You know the saying, “A little dab will do ya” – well, they must have been talking about Colman’s Mustard! This tangy English Mustard has been adding zip and zest to everything from recipes to basic sandwiches since 1814! This is no classic yellow American store-bought mustard that you can spread liberally on your burger or hot dog – this is intense, spicy, and mouth-watering mustard, meant to enliven your food! It is true, a little dab on your sandwich will do ya!

Colman’s distinctive and incredibly flavorful mustards provide a subtle, but rich flavor that is not overpowering and is great for even the pickiest of eaters. It adds unique layers of flavor to everything from Asian dishes to American grilling favorites. Toss in dressings, add to soups and stews, or make your next family dinner extra special with a mustard that serves as condiment, spice, and seasoning all rolled into one delicious spoonful.

What recipe did “Mom” try with Colman’s Mustard? Classic Meatloaf, with a kick! This made the hubby happy, of course!

Colman’s Classic Meatloaf

Ingredients

2 lb. ground beef (You can also substitute Harmony Valley Veggie Burger Mix)

2 eggs, lightly beaten (“Mom” prefers cage-free, organic eggs)

1 onion finely chopped

2 T. Worcestershire sauce, plus one teaspoon

1 ½ tsp. Colman’s Dry Mustard

½ tsp. freshly ground pepper

1 cup fine, dry, seasoned bread crumbs (“Mom” prefers Panko-style bread crumbs)

¾ cup beef broth (“Mom” prefers vegetable broth)

1 T. olive oil

¼ cup ketchup (“Mom” prefers organic spaghetti sauce, as it adds more flavor)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine beef, eggs, onion, 2 T. Worcestershire sauce, Colman’s Dry Mustard, and bread crumbs. Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated. Well washed hands are the best tool for the job. Add broth and mix again. Oil the inside of the loaf pan and add meat mixture. In a small bowl, mix ketchup and 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce. Spread on top of meatloaf. (“Mom” likes to top the meat loaf with ketchup drizzled across the top and sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper.)

Bake for 45-55 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

For more information about Colman’s Mustard, to locate a store near you, or to purchase, visit www.colmansmustardshop.com.

*Company geneorusly provided samples, images, and recipes for this review.*

Five Stories about Parenting Gleaned from America’s Past

By Kate Kelly, America Comes Alive!

In honor of Mother’s Day, here are some stories from America’s past to remind us all how much motherhood and parenting has changed throughout the years! Raising children “by the book” started early in the 20th century when sociologists began studying regular people and purporting that “science” could lead to many improvements—from better house cleaning methods to better ways of childrearing. Here are five stories to make you smile or shake your head:

  1. In 1933 Norman Rockwell provided the Saturday Evening Post with a cover illustration featuring a mother with a child over her knee and “child psychology” book in hand, reading the instructions on spanking.
  2. In 1936 an ad in Good Housekeeping for Lysol featured this headline above a photo of a sick child in bed:

“Madam, you are to blame!” The ad continues: “She’d have given her right hand to keep her baby well…yet that very hand may have caused the illness. The ad noted that the mother kept a clean house, but because she did not use Lysol, it was not “hospital clean.”

