The 4th Annual Cape Cod Food Truck Festival
Rolls Back Into Falmouth on August 27th
Featuring Local Craft Brewers and a Wicked Etsy Market
The Cape Cod Food Truck Festival will return to the Cape Cod Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 27th from 12 pm-6 pm (VIP hour beginning at 12). The festival will feature over 20 of New England’s most popular food trucks serving up a variety of fan favorites, including local seafood, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, cupcakes, whoopie pies, and more.
To help ensure a comfortable customer experience (shorter lines), tickets will be limited to this event. Attendees are urged to purchase tickets online at ftfa.eventbrite.com
for one of two options:
General Admission: $5
VIP Hour: $20
For those foodies that want a little more out of their festival experience, the VIP hour is for you! Taking place from Noon- 1:00 PM, the VIP Hour provides:
early access to the festival
no lines (limited tickets are sold for VIP Hour)
one free dessert
a koozie from Food Truck Festivals of America
Wicked Etsy Market
This year’s Cape Cod Food Truck Festival will feature the 2016 Wicked Etsy Market. Wicked Etsy is a group of New England-based artisans who run their own individual shops on Etsy.com. Taking part in Wicked Etsy 2016 are over 60 local and regional artists.
For more information please visit www.foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com . To purchase VIP or General Admission tickets, visit ftfa.eventbrite.com.
The Cape Cod Fairgrounds are located at 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway in East Falmouth. Parking is available on-site.
The Cape Cod Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival is supported by Cape Cod Broadcasting radio stations including WQRC-FM (99.9 the Q), WOCN-FM (Ocean 104.7) and WKPE-FM
(Cape Country 104).
For the very latest news please follow @FTFofAmerica on twitter and “like” us on https://www.facebook.com/FTFNE.
McDonald's Impresses with the Spring #McDOpenDoorTour
***I received compensation from McDonald’s in exchange for writing this review. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
Growing up as a kid, we were no strangers to McDonald’s. My grandfather would take me there as a little kid and we would enjoy a little breakfast or lunch together. As I grew older and became more active in competitive swimming, McDonald’s became one of those staples that was a reward to enjoy after a swim meet and prior to going to a water park during the long ride home! McDonald’s is on a journey that involves listening more and assuming less. They’re asking questions and getting answers. Today, they’re working harder than ever to evolve with their customers and the changing world. For more than 55 years, McDonald’s has evolved its menu to meet the changing needs of its valued customers. McDonald’s is committed to giving you more delicious choices to feel good about now and in the months and years to come, with the overarching goal of making sure the food you and your family love is something you can feel good about. So when I was recently invited to take part in the #McDOpenDoorTour at their Hyannis location, I was thrilled to be able to take a behind the scenes tour and learn more about how this company is continuing to make strives towards healthy options while still keeping it affordable and while giving back to the community.
I was unaware how much the local McDonald’s franchises do for our community locally as well as in terms of education opportunities. The more I learned during the Open Door Tour, the more impressed I was with just how involved they truly are.
Locally, the McBee family owns the 12 local locations on Cape Cod and the surrounding areas. The McBee family is an engaged employer and they strive to help their employee’s seek education as well as career opportunities. Through their Archways to Opportunity program, they are able to offer education benefits to their employees who seek to do so with no cost as long as they work between 8-10 hours a week. One of the programs they offer is an online high school diploma. Employees are able to transfer prior credits and have advisors who work with them to meet their goals. This gives the employees confidence as well as helps them make gains in house at their store. As we all know education is key to success in this world and the more the employees are able to fulfill their educational dreams while employing direct practice on site, the more they are able to succeed in the world and truly achieve their dreams. They offer English as a second language opportunities at no cost and currently have 30 employees enrolled in the program. They also offer a college tuition reimbursement program on a yearly basis. Employees are eligible for up to $700 in reimbursement and managers are eligible for up to $1050 a year. The McBee family has given disbursed over $23,000 in education monies. I personally find it quite incredible as well as find pride in the fact that the locally owned McBee franchises have invested in local employee education opportunities. This only helps to improve our community and help foster employee loyalty!
