Who are the Tiny Tarts?

The Tiny Tarts are the Country Tart's two young daughters who help out so much in the kitchen, in the creation of this blog and in the production of the SERVING up a SMILE weekly column, that it only seems fitting that they get their own space to share what it is they do.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hard at Work

As mentioned in the Sugared Dates post, stuffing and rolling dates in sugar is a great busy-kids-in-the-kitchen activity.  

A benefit to allowing the kids to play an active part in food preparation is that their natural curiosity  and sense of accomplishment collide and they will often try things that they otherwise would have turned their noses up at.

The great thing about a treat such as these dates, is that even though there in sugar (about 1/4 tsp per date, by my measurements), there is some great qualities to these such as heart-healthy raw walnuts and 1 gram of dietary fiber per date.  Dried fruit can also aid in digestion (or the passing of food) keeping little intestines running smoothly. 

Of course, to me, the best part is that my children are taking part in a family tradition and learning to love a holiday treat that I looked forward to as a child. ~

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