Friday Four: Taste Testing Fun!

I was asked: What potential invitees, templates for interactive activities, and types of foods to offer during a taste testing.

Well let me jump right into it.

  1. KNOW YOUR GOALS. Before doing a taste test, establish a few goals that are easy to communicate. Are you implementing a taste test program to expand children’s food choices? Promote or introduce local foods? Encourage healthier snack or lunch choices brought from home?

     2. LOCATION-

Yogurt shop              Sandwich shop           Pizza shop        Bakeries                Schools

Libraries                    Churches                     Parks                  Rec Centers         Farm sites

Really just about any specialty shop will jump on this opportunity! 

Here’s a great timeline I grabbed from the DOE

Pick two or three items you are considering for a taste test. Poll some of your school’s students, administrators, teachers, school nurse and parents. Ask them which they would like to sample. The school community will take a greater interest if they are part of the planning.-Ruethers

apple-comparison  3.  Food Selection and Safety- This is a big one.

— Make sure your packaging is professionally done, and meets all federal, state and local labeling laws. To learn more about these, go to http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/label.html.

— You have to be especially careful when listing your ingredients — too much detail and you’ve given away your recipe, too little and you haven’t sufficiently warned people with food allergies (for help with disclosure laws regarding the most common allergens, go to http://www.foodallergy.org/advocacy/labeling.html).

— Make sure to state clearly, both on the label and verbally to each taster, if there are any ingredients (such as peanuts or gluten) that you know a significant number of people in your community are allergic to.

Most attendees at street fairs and church functions won’t sign liability releases, but you can give each taster a one-page flyer about your products (perhaps with a coupon toward a future purchase) that contains all of your liability disclaimers and warnings; and if you do not know the Heimlich maneuver, make sure there is someone nearby who does (please don’t laugh — when people are eating and giving you verbal feedback at the same time there is a greater than usual choking risk).

4. Getting Help  This could be the most challenging part. but it can be done! Need                ideas? See here!

BONUS TIPS: The Invite-

  

Chili cook off

You are invited to put your culinary skills to the test
at John and Jill’s first annual chili cook off.
You think you have the winning recipe to beat your fellow contestants?
Chili will be judged on spiciness, flavor and originality
in a blind taste test.
Prizes awarded for first, second and third place.
Bring the heat and come hungry.
Destined to become a tradition.
Date and time
Location
Address
City, State

PROMOTIONS & MARKETING-       MAKE THE TASTE TESTS FUN AND INVITING

In addition to making sure your food samples are tasty and appealing, think creatively about other ways you can make the overall taste test experience fun. This way, students will be likely to eat better.

  • Place signs and posters throughout the school and at the cafeteria entrance. This will generate interest in the taste test.
  • Use posters and balloons to make the taste test visually appealing.
  • Play music as part of the promotion to generate excitement.
  • Include games related to the foods being served: play “Match the Grain Game” (asking students to look at whole grains in their original form and see if they can identify them), or play the “Mystery Game” (placing fresh fruits and vegetables in a paper bag and asking students to identify them by touch).
  • Ask servers to wear costumes or dress in the color of the day (based on the color of the food you’re serving). This can be especially fun if you’ve recruited the principal to be one of the servers! tcwf fruits
  • Give away gifts and prizes. Stickers with healthy food messages and age-appropriate key chains, pencils and other school supplies are fun for younger and older kids alike.

REINFORCE MESSAGES ABOUT MAKING BETTER FOOD CHOICES.

Take advantage of the taste test as a time to communicate core messages about the featured foods, especially their health benefits.

  • Place decorative, informational posters in the doorway of the cafeteria on a taste test day.
  • Make your messages to students short, appealing — and age-appropriate. Support what students just learned at your taste test about eating better.
  • Distribute stickers, raffle tickets or other promotional items along with the food — and make sure that the promotional items also communicate key health messages.
  • Place table tents with nutrition education messages about the featured food group and its health benefits.

SERVE GOOD-SIZED SAMPLES — AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PLENTY TO GO AROUND

No one like small samples. Three ounces of a new beverage will be a bigger hit than just one ounce of the drink, while a quarter of a sandwich will give kids a better chance to get a sense of the food than just one bite.

The Score Card

Product:______________________________

Participant 1                              I tried It                    I Liked It                        I’ll Eat It Again

After it’s over, follow up! It’s the one thing you can do to build a strategic foundation for a smooth sailing round two- three and so on. Now relax! You’re gonna have a great time! Have fun and let me know how it goes !!!!!

Kelle, QC Supermom

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Wednesday Wow: Disney On Ice 100 years of magic – Family 4-Pack Giveaway –

It’s that time of year again! YES!!!!! Who is your favorite Disney character? Wanna see them for free? (Yes? Keep reading!  No…. still keep reading 🙂 )

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Disney on Ice is coming back to the QC with over 50 of your favorite characters!!! Gosh, I’m excited! I haven’t told the kids yet because the minute I do, I know for a fact they will ask every day, “is it today ma?”

