Oh glory be, it is finally SPRING. The cold, long, dreary days of the winter sucked out all my internet mojo, but with the return of sandal season, I am back at it! Bring on the patios, sidewalk sales, festivals and farmers markets. To say I am excited would be an absolute understatement. Currently, the porch on my historic home is being ripped out and will be replaced this week and then I will truly feel like I am kicking off the best season of all — PORCH SEASON! (which is approximately Easter-Halloween) And then you can find me sipping on a cocktail and reading a magazine! But until then, its the marathon of end of school year spring stuff!
What else does a busy mom do in the spring? We find summer camps for our kids. All the camps. I am here today to tell you about a camp that my kids did last year that is AMAZING. It is a cooking camp and is just so fantastic because of the emphasis on whole, healthy and locally sourced ingredients all put together in a way that kids love and have so much fun. Tally Atkinson has a heart and a patience that I absolutely love and the children have an incredible time. I cannot say enough great things about this program!
I asked her to write a little about her camps so that I could share them with you! Sign your kids up! They can cook with local ingredients and you can use the free time to go hit up some local stores :)
From Tally Atkinson at Sharing Sustenance:
I got into teaching these classes because I saw for me personally, the life that came from preparing and eating REAL foods. My body has seen healing physically, I have more energy, and I saw some emotional freedom as well. I wanted to share my knowledge with others so that they could have similar freedoms that I have, but most importantly, I wanted to show kids that healthful food doesn't have to taste bad. :) The skills and recipes that I teach are mostly all easy to prepare and so much fun! I hope to broaden horizons and minds with teaching common recipes that people will recognize, but often change up the quality of ingredients to make them the most healthful. Fresh, organic ingredients, unrefined sugars, ingredients found in nature in what I use here in the Sharing Sustenance kitchen.
This summer my cooking camps are:
"The Great Bake Off” - June 3rd-6th - Elementary Ages (6-10)
"A Farm to Table BBQ" - June 10th-14th - Youth Ages (11-18)
"Farmer’s Market Finds" - June 11th-13th - Elementary Ages (6-10)
“The ‘Real’ Baker” - June 17th-20th - Youth Ages (11-18)
"Cooking Around the World” - June 24th-28th - ALL Ages (6-18)
The baking camps will center around using fresh, whole grains and unrefined sugars, in a broad variety of sweet and savory recipes. The Farm to Table camps may just be my favorites! I will get almost ALL the ingredients from our local farmer's market in OKC and use those to make the delicious recipes. And then the cooking around the world camp is a fun way to try different cuisines, with a 'Real Food' twist! I hope to see you there at one or more camps! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.sharingsustenance.com.