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  • Kids' H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine recalled

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced an H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine recall. But if you've vaccinated you're child, don't worry. The vaccine hasn't been recalled for safety reasons, but for potency reasons. Here's what you need to know.

    The CDC is recalling 800,000 of the vaccines because they don't contain enough of an active ingredient, but health officials say the effectiveness is only a little below the optimal level and wil still help your child fight off H1N1. But to be sure, they recommend that your child get a booster shot.

    The children's H1N1 vaccine recall affects infants and toddlers from six months to 35 months old, who received their shot from a pre-filled syringe without the preservative in it. If your child got the nose spray or a shot from a multi-dose vial, those vaccines are not in question.

    Check with your doctor to see if your child's vaccine was affected.

    For more information, visit the CDC here.

    Written by Suzanne

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  • 7 simple DIY food gifts for the holidays

    We've put together seven easy ideas for homemade holiday treats and gifts that everyone on your list will be thrilled to receive - from your foodie friends to your slothful younger brother. Sometimes the most thoughtful gifts really are the ones you make yourself.

    Our DIY Food Gift ideas include:

    1. Layered Mixes in a Jar
    2. S'mores Kits
    3. Chocolate-Covered Toffee
    4. Chai Tea Gift Mix
    5. Mini Coffee Cakes
    6. Infused Vinegars
    7. Homemade Cookies in Pretty Packages
    Click here to view the entire food gift slideshow: DIY Holiday Gifts: Treats, Cookies, Tea, and More

    Written by Kim Conte for CafeMom's Food & Party Buzz

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  • Best mom tips for getting picky eaters to eat

    If you have a picky eater at home, you know firsthand how frustrating and stressful mealtime can be, especially when fruits and vegetables are involved. Relax, you are not alone. Lots of children are picky eaters. Here are some tips from CafeMoms about how to make sure picky eaters are getting the nutrients they need...

    Getting picky eaters to eat is a topic recently discussed at length in CafeMom's Advice for Moms. Here's some smart advice from CafeMoms:

    • CafeMom #1: Dip is a good thing! Tonight we had baked chicken and asparagus. My kids both ate the asparagus, but my 20 month old didn't seem too excited about the chicken. I got her some salsa, and she dipped the chicken and ended up clearing her plate.
    • CafeMom #2: My son is 20 months old and a picky eater...I refuse to make him two or three different things per meal just to find something he wants...I decide which foods I'm going to offer him, then I let him choose to eat them or not. He is always offered a fruit,
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  • How to make homemade candy canes

    Homemade candy canes? I didn't even know there was such a thing! Today, a talented CafeMom walks us through how to pull sugar to make candy canes.

    CM: So what was the impetus for making candy canes? Are you going to give them as gifts?

    Peppermint candy has always been a favorite of mine, and I've always stocked up on Candy Canes when the holidays roll around. They've always been a comfort food for me. I get migraines quite often, and last Christmas, I had a DOOZY. No medicine could touch it, and I wanted nothing more than to just lay in my bed in the dark and eat a candy cane.

    About an hour or so later, it dawned on me that my migraine was gone! I did some research into it and found out that peppermint oil is actually used as an herbal remedy for migraines, even morning sickness! I remember telling myself "I need to learn how to make these!" I wanted to make sure I would never run out!

    I would love to give these as gifts, but nobody else in my family really likes

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  • Solid foods: delaying them may cause allergies

    When to start baby on solid foods is one of those topics where you'll never get just one or two opinions.

    A lot of CafeMoms, especially those in the breastfeeding groups, strongly believe it's better to nurse your baby without any type of supplementation for at least one year.

    Some say any time is the right time -- to let your baby tell you when she's ready, by looking for the signs.

    But by en large the most popular pediatric recommendation is to wait at least six months before introducing solids, up to which time it's best if you breastfeed exclusively. This is largely to prevent allergic diseases. An infant's immune system is immature, and introducing solid foods solid foods early may instigate sensitization to foods and inhaled allergens.

    Now research is throwing that in reverse. MedPage Today reports a new Finnish study that found delaying solid foods may actually be linked to food allergies later on in life.