Many of you may know that McDonald’s runs the very popular and necessary Ronald McDonald Charities. They have two houses near the local major cities: Brookline & Providence as well as family rooms at several hospitals including UMass, Mass General and Providence. McDonald’s truly believe in helping families during their time of need and taking care of their mental and emotional health as they go through some of the toughest times in their lives as a family. They have two apartments they have a treatment room as well as colorful and relaxing room where they can forget about the treatments they are receiving. They offer passes to local attractions including museums, tours and more. These programs are funded through a portion of Happy Meals that are purchased as well as customer donations. McDonald’s, especially the McBee family, as well as their suppliers help provide the volunteers for many of the programs and volunteer work.
They also have three mobile care units Over the course of 16 years, they have served over 74,000 children in the area of Worcester alone. The other mobile units serve the Rhode Island and New Hampshire areas. The mobile units focus primarily on families and children who do not have access to care especially dental health including emergency dental work, restorative care, etc.
Locally they offer the families who are seeking medical treatment in our local cities something called “Dream Day”. This is where the families are given a chance to take a relaxing vacation to one of our favorite places in the world, CAPE COD! Those of us who live here year round know how blest we are to live in a such a beautifully unique place. Dream Day allows families a respite from cancer and other treatments. It allows them to have a chance at living normally and taking a break from the stress and tension that they are going through while visiting our own little piece of heaven!
Overall I have to commend the efforts McDonald’s and especially the McBee family makes in helping to give back to the community. I personally believe that these are the most important things that they do and those which make the most difference.
BEHIND THE COUNTER TOUR
After learning all about the education opportunities and charitable work, we were given a chance to check out what takes place behind the scenes at McDonald’s. First we checked out the coffee and smoothie area. McDonald’s partners with S&D coffee, using 100% Arabica beans, as their supplier in order to provide the latest in technology and flavors for their customers. Using a smart machine, they offer a variety of 10 flavors for both regular and ice coffee at a given time including some seasonal that the customer can mix and match to create their own blend. Customers also have this option with the teas! They have no added sweeteners and there are 0 calories from the added flavor. I found it very interesting that both McDonald’s and S&D Coffee partner together using sustainability teams to analyze both the economic and environmental sustainability in the areas where they obtain the coffee from. They also partner together to ensure that 99% of the water used to grow the beans is returned to the villages pure to use again. The smoothies are made from real fruit and yogurt. Customers also have the option to have a smoothie without any yogurt added. Using a smart machine, the smoothies are blended with different types of ice shavings as well as different timing to create the perfect blend each time.
Next we moved on to the famous Filet-O-Fish sandwiches which are provided by supplier, Gorton’s Products. The fish enjoyed by customers is Alaska Pollock, a sustainable fish, and is harvested in the United States. The fish after being caught is frozen within 24 hours and are cut into squares prior to delivery to ensure they are using as much of the fish for efficiency and no waste. They use a dedicated fryer just for the fish (actually everything made behind the scenes has its own dedicated fryer), cutting down on cross contamination.
Martin Brower is McDonald’s supplier for all the rest of the restaurant product needs including the dry and cooler items for all the New England and New York regions. They service approximately 20,000 restaurants in these regions twice a week and up to three times a week during summer months when sales increase. McDonald’s and Martin Brower partner together to ensure control over the product systems and use automated ordering which the local manager can control. All the trucks have three separate zone sections which are maintained at the same temperatures as the coolers to ensure safe product delivery. McDonald’s finds most of the leafy greens for salads right here in the U.S., but some come from Mexico. They use three kinds of lettuce in their Premium Salads: Romaine and Iceberg for crunch, and Spring Mix for flavor. The tomatoes originate in Florida, the Carolinas, California and Mexico depending on the season. They also donate over 600,000 bags of produce to charity each year. McDonald’s burgers are made with 100% beef that is ground, formed into patties and then flash frozen with no additives or preservatives; just seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper when cooked.
One of the last sections we checked out was the famous perfectly round egg breakfast sandwich. Thanks to the tour they let us in on the secret to creating a perfectly round egg! McDonald’s cracks fresh USDA Grade A eggs into an ‘egg ring’ which form the iconic round shape for the Egg McMuffin, which a few of us got a chance to try! These really are REAL EGGS despite what anyone else may tell you, I know I saw it with my own two eyes!
