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  • Thanksgiving, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry
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    Thanksgiving, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry

    Learn more about Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) by studying the spellings of some vocabulary words related to the Thanksgiving holiday: Thanksgiving, gratitude, turkey, cranberry, Thursday, squash, cornucopia, delicious, acorn, and potato. Structured Word Inquiry English spelling is rule-based. There are no exceptions, just more rules to uncover. I have yet to find a word whose […] More

  • Baby Food Recipes: Acorn Squash and Banana
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    Baby Food Recipes: Acorn Squash and Banana

    When both my kiddos started eating solid foods, I introduced a variety of fruits and vegetables through homemade baby food. I particularly enjoyed cooking up fun food combos. One mixture that I created was acorn squash and banana. Acorn squash is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. The vegetable is also a good […] More

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    How to Grow Squash in a Home Garden: An Illustrated Guide

    Next to pumpkins, squash is my favorite vegetable to grow in my home garden. I love cooking with squash in the fall and winter. All varieties of squash are also extremely nutritious. For example, yellow summer squash is low in saturated fat and sodium and very low in cholesterol. Although also high in natural sugars, […] More

  • Apples and Yellow Squash Baby Food
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    Baby Food Recipes: Apples and Yellow Squash

    My daughter is a little foodie! Although she now mainly eats the same foods that her father and I eat, she used to eat primarily homemade baby food that I lovingly prepared for her. Making large batches of baby food that I froze in ice cube trays saved a lot of money and provided my […] More

  • Apples and Squash Baby Food Cubes
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    Baby Food Recipes: Apples and Squash

    Apples and squash are two nutritious fall foods that pair well together. My daughter is a huge fan of both foods. And, although she is almost eighteen months old, my daughter still enjoys the mashed homemade baby food that I make her from fruits and vegetables that I buy at our local stores. She prefers […] More

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    Growing Buttercup Squash: Wordless Wednesday

    To learn more about growing squash, check out Simple Gardening Tips: How to Grow and Care for Squash. Image Credits Buttercup Squash 1 © 2012 Heather Johnson Buttercup Squash 2 © 2012 Heather Johnson Buttercup Squash 3 © 2012 Heather Johnson Buttercup Squash 4 © 2012 Heather Johnson Buttercup Squash 5 © 2012 Heather Johnson More

  • Spaghetti Squash
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    Simple Gardening Tips: How to Grow and Care for Squash

    Squash—whose scientific names are Cucurbita maxima, Cucurbita mixta, Cucurbita moschata, and Cucurbita pepo—is a family of nutritious warm weather vegetables that is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, and calories but high in vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid, potassium, calcium, manganese, and magnesium. Depending on the […] More