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Garden, Garden: Curled up with a Good Book

Aren’t lists great?  Not long ago, I found a list of 100 Picture Books to Read Before Kindergarten by the Greater Victoria Public Library (

I decided it would be fun to see how many of the books we could read. So with list in hand, I headed to the TNRD Library in downtown Kamloops.  All of the books we borrowed the first time were great but two were particularly relevant to this time of year… and I know my kids will be requesting both of these books again.

Book:  My Garden

Author: Kevin Henkes

For Ages: 2-7

Book: The Imaginary Garden

Author: Andrew Larson

For Ages: 2-7

Where to Get Them: We borrowed both from the local library but can be purchased online

Do you wish there was chocolate bunnies in your garden? Or, that you could grow a jellybean bush?  Join the little girl in My Garden as she describes how her ideal garden would grow.  Full of beautiful pictures and a delightful story, your kids will enjoy this book and I am sure they will want to tell you about their own wonderful garden.

The Imaginary Garden is a heartwarming story of a young girl, Theo, and her special relationship with her grandfather. The relationship has been formed around his old house and garden.  When the grandfather “Poppa” moves into an apartment, Theo and Poppa find a new way to grow a garden and spend their beloved time together in the imaginary garden they create.

Roasted Asparagus: Kidz In the Kitchen

This is a great little recipe and it is super easy to get your kids involved.  My 4 year old did everything except place the asparagus into the oven and handle the hot baking sheet.

There is also some great local asparagus available around town at this time of year!




Olive oil

Minced garlic

Balsamic vinegar

Feta Cheese

1)Preheat the oven to 450.

2)Using your hands snap the ends off the asparagus.  My 4 year old loved doing this and the best part is that you don’t need a knife!

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Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe: Kidz In The Kitchen

I was trying to come up with a yummy recipe for the rhubarb in my backyard and I remembered a friend (from back in my Fort Nelson days) made a very delicious coffee cake with rhubarb.  She kindly shared the recipe with me!  Thanks Pam!

My kids were hesitant to make a “coffee cake” until I told them we didn’t actually put coffee in the cake!
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Rainsticks: Crafting with Kids

With Earth Day coming up, one of my goals is to make craft projects with the kids from items I already have on hand.

The other day we were making music with various objects that we had around: toy storage bins, pie plates, spoons and many other objects.

I was looking for something else to use when I came across a paper towel roll and decided we could turn it into a rainstick.  It really did sound like a rainstick when we were done!

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