I cannot blame them; Disney On Ice is a very good show!  We have been going for years and each year it’s like a brand new gift all over again.  And that’s saying something because my children age range is from 3 -16.

“Join the celebration as more than 60 of Disney’s unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!  You’ll be captivated by the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and many Disney Princesses.  Be thrilled by exciting moments from The Lion King; Mulan; and Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story films; in a skating spectacular filled with magical Disney moments you’ll remember forever as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!” -FELD Entertainment

This year they are celebrating 100 years on ice! THAT”S HUGE!! A contest is on order! Details below in the video! It’s your chance to win a family four pack! Enter now and be sure to leave a comment in the comment section of this post. contest ends September 2015 at midnight.

Ok here are the rules:

1. Take out your video camera your about to share the ultimate Disney fan experience.

2. Ask your child to tell me why her/his family deserve the family four pack of tickets. It      must be less than 1 minute and creative. The more creative the better and the sky is          the limit.

  1. Submit it by September 20, 2015 HERE or on QC Supermom (you must like the page) and keep an eye on your email box as the winner will be notified on Sunday the 27th. Our judge is Jessica Nash. She’s a doula in South Wales!

Got it?  Get it.  GOOD!

Here’s more about the show: The tickets are for opening night! That is September 20th.

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic Presented By Stonyfield Yokids Organic Yogurt Tickets

The show will be in town from SEP 30, 2015 – OCT 04, 2015

at the Time Warner Arena Purchase them hereFor /Media Kit:

Take care,

Jabela, QC Supermom

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NOTE: I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities. TING!!!!

Friday Four: Hosting a Summer Sit in Movie!

Nothing says “summer” like outdoor entertaining.There’s just something about a classic movie and a warm, summer evening that go together so darn well. With summer breezing in, now’s the perfect time to start planning a movie night party for a few friends. Throwing an outdoor movie night doesn’t have to require a lot of stuff or be expensive, but it does need a little planning ahead to make sure everyone enjoys themselves.
Blog_Movie_Night_HeaderWe’ve got the ideas and tips to make yours go off without a hitch:

1) Pick the right spot You’ll want to find a spot—could be a backyard, patio, porch, garage—where you can control the amount of light at night (in other words, don’t plan one in your backyard if there’s a bright streetlight that could ruin the fun). Not everyone has a backyard, so get creative with your space!

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2) Provide the right equipment Your basic essentials are a movie player (like a DVD player or computer), a screen, side of a house, a projector, and a sound system. Don’t let that sound too complicated; it’s easier to set up than you think. And don’t let the price or technology scare you away; you can easily have an intimate movie night with a television set or computer brought outside, too. Once the projector is secured, make sure to do a dry run to ensure you’ve got all the right cables and connective equipment. There’s nothing more embarrassing or frustrating than an equipment malfunction, am I right? Don’t forget the speakers!

3) Make sure you’ve got a good movie Consider the crowd that will be coming and choose accordingly. It could be a classic, a family-friendly one or a great comedy.  We are showing Cafeteria Man.  It’s based on ———————————————————————cafe

4) Accommodate with comfortable seating You don’t have to go out and buy fancy outdoor seating,blankets on the ground can be the perfect thing for a movie night, but plenty of affordable outdoor seating options can be found.

benchBONUS TIPS:

5) De-bug the area Consider spraying before guests arrive and have plenty of bug spray for guests. You don’t have to douse yourself in harsh chemicals; they have lots of more natural options to repel bugs.

6) Utilize soft lights like candles You want it dark enough to see the movie, but you also want a little light for function and ambiance.

7) Don’t forget to get your neighbors involved An outdoor movie event could potentially be disturbing to the homes around yours, so let your neighbors know ahead of time your plans and maybe even invite them to the fun!

What will you eat? May I suggest this—> MovieNight_15

Besides the traditional buttered and salted popcorn, try these:

  • Curry popcorn: 1/2 cup popcorn kernels popped in vegetable oil tossed with 1 tablespoon curry powder (4 servings)

  • Bacon popcorn: 1/2 cup popcorn kernels popped in 1 tablespoon bacon fat; drizzle with 1/4 stick of melted butter and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup; toss. Sprinkle two strips of crispy turkey bacon, crumbled, on top of popcorn. (4 servings) –Sheknows

Do all of that, or just drop in to one in your area. If near Charlotte, NC, click —–>HERE! <—–

Eat this*at the movie night!

Healthier snacks and screens info*!

Yay! Pinterest Board* for Movie Night!

Movie Nights for EVERYONE!!!!! EVERY where*!

3 Lies Outdoor Movie Equipment Providers Will Tell You

DON’T FORGET TO CLICK ALL THE PICTURE LINKS!!!!! 🙂

See you at the movies!

Kelle,  QC Supermom

Friday Four: Not Celebrating V-Day with the Kids? FORGET ABOUT IT!

