Food

Homemade Granola Christmas Gifts

Most importantly,  LETS GO IRISH!  OK, now back to granola… We have been making homemade granola recently.  We now eat it almost every morning for breakfast. We mix it in either Greek yogurt or Trader Joe’s European Style yogurt (I love this yogurt – I usually get the “Whole Milk European Style” and have turned… Continue reading Homemade Granola Christmas Gifts

Food · Parties

A Perfectly Paired Menu For A Perfect Pair – A Couples Shower Menu

For our “Perfect Pair” themed couples shower we served heavy appetizers that were split into 4 stations.  Each station was paired with a different wine and beer.  We used chalkboards to label the foods and describe each pairing.  The stations were in different areas on the first floor of the house to encourage movement and… Continue reading A Perfectly Paired Menu For A Perfect Pair – A Couples Shower Menu

Food · Tips&Tricks

Did You Know That Leeks Float!? {Super Easy Way To Clean Leeks}

I love using leeks.  I think they are a great alternative to onions.  Don’t get me wrong…I love onions too – especially when caramelized – but leeks add a refreshingly new flavor to a food or recipe.  Anyway… I love leeks, but I don’t love cleaning them… they can be gritty if not cleaned really… Continue reading Did You Know That Leeks Float!? {Super Easy Way To Clean Leeks}

Food · Tips&Tricks

Make The Most Of Your Broccoli – How To Use The Broccoli Stem And Make It Taste Good

My favorite way to prepare broccoli is by roasting it in the oven.  I love when it comes out slightly crispy/almost burnt on the edges and perfectly tender throughout the rest. Until recently I thought that it was such a waste to throw away the stem when a recipe calls for the florets: Florets  are… Continue reading Make The Most Of Your Broccoli – How To Use The Broccoli Stem And Make It Taste Good

Food

Avocado Banana Almond Milk Shake

For our Toddler St. Patrick’s Day Party I made all kinds of green and rainbow foods for the children to enjoy.  One was this “Shamrock Shake” named only for its color, not its similarity to McDonald’s Shamrock Shake.  It contained several healthy items that were blended together into a smoothie.  Some of the children’s mom’s… Continue reading Avocado Banana Almond Milk Shake

Food · Holidays

Bake a Valentine Heart (Birthday) Cake for your Sweetie

My Hubbie’s birthday was last weekend.  Unfortunately (and fortunately 🙂 I was away on my sister’s bachelorette destination weekend in Nashville.  Of course I wish I could have celebrated with him on the real day, but we made do and celebrated last night! Eliana’s favorite shape right now is a heart.  Her favorite color is… Continue reading Bake a Valentine Heart (Birthday) Cake for your Sweetie

Food

Arugula Brussel Sprout Salad

My Go To Summer Salad (and Spring and Fall and Winter too!) Ingredients:1 package arugula8-10 brussel sproutslemon juiceolive oilpine nuts (optional)Freshly grated or shaved Parmesan cheesesaltpepper Roasted Brussel Sprouts:Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Cut brussel sprouts into wedges.  Lay them on a baking sheet and drizzle olive oil over them.  Lightly sprinkle salt and… Continue reading Arugula Brussel Sprout Salad

All Things Children · Food · Parenting

Homemade Toddler Foods For When “On The Go” – Mac and Cheese Bites With Spinach and Chicken

Making homemade food portable and easy to grab for when “On The Go” can be difficult.  As much as I want to always provide healthy options for Eliana, it is sometimes easier to just run through a drive through while we are out and about.  These Mac and Cheese bites are awesome because they are… Continue reading Homemade Toddler Foods For When “On The Go” – Mac and Cheese Bites With Spinach and Chicken