  1. The government stepped in to advise parents. Many states produced handouts with a recommended daily schedule. One handout produced by the Minnesota Department of Health recommended a “sun bath during the morning” and that the entire day should be spent outside—naps should be taken in the sun if the weather permitted. This was long before the invention of sun block!
  2. In 1945 a woman and her baby were released from a hospital in Los Angeles with very specific feeding instructions: “Feed the baby and burp her.” Upon arriving home, she gave the baby her first bottle and promptly brought up the anticipated air bubble. After a second bottle a little later, the mother patted, then pounded a little harder, and after 30 minutes, she called the doctor to ask how long she should burp the baby. The doctor asked, “How long have you been trying?” “Thirty minutes,” the mother replied. The doctor’s answer: “Stop and put that baby down. Use some common sense.”
  3. In her book, Perfect Motherhood, Rima D. Apple tells a wonderful story from Hollywood about a scene in a 1939 film Bachelor Mother, starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven. In a Hollywood-esque series of plot twists, Rogers, a single woman and sales clerk, becomes caretaker of an infant. David Niven is the son of the store owner and stops in to check on how Rogers, in whom he is interested romantically, is doing with the baby. When he arrives Rogers is feeding the baby, and Niven inquires how she knows she is doing it correctly. Rogers notes that it is not complicated. She puts the food on the spoon, puts the spoon in the baby’s mouth, and the baby swallows it. Niven grabs a childcare manual to verify that this is proper…he soon reads that the doctor “with twenty years experience” notes that Rogers is doing it wrong, that the food is to be rubbed into the child’s navel.

Reflecting the spirit of the day, Rogers is clearly torn: The experts should know—but on the other hand, the baby had been happily eating. She takes the book from Niven’s hands and reads the section herself—only to discover that several of the pages were stuck together, and the “rubbing into the navel” treatment actually involved warm oil and was a treatment for colic. She went back to her own method of feeding the baby.

As early as the 1920s, a young mother is quoted as saying, “I try to do just what you [parenting authorities of the day] say, but I am a nervous wreck just trying to be calm.”

The Arrival of Dr. Spock

Dr. Benjamin Spock (1903-1998) whose book, Baby and Child Care, was published in 1946 was particularly well-received because his message started with the idea that mothers should trust their instincts: “you know more than you think you do.”

While each generation has its parenting gurus (more recently, Penelope Leach and T. Berry Brazelton as well as numerous experts expounding on how to “raise a gifted child,” “help a child with ADD,” or “toilet train in seven days,” they are just part of a long line of experts that have been advising parents for at least the last 100 years.

As Amy Chua’s book, “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” climbs today’s best seller lists, it’s probably wise to remember Dr. Spock and his belief in parental instinct: “Don’t be afraid to love [your baby]. . . . Every baby needs to be smiled at, talked to, played with, fondled — gently and lovingly. . . . You may hear people say that you have to get your baby strictly regulated in his feeding, sleeping, bowel movements and other habits — but don’t believe this. He doesn’t have to be sternly trained. . . . Be natural and comfortable and enjoy your baby.”

The same could be applied to raising children of any age!

Happy Mother’s Day!

About the Author

To read more about America’s past, please visit www.americacomesalive.com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericaComesAlive. Kate’s website is also a wonderful resource for parents and families, providing little-known stories of America’s past and information for sharing our rich heritage with children, so be sure to check it out! If you have thoughts on how parenting has changed, write to: kate@americacomesalive.com

Making your own barbeque sauce for summer grilling is easy with the tangy addition of Colman’s Mustard! This simple recipe whips up in 10 minutes, and is better than any store-bought barbeque sauce you can find!

Colman’s Barbeque Sauce

Ingredients

8 teaspoons Colman’s Original English Mustard

6 teaspoons sugar

1 cup cider vinegar

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon white pepper

½ teaspoon light soy sauce (“Mom” prefers San-J Gluten-Free Tamari)

2 teaspoons butter (“Mom” prefers organic)

Preparation

Combine all ingredients except soy sauce and butter in a saucepan.

Simmer for 10 minutes then remove from heat.

Stir in soy sauce and butter and let it all combine.

