PEPPER SNACKS FROM RHYTHM’S FRESH FARM

I smile every time I see Rhythm reach for a pepper. She has learned how to make her own snacks and she often substitutes peppers for bread. As a nutritionist and mom, I couldn’t be happier. 

Some of her favorite snacks are peppers stuffed with tuna salad, egg salad, string cheese or just dipped in ranch.

To keep it kid friendly: keep it colorful, keep it simple and keep it fun.

Peppers are loaded with various vitamins and minerals

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  • Vitamin C. One medium-sized red bell pepper provides 169% of the Reference Daily Intake.
  • Vitamin B6. Pyridoxine is the most common type of vitamin B6, which is a family of nutrients important for the formation of red blood cells.
  • Vitamin K1. A form of vitamin K, also known as phylloquinone, K1 is important for blood clotting and bone health.
  • Potassium. This essential mineral may improve heart health Trusted Source
  • Folate. Also known as vitamin B9, folate has a variety of functions in your body. Adequate folate intake is very important during pregnancy Trusted Source
  • Vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant, essential for healthy nerves and muscles. The best dietary sources of this fat-soluble vitamin are oils, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.
  • Vitamin A. Red bell peppers are high in pro-vitamin A (beta carotene).

RHYTHM’S FRESH FARM

I hear from parents often how they are shocked that my daughter loves vegetables and fruit. I say children love what they are introduced to early. What they are offered when they start eating is what they develop a taste for. Plus, it helps she grows some of her own fruits and veggies. Children take pride in eating what they help create.

I pride myself on being from the Bricks and the Beach! East Coast girl raised in California. My daughter was uprooted from her Malibu life and moved to the bush. Talk about character development! She has her great-grandfather’s spirit and his green thumb like no other. Dating back to the 1700’s, she comes from a long line of farmers in Virginia and North Carolina. 

When my grandpa was alive, he grew tomatoes, cabbage, string beans, butter beans had berries, peaches, apples and probably more I just don’t remember. I do remember him chasing me to wash tomatoes off before I bit them like an apple. Lol. Though he’s been gone since 1993 and my daughter didn’t get a chance to meet him, he lives through her. Some things come naturally to some people because it’s in their blood.

Thank God for Genealogy, her Aunt Michelle and homeschooling, she discovered the truth about how her family were all landowners and farmers in the “Slave Days,” even though “His-Story” tells us that’s impossible for a Negro but the Census contradicts history books! I wish many more of us knew how to trace our people and had the addresses and the names. (But that’s a different story, a plantation owner even rented some of our family’s land to grow Tobacco.) School won’t teach you things like that! This is where when you homeschool you win! 

Growing a garden is a great way to teach critical thinking, reasoning, basic math skills, geometry, life science and so much more.

Anyone can grow a little garden cheaply anywhere. Please consider teaching your children the importance of how to grow their own food, identity good plants vs bad plants and basic life skills. 

Anyways enough from the little farmer’s Momma.

Today’s pickings consist of my daughter’s favorite, cucumbers and some sweet peppers! If you need a little extra push to get your babies to eat healthy, check out my daughter’s first book Cucumbers Are Delicious available exclusively at http://www.TheRealCherie.com

MOM, MOM, MOMMY, COME DRAW WITH ME…

I get it, we are all busy! Working from home with kids is no easy task. It’s not easy for them either. This whole Covid thing got most of us being parent and playmate. No, it’s not easy, but sometimes the dishes, phone, emails, laundry and everything else has to wait.

I’m guilty at times, I’ve been annoyed by hearing the word Mom over and over again. But the truth is, the kid needs me. She needs my attention, she needs to have fun and she needs to play. She deserves eye contact. My daughter is my number one priority and the reason why I work so hard. So, we’re keeping that in mind. It’s important for me but she also knows she’s number one.

Prioritizing is Key! That’s why sometimes mid-day taking an hour off to do what your kid wants you to do is the best thing you can do for your relationship with your child and your relationship with yourself. Today, I take a midday break to have a drawing competition. No, I am not the best drawer so this is not about judging my artwork. It’s about telling yourself it’s OK to play. These breaks just simply take away her stress and mine. Well at first, I did not wanna take time away from work to draw myself 20 years from now, to draw my Roblox avatar or to draw anime but taking the time to do so I took away my stress and Rhythm’s and she was happy Mommy played with her! 

Play with your kids!

WELCOME HOME, RHYTHM

A new chapter, a new life and a new journey! As a child, my dream career was an architect. As you know, that didn’t happen… When you’re born with a passion that burns deep in your heart, you do not just let the flame burn out. You have to keep it burning. 

