A Family That Eats Together: Healthy and Flavorful Chicken Caesar Salad

June 2, 2014

Chicken Caesar SaladMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike.

This recipe is inspired by Jamie Oliver. I love the simplicity of the ingredients and the result, which is a truly amazing healthy salad. You must we wondering about how the salad dressing could be low fat. By simply substituting all the normal creamy ingredients of Caesar with 0% fat Greek yogurt; the dressing becomes creamy and satisfying without all the fat.

Now, some families have those amazing kids who will eat anything, even salad–I bow down to you. But since my son won't eat salad, I make this into a wrap using a fresh flour tortilla and all of a sudden it is a perfect meal for him. It's also a perfect lunch for me at work the next day too!

Serves: 6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes


  • 1 small head of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered

Wisdom for Fathers from "Dad's Playbook"

June 1, 2014

Dad's PlaybookSometimes even Dad needs some great parenting advice, and who better to offer that than some of the greatest sports coaches ever? That's the idea behind Bay Area parent educator and author Tom Limbert's book Dad's Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time (Chronicle Books, 2012).

Dad's Playbook gathers together more than 100 inspiring quotes from the all-time great sports coaches. This makes a lot of sense, since dads do the same things that great coaches do: motivate, mentor, discipline, lead, inspire, teach, praise, and love. Tom's book contains bits of wisdom from coaches like John Madden, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda, Phil Jackson, and many others, and applies them to all aspects of fatherhood. The book also contains a foreword by 49ers hall of fame quarterback (and dad, of course) Steve Young.

Easy-to-Make Peach Crumble is the Taste of Summer

June 1, 2014

Summer peach crumbleFew things signify that summer is finally here as much as the easy availability of fresh and juicy stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, and apricots. Now that we're seeing delicious peaches at the farmers' market and in the produce section of the supermarket, why not make a fantastic dessert like peach crumble? This recipe is a summertime staple in our house, especially when my mom brings over a load of peaches fresh off the tree in her front yard.

Fruit crumbles don't look as pretty and require less work than pies, but are just as delicious. Borne out of the need for rationing flour and sugar during World War II, crumbles, in their basic form, involve a fruit filling covered with a crumbly flour, sugar, and butter topping. It's something that's easy enough for the kids to help make, too. They love to mix up the crumble topping and spread it on top of the fruit filling.

Fruit crumble variations abound, and this recipe can be adapted for all sorts of seasonal fruit, from apples in the fall to strawberries and rhubarb in the spring. I happen to think peach crumble is one of the best versions on this treat.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for May 30, 31 & June 1

May 31, 2014
The Mountain Play: South Pacific
The Mountain Play presents South Pacific this Sunday at 2 pm on Mount Tam.

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, May 30

  • 50th Anniversary Party for the Town of Tiburon
    Shoreline Park and Main Street, Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Celebrate Tiburon's 50th Anniversary in conjunction with the first Friday Nights on Main event! A huge party is planned for Shoreline Park and Main Street on the evening of Friday, May 30. Paradise Drive will be closed to allow for food trucks, live music, activities for kids of all ages and a big fireworks display off-shore. Bands will include Overbite, Wonder Bread 5, and the Redwood High School Band. Please walk, carpool, or cycle to the event. The Marin Bicycle Coalition will provide a secure bike corral. Please leave your pets at home.For more information, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Fridays, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). Performing this Friday, Maria Muldaur and Her Bluesiana Band. Food available to purchase. For more information, visit their website.
  • Family Movie Night: Mary Poppins (1964)
    Stafford Lake, Novato
    Friday, 8–11 pm

    Come enjoy a spring evening on the lawn at Stafford Lake for Family Movie Night, featuring a family movie, popcorn, and more! Feel free to picnic and BBQ as well. Movie begins 15 minutes after sunset. No animals (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Park entrance is free. For more info, call Ranger Kevin O’Donoghue at (415) 897-0618 or visit their website.

Saturday, May 31

  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to family music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Explore Mt. Burdell
    Mt. Burdell Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Join Ranger Mike Warner for a moderate 3 mile hike through the preserve. We’ll learn about the area’s unique natural resources and features through some fun, interactive activities. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and snacks. For more info, call (415) 473-2816 or visit their website.
  • Marin Home & Garden Expo
    Marin Center Fairgrounds and Exhibit Hall, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–7 pm Sunday,
    10 am–6 pm
    The Marin Home & Garden Expo presents the newest trends and favorite traditions in the home and garden Industry. Bring the kids! Hands on building projects will take place in the kid's zone, and there will be live performances throughout the weekend. Marin community music groups will entertain on the Home Grown Marin Music Stage. Admission is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Coleman Carnival & International Festival
    Coleman Elementary School, San Rafael
    Saturday from 11 am–4 pm

    Come and experience some old fashioned family fun with entertainment from around the world, giant bounce houses, games, a raffle and more. The International Festival honors the diversity of the world and is Coleman’s largest annual community fundraiser. Food such as snow cones, crepes, Swedish waffles, cotton candy, pulled pork, BBQ, pizza ,and taqueria specialties availablAdmission is free and tickets can be purchased for food and games.. Location: 800 Belle Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Library's Summer Reading Kickoff Party!
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 11 am–2 pm
    Join us as to kick off the library's Summer Reading Program with a wild party! Balloons, face painting, and music with Tim Cain (1 pm) are just some of the events at this celebration! For all ages. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • May Madness Car Parade & Rockin' Street Dance
    Downtown San Rafael
    Saturday, noon–6 pm

    May Madness is the longest running car show and parade in Northern California. Parade begins at 5 pm. For the first time, the 27th annual event will showcase all cool vehicles! Chevrolet will have a special focus as this year’s featured marque. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Corvette. Location: Fourth Street between Lincoln Avenue and C Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • SingersMarin: Youth Spring Concert
    Community Congregational Church, Tiburon
    Saturday, 2 pm

    SingersMarin will perform their annual spring concert, "Why We Sing." Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 kids and seniors; $40 families. Location: 145 Rock Hill Drive, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Theater KIDS Film Club Movie Event: The Wizard of Oz
    Super Fresh Food Art Gallery, Novato
    Saturday, 3-6 pm
    Join Toto on the Yellow Brick Road with a screening of the classic film, and learn how dogs become actors and models with four furry stars from the Reel Dogs Agency. Also enjoy trivia, crafts, and prizes. Admission: $5 members, $10 non-members, $15 for event admission and annual KIDS Film Club membership. Location: 906 Grant Avenue, Downtown Novato. For more information, visit their website.

