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Awesome Kids

Today, I have a treat for you … three awesome kids with big accomplishments.

First, I’ll introduce you to Lennon and Maisy.

Photo, www.lennonandmaisy.com

Lennon and Maisy are sisters, just 15 and 11 years old, who are phenomenal singers. They’ve been appearing on the TV drama “Nashville” since 2012. The girls come by their talent naturally—their parents are the country music duo The Stellas, who finished fourth place on the CMT singing competition “Can You Duet” and have since gone on to make albums and tour with the Zac Brown Band. And their grandfather was once a member of the 1950s mega-group, The Platters. I’m not the only one bedazzled by Lennon and Maisy’s talents—their You Tube channel has over 60 million views! Here’s my favorite:

Since I’m not much of a TV watcher, I hadn’t seen Lennon and Maisy on “Nashville.” Instead, I was introduced to them by another amazing kid, a little guy with a big name: Kid President.

Kid President, 10-year-old Robby Novak, is a YouTube sensation, with scores of videos produced by his brother-in-law, Brad Montague, that have gathered over 75 million views. Robby has osteogenesis imperfecta, or “brittle bones disease” (Robby says, “That means I break easy.”), resulting in over 70 fractures in his short life. Brad was so inspired by Robby’s positive attitude throughout his trials that he knew they could inspire others with their videos. In the words of Kid President, “Life is too short to not be awesome.” He’s even written a book called Kid President’s Guide To Being Awesome. Robby and Brad have inspired millions to “dance, celebrate life, and throw more parades.” I’ll bet that after you watch Robby’s take on “20 Things We Should Say More Often,” you’ll be watching more Kid President videos.

The icing on the cake? These three amazing kids, together in one video! Enjoy “A Love Song from Kid President and Lennon & Maisy.”

 

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Today’s Recipe: Maple-Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

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MAPLE-BACON-WRAPPED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 35-40 MINUTES
MAKES: 24 BRUSSELS SPROUTS

8 slices bacon (long slices of bacon are best)
1 T maple syrup
12 small Brussels sprouts (smaller Brussels sprouts are best), trimmed and cut in half
24 round toothpicks

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. Arrange bacon slices on prepared baking sheet. Brush top of each slice with maple syrup, flip over, and brush other side. Bake for about 20 minutes. Bacon should be slightly undercooked so it’s still pliable enough to wrap around Brussels sprouts.
3. Line a plate with paper towels; transfer bacon to plate to drain and cool.
4. Cut each slice of bacon into thirds, and wrap a Brussels sprout half in bacon, securing at the top with a toothpick. Place back on baking sheet.
5. When all the Brussels sprouts are wrapped, bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, until sprouts are tender and bacon is crisp.

Gather ingredients.

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Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Arrange 8 slices of bacon on prepared baking sheet.

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Using 1 T maple syrup, brush tops of each bacon slice.

bacon_0372 Flip over, and brush other side.

bacon_0378bacon_0381 Bake for about 20 minutes. Bacon should be slightly undercooked so it’s still pliable enough to wrap around Brussels sprouts. Line a plate with paper towels; transfer bacon to plate to drain and cool. Cut each slice of bacon into thirds, and wrap 12 trimmed Brussels sprouts halves in bacon, securing each at the top with a round toothpick.

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bacon_0366 When all the Brussels sprouts are wrapped, bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, until sprouts are tender and bacon is crisp.

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Free Range Child

Want to see something lovely?

Well, you’re in luck. This video clip is just a taste of a full-length feature film that’s being produced by a partnership of Films for Action and Overgrow the System, a grassroots organization dedicated to “raising awareness around our food system and how to live a life that is more in tune with nature.”

Free Range Child: Raising Children Connected to the Earth & Their Food examines the connection between children’s development and their connection to the natural world and to food production. “It celebrates the lives of families and their support networks, both rural and urban, who are engaged in linking children with nature,” explains the film’s website. “And it savors the bounty of precious moments of discovery, magic, and growth that spring forth from these connections.”

Photo by Moonsun1981 via Wikimedia Commons

In case you were scrambling to jot down the fabulous quote at the beginning of the video, attributed to author and filmmaker Valerie Andrews, let me save you the trouble of re-playing it again:

“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unselfconsciously to the soughing of the trees.”

 

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If you haven’t seen the newest Johnson’s ad yet, you’re in for a treat …

Awwww. What more can be said?

Today’s Recipe: Honey & Almond No-bake Cookies

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