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Calling All Bakers! Enter Your Pie in Marin Country Mart Farmers' Market 6th Annual Pie Baking Contest

September 13, 2016

Pie baking contest at Marin Country Mart Calling all bakers! This Saturday, September 17, enter your award-winning pie in the sixth annual Pie Baking Contest at the Marin Country Mart Farmers' Market in Larkspur Landing. If your friends and family constantly rave about your pies, then this is your chance to show off and potentially win a prize! There will be two categories: adults and kids 13 and under.

The pie contest is the Farmers' Market's most popular event, and drew nearly 40 entrants last year. Entries will be judged by six local food experts, including pastry chefs, pie entrepreneurs, and food writers. They'll judge pies on tast, presentation, and flakiness of crust. Winners will be announced at 1:30 pm on the Farmers' Market live music stage.

Back-to-School Recipes from Hip Chick Farms

September 11, 2016

Hip Chick Farms mini meatball subs Coming up with new healthy and kid-friendly lunch and after-school snack ideas can be something of a challenge, but local business Hip Chick Farms makes it a little easier! Hip Chick Farms, a parent-run company based in Sebastopol, has made a mission out of creating a healthier, more sustainable version of that children's menu staple, the chicken finger.

Available at numerous grocery stores in Marin and the Bay Area, including Whole Foods, Mollie Stone's, Woodlands Market, Mill Valley Market, and others, their products are made with Mary's air-chilled chicken, and organic and gluten-free versions are available, too. They also make chicken meatballs and sweet-and-spicy chicken wings. They're all delicious, too! (We've tried them all.)

We asked Hip Chick Farms' Chef Jen a few questions about the business, and she even provided us with a couple of tasty recipes that utilize their products, both of which are perfect for a quick and easy lunch or after school snack.

What was your inspiration for starting Hip Chick Farms?

I began my career working with Alice Waters of Chez Panisse in Berkeley. It was there that I became passionate about creating food that incorporates only the freshest, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. It was actually my work in Ann and Gordon Getty’s kitchen as their personal chef that motivated me to share my recipes with the world. Part of my job included cooking meals for all the children attending the school in the Gettys' home. My cooking became a pretty big hit with all of the kids – particularly my chicken fingers. This became the inspiration for our Hip Chick Farms’ line of artisan, transparently sourced frozen poultry products; convenient for busy families. Our chicken products contain no artificial ingredients; it’s like I’m in your kitchen, making it for you fresh.

What makes your product different from the others available out there?

Make Your Own Glass Art at I Made It! in San Rafael

August 15, 2016

I Made It! Glass Creations

It's always fun to get hands-on with a cool new creative project. We had a chance to check out the new I Made It! Glass Creations studio in San Rafael, where we made some really cool and unique crafts from fused glass. It's the first place of its kind in the country, and it's a fun activity for all ages.

I Made It! offers countless different projects ideas that you make from colored glass. Come on in (no appointment or reservation is necessary) and choose a project—including jewelry, decorative items, housewares like coasters and bottle openers, photo frames, key chains, and more.

Recipe from Pernilla's Pantry: Deconstructed Cheeseburger Salad

July 31, 2016

deconstructed cheeseburger salad When things get busy, especially at the start of a new school year, I place an order to Pernilla's Pantry, a mom-run business here in Marin that offers creative healthy meals for busy families. When your order arrives, you'll receive recipe cards and all the ingredients that you need to make three or four fantastic family meals for the week.

Pernilla's Pantry was created by Pernilla Sumner, a Marin mom and Swedish native who loves to share her passion for food and good cooking with others. Pernilla shared one of her most popular recipes with us: Deconstructed Cheeseburger Salad.



Learn to Walk with the Willa Walker!

March 25, 2016

Willa WalkerLast summer we wrote about the Willa Walker, a cool new baby product launched by five Marin County dads. It's an innovative way for parents to participate in helping their baby learn to walk, while saving their backs, too. The Willa Walker is made from sustainable hardwood and cotton and finished with organic coconut oil.

