Now that we’re officially in summer, the you-pick (or U-Pick) farms are open for the season! Some already have peaches, strawberries, and blueberries available, while others offer a variety of cherries and other fruits later in the season. Though every farm has its own rules, there are some universal tips for taking the family out for a day of fruit picking. Before you head out for a basket of berries, keep reading. Read more
Does your family have one meal that's cooked the most to appease everyone in the house or do you tend to eat separate types of food? When you have picky eaters but you're trying to eat healthy together as a family it's tough to find a balance, but I've found a few ways that help. Read more
It’s officially barbecue season! Now that we live pretty far from the SF Memorial Day Ceremony, my family usually barbecues on Memorial Day, and it’s the kickoff to a summer of barbecues with friends and family. We really enjoy barbecue season, but there are a few things that are musts when it comes to being prepared.
What you eat after having a baby is just as important as what you’re eating while pregnant — Which is exactly why I’m trying to be better about eating healthy foods that do a lot for my body. Since beans are a great source of protein and fiber (two things a breastfeeding mama really needs) I tried my hand at making a quick 10-minute hummus that allows for easy healthy snacking. Click through to print the recipe and give it a try! Read more
Picking the right appetizer for your get together just got easier! This artichoke dip is creamy, cheesy, and super simple to make with the kiddos. Keep reading for the printable recipe then enjoy taste testing your new creation!
Looking for a super easy dish to make from scratch for your next gathering? Try this super easy apple crumble! I found this recipe online and just had to try it as a simpler alternative to my usual apple pie. The kiddo was able to help mix everything up and it requires so much less prep work and cleanup, too. All you need is a medium bowl and your pie dish! Simply mix the first ingredients in the pie dish and the second batch in the medium bowl, then pour it over top. Because there’s no crust to make there’s also less mess and things that are hand wash only (yay!) at the end of baking time. Give this recipe a try with your family —You’ll love it! Read more
When I hosted the whole family at my house for Thanksgiving for the first time a few years ago the pressure was on to find delicious recipes that didn’t take up my whole day. I discovered a photocopy of a Golden Apple Cobbler recipe in one of my cookbooks and adapted it to my liking and it was a hit! Since then it’s become a tradition for Savannah and I to make this recipe together for holidays or family gatherings where something sweet is needed. Keep reading for the printable recipe!
Gathering for special occasions is one of the reasons the holidays feels so magical. Well, that and there are presents involved. But with these big events comes the stress of putting it all together. Sometimes ensuring dinner is set and ready on time while also taking the time to decorate just right and be sure you have enough food (or people coming) can be a real bear! Fortunately, there are some very cool apps that make all this more of a breeze and less of a sandstorm. Keep reading for 10 apps that will make hosting holidays a little bit easier. Read more
Managing to eat breakfast now that the kiddo is in school hasn’t been easy. I get back from school drop off and try to catch up on social media and emails as soon as I can so the next thing I know it’s noon or 1 p.m. already and I haven’t eaten a thing all day. Now that I’m pregnant, I’m trying to be better about getting some sort of breakfast/protein in so I’ve been looking into ways S and I can get the morning nutrition we need without adding too much time to our morning since we’re perpetually “going to be late.” The answer? Smoothies! I’ve created two 5-minute smoothies that I know you’re going to love — A Nourishing Carmel Apple Smoothie for fall (or anytime you want it to feel like fall) and a Peanut Butter Lover Workout Smoothie. Keep reading for the recipes! Read more
I’m all about peanut butter and S is all about apples (no food allergies here) but with my dairy sensitivity it has made eating something as tasty as apple PB&Js not as fun. After all, S likes to dip her apples in milk and I really enjoy the refreshing taste of milk after a bite of my protein-packed PB&J with apple slices inside. Fortunately, I learned about a different kind of cow’s milk that isn’t genetically modified or altered in any way, but that doesn’t give either of us tummy troubles either — the perfect milk for our after-school snacking in a few weeks!