Easy Salsa Bites

Easy Salsa Bites

This post is sponsored by Real California Milk but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. You guys, I cannot believe it’s November! That means it’s my favorite time of year, and the holidays are well on their way. I never feel anywhere near prepared enough for all the events coming my way – the parties, the gifts, the onslaught of birthdays in my family – there is so much going on that it’s hard to keep up, let alone be ready for everything. One of the things I struggle with during this time of year is having…

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Mexican Breakfast Meal Prep

Mexican Breakfast Meal Prep

For the past few months, I’ve been doing everything I can to make our mornings easier. Getting 2 adults and 2 kids out the door in the morning is not easy (especially when you leave by 7am). I’ve been making as many of my meals ahead of time as possible. First up is breakfast – inspired by this recipe from Skinnytaste – with a few changes to make it work a bit better for me.

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Back to School with a Berry Basil Smash

Back to School with a Berry Basil Smash

We are officially finishing up week two of kindergarten around here, and it’s been the best two weeks. Abbie comes home excited about her day, tells us funny stories (like the time she had three breakfasts one morning), and beings home all kinds of papers and projects. Ella, on the other hand, is just excited to see her sister at the end of the day, and they are really developing more of a sisterly relationship every day.

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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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