*Recipe & image courtesy of www.colmansmustardshop.com.*

Mom” has just been introduced to an amazing new skincare line for little ones – jenerations baby! These hair and body care products were created by a mother who knows what other moms want – safe, all-natural & organic ingredients that clean, moisturize, and leave your baby smelling oh-so-sweet! In addition, jenerations baby products are sulfate-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic – an absolute must for the most delicate of skin.

jenerations baby head to toe lotion

Moisturize and soothe baby’s skin with this creamy, dreamy lotion! It smells wonderful, and is great for an impromptu massage for fussy babies, as well! Made of moisturizing shea butter and sweet almond oil, it is light and non-greasy.

jenerations baby shampoo & bodywash

Double duty! This luxurious shampoo and body wash is made with extra sensitive ingredients, which includes extracts of rosemary, chamomile, and comfrey to relax and calm little ones. It smells fantastic, and just a little goes a long way to clean both body and fine baby hair!

jenerations baby hair gel

Tame those tresses! Go ahead – let your baby’s unique style come out with this natural and organic hair gel that is easy to rinse and not sticky when applying. This gel offers a light hold on baby-fine hair without all the chemicals!

jenerations baby no tangles conditioner

What’s worse to a child than having their hair washed? Combing their hair out afterward! De-stress the situation with this lovely no tangles conditioner – it contains sunflower oil and wheat germ oil, adding moisture and shine naturally!

For more information on this planet-friendly new line of organic & natural skincare products, visit www.jenerationsbaby.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Serve up some great-tasting vegetarian burgers with ease using Harmony Valley’s Vegetarian Hamburger Mix! For those wishing to eat a more plant-based or vegetarian diet, Harmony Valley makes it a breeze to enjoy your favorites, like a juicy burger, without compromising taste. Truly, this is wholesome, healthy food, made simple – just add water to the mix! A great source of protein and fiber, the Harmony Valley Hamburger Mix has no cholesterol or trans fats!

For lunch or dinner, the Harmony Valley Hamburger Style Mix is an excellent option, or for breakfast, choose the Harmony Valley Sausage Style Mix. For a variety of possibilities, hydrate the mix of your choice, and cook up whatever your heart desires, whether it be meatloaf or sausage patties (or as “Mom” likes to call them, “mock-loaf” and “soy-sauge” patties!).

What recipe did “Mom” try? The Cranberry Blue Burger – ooh la la!

Cranberry Blue Burger

Ingredients

1 bag Harmony Valley Vegetarian Hamburger Mix (HV)

4 Tbsp blue cheese crumbles

1/2 cup cranberries

2 tsp seasoning salt and pepper

1 Tbsp minced garlic

Lettuce and tomato on top

Preparation

  • Hydrate HV as directed.
  • Add blue cheese, cranberries, seasoning salt, pepper, and garlic to the HV mix.
  • Make 4 patties and place 1 Tbsp of blue cheese crumbles in the middle of each patty.
  • Fry for 3 minutes on each side and finish on the grill (medium flame) or in the oven (350 degrees) for about 7 minutes on each side.
  • Top with lettuce and tomatoes, if desired. Enjoy!

For more recipe ideas, visit www.harmonyvalleyfoods.com.

*Company generously provided images and samples for this review.*

A Clean, Nontoxic Space

By Erika Landau, M.D., and Abigail Brenner, M.D.,

When it comes to babies, keeping toxins out of the air in your home as much as possible is important. Chemicals used for general household cleaning can do a terrific job removing grease and grime, but they can be particularly dangerous for the young, developing respiratory system of a newborn — and to his or her skin.

Fumes from paints and materials used in carpeting can have an impact on breathing. Of course, smoke, dust, and mold are other known culprits that can cause respiratory problems and allergic reactions.

Window seals, screens, fans, curtains, and upholstery should be freshly cleaned before the newborn comes home, because dust and grime accumulates on them. Make sure that the air conditioner filters are changed and that the heating system is checked and ducts are cleaned if necessary. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are absolutely necessary to install and/or check near every room.

Reducing Chemicals

Well before your baby arrives, it’s a good idea to get your home improvement projects done and to thoroughly clean your home. You will likely be painting a nursery, which ideally should be done at least a few weeks prior to the baby moving in — using only low- or no- VOC (volatile organic components) paint. Even if the paints you use are organic, some of these fumes can still cause harm. Finishing the painting weeks ahead of time gives the room a chance to dry and the paint fumes to dissipate. It’s never a good idea to allow a baby to sleep in a freshly painted room (such as painting it after the baby is home), because the fumes are very dangerous to a baby.

