Thanks for stopping by A Family Place. I enjoy working with families, and sharing the power of music with them. Kindermusik provides this outlet for me. This blog will allow me to share thoughts and ideas that can help families in their journey.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Berry Beautiful

Berry College is a delightful place to spend some time with your family, or by yourself. Kindermusik is a great reason to come to Berry, but make time to come and explore more of the campus.

The newest addition is Kilpatrick Commons. This area is located between the Krannert Center and the Cage Center. When you get to the round about (flagpole circle), go south and Krannert is the first building on the left, the Cage is the 2nd building on the left. Find a place to park, and get out and explore this lovely outdoor venue. The kids will love the fountains, the waterfall and the bridge. The adults can enjoy some solitary moments to sit in the rockers on the porch of Krannert that overlooks the area.

So, after Kindermusik class or any other beautiful spring day, check out Kilpatrick Commons.

I would also encourage you to walk across the street to the Science is directly across from Krannert and has a pendulum in the foyer. This is fascinating, but go upstairs and look at the incredible photos from America's Best Idea - the National Parks! These are not small photos, but humongous photos that will have you ready to pack your bags! Intrigued by the National Parks, then read my other blog.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Summer classes

Our Maymester classes are in full swing, and that means summer is just around the corner. If you plan to register for a summer class I would ask that you email me ( concerning availability.

Here are a few pictures of our musical Maymester!
  • Many of the classes for newborns - age 18 months & 18 months - 3 years are full or almost full.

  • All the camps for ages 3 and up have space available, but are filling quickly.
  • Family Time has had a great response, and we are making decisions this week about the choices you will have (look for an email soon).
  • If you have already registered you will receive a confirmation email this week OR it may be in your inbox now.

If Kindermusik isn't in your summer plans, then make sure to register for fall classes before the price increase. The brochure comes out the first of June, but you can get current prices if you have the pre-registration form. If need the form, email me and I'll send it as an attachment. Even if you pay the deposit by May 31, you will get the current decide on your fall class and send in your registration today.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dinner's ready

The following recipes are from three Thursday morning Kindermusik moms. They were waiting in the hall while their children were in Imagine That! and the subject was "what to have for dinner." They agreed to bring a few of their favorite recipes to share with one another. Now, I willl share a few of their "easy to make, my kids love these" recipes with you.

Baked Ziti with Sausage - from Susan Lataif

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. Italian sausage, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can (14 1/2 oz) petite diced tomatoes
1 lb. ziti or penne
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. grated parmesan chees
2 T. minced fresh parsley leaves

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush 13 X 9 inch baking dish with 1 T. oil Cook sausage in large skillet over medium heat until browned, 5 - 6 minutes. Transfer sausage to bowl.

2. Drain all but 1 T. fat from skillet, add remaining 1 T. oil and garlic, cook until fragrant but not brown, about 1 minute. Add crushed and diced tomatoes, return sausage to skillet, and simmer until thickened, 15 - 18 minutes. Season with salt to taste.

3. Meanwhile, bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Add 1 T. salt and pasta. Cook until slightly underdone. Reserve 1/2 c. cooking water, drain pasta, and return to pot along with reserved water. Stir in tomato sauce.

4. Pour half of pasta into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with half of each cheese. pour remaining pasta into dish, sprinkle with remaining cheeses, and sprinkle with parsley. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from over and let rest for 5 minutes and serve.

Chicken Casserole - from Amy Diprima

Cooked chicken - shredded
2 cans veg-all
1 can mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
chicken broth
1 stick butter
1 c. self-rising flour
1 c. milk

Cook chicken and shred into pieces (can cook small hen or buy one already cooked). Put chicken in 9 X 13 casserole dish. Drain two cans of veg-all and place on top of the chicken tin the casserole dish. Mix 1 can mushroom soup and 1 can cream of chicken soup together. Layer on top of the veg-all. Fill soup can with chicken broth and pour on top of casserole. In separate pan, melt 1 stick butter. Mix 1 cup self-rising flour with butter. Add 1 cup milk and mix well. Immediately pour over the casserole.Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes until bubbling and brown all over.

Chicken Enchiladas - from Stephanie Brooks

1 c. sour cream

1 can condensed fat free cream of chicken soup

12 flour tortillas shredded cheese

1 1/2 c. chopped cooked chicken

1 small onion

fajita seasoning mix

Cook 2-3 chicken breasts - cut up. Add chopped onion once the chicken is almost finished cooking. Then add fajita seasoning mix and follow directions for how much water to add. Chop chicken into bite size pieces. Mix sour cream and cream of chicken soup. Spoon about 3 T. of sour cream mixture down center of each tortilla. Add chicken and chees to each tortilla and roll up. Place in a greased casserole dish. Spoon sour cream mixture on top of tortilla. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 degress for 25- 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with rice and re-fried beans.

End your meal with an easy chocolate make and bake in the same dish and it's so moist!

Wacky Cake - from Kathryn Nobles

4 1/2 T. cocoa

2 1/4 c. all purpose flour

1 t. salt

1 t. baking soda

1 1/2 c. sugar

1 1/2 c. water

1/4 c. vegetable oil

1 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in a 13 X 9 baking dish. In a 2 cup measuring cup, mix the liquid ingredients, then slowly add to dry mixture in your dish. Stir, whisk or use a hand mixer until smooth. Bake for 25 minutes, cool and cut into squares.

Look for more favorite recipes over the summer, and feel free to share your favorite quick and easy meal.