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Back To School With Yummy and Healthy Lunches

Are you tired of or did your kids complain when you made the dreaded peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Can’t pack peanuts because of another student being allergic to peanuts? Here are some ideas I’ve found that bring the excitement back to school lunches.

Kid-Pleasin’ Chili

1/2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
2 cups Progresso® red kidney beans (from 19-oz can), drained, rinsed
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed tomato soup
1 soup can water
1 tablespoon instant minced onion
2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
  1. Cook beef in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.
Serve With
Have the kids help by sprinkling the chili with shredded Cheddar cheese or fish-shaped crackers.
The next time you make this super-quick soup, try adding a can of whole kernel corn, drained, with the beans.

All your child has to do is heat it up in the microwave and enjoy!

*This recipe is courtesy of and was reposted with their permission.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland

Zoo by Anthony Browne

What a disappointment! I picked up this book at the library, flipped it open to a page with a boy sitting down stating that he had a dream about animals and wondered if they dreamed, too. I thought this very profound, thought provoking and the title made me believe I’d be teaching my son about the animals found at a zoo.

Zoo taught nothing I’d want to pass on to my son. After reading the first two pages aloud to him I realized the rest I would read silently. After the father told off the son, told jokes no one laughed at and got angry at the man selling zoo passes just because there was traffic and a line up I merely shook my head. Later that day, out of curiousity as to how a book like this could be printed and sold to children I continued silently reading.

Calling animals stupid, miserable, and constant fighting is not something I want to encourage so I took this back to the library and was tempted to tell them to take it off their shelves.

Thank you for reading,

Sarah Butland

Meet Me Tomorrow at Cover to Cover Books

Tomorrow is December 6th and I’ll be at Cover to Cover Books to meet you and if you want to hear me read Sending You Sammy be sure to be there at 1100 AM.  Tell you parents, tell your friends, tell everyone – I am. 🙂

Cover to Cover Books Holding Sending You Sammy Book Signing

I was invited back to Cover to Cover Books in Riverview, NB for another book signing in December. As the perfect Christmas gift for children December 6th will be the day that I’ll be at the store signing books. Take the book you already bought or come to buy one and take home an adventure, a bookmark and a chance to win an Adventures Of Sammy poster.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to have your child meet me, a local author.