Pregnant women should not be exposed to toxins of any kind including paint, as well as household cleaners, especially aerosol products, insecticides, etc.

Also, if you have other household projects such as removing and/or installing new carpeting, do it two to four weeks before the baby comes home — especially if it is going in the nursery. This allows time for the fumes and odor to subside and the carpet to get worn in a little bit. New carpet has toxic agents sprayed on it at the factory that smell the strongest when it’s brand new. It helps to have a window open and a fan on for 24-48 hours after it’s installed. If possible, buy carpet made of natural fiber — and of course, one that is non-flammable.

When it comes to household cleaning, choose cleaning products that are environmentally safe and non-toxic. Because you are bringing home your most precious possession, you will want your home to be as clean and safe as possible.

Natural Cleaning Products

In general, the chemical products used for cleaning are harsh; they can cause eye irritation, pulmonary problems, nausea, and allergies. In addition, they can be rather expensive. It’s actually very easy to clean an entire home using only natural products that are readily available at the store and often much less expensive.

Here are some “staples” of natural cleaning products that are much safer to use, especially when a newborn is living in the house:

Vinegar: Regular white vinegar mixed with equal amounts of water will clean windows, mirrors, floors, and the bathroom.

Baking soda: Mixed with equal amounts of vinegar, this combination will clean sinks, the bathroom, and toilets. On its own with water, it will clean hard surfaces.

Olive oil: Olive oil (extra virgin not necessary!) works great for polishing furniture.

Lemon: Lemons and all citrus fruits cut grease really well.

Tea tree oil: Dilute 8-10 drops in 2 cups water for a good disinfectant.

Borax: This product can be used to combat certain fungi, cockroaches, and fleas.

On a regular basis, try to maintain a clean, safe, and non-toxic environment by dusting regularly, opening windows for fresh air, vacuuming with a filter and changing the filter frequently. Also refrain from using room deodorizers, because they have chemical components.

Plants

Household plants are good to have in your home because they purify the air by absorbing toxins and breaking down chemicals. Don’t place them directly in the baby’s room, but do place them around your home, away from where your baby will be regularly.

Be very careful of the plants you buy for your home. Some plants can be poisonous to children and pets.

Good non-toxic plants include:

  • African violets
  • Jade plant
  • Reed palm
  • Boston fern
  • Weeping fig
  • Spider plant
  • Begonia
  • Zebra plant

Toxic plants to avoid in the home include:

  • Dieffenbachia
  • Philodendron
  • Bird of paradise
  • Elephant ears
  • Chrysanthemums

Find a complete list of safe and unsafe plants at the American Academy of Pedial website, AAP.org.

Copyright © 2011 Erika Landau, M.D., and Abigail Brenner, M.D., authors of The Essential Guide to Baby’s First Year

About the Authors

Erika Landau, M.D., co-author of The Essential Guide to Baby’s First Year, is a New York pediatrician who completed her training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was a research fellow at The Rockefeller University in New York. She is a fellow of teh American Academy of Pediatrics, has a private practice, is an assistant professor of pediatrics and director of teh Student Health Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Abigail Brenner, M.D., co-author of The Essential Guide to Baby’s First Year, attended New York Medical college and completed her internship and residency in psychiatry at New York University Bellevue Medical Center. A board-certified psychiatrist in practice for more than 30 years, she is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is the author of Transitions: How Women Embrace Change and Celebrate Life and SHIFT: How to Deal When Life Changes.

Harmony Valley has introduced a NEW contest with its NEW vegetarian mixes to kick-off grilling season 2011. Through Memorial Day, Harmony Valley fans are invited to participate in a recipe challenge. Who will create the world’s next best veggie burger? Participants can say goodbye to pre-formed frozen veggie burgers, and create the burger of their dreams, bringing their own flavor and style to the creation.

