Jack-O-Lantern Smoothies

Jack o lantern smoothies

Step away from the candy...these healthy, fruity concoctions are the perfect breakfast or snack treat for your little goblins this season.  Jack-O-Lantern Smoothies combine the fresh flavors of peaches, bananas, and orange juice in a Halloween treat that no child can resist!  It's almost October!  Have I held off long enough???  Let the Halloween fun begin around here! I'm actually NOT going to get holiday crazy on you this month, but I do have a few fun ideas up my sleeve...starting … [Read more...]

French Onion Soup Casserole

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Crusty French bread topped with melted cheese and sitting in a sweet onion broth...this French Onion Soup Casserole is a must-serve side dish at all of your gatherings this season! Don't you just love a good bowl of French Onion Soup?  This casserole takes all of those delicious flavors and bakes them into an easy dish that can be served alongside your favorite roasted turkey, grilled steak, pot roast, or baked chicken.  It pairs beautifully with just about any main course, it's easier to … [Read more...]

Parmesan Ranch Chicken Tenders

Parmesan Ranch Chicken Tenders

Crispy, full of flavor, and easily baked in your oven, these Parmesan Ranch Chicken Tenders are sure to become a new family favorite! [Tweet "5 ingredients for fast, crispy chicken!"] Trust me on this one: everyone will LOVE this dinner! I came up with this recipe when I had a few left-over packets of Ranch seasoning left-over from another recipe.  Since my kids adore a similar dish that I make with Ritz crackers and Parmesan cheese, I knew that this version would also be a big hit. … [Read more...]

Cheddar Chive and Bacon Biscuits

Cheddar Chive and Bacon Biscuits

Cheddar Chive and Bacon Biscuits are the perfect, simple recipe to accompany this season's soups, chilis, or casseroles.  They come together in just minutes, and they are packed with flavor! This recipe was inspired by my friend Margeaux, who is one of my favorite recipe sharers!  She loves to cook as much as I do, and she's full of great ideas (remember her amazing coleslaw?!).  When she told me about some scones that she had made using cheddar, chives, and bacon, I knew that I needed to … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Introducing Solids with Baby Led Weaning

Introducing Solids with Baby Led Weaning

Today's guest post is for all of those moms with little ones at home (or for those young ladies who are even thinking about a little one...)!  Baby Led Weaning is a relatively new term (to me, anyway), but it's basically the way that I have introduced solids to each of my three boys -- even before I knew what it was called.   While my kids enjoyed rice cereal and other pureed foods for a very tiny window of time, they have all been most interested in eating the food that they see on … [Read more...]

Butterscotch Pecan Muffins + 8 Tips to Make Guests Feel Welcome

8 Tips to Make Guests Feel Welcome

Thanks to Frette for sponsoring today’s post. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and ideas are 100% my own! With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us will be hosting out-of-town guests for at least one or two nights. Whether they are friends or family, and whether or not you have a designated “guest bedroom” in your home, just a few special touches can make anyone feel like a royal! So without further ado, here are my 8 Tips to Make Guests Feel Welcome... [Tweet "Butterscotch … [Read more...]

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Full of good-for-you beans, veggies, and pasta, this hearty Minestrone Soup will warm your insides and will keep you cozy on a cool autumn evening! It's officially the first day of fall, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate the season than with a steaming bowl of this Minestrone Soup.  It is definitely a favorite around here!  There's just something so comforting about the smell of a big pot of healthy soup simmering on the stove.  And you know who really loves it?  Baby Spence! … [Read more...]

Individual Frozen Fruit Salads

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A healthy dessert or a special twist on a brunch favorite, these Individual Frozen Fruit Salads are a simple and nutritious addition to your holiday table!   [Tweet "Individual Frozen Fruit Salads: perfect make ahead treat for holiday brunches! #recipe #fruitsalad"] Last weekend I shared my Old-Fashioned Apple Spice Cake, which was the first in a series of holiday-themed recipes that I developed for the RecipeLion website.  Over the next few weeks, I will be including a few … [Read more...]

Taco Pie

Taco Pie

Like a Mexican version of chicken pot pie, this Taco Pie is a fun twist on a favorite family dinner!  Meat, seasonings, corn, and peppers are topped with cheese and a cornbread crust for an easy weeknight supper.  [Tweet "Taco meat, veggies, & cheese topped w/ a simple cornbread crust - easy and tasty!"] I've said on here before, my kids love Mexican food!  That's probably obvious from the various quesadillas, taquitos, and enchiladas that I've shared on this blog in the past.  And … [Read more...]

Healthy and Easy Lunch Ideas for Kids

Healthy and Easy Lunch Ideas for Kids

Thanks to Hillshire Farm for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own! Do you have a list of food items that you always have in your kitchen? You know, the stuff that your family loves and expects to find available at all times? Well for us, cheese, bread, yogurt, peanut butter, and deli lunchmeat are all considered staples, because they are the primary ingredients in some of our favorite healthy, quick, and tasty meals! As you probably know by now, my three-year-old and … [Read more...]