There’s something satisfying about buying land and building from there. With your taste, to your liking, just what you want and what you need. You watch the dream grow. Nothing like the excitement of a birth. 

This time, my ace is on my right, putting in her opinions on her wants and needs for her new home. I’m tickled about her ideas and how the design team has considered her their client and really listening to her needs. I have to admit Rhythm is much better at designing than I am. 

I won’t be doing any home tours. It’s just not safe for people to know the layout of your home, but if you would like to see more bits and pieces of this new place we call home, let me know and I will share.

MY BABY’S VIRTUAL BIRTHDAY PIZZA PARTY

Life as we knew it has changed. And I hate it! This is the second year that my baby had to have a virtual birthday party. It makes me a little sad that her memories will be different, but I have to remind myself that this too shall pass, and she is enjoying her memories. Since I’m still not comfortable being around people, I had to figure out a way to get creative.

We had a Roblox virtual pizza party! The party started at one and simultaneously at 1:30 PM, pizzas were delivered to North Carolina, Maine, New Hampshire, Chicago, Georgia, California, And Texas! For my daughter and all her cousins. They were all very excited that they got pizza at the same time, and they got to hang out and play Roblox together.

What Covid has done for me is making me realize quality time is everything. This is the second year I baked her birthday cake. It’s not perfect, but it didn’t have to be. She loves it, that’s really all that matters.

Roblox cake

I was one of those parents who didn’t really want my kid looking at a screen all day, but with working from home, birthday parties, and life, I am thankful for FaceTime, Zoom, but most of all, Roblox.

Dear Rhythm,

Ima keep it short and sweet because a lot of people are reading this. I just want to let you know my life really began when I had you! I am so thankful I was used as a vessel to bring you to life. You have taught me so much and have given me the freedom I didn’t even realize I needed. Being your mother is truly a honor! Stop growing up so fast! Happy Birthday, my Bright, Beautiful Baby Girl!

Momma

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ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING

Picking books that interest you is one of the greatest things about homeschooling. Besides Charlotte’s Web, I can’t remember one required book that we read in school that interested me at all. Since I went to an all-white school, there were none that I identified with either. In my house, my daughter’s books are eclectic and all-inclusive purposefully, just like the world.

As 4th grade is winding down, one of our final reads was Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes. Rhythm loved the story. 

Hiroshima-born Sadako is lively and athletic–the star of her school’s running team. And then, the dizzy spells start. Soon gravely ill with leukemia, the “atom bomb disease,” Sadako faces her future with spirit and bravery. Recalling a Japanese legend, Sadako sets to work folding paper cranes. For the legend holds that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again. Based on a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates the extraordinary courage that made one young woman a heroine in Japan. 

This book sparked a few very interesting conversations between us. Just so happens that Israel is bombing Palestine, as she was reading this. She wanted to know how many of the children that were bombed would get leukemia. Very valid question. So, I went to Google, which prompted us to have a whole unit on exactly what leukemia is. Then, she was telling her Grandma (my mother) about it and my mother began to share that her Uncle died from Leukemia as well.  Rhythm was mind blown, that fact one of her very own relatives died of the same thing, which brought the story home for her. It was not just something that happened in Japan. She was then excited to share with my mother that she was born the year before Sadako died. Just the fact that she remembered the dates and how old Sadako was, is remarkable. “She was already 21 years old when you were born grandma,” Rhythm said.

I was pleased with her impromptu oral report back to Grandma, so I didn’t make her write a report, but we did go to YouTube to help us with an art project. 

I felt it was only right she makes her own paper crane! Thank God for tutorials because I wouldn’t have known where to start! Her Uncle Chris lives in Thailand and he sent her some beautiful oriental inspired paper last year that we made into fans. So, I went and got the kit, and she used the paper to make her very own paper crane!  

Crane

This was a terrific book with a fun activity to really make the lesson a memorable end of the year activity for my little 4th grader! 

Yes, we do homeschool in PJs a lot since Quarantine.

WE CALL THEM CHOPSTICKS; IN JAPAN THEY CALL THEM OBAMA!

80 billion chopsticks are made every year. One tree can produce 4,000 chopsticks. 80% of those chopsticks are made in Japan.

Did you know when you use chopsticks, you’re actually using 50 muscles in your fingers, your wrist, your arm and your shoulders. Eating with chopsticks is officially a workout.

