St. Louis Small Businesses

Education 4 All, Inc.

Education 4 All Inc

Education is the platform for everything in our lives no matter what your age might be.  Education is a progressive and life long process influenced by home, work, school, and community. Everyday we are confronted with situations that test our ability to communicate, make good decisions, and interact in our daily lives.  Education 4 All, Inc. was founded on all these principles.

The message of Education 4 All, Inc. can be summed up by their mission statement.

“Our mission is to help teens and adults be the best they can be at home, school, work, and in their community”.

Education 4 All, Inc. assists students, teachers, parents, and the greater community in six core areas:

1) Stress Reduction

2) College Scholarships and Preparation

3) Career Exploration and Transition

4) Classroom Management

5) Leadership Development

6) Financial Freedom

This wonderful organization was founded by Dr. Carletta D. Washington, founder/executive director, speaker, consultant, and author. Her background is extensive in the educational field with over 20 years of Leadership roles, but it doesn’t stop there.  Carletta offers so much more through Education 4 All, Inc. including her weekly Radio show on blog talk radio, as well as her online magazine, “Involved Parent Magazine”, in addition to her various books focused on parenting, education, and development.

Carletta is a dynamic individual with a true passion for the betterment of individuals and the community.  She strives to educate, motivate, and assist in all aspects of driving people to a full life of development and happiness. Education 4 All, Inc. is Carletta’s passion in life.  She is the perfect example of what an accomplished individual should represent.

The St. Louis Cooks are proud to partner with this wonderful organization. We are writing for the “Involved Parent Magazine” and have also participated in the weekly blog talk radio show.  Our relationship is ideal because our organization is also founded on the same principles of Education 4 All, Inc.  Parent involvement and family activities are so important to the overall development of our youth, including family cooking in the kitchen and eating family dinner together. There are so many values and principles that are influenced by these activities. We are educating our children in so many areas of life in more ways than we realize.  Please check out Education 4 All, Inc.

Education 4 All, Inc. is a registered 501 (c) (3) education organization.

Education 4 All Inc

 

Family, Food, Kids

Marshmallow Fudge Brownies

 

Fudge Brownies

Today, Jack Sievers, child #2, was the chef in our kitchen.  He decided he wanted to make desert!  That’s no shocker.  We both pondered a few different recipes based on ingredients we had at home.  We decided to go basic, but something with big and rich flavors.

There’s one thing you will always find in my kitchen – a big box of Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix from Costco.  In my opinion, it’s the best brownie mix out of a box.  They are rich with big chucks of chocolate.  Jack decided he wanted to top them with marshmallows.  I told him that was a good idea and maybe we could add another topping.  So there you have it – Marshmallow Fudge Brownies!  This is an easy recipe to involve the kids in the kitchen and they will love the end result.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pan (9×13) Brownies, baked and cooled – we use Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie MixJack putting on marshmallows
  • 3 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 1/4 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Square Ounce unsweetened Chocolate, chopped
  • 1 (3 ounce) Package of Cream Cheese, cut in cubes
  • 3 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Miniature Marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Let brownies cool completely.Jack making frosting
  2. In large sauce pan, combine, butter, milk, unsweetened chocolate, and cream cheese. Cook over low heat, stirring until well blended. Remove from heat, stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Sprinkle marshmallows over brownies and bake for 2-5 minutes until puffed. Remove brownies from oven and immediately pour frosting over marshmallows.  Lightly swirl to a marble with a knife.
  4. Refrigerate for one hour or until firm.

Enjoy!

Jack's Brownies

 

Family, Kids, Life in General

Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread Houses

Making gingerbread houses is one of our favorite activities over the holidays.  In years past, we’ve made them from scratch.  By that I mean, we used graham crackers for the base of our house, purchased our own icing and candy to decorate.  It wasn’t always an easy task. Well this year was different.  I bought the Wilton Gingerbread House Kits with everything included.  Wow!  I don’t think I will ever go back.  The kits are so easy!  I purchased them at Michaels for $8.99 per kit and used a coupon – not a bad deal at all.  I also purchased some additional candy because we like to include Holiday M&M’s on our houses.

Ingredients:

  • Wilton Gingerbread House Kit
  • Additional Candy of choice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Have fun!

I highly recommend this activity with the kids.  Get a little messy, let the creative juices flow, eat some icing, and have some fun!

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Enjoy!

Family, Food

Crock Pot Potato Soup

Crock Pot Potato Soup

Tis the season for making soup.  We love soup at this house. I’m a huge fan.  I could eat it every day.  For the most part, soup is good for you unless of course you are indulging in a thicker cream style soup.  On this particular day, we had that craving for a yummy, good old-fashioned potato soup.  Not necessarily good for you, but better than eating out any day of the week.

My older kids didn’t remember having this soup before so I described it like eating a baked potato.  You can add all the extra fixings like cheese and bacon too.  There you have it…baked potato soup. They loved it and it’s so easy!

Ingredients:

  • 4 Russet Potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 3 Ribs of Celery, chopped
  • 4 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz.) can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz. ) can of Cream of Celery Soup
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Parsley flakes
  • 4 cups of Water
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of Margarine or Butter
  • 1 12 oz. can of Evaporated Milk
  • Chopped Chives for garnish
  • Shredded Cheese and Bacon Bits for toppings (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients except evaporated milk and chives in a slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours or on Potato Souphigh for 5 hours.
  2. Stir in evaporated milk during the last hour, and cook until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Garnish each serving with chives.  Add toppings of cheese and bacon bits if you prefer.

I highly recommend doubling this recipe if you enjoy left overs.

Enjoy!

Family, Food

Simple Salmon

Simple Salmon

We eat salmon a lot at this house.  Everyone loves it, however we always stick with the same recipe – teriyaki salmon on the grill.  It’s great, but I really wanted to change it up. This time I wanted to bake it.  I wanted some strong flavors to come through so I decided to include some Dijon mustard, a little honey, and some breadcrumbs.  How can you go wrong with that?

The end result was pretty amazing and the family agreed.  This will be another “go to” recipe for salmon at this household.  Plus, it is super simple to prepare.

Simple Salmon

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4-5 (4 oz.) Salmon Fillets (we buy Costco salmon, fresh and frozen)
  • 1/4 Cup of Butter, melted (optional)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 1/2 Cup of Honey
  • 4 Teaspoons of Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup of regular bread crumbs and/or Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup of homemade bread crumbs using crushed Multi-grain Crackers or any kind of Crackers

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a shallow baking pan with foil.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, Dijon mustard, and honey.  In another bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs and parsley.  For the breadcrumbs, get creative and use what you have a home.  That’s what I did when I put this together.  The homemade crushed breadcrumbs really add a lot of extra flavor and texture.
  3. Brush each salmon fillet with the Dijon mixture.  Then place on the foil lined pan. Sprinkle each fillet with the breadcrumbs.
  4. Bake the salmon for 12-16 minutes in preheated oven. Season with salt and pepper. You can garnish with a lemon wedge if you prefer.

Enjoy!