Overall I was quite impressed with the quality and efficiency of the McDonald's business. In recent years there has been a huge push towards healthy and sustainable options for meals. After touring McDonald's behind the scenes and learning more about the company and their efforts towards healthy options and sustainability, I feel very comfortable allowing my child and family to eat here. Not only has McDonald's made tremendous strives towards healthy options, but they also give back to the community. Thank you to McDonald's for allowing us an opportunity to learn more about the business and to see how much thought goes into the business behind the scenes as they continue to improve for their customer base!
By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
Did you know that speech-language pathologists also treat feeding/swallowing disorders? Often, an SLP’s role in feeding/swallowing is seen in skilled nursing facilities or with elderly patients who are at risk for aspiration. However, SLPs also provide feeding/swallowing therapy for children!
What is a feeding disorder?
Feeding disorders may involve part or all of the three phases of swallowing.
· The oral phases includes sucking, chewing and manipulating food in the mouth to get it ready to swallow
· The pharyngeal phase includes starting to swallow, moving food down the throat and preventing food from getting into the airway.
· The esophageal phase includes opening and closing the esophagus (the pipe that food goes down) to let food into the stomach
How do I know if my child may have a feeding disorder?
Most children naturally develop the skills needed for safe and efficient chewing/swallowing. However, if you notice that your child is having trouble eating or swallowing, you may want to seek the help of an SLP. Here are some red flags for feeding development:
What are some implications of feeding disorders in children?
My child has some of the symptoms you described above! What should I do now?
· Talk to your child’s pediatrician about your concerns
· Call a speech-language pathologist who works with children with feeding disorders
· Begin keeping a diary of your child’s intake and document any other information that may be important (episodes of choking, vomiting, etc…)
For more information about feeding/swallowing disorders please visit www.asha.org or consult a local
If you are concerned about your child’s language development call Golden Speech Therapy and schedule a free screening!
Toddlers and Children can be such picky eaters that at times we often shake our head in amazement that they get enough nutrition! They go through phases where they only eat bread or yogurt or whatever their particular favorite is. I personally find myself worrying constantly if my son gets enough vegetables in his diet. We do pretty good with fruits, carbs and dairy in our house and try to mix the veggies in with things like smoothies, muffins, scrambled eggs and sandwiches etc. But sometimes I am singing the veggie blues!
This past weekend, despite refusing to at any veggies, I decided to try some veggie croissants! You only need a few things and it takes about 20 minutes to prepare these tasty morsels! Plus the kids can help you which is a fun way to integrate learning, math and cooking all together!
You will need the following:
* your own dough or precut croissants (I LOVE Trader Joe's or Pillsbury)
* an assortment of your choice of veggies finely diced. I used brocoli, onion, zucchini and squash above.
* Cheese - I used a Mozzarella that had hints of a BBQ flavor which I found at Windfall Market. If there are dairy allergies, try a soy milk cheese or rice milk cheese.
* Although mine did not have chicken-you could add this in for protein :)
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My name is Ashley, and I live a half priced life. I live this type of life to survive, to feed my family, to save money for things I could otherwise not afford like unexpected car repairs or an emergency trip to the dentist. Sometimes I wish I had a "lavish life"-one where I wouldn't have to worry so much about my household budget, or how high the heating bill will be for a particular month. I do my absolute best in life in every aspect of my personal existence, but no matter how hard I try- I struggle with being healthy.
You see, sometimes I feel like "being healthy" is a luxury
In the modern world, women are not only the primary caretakers of their family; they are also contributors to the female workforce. Women face quite the conundrum when it comes to taking care of themselves. At the end of workday, after homework, dinner, bath time, and bed time- who the heck wants to exercise? Also, who wants to wake up at 4am before the kids to fit exercise in?
Humans aren't rabbits, so why eat bowls full of salad day in and day out? Personally, I need variety and depth in my food. I need two bites of a brownie (if not three) to satisfy a chocolate craving, and gosh darn-it sometimes I need an ice cream sundae! Yet, I always feel guilty when I steal a naughty nibble because I know I'm not going to get the extra exercise I need to burn those additional calories.
