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MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: 4 Fun Tips for Valentines Day

Red Velvet Cupcakes, Photo and Recipe By Kitchen Scoop

Red Velvet Cupcakes Photo and Recipe By Kitchen Scoop

Click Arrow for Replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM, Feb. 7, 2013

Here are 4 fun tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your family.95.9 WATD

1.  Crafts!  

Get out the glitter, get out the glue.  Valentine’s Day is the best holiday for crafts with kids.  You could spring for the boxed cards from the super market, but it’s way more fun to create homemade valentines.  Use magic markers, colored paper, stickers, glitter and glue to create one of a kind Valentines.  Get your supplies today, so you have every thing you need to work on the project over the weekend during the blizzard.  Don’t forget to make cards for your favorite teachers, crossing guards and other special people in your kids’ lives.

2.  Kick off Valentine’s Day Week with Pink Pancakes

We talk a lot about cooking on MommaJam.  This idea is from Tara Hollander of Doorknock Dinner, a company in Norwell that makes homemade meals and delivers them to your door step.

Tara suggests getting creative in the kitchen with your kids by make pink heart-shaped pancakes on the griddle.

Use roasted, peeled and then ****pureed beets instead of sketchy red food coloring.  Fold the beets into the pancake batter to make it turn pink.  Top pancakes with fresh sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream.   This is a great idea for the weekend.   We have pancakes every Sunday morning.  We are going to kick off Valentine’s Day Week with Tara’s Pink Pancakes.

*** Test Kitchen Note:  Try juice from defrosted frozen raspberries instead of beets for sweet taste.

3.  Make Heart Shaped Sandwiches for Kids

Mandy Keith, owner of Yummy Mummy Meals Workshop suggests making a Valentine’s Day lunch.  Cut kids’ sandwiches into heart shapes and add fruit shaped hearts to their plates.  This is a fun way to surprise your kids next Thursday on Valentine’s Day.  They will love it when they open their lunch box at school and see heart shaped foods.  Make the moment extra special and pack a sweet  Valentine’s Day note.

Mandy runs Yummy Mummy Meals Workshop out of her home in Hanover.  She teaches moms how to prepare a series of meals and gives you the ingredients to take home and later make the meals on your own.

During February, Yummy Mummy Meals Workshop is making Dishes with with a romance flair, such as Tender Loving Tenderloin.

4.  Splurge on Treats! 

We just finished a January series on wellness… but every now and then it’s fun to splurge.

Three words:  Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


February 2, 2015 at 10:00 am 2 comments

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: 6 Tips for Getting Kids to Eat Real Food, Not Junk

Pomegranate Power!

Pomegranate Power!

How do you inspire kids to eat whole foods?

The two hardest parts to overcome are convenience and habit.

Here are 6 tips for getting your whole family into a healthier eating lifestyle.

1.  Flavor!

Believe it or not, kids love yummy food just as much as grown ups.  Start by making fun, flavorful dishes right in your own kitchen.  Have healthy, fresh snacks readily available – red pepper slices, cucumber circles, and homemade hummus, which is so easy to make.

[audio] Click ARROW for AUDIO Replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM, Jan. 24, 2013.

2.  Explain Where Food Comes From

Teach kids how to cook and teach kids where food comes from:  is it imported from Italy, South America or California?  Explain to kids the difference between manufactured foods infused with chemicals and preservatives like hydrogenated trans fats, which are linked to cancer, versus fresh from your backyard garden, CSA or local, regional supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables like South Shore Organics.

Also discuss topics, such heritage cooking and whether a recipe is passed down from your family or certain region in the world.

3.  Use Cookbooks

Three cookbooks we suggest:

Keys to the Kitchen by Aida Mollencamp, a new overall cookbook that is a beautiful Cooking 101 Cookbook with family-friendly recipes.

Naptime Chef by Kelsey Banfield has easy recipes that busy moms can make while taking care of the kids.

Tyler Makes Pancakes by chef Tyler Florence is  fun book about where food comes from and culminates in making pancakes.

All of these are available at the Westwinds Bookshop in Duxbury.

