Strawberries and chocolate. What a perfect combination for Valentine's Day! This Strawberry Pie in a Chocolate Crust is sure to impress everyone (including your sweetheart) this February. I first had a variation of this delicious dessert several years ago at a girlfriend's house. She served the pie in a baked pie crust and used fresh strawberries from her garden. When I saw the way the sliced strawberries resembled hearts in the pie plate, I immediately thought the recipe would make a ... Continue Reading
A delicious Valentine’s Day dessert perfect for the chocolate-lover in your life.
Barbecuing season is upon us – here are some ways to make your grilling a little more green.
With summer fast approaching we are getting into one of my favorite times of year - barbecuing season. I love barbecuing - whether I'm grilling up some traditional pork ribs, grass-fed beef hot dogs, or grilling some eggplant, the grill is a staple in our backyard. However, grilling and barbecuing are not always the most environmentally-friendly activities.Here are a few tips to help make your barbecues a little greener. Don’t Over-Buy If you are having guests over for a good old fashion ... Continue Reading
European party ideas for your tween – transitioning from kid party to something a little more sophisticated.
Planning a birthday party for a toddler is pretty easy to do. Choose a theme, send out tine invites, buy some snacks, and let them play. But what do you do though when your tween wants to have a party, and understandably does not want a kid party? Start out by talking to your daughter or son and ask them what they would like the party to be like, what kind of things they'd like to do, and the types of food they want to serve. You can still include a theme - try one of these European options ... Continue Reading
Learn how to pick the best strawberries and then serve them up fresh in strawberry cupcakes and icing.
Spring showers bring May flowers but they also bring a tasty treat with them: strawberries. Strawberries are great to eat on their own, but also make a great addition to some popular dessert recipes. But, first things first, what do you look for when choosing the perfect strawberry? Strawberries can be purchased year round, but purchasing them when they are in season locally gives you the freshest possible fruit. Strawberries are in-season from April to June, so get your strawberry fix ... Continue Reading
Leftover eggs, what to do? Here are a few of my favorite recipes that include hard-boiled eggs.
We love to dye eggs for Easter in our home. We dye dozens of them, but with three kids, we end up with an over-abundance of hard-boiled eggs after Easter is over. So what is a mom to do with all those left-over eggs? Here are a few of my favorite recipes that include hard-boiled eggs. Deviled Eggs With a Curry Twist These are not your traditional deviled eggs. If you are looking to spice up your traditional deviled egg recipe, try out these fantastic lemon curry deviled ... Continue Reading
Opt for a staycation this year, spending your week at home with your family.
With Spring Break taking over March and April, many people are planning their destination of choice - opting for snow or sun or somewhere inbetween. But many families are talking about staying right at home, relaxing via a staycation instead. A few years ago I incorporated the staycation into a learning experience with my children. We expanded it over a summer, but you can easily tailor it down to a week for spring break. Get a Mental Picture The idea of a staycation is to explore a ... Continue Reading
Try this beef and broccoli recipe for a nutritious family dinner.
It's another of our Fake Out Take Out recipes. Piggy-backing off the Orange Chicken dish, this Beef and Broccoli stir fry is a staple at our house. All three of my kids love it for dinner and they often eat more broccoli than beef. Which is great, because broccoli is high in vitamin C, as well as dietary fiber. It also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties. This is another meal that takes less than 45 minutes to prepare and cook. Try it as a way to incorporate ... Continue Reading
Learn how you can substitute foods to trim down your favorite recipes.
I grew up in Tennessee, and as such, reveled in the traditional Southern diet – rich, delectable, and not always so healthy. After years of enjoying foods bathed in butter and cream, I couldn’t imagine a diet outside these confines. The prevailing thought was that food couldn’t possibly taste good if fat and sugar weren’t involved. It wasn’t until I adventured beyond these “necessary” ingredients that I discovered a whole new world of wonderful flavors – and ironically, ones ... Continue Reading
Yummy applesauce recipes – including easy applesauce and cinnamon muffins and applesauce cake.
Getting your kids ready for school and out the door can sometimes be a daunting task. I am always looking for easy, healthy, and tasty breakfast recipes. This applesauce and cinnamon muffin recipe is extremely simple and incredibly delicious. Applesauce is a staple in our household. With three under the age of five, there is always someone needing or wanting a snack. Applesauce is the perfect choice because it's nutritious and all kids seem to love it. Since I normally have an overabundance ... Continue Reading