The Willa Walker is basically two rings suspended from a hardwood bar by cotton straps. Baby grabs the rings (instead of your fingers) and you hold onto the bar and let her walk without having to stoop over and stress your back. It's a fantastic idea!

Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day at Teeny Cake Bakery in Novato

February 9, 2016

Teeny Cake Valentine's DayLooking for a sweet treat for someone special this Valentine's Day? Teeny Cake, Marin's favorite cupcake bakery, is getting geared up for the big day this Sunday, February 14. All of their delicious teeny cakes will be decorated for heart-filled celebrations, and special Valentine's Day boxes with either a dozen or half-dozen cakes will be available for pre-order and pick-up on Saturday or Sunday.

Delivery is also available for a small fee (with minimum order). Pre-ordering is encouraged, as many popular flavors are expected to sell out!

Teeny Cake will also be hosting a high tea service at 11 am and 2 pm on Sunday, February 14. Reservations are required—spots are filling up quickly, so call soon to reserve your spot. Tea service includes a selection of loose-leaf tea, an organic fresh fruit scone, clotted cream and jam, assorted finger sandwiches and hand-made sweets. The high tea costs $40 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under, including tax and gratuity.

50 Years of Family Tradition at Larsen’s Christmas Tree Farm

December 5, 2015

Larsen's Christmas Tree Farm Petaluma Every year we love to pay a visit to Larsen’s Christmas Tree Farm in Petaluma. With its beautiful country setting, acres of green trees, and festive holiday spirit, it’s really a fun place for a December family outing. This year, Larsen’s celebrates 50 years of making the holidays bright for Bay Area families!

Like many places in rural Petaluma, Larsen’s Christmas Tree Farm began life as a chicken farm started by the Larsen family back in 1918. In 1963, the first Christmas trees were planted, and the choose-and-cut tree farm was opened to the public for the 1965 holiday season by Bob and Marilyn Larsen. Bob and Marilyn still live on the property, but now their grandson Richard runs the farm.

Nutrition For A Healthy, Vibrant, Beautiful You at Speak to Me's Lunch & Learn November 19

November 12, 2015

Sonya AngeloneJoin Speak To Me (Intelligent, Inspiring Events for Women) on Thursday, November 19th, for "Nutrition For A Healthy, Vibrant, Beautiful You" featuring Sonya Angelone, MS, RDN, CLT, a nutritional consultant, LEAP therapist and an Oprah favorite on the topic of using food to actually look and feel youthful.

A certified lifestyle counselor and nutritionist, Sonya will share her extensive knowledge and secrets to using nutrition as a tool to keep you feeling youthful, strong and happy as you age. She'll discuss the myths and truths behind everything from supplements to "power foods” and provide an action plan that just could replace all those expensive creams, serums and facials you've currently got in your arsenal.

"Nutrition For A Healthy, Vibrant, Beautiful You" takes place on Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Piatti Restaurant in Mill Valley and includes a healthy and delicious lunch while you learn . Single tickets are $49 each. Learn more and order tickets online at www.speaktomeevents.com. Space is limited. Purchase today.

Be Prepared with kidSTAT and babySTAT First Aid Kits from Three Mommy Doctors

October 4, 2015

Three Mommy Doctors First Aid KitsA first aid kit is a household must-have, especially for families with kids. Wouldn't it be great if you knew some doctors, who also happened to be parents, who could recommend first aid kit essentials for you? The new kidSTAT and babySTAT first aid kits are exactly that! Created by three moms who are also emergency room doctors (hence their company name Three Mommy Doctors, or 3MD), these kits contain everything a parent needs to be prepared for almost any emergency situation.

We got to check out a review sample of the 3MD kidSTAT kit, and it's really a fantastic resource, stocked with hospital-grade first aid items and detailed instructions and packaged in a neat plastic case. The case is divided into different sections—"aches + sprains", "bites + burns", and "cuts + scrapes"—and each section is packed with the supplies needed to treat injuries in each category, with plenty of bandages, pads, an instant cold pack, burn gel, ointments, and even a pair of EMT shears. There are 91 items—way more than we can list here, but you can get a complete rundown on their website.

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