4.  Take Cooking Lessons

Take a family cooking lesson or let kids take their own lessons to learn basic skills, new recipes or new food genre.

The South Shore Seafood Exchange is teaching lessons on how to cook with fish on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Maritime Center in Scituate.  My favorite provider of fresh fruits and vegetables, South Shore Organics, will be there.

5.  Let Kids Loose in the Kitchen 

The part!?  Let kids loose in the kitchen.  Have kids create their dishes, recipes and shopping lists.   More advanced kids can even make a budget for their menu items to get a better understanding of how much food costs.

Project Idea:  Make a family cookbook with iPhone photos and everyone’s favorite recipes.  Kids love getting involved in a project and having them design and create their own cookbook or a family cookbook is a winner on many levels.

While creating your cookbook, your kitchen becomes a bonafide Test Kitchen.  This is a great way to get kids to try new foods.

6.  Have fun!  

Check out the MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM interview with top chef Denise Herrera from Burtons Grill to learn how to set up a your own turnover bar – it’s a fun segment packed with ideas for cooking with kids.

Tune into MommaJam every Thursday at 7:10 a.m. ET live on 95.9 WATD-FM’s South Shore Morning News with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.  Listen live on the radio dial at 95.9 or from your iPhone or iPad device or desktop.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

January 12, 2015 at 10:00 am 1 comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Adrenaline Rush!!! 5 Fun Outside Activities To Do This Winter

Adrenaline Rush!

Adrenaline Rush!

There are lots of laughs in this segment – picture Morning Show Hosts Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian snow shoeing to the studio during a blizzard (I must get to the WATD…I must get to WATD…)!

Here are 5 fun outside activities to do this winter:

1.  Down Hill Skiing 

The Blue Hills in Canton is a great local spot to take lessons and go for an afternoon on a bright sunny day.  You can’t beat the proximity for South Shore families.


2.  Snow Shoeing  

This is my favorite outside winter activity.  It’s so easy and a great work out.  You can get snow shoes for the whole family at REI in Hingham or rent them on organized outings.

Check out trails at the Wompatuck State Park or just snow shoe in the backyard.

3.  Pond Skating

Pond skating is another great activity for families.  It’s free and easy and so fun to be outside, especially on a bight sunny day.

When the weather is cold enough, check out local ponds or go to Hidden Pond at the Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham.

4.  Hiking

In warmer winter weather, hiking is a fun way to get kids outside.  Go to the Blue Hills and hike to the Summit or check out the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell.

5.  Tips from an Expert – Healthy South Shore

I interviewed Stacey Shipman, editor in chief of  She has great tips for going outside with kids:

– Keep it fun – create an adventure.  If there is snow on the ground look for animal tracks and try to identify the animal.  In warmer months we search for critters (snakes, frogs, small furry animals).

– Bring snacks to keep kids nourished/hydrated.

– Take pictures and create a memory.

–  Bundle up!  Layers are best, bring a small backpack to carry extra layers if necessary.

“My niece and nephew love to draw, so when we get back we draw what we saw.  We also warm up with a hot chocolate,” says Stacey.  Great ideas!

Remember, Fitness is Fun! 

Get out there this weekend!

Play football in between quarters while watching the Super Bowl and don’t go crazy with the snacks!

Enjoy every moment with your kids.


Tune into MommaJam every Thursday at 7:10 a.m. ET live on the radio dial or from your iPhone or iPad device or desktop.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

January 11, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Burtons Grill in the Studio

Burtons Grill Drinks

Eating on the run while your kids are at different activities and sports every night?

We talk ways to have a great dinner for your family (and yourself!) while dining in or taking out at Burtons Grill in Hingham, located at the Derby Street Shoppes.

Burtons Grill general manager Stephen Slicis and top chef Denise Herrera joined us in the 95.9 WATD-FM studio with delicious samples from the new menu.

Click the arrow below to hear audio replay of the segment:

B Choosy Children's Menu

Slicis is a huge community advocate, serving hockey and other sports teams after games over the weekends.  He shares his stories and why it’s important for Burtons Grill to be involved by helping families eat healthy with the B Choosy Children’s Menu.

Check out the audio replay for the full feature on the South Shore Morning News with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.

