Learning the Fun Way

Classes have begun…. not those classes- the Maggiano’s Kids Cooking Classes!! YAY!!!

With most of the schools out and summer vacation beginning all parents want the kids to have fun but have quality activities.

Cooking covers a lot of school subjects without the kids even knowing!

Let’s see….. there’s reading. Won’t know what the recipe calls for without reading the recipe first.

Math is covered, especially when you have to make more that one batch of the recipe.

Finally, if there’s any baking to do, and you know you’ve heard this before… there is a science to baking!

Throw in “art” for the creativity each personal chef adds to a dish!

At the May class they began with preparing dessert first. Our favorite, the apple crostata!

Besides the science and “exactness ” of baking, creativity plays a part when it comes to adding or not adding caramel sauce or a whipped topping.

That’s just a quick sample of what they do.

Don’t worry parents, you start the class with coffee and fresh made Maggiano’s pastries!

The class doesn’t end until all have had lunch!

All the dishes prepared by the kid chefs are packaged up and ready to take home and share with the family.

Check your local Maggiano’s restaurant for time and days of their Kids Cooking Class


Don’t just shake off Winter dust

Spring went by in a flash and Summer is now here. But not without a few souvenirs to remember Spring by. You know, dust, pollen and allergens to add on to what we normally have in our homes.

From past posts you’ve heard me talk about Winix Air Purifiers. I absolutely love mine!

Though I think I can always use another one, especially the Winix QS!!!! Why, you ask?

This particular model is perfect for absolutely any room in the house!! It not only cleans the air, it plays music!!!

Functional and fun!! The JBL speaker is built right in, can you see it? It’s the small rectangle in the front. Being it’s JBL you know the sound will be amazing. Now, excuse my mini “geek out” here…. it has two 8 watt speakers. Part of the signature sound that JBL is known for, it has dual passive radiators to do the job.

Let’s go to the functional side. Here’s how the air travels through

Check out the 4 stage air cleaning system. Features such as hair collecting pre-filter too.

I like the the air quality indicator, it shows it’s working. I can be a skeptic when it comes to caring for the family and there are times that “seeing is believing “.

Don’t worry about changing the filter, “easy-peasy”.

A little tech talk, Bluetooth capability is always a plus. For the JBL speakers verified at 320 sq.ft. There are Smart Sensors that can constantly monitor the air quality giving it that famous “set and forget”!

Where can you find it?

It is offered on the Home Depot website, along with Wayfair, and of course at the Winix website


The Winix QS is not only a great idea for your home. They make great gifts, truly the gift that keeps on giving. Great for wedding gifts, graduation gifts (those dorms do get stuffy), and Father’s Day is right around the corner!!

Clean air and great sounds! What more could you ask for???

Simply Salmon

Everyone has mixed tuna into their egg salad or eggs into their tuna salad. But when you’ve got affordable high quality pink salmon from Wild Planet Foods, you go for the salmon!

We’ll call this Salmon egg salad salad since the salmon is the star of this salad…..

I used two cans of salmon, 2 tablespoons very fine diced onions, and three fourths cup cubed seedless cucumbers.

In the two photos above I have added one tablespoon of lemon zest and about one to one and a half teaspoons of paprika.

In goes the dill – I got a little heavy handed, so a tablespoon would be good. Salt and pepper to taste.

Because of the two cans of salmon I added almost a little over a half a cup of mayonnaise. The creaminess came from the Greek yogurt, it was half of the regular size cup. It is the plain Greek yogurt that I used.

I’ve had a great lunch with my freshly made salad…. and of course I shared with my buddies!

A big “thank you” goes out to Wild Planet Foods for sending their amazing salmon for me to cook with and have the opportunity to share it with my family and friends.