Struffoli Honey Balls

Struffoli is a holiday favorite in Italy. I found this struffoli recipe on the nonnabox.com web site. I wanted to try to make a holiday recipe using the amazing local honey from Javelin Bee Products for the children I care for to enjoy on New Year’s Eve. The web site explains that the authentic struffoli […]

Happy New Year Hats

As New Year’s Eve approaches making these party hats with children is a lot of fun. I let the children I care for decorate six different hat designs. Click the links below to print the different paper hat templates. Click here to see the template for Party Hat #1. Click here for Party Hat #2. […]

Salt Dough Ornaments

Making salt dough ornaments is an easy holiday craft with impressive results. They look like cookies that are good enough to eat, but they are Christmas decorations and gifts. All you need is all-purpose flour, salt, water, and some decorations. Just mix, cut, bake, and decorate! You Will Need: 4 cups all-purpose flour1 cup table […]

Handmade Button Christmas Cards

Children love making and giving holiday cards. Their friends and family love receiving the handmade tokens of love as well. I helped a seven-year-old I care for make Christmas cards using buttons this year. We made Christmas tree shapes but you can make snowmen, candy canes, or any holiday shape the child wants to create. […]

“Meet the Latkes” by Alan Silberberg and Latke Recipe

Your Nanny Family doesn’t have to celebrate Hanukkah to enjoy reading Meet the Latkes by Alan Silberberg and then share in making and eating latkes. When reading Meet the Latkes get ready for some wacky good fun with the Latke family of potato pancakes. Lucy Latke’s family is just like yours or mine. Except that […]

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

I love homemade cranberry sauce and wanted to try to use an Instapot to make it for Thanksgiving. I found this amazing recipe on the southernliving web site. Click here to see three cranberry sauce recipes I made on the stovetop. You Will Need: Instant Pot2 (10-oz.) pkg. fresh or frozen cranberries1 cup packed light […]

The Long-Term Nanny Job Reference Dilemma

Long-Term Nannies Must Increase Their Number of Job References Over the past 28 years of working as a nanny all industry experts have always told me that working with the same family for a long time is an asset. Parents typically want to hire nannies that will continue to work for their family for many […]

Card Games for Family Holiday Gifts

Products Nannies Love I’m finding card games are a great boredom buster while the kids and I are forced to remain socially distant during the pandemic. Some of the most enjoyable memories I have are playing cars games with family and friend. Thats why I will be giving the inexpensive gift of card games this […]

Poppyseed Roll

Cooking for Families My Nanny Kids’ Grandmother comes from Poland and makes this tender, soft, sweet yeast bread swirled with a creamy homemade poppy seed filling. It’s a wonderful and impressive treat for the holidays. Your Nanny Family or personal family will love this. You Will Need: ½ pound poppy seeds ¾ cup white sugar […]

Cherry Pork Tenderloin

Cooking for Families This is the most impressive and easy main dish to make for families for the winter holidays. Frozen cherries are the star in this beautiful, vibrant, and delicious sauce. It is moist and delicious and highly recommend making it for your Nanny Family and your own family often. You Will Need: 1 […]