Loaded Cheeseburger Potato ((and carrot)) Soup


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


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 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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