World Cup For Kids, Italy, Pasta Dish

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Well, well… Italy lost today. They do not qualify for the second round. It looks like we need more comfort food for our agony. So I thought I would share a pasta dish I make when we feel like pasta but no marinara sauce.

Caution: garlic ahead! If your children do not appreciate the taste of raw garlic, you might want to add the garlic bits only to your plate.  Continue reading »

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World Cup for Kids – Italy – A Pizza Recipe

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This is my second post in the World Cup for Kids Series. Be sure to visit that link for our blog community and our Pinterest Board.

Well, Italy lost today to Costa Rica (0-1). Sorry, guys! Why don’t we have some comfort food to help with the agony? Let’s make it a little healthy, too, so we don’t drown our sorrows in too much fat.

Spinach pizza

Spinach pizza (Source: Wikipedia)

Good news! We don’t even need to knead the dough. The bread machine can do that for us. Also, you can choose your own toppings. Continue reading »

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World Cup for Kids – Italy – Eros Ramazzotti

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Italy is not one of the 15 countries I have visited. But I have been there many times in the spirit as I listened to Italian music, watched Italian movies and ate pizza, pasta, gnocchi and pesto.

Speaking of Italian music, I have been an Eros Ramazzotti fan since 1986, when he won Sanremo (the most important music festival in Italy) with Adesso Tu.

Fifteen years later, while living in Stockholm, Sweden, I watched an interview with Eros on Swedish TV. They asked him what he thought was the secret behind his success. He said it was “la melodia italiana.” Translation: the Italian melody. Continue reading »

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World Cup Soccer Series, Introduction

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As many of you know, in a few days, Brazil will welcome 32 soccer teams from as many countries, for the FIFA World Cup. The world’s most beloved sport, known as soccer in the USA, is called football everywhere else. I will call it soccer because I live in the United States.

I grew up in Romania, where soccer is a big deal. Girls did not play soccer. It was considered a male sport. It has been an adjustment to understand that here, in the USA, girls play soccer alongside the boys. And, generally speaking, soccer is viewed as a softer, less masculine sporting event compared to American football.

World Cup for Kids, Multicultural Kid Blogs

When it came time to consider P.E. options for our homeschool, in addition to all the hiking, biking and swimming we do with our children, we added soccer. I was glad to find a soccer program for our son at Berean Christian School in Knoxville. Their coach, Mike McDonald, is a former professional soccer player from England. He has also played professionally here in the USA. He has been in commercials with David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane and other greats.

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