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May 15th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

National Hamburger Month



Did you know that May is National Hamburger Month? There’s just something about a juicy burger with all your favorite trimmings. They’re so versatile because they can be whatever you want them to be, and even vegetarians and vegans can enjoy meatless burgers made from veggies, tofu, beans, etc. We searched the web for the best burgers and found some really unique recipes! Which one will you try first?

What’s YOUR favorite burger?

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May 12th, 2014 at 9:32 am

Easy Freezer Meals


With a busy schedule it’s always nice to have prepared meals in your freezer that are ready to go! The best kinds are ones you’ve made yourself using ingredients of your choosing and according to your families likes and needs.

I like to freeze everything, from fruits and vegetables, to meat, to full meals. One of my favorite things to freeze are waffles with strawberries in whole and sauce form that I use to top them. I pick the strawberries fresh and they keep the whole year until it is strawberry picking season again.

Leftovers are also a great thing to freeze. I make extra when I first cook the meal, and then freeze the leftovers in individual portions so I have lunches available. I also love to freeze things to prevent them from going bad. Is there a good sale on veggies at the supermarket? Buy more than you need and freeze the rest. I freeze summer corn or rhubarb from the garden as well. Freezing is as good as you get to fresh in the middle of winter!

One great money saving idea is to have a freezer party! Gather some friends and make meals together to freeze. This way you can buy ingredients in bulk. Another idea is to prepare enough meals for the whole group, and each bring a different recipe. Swap around so everyone gets a freezer meal from each person. If there are 8 people, you would go in with 8 meals (same recipe) and come home with 8 different meals!

Here are some of my favorite freezer meal websites:

Freezer Friendz

50 Easy Freezer Meals

Freezer Cooking 101 & planners

Pioneer Woman Freezer Cooking

Freezing Guidelines 

How to Freeze Fruits and Vegetables


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March 13th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

St. Patrick’s Day Fun



You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s an excuse to have some fun with the kids…make some treats, do some crafts, maybe watch a parade. Dress up in your best green gear and check out this list of St. Patrick’s Day fun!




Leprechaun Cupcakes

Lucky Charms Cookies

Leprechaun Hat S’mores

Mint Chocolate Pretzels

Green Ombre Rice Krispy Treats 

Pot ‘O Gold Rainbow Fruit Platter 



St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt

Leprechaun Visit – Footprints

Hanging Rainbow Pot ‘O Gold Craft

Fingerprint Rainbow Pot ‘O Gold Craft

Paper Plate Leprechaun Craft 

Handprint 4-Leaf Clover Craft



Coloring Sheets

Gift Tags


Quote Printables


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March 10th, 2014 at 5:00 am

Breakfast for Dinner – A Waffle Bar

plainwaffleMy kids could eat breakfast for every meal of the day, so a couple of times a month we have breakfast for dinner! It definitely is right up there with taco night at our house. We rotate french toast, pancakes and everyone’s favorite – waffles. Our waffle maker is one of our most used appliances because of this. Here is our family’s easy recipe, but sometimes we just buy an easy box mix to use.


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

4 teaspoons baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

1/3 cup melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

In a bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. In another bowl, beat the eggs. Add milk, butter and vanilla to the egg mixture. Pour this mixture into the flour mixture and beat until blended.

Once waffle iron is preheated, ladle in batter. Cook the waffles until golden and crispy. Serve immediately or place on cookie sheet in warm oven.

Once cooled, place in freezer bags and keep in freezer up to 3 months. Place in toaster to reheat.


Using these waffles you can create a waffle bar using any of the following favorite toppings:


Syrups and other Sauces
Maple Syrup
Flavored Syrup
Warm Honey
Salted Caramel sauce
Apple Butter
Peanut Butter
Strawberry Jam

The Final Touch
Powdered Sugar
Whipped Cream

A Sprinkle on Top


You can use whatever combinations interest you. Try to mix the healthy choices in with the fun ones. Feel free to get creative. Or make waffles your dessert with these great ideas:

S’mores – Waffle with nutella spread, marshmallow fluff and a little sprinkle of crushed graham crackers
Banana Split –Waffles with a scoop of ice cream, bananas, pineapple chunks, strawberries and some chocolate sauce with a dollop of whipped cream and a cherry!
Apple Lovers –Waffle covered with apple crisp and a dollop of whipped cream and a little bit of caramel sauce.
Stuffed Waffle – Use flavored cream cheese in between two waffles with fruit for a “stuffed” variety.

We also use our waffle iron to make other things from paninis to eggs. One of our other favorite things is to put refrigerated cinnamon rolls in the waffle iron to cook and spread on the yummy frosting when it is done. We have also used it to make hash browns by putting frozen hash brown scoops in.

I think I might need to make some waffles now.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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March 6th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

The Paleo Diet



The “Paleo” (paleolithic) diet has risen in popularity over the past few years. According to, it involves eating only foods that our ancestors from the Paleolithic era ate, which includes meats (poultry, beef, lamb, pork, etc.) fish and other seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and natural oils such as olive, coconut, avocado, etc. Things like dairy, cereal grains, refined sugars, legumes, and any type of processed food are not included, as the hunter-gatherers of that age did not have the tools and knowledge to cultivate or create them (although some variations of the diet do include eggs and beans). Overall it’s a type of low-carb diet. Advocates of the paleo diet believe it aids in preventing certain diseases and ailments, including acne, obesity, some types of heart disease, diabetes and others. If you’re interested in trying this diet, you should consult your doctor first. The are skeptics who don’t find this diet to be as effective as others in terms of balanced diet and weight loss, so it’s important to do your own research and determine if it’s something that’s right for you. Here are some great Paleo resources for information, recipes and more.