Woman-guilt, it's a *bleep*!
So, what happens if you can't afford a membership to the gym, or a sitter to watch your kids while you go to the gym, or even someone to help with the kids so you can exercise at home or go out for a run? What happens if you don't have the money to purchase healthy foods all the time? What happens if you can't make the time, or find the time to exercise because your schedule is so busy with work and family that you can't even see straight at the end of the day? What happens if you don't have a family to care for, but work 6-7 days a week to survive, allowing you little time to pay attention to your own needs?
Being healthy becomes a luxury. I would love someone to prove me wrong on my theory, or at least give me magical
powers that will allow me to wake up at 4am without feeling psychotic. If you could also throw in a mute button for my extremely loud and co-dependent cat, who yowls at me, at the top of her lungs, waking up my kids the minute my feet
hit the floor- well that would be awesome too! Seriously though, this post is meant to generate response- whether you agree or disagree with my theory.
I want to know
Do you feel the same way I do? Or, do you have tips to share with readers who feel this way? Share with me the good and bad, the thoughtful and helpful, your opinions and point of views-on my site The Savings Momma
Please, don't misunderstand- I do exercise and I do eat as healthy as possible. I was just one of those people not blessed with amazing genetics, and for me- being healthy and staying healthy is an everyday struggle. I assure you, I do not sit on my duff, eating from my couponing stockpile, drooling on my couch. Promise ;)
Artificial food dyes are made from petroleum and approved for use by the FDA
to enhance the color of processed foods. Many food choices for adults and
especially marketed and showcased to children contain artificial food coloring
that can have negative effects upon little people’s behavior, impulse control,
attention, ability to focus, learning, thinking, and energy level. Children are
particularly susceptible to the effects of food dyes, especially those with ADHD
Certainly, the consumption of sugar has the effect of 'juicing' a kid's system, but the food dyes in the pile of daily sweets are more likely the primary culprit! It should come to no surprise that countless kids are taking ADD or ADHD medications. This may be due to the over indulgence of technological gadgets, too much screen time, information and stimulation overload or it may have a huge relation to the type and amount of food dye being consumed!
While food additives and colorings have been around for decades and are found in everything from pudding to potato chips to soft drinks, it is growing mountain of recent studies linking food coloring to hyperactivity in kids that is creating waves from angry parents, urging the FDA to ban foods containing them — or at least require a warning label.
Artificial food dyes might be an easy target for elimination because they aren't essential to food. In fact, food dyes are added simply for their color to make foods fun. They serve no health purpose whatsoever. The most dangerous of
the bunch is Red No. 40, Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6, which make up 90 percent of the food dyes on the market. Studies have linked these top dyes to impaired brain function, hyperactive behavior, difficulty focusing, lack of impulse
control in children. What is most scary is that the use of these food dyes and artificial additives have gone up fivefold in the past 50 years, giving a great indication of how much junk food people are consuming. This gives perfect reason
to why more than two thirds of Americans are overweight, hovering on the borderline of obese.
Red No. 40 is the most widely used food dye in terms of pounds consumed, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It is found in cereal, gelatin, candy, baked goods.
Yellow No. 5 is the second most widely used food dye, according to CSPI. It is found in soft drinks, pudding, chips, pickles, honey, mustard, gum, baked goods, gelatin and other foods.
Yellow No. 6 is the third most widely used food dye. It is found in cereal, orange soda and other beverages, hot chocolate mix, baked goods and many other foods.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder affects 3 percent to 5 percent of U.S. children, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Symptoms include fidgeting, excessive talking and abandoning chores and
homework. The condition is usually diagnosed in childhood and can continue as an adult.
Sadly, the FDA, after analyzing 35 years of scientific studies regarding positive correlation between children’s consumption of food dyes and ADD and ADHD, they claim there is no conclusive proof that food dyes cause hyperactivity
in most kids, (although it suggests that some kids with ADHD may be particularly sensitive to them). The FDA stepped forward to say that, “there is also bodies of literature that does suggest that food colorings are not as benign as people
have been led to believe." This is concerning to me, as the FDA should listen to the concerns of the public and at the very least, list whether or not food items meant for consumption, are produced with artificial food dyes or coloring. This
action should be taken regardless of what the FDA claims to be inconclusively not harmful to children and not a factor on their behaviors.
