Several years ago, our own Terry Doherty had the honor of chatting with Kelly Moss about her award-winning Christmas book, The Santa Club. Kelly talks about how this semi-biogrpahical story uses the magic of Santa to teach kids about giving anonymously and paying forward your blessings.
The Santa Club will make the perfect Christmas gift! Watch the video to learn more.
Want to see more? Last year at BEA 2013, Kelly stopped by the MCA studio again to discuss the future of Santa Club.
Buy The Santa Club now at the Mom’s Choice Awards® Shop.
Mom’s Choice Awards® - Gold
Juvenile Books (Level 2)
Religion & Spirituality
Audience: Ages 9-12
it is a good vegetarian main dish for thanksgiving and Christmas meals.
Quinoa-stuffed Acorn Squash with Goat Cheese
- Cut each acorn squash and cut it in half symmetrically. Remove the seeds.
- Oil, salt, and pepper the insides of the acorn squash and place on a baking sheet face down.
- Cook for 30-40 minutes while getting filling ready.
- Put a little oil in a pan and saute garlic and onions until soft. Add a little more oil, salt, pepper, and whatever other favorite spices you want.
- Add the quinoa and cook for two minutes.
- Add wine and cook until evaporated.
- Add vegetable stock/water, one cup at a time until it has evaporated and the quinoa has cooked. (If you’re a meat-eater this would be a good time to add cooked sausage.)
- Mix in Craisins and seeds/nuts.
- When the acorn squash are ready, turn them over (I like to use tongs so I don’t burn myself) and scoop filling into the squash.
- Add a good dollop of goat cheese on the top.
- Broil the acorn squash until the cheese gets a little “melty” and golden on top and serve. Serves: 4.
‘Tis the season for something yummy and warm!
Mom’s Choice Awards® Executive Director Dawn Matheson shares one of her seasonal favorites, Spicy Apple Twist.
I love this easy yet decadent recipe for the holidays! It’s wonderful on Christmas morning or as an elegant seasonal dessert.
I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!
Spicy Apple Twist
2 large apples peeled and cored
1 can Pillsbury® Crescent Rolls
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
½ c sugar
¼ cup orange juice
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
1. Cut each apple into 8 pieces.
2. Unroll crescent rolls. Separate into triangles. Cut each triangle lengthwise to make 16 triangles.
3. Roll each apple in a piece of dough. Wrap the center—the ends of the apple will be exposed.
4. Arrange in a greased 9X12 pan.
5. Drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
6. Pour orange juice around the dumplings, BUT NOT over them.
Bake at 400 for 30-35 minutes or until the apples are tender.
Serve your Spicy Apple Twist warm. Serves 4-6
This Spicy Apple Twist is good plain, but my favorite is to drizzle with cream or a side of ice cream.
Spicy AppleTwist Recipe (PDF)
Image Credit: Dawn Matheson.
To kick off this holiday season, we have decided to share some of our family favorites.
Over the next several weeks, each member of the Mom’s Choice Awards® team will offer the recipe of one of the recipes that says “holidays” and “family” to them.
Our first recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving! Roxanne Rask, mom of four and MCA Customer Service Director says:
This pumpkin soup recipe is AMAZING. It isn’t a family recipe, but rather a friend sharing a great recipe more than twenty years ago.
I was blessed to be included in a mom-and-baby playgroup when I first moved to Wisconsin. I met amazing women who all loved to cook. Every time I make it, I remember that special group of moms.
32 oz chicken broth
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
1 teaspoon grated gingerroot
1 (12 oz) mango nectar
1 clove garlic, minced / crushed
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1½ teaspoons minced green onion
¼ cup smooth peanut butter
½ teaspoon grated orange rind
¼ teaspoon red pepper
Garnish: fresh cilantro, chopped peanuts
1. Combine broth, pumpkin and mango nectar in large soup pot and bring to a 30 minute simmer.
2. Add peanut butter, rice vinegar, ginger, orange rind, green onion, red pepper and garlic. Simmer until heated.
3. Ladle into bowls and garnish with cilantro and chopped peanuts
Cook’s Note: This recipe can be tweaked to anyone’s preferences to include dietary restrictions (low-fat or nonfat) and consistency (smooth or chunky) of your pumpkin soup.
Image Credit for Pumpkin Soup: Flickr Creative Commons, CC Harmons