Let’s think this through. You go out , have fun and leave your child (ren) with someone else who wishes they were not there. Sure, you’ve given them candy, cards and maybe even Valentine’s Day balloons but is that really fair? Naaaaaah, Not one bit. This year make it a family celebration of love.

Family where life begins & love never ends.

I’ll give you 4 ways to do it!

1. Make a pizza – together! Kids love to cook. If you are up for it, grab up your play group or friends and make it a pizza party! Years later , the laughs, and captured memories will be worth it!

Shape your pizza into a circle, like you normally would. With your thumb and forefinger together, push the top down toward the center of the crust to create the top of the heart.  Pinch the bottom and pull to create the point at the bottom of the heart.

1 Ingredients:

  • 1 batch homemade pizza dough (feel free to use store-bought crust, but you may want to brush your grill or grill pan with your favorite cooking oil to help ensure no sticking)
  • Pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese along with any other cheeses you’d like to add (we sometimes add a bit of Parmesan and a little sprinkling of sharp cheddar)
  • Toppings of choice (pepperoni, olives, sausage, onions, tomatoes, basil … the options are endless)

Directions:

  1. Cut the pizza dough into 8 pieces, each about the size of a tennis ball.
  2. Stretch each piece into a circle, then shape into hearts by pushing in the top and pinching then pulling down on the bottom.
  3. Let dough sit for about 10 minutes to rest and rise.
  4. With the grill on medium-high (about 350-400 degrees), transfer crusts to the grill and cook until the crust puffs on top and gets grill marks on the bottom, about 3 minutes. If the dough sprouts any big bubbles, go ahead and pop them if you can.
  5. Transfer the crust to a cookie sheet or large platter, grilled side up.
  6. Spread the sauce on the pizza, add toppings, cover with cheese, and transfer back to the grill. Cook until pizza crust is cooked through, the toppings are hot, and the cheese is bubbly, about 3 – 4 minutes. If you have a barbecue with a lid, cooking them covered at this stage helps heat the toppings.
  7. Remove from the grill to a pizza peel or large baking sheet. Serve.

2.Make a Tissue /Paper Towel Roll Valentine-

Gifts  for older kids

Gifts for older kids

You can’t go wrong with this one!  Use this one for children of all ages. Throw in non toxic-lip gloss, earrings, gift cards. snack mixes, Hot wheels, cash, … just about anything will do. Since you can use either your toilet tissue or paper towel roll it’s even more cleaver! TIP: A lot of these things you can get from the dollar store*, or your favorite business. I’m sure they carry smaller sizes of their favorite things.

3. Serve Others together- Now, how sweet is that? This is the type of activity you do to build a bond on. After folding, sorting, hanging and reporting, if nothing else, your communication skills will have increased AND you will have helped a little girl/boy find something to wear to school. Maybe even help a parent find a nice outfit to wear to a job interview. You never know. After all Valentines Day is about LOVE. Love is also an action. What better way to show it? It’s needed more than ever these days.  They say volunteering in the United States hit an all-time low last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported.hellll

4. Have a Party In Your Home. Just stay in an crank up the jam! Make memories that will last forever! Soon enough they will be adults and not want to spend such time with you.So while you’re at it, video them doing the running man  dance and play it at their next birthday party. 🙂 Just kidding but if you can find a community party, go for it. Just make this Valentine’ d Day more than just a another holiday. Show your tiniest heart some LOVE!  ~ QC Supermom

QC Supermom Valentines Day Party 2015

QC Supermom Valentines Day Party 2015

More Valentines’ and family quotes:

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.

When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family. via @cuquotes

 

Friday Four: Win Tickets to Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! in the QC!

I am so excited because Disney on Ice is on their way back in October! We have been going to Disney on Ice for the last 4 years or so, and it is one of my children’s favorite events! TeHun loves to get all decked out in his prince attire and then just

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sit in awe, as his favorites come to life right before his very own eyes! If you have never been to a Disney on Ice show, now is your chance!! I have posted a discount code below!

Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! 

It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends!

Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince

Naveen; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe.  Come join the party when this spectacular ice show visits the Queen City, Charlotte NC!!

Show Times:

Wednesday  ( 1 show ) Thursday (1 show) Friday ( 2 shows) Saturday ( 3 shows)   Sunday (2 shows)

Venue/Ticket Information:Tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via www.ticketmaster.com;

Time Warner Cable Arena is also offering a special discount to QC Supermom  subscribers when purchasing tickets.

Use promo code: SKATE
Promo is good for shows on: Thurs. 10/3 7:00 pm, Sat. 10/5 6:30 pm and Sun.

10/6 4 pm
Offer Expires: 10/06/13

Pricing starts at $20.00 and they are going fast! Check out this discount offer –

We are able to give away to one reader a 4 pack of tickets. I’ll have those details listed on Mondays post. So be sure to check back then. 🙂

Here is also a great Disney coloring page & maze for your children to enjoy!