Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait

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Essie is the one who put the "yummy" in my Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait recipe. With fresh berries at their peak, you've got to give this recipe a try.

Share this: I’ll admit it. The name Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait is a blatant attempt to follow my long-standing rule of giving foods appealing names. A recent scientific study at Stanford confirmed my practice: People are more likely to try strange foods with appealing names. But like other recipe names I’ve bestowed, it’s also based… Continue reading Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait




Why Your Kids Will Love A Tasting Garden

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Share this:Does your family have a Tasting Garden yet? If not, and you have a little chunk of ground (or even a large pot and a sunny spot), you need one. Our Tasting Garden is the girls’ favorite spot in the front yard, and Essie especially loves to sample its goodies and share them with… Continue reading Why Your Kids Will Love A Tasting Garden




Recipe: Dijon Deviled Eggs

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Share this:Those of you celebrating Easter in the weeks to come (or at least taking part in Easter egg hunts) may find yourselves inundated with hard-boiled eggs soon. Deviled eggs are a definite kid-pleaser, in my house at least. And this recipe makes the YUMMIEST deviled eggs I have ever eaten. Moreover, deviled eggs are a… Continue reading Recipe: Dijon Deviled Eggs




Fast & Easy French Toast

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Share this:French Toast is one of those things I’ve always known how to make. Don’t ask me how; I just have. It never occurred to me that anyone would need a recipe for French toast until a month ago. That’s when my husband, the more skilled chef in our household, got the uncharacteristic urge to make some.… Continue reading Fast & Easy French Toast




Recipe: Cheesy Toasts

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Share this:As I sit down to write this post, it’s a cold and dreary January in our corner of the northern hemisphere. We’re barely back from our latest visit with family, and I haven’t even had time to unpack, let alone get to the supermarket. So I’m snacking on cheesy toasts. Correction: WAS snacking on – I… Continue reading Recipe: Cheesy Toasts




Technique: Microwave-Steamed Vegetables

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Ready to try microwave-steaming vegetables? Broccoli, carrots, zucchini,or green beans are all great places to start.

Share this:Steaming vegetables in the microwave is about as easy as cooking gets. If you haven’t done this before – or if you wish your kids would eat more veggies – then microwave-steamed vegetables is a technique worth trying. What you need All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, a tablespoon or two of water,… Continue reading Technique: Microwave-Steamed Vegetables




Recipe: Christmas Pizza

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Share this:Are your kids going nuts, now that Christmas is over and school vacation lasts another week? Are they not ready to let go of their favorite holiday? Either way, making Christmas pizza for lunch or dinner might help. If your kids are like mine, they could do Christmas 365 days a year. But when… Continue reading Recipe: Christmas Pizza




A Taste of Autumn: Pumpkin Dip

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Share this:Prep time: Approx. 10 minutes / Yield: Approx. 3.5 cups The days are turning cooler here, the leaves are changing color, fresh apples are in season, and it seems everyone is advertising things pumpkin-spice-flavored.   If I had unlimited time, money, and capacity to metabolize calories, I could happily spend my days at Starbucks sipping… Continue reading A Taste of Autumn: Pumpkin Dip




Watermelon Made Easy: Summer Snacks Simplified

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Share this:First off, my apologies to those of you who will read this post and say “duh!” You’re probably at least ten steps ahead of me already on hacking mommyhood and otherwise simplifying your parental existence.   When I stop and think about what I’m about to tell you, part of me thinks, How banal! How… Continue reading Watermelon Made Easy: Summer Snacks Simplified