The Great Grilling Challenge was announced on Earth Day, paying tribute to the company’s social responsibility and wind-powered facility. Contestants have until Memorial Day weekend, a historically grill-filled weekend, to submit their burger masterpiece. There are endless options as Harmony Valley has been regarded for its flavor and versatility. The grand prizewinner will be presented with a Big Green Egg® Grill, valued at $700.

Contestants simply upload their recipe and photo to the Harmony Valley Facebook page to enter, it’s that easy! Harmony Valley will award one grand prizewinner and three semi-finalists, who will be rewarded with great grilling gadgets and Harmony Valley Products.

“Harmony Valley encourages cooks to create their own adventure, and this contest proves it,” says Joe Basta, partner at Harmony Valley. “A customized veggie burger contest is a terrific way to share the Harmony Valley experience with the world,” Basta says. “We will be looking for something out of the box, which aligns with who we are,” he adds.

Harmony Valley is determined to revolutionize the meatless category, presenting the convenience of a dry mix that is versatile, healthy, delicious and supports sustainability. The dry Vegetarian Hamburger Mix and Vegetarian Breakfast Sausage Mix create the perfect vegetarian replacement for ground meat. Consumers have a meat substitute at their fingertips to incorporate into any recipe, instead of just one option, which is often the case with other meat replacement products. Harmony Valley products are all convenient and easy to use, as the main preparation required is adding water. Take the vegetarian mix off the shelf, and simply hydrate for health and harmony.

“From devoted vegetarians to flexitarians and those simply seeking a healthier option, we believe this contest will attract a variety of personalities, which is reflective of the versatility of our brand,” says Dan Berlin, partner at Harmony Valley. A flexitarian himself, Berlin adds that once people discover the great flavor of Harmony Valley, located in the dry food areas versus the freezer where many meat substitutes are placed, they won’t go back.

Harmony Valley Vegetarian Mixes are available in natural food grocers, located in the dry foods aisle – near boxed whole grains. They are also sold online at www.harmonyvalleyfoods.com.

To learn more about the Great Grilling Challenge, visit www.harmonyvalleyfoods.com.

*Image provided by Harmony Valley.*

Cristina Ferrare grills up vegetables on her indoor grill pan almost every night. It’s easy and fast, and the results are so delicious—not to mention healthy. She likes to make more than she needs because she uses the leftovers for grilled panini sandwiches or vegetable burritos, chopped up with salads, or tossed into a pasta dish.

Grilled Veggies

Ingredients

1 bunch asparagus (about 12 to 14 stalks), rinsed and bottoms snapped off

2 zucchini, sliced on a diagonal ¼ inch thick

4 Japanese eggplant, sliced on a diagonal into ¼-inch-thick pieces

2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into quarters

1 large yellow or red onion, peeled and sliced into round ¼-inch pieces

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Reduced Balsamic Syrup (page 268)

Kosher salt

Fresh oregano, for garnish

Preparation

Preheat an indoor or outdoor grill pan until hot. Brush the vegetables with olive oil all over using a pastry brush (you can use any combination of vegetables you like). Add the vegetables to the hot grill in batches, and keep an eye on them, since some veggies grill up quicker than others.

Arrange the grilled vegetables on a platter, and drizzle extra olive oil and reduced balsamic syrup over the top. Finish with a sprinkle of French or kosher salt and fresh oregano. Serve hot, cold, or at room temperature.

6 TO 8 SERVINGS

*Recipe and image courtesy of Cristina Ferrare, author of the new cookbook, Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love.*

Mom” at Tiny Green Mom is excited to announce that the Winner of the All-Natural Casa Mexicana Seasonings Giveaway is Ed Nemmers! We hope that you enjoy your Casa Mexicana Seasonings, and you are able to add a little more spice & zip to dinner! Thanks to everyone who entered this eco-fabulous giveaway!

