This post was made possible in collaboration with HBO and DiMe Media. However, all opinions, comments, and my love for Sesame Street are my own.
I know even with more and more ways to communicate, sometimes we still lose touch with our kids. I know I do. But Valentine’s Day is coming and it affords me the perfect opportunity for a teachable moment. By this I mean an opportunity to take time to connect with my boys, talk to them about how they show love for friends and family, and even make them a bit of the cilantro hummus they enjoy so much.
It just so happens Sesame Street is making the final touches on a special episode about showing love for family and friends in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. It will show Saturday, February 13th, at 9am EST, 8 central, on HBO and HBO Latino, and I think this will provide the perfect opportunity to ease into that teachable moment for many of us (Be sure to check out the related giveaway after the recipe at the bottom of this post.)
To give you an idea of the sort of thing I’m talking about, here’s a behind-the-scenes clip of Sesame Street character Rosita teaching Abby Cadabby words of affection in Spanish:
We all show love for friends and family in different ways, of course.
For instance, on Valentine’s Day, my boys, my husband and I love to play board games. It may sound strange at first, but it’s something the boys really enjoy doing, and so taking the time to play board games with them shows them, in admittedly a very simple way, how much we love them.
Valentine’s Day is a teachable moment when we parents have a brief chance (with maybe a little less eye rolling from the kiddos at least) to talk to our kids about how to show love to friends and family. We’ve tried to encourage our kids to show love to family and friends through service, for example, and we’ve noticed this makes both those they serve happier as well themselves.
On Valentine’s game night, another way we might show our boys how much we love them is by making and serving them special, healthy snacks to enjoy as we play. This year, in honor of Sesame Street’s new episode, we thought we’d make one inspired by a favorite character.
Oscar the Grouch, of course. It’s very simple, here’s how:
Makes 3 cups
- 2 (15 oz) cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 4 tablespoons tahini paste
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 4 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 20 cilantro sprigs (leaves and stems), washed
Place garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil, garlic, lime juice, salt and cilantro in a food processor. Mix until well blended and smooth.
Serve with your favorite raw vegetables
Oscar the Grouch
To make Oscar, I split almonds for the whites of his eyes and his eyebrows. I used the very tips of olives for the centers of his eyes, and a bit of tomato inside his mouth (see photo above).
There you have it!
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your families? I would love to hear your insights and advice and at the same time give you a chance to win something special.
But before we get to that… did you know you can tune in to watch your favorite characters on Sesame Street on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am ET/8:00 am CT on HBO? It’s true! Emmy Award-winning Sesame Street and HBO have joined forces to air all episodes, as well as classic episodes from the last five seasons of the iconic series, on HBO (English) and HBO Latino (in Spanish).
Also, current and past Sesame Street seasons will also air daily on HBO Family at 8 a.m., while the last five seasons will be available to stream on HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO On Demand. Amazing right?!
The new season will also include Sesame Street’s usual line-up of celeb guest stars including: Gwen Stefani, Ne-Yo, Pharrell Williams, Gina Rodriguez, and Lupita Nyong’o.
Now to the giveaway for a chance to win a special prize package…
To participate for your chance to win one (1) Sesame Street Prize Pack including: Sesame Street cookbook, child’s Elmo apron, cooking utensils, and a tote bag is easy. Just leave me a comment telling me how you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family and friends. That’s it! That is your required entry.
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This giveaway will end on Friday, February 19th, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PST. No purchase necessary. Open to residents of the contiguous United States who are 18 years of age or older. The Winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email. Winner must respond to notification email within 72 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited. Please, no P.O. Boxes. Entries/Comments that do not follow the submission guidelines will be invalid.
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