It’s finally fall! One of the reasons I love October and beyond is that I can finally start ladling out steaming bowls of delicious soup for dinners! Hooray! There is nothing more gratifying than a hearty bowl of soup on a cool fall evening….and by gratifying I mean: easy, healthy, and cheap (the mom’s recipe trifecta)! Although I love the classic bowl of chicken noodle or chili,
You’ve eaten your share of healthy pumpkin foods made with this incredibly versatile vegetable (which is technically a fruit), but now it’s time for dessert. We’ve compiled a list of unusual pumpkin recipes that go beyond your typical pumpkin pie. 1. Pumpkin Cannoli. Mama Mia! Filled with a lightly spiced sweet pumpkin ricotta filling, the classic Italian dessert gets a fall-themed twist in this recipe from A Treats Affair.
You’ll see pumpkins everywhere this time of year, from pumpkin-flavored foods, to pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin spice scented air fresheners and candles. Most people know pumpkin is a healthy food packed with fiber, anti-oxidants and nutrients. But did you know it’s also good for pets? Pumpkin has many health benefits for your pet, including: Urinary Tract Support. Veterinarians believe that the oils contained in the seeds and flesh of
It’s that time of year again… pumpkins are everywhere. Today I popped into my local grocery store and saw a large display of pumpkin scones, pumpkin cookies and mini pumpkin pies. Just looking at these mouth-watering items made me feel like the holiday weight was already starting to form on my hips. But don’t blame pumpkins! Pumpkins are dense with nutrients while offering little in
I don’t know many people who will choose whole wheat bread over white based on flavor alone. My own family is very reluctant to give up their beloved Trader Joe’s sourdough bread. But this whole wheat bread recipe has made me a hero in my household. So many whole wheat breads are heavy and dense, with a crust that feels like it might dislocate your jaw.
The branches of our plum tree are heavy with fruit this year, more than we can eat. It’s a nice problem to have because as luck would have it, one of my all time favorite cakes is Marion Burros’s Plum Torte. It is reportedly the most requested recipe from the New York Times, which seems unbelievable when you look at the ingredients. It’s all very mundane:
I have a confession to make. I love looking at all the creative ideas that people post on Pinterest… but it’s rare that I actually attempt to copy these recipes or crafts – even when I fully intend to. I can look at these elaborate bento box inspired lunch ideas and know, without a doubt, that I will never make them. But that’s okay. I can
My little girl has wanted to be a mermaid since preschool. She is now 11 and this obsession has not waned. Judging by all the mermaid-themed tees and merchandise offered at The Children’s Place, Justice, Old Navy and other popular kids’ stores, she’s clearly not the only one. If you’ve got a mermaid wannabe in your family, dive in to our definitive mermaid list. From
July is National Blueberry Month. What better way to celebrate than with some fun, creative recipes that go beyond the standard blueberry muffins, blueberry pie, blueberry scones, etc. Whether you pick ’em yourself or buy them fresh or frozen, blueberries are the bomb. Not only are they delicious, but they are packed with antioxidants, fiber and Vitamin C. We’ve gone ahead and hand-picked some creative blueberry recipes
Want to celebrate Shark Week without having to take a bite out of your wallet? We’ve got some fin-tastic suggestions to help your week go swimmingly! From shark-themed gifts to food ideas to activities, we’ve got ideas you’ve just got to sea. 7 ideas for Shark Week that will hook you in. 1. 7-11’s Exclusive Shark-Themed Treats. Cool down with a jawsome blue raspberry Slurpee in a fishbowl-shaped cup or a molded cup
It’s that time of year again, when you feel yourself overheating. You hit the Starbucks drive-through, get yourself a Refresher and a cake-pop… and somehow it’s cost you more than five dollars. Well, hang on to your cash this summer as you put our Starbucks drink recipes to work for you. 6 Starbucks Summer Drink Recipes 1. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher. Love this drink – but
This recipe is the creation of my 10 year old budding chef. She took a pancake batter recipe and turned it into muffins. It’s become a favorite breakfast for her and her little brother. These muffins are especially nice on those rushed mornings when breakfast has to be consumed on the road. (This happens more frequently than I care to admit . . . we are not morning people.) They are
Recently, my daughter’s school declared that parents are no longer allowed to bring in the typical birthday party treats: cupcakes, donuts, or birthday cake. This left me with the challenge of finding healthy, yet fun alternatives. I really wanted to come up with something creative – yet easy and affordable – to make her school birthday celebration special. Here are some of the ideas I
If you aren’t familiar with it, the Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, sauté/browning pan, steamer, yogurt maker and stockpot warmer, all wrapped into one. Pressure cooking has been the preferred cooking method in many kitchens for years, but the Instant Pot takes pressure cooking to a new level. It’s a huge improvement from traditional stovetop models that have
In my ideal world I would buy groceries without any regard for price. I would buy only the highest quality products and I would happily pay for exotic (read: expensive) ingredients. In reality, I’m a lot more careful. A grocery budget can quickly spin out of control, and while coupons and sales are great ways to save money, it also pays to focus on recipes that are inherently frugal.