Pepperoni Onion Rolls

Pepperoni Onion Rolls

  I cook dinner for my family 5-6 nights a week, and so often, people are amazed by that. Why? Time. Cooking can be incredibly time-consuming, especially the preparation ahead of time – gathering the ingredients, cutting them up, and more. The prep work is no doubt the hardest part of cooking. I love the fresh flavor of sauteed onions, fresh ginger, and more. But have you ever minced fresh ginger? It’s a pain in the butt. No wonder no ones uses fresh herbs – and no wonder all the TV chefs have everything prepped for them. If people saw…

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Easy Valentine’s Day Bark

Easy Valentine’s Day Bark

We may have just finished the holiday season, but the next one is just around the corner! Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, and I wanted to find a way to make it fun for Abbie now that she’s getting older and more interested in holidays. Valentine’s Day is so fun for kids – especially my 5-year-old who loves candy… and all things pink. One of my favorite easy treats to make is bark – of all kinds. It requires a microwave, chocolate, and toppings – my kind of recipe. I put together the chocolate part and…

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Three Easy Solutions for Your Game Day

Three Easy Solutions for Your Game Day

  It’s so hard to believe that football season is just about over and the biggest games of the year are here! We are huge football fans in our house – the TV has football on all day long every fall, despite Abbie and Ella’s protest to watch kids shows. Sorry kids, but it’s football season.   With football season comes hosting Game Day get-togethers. Now let’s be real here – I’m a full-time working mom and I want to enjoy my weekends. That means the food for all of these get-togethers needs to be two things – tasty and…

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Cheesy Italian Turkey Sausage Frittata

Cheesy Italian Turkey Sausage Frittata

   I am always looking for easy, filling breakfasts. I’m a big proponent of fueling up at the start of your day… and if you know me, you know I adore breakfast food. In fact, I could eat breakfast food any time of day and never get tired of it. Even though I enjoy the classics, it’s nice to come up with new ideas too. We’re always trying to get more whole foods into our diet – that allows us to indulge just a little bit while still keeping with a healthy lifestyle. I’ll be honest – the motivation for…

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Easy Ice Cream Cookie Cups

Easy Ice Cream Cookie Cups

  One of the things I struggle with most as a working mom is finding the best foods to feed my family. I’m always looking for products with simple wholesome ingredients to use in all our family recipes – even when it’s a treat! These ice cream cookie cups are just that – an easy treat that uses real ingredients. I used ice cream made with real California milk for these, and I know I can trust the quality.   Not only can I trust the quality of real California Milk, I love the initiatives they support, including their new…

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Apple Banana Cookies with Gerber Cereal

Apple Banana Cookies with Gerber Cereal

We’re now a few months into introducing Ella to solids, and I have to say – it has been so much fun to watch her eat new foods and learn about textures. It’s also fun because unlike her big sister, this kid just loves to eat – she will eat anything and everything. I have yet to find a food she won’t eat. She’ll eat purees, but she definitely prefers to do it all herself.

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My Kitchen: Balsamic Meatloaf

My Kitchen: Balsamic Meatloaf

If you know me, you know I’m an obsessive meal planner, and you know I’m always looking for new dinner recipes for my family. We really need easy, flavorful, healthy options, and if they come together quickly, we’ve hit the jackpot. One of my husband’s favorite meals in the world is meatloaf. In fact, he asks for meatloaf almost every time we visit my parents. (I don’t mind because my mom usually makes baked potatoes with it.) While my mom’s recipe is very traditional, I prefer to try new spins on things, and that’s just what this recipe is. This…

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Rainbow Treats

Rainbow Treats

I’m always looking for ways to involve Abbie in holidays, even the small ones. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, there’s green and gold everywhere. You always think of green with St. Patrick’s Day, but I also think of rainbows – after all, isn’t the end of it where the pot of gold is? I had the idea to do an easy treat to celebrate – rainbow treats. Truthfully, I had this box of Fruity Pebbles in the pantry thanks to a late pregnancy craving, and I’m so glad I did. These were easy to mix up and done in…

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Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Sticks

Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Sticks

When the holiday season comes around, so do all my favorite flavor combinations. I love them all, but chocolate and peppermint has always been my favorite. Add in some pretzels, and it’s the perfect sweet and salty holiday snack. I love to make treats to give away to family and friends, so I whipped up these Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Sticks as a fun snack to gift. They’re super easy to make, so they’re great for kids to help with too. Just be careful not to eat them all – you’ll want to!   Enjoy – and I dare you not to eat…

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Our First Blue Apron Box

Our First Blue Apron Box

A few weeks ago, we finally tried out Blue Apron for the first time – something I’d been wanting to do for a while. I was in Houston the weekend before and didn’t have time for a full grocery shopping trip, so it was the perfect opportunity – not to mention the fact that I had a half off coupon on our first delivery. We chose the box for 2 people since Abbie’s really picky nowadays and we weren’t sure she would eat the meals no matter what they were. Now, here’s what we got in our first box! Our…

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