When I think of F.R.O.G., of course I think of “Fully Rely on God”. But today’s wacky holiday is about something completely different. It is FROG JUMPING DAY – a day dedicated to Mark Twain’s short story, “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog.” A FROG PARTY is in order! What a great opportunity to share some classic literature with kids while they’re having fun!

Decorate for your FROG PARTY with green streamers and any frog stuff you can find! Of course you will put a copy of Mark Twain’s story at each place, next to the frog place card. You’ll need a frog cake to go along with the theme, and let’s see… green ice cream??? Hmm… maybe chocolate mint – that’s green, right? It sounds like something fun for kids, doesn’t it? What better way to help your child learn about classic literature than to disguise it with a party??? Anytime you can make learning fun… why not??? At some point get the kids in a circle and read the story together. You’ve at least told them about Mark Twain if nothing else. I think it’s a story that most kids would enjoy either hearing or older kids can read together.

Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.  – Mark Twain

Sometimes you have to sneak learning in where you can. If you are an enthusiastic parent, you might want to dress up like a frog. OK, maybe not, but getting into character makes the story stay in young minds better! Most of us are visual learners, you know.

 You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.  – Clay P. Bedford

However you choose to decorate or dress-up, I hope you have a great FROG JUMPING DAY! Enjoy it with your little tadpoles today! ❤





Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!  The party lives on! Here in Wichita, the Cinco de Mayo celebration takes place in one of our local parks. It is more like a carnival atmosphere adorned with very bright colors and authentic Mexican cuisine! If you are a Diabetic and want to watch your carbohydrates today, this is a great recipe for you to use for your Cinco de Mayo party!

    MEXICAN TURKEY SALAD (serves 10)


3 cups cooked, cubed turkey breast
1 can (15 oz.) corn, drained (1 3/4 cups)
1 can (15.5 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 cup peeled jicama, diced small
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2-3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, or to taste
3/4 cup thick salsa
3 drops, or to taste, red pepper sauce (optional)
2-4 Tbsp. water
1/4 cup low-fat shredded Cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro or flat-parsley leaves, for garnish (optional)


In a large bowl, place turkey, corn, beans, bell peppers and jicama. Gently toss until well mixed and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil and lime juice. Mix in salsa. Add red pepper sauce if desired. Add enough water to thin consistency so dressing can be thinly drizzled over salad. Transfer to serving pitcher. Drizzle dressing over turkey mixture, tossing to coat salad ingredients evenly. Cover and chill 1-3 hours so flavors can meld. Bring to room temperature and check seasoning before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Drain off any excess dressing. Place in serving bowl. Sprinkle top of salad with cheese (if using) and cilantro. Serve with baked tortilla chips, if desired.

Calories: 238
Protein: 16g.
Fat: 13g.
Sat. Fat: 2g.
Sodium: 413 mg.
Dietary Fiber: 4g.
Carbohydrate: 10g.

Enjoy!!!  🙂