Looking into my 'tidbits' file

October 5, 2009

by Jenni Sebora

When I come across information that is interesting or that I think is helpful in raising a family, I put that information in what I call my “tidbits” file. This week I wanted to share some of that information with you:

To help eliminate or decrease the number of drink spills, place a couple of tight rubber bands around the glass about an inch apart. This will help your child’s little hands hold onto the glass easier. Maybe we, as adults, could try this, too.

Want to keep the baby bottle warm? Place the warmed bottle into a wide mouth thermos that itself has been warmed with hot water.

Going someplace with your child where there will be crowds? Dress him or her in bright, colorful clothing and yourself, too, in case you get separated. It is much easier to find someone dressed in orange, purple, or neon green (or some other bright color).

As children grow, their independence does, too. To help teach children to put their shoes on the correct foot, mark the inside of the right shoe only.

With flu season upon us, we know washing our hands is vital in the prevention of the spread of germs. To help your child wash and scrub their hands long enough, have them sing a song while washing their hands for example, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”). When the song is over, they can rinse their hands.

Experts say that washing with soap and warm water when possible is still the best. When in a pinch, or especially when soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizers are a good alternative.

Want to see a good theatrical show with your children at an affordable price. Try the holiday children’s show at Old Log Theater in Excelsior. This year’s production is Hansel and Gretel, running Nov. 10 to Dec. 31. Check out the information on the theater’s web site, or call the theater, (952) 474-5951. They put on wonderful children’s shows that are not overly lengthy and at good prices.

When it comes to naming a baby in America, 49 percent are named after a family member, most often dad or a grandparent. (Source: ancestry.com). All three of my children are part of this percentage, being named after grandparents.

When I was born, it was the practice that a baby was named, first or middle name, after his or her baptismal sponsor. My mother shared this with me after I asked why I was given the middle name of Louise. Since I am a twin, my mother wanted our names to sound somewhat similar also. Thus: Jennifer Louise and Christerfer Lee. (That is why my brother’s name is spelled as it is. Pretty clever on my mom’s part, I think.)

My oldest brother came over the other day asking for some apple recipes. We got looking through some of our mother’s cookbooks, which included tablets of hand-written recipes. And in this search, I came across a recipe for our mother’s no-bake chocolate bars that were our very favorite. My twin brother had been talking about these bars a while back, so I hope he reads this article.

Her no-bake bar recipe:

2 cups sugar

1⁄2 cup milk

1⁄2 cup shortening

2 squares of chocolate

Combine in saucepan; boil one minute. Add 1⁄2 cup crunchy peanut butter, 2-1⁄2 cups oatmeal, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. And, of course, there is no baking required.

Yes, that is the infamous recipe we have been looking for. I think I will make them and drop them off at my brother’s door in a basket with a note. My mom would be very pleased that we are looking through her cookbooks, sharing memories and goodies, too. A mother’s legacy never ends (and a father’s, too).