As a parent, if you are concerned about artificial food coloring, dyes or flavors, there is no harm in cutting out food dyes as best as you can. A good key in removing the dyes is to understand that food coloring is most likely not going to be found in fresh broccoli or other fresh fruits and vegetables (may be found in frozen or canned vegetables). They are going to be found in processed foods, candies, ice creams and other concentrated sweets. Read labels and be
picky when it comes to the health of your family. Try to purchase and eat less processed foods. You may begin to see big differences in your children’s behavior, moods and attention spans.
George Harrison once said, "All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much."
I had the amazing opportunity to work with Cindy Stimpson, the owner of Sweet Art Designer Bakery. I had seen samples of Cindy's work in the past and she is amazingly talented. Sweet Art specializes in sculpted cake toppers and custom cookies for all occassions. She reminds me of the Cake Boss!
When my son's 1st birthday was rapidly approaching, I knew that between all the planning, cleaning and work, I would never have time to make a cake, let alone decorate it. As with other moms, I know there just aren't enough hours in the day! So I decided to delegate out the task, thus relieving some stress from my life (and my boyfriends's by not destroying our kitchen with my cooking abilities). I had seen some of Cindy's past work, which included a wagon full of toys cake topper and a antique car to name a few, and decided to give her a call.
We decided on a music theme for my son's first birthday because he is absolutely enamored with all types of music! We even brought tons of music toys so all the kids could make music during the party! He has a toy guitar which was given to him as a gift that he adores and plays sitting alongside his father. I gave Cindy a picture of what his guitar
looked like and the end result was a perfect match! The topper was made out of Rice Krispy treats and fondant! The birthday boy was beyond thrilled when he saw his guitar cake!
Cindy was so easy to work with and helped set my mind at ease during
the whole planning process. The cake and the cake topper (not edible) was enjoyed by all! I definitely recommend Sweet Art for any of your "Sweet" needs o add that little extra detail to make any birthday, shower or event one to remember! Thanks Cindy for helping to make my son's first birthday a memorable one!
Check out Sweet Art's contact info below!
As a mom to a baby rapidly approaching 1 year old, I find myself every day trying to get creative in foods I expose him to and the way in which I expose him. We have really begun to move out of small chopped indivdual pieces of veggies, fruits and meats. And while it is still great to use chopped pieces as snacks or for meals, we have started experimenting with presentation, ie: looking like adult food. We chose to use a Baby Led Weaning approach with our son but we also use baby food quite often. I am a huge fan or adding real veggies or fruits to the baby food jars, just to create texture. I have noticed how curious he is when he sees Mommy and Daddy eating different things especially pizza or fish. Because he often likes to mimic what we eat, I have been happily forced to eat better and prepare meals that we can both benefit from. We aren't perfect and every day is different but we found several snack/meal quickies that really work for us. Enjoy and let me know if they work for you! Bon apetit!
A quick and easy way to make pizza that is delicious, healthy and toddler friendly! Plus you can sneak in some healthy yummy veggies and protein for the little one too!
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Take a piece of flatbread/rollup, etc. and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on it and spread evenly with a spoon. (I personally prefer Lavash bread because it is heart healthy, has oat, bran and flaxseed-great for any BF moms out there).
Add toppings! You can choose whatever you find most delicious. I like using chopped up spinach, tomato, cheese (the picture above is cheddar, but I preferred the Montery Jack we had done the night before), and organic apple chicken sausage. The apple chicken sausage gives the pizza a really nice cinnamon taste when cooked plus it is healthy.
Add a few spices: basil and oregano.
Bake in oven for approx. 10 mins until edges begin to brown and darken.
Let cool, slice and enjoy!
Cut up into smaller pieces so baby can enjoy too!
I got a George Foreman Panini Grille last Christmas, and I really love using it, but you can make this snack just as easy with your toaster for a treat that is delicious for Mom and baby!
