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Quick Barbecue Cheddar Sausage Sandwiches with Balsamic Onions

Quick Barbecue Cheddar Sausage Sandwiches with Balsamic Onions

| August 29, 2012 | 4 Comments

During the last school year, we fell into a terrible habit. Whenever a weeknight was busy, I would pretty much toss my hands in the air and yell “takeout!” Ok, maybe it was more figurative than actual hand flinging and yelling, but ultimately, the result was the same. We spend way too much money ordering […]

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Back to School: Breakfast for your Brain

Back to School: Breakfast for your Brain

| August 28, 2012 | 6 Comments

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s because it fires up and fuels your noggin. Repeat: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! The question is … are your kids (and you!) eating it? If not, you all should be. “Breakfast is key for adults and children alike, since it […]

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Mini Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bites

Mini Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bites

| August 28, 2012 | 2 Comments

For the last few years, Will’s school bus came so early that wake up and breakfast was filled with grunts and half-closed eyes. It was brutal. This year is different though, with a later bus and a lot more time to wake, eat and get ready. Still, making quick, easy and fun breakfasts still matters […]

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Back to School: Packing School Lunches with Flair

Back to School: Packing School Lunches with Flair

| August 27, 2012 | 11 Comments

Psst! Be sure to read to the bottom for a great giveaway. In the beginning of the school year, I am always filled with inspired lunch ideas for kids. But somewhere along the way, I start repeating things a little too often and everything goes haywire. Frankly, my kids start to rebel a little if […]

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

| August 27, 2012 | 4 Comments

Summer might have another month to go, but for us it’s sort of over. School starts this week, and that means a return to early mornings, structured days, packing school lunch and snacks and all that comes along with it. I’m going to miss the more relaxed days of summer … but I am also […]

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How To Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies? (There is No Magic Answer)

How To Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies? (There is No Magic Answer)

| July 11, 2012 | 2 Comments

Once upon a time, I was a mom to one veggie-loving toddler who ate everything and I thought I knew it all. I had everything figured out, and my son’s wide palate was proof positive that what I was doing worked. In some ways, I was right. He did and continues to love fruits and […]

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Do You Talk Around the Dinner Table?

Do You Talk Around the Dinner Table?

| March 8, 2012 | 8 Comments

Let’s talk dinnertime conversations: Do you talk around the dinner table? Share your day? Ask your kids about theirs? In a Family Meals Survey that I conducted in 2010, 76.6 percent of respondents said that personal news was their favorite dinnertime conversation. Another 73.4 percent said family news and 72.3 percent said what’s happening at […]

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Cooking with Kids: English Muffin Pizzas

Cooking with Kids: English Muffin Pizzas

| December 12, 2011 | 8 Comments

Sometimes, cooking with kids is all about teaching them measuring, mixing and knife skills. We do this a lot. The kids and I talk about the different measurements we use and measure things out together. They are often the ones to whisk-shift dry ingredients for me or to stir together whatever needs stirring. But cooking […]

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Easy Cocoa Crackers

Easy Cocoa Crackers

| November 29, 2011 | 9 Comments

This tiny heart-shaped cracker? It’s for you. And for my kids. And for my family. And for my dear friends who amaze me with their kindness, generosity and willingness to go above and beyond. It’s for those bleak moments made better by a kind word or a thoughtful gesture. It’s for everyday reminders that you […]

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Seasoned Baked Chicken Nuggets

Seasoned Baked Chicken Nuggets

| November 29, 2011 | 9 Comments

The other night, when I was at Cate‘s house for our Blogger Thanksgiving fest, we were reheating a batch of these Homemade Seasoned Baked Chicken Nuggets that I made for the kids. Cate asked me if they were done right after I’d checked on them, and I said “No, they aren’t humming yet.” It never […]

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