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Eco-Mod Mom


Fall Food, Fun and Flair


Your Resident eco-Mod Mom's Must-Have List for Fall



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October 01, 2010
Girly Fall Must Haves

These are a few of our favorite things…

Local SPOTLIGHT: "Home Sweet Hoot" Scrabble Tile Pendant

Visit this local artisan's Web site to read her blog or see how she transforms Scrabble Tiles into her signature pendants. www.sundayafternoonhousewife.com $8.00

Red Carrie Cowgirl Boots

Brand new for fall from Pediped's Flex Line, these adorable boots support natural foot motion with a special flex fit system that can extend how long your little cowgirl is able to wear her boots! $57. www.pedipeds.com

Twirly Girl Dresses

"Express your inner twirl" is this company's motto and our little testers absolutely loved these very twirl-able and reversible dresses. $74. www.twirlygirlshop.com

Dollie & Me

Madame Alexander dolls has partnered with Dollie & Me to make a new line of 18-inch dolls with matching "big girl" outfits. The best part? They're beautifully made and priced. Available this fall at Kohl's & Sears. $29.95. www.dollieme.com

Eco Gaming

Family fun that takes it easy on the ecosystem.

Play it Safe

A fun and challenging board game that focuses on safety in 600 different ways! Also included: a home fire escape kit, fingerprinting strips and other bonus items. Ages 6-adult. $34.95 www.playitsafe.com.

Earth-opoly

The classic "opoly" style game with an eco-conscience. Ages 8-adult. $24.95 www.lateforthesky.com

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Colts Cotton Crocheted Checkers Set

Handcrafted and perfect for Colt's fans young or old, this set can be rolled up and taken anywhere. www.etsy.com/shop/cornfieldcanary $20.00

In the Kitchen

Spending time with your children in the kitchen forms health habits and memories that last a lifetime.

KinderKitchen

Whimsical, safe and highly functional kitchen gear for kids! The serrated Dog Knife is sharp enough to cut food but not small fingers while the Mouse Cups and Gold Fish spoons make measuring fun. $6-$18 www.kuhnrikon.com

Cookbook: From Terra's Table by Chef Jeff Rossman

The recipes in this new cookbook are inspired by local organic ingredients available near the chef and author's unpretentious restaurant in Southern California. From Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad to Vanilla Butter Lobster with Tomato Confit and Lobster Spaetzle, this beautiful collection of recipes with stunning photographs encourages a connection with the terra (meaning earth) through the wonder of delicious foods. Available November 2010. $32.95 www.fromterrastable.com

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: "Let's Play House" Mommy and Me Apron Set

Hand-sewn by Indianapolis-based Lucky Duck Designs' Sandy Grau, this adorable matching apron for you and your little helper will get both motivated to stir up something delicious. $67 for the set. www.etsy.com/shop/luckyduckydesigns or www.lddbaby.com.

Chef Kelly's Cooking Corner

Iron Skillet Local Apple Pancakes

3 farm fresh eggs

1/2 cup Trader's Point Creamery whole milk

1/2 cup all-purpose unbleached flour

1 tablespoon evaporated cane sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons butter

3 medium Stuckey Farms or other local apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

1/4 cup brown sugar

Harris Sugar Bush Maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Combine the eggs, milk, flour, sugar, and vanilla in a blender. Blend until smooth, and set aside. Melt the butter in a seasoned iron skillet then add the sliced apples and the brown sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about ten minutes while arranging the apples in a nice starburst pattern. Remove skillet from heat. Pour the blended mixture over the apples in the pan, and move the pan to the oven. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until the batter is browned and slightly raised. Remove from oven, cut into wedges and serve with maple syrup.

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Kelly Huff is our resident Eco-Mod Mom. She is a professional chef turned stay-at-home mom who enjoys introducing her children to a variety of culinary delights and living life as organically and eco-friendly as possible. Want to suggest local artisans, organic ideas and products or culinary delights? E-mail her at Kelly@indyschild.com. Visit IndysChild.com this month to find her brand-new blog!

Tags: Home & Food, Green Parenting, Local

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