Veggies (you can choose more if you want): Brocolini, onion, zucchini, spinach,tomato.
Cheese (only 3 or 4 small pieces-cut up)
Humus (or another spread of your choice)
(You can also add some meat if you want!)
(If you don't have the panini or foreman, then toast the bread first)
Spread some humus over the bread. Then add chopped up brocolini (the ends not stems), onion, zucchini, and spinach.
Sprinkle little pieces of cheese.
Add tomato. I like to use only the inside part for this sandwich and just drizzle/glob it on different parts of the sandwich.
Put on panini/grille and heat til cheese melts and you have some golden bread! (If you toasted, then at this point put in microwave or crisp in over for less than a minute)
Cut into pieces and share with baby!
Fruit Yogurt Parfait
A yummy snack or breakfast that is quick and easy. If you make a few at beginning of the week, the granola with get really soft, making it even tastier! Plus it makes a great on the go snack for Mommy or Daddy!
1 container of Greek Yogurt-vanilla works great, but you can do whichever flavor or brand you enjoy best!
1 container of granola
Fruit: Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, mango, etc
Take a small plastic or Dixie cup (or containers if you are making for the week). And scoop in some yogurt. It should be enough to cover the bottom. Tap the cup to even the yogurt out.
Add a layer of granola and then fruit. Tap the cup again to even it out.
Repeat this process using different fruits until you fill the cup up.
Put in fridge or serve.
"Traditional Grilled Cheese"
Warm frying pan and take out 2 slices of cheese from the fridge
Lightly butter 2 slices of whole grain bread
When frying pan has warmed, lay one slice of bread butter-side down top with 2 slices of cheese and then top with remaining slice of bread; butter side up.
Fry and flip sandwich as needed until bread becomes golden and toasted.
Hide meat and/or veggies in there!! Turkey, Chicken, Cooked Broccoli, Carrot Slivers, Onions, Peppers, Tomatoes or even Green Beans for example!
QUICK -N- EASY SMOOTHIE
1 cup 100% nothing added fruit juice (you do not have to use fruit juice-you can use vita coco, or any other liquid you choose!)
1 cup plain, vanilla or fruited yogurt (not with fruit on the bottom!)
Fruits or Veggies-banana, carrots, spinach, squash, zucchini, oranges, etc
Place yogurt and juice in a blender or a lidded container/cup and shake until mixed well
Pour into Toddler's cup.
Add in the fruit or veggies for an extra boost (ensure you grind/blend it finely enough to be able to pour out of cup).
I love finding simple, healthy recipes for my toddler. I've posted many recipes before that incorporate sneaking veggies, protein and fruit into meals. I thought I would share some yummy breakfast ideas that are always a hit in my house. I swear, these recipes are super simple and easy to make.
Sweet Potato - Banana Pancakes
-Pancake Mix - I like Trader Joes's Multigrain Mix - Following directions on the box to make the mixture. ***I usually use a little less liquid due to the purees being added
-1/2 cup Sweet Potato Puree
-1/2 cup Banana Puree
-1tbsp vanilla protein powder (any kind you like)
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all ingredients. Use a non stick spray to make perfect pancakes that don't stick! Cook pancakes over medium heat for best results. You can even use fun cookie cutter shapes as well!
Oatmeal with Sweet Potatoes and Peanut Butter
1 package of instant oats - I like Trader Joe's Oats and Flax
1/4 cup of Sweet Potato Puree
1/4 tsp of ground flaxseed
1 Tsp Peanut Butter
1/4 cup of Milk - I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 small handful of raisins
Stir instant oats, flaxseed and sweet potato puree together with water - usually enough to cover oats. Place in microwave for 90 seconds. Stir in peanut butter. When everything is nicely blended add your milk. Top off with a handful of raisins.
Cheesy Green Eggs with Toast Bites
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1/4 cup spinach puree
1 slice whole wheat bread
Scramble 3 eggs, add spinach puree and cheese. Cook over medium heat. Make sure to use non stick cooking spray for the perfect eggs!
- Toast Bites make a great side for the eggs. Add your child's favorite topping - jelly, butter, cream cheese or peanut butter
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