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Tune into MommaJam every Thursday at 7:10 a.m. on 95.9 WATD-FM.  Listen live on the radio dial or from your desktop, phone or tablet.



September 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Burtons Grill Top Chef Has Tips for Packing a Healthy School Lunchbox


Special MommaJam Feature on 95.9 WATD-FM:  We had Denise Herrera, the top chef from Burtons Grill at the Derby Street shops in Hingham, in the 95.9 WATD studio to talk about how to pack a healthy, delicious school lunch for your kids.

Burtons Grill has a great kids menu, called the B Choosy Children’s Menu, based on the new nutritional guidelines from the USDA.  Moms should go to Burtons Grill to snag a menu (and have a wonderful family meal or drinks with the girls while you’re there), bring the menu home, tape it to a kitchen cabinet, and then use the menu a guide for packing a healthy lunch everyday.

Click the arrow above to hear Denise’s inspiration and creative, scrumptious ideas for packing the ultimate lunchbox.

Go to for more information.  Enjoy!

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The next MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM is Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at 7:10 a.m. ET.  Tune in for a second special feature with Burtons Grill chef Denise Herrera and tips for cooking apple pies and other fabulous fall flavors with kids.

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Originally published September 2012.

September 12, 2013 at 7:00 am 1 comment

Burtons Grill Hingham’s Spring Gluten Free Dinner

Burtons Grill Gift Card

Tune into MommaJam on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7:10 a.m. on 95.9 WATD-FM for your chance to call in and win a $50 gift card for Burtons Grill Hingham’s Spring Gluten Free dinner.

Burtons Grill Hingham’s Spring Gluten Free Dinner

April 8 & 9 ~ $29.95 per person (not including tax and gratuity)

GF Caesar salad with GF croutons
romaine, gluten-free croutons and caesar dressing, topped with reggiano parmesan, anchovies on request
GF Sausage Fritters
home made sausage risotto fritters served on top of zesty tomato sauce
Seafood Casserole made with GF bread crumbs
sea scallops, wild caught shrimp and white fish tossed in a mascarpone cheese, baked with herbed gluten-free breadcrumbs, drizzled with a delicate lemon butter sauce, served with seasonal vegetables
GF Short rib n’ Shells with creamy au jus and green peas
slow cooked short ribs tossed with our gluten-free pasta; with natural au jus, a touch of light cream and sweet green peas
GF Mediterranean Chicken
pan seared chicken breast topped with sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese and provolone, served over spinach risotto, finished with a delicate lemon butter sauce
GF Brownie Sundae
two scoops vanilla ice cream on top of a warm chocolate and caramel gluten-free brownie, finished off with hot fudge and whipped cream
Burtons Grill GF Bananas Foster with GF sugar cookie
two home-made gluten-free sugar cookies filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with bananas

April 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Food Labeling for Dummies

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   CLICK ARROW TO HEAR MOMMAJAM ON 95.9 WATD-FM, MARCH 14, 2013.  Discussion on food labeling with Morning Show hosts Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian is halfway through podcast replay.


Food Labeling for Dummies from Animal Welfare Approved Helps Moms Select Healthier Ingredients for Kids Animal Welfare Approved

We cover food almost weekly at MommaJam because eating healthy is so important for kids.

One key “ingredient” to eating right is knowing what’s in the food you’re buying and reading and understanding labels.

The Animal Welfare Approved, an organization that certifies farmers using the highest quality standards for raising pasture and range animals, has published a guide called, “Food Labeling for Dummies.”  The guide helps you understand technical terms or marketing labels on packages in the grocery store.

Food Labeling for Dummies is easy to read and explains the difference between organic versus all natural, an overused, misleading term.  Other words the guide explains:  heritage, heirloom, cage free, grass fed, and much more.

B Choosy Children's MenuSpeaking of delicious, clean food… Did you know that Burtons Grill only buys preservative-free meats – that is why the salmon there tastes so good.  A gluten-free dinner night is coming up in early April.  And, the B Choosey Children’s Menu is always a hit with the kids.  Check out Burtons Grill in Hingham at the Derby Street Shoppes.

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March 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm Leave a comment

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