Every year we choose to stay in for New Year’s Eve and celebrate with our sons: less crowds, no driving on slippery roads and an incredible meal at a fraction of the cost. The only issue with staying home on New Year’s Eve is, you have to cook and clean, versus being waited on in a crowded restaurant. Here’s the perfect solution. A couple of days before Ryan Seacrest kicks off the New Year, zip out to the store and get the ingredients for the celebration menu. This meal is so easy to ... Continue Reading
Prepare a healthy and easy New Year’s Eve Dinner your family will love.
Simple and healthy homemade mac and cheese recipes.
It can be tempting to take the “easy way out” when it comes to pre-packaged foods. There are many pre-packaged items, like Mac & Cheese, that are common staple in many kitchen cupboards. But, did you know that some of these common preservative and sodium filled boxed items can be made easily from scratch at home? Here are a couple of my favorite Mac & Cheese recipes that are much more healthy for you and the kids. Simple Mac and Cheese (no baking required): Ingredients: 8 ... Continue Reading
Tips and tricks for getting your kids cooking in the kitchen.
... or how the movie “Ratatouille” has changed our cooking life. If there is one thing that has drastically changed our cooking life, it would be the movie Ratatouille. It left such an impression on my children's brains, sometimes I have to beg them to get out of the kitchen. “If you go take your bath now, when, you come back, you can do the cooking,” is how it usually goes. Both my children have been actively involved in cooking since they were old enough to stand or sit on ... Continue Reading
Holiday dinners are a breeze with time-saving cooking equipment.
We are now entering the holiday season, the busiest time of the year. Raise your hand if you’re on the “dread” side or the “excited” side? I’m, at the moment, ambivalent. I know how much work hosting an event, and preparing holiday dinners, can be and I’m thankful to only have to to host two times a year. Time commitments that include social engagements can do two things; wreck your diet and wreck your ability to have time to plan healthy meals and exercise. By making ... Continue Reading
The fast and fun way to make your own baby food.
It sometimes seems easiest to head to the grocery store to buy your baby food, but it's just as easy to make it at home and the benefits are amazing. Making baby food food is cheaper for your household and its also healthier. As your child moves to finger food, this can make your transition easier because they already know what an actual vegetable tastes like. While it may seem daunting or too time consuming to make baby food, it can actually be quite fun. Here are the basics for getting ... Continue Reading
With these at home recipes, you can make your own art supplies from items in the cupboard.
Sometimes it's more fun, feasible, and less-expensive to make your own art supplies, rather than running to the local store and stocking up again when your kids use the last bit of finger paint. Recently I hosted four little boys at my house and had to rely on my make-it-from-scratch skills. I was able to whip up homemade art supplies (some that are even edible) and they were a hit. These art supplies recipes can be made in only a few minutes, and you can get your children involved: Edible ... Continue Reading
Learn eco-friendly ways to green up your kitchen – including organic food and buying in bulk.
Eco-Friendly practices have to start somewhere, so why not in the kitchen? Here are a few tips and tricks to greening up your kitchen routine with reusable containers and organic food. Buy in Bulk This one may sound like a money saver, but it can also be a Eco-Friendly practice as well. The University of Florida did a study which found when all packaging is accounted for, it adds up to about one-third of all the trash that's thrown away in the United States. One way to reduce this packaging ... Continue Reading
Fun ways to add juice to your diet and incorporate super foods and vegetables.
I was introduced to juice and juicing by the film, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Though I was not fat, sick, or nearly dead I was facing a big nutritional gap in my diet. I was definitely not consuming enough veggies. But how to incorporate it? I started juicing. And here's how you can start too. Find a Juicer! When you look into a juicer you will notice there are hundreds of different brands and styles to choose from. For my husband and I, we chose an inexpensive juicer from Wal-Mart. It cost ... Continue Reading