- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Back To School | Fri, Aug 17, 2012 2:35 PM EDT | CommentsHow do you make breakfast pancakes extra light and airy? Clayton Miller, Executive Chef at Wit and Wisdom, the new tavern at Baltimore's Four Seasons Hotel, developed this unique method early on in his career when he worked as a pastry chef. "One of the items on the menu was a classic French soufflé," Miller tells Shine. "That's where I got the inspiration for this dish." The secret is folding in extra egg whites, but he promises, "The pancakes aren't temperamental like a soufflé."
Souffle style pancakes
Miller says the dish is delicious with butter and maple syrup, but a simple caramel banana sauce makes them swoon-worthy.
Soufflé Pancakes (adapted from Clayton Miller)
Makes 6-8 substantial pancakes
5 ½ cups flour...Read More »
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 whole eggs
2 eggs yolks
3 egg whites
Pre-heat oven to
- Babble.com | Back To School | Tue, Aug 14, 2012 12:29 PM EDT | CommentsToday was supposed to be the first day of fifth grade for my son. Yet, just a few days ago, I found out his school wanted to move my sweet monkey boy Jackson to sixth grade. They were aware of his grades and his test scores, and felt he would be fully capable of moving to the sixth grade group and working with them. They felt he needed more of a challenge.
My Son Skipped a Grade: Why I'm Not Happy About It
It was an interesting time for this to happen, having just read an op-ed by Madeline Levine in the New York Times entitled "Raising Successful Children." Levine argues that many parents are pushing their children too hard, and helping them too much, in hopes they'll be at the top of their class, perhaps attend an Ivy League university and be super-successful. The result? Depressed and miserable kids. Levine explains that, " … it is the inability to maintain parental boundaries that most damages child development. When we do things for our children out of our own needs rather than theirs, it forces them to circumvent the mo...Read More »
- Mon, Aug 13, 2012 3:08 PM EDT | CommentsDespite the fact that most moms can't afford an 'it' bag of their own, a small sector of high-income earning families from around the world are fueling a luxury back-to-school boom for kids. From a $115 Lanvin pencil case to a pair of $265 Gucci high-tops and even a thousand dollar silk Dior party dress, parents with money to burn are schooling kids on high-fashion before they hit the books. The average parent, by comparison, will spend an estimated $700 on back-to-school shopping this year. That's about the cost of one backpack, courtesy of Gucci.
- Fabulous & Frugal | Back To School | Tue, Aug 14, 2012 1:31 PM EDT | Comments
by Stephanie Berenbaum - August 8th, 2012
Swap Before You Shop
Trying to budget for your kids' back to school shopping? Score some serious savings by taking advantage of a very Fab & Fru fashion coup: SWAPPING! It's a great way to clear out your closets and supplement your children's wardrobe - for free. Plus, many people are more comfortable with the idea of used clothing if they know where it is coming from - rather than if it just came from a random resale shop…
Easy Peasy Prep
Right now is the perfect time to organize a back to school swap. All you need to do is send out an email to your friends to bring their used kids clothes to your place a day or two before the actual swap so you can organize the piles. Clearly, your payment for organizing and hosting is that you get first crack at the clothes!
You can use your dining room table, chairs and sofa as display centers. Just make signs (have your kids help for a fun activity!) to help sort the clothes by gen...Read More »
- Common Sense Media | Back To School | Tue, Aug 14, 2012 5:09 PM EDT | CommentsBy Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media editor
Common Sense Media
The summer before my daughter started kindergarten was filled with firsts. First summer camp, first swimming lessons, first back-to-school shopping. Thanks to a school uniform policy, clothes were the easy part, but finding a backpack turned out to be an adventure -- not only did we visit countless stores in our search, but we learned a lot about which media brands were working overtime to catch my 5-year-old's eye.
With back-to-school shopping raking in more than $70 billion a year for retailers, it's a prime time to target both parents and kids. And advertisers know that the earlier a kid learns about a brand -- whether it be McDonald's or Tinker Bell -- the more likely she'll be to buy it or beg for it later.
Barbie tries to befriend my daughter...Read More »
Our first stops were the usual big box stores; there we found backpacks swimming in a sea of sparkly pink, where characters from TV shows and movies frolicked joyfully on the racks