Pasta with Italian Sausage, Cherry Tomatoes and Eggplant

September 15, 2014

Marin 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.

At first bite, my son turned to me and said, “This is sooo yummy!”- a resounding approval that I don’t hear very often unless he is really impressed. He even asked that he have it in his lunch. So you have heard it from the mouth of babes… not only is this dish perfect for a family dinner but for lunch too!

Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes


Is Eating Gluten Worth the Risk? Gluten Expert Dr. Rodney Ford to Speak in Mill Valley September 30

September 14, 2014

Dr. Rodney FordCan gluten be the source of many common children's ailments? Marin Mommies presents a guest article from the Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin (GIG) about the reseach done by world-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist and allergist Dr. Rodney Ford. GIG will present an evening with Dr. Ford at the Mill Valley Community Center on Tuesday, September 30 at 6 pm.

Many children cope with persistent medical and behavioral problems that confound both parents and doctors, including headaches, stomach aches, eczema, acne, ADHD, agitation, weight gain, weight loss, sleep issues, vitamin deficiencies, and more.

Increasingly, parents are discovering that gluten is the trigger for their child’s chronic health problems. There are more than 250 documented symptoms of gluten-related disorders, and the symptoms can vary between children and adults and even between infants and adolescents. And yet, more than 90% of Americans who have gluten-related disorders are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions and six to ten years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed.

All Aboard! Tickets for the Polar Express at the California State Railroad Museum on Sale October 1

September 13, 2014

The Polar ExpressGet ready to believe! Tickets for the California State Railroad Museum's annual holiday Polar Express train rides go on sale to the public on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. The Railroad Museum's sister organization, Railtown 1897, will also be holding Polar Express train rides this season, too.

Climb on board a train pulled by a historic streamlined diesel locomotive from the museum's collection and read along with Chris Van Allsburg's classic holiday story as you and your family make your round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa Claus, the Train Conductor, and the ghostly Hobo. Sing Christmas carols, drink hot-hot-hot chocolate, and eat cookies—served by dancing waiters, of course.

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Teeny Cake Bakery in Novato This Weekend

September 12, 2014

Teeny CakeTeeny Cake is opening this weekend! Your favorite farmer's market cupcake booth is making a move to a permanent home in downtown Novato at 7400 Redwood Boulevard #101. Teeny Cake will hold its grand opening celebration this Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, from 8 am to 4 pm, where they'll be serving coffee, espresso, tea, and of course their signature sweet treats.

Marin Mommies had a chance to take a sneak peek at the new Teeny Cake shop and to chat with owner and master cupcake baker Michelle Mahoney. It's in a great location and really looks beautful. My family is so excited to have this right in our neighborhood.

Michelle is excited to open up and be part of the local community and mentioned they'll be open early for coffee and breakfast treats like biscuits and scones. Of course she'll be offering her signature cupcakes in all her regular flavors, like classic vanilla, red velvet, chocolate, carrot, and salted caramel, as well as monthly featured flavors like organic pumpkin, caramel apple, and white chocolate peppermint.

Speak to Me: Intelligent, Inspiring Events for Women

September 11, 2014

Speak to MeWhere can you go to hear inspiring talks by fabulous speakers from around the Bay Area and beyond, taste delicious food and wine, and connect with other women like you? The 2014–2015 Speak to Me Series offers all this over four evenings from October 28, 2014 through April 28, 2015. Designed for women by women, this inspiring and fun series takes place at the Mill Valley Community Center and draws women from all over the Bay Area.

Come listen to dynamic and influential speakers like Tara Sophia Mohr, author of Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message and 10 Rules of Brilliant Women and groundbreaking expert on women’s leadership; Ken Cook, president of Environmental Working Group; Jim Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media; and Iris Krasnow, journalism professor, best-selling author, and expert in the field of relationships, personal growth and “female generational angst".

Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 12, 13 & 14

September 10, 2014
Dipsea Hike
Hike the Dipsea Trail for Zero Breast Cancer this Saturday.

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, September 12

  • Kids' Pajama Party with Aaron Becker
    Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm

    Put on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author and illustrator Aaron Becker will be here to read you a bedtime story. Aaron Becker is the author and illustrator of Journey and the upcoming follow-up book, Quest. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed before heading home for bed. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night: Ghostbusters
    Strawberry Recreation, Mil Valley
    Friday, 7:30 pm
    Join Strawberry Recreation District for a fun night amongst the stars! Bring blankets, family and friends and join us for a wonderful time on the field. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please do not bring chairs that may block the view for others. Fee: $3 per person or $10 per family. Location: 118 East Strawberry Drive, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-6494 or visit their website.
  • Movies in the Park: The LEGO Movie
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Friday, 8 pm

    The Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mill Valley have partnered on a free outdoor film screening of The LEGO Movie, a blockbuster animated adventure comedy featuring the famous construction toys. Old Mill Park, 17 Cascade Way, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Flubber
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8 pm

    This Friday's movie is Flubber (PG). Arrive by 8 pm—films begin at dusk. Popcorn, candy, and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrests, and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. Donations are appreciated. Creek Park is located in San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 13

  • Dipsea Hike for Zero Breast Cancer
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 8 am–1 pm

    Get out and get physical for a great cause! This six-mile, noncompetitive, all-ages trail loop is a great way to spend time with friends—enjoy breathtaking Mount Tamalpais views, experience the legendary Dipsea steps, and enjoy food, music, and prizes with great people. Raises funds for Zero Breast Cancer’s prevention-focused research efforts. For more info or to register, visit their website.
  • Novato Bike & Hike
    Indian Valley Campus, Novato
    Saturday, 8 am–4 pm

    Spend a wonderful day cycling the back roads or hiking the hills and ridges of Marin, and then kick back ?and enjoy a fun family festival of ?food and music at Indian Valley Campus (IVC) meadow. This event helps provide school ?scholarships and fund projects for local schools and charitable organizations in the community and beyond. Bike or hiking tour ticket $75 individual, $120 couple, $150 family of four; $25 festival ticket only. Must be 14+ for biking tours and Buzzard Burn 6-mile hike. For more info, visit their website.
  • Farmers' Market and Pie Baking Contest
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    This Saturday, enter your award-winning pies in the 4th annual Pie Baking Contest at the Marin Country Mart Farmers' Market in Larkspur Landing. Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10:30 am–2 pm adjacent to the farmer's market. Arts and crafts and face painting for kids from 9 am–2 pm and kid's music or stories from 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Greenbrae Mini Maker Faire
    Bon Air Center
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
    Come visit Marin's largest "do-it-yourself" festival, with hands-on learning activities and exhibits on arts, crafts, science, robotics, music, technology, sustainability, food, and creativity. It's a day of family fun that encourages the "maker" in all of us. Admission: $7.50 adults, $5 youth 4–14, free for children 3 and under. $20 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 youths). For more information, visit their website.
  • LEGO Fall Preview
    Play-Well Marin, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm

    Come by and build with Play-Well's massive collection of LEGO for free and learn about their fall classes and workshops. Come and check out some of the cool workshops: Battle Track: 10:30 am–noon, Gear Cars: 1–2:30 pm, and Airplanes- 3–4:30 pm. Location 216 Greenfield Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, call (415) 460-5210 or visit their website.
  • Sebastopol Renaissance Faire
    Ives Park, Sebastopol
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Come experience Sebastopol's very own Renaissance Faire and support local public schools and programs! Ives Park, in the center of Sebastopol, is transformed into the town of Fenford in 16th-century England. The locals are celebrating the apple harvest, and Queen Elizabeth and her extensive court pay a visit to honor these humble citizens. Fun for the entire family. Cost: $14 adults, $8 children 11–17, and free for kids 10 and under. Location: 7400 Willow Avenue, in between the fire house and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (in the Veteran's Memorial Building). For more info, visit their website.
  • Explore Martin Griffin Preserve
    Audubon Canyon Ranch, Bolinas
    Saturday, 10 am-4 pm

