Friday, September 12th, 2014
But it’s a really good apple!
I’m cursed with children who are mega picky about fruit. Berries can’t be even remotely “squishy.” Bananas can’t be too ripe, or too yellow. Watermelon can’t have a hint of mealiness to them. One kid likes only green grapes, the other only red. As for apples, their favorite is the hard-to-find (and very aptly named) Honeycrisp. That’s until now, when we can mercifully add another variety to the mix: SweeTango. Have you heard of these? I hadn’t, but they’ve been around since 2009. They’re bred at the University of Minnesota and are a blend of Honeycrisp and Zestar apples. Like their parents, they’re really crunchy, juicy, and sweet.
SweeTangos are hyper-seasonal, meaning they’re only around for a brief part of the season–specifically, mid August (on the West coast) into November. Last year, they sold out in 60 days.
Because people who are into SweeTangos are really into SweeTangos, a big social media push is underway this season. Share the place you’ve found the apple using #SpotSweeTango on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and you can win a season’s worth of them, plus a trip to a SweeTango orchard. (You can also text your location to 99000.) To find SweeTangos near you, check out the interactive map that launched this week. Since they’re good enough to make my kids happy, I know they’ll be good enough for you and yours!
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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
The fabulous kid crafts blogger, Marie LeBaron, recently released her first book, “Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year.” We received permission to showcase four crafts from the book on Goodyblog. Come back each Wednesday (11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14) as we showcase one new craft. For more ideas from Marie LeBaron, visit her blog www.makeandtakes.com.
5′ piece of yarn, any color
1 sheet of red craft paper
1 sheet of green craft paper
1 sheet of yellow craft paper
1 sheet of brown craft paper
1 green pipe cleaner
Craft glue or tape
1. Draw a 4 × 4″ apple shape on your red craft paper. Cut out this apple and use it as a template to cut out 5 more red apples, 6 yellow apples, and 6 green apples (18 total).
2. With your brown paper, cut out 18 stems, 1 × 3″ in size for each stem. Glue one end to the top of the apple. Fold the brown stem paper into a loop and glue it down on the other side of the apple. Let the glue dry completely.
3. Thread your yarn through the loop of each apple’s stem. You can add a drop of glue or tape to each stem to keep the apple in place on the yarn. Use the main photo as a guide.
4. Cut your green pipe cleaner in half to get 2 pieces. Bend and curl each pipe cleaner piece to create 2 green worms, as shown in the main photo. Place a green worm through the brown stem of one of your apples, which will hold the stem in place. Repeat with the second stem.
Reprinted from “Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year,” with permission from Wiley Publishing. Copyright 2011.
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