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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Happy Helpers: Bean Pickers

Gardening is one hobby that  my kids and I love to do during the summer time.  I can't be out there in the garden without them wanting to help so I always let them.   I planted two kinds of beans in the garden and one  kind was not good in cooking with the skin on so I just waited for it to mature till the seeds are ready then we picked them all.
 I am glad that I have two  happy pickers that were willing to help me with this.
 Opening the  bean pods is an enjoyable  thing for them to do.
 We did  this while we were watching our favorite cooing show on TV.
 This little things that they can do  teaches them to be responsible and they also learn about plants that we eat.  It's sad to know that some kids don't even know what beans look like.  I packed my son some stamed  green beans one day and one of his classmates  asked what he was eating.  He told him that it was green beans.  He said it was weird because the kid loves green beans, the only difference is, he only knew the cut green beans from the can where it's no longer  green but a bit darker.  My kids don't like  canned  green beans because they are mushy.  They love  beans when it's a bit crisp.
 It is important for kids to learn where their food comes from or how  it grows.
 Every time they help me  do stuff around the house, we always  give them incentives.  IT motivates them to help every time.
 These two is very competitive so  when one offer to help, the other one will help as well.
 I cooked some of it in a coconut milk and chicken.
 The rest of the beans, I  blanched them and put them in the freezer.
I have been using the frozen one in dishes like bean soup and other  dishes.  Having a garden is such a great thing.  You get to enjoy  fresh  veggies that you love.  It's rewarding   to  harvest what you sow.  

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle said...

I love this. Down here in the south, we all have gardens. It's a great way to save money, but it's also a great family bonding experience.

Jeannette said...

I would love to have a garden like that! Everything I touch dies LOL! My son even tried growing beans a couple months ago. We grew it outside and they died because of the frost that I totally forgot about.

LifeAsAConvert said...

I would love to have a garden this year. I enjoy eating from one. Growing up we always had one, but I don't live in very favorable areas for growing.

Sicorra Richardson said...

Great way to teach children about gardening. And that is a lot of beans. I remember doing similar gardening chores as a kid too.

Liz Mays said...

What a fun family activity. It's awesome when the kids can help out with the cooking and harvesting!

Miles L. said...

What a great way to involve your children in the house. I love the idea of growing your own food.

Ashley Whipple said...

It's so great that you are teaching the kids about gardening. They will have fond memories of working the garden when they are older.

Tracy Iglesias said...

As an apartment dweller I hate that I can't have a Garden, I would like to grow my own food and herbs! My great-grandmother was the one with the green thumb in the family. I have seen an upswing in 'urban gardening' on the roof of some buildings, but sadly this isn't one of them. Definitely looks like a great family bonding experience.

Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

Deal Match Maker said...

I would love to read more gardening tutorials.. I failed many times ;(

Victoria Heckstall said...

The two kids was look enjoy, its so important to teach kids about gardening, my niece would love to do a gardening.

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

One of my wishes is to have a larger yard so I can start a vegetable garden. Your kids looked like they had fun!

Rebecca Swenor said...

I have to agree that a garden can be completely rewarding in many ways. The kids are indeed amazing helpers when it comes to gardening. I know my boys used to love doing things with us in our garden. Thanks for sharing and the beans cooked in coconut milk and chicken sounds amazing.

Terri Beavers said...

Growing veggies are so much fun and I'm happy to see your kids are involved as well. I live in town and took over a sidewalk where an empty building is so I could use the flower bed along the side of it to grow veggies.

Ricci said...

I grew up helping my Grandma with her garden. My sister, brothers, and I would go every day and help with the planting, tending, picking, and shelling or whatever needed to be done. It was a valuable learning experience!

Ourfamilyworld said...

This is a great way to teach kids about gardening. The soup looks creamy and delicious. How I wish I had a garden.

Brianna George said...

we live in an apartment right now since moving so a garden is not possible, but I might put out a couple pots for tomatoes:)

kat b said...

Looks like the kids had a lot of fun! When we had a garden my daughters would love picking everything out of it and doing things like this. We use to do this with peas all the time. The kids loved it!

Lynndee said...

Good job, kiddos! You've got a lot of beans there, sis. Please send some my way, will you? :D

Chrystal Mahan said...

We were not able to do a garden last year and I am not sure if I will do one this season or not. I am going through a divorce and I'd like to move out of state this year. I love gardening and can't wait to get back to it.

April Mims said...

It's so important for kids to learn where food really comes from. It's awesome that they want to help you too!

Jessica Simms said...

I can't wait till we move into a bigger house with a bigger back yard. I want to teach my kids about growing food and have them grow their own gardens. It's such a beautiful thing to see the kids work together and pick their own food. Oh what a dream!

Ckrusch said...

Great way to teach children about gardening. I would love to do something like that with my son! I love gardening!

Bonnie Gowen said...

That is so awesome! I love gardening as well but never grew beans before. I love your post.

Ashleigh Walls said...

That's so great for them to know how beans grow and how to harvest them. Excellent teaching method and its delicious too!

Shaney Vijendranath said...

Wish I had veggies growing in my yard. I love fresh fruit and vegetable and they extremely expensive in my country at the moment since we faced drought recently.

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