    The researchers looked at the data of nearly 1,000

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  • One-pot cranberry chicken in the Crock Pot

    The moms in the Crock Pot Moms group are all excited about this one pot Cranberry Chicken recipe. sounds so seasonal and delish!

    Cranberry Chicken

    1 can jellied cranberry sauce

    1 cup Catalina dressing

    1 package dry onion soup mix

    4-6 boneless chicken breasts


    Mix first three ingredients together in a bowl. Microwave the sauce for 30-45 seconds to make it easier to stir.

    Place chicken in the bottom of the crock pot. Sprinkle with rosemary. Spoon sauce mixture over chicken so it completely covers it. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

    What would you serve with cranberry chicken?

    Written by Kim Conte for CafeMom's Food & Party Buzz

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  • Hookahs bars -- new teen indulgence

    On the surface, a hookah bar sounds like a neat way to embrace traditions of different cultures and hang out with your buds in a setting without alcohol. Hookah is a centuries old Middle Eastern tradition in which you sit around a table and share flavored tobacco from a communal pipe called a hookah or nargine.

    Moms in the CafeMom Newcomer's Club were talking about hookahs versus cigarettes -- is one better than the other? -- recently. Some felt that hookahs trump cigs because the flavored tobacco lacks all the additives of traditional smokes, but others felt that both were probably comparable in terms of effects.

    The bloggers at Momversation mentioned that this pastime has become increasingly popular amongst teens and college-aged students in the U.S., especially in college towns. But they quoted advice from experts who call the practice unhealthy ... a few of the reasons:

    -- Just because its tobacco is flavored does not mean that hookahs are safer than cigarettes.

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  • Best Christmas cutout cookie recipe

    Decorated cutout cookies are pretty much a given around the holidays. Today, CafeMom Sstepph shares her signature sugar cookie recipe. She says, "I have messed with it, and finally got it right!"

    Sugar Cookies from Sstepph

    1/2 cup butter

    1/2 cup Crisco or shortening

    1 egg

    1 cup sugar

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon baking powder

    Extra sugar (if you want to roll the cookies in sugar)

    In a bowl, cream butter, Crisco, and sugar. Add the vanilla and sugar and mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder, and add slowly to the mixture. Shape in balls and roll in sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet, and flatten with a glass. Or, roll the dough out and use cookie cutters.

    Do you make Christmas cutouts?

    Written by Kim Conte for CafeMom's Food & Party Buzz

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  • 5 Ways to Make Your Toddler a Better House Guest

    With holiday parties, dinners, and gatherings popping up all over the place this month, you may be looking at your enthusiastic little one and thinking There is NO way.

    Today MrsManners gives us some great tips for turning our toddlers into better house guests.

    From: MrsManners

    It's getting close to your first holiday event of the season, and you are having a panic attack. You are worried that once you leave the house, your child will have forgotten every last bit of manners you have taught her.

    Well, being toddlers, they reserve the right to do that, but there are a couple of tricks you can use to help before you go out to a friend or family member's house, especially those who don't have toddler-proof homes.

    1. Practice Before You Go: Practice, practice, practice. Make a game of it. Pretend like you are going out to a friend's house and go through the house and talk about all the things that you can and can't do when you go out. For example, if you are a parent who
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  • Chocolate Pretzel Bark for the holidays

    Chocolate pretzel bark is one of my favorite homemade gifts to give during the holidays. I package the candy in little treat bags tied with a festive ribbon!

    Chocolate Pretzel Bark

    • 3 bars (about 8 ounces) of your favorite melting chocolate
    • 1.5 cups of pretzels, broken into pieces

    Melt chocolate, either in the microwave or on the stove in a double boiler. Stir in half of the pretzel pieces. Spread melted chocolate-pretzel mixture onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Sprinkle remaining pretzel pieces over top. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until chocolate has hardened. Bread chocolate into candy-sized pieces.

    Do you make chocolate bark? What homemade gifts do you give during the holidays?

    Written by Kim Conte for CafeMom's Food & Party Buzz

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