Have you tried the Paleo diet? Share your experiences here and on our Facebook page!

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February 27th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Cake Pops!




Cake pops have exploded onto the foodie scene as the dessert du jour. They’re delicious, bite-sized portions that are easy to eat. Because of this, they make great gifts or party favors for any occasion. For us, the fact that kids can eat them with minimal mess and not go into sugar overload means they’ve risen to the #1 dessert spot! There are so many recipes on the Internet, ranging from “simple for beginners” to “holy cow, that’s a delectible work of art!” You can match them to holidays, party themes, or favorite characters. Take a look at these awesome cake pop recipes.


Red Velvet Cake Pops

Funfetti Cake Pops

Lego Cake Pops

Hello Kitty Cake Pops

Mickey/Minnie Mouse Cake Pops

Sports Cake Pops

Princess Cake Pops

Monster Cake Pops

Sesame Street Cake Pops

Flower Cake Pops

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February 18th, 2014 at 5:01 am

Latin Food Blogs You Should Know

cropped-official-headerI have never understood people who don’t really care about the food they eat. Maybe it’s because my dad was a cook and we always ate really, really well at home. In any event, although I didn’t get his culinary abilities, I do love to eat good food and I’m teaching my kids to enjoy it too — especially when it comes to Latin food.

Here are some great Latin food blogs that you should check out:

1. Hungry Food Love: This blog is written by Melissa, who is Dominican, but lives in the United States. Although it includes a lot of Latin recipes, you’ll find all kinds of different types of foods. Favorite recipe: Pastelitos.

2. My Colombian Recipes: I love Colombian food ever since I tried it when I lived in Miami, that’s why I was so happy to find this blog. Written by Erica, a Colombian who lives in the United States and whose recipes are inspired by her grandmother. Favorite recipe: Ajiaco Bogotano.

3. Latin Food Lovers: An Argentinian writes this awesome food blog from New York City. I’ve found Argentinian recipes that remind me of my childhood because I was lucky enough to spend two years there, but there’s also all kinds of other recipes. Favorite recipe: Flan con crema.

4. Hungry Sofia: Written by Cuban-American Ana Sofía, who was born and raised in Miami, but lives in New York, this blog includes recipes from all Latin America. I love how easy it is to find recipes which are divided by categories from appetizers to soups and stews. Favorite recipe: Croquetas de Jamón.

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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February 13th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Crockpot Meals



Parents often don’t have a lot of time to prepare dinner, especially meals that have a main dish and a few sides. The crockpot is one of the best kitchen tools for busy families. It’s a safe way to leave food cooking for long periods of time, and the recipes can be as simple as throwing the ingredients in together! You can cut your cooking time in half, or even more, by using one. Here are some great crockpot meals the whole family will enjoy.


Do you have a great crockpot recipe to share? Post it on our Facebook page and show us your delicious creations!

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February 6th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Valentine’s Day Treats



Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, and a great way to show your little ones how much you love them (even though you show them everyday!) is by making them some tasty treats! We’ve collected some of the most delicious valentine recipes on the Web right here in this blog post. Everything pink, red, heart-shaped and YUMMY! If you have older kids who bring valentines into school for classmates, be sure to check out the free Valentine’s Day printables links so you can package them into some individual sweet treats.


Conversation Heart Rice Krispy Treat Pops

Chocolate Pretzel Treats

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Pops

Valentine’s Oreo Balls

Candy Cane Heart Lollipops

Red Velvet Brownies

S’more Treat Bites

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Pink Velvet Cake Pops


Links to FREE Valentine’s Day Printables:

Valentine’s Day Printables

Valentine’s Day Printable Treat Bag Tags

Printable Monster Valentine Envelopes

Valentine’s Day Printable Treat Toppers

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January 23rd, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Lunch Bento Boxes for Kids


Lunchtime is an important meal for kids, especially when they’re in school. It’s best to give them a variety of healthy foods they enjoy, because with all the learning and playing, they work up an appetite and need food that’s good for them and gives them energy. A popular lunch trend for kids is bento boxes. Originating in Japan, bento boxes are compartmentalized meals, usually taken to go. has a number of great bento lunchboxes for kids, but you can always make your own with regular lunchboxes by placing small Tupperware, or dividers such as cupcake wrappers, inside. It’s all about the look of the meal. You can even do bento box themes with your little one’s favorite characters from movies and TV!

Here are some great ideas for lunches your kids will LOVE to eat!

Animals, Flowers and Sports Bento Boxes from

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Baseball Bento Box

Bunny Bento Box

Flower Bento Box

Lion Bento Box

Sheep Bento Box


Character Bento Boxes:

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Winnie The Pooh Bento Box from

Hello Kitty Bento Box from

Toy Story Bento Box from

Angry Birds Bento Box from

Spongebob Squarepants Bento Box from



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