Carsten and Kellan have fun in the kitchen making their very own slime.
Summer has arrived, and that means kids need things to do. My boys are thoroughly enjoying summertime, and so am I. I don't miss the hurried schedule of the school year and my hectic commute. Instead we are able to relax and make our own schedule each day.
‘Tis the season for holiday eating - whether you look forward to the
sweets, the party appetizers or the traditional Christmas dinner. I love
Christmas goodies especially the cookies, but I also love all of the
party food. The holidays are a time to indulge so go ahead, make an
extra appetizer or two to bring to the holiday party.
December is the best month to indulge in decadent dessert. It seems
everywhere you look there is something yummy to tempt your sweet tooth.
If your pants are feeling a little bit tight make a soup for lunch or
dinner you can feel good about eating. There’s still a couple of weeks
before the trays of holiday goodies appear so do what you can to keep
the holiday weight from appearing on your scale.
One potato, two potatoes, three potatoes, more — there’s more than
enough room for mashed and sweet potatoes on your Thanksgiving.
As I did my weekend grocery shopping I noticed frozen turkeys in grocery
carts heading to homes for Thanksgiving. Maybe your family’s holiday
favorites include cheesy potatoes, green-bean casserole, pretzel salad
or homemade rolls. Our family likes to keep our Thanksgiving feast
fairly traditional with mashed potatoes and gravy and dressing with the
addition of our favorite side dish, corn pudding.
Fast forward 17 days to the scene at your house on Thanksgiving Day.
Your table is overflowing with turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing,
cranberries and pumpkin pie. But wait, what about keeping all of your
guests satisfied before the Thanksgiving feast is ready? The answer is a
variety of snacks and appetizers so they can keep their mind on the
football game and off of dinner.
There’s nothing cozier than dinner at home. Chicken casseroles are homey and simple, but always delicious.
There’s only one week left to scare up some good treats for your little
ghosts and goblins. Surprise them with sweet, salty and spooky snacks
that are almost too cute to eat.
Fall is the ideal time to cook up a batch of chili for a tailgate or
dinner at home. There are so many options to suit any mood. Bring a
little spice to the table with chicken chili.
Scare the daylights out of kids of all ages with a frightfully fabulous
Halloween-inspired meal. Whether Beggars Night or any night in October,
you can serve up food that is ghoulishly good.
This past weekend I came across a few recipes for Magic Pumpkin Cake. I
had never heard of this dessert, but wanted to try something different
than pumpkin bars. The directions sounded simple enough, but I had my
doubts if this recipe would really work. I decided to put this recipe to
the test with the help of my 5-year-old son, Carsten. He loves to help
me bake while standing on his stepstool, and this was his first time
cracking the eggs. He was so proud of himself as he cracked all six of
them and didn’t drop a single one.
On a recent neighborhood walk with my two sons, we passed by a couple of
apple trees. The boys wanted to pick apples from the tree to bring
home. We plucked a few to bring home and cut into them right away. The
apples were tart, but good.
My family and I love to attend cultural festivals. We love the sights
and sounds, but we especially love the food. One of the Latin delicacies
I’ve tried and loved is tacos al pastor, spiced pork and pineapple
cooked slowly to perfection, thinly sliced and then topped with chopped
onion and cilantro.
Tempt those with a sweet tooth with desserts made with seasonal
ingredients. Zucchini bread and pumpkin bars are a real treat. It’s the
perfect time to try both as we are at the tail end of zucchini season
and the very beginning of pumpkin season.
Lessen the stress of a new school year with timesaving recipes. With new
teachers, new classes, and a new routine you can use all the help you
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