Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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A group of toddlers spend a rainy afternoon enjoying a special treat baked by one of our toddler parents. Vegan lemon poppy seed muffins! Toddlers love being in the kitchen just like our older kiddos, and this recipe is a great one for them to help with! Give them a whisk (and maybe an apron) and prepare for some fun (and maybe a little mess).

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


· 2 cups all-purpose flour

· 2½ tsp baking powder

· ¼ tsp baking soda

· ½ salt

· 3 tbsp poppy seeds

· ½ cup + 2 tbsp granulated sugar

· ¼ cup + 1 tbsp canola oil

· zest & juice of 1 lemon

· 1 cup soy milk

· 1 tsp apple cider vinegar


· Lemon Glaze

· ¾ cups powdered sugar

· 1+ tbsp fresh lemon juice


1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Line a muffin tin with baking cups and set aside.

2. In a small bowl combine soy milk and apple cider vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes to curdle. In another bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and poppy seeds. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl whisk together sugar, canola oil, and the lemon juice and zest. Slowly add curdled soy milk, whisking while adding, until completely incorporated. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, folding in gently until just combined.

4. Fill the muffin liners ⅔ full and bake for 15-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle come out clean. Set the muffins on a cooling rack to cool.

5. Meanwhile whisk together the powered sugar and lemon juice. You may need to add a little extra lemon juice to get a thick and smooth consistency.

6. Spoon about 1 tbsp of glaze over each warm muffins then let the muffins continue cooling until completely cool.

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Toddler Daily Soup

IT Building 032We had some hungry toddlers this afternoon and a large bag of clementines. The perfect time for a group snack! A teacher brings out the childrens’ placemats and bowls while another moves the table so everyone is together. Children wait patiently (as patiently as possible when there are clementines involved) until everyone is served. “Bon Appétit, let’s eat!”

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Its that time of year again………..Daily SOUP!

As we quickly approach fall it becomes time to run our semi-annual Daily Soup drive!

Contributing to Daily Soup is a lovely part of your contract with CMS. The fresh foods are used in classrooms to prepare a delicious vegetarian meal which is shared with all friends.

Each family can bring in a piece of fresh produce per week, or you can donate twice a year to the daily soup drive! The funds raised for daily soup are then used to purchase a farm share from a local CSA or for relay produce boxes during the winter months.

This fall the drive is running through September 26th. Our suggested donation is $30 per primary or elementary child.   We are planning to purchase 2 fall shares from Broadfork farm  and then use the remainder of the money to purchase from Relay Foods during the winter months.

You can donate in cash or by check there will be an envelop at reception!

Thanks in advance for your donations!

— Sarah


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Lunchbox #22

Sometimes cook-out leftovers are a fabulous lunch option!

Orzo with feta and cucumber, Grilled Pork chops, Chopped Salad, Corn, bread and some fruit!

Whats in your springtime lunch box?


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Foods from our roots: I want British chips!

Like many other CMS families we are not native Virginians.

Jay was identifies himself as West Virginian (born in MD), and I emigrated from the UK in 2000.

So the foods of our childhood are different.

I love to share British foods with Jay and Joe as often as I can. But, when Grampie Bob comes to visit we get to eat chips. Proper British Chips. Drenched in malt vinegar.

British Fish and Chips - courtesy of Joe's Grampie Bob

British Fish and Chips – courtesy of Joe’s Grampie Bob

So much so that Joe now requests “British Chips”

What foods from your roots do you cook with your children?

– Sarah

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Healthy Snacks: Some great advice and ideas

Came across this post and I figured it fit nicely with the CMS food policy.

Moms Kitchen handbook  provides some great advice on how to tell if grocery store snacks are truly healthy or just packaged effectively!


– Sarah

P.S Don’t forget your Daily Soup donation!

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Daily Soup: Keep forgetting your check book? New way to donate!

If you’re anything like me when the request for Daily Soup contributions goes out you spend the next few weeks thinking these thoughts ……………..every morning:

  • Daily soup is awesome!
  • Organizing contributions by a farm share is awesome!
  • Oh no I don’t have cash 😦
  • Urr, I wonder where my check book is?
  • I will remember this tomorrow

Well maybe we have just the answer. For a small credit card processing fee charge you can pay online here! http://www.cmsdailysoup.myevent.com/ I did mine already! feels great to have that off the to do list

– Sarah

Donation amount:                               $    25                                                                             Processing fee:                                    $    0.50      (2.00% of $ 25)                                                 Credit card fee:                                   $     0.75      (3.00% of $ 25)                                                 Minus transaction fee:                        $    0.75     

Donation amount net to you:            $    27



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