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Tomato Soup:

Sauté:

  • 4 finely dice garlic cloves
  • 1 cup finely diced Vadalia onion
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves

Add:

  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, 28 ounce size
  • 3 cups chicken stock / “No Chicken” broth (vegan version)
  • ½ tsp basil
  • 2 ½ Tbsp sugar
  • 4 Tbsp half n half
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • Pepper and sea salt

Sauté above ingredients for approximately 5 minutes over medium heat. Add remaining ingredients and heat over medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Use a hand-held blender to remove chunkiness, or use a regular blender. Blend to desired texture. If serving kids, they may prefer a very smooth consistency.

Grilled Cheese Hearts:

  • Oatmeal bread slices
  • Mozzarella slices
  • Butter

For each sandwich, start with two slices of bread. Either hand-cut a “heart” shape or use a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Butter bread slices on one side. Set one buttered slice in pan over medium heat, set cheese slice on top and then top off with second slice of bread, butter side up. Flip sandwich once first side is lightly browned. Lightly brown second side.

Grilled Cheese Hearts

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This month the Family Resource Network clinical team has grown to include two new interns and a therapist.

Dawn is a Colorado native who is joining us for her practicum after having worked as a behavior analyst. For 15 years Dawn worked with children with autism. She is currently a graduate student at Adams State University. Diana is also starting her practicum and is a graduate student at Capella University. Her previous experience includes teaching middle school and high school Spanish in Missouri where she is originally from.

Rob is our new therapist. Rob has a degree in mental health counseling from Denver Seminary and has worked in developmental trauma, intensive in-home therapy, and had his own private practice. He also enjoys focusing on cross cultural issues as he lived in South Africa for 17 years and has experience with adjusting to new cultures.

I hope you’ll come in to meet them soon.

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At the end of September 2016, Jessica and Eric were welcomed into the Family Resource Network family of providers. Jessica and Eric have three children and two adopted pets named Teddy and C.J. This family has so much love to give that they have opened their hearts and home for children who need a forever home.

Jessica and Eric are prime examples of parents who can provide a loving, nurturing, and safe home to more children. Becoming a foster parent was a lifelong dream for Jessica which is now a reality! The family is eager to provide a stable and loving home for a child in need of a forever home. This family lives in an area with ½ acre of land for the kids to run and play. Both, Jessica and Eric have a professional background that would be highly beneficial to caring for children who have had a rough beginning in life.

Family Resource Network is lucky to have such a high caliber family as a foster to adopt family! Thank you for all you have done to become licensed providers, we feel privileged to be on this journey with you!

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Pineapple SundaeThis sundae also makes a great breakfast parfait – just substitute plain Greek yogurt of your choice for frozen!

Author: Kate
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2teasponns honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup macadamia nuts (or a nut of your choosing) optional
  • 2 cups vanilla frozen Greek yogurt

Preparation

  1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add pineapple; toss to coat.
  3. Spread pineapple mixture in a single layer on a foil lined pan. Broil 5 minutes or until bubbly.
  4. Place nuts in a skillet; cook over medium heat 3 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan frequently. Spoon ½ cup yogurt into each of 4 dessert bowls. Top each serving with about ¼ cup pineapple mixture and 1 tablespoon nuts.

Enjoy!

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Deb and Steve have been providers with FRN since 2012. Deb and Steve have children of their own to include one adopted child, and decided they wanted to open their doors to change the lives of other children. Deb and Steve have exceptional parenting skills and offer an immense amount of love and patience to every child that walks in their doors. They specialize in the care of infants that can need care for a short period to long.

Deb is a stay at home mom which makes it perfect for the family to have younger children. Their own children are wonderful with the babies and love helping out as much as possible.

Deb and Steve are very valuable members of this team that have truly opened up their entire family’s heart. Thanks for all you do and for making a difference!

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FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORK BRINGS TO YOU….
“Co-Parenting: Little Children, Big Challenges”

Whether you’re divorced, separated or are looking for guidance in co-parenting. The “Co-Parenting: Little Children, Big Challenges” Program is the place for you. While you learn about seeing through your child’s eyes and practical solutions for co-parenting- your child will be engaged in fun activities, learning about regulating emotions and ‘two-hug days’.

