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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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Summer Recipes: Summer Lunches

Summer isn't all breakfast and barbecues. Whether you're a working adult or a stay-at-home mom, you want to make delicious light summer lunches that will energize and motivate you while still staying within the bounds of your diet. Picking up a quick burger or microwaving a frozen dinner is no way to treat your stomach in the middle of the day. Whether you're packing your lunch cooler for work or packing the car for a family picnic in the park, we've got some great summer lunch options that will feel light and delicious in your mouth and keep you going strong until dinner time.

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Topics: Food

Light Summer Recipes

Eating well is one of those things. We all know it's the right thing to do, but sugar sneaks into every meal. This summer, make the decision to eat right and light. With these ideas and recipes, it shouldn't be difficult at all!

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Topics: Food

Summer Recipes: Evening Hors d'Oeuvres

Dinners in the winter and fall tend to be more formal affairs with families gathered around the dining room table passing steaming dishes of vegetables and starch. But in the summer, you're far more likely to take your supper outdoors, enjoying the warm air, the late sunset, and the company of friends and family around a fire pit. Whether you're enjoying a casual weekday dinner or letting a barbecue get-together run long, dinner classics can be turned into delicious hors d'oeuvres hearty enough to be filling but also convenient in small, snackable portions.

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Topics: Food

Summer Recipes: Homestyle Breakfasts

Every season has it's culinary temptations. Halloween is accompanied by bowls of candy, and the home cooking of the holiday season is notorious for breaking diets. But nothing tempts you to let go and enjoy yourself quite like the warm glow of summer. The days are sunny and carefree, the nights are short and warm, and barbecues are everywhere. Instead of letting your diet slip this summer, treat yourself to a delicious menu of light summery dishes that are fun to share with friends and are surprisingly good for your health and waistline. We've put together a collection of tempting dishes to so everyone can enjoy eating right and light all summer long.

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Topics: Food

Summer Recipes: Barbecue Classics

Summer has always been a time full of light fruits and vegetables but also heavy in proteins, fats, and starches. Fortunately, with the right recipes in your book and fridge full of fresh ingredients, you can rock your summer menu right and light this year without feeling like you're missing a thing. Below are a few ways to turn the classic diet-busting barbecue into a lean bonanza of grilled delights.

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Topics: Food

Healthy & Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

At Sewickley Academy, we don't just teach information, we teach the values that will help you develop a meaningful lifestyle. These values provide our graduates the maximum opportunity to fulfill their potential and contribute meaningfully to their communities and our world. 

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Topics: Food

Five Creative Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day

Many parents find themselves at a loss when it comes to Mother's Day. Not only do you have to honor your own mother, you also want to celebrate without putting a huge additional burden on the very mother you're trying to celebrate. These five creative Mother's Day celebrations, however, will help everyone have plenty of funwithout making a huge mess that Mom will have to take care of later.

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Topics: Food, Mother's Day, Gift Ideas

Easter Crafts and Ideas for Every Family

Easter, like Christmas, comes with a plethora of traditions, and wherever your beliefs lie, there is beauty in all of it. With this spring holiday, new life abounds as we naturally see more sunlight; we see pastels. According to Christianity, long ago Jesus rose from the dead, saving the world from sin, and this miracle is the origin of the holiday many of us honor today. While the original reason for Easter is certainly at the forefront of our minds, this is also a day when we begin to celebrate the inevitable season of spring. It seems that new life is not only found in the resurrection of Jesus, but in the resurrection of nature. We finally start to see color again after a long, cold winter. Our skin feels warmth, flowers bloom, and birds start chirping.

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Topics: Food, Crafts, Holidays

Lunch Time Prep for Moms and Dads on a Budget

Lunch is probably the hardest meal of the day for busy parents. Why lunch? Because many parents take their children to different activities during the summer such as library story time, the pool, daycare, gym time, dance/swim classes, etc. and when it is time to go back home, it is usually right around lunch time. This makes it very difficult to save money and eat healthy because everyone is hungry; you're more likely to stop for quick and easy food that actually ends up being more expensive than preparing a meal at home. As a busy parent with kids back in school, we have a few tips to help your family eat healthy that will save you money.  

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Topics: Food, Parenting, Back to School

Graduation Celebration: Five Snack Table Ideas For Your Grad's Party

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and that means it's time for another group of kids to head out into the world as adults. If your child is graduating this year, you are probably filled with bittersweet emotions. After all, it is hard to watch your baby grow up. Looking back on their accomplishments thus far can quickly fill you with pride. 

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Topics: Food, Parenting