3 Amazing Benefits of Cooking with Kids!

Yes, it’s true! Sometimes cooking with our kids can require time, patience, and some extra clean up effort. But experts agree that the extra effort is well worth it. The benefits are countless.Recently I was reminded how fun cooking can be when my kids and I attended a photo shoot for Cuisinart. The shoot was focused on the amazing Griddler! After the shoot, we were fortunate enough to keep the Panini maker and had so much fun coming up with creative delicious panini recipes. One more memorable than the other – the kids even got a little competitive.  As we sat around the table that night, we came up with a list of amazing benefits derived from a day in the kitchen as a family.Family Bonding OpportunityAll children love attention and cooking together requires a little … [Read more...]

5 Top Items to Put On Your Wedding Registry

(Sponsored) This blog post was sponsored by Macys ® but the opinions are all my own.Marrying the love of your life is one of the most amazing moments you will ever remember. As you start this new chapter of your life, you and your fiancé need to start making the wedding registry list – an essential list of wants and needs for your new life! Right now receive an Extra 15% off your wedding gift purchase with code WEDDING. Shop now at macys.com! Valid 9/1-9/30I still remember how excited I was to get my registry gun and conquer this important task with my fiancé! A memorable pre-wedding activity, before walking down the aisle and saying ‘I do’. We considered many different registries but Macy’s amazing registry capabilities definitely took the cake! The great selection of brands … [Read more...]

The Best “One Stop Shopping For All” Gift – Omaha Steaks

Omaha Steaks has provided me with the following product for a review on my blog.  I was not paid for this article.  All opinions of Omaha Steaks & the products are my own.  Are you looking for a gift idea place for the holidays and beyond? A gift that's fun to give and receive?  We've got a perfect suggestion!Recently, a white Styrofoam cooler container was delivered to my doorstep and I knew I was in for a treat.  Inside?  Meal selections from Omaha Steaks!Inside was everything I needed to create a fabulous meal for my family. Steaks, (and seasoning) vegetables, potatoes and dessert. WOW!! By this time of year, I am so tired of making decisions about meals – just having someone else put it together was so exciting!The food is shipped with dry ice to keep … [Read more...]

Five Tips for Meal Planning with Success

If you want to make one change in your life that will dramatically improve your ability to make homemade food for your family, start planning your meals ahead of time.“Learning how to put your favorite meals together into a schedule is a vital kitchen skill that every adult should master.” - Conquering Your Kitchen, page 49 Why Bother Meal Planning?When I began to move away from processed food in favor of a homemade lifestyle a few years ago, the logistics were overwhelming. Day after day, I labored over decisions about what to eat for the next meal. I found myself heading to the grocery store four or five times a week picking up food for the next couple days. It was a stressful transition.But then I discovered meal planning, and life became so much easier.Meal planning … [Read more...]

Meal Planning With Seasonal Fall Produce

Fall is that wonderful time of year when the leaves change to beautiful colors, we take the kids out to the pumpkin patch to choose pumpkins for carving, and head out to the orchard to fill buckets with apples.   But, what do we do with all of the delicious fall produce we come home with so it doesn't go to waste?Here are five delicious fall foods and five ways you can incorporate them into your meal plan, because let's face it, there are a lot of apples in those buckets and we can only eat so many fresh ones before the rest will begin to go bad.Image Source Apples:Place a few in a lovely basket and put them on display in your kitchen or on your dining room table.  These are the ones that the kids can take whenever they are looking for a healthy snack.   How about a fun game … [Read more...]