Making Simple Dinners Look Amazing!


Sometimes you simply want an easy meal. When company is coming in an hour and you still need to pick up or your kids bring home an extra friend or two from school and they ask to stay for dinner and you haven’t even thought about dinner yet? Having that box of pasta, jarred sauce,…

Our Adventures in Creating Adventurous Eaters – Part III


This is how we helped our children (and us) become adventurous eaters. In Part I (click for link to blog post) and Part II (click for link to blog post) I wrote about how this all started and giving our children the appropriate words to use when talking about food. One of my goals for…

Indoor Picnic – 5 Tips for Making a Fun Meal


Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you are spending the day with those you love. ❤  ❤ ❤ I am planning a fun dinner with my family and thought I would share with you some of the ways we make our family meals “special.” It has been super cold and snowy here. We have actually been spending…

Our Adventures in Creating Adventurous Eaters – Part II


In case you missed it Part I (click for link to original blog post) last week was how we started playing our food game and how we started working on getting our kids (and myself) to be a bit more adventurous in trying new foods and understanding why we like or don’t like certain foods. One…

Our Adventures in Creating Adventurous Eaters – Part I


Image from Google Images I had another conversation a few days ago with a mom who was convinced her children would not eat anything at all like I make for my family. I have this conversation quite often with parents and I have written about it several times on this blog. It usually starts with…

Wow! What I Have Learned in 5 Years of Blogging


I actually began this blog in 2012 but didn’t really start writing until the following year. 2012 was a year of turmoil for us. We got married (again, legally this time), my partner lost her job in a company buy-out, she got a new job in Michigan, we moved 600 miles to a super small…

My Top 5 Recipes for January 2018


Every last Saturday of the month I gather my top 3-5 recipes from the month. Sometimes they are older recipes that people have come back to look for or new ones that I have made during the month. This month definitely had a comfort food feel about it and my top recipes are definite comfort…

No Buy January!


So, we are one week from the end of our No Buy January! If you haven’t done this before you may want to consider giving it a try. Other than some fresh produce, dairy, and a few staples you eat out of your freezer and pantry. This uses up all those bits and pieces that…

How are Your New Year Goals Going? Determination!


So now that we are a three weeks into January how are those goals going? Have you totally abandoned them yet? Now is the time to adjust and make them something you can live with rather than far-reaching unrealistic expectations. Writing your blog every single day? Increasing your presence on social media? Facebook? Twitter? or…

Disney Planning, Again!


For many reasons we have decided to move our January trip to Walt Disney World to March. We swore we would never be those people who planned their trips around school breaks but now that both kids are in high school it is a bit tougher. Christmas break was later this year lasting until January…

Food Trends for 2018 – United States


As we move into January I have been researching where professionals see the food trends turning for 2018. Some of the trends are carrying over from 2017 and some are possibly new things we may see. These seem to be the things that most trend followers seem to see for the next year in the…