    Audubon Canyon Ranch eagerly welcomes you back to the Martin Griffin Preserve for fall exploring! Hike through the redwood grove under the historic heronry. Learn about spiders in the Spider Patch. Visit the ponds and the indoor teaching spaces. Volunteer naturalists called Ranch Guides will be available to answer questions from inquisitive nature lovers! Read about our visit here. Location: 4900 Shoreline Highway between the towns of Stinson Beach and Bolinas. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lyford House Open to Visitors
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Lyford House, the yellow 1876 Victorian on the shores of Richardson Bay at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary, will be open on Saturday for free tours. It was deeded to the Audubon Society in 1961 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info, call (415) 388-2524 or visit their website.
  • Family Fun: Mini Golf
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm

    Rangers will host a fun afternoon of miniature golf at the McInnis Park Golf Center. Prizes will be given for anyone who gets a hole-in-one! Healthy snacks will be provided. This event is for children ages 12 and under, who must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Hillside picnic area. Park entrance is free. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Audrea Bocchi at (415) 446-4423 or visit their website.

"Mommy and Me" Fall Classes in Marin

September 9, 2014

mommy and me class at pomegranateLooking for a local "mommy and me" class for you and your little one? Here is our list of classes throughout Marin County for children and parents or caregivers to participate in together.


  • Pre-Ballet: Mommy and Me
    City Hall Exercise Room, Sausalito
    Wednesdays, 9:30–10:15 am

    This playful class improves motor skills as children perform finger plays, dance to nursery rhymes, and move with balls or scarves to music. Wear comfortable clothing, such as leggings and a stretch top or leotards and tights. Come barefoot or wear ballet shoes. For ages 2–3. Location: 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. More information
  • Family Classes at the Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Fort Baker, Sausalito
    Various times throughout week
    Explore art, music, dance, sign language, culture and more in the Discovery Museum's Family Classes. Each series offers multiple sessions for deep engagement with the topics, and includes museum admission for one adult and one child. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Ft. Baker in Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 339-3900.

Jessie et Laurent Delivers Delicious Meals Right to Your Door

September 9, 2014

chicken kuwayakiWouldn't it be great if there was someone to cook you and your family a great gourmet meal with fresh local ingredients, and have it ready for everyone to eat at the end of a busy day? Fortunately, such people do exist in the person of your friendly neighborhood meal delivery service!

For many busy parents, meal services, like Marin's own Jessie et Laurent, are a blessing. From new parents overwhelmed with the reality of a brand new little one in the house to families with tweens and teens and their attendant school schedules, sports, and activities, everyone can use a great meal delivered to their door. This way everyone in the family can still sit down at the table for a real stress-free meal together.

We recently had a chance to sample some of the offerings from San Rafael's Jessie et Laurent, a meal delivery service that's been feeding local familes since the 1980s. Run by husband-and-wife culinary team Jessie and Laurent Boucher, their creations are made from fresh local ingredients, and their weekly menus have a huge selection of really delicious sounding entrees for delivery.

A Family That Eats Together: Chicken Pot Pie

September 8, 2014

Chicken pot pieMarin 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.

I have fond memories of chicken pot pie as a child. My mom would buy them from this fabulous bakery when she didn't have time to cook after work. There was something about getting my own individual pie that was so exciting and comforting to me as a kid. I have spent many years perfecting this recipe while also making it a more contemporary take on chicken pot pie with fresh organic ingredients. Make this as a whole pie or follow my recipe for four individual pies. Just use 4-inch ramekins or mini pie dishes.

Servings: 4 individual pies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes


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