*Image provided by Casa Mexicana.*

Marvelous Mom

Memorable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Your One-of-a-Kind Mom

By Sherry Richert Belul

As children, many of us took the love and care we received for granted. It was just expected that our moms would feed us, protect us, do our laundry, and listen to our woes. We may not have thought twice about how many times mom put her own needs second so she could focus on her kids’ needs. We may even have felt disappointed or deprived in our childhoods. But as adults, we have an opportunity to appreciate our moms for everything they’ve been to us. We can step back and get it that our moms have poured so much of themselves into helping us develop into the people we are now.

One of the best ways to show your appreciation for everything your mom had done for you, is to give her gifts that are unique and personal. How about if this Mother’s Day you give back to your mom something she’s given freely to you for years and years — time, attention, and unconditional love!

1. Make a List

One of the best gifts you can give your mom is a list of reasons why you love her. It doesn’t cost a dime, but will be one of the most priceless gifts she’ll ever receive! All you need to do is set aside a half hour or an hour in a quiet place and think back on all the years you’ve had with her. Think about qualities that are unique to her, things she does for you, or special times you’ve shared together. Write ‘em all down as they pop you’re your mind. Your Love List can include big things and small things, funny things, and sweet things.

If you want some ideas on how to present your love list once you have it written, check out this free video. There’s also a free download of a ready-made Love List template — all you have to do is fill it in!

These lists are treasures for someone to hear. They are the best gift someone can receive. It is amazing to receive a gift that mirrors who you are. It is a gift to be seen. And unfortunately, people often don’t get to hear these kinds of things in their lifetime. For some reason in our culture, folks wait until funerals to express their love. Love Lists are a way to express your love and appreciation NOW!

2. Get Present

As we get older, material things become less important to us and old-fashioned quality time with people we loves becomes the real treasure. Everything is so fast-paced these days and we’re all always checking our smart phones or clicking away on the laptop. Why not give your mom a gift of your undivided attention? Make a handmade gift certificate for her that is good for an entire day together, just the two of you. Maybe you could plan an at-home spa day in which you give her a Mani Pedi and cook a healthy lunch? Does she have a favorite hobby that you can join in somehow? What if you went with her to her sewing class and then the two of you bought some fabric together and sat in the park to sew? Could you plan an afternoon picnic and you bring your camera so you can frame a favorite shot later? How about morning bird watching followed by a cup of tea at a local cafe?

Give Mom the gift of your time and attention by planning a very special adventure, designed with her in mind.

3. Straight from the Heart

Remember when you were in elementary school and at Mother’s Day you’d make your mom a photo paperweight or a vase of pretty paper flowers? Remember how your mom would always say, “This is my favorite gift!?” She meant it. Nothing tops a gift that someone specially makes with us in mind. You may think you’re too old to pull off a craft gift for mom, but think again. How about heading to one of those pottery-painting places where you can decorate a coffee mug? Create two of ‘em, one for each of you and then set up a time for a regular coffee klatch with mom by phone or in person. Or, use some of your talents as a photographer, painter, or photographer to create a one-of-a-kind artwork for mom. Sew her an apron with a personalized quote on it. Memorize a couple pieces of piano music and invite her to an at-home evening concert, followed by some wine and cheese. Don’t forget, you’ll always be your mom’s child. And there’s nothing moms like more than something created just for them by their kid!

Need a few more ideas? There are three more great ideas for you on the sample pages from the ebook, Present Perfect: 127 creative, one-of-a-kind, no-to-low cost, wow-em gifts they’ll never forget. Check out the samples and if you like what you see, you can download the book instantly for just $10.

About the Author

Sherry Richert Belul lives in San Francisco and is a mom to a fabulous 10-year-old boy. Sherry is the founder of Simply Celebrate, which is dedicated to helping people find more joy, color, connection, and spontaneity in life. Simply Celebrate offers practices and products to turn ordinary days into an extraordinary life! Sherry’s current focus is helping people foster deeper relationships through conscious and creative gift giving.