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After-School Snack Time!! ((Hot n’ Ready Ham Roll-ups))

It is official, school is back in session. I have to admit – for the first time in several years, I am sad summer break is over. We had a great ((and very busy)) summer. The kids attended a few camps, we enjoyed our annual trip to Table Rock and we even managed to squeeze in a trip to Branson with my mom and dad. Continue reading

Oozing Mummy Dog Family in the House!!

Every year at this time we have a dinner tradition: “Oozing Mummy Dogs”. I have seen plenty of look-alikes floating around television, Pinterest and magazines, but I have never seen the “real dog”. The Oozing Mummy Dog, that is. Now, please don’t burst my bubble and work to prove me wrong! I am sure these have been done somewhere before I started making them — but let me live in my fairytale, please ((haha)). Continue reading

When all else fails…make PLAY DOUGH!!

Some days are diamonds…some days, well… some days call for making play dough! Today was actually a great day – the kiddos were pleasantly kind to each other and were very cooperative in getting their schoolwork done. Even with a nice pace to our day & everything going my way, it was interesting to see what happened to the mood of my herd when I presented them with some freshly made, delicious smelling, homemade play dough.

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This Hobo Dinner just may change your life!

 The first time I had a Hobo Dinner was when I was 12. Mom, Dad, Mike & I were camping in the summer in CO. Once the tent was sent up, the campfire wood was gathered and the campfire was built, mom and I started the meal prep. I remember washing my hands with water from our jug, making sure not to waste it! If something dropped on the ground, I would do a quick rinse and try to make sure it became part of my brother’s meal ((hahaha))!

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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

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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