And The Schwinn The Biking Game Winner Is…

scwhinngameCongratulations to Erin, winner of Schwinn The Biking Game!  Thank you to everyone who participated, and stay tuned for more giveaways soon!

If you didn’t win and wish you had, please consider purchasing this game via our Amazon Associates link here.  We appreciate your support and readership!

We also encourage you to check out other games from Education Outdoors. We especially enjoy The Snipe Hunt Game, especially on rainy days or when we need to distract the kids for a moment or two!

Harvest Time!

Homegrown Table Grapes

Homegrown Table Grapes

We have always enjoyed fresh local produce, whether from a CSA, farmers market or, for the past few years, generous friends and family.  It’s hard to motivate myself to plant when we already have consumed more than our share of zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers!

Each year, there seems to be a standout among the fresh produce.  At least for me, personally.  Last year I couldn’t get enough of the tomatoes!  Although they are just as tasty this year, and I’ve eaten just as many, I have a different obsession: grapes.

A few years ago my parents planted a grape vine they ordered online from Rolling River Nursery, which is a great source for organic starts.  I can’t believe grapes even grow in the high desert, USDA Hardiness Zone 7a (0F to 5F). It has flourished, and this year there have been almost too many to eat.  I don’t mind the many clusters that have made it to our house, and our girls love them too!

Recipe: Roasted Beet and Cashew Salad with Feta

Roasted Beet and Cashew Salad with Feta

Roasted Beet and Cashew Salad with Feta

We’re pretty on the fence about beets at our household.  We don’t hate them, but we don’t exactly love them either.  When ever we’d find them in our CSA box, I’d usually shred them and add a tiny bit to our go-to house salad each night.

Then our friends brought over a delicious salad full of roasted beets, and we all loved it! I’ve actually made this several times since, and still can’t believe how good the beets taste in it.  It must be the salty feta and crunchy cashews.

This is a great lunch salad, since the cashews and cheese make it filling enough to be a meal on its own.

Schwinn The Biking Game Review and Giveaway!

scwhinngameIt was a rainy, cold afternoon in May (a sad reality of life in the upper Midwest) when I found myself in the unfortunate situation of refereeing a screeching match between two five-year-olds and a six-year-old. Then I remembered…May is National Bicycle Month and we recently received a copy of Schwinn The Biking Board Game! I stumbled to the game closet, barely getting the box down before an entire room of my home was destroyed by maniacal, possibly cannibalistic, little girls.

“Hey guys, do you want to play a new game?”

I held my breath as they regarded me with suspicion.

“It’s about bikes”.

That did it. They were hooked.

Recipe: “I Can’t Believe They’re Not Refried” Beans

Not-Refried Beans

Not-Refried Beans

I have been making this recipe for a few years now and it’s still my favorite Mexican bean recipe, refried or not. It’s super fast and easy, and I’m asked for the recipe just about every time I’ve served it to guests. The cooked beans freeze great, pureed or whole, and they are perfect as a side or just in a quesadilla with cheese.

Just last week, we made these beans for a group of 40 for a Mexican buffet and there wasn’t a bean left in the pot. The proof is in the leftovers!

“I Can’t Believe They’re Not Refried” Beans

“I Can’t Believe They’re Not Refried” Beans


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 C pinto beans, rinsed (or any other dried beans)
  • 1/2 jalepeño, roasted and seeded (or use a whole one if you really like spice)
  • 2 tbs minced garlic
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 8 C water


  1. Place all ingredients in crockpot and stir to combine
  2. Cook on low for 10 hours
  3. Process beans in a food process until they resemble refried beans. Alternatively, you can leave them whole or just mash it up a bit with a potato masher.

And The I See Me Personalized Children’s Book Winner Is…

i-can-change-the-world-personalized-book-4Congratulations to Denise! She won a personalized copy of I Can Change The World!

I See Me has a large selection of personalized items available for purchase. Besides books of all types (for babies, toddlers, big sisters and brothers, etc.,) I See Me offers personalized placemats, growth charts, stickers, even lunch boxes. You can choose an item based on a theme (fairies, dinosaurs, farm, etc.,), holiday, age or gender.  No matter the child, you’re sure to find something personal they’ll love!

Product Review and Giveaway: I See Me personalized children’s book

The personalized I See Me book my five-year-old, Katie, received recently entitled ‘Katie Can Change The World’ might be one of the most delightful things I’ve ever seen. Katie has asked to read this book every other day since she received it two months ago. She loves searching for her name throughout the book and pointing out her favorite details on each page. Maybe it’s the beautiful and endearing illustrations or maybe it’s the message (spread loving kindness as far as you can), but somehow I haven’t grown tired of this book yet either.  i-can-change-the-world-personalized-book-4

I was amazed at the large assortment of personalized items available for purchase on the I See Me website. Besides books of all types (for babies, toddlers, big sisters and brothers, etc.,) I See Me offers personalized placemats, growth charts, stickers, even lunch boxes. You can choose an item based on a theme (fairies, dinosaurs, farm, etc.,), holiday, age or gender. Or just do what I did and spend way too much time ogling each and every beautiful item and planning out gifts for nieces, nephews and my friend’s kids for the next 5 years.

And The Zutano Giveaway Winner Is…


Adorable Clothes for Babies and Toddlers

Congratulations to JJ!  You’ve won a $75 gift certificate to Zutano!  Be sure to let us know if you end up buying that Elf Suit and what other great items you pick out.

If you haven’t had a chance to read our Zutano review, check it out!  The make adorable clothes that are built to last, and make the only booties I’ve ever seen stay on a baby foot!  We encourage you to use our Zutano Amazon Affiliate Link to make your purchases and support The Green Baby Guide at the same time!

Thank to you everyone who entered our giveaway, and for reading our blog.   We’re doing another giveaway this Friday, and many other Fridays throughout the summer, so stay posted!

Recipe: Salmon Cakes with Kale

Salmon Cakes with Kale

Salmon Cakes with Kale

The first time I made this recipe, I wasn’t expecting the rave reviews I received.  We’re not crazy about kale like some folks are, and unless I’m making a lot of smoothies we often don’t make it through a whole bag of pre-washed and chopped kale.  I usually don’t waste food and, come on, all the prep work of washing and chopping was already done for me!  I must really be on the fence about kale.

I was so glad that these turned out more delicious than expected, and it’s a perfect showcase for a side of brown rice and a squeeze of lemon.

Outdoor Cooking for Summer

Outdoor Cooking

Outdoor Cooking

Sandwiches and cold cereal might be fine and well for breakfast and lunch, but many of us prefer a hot meal for dinner.  Or at least a meal that has been cooked over a heat source at some point! Cooking outside doesn’t have to be an activity reserved for camping trips, especially when you have a fully stocked kitchen just inside the door.

Maybe you’re trying to keep your cooling bill down during the summer, or perhaps you don’t have AC to begin with, but setting up an outdoor cooking station might be worth the effort.


Grill pan

Grill pan