Recipes

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
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Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

If you are stuck inside during a blizzard, you must make cookies. Not only is it a fun activity to keep the kids busy, but it makes the whole house smell delicious. In honor of Valentine's Day, I made these red and white Cranberry White Chocolate…
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Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

It may be winter, but a delicious smoothie still is a perfect snack. My kids are loving them and I am happy to use up some leftovers produce from the refrigerator. Our new favorite recipe is the spiced pumpkin smoothie recipe. It offers a healthy…
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Why do kids love food served on skewers?

We recently found ourselves in a little eating rut. The kids were being picky, which is a bit unlike them. Time for a secret tool~ the skewer. Both kids are old enough to manage them with some adult supervision. At lunch, we included small…
DIY Vanilla Extract
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Make Your Own Homemade Vanilla Extract

You are going to learn how to make your own homemade vanilla extract in the steps ahead. I'm going to guess a few of you do a fair amount of baking. Did you have to buy vanilla extract at the store? It's expensive and it's not always that healthy…
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Kid Approved Granola Bars

I started making homemade granola bars about a year ago and have been tweaking the original recipe ever since.  It's finally ready to share with all of you.  Our whole family enjoys them and it's a healthy, hearty snack for mid-afternoon to…
Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
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Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I just can't get enough pumpkin these days. Muffins, breads, lattes and finally, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  I created this recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies using Stonyfield yogurt to replace the butter and fats called for…
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Soup Recipe Roundup

It's finally soup season around here.  The air is chilly and it's (sadly) getting dark early in the evening. Now is the time for warm and hearty soup.Here are my favorite recipes I've posted here...Slow Cooker Tomato SoupSausage, Bean and…
Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies
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Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies

Next to apples, pumpkins are my second favorite fall flavor.  Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks and pumpkin candy corn are some of my seasonal must-haves. This year I loved seeing all the many pumpkin spiced desserts around…
No Crust Apple Pie
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No Crust Apple Pie

I took the kids apple picking last Friday and came home with a bag full of Macintosh apples.  I usally make apple pie, but this time I tried a new, or rather old, family recipe.  My Nana's No Crust Apple Pie sounded perfect for my girl's…
DIY Foaming Hand Soap
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Shhh...we make our own hand soap

After I mentioned making our own foaming hand soap in yesterday's post about household cleaners, more than a couple people have asked how to make it. Here is the super easy recipe I use to make the foaming hand soap. I use Dr. Bronner's…
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Beat the Snack Slump

I am always looking for new ideas for healthy snacks.  There are just some days when we all need something to bridge the afternoon gap from lunch to dinner.  In our house, we often do a late dinner so we can sit down as a family. I…
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Blackberry Elixir to Kick a Cold

I know no one wants to think about cold and flu season, but now is the time to get ahead of the game.  Blackberries are coming into season here in the Northeast.  While they can be a bit strong tasting on their own, they pack a powerful…
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Zoku Popsicle Fun

My kids are popsicle crazy.  Morning, noon and night they want to make popsicles.  In my quest to avoid unnatural food dyes and excess sugar, we started making our own popsicles.  Welcome Zoku to the family. Zoku makes popsicles super fast.…
canning tomatoes
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How to Host a Canning Party

Please welcome my guest writer Mary who shares her experience of hosting a canning party, plus her recipe for Sassy Tomato Salsa.  Many hands make less work.  Leave a comment and share what you would make at your canning party.   When…
Zucchini Bread Recipe
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Nana's Zucchini Bread

When I think of my Nana, I usually think of her in the kitchen.  Amazing things came out of that kitchen, including a fair share of baked goods.  I recently found her Zucchini Bread recipe and gave it a try.  Zucchini is in abundance…
Homemade Basil Pesto Recipe
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Homemade Basil Pesto

The basil in the garden is growing like crazy.  Combined with the rain and the heat everything exploded over the past week.  Finally I could make some pesto. I generally don't measure anything when I am making it but I'll assign some…
strawberry rhubarb galette spring dessert
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Strawberry Rhubarb Galette

Did you know today is pie day?  I thought I would share my Strawberry Rhubarb galette, which is essentially a pie but sounds so much fancier.  Shhh, don't tell anyone it's even easier to make than a pie. I have made the Martha Stewart…
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Sea Salt Cookies. Sweet and salty cookies, the perfect combo!
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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Sea Salt Cookies

All parties are better with cookies.  Even better are cookies that are both salty and sweet like Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Sea Salt.  This week I hosted a group of bloggers and blog contributors from the Parent Talk Matters blog.…
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Spiked Banana Bread from Joy the Baker

Do you ever flip through cookbooks for relaxation?  If yes, have I got one for you.  The new Joy the Baker Cookbookis a delightful mix of comforting recipes focusing on good old fashioned sweet stuff. I got Madison to snuggle…
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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies

What's not to love about Chocolate and Cheesecake and Cookies?  Put it all together and you get one rocking cookie.  We had these over Easter weekend and they did not disappoint.  I also used white whole wheat flour to up the healthy quotient.…
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Strawberry Fruit Roll-ups

Strawberry Fruit roll-ups, or fruit leather, are probably the kids' favorite snack right now.  Both get excited when they see the blender come out.  The tricky part is the one year old is so slow eating his, big sister tries to take what…