WHERE:
5360 N. Academy Blvd. Suite 130 Colorado Springs CO. 80918

PRESENTED BY:
Matt Junglas MA Candidate and Registered Psychotherapist & Heather Timm MA Candidate and Registered Psychotherapist.

TO REGISTER: Please contact Matt Junglas at Matt@Familyresourcenetworkco.com or Heather Timm at Heather@Familyresourcenetworkco.com or call 719-227-7477 x12 or x16

The class is open to all parents. You are encouraged to bring your kiddos (ages 4 and up) to participate, but is not required. We look forward to seeing you!!

Click here to download and print the flyer

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for you and your children

5360 N. ACADEMY BLVD. SUITE 130, COLORADO SPRINGS CO. 80918

Please join us for a fun and interesting 8-week evidence based class where you will learn about Nurturing Parenting. This is an interactive class for both children and their parents. You will learn how to:

  • Identify and handle feelings
  • Communicate needs
  • Be empathetic
  • Empower parents with new discipline techniques
  • Take charge of one’s own behavior
  • Handle stress and anger
  • And so much more!

You will be given the skills to make your lives more peaceful and empowering, at the same time building positive memories with you and your child.

For more information contact: heather@familyresourcenetworkco.com or matt@familyresourcenetworkco.com or call 719-227-7477 EX16 OR X12

Click here to download the flyer

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Prep time – 20 mins
Cook time – 4 hours
Total time – 4 hours 20 mins

The best loaded baked potato soup that is made right in your slow cooker.

Author: Alyssa
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 4 cups peeled and diced potatoes (about 3-4 large russet potatoes)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1½ cup heavy cream (half and half will also work)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings:

  • Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1½ cups cheddar cheese
  • green onions

Instructions

  1. Add potatoes, diced onions and chicken broth to your slow cooker. Cook on low 4-6 hours or high 3-4 until potatoes are tender.
  2. About 30 minutes before it is done. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in flour and cook until bubbly. Slowly add heavy cream, sour cream. The mixture should be thick. Add this to the soup and stir. Continue to cook in slow cooker for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Serve with toppings, or you can also stir them all into the soup. Enjoy!

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April Lazare has been an amazing foster parent for the last 15 years. During this time, she has provided care to many children, as well as provided respite services. She has three children and is very committed to their growth and wellbeing. She has done a remarkable job with each child she has accepted into her home and genuinely cares for each one of them. April has welcomed many teen girls into her home with high needs, and though they have struggled at times, she continues to move forward and not give up on them. April’s goal is to help each child toward reunification or emancipation. April maintains support to many children after they have left her home, often for many years. This family loves to stay busy, enjoying the outdoors; parks, shopping, movies, going out to eat, etc. The kids seem to love the environment in which they live and take pride in being a part of this family. Past foster children often return as they feel very connected.

April…Thank you for all that you do. You truly are an exception and make a profound difference in the lives of the kids and families that you touch. You have a heart of gold.

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Together we had another successful year!!

2015 was wonderfully amazing. We have added a few additions, foster care and adoptive, as well as staff, that makes our already amazing team even that much better! I feel blessed to have such a terrific team. A team full of devotion, passion, dedication and shear talent and skill. I am blessed to be on your team and I know 2016 will bring even more amazing opportunities and additions 🙂

We continue with our monthly support groups, and have received a lot of positive feedback about the topics and conversation. If there is something you want us to cover, or have covered in these sessions, please do not hesitate to share. We will make it happen 🙂

Speaking of trainings, we have a first aid CPR instructor with us, so if you are in need … please let us know so we can keep you posted on training opportunities.

It’s hard to believe with the New Year is here, and the yearly audits are nearing. Please take a peek at your files, or ask one of us to give it a review, so we are able to maintain our impeccable reviews.

As we enter this new year, and review all of the challenges and accomplishments, let’s plan for how together we can make this year one full of memories, full of life, love, and full of happiness. Together… we are truly the exception!