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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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