As you and your family begin to enjoy some summer recreation, why not plan a few trips to the local fishing hole. Even if you’ve never fished before, it isn’t too late to learn this enjoyable hobby. You don’t even need to buy all the expensive gear to have a day of fun catching fish. Many resorts and parks rent fishing gear for a day. You can also find reasonably priced starter kits for kids at your local sporting goods store. Not convinced?
Numerous research studies have found enormous benefits to a day of fishing. Fly casting in particular is good for breast cancer survivors. Other benefits include:
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved self esteem
- Better mood
- Stronger bonds with family and friends
- Reduced symptoms of PTSD
Also, many fishing spots are located in areas of natural beauty with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife other than fish. There are also opportunities to try boating and other water sports as well. To find local fishing spots and information on regulations, maps, directions and camping information, visit: http://www.fishintrips.net
So pack up a picnic or some snacks, plenty of water and try some fishing!
If you and your family are looking for something different and hands-on, why not try a trip to CROW CANYON ARCHEOLOGICAL CENTER. This 170 acre campus is located in Cortez, Colorado, near the Mesa Verde National Park. https://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm
For FREE, you can take a one hour tour to explore an archeology lad and curation room. Or, for a fee, you can SPEND A DAY visiting an active excavation site that was once the home of the ancient PUEBLO people.
Family Space Camp, at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama has a program the allows wanna-be astronauts of ALL AGES to simulate missions to the International Space Station. Families can construct and launch model rockets, explore the night sky with telescopes, and much more
For more information and where to sign up visit: http://www.spacecamp.com
Here in NJ we’ve had a bumper crop of asparagus this year…thank goodness! For those who are wondering what to do with these gems besides grilling or adding to omelets and stir fries, try having the kiddos help make a batch of this light and delicious ASPARAGUS SOUP. It is so easy, you will have it ready in about 30 minutes.
Dice up about 1 pound of asparagus. Set aside.
In a 2 quart pot, saute diced leeks or onions in olive oil until wilted. Add 2 Cups water or vegetable broth (if you use the broth, no need to add salt), thyme, one Bay Leaf, the asparagus. Cook about 15 minutes or until tender.
Remove the Bay Leaf, add 1 Cup of milk. Pour mixture into a food processor and PUREE until smooth. Add a dash of nutmeg and serve with asparagus spear as garnish.
I told you it was easy! You can freeze leftovers to enjoy throughout the summer.
We, and our children, have grown up with the wonderful books written by Dr. Seuss. Those books taught many of us how to read independently. What better way to insure that our kids keep their reading skills sharp during the non-school summer months than with a reading challenge. I heard the groans. Who wants to have to read TONS of books during the carefree days of summer?
What makes the First Annual DR. SEUSS SUMMER READING CHALLENGE different is the focus: Not how many BOOKS read, but how many WORDS. The Scripps National Spelling Bee, and the Carnival Cruise Lines, are teaming up with Dr. Seuss to encourage kids to keep on reading.
To provide readers with extra incentive to read and record their word tallies, Carnival is awarding one registered challenge participant (to be selected at random) with a Caribbean cruise for four and a $1,500 Visa gift card for airfare. Two runners-up will each receive a cache of Dr. Seuss books.
To register or learn more about the challenge visit: http://www.Seussville.com
JUNE 1, 2018 is National Donut Day. Why not celebrate one of America’s favorite treats by making some of your own donuts? This recipe, taken from http://www.BiggerBolderBaking.com is a baked version you can jazz up however you like. You don’t even need a donut pan for these yummy gems.
This easy to follow video lets you make these NO-KNEAD BAKED DONUTS – easy as 1, 2, 3.
You can dust them with a cinnamon/sugar mix after baking or use the glaze recipes shown on the video.
Happy Donut Day!