Food & Recipes

Shrimp and watermelon salad is a quick and refreshing summer salad that is perfect on warm evenings, with bright, fresh flavors and a simple lemon dressing.

Easy Shrimp and Watermelon Salad

My husband and I didn’t do the traditional wedding thing.  We kept is small and low key, and it was an absolutely perfect day.  I shied away from a big traditional wedding as soon as I started planning it. The hardest part was a location!  I grew up in one state and my husband in […] Read more…

These portable snack bars are perfect for camping, picnics, or after school. Made with whole wheat flour and oats, Backpacker Bars make a healthy snack.

Backpacker Bars: A Recipe for Healthy Snack Bars

This past Thanksgiving was the first year I spent without my mom or sisters.  Moving to the other side of the country meant forgoing the big family get-togethers over the holidays.  Not only did I really miss spending the holiday with my family, it meant that I had to do all of the cooking.  By […] Read more…

Have you joined your first CSA? There's a lot I wish I knew before picking up my first CSA box. Here are 5 CSA tips to help you make the most of your haul!

The Ultimate Survival Guide for Your First CSA Box

Join your first CSA?  You are probably thinking “Ok, so now what?”  I was so excited after joining my first CSA that I didn’t think much about what to expect.  Until we picked up our first box.  Week after week I learn a little more.  I’ve put together all of the tips I wish I […] Read more…

Healthy, versatile, and easy breakfast ideas for each day of the week. These make-ahead and grab-and-go breakfasts have something for everyone!

Easy Breakfast Ideas for Your Busy Mornings

Every morning at our house is about the same.  Kids up and out of bed.  Get them dressed, teeth brushed, backpacks together.  Oh right, and I need to get ready for work too.  Breakfast is almost an afterthought – which means it’s going to be cereal for an easy breakfast again!  Ok, we do love […] Read more…

Shredded chicken is a must-have for quick and healthy meals. These 5 delicious ideas using this recipe staple will have lunch or dinner on the table fast!

5 Quick Dinners to Make with Shredded Chicken

Whether it’s the pre-cooked and shredded chicken that I keep stocked in my freezer, or a rotisserie chicken I picked up from the store, there are seemingly endless dinner ideas using shredded chicken.  Lunch, dinner, and even snack-time is a snap! 1. Quesadillas and Nachos Just a handful of chicken and cheese on a tortilla […] Read more…

Everyone loves this game-day spin on tacos. This quick and easy taco dip recipe can be a healthy party favorite when loaded with beans and fresh veggies.

How to Make a Quick and Easy Taco Dip

This is the time of year I find myself scouring Pinterest and my cookbooks for dishes to take to those summer neighborhood get-togethers.  Especially the last day of school events, Memorial Day, and July 4th. It’s also a family staple for game day in the fall.  It’s a rare occasion that you won’t find a […] Read more…

Too busy to cook during the week? Skip the take-out with these staples that are recipe-ready. Quick meal ideas will have dinner on the table in no time!

7 Easy Ways to Prep for Quick Meals

It’s another one of those nights.  Long day at work.  Kids activities.  No food in the house.  But I still need to get dinner on the table. I can’t always avoid it, but I like to avoid the fast food and pre-packaged food as often as I can.  Slow cookers can be a lifesaver, if […] Read more…

My favorite recipe for spaghetti squash makes a healthy and easy lunch, dinner, or side. Let kids can help with prep on a make-your-own family dinner night!

The Best Spaghetti Squash Recipe for an Easy Lunch

The end of the school year brings on a million projects and other things to get done before that last day.  On my list this year?  Turn my 5th grader into Jim Henson (didn’t he wear flannel shirts a lot?) and make a (realistic) plan to build a tree house for a 2nd grade presentation. There […] Read more…