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Friday, February 10, 2012

Sign-ups for Sports Teams

Are your kids ready to run up and down the field or step up to the plate to hit a home run?  If they are jonesing to do either, it’s time to think about signing them for a team.  Here’s a look a some of our local non-school sports teams:

YMCA- soccer, volleyball, field hockey, indoor flag football, indoor soccer, T-ball, & baseball
Southern Indiana United Soccer- children ages 4-19, registration through February 12th
Mockingbird Valley Soccer-Winter II Session is underway, but applications are still being accepted.
St. Matthews Babe Ruth Baseball & Softball- Baseball tryouts is February 11 (ages 8-12) and May 6 (ages 13-15)
North Oldham Little League- baseball, softball, coach-pitch, & T-ball
Jeffersonville/Greater Clark County Little League- T-ball, baseball, & softball; Registration is February 18-19 & 25-26, 1pm-4pm at 1528 Brigman Street.
New Albany Little League- Registration through March 30

Share with us your experience with local sports teams.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Raspberry Cream Cheese Heart Tarts

The way to your loved ones’ hearts is through their stomachs. These delicious raspberry cream cheese heart tarts are guaranteed to please everyone from hubby to the wee ones. The best part? The icing has been made from raspberry juice, not artificial red food coloring!
(Makes 10-11 Heart Tarts)
½ Cup Raspberries
¼ Cup Whipped Cream Cheese
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Double Pie Crust Recipe or 1­-14 oz Pre-Made Pie Crust*
1 ½ Cup Powdered Sugar
10 Raspberries for Icing or 2 Tbsp Juiced Raspberries
1 Tbsp Milk or Water

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place the raspberries and cream cheese in a bowl and using the back of a fork, mash the raspberries with the cream cheese, leaving some pieces.
3. Roll the pie crust 1/4 inch thick and using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out hearts. (If you are using packaged pie crust just unroll and cut out shapes)
4. Place one heart on a lightly floured work surface and top with 2 tsp of thecream cheese mixture in the very center leaving a ¼ inch border around the cut-out.
5. Lightly dip your index finger into a cup of water and “brush” the border with the water.
6. Top with another heart, take the tines of a fork and gently press down the edges to adhere (so the cream cheese mixture stays inside the heart pocket) and with a toothpick, poke some holes at the top of the heart to remove any airpockets.
7. Place on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
8. While the hearts are baking, take 10 raspberries, place in a strainer and press down to release raspberry juice into a bowl, should be about 2 tbsp of juice.
9. Whisk in the milk and slowly pour in the powdered sugar and stir to make icing.
10. Take a fork and drizzle the raspberry icing over the hearts.
11. Serve.
*You can use Pillsbury Pie Crusts
**You may also fill the tarts with 2 Tsp of Nutella

Recipe courtesy of Louisville’s own Catherine McCord of weelicious.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Home Garden and Remodeling Show Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.

At the Home, Garden & Remodeling Show, your kids will have fun while you’re getting ideas for your next project. There will also be entertainment by the stunt dogs at the world famous K-9 Disc Connected Dog Show each day.  Check it out!

The Home, Garden & Remodeling Show presented by Window World
Friday, March 2, 10am- 9pm
Saturday, March 3, 10am-9pm
Sunday, March 4, 10am-5pm
Kentucky Expo Center, South Wings B and C

Tickets are $10, $9 for senior citizens, and free for children 15 & under with an adult.  Parking is $8.

Like them on facebook and get a buy one  get one free offer!

Also, if you purchase your tickets ONLINE, you will receive a full year subscription to Better Homes and Garden--- Now that’s a great deal!

This show is produced by the Home Builders Association of Louisville.

But, WAIT… We’re giving away 5 pairs of tickets to the show, and here’s how you can enter to win a pair (just leave a separate comment here for each entry):
1. follow Today’s Family Every Day (one entry)
2. follow Today’s Family on Twitter (one entry)

This giveaway ends at midnight on 2/14/12.

See Official Rules for details.

Our winners are Bill Houghton (comment #11), MamaCita81 (comment #2), slanter30 (comment #4), iupatty (comment #6), and Billie (comment #7).  Please email us soon to claim you prize.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

And the Title for Miss Whatever Goes To…

Aah, the coveted tiara.  It’s what every girl would love to be adorned with.  It’s something worn by queens and princesses and…
toddlers… WHAT?! 

We all know what I’m talking about when the words "toddlers" and "tiaras" are put together. 

It’s a phenomenon in this country, and there’s a pretty popular reality show about it airing on TLC, but we want to know what YOU think about it.

Weigh in with your thoughts.  Are they helping or hurting our little ones’ self-images?  Tell us your thoughts on the good, the bad, and the ugly involved in the children’s pageant industry.

Photo source: PriceScope

Monday, February 6, 2012

Come Home to Barbecue Sandwiches

Although my favorite new kitchen appliance is the electric wok I got for Christmas, I still like to use my crockpot  during this time of year. It is hard enough to get out the door for work and school AND fit in dinner between activities, but this is a easy-to-throw-in-before-you-dash recipe.

Pork Loin Sandwiches with Barbecue Sauce
I put a pork loin into the crock pot. I salt and pepper the loin and cut it in half if needed to fit into the pot. I put 2-3 fresh thyme stems in the pot and about 3/4 cup of water.  I turn it on high and leave it. It can cook for several hours on high - 6 to 8. If you are around to check it, you can turn it over part way through. As long as it has liquid in it, the meat keeps getting more tender. You can turn it down and cook on low for several more hours if you need for it to continue. Break up the meat within the pot. You can serve as it is or have each family member put as much barbecue sauce (our current favorite is Sweet Baby Ray's) on it as he or she would like.

Serve it on thin sandwich buns with fruit and vegetables, and you have a great, warm, welcoming meal.

Do you have an easy crockpot recipe -- share it with all of us!

Anita Oldham
Editor of Today's Family magazine
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