Loaded Cheeseburger Potato ((and carrot)) Soup

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The first dinner to be served to a kiddo with a mouth full of new hardware needs to be yummy & soft. So guess what I came up with?? Cheeseburger Potato Soup! Now, this may sound strange – but, when I think of cheesy potato soup, I immediately think of opportunity. That is right – opportunity to disguise and hide healthy ingredients. Continue reading

Speed Cooking 101

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Well, I never had to speed date — I am so glad I dodged that bullet. I would imagine it would be crazy, stressful & noisy ((kind of like the night I snapped the above picture –when the herd decided to launch a sneak attack on David)). Well, that is what it feels like around my house at 5 o’clock in the evening and at 12:00 pm … and 9 am and 1:12 pm. It’s a hard time of day – made harder when the herd is starving and I have no dinner ideas. Speed cooking is the only way to survive. Continue reading

Big Country Breakfast Bread Pudding

I think I found the skeleton of this recipe almost 14 years ago in the once free Kraft “Food & Family” magazine.  I was about 25, working full time, newly married and needed some meal ideas that were cheap and easy. I had never had anything like this before and from the first time I made it – I was hooked! Continue reading

Shock and Awe, people!

There is an unwritten list of foods we parents have – PLEASE tell me I am not the only one… You know, a list of the untouchables. The “Untouchable Vegetables”. “Those” veggies that I wouldn’t even dare to put on my kiddos plates, the ones that illicit the gag and cotton mouth. At the very top of my list is ASAPARAGUS. Now, I personally like asparagus or else I would NEVER buy it. (hah)

But, I have a dream, it’s a little dream – but a dream. A dream that I can make one meal and we all eat in peace, young and old, boy and girl, mom and dad. That the color of food isn’t what matters, but that each color and shape is given equal opportunity to be eaten and … even enjoyed. That the dinner table can be a place where tears and discontent do not show their ugly faces. Rather, dinner is filled with laughter and joy and even peace. 

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Brownie NomNoms

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this recipe belongs to food for a year. no reproductions are permitted without explicit permission from the owner of this recipe.

This recipe has been a breath of fresh air into a much needed morning routine. I don’t know, I may be the only one who struggles to force-feed offer my children healthy food in the mornings. I have blended, I have toasted, I have mixed, stirred—and waved the white flag of surrender. They ((my herd of 4)) have eaten pop strudels, fruity sugar O’s, chocolate coated sucrose bombs – happily. Yeah, they were happy & I felt guilty. Continue reading

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