few weeks making my Great Aunt Mary's Refrigerator Bread & Butter Pickles has been part of my weekly routine.  My family loves these pickles and prefers them over store bought.  Each summer I try to plant enough cucumbers in my garden and make enough trips to my local farmers market so I can make enough jars to last us a year.

Aunt Mary's Refrigerator Bread & Butter Pickles - the perfect quick, easy and crunchy sliced pickle for any sandwich #FarmersMarketWeek

These Bread & Butter Pickles are quick, easy and crunchy!  I love their slightly sweet flavor, yet still have that salty tangy flavor you crave from a pickle.  My family loves these sliced pickles on any sandwich - pork loin, shredded pork, and I wouldn't hold it pass any of them eating these simply with bread and butter.  Suppose that is how they got their name?  My family has been making this recipe for generations, so you know it's good and a recipe you need to keep!

Aunt Mary's Refrigerator Bread & Butter Pickles - the perfect quick, easy and crunchy sliced pickle for any sandwich #FarmersMarketWeek

Aunt Mary's Refrigerator Bread & Butter Pickles

4 cups sugar
4 cups vinegar
1/2 cup salt
1 1/3 tsp ground turmeric
1 1/3 tsp celery seed
1 1/3 tsp mustard seed
3 yellow onions, thinly sliced
10 cucumbers, approximately, thinly sliced

In a large saucepan mix the sugar, vinegar, salt, turmeric, celery seed and mustard seed.  Bring pickling liquid to a boil, making sure the sugar and salt have dissolved.

Layer sliced cucumbers and onions in an alternating pattern in your canning jar til the top.  Ladle in the pickling liquid til the cucumbers and onions are covered.  Wipe the rim of your jar, place the lid on top, and secure with metal screw band.

This recipe makes approximately 5 pints of pickles.  Pickles will be ready to eat after a week.  Store pickles in a refrigerator up to 1 year.

Aunt Mary's Refrigerator Bread & Butter Pickles - the perfect quick, easy and crunchy sliced pickle for any sandwich #FarmersMarketWeek

What is your favorite thing to can?  Remember to Comment for a Cause!

#FarmersMarketWeek - A week of #FarmFresh recipes

#FarmersMarketWeek Monday Recipes

Aunt Mary's Refrigerator Bread & Butter Pickles by Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids
BBQ Corn on the Cob with dilled butter by Red Cottage Chronicles
Beef Tacos with Peppers, Onions & Salsa Verde by Books n' Cooks
Blistered Tomato Dutch Baby by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Blueberry Crisp for Two by Family Around The Table
Blueberry Scones by The Freshman Cook
Cherry Stout Jam by The Redhead Baker
Farmer’s Market Breakfast Casserole by New South Charm
Freshly Dug Potato Salad by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Intro post by Bear & Bug Eats
Israeli Salad by Caroline's Cooking
Marinated Mozzarella and Tomato Appetizers by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Peach and Blueberry Overnight Oats by Simple and Savory
Peach Bourbon Jam by Feeding Big
Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats by Cooking with Carlee
Strawberry Mango Jam by Palatable Pastime
Summer Veggies & Kielbasa Sheet Pan Dinner by Tip Garden

Aunt Mary's Refrigerator Bread & Butter Pickles - the perfect quick, easy and crunchy sliced pickle for any sandwich #FarmersMarketWeek

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Back to School #Celebrate365

August is here and it is time to start thinking and planning about going back to school.  For our family school starts at the end of the month and Mr. K will be going into 1st grade and Miss A will be going in PreK!  I'm excited for both of them and I'm looking forward to having my afternoons "free" with two napping children at home and two at school.  What to do, what to do?  I'm sure I'll find something 😉

Back to School link-up #Celebrate365 - a great list of back to school tips, tricks and treats!

To celebrate this time of the year, I have partnered up with my Celebrate 365 co-hosts (Carlee from Cooking with Carlee, Jan from Tip Garden, and Nicole from Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom) to throw a Back to School Blog Party.  Bloggers are encouraged to link-up their best tips, tricks and treats for back to school.  This should be a great party for parents, teachers and really anyone to get some fun ideas and recipes!

What is your favorite thing about the "Back to School" season?  Remember to Comment for a Cause all month long to help families in need in my community get ready for school.  This month's program is supporting my local CAL School Supply Closet.


Bloggers, leaving a link gives Celebreate 365 permission to use a photo and/or link with proper credit in a future post and/or social media promotion, including our Celebrate 365 Pinterest Board.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Comments for a Cause - CAL School Supply Closet

Comments for a Cause - CAL School Supply Closet
It's August 1st and that means it is back to school time.  Thank you to everyone that commented last month to support the Families Helping Families of Iowa's School Supply Campaign.  Due to everyone's comments, I have sent a $28 donation to help them with their Back to School Rally on August 10th.

Inspired by last month's Comments for a Cause, this month I am donating $0.50 for every comment made on the blog to the CAL School Supply Closet.

Immanuel UCC, Latimer School Supply Closet

Back to school is a fun time of the year, but it can also be a stressful time of year for many families.  I was inspired by Families Helping Families of Iowa's Back to School Rally in Cedar Rapids so much I decided to put together a similar event for my local community.  Last month at my Church's Christian Education Committee meeting I brought up the idea and everyone thought it would be a great benefit for our community.

We are currently collecting a select list of school supplies: scissors, glue sticks, pencils, pencil boxes/pouches, notebooks, crayons, large erasers, rulers and backpacks.  Anyone interested in donating can drop off the school supplies in the Narthex of Immanuel UCC in Latimer in the designated tote.

We will then be hosting our School Supply Closet on Saturday, August 12th from 10 a.m. to Noon, Wednesday, August 16th from 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, August 17th from 5 to 7 p.m.  The supplies will be limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

This month's Comments for a Cause donation will go to support this year's School Supply Closet and any end of the month dollars will go towards helping my church's CWS (Church World Service) School Kits.

What is your favorite part of the "back to school" season?  Remember to Comment for a Cause!