  • Teaching children to eat with chopsticks is a great extension lesson for homeschoolers;
  • It’s a life skill.
  • Teaches fine motor skills.
  • Helps hand eye coordination.
  • Slows you down when eating, so kids have chew time.
  • Gives instant reward from your hard work of being challenged.

Did you know?

They were originally cooking tools, then people started using them to eat.  In honor of Asian Americans Heritage Month, it was only right if we had an Asian Inspired lunch!  Not only was it yummy, but Rhythm got to show off her chopstick skills and I learned she likes pot stickers more than dumplings! She really likes dumplings, so that’s a big deal, lol. 

Asian Meal

A SAD DAY IN THE JOHNSON HOUSE WAS CURED BY AUNT MICHELLE!

I am sad that I have to announce Molly is no longer with us. Yes, my daughter’s fish after 4 years has been called home! She transitioned back to the earth and my daughter took it hard! I mean she screamed and cried! She had lost her best friend! She was too upset to bury her. She asked me could I do it for her. I told her, “Sure I will.” All I could do was hug her and let her know she was a good pet owner to Molly and reminded her that Molly lived a good life! She had 3 different bowls with major fishy bling, the fish literally took flights (plural) outa town! That made her giggle in between the tears.

She climbed back in her bed and turned on YouTube so she could watch other people play Roblox. (I don’t get it but that’s a whole different blog) For about 15 minutes, she has screamed and cried… then the doorbell rang! 

Her Aunt Michelle sent cookies all the way from Boston! Within 15 minutes, these giant cookies came to the door with 4 containers of ice Cream and chocolate milk! Lol, the tears stopped quickly! Hero Auntie saved the day and turned the channel.

While she still grieves over Molly being gone, it’s been a few days, but she no longer cries because she’s still working on these giant cookies! 

Aunt Michelle, thank you for always having your baby’s back. You taught me a huge lesson and listen; these cookies are amazing. Hahaahahaha! You are the best, thank you so much! 

R.I.P., Molly, you lived a great long life! 

Pray for me everyone. Now she’s asking me for a Teacup Yorkie or a Teacup Maltiepoo! I’m a sucker when it comes to this girl’s wants but I dunno if I’m ready to travel with a dog now… I told her we would talk about it again when she’s 7. I bought myself a few more months. (Whispering to you) I hope she forgets! Smh 🤦🏾‍♀️ 

MOLLY HAD POPEYE

Yes, another blog about my daughter’s fish. Popeye disease, yes, I said. The disease is medically known as exophthalmia. 

That is a condition where the eye of the fish is swollen and protrudes abnormally from its socket due to various underlying diseases. This issue can affect a single eye or both eyes.

Luckily for us, it was just one eye. I didn’t want to write a blog when it happened because I was the bad mom who refused to take a $5 four-year-old fish to the vet! Sure, money holds no value on love, but I just wasn’t doing it! But now that the fish is alive 4 months later and has made round trips on the plane, I am confident I made the right choice.

I am not a person that will give advice until I know firsthand it was gonna work or not. Long story short, my daughter looked into Molly’s bowl one day in September and her eye was huge. 

Molly had Popeye. After reading over the Internet how to cure it, I finally came along one page that told me simple Epson salt would cure it! 

Off I rushed to get my mask and shield on and headed to CVS to buy some simple Unscented Epson salt.  

When I got home, I cleaned out Molly’s bowl and put in a few tablespoons of the Epson salt. I changed the water every other day and before the week was over, Molly was cured! Her eye was back to normal. 

So now my family jokes that I’m Doc Mcstuffins: the pet vet! This damn fish is truly like having another kid. 4 years and counting! 

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THE GIRL WHO TRAVELED WITH A FISH

There once was a girl who traveled with a fish 

she didn’t wanna leave it home 

all her kids did was bitch

Moaned and complained 

Molly was her daughter’s best friend,

they were driving Mommy insane! 

Get a sitter?

No, we can’t 

mommy Ima miss her!

This betta has been alive for 4 years 

I didn’t know my daughter was gonna shed tears

It’s a fish 

but you’re my everything 

I will grant every wish

I called TSA, they giggled but I packed her

2020 had Molly being a damn world traveler! 

I don’t know what I’m gonna do

She’s asking for a teacup yorkie or a teacup maltipoo

Ain’t no way in hell Ima traveling with 2! 

7 suitcases, kids and my mom and a damn fish 

Making round trips! 

We were gone for 3 months but finally we are home! Halo passed on but Molly is back home

She’s a champ for sure

But pets I can’t take NO MORE! 

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