It's that time of year ... Easter baskets overflowing with Peeps, jelly beans, chocolate eggs and Cadbury creams. According to the National Confectioners Association, last Easter, 700 million marshmallow Peeps, 16 billion jelly beans and 90 million chocolate bunnies were sold. Easter morning often means a sugar high for the kids, but once everyone is done indulging - what do you do with the leftovers? Peeps What are Peeps but shaped marshmallows? So the easiest solution is to use them ... Continue Reading
Use batch cooking to save time and money in preparing recipes for your family.
Batch cooking is a great way to spend a little extra time to save a lot of time and money later. Once the food is prepared, all you need to do is prepare and serve later. And even better, there's less clean up. Here are a few batch cooking recipes I love to whip up: Pancakes I have never been that great at making pancakes. For some reason they never cooked inside but they were always brown on the outside - until I found this recipe. This recipes makes a ton of pancakes. Once they are cooled, I ... Continue Reading
Three easy to make Valentine’s desserts for a night in.
Instead of a night out on Valentine’s Day you and your honey are planning on avoiding the crammed restaurants and having a quiet evening at home. Dinner is all planned, but what about dessert? Instead of buying something ready-made, why not make something that lets you put a little love into it. Here are a few easy desserts will impress even the hardest to please palates: The Pie’s the Limit. Nothing beats a freshly-baked pie for dessert. But if making pastry is too intimidating, try a ... Continue Reading
Start Valentine’s Day right with chocolate chip pancakes and homemade whipped cream.
A lovely way to start your family’s Valentine’s Day off is with homemade chocolate whipped cream and mini-chocolate pancakes. They will be thanking you all day. This recipe is very easy and fun to make, and you may find your kids wanting to help with the cooking - or at the very least “helping” to lick the whipped cream off the whisk. Whipped Cream Ingredients: A mixer bowl (chill it in refrigerator for 10 minutes) 1 pint of organic heavy cream Ghirardelli Sweetened Cocoa ... Continue Reading
Some ideas for recipes to make for your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year to eat out and rightfully so. However, this can make for a not-so-romantic dinner if you are packed in a crowded restaurant getting bumped by the waiter or feel like you are sharing a table with strangers. Why not try something different this year? Make a romantic meal for your loved one and fill it with LOVE. You do not have to be a Julia Child or Betty Crocker to make a delicious meal from the heart. It just takes a little planning and ... Continue Reading
Try these yummy alternatives to traditional ingredients for a healthier holiday.
The holiday season is a busy time and sometimes we moms do things because that's what we've always done. However, incorporating healthy holiday habits can be easy and better for your family. Some easy examples of healthier holiday habits are : Toss the Tub The whipped cream in the tub seems to be a holiday staple, it always was with us. It never occurred to me to make my own, or that I could. On my quest for healthier living and eating, I (and many others) have discovered that you can make ... Continue Reading