ON BEING BRAVE,
12 BACK-TO-SCHOOL BREAKFASTS
AND A LIFEFACTORY GIVEAWAY

I’m trying to be brave today. I’m not very good at brave when it comes to my children and growing up. ER visits?  Gnarly splinters?  Friendship woes? Anything involving blood? I’m your gal. Outgrowing a newborn onesie? First day of kindergarten? Graduation? You’ll find me I’m ...

SUMMER SMOOTHIE SERIES: PEACH-MANGO SMOOTHIE

I’m finishing up my Summer Smoothie Series with one that might qualify as dessert. Another recipe I developed for Cooking Light Magazine, this peach-mango number delivers a generous dose of fruit while tasting like a real treat. Using frozen fruit instead of fresh doesn’t ...

SUMMER SMOOTHIE SERIES: CARROT APPLE GINGER REFRESHER

It’s Week Three in my Summer Smoothie Series. This time, I’m bringing some vegetables into the mix with this recipe I developed for Cooking Light Magazine. Carrot juice plays a starring role with a handful of other ingredients that may strike you as ...

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BASIL & PISTACHIO PESTO PASTA

For many families, mine included, the weeks between Spring break and summertime are the toughest of the school year. Churning out meals on ...

NOT LETTING GO OF FAMILY DINNER

It’s been a month or so since Mr. Mom’s Kitchen and I (tearfully) delivered our oldest daughter to her first day of ...

6 STEPS TO SEAMLESS PACKED LUNCHES

Packing lunch is often the least favorite among a long list of back-to-school chores. Here is a list of six tips to ...

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15 MINUTE FIX: PAPRIKA-SPICED SHRIMP & CORN SALAD
AND TIPS FOR BUYING SHRIMP

Some of the best dishes around here come not from the dozens of cookbooks that line my kitchen shelves, the glossy food magazines that arrive in my post box each month, or the thousands of recipe ideas on Pinterest. Instead, my best meals often spring from cooking on the fly, when time and ingredients are in short supply. Such […]

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WHY IT’S OK TO SAY “NO” TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT FOOD

Control around food is such a loaded topic and many of us struggle with when, how, and how much to set limits with our kids. So when I read an article on the subject recently by child feeding expert and registered dietitian,  Maryann Jacobsen, it really spoke to me. I found it enlightening and thought […]

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SUMMER SMOOTHIE SERIES: STRAWBERRY GUAVA SMOOTHIE

Here goes installation number two in my summer smoothie series. The recipe is one I developed for Cooking Light Magazine. This is very much a kid-pleaser sort of smoothie that makes a tasty afternoon pick-me-up. It can also be poured into pop molds and put in the freezer for several hours for a colorful frozen treat. Photo […]

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UPDATE ON MY SUMMER CAMP SNACK CAMPAIGN

Recently I wrote a post about the sorry line up of junk food snacks at my daughter’s soccer camp. Not a single healthy option was included in the mix of Oreos, Doritos, candy, and sugary sports drinks. You can find that original post, Soured on Summer Camp Snacks, by going here. Many of you asked me […]

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SO GOOD SLOW COOKER MAPLE FRENCH TOAST

This beauty is currently at the tippy tip of my list of slow cooker favorites. The first time I made it, I dug in for lunch with piles of berries.  I was at it again the next morning for breakfast with a mound of Greek yogurt. Three times was a charm for snack the following day with […]

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SUMMER SMOOTHIE SERIES: CUCUMBER APPLE MINT COOLER

Smoothies are standard fare around here all year round, but they never taste so good as in summer. So I thought I’d do a series of posts featuring four favorites. They’re recipes I developed for Cooking Light Magazine that run the gamut from mega-nourishing to sweet treats. All will fill the bill for cooling you off on […]

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HONEY BALSAMIC TOMATO CROSTINI

I was thinking of calling this Tomato Candy, but then I worried that visions of chocolate-dipped cherry tomatoes might trip across your imagination and you’d wonder if I’d lost my marbles. More apt would be to call it Candied Tomatoes because that’s what happens when you lap summer’s best tomatoes in a brew of honey and balsamic and then […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Having kids home for the summer is seriously cutting into my writing time, which is why several weeks rolled right on by without My Week in Food.  In the event of another dry spell, you can always catch what I’m up to on Instagram. For now, let’s talk about 4th of July, which suddenly seems forever-ago. […]

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SOURED ON SUMMER CAMP SNACKS…
AND WHAT I DID ABOUT IT

Picking up my youngest daughter after her first day at soccer camp last week, I was filled with delight. Dozens of  girls of all ages were running around on the expansive green of a university field as energetic young coaches encouraged them along. The blue skies overhead and majestic backdrop of St. Ignatius church on the hill just […]

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BURRITO BOWLS!
AND A YEAR OF WHOLE GRAINS CONTINUES

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