The Best Way To Chill Out Your Kids This Summer

May 30, 2014

Chi 4 ChildrenMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Marian Brandenburg and Chi 4 Children, now offering summer sessions at the Dailey Method in Corte Madera and Fairfax. Learn more at www.chi4children.com.

Chi 4 Children, a new dynamic based on ancient wisdom, is enrolling now for summer sessions conveniently scheduled at the Dailey Method Studios in Corte Madera and Fairfax. Children can enjoy relaxing plus Mom has the option to get in a great workout, all before dinner. Or how about offering this exciting concept for kids at your next party?

Children can have so much energy. But at what point do they learn to constructively and creatively utilize it to benefit their body, mind and spirit? A long-time mom in Marin with decades of experience as a holistic practitioner, Marian Brandenburg wanted to answer that question. Listening to other Marin mothers who longed for more meaningful youth programs, she developed Chi 4 Children to give kids delightful and easy-to-learn tools that provide them with an early awareness of harmony within themselves. Using ancient knowledge backed by scientific study, Chi 4 Children is an hour long, 4 part fusion class aimed for ages 6–12.

Free Summer Outdoor Concerts in Marin 2014

May 27, 2014

One of my favorite things about summer are the free outdoor concerts that take place throughout Marin. There's something about the warm weather and the long days that make events like these really special. From Novato to Sausalito, there's something for every family!

Pack a picnic and your folding chairs and check out a free summer concert near you. Here's our list of events taking place this summer. If we've missed your favorite, please let us know.


  • Belvedere Concerts in the Park Summer Series
    Belvedere Community Park
    Sundays, 4 pm

    June 15, July 13, August 17 & 31
    The Concerts-in-the-Park Committee presents four fabulous and free Sunday afternoon concerts for your enjoyment this summer. Bring a blanket, a picnic, your family and friends, and have a great time. For complete list of entertainment, visit their website.

Corte Madera

  • Summer Music Series
    Corte Madera Town Center
    Sundays, 2–4 pm, June 8–September 28

    Bring the family to the free outdoor summer concerts at the Corte Madera Town Center. Acts include Elvis impersonator Michael Bartel, David Rocha Jazz, and New West Guitar Group. For more information, visit their website.

June Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

May 27, 2014

Parents Place MarinParents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. This spring, they offer a wide variety of programs, from childbirth education to classes for parents and children. Here are a few of the programs they offer in June, including a webinar, "Raising a Spirited Child", on June 25:

Handling Parental Anger (all ages)

We're only human! Parenting young children is a joy. It is also one of the hardest jobs you'll ever do. Frustration and exhaustion are common, and anger cannot be avoided. We all lose our tempers occasionally, but learning to take care of our own feelings first is crucial before dealing with a child's behavior. During this workshop, gather information from the workshop leader and talk to other parents in similar circumstances. Devise a plan to deal with your anger so that it doesn't overtake you or harm your child or family life. Understand how and when your buttons are pushed and find constructive ways to express yourself. With Susan Byrd, LCSW. Monday, June 9, 6:30–8:30 pm. $40. Register here.

Paws to Read this Summer at the Marin County Free Library!

May 26, 2014

Paws to Read Summer Reading Program Marin County Free Library 2014It's hard to believe that it's almost the end of the school year. You can keep the learning—and fun—alive this summer by participating in the Marin County Free Library's 2014 summer reading program, Paws to Read. Paws to Read is packed with exciting free activities designed to inspire creativity, learning, and exploring. And it's not just for kids—the whole family can participate!

This year's program is built around Reader BINGO, with different cards available for children, teens (entering grades 6–12), and adults. Complete squares or rows on your bingo card and win prizes and get entered in raffle drawings. Kids can earn prizes like a Paws to Read T-shirt; teens can enter drawings for prizes like Giants tickets, gift cards, and even an iPad Mini; and adults can enter drawings for food and beverage gift cards from local businesses. Teens and adults can also choose a free gently used book when enrolling in Paws to Read, courtesy of the Book Place, the Library's used bookstore located in downtown Novato. Download your bingo cards and get started.

Join the Southern Marin Mothers' Club at the Community Counts Party

May 25, 2014

Southern Marin Mothers Club Community Counts ProgramIf you ever thought about joining the Southern Marin Mothers' Club, now is the time. The Southern Marin Mothers' Club (SMMC) is a non-profit organization with over 1,500 members from all over Marin. It's a great way to connect with other parents, learn through educational events, and find playgroups for your kids.

This year SMMC launched the newest part of the club, the Community Counts Program. This program partners with local businesses to help suport the community and offers exclusive discounts to SMMC members. SMMC is having their first annual Community Counts Partner Party on Tuesday May 27, from 6–9 pm at the Mill Valley Community Center. Over 40 local businesses will be in attendance and will treat members to free food, drinks, and dessert—including appetizers from Tamalpie, wine from Charles Krug and Mondavi, and treats from Nothing Bundt Cakes—along with generous gifts from each supporting business.

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