Blog Of The Now: Matt, Liz And Madeline

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Matt Logelin's story seems almost too heartbreaking to be true. The day after his daughter Madeline was born, his wife Liz died of a pulmonary embolism, suddenly and shockingly. Instead of wallowing in his despair, the suddenly single father created this blog, both to pass on memories to Madeline of her mother and to try to come to terms with a life turned severely on its head. It's haunting, enchanting and unforgettable, and I strongly recommend you check it out.

Also, visit the Liz Logelin Foundation.

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Clunk, Tinkle & More Lullaby Renditions of the Beatles

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Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of The Beatles Album CoverNow for an update from lullaby world headquarters (where snoring and drooling are always encouraged): We are way too proud of our new CD, More Lullaby Renditions of the Beatles. We know that parents aren't supposed to pick favorites so let's just call it our new favorite. Of course it doesn't hurt when you are working with some of the most recognizable and beloved melodies ever. Producer Mike Baiardi and the Rockabye Baby! listening team worked really hard to bring a sweet and soothing vibe to these renditions of beautiful Beatles tunes, complete with lots of "clunk and tinkle." Clunk and tinkle is what we call the yin and yang of a perfect lullaby-the clunky wood percussion that gives the childlike feel to the song while tinkling bells, celesta and glockenspiel add a sweet fairy dusting of our patented sleeping potion. Lest you think those long hours in the listening room have turned our minds to mush, check out the audio samples here to see what we're rambling about. Did we hit the mark on this one? Let us know! We aim to please. But first and foremost, we aim to nap. Found me! Don't forget to leave a comment with your email! This just in: Check out a review of More Beatles from The Oklahoman!
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Sweet Peas O’ Mine

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Healthy Baby Food Recipes

This sweet and savory veggie recipe has a healthy secret ingredient -- spinach. We won't tell if you won't... (For babies 6 months and up; Yields 15 tablespoons) Ingredients:
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen sweet peas
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen green beans
  • 1 cup baby spinach, packed
  • ½ pinch garlic powder (optional)
Directions:
  1. Carefully wash all produce. If using fresh beans, snap off the ends. Place beans and peas in a pan with a steamer basket. Add enough water so that it comes just to the bottom of the basket.
  2. Cover and steam until very tender, about 15 minutes, checking to make sure the water does not run dry. Add spinach and steam for 5 - 8 minutes more.
  3. Transfer to a blender, adding garlic powder if desired, and reserving the steaming broth for pureeing. Puree vegetables adding broth a little at a time until thinned and smooth. If desired push through a mesh strainer.
  4. Set aside and cool. Divide into ice cube trays, cover with plastic wrap and freeze.

Recipe created by Executive Chef Jeff Parker

www.FoodCrew.com

Really Love Your Peaches

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The Greatest Muppets Musical Guests… Ever

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One of the best things about The Muppet Show (and Sesame Street, by association) was the incredible array of musical talent that they featured. In watching the old episodes on DVD, it's a veritable Who's Who of popular songcraft in the late 1970s. Here are my picks for the most unforgettable performers to ever share the stage with Henson's lovable cloth repertory. Alice Cooper - School's Out This one has it all - giant monsters, a creepy Muppet backing band, and of course Vincent Furnier, the founding father of shock rock. The first explosion goes off at a minute and twenty seconds in, and it's all downhill from there, as the performance devolves into classic Muppets chaos. Once Alice strips off his cap and gown to reveal a tattered red leotard, it's been burned into your brain forever. Buddy Rich - Drum Battle With Animal Legendary jazz drummer Buddy Rich is notorious for the heaps of abuse he piled on his sessionmen, but on the Muppet Show he finally meets his match in the skinbasher for Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.  After Buddy taps his sticks through the backstage area, he sits behind the traps and starts playing, only to be joined by Animal, on a second drumset. It's a battle for the ages - but it gets really good when you realize Rich is playing both parts! Debby Harry - One Way Or Another The Blondie singer dons an orange prison jumpsuit to tear through her 1979 hit "One Way or Another" on a hellaciously nasty backalley set populated by rats, sharks, and other New York City street trash. And the twist at the end? Why, Debbie wasn't the prey, but rather the predator - throwing her arms around a blue Frankenstinian muppet-man as the song comes to a noisy close. Tony Clifton - Sing A Song Yes, that Tony Clifton - Andy Kaufman's bloated Vegas lounge singer alter ego. Backed by an insanely peppy quartet of singers, Kaufman collapses through a medley of schmaltz as Miss Piggy bullies the Muppets into praising him backstage. Add in showgirls and some ill-advised audience interaction and it's an unforgettable performance.
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Really Love Your Peaches

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Healthy Baby Food Recipes

Eat a peach! Check out this hearty, healthy (and sweet) recipe your li'l peach will love... (For babies 6 months and up; Yields 36 tablespoons) Ingredients:

¼ cup uncooked short grain brown rice 1 cup water, formula or breast milk 1 bag (16 oz.) thawed frozen peach slices 1 pinch ground cinnamon (optional) ½ pinch ground nutmeg (optional)

Directions: Grind rice in a blender to a fine powder. Place in a small saucepan and stir in water, formula or breast milk. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 to 15 minutes until thickened and soft to the tongue. Transfer rice to blender. Add thawed peaches and optional spices. Puree until smooth (thin with water, formula or breast milk if necessary). Divide into ice cube trays, cover with plastic wrap and freeze. When frozen, transfer to a freezer bag for storage. Recipe created by Executive Chef Jeff Parker www.FoodCrew.com

Carrots-and-Apples Dreamin'

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