Through our Feeding Minds blog, we provide engaging content weekly that connects our audience to all things food; from picking fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets, healthy eating tips, cooking advice, must-try restaurants, food festivals, and kid-friendly activities.

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May 8, 2017

By PilotLight

Mindful Monday: adventures en mise en place

By Brenna O’Dea Ah, that lovely feeling. It puts your mind and heart at ease. All of your stresses and worries melt away like butter on toast. The feeling you get when finally, “everything is in it’s place,” or “mise en place” as they say. The carrots are peeled, the garlic is pressed, the onions are […]

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May 3, 2017

By PilotLight

Pink & Purple Produce: what’s in season & what to do with it

By Brenna O’Dea The farmer’s market can be a lil’ funky this time of year. Some of your summer staples are not yet in season…you play the waiting game…grabbing an underripe tomato here…a loaf of bread there…oo is that a donut stand in the distance? Before you know it your basket is filled with more […]

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May 1, 2017

By PilotLight

Mindful Monday: farmer’s market fun

By Brenna O’Dea May has finally arrived! The month made of fresh air and fresh flowers. This May, we will be devoting a bit more time to mindfulness, starting with Mindful Mondays. Today, we want to chat about one fun way you create meaningful and mindful food memories and practices for the whole family. It is […]

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April 24, 2017

By PilotLight

There’s a popsicle party and you’re invited

By Brenna O’Dea Sweet summertime is upon us!!! Okay, I might be getting bit ahead of myself here, but I am more eager than ever for some sunshine and for that cool breeze to turn into a warm one. And with warm weather comes the need for cool treats. That ice cream truck tune can […]

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April 22, 2017

By PilotLight

Earth Day Eats

By Brenna O’Dea She tells you when to wake up in the morning and when it is time to settle down at night. She lets you know if you need a sweater cause it’s a lil’ breezy outside or if you should lather on that sun block. She does her best to remind you to […]

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April 18, 2017

By PilotLight

April Showers Bring May Flours

By Brenna O’Dea Baking is the best. Christmas cookies, birthday cake, or just somethin’ sweet on a regular old day because you feel like it. I like baking because it feels even more relaxing to me than cooking. Even though I have to pay closer attention to measurements and the timing of everything, I feel […]

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April 17, 2017

By PilotLight

Easter Eats: chocolate edition

By Brenna O’Dea Okay, in case you missed it, check out these protein packed ideas for how to get-your-egg-on before the Easter Bunny comes knockin.’ Now, let’s be honest. Nobody shows up for the Easter egg hunt actually searching for eggs. We want what’s inside those lil’ colorful cuties. CHOCOLATE. We want it. We want it NOW. […]

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April 11, 2017

By PilotLight

Easter Eats: egg edition

By Brenna O’Dea Ah, at last, spring is FINALLY in the air, for real this time. Flowers are beginning to bloom and the air smells sweet…because chocolate bunnies are EVERYWHERE. Their delicious beady eyes following me as I roam the aisles…headed for the veggie section…trying to resist their tempting glares…using every ounce of willpower that […]

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By PilotLight

A Pilot Light Teacher’s Story

Here is a letter we received from a 3rd grade Pilot Light teacher, who saw that her students took lessons learned in Pilot Light to support, welcome and comfort a Turkish student who had just moved to Chicago from a refugee camp: Dear Pilot Light, I have been a Pilot Light teacher for the last […]

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April 3, 2017

By PilotLight

Pilot Light Progress: what next school year holds in store

By Brenna O’Dea Summer is right around the corner and we cannot WAIT. We are done with snowflakes and ready for snowcones. Soon enough we will be lounging in our lawn chairs, lathering on the sunscreen, and before we know it, back to school shopping will be at the top of our list. Here at […]

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