easy-to-make owl crackers

easy to make owl crackers 2

MAKING DINNER WITH ANTSY KIDS UNDER FOOT is hard enough. But making Thanksgiving dinner with kids playing chase through the kitchen? That’s the kind of stress me and my pre-ordered, free-range, organic turkey just don’t need. What we need is wine a simple kid’s activity. If you’re looking for a keep ‘em busy project that also doubles… 

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Mark Bittman’s Butternut Squash Soup with Apples and Bacon

butternut squash

This recipe is excerpted with permission from “How to Cook Everything Fast” by Mark Bittman and you can WIN a FREE COPY for yourself right now. Good luck! This soup has it all: It’s sweet, colorful, and creamy and even features the smoky crunch of bacon on top. The most time-consuming thing about preparing squash… 

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how to cook dinner, every single night

dinner every night

YOU KNOW HOW THE KIDS WANT DINNER EVERY NIGHT? This relentless demand is actually one of the things that TERRIFIED me before becoming a parent. In my NYC single days I often ate a PB&J or cereal for dinner. You know, with a bowl of ice cream later on. Perhaps in front of the TV. Sure, I… 

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“How to Cook Everything Fast” by Mark Bittman, a new cookbook giveaway

how to cook everything fast

Ever feel rushed to make dinner fast? I know, never. Guys, help is here, and I couldn’t be more relieved thrilled. Mark Bittman’s new book, “How to Cook Everything Fast“, covers not just dinner, but breakfast, lunch, dessert and all those snacks too. Things I have already learned since browsing through the biggest cookbook I… 

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mini pumpkin cakes with pumpkin cream frosting

pumpkin cakes horizontal

WHEN HALLOWEEN ROLLS AROUND, there’s no shortage of sugary goodies available (for instance at the hair cutting place, at the bank…) but nutritious Halloween treats for kids? Not many. Like a lot of you, I’m not trying to ban sweets. I just want to help our kids develop a habit of eating sweets occasionally. As a treat…. 

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even easier maple roasted acorn squash

easier roasted acorn squash

I ONCE POSTED ABOUT ROASTED ACORN SQUASH and how my four-year-old declared it “the best in the whole wide world.” Awesome yes, but at the time the other two rascals wouldn’t even try it. Well I have good news. Not only do all of them devour squash now but they say things like this. “I don’t… 

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how to make our “green goblin” soup

green goblin soups

WISH YOUR KIDS WOULD TRY A BITE OF SOMETHING, ANYTHING, GREEN? Here’s a great tip I learned from another mom recently, change what you call it. Instead of my usual, “Ki-ids, I made you some healthy spinach soup!”, then listening for the sound of toys instantly hitting the floor followed by tiny feet pattering to the… 

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food is love. pass it on.

food is love. pass it on.

SOMETHING EXCITING IS HAPPENING. A young pastor at our church asked me a question this Sunday. I say “young” because he’s the kind of guy who I used to think was, you know, just a guy. About my age. Then he said something like, “Awesome!” with just a little more pep than I expected and… 

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spider sandwiches

spider sandwiches, foodlets

IN KEEPING WITH OUR EASY HALLOWEEN FOOD IDEAS theme, today’s spider sandwich is so simple and surprisingly sturdy that they make great snacks or lunches on the go. I know this because George, my two-year-old, reached up and grabbed the container ours were stored in no less than five times before we got out the… 

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how to make green grape caterpillars

green grape caterpillars foodles

THESE CREEPY CRAWLY CATERPILLARS aren’t just a healthy Halloween treat, they’re also great for parties or lunch boxes any time of the year. I think I know three little people who are going to squeal when they see these on the table at snack time today… WHAT YOU NEED: Extra long toothpicks (I got mine… 

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slow cooker potato soup, fully loaded

potato soup and toppings

IT’S SOUP SEASON! With brisk evenings coming closer, days getting shorter and still not a full night’s sleep in sight, this new mom thought it was time to give my ol’ slow cooker another try. You know how I typically feel about this thing; I can never find a great recipe that doesn’t involve a package of… 

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super simple tangerine pudding cups

pudding pumpkins

THIS SUPER SIMPLE HALLOWEEN IDEA can be made in minutes. We did a step-by-step tutorial for these pumpkins on eHow (plus two of our other popular Halloween foods for kids: string cheese witches brooms and spooky spider eggs.)  The main ingredients are simple: pudding (we used chocolate and here’s delicious looking homemade recipe but you could… 

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2 Dinners in 1: Grilled Chicken + Peanut Ginger Stir-Fry

ginger and peanut stir-fry, foodlets

GOT LEFTOVER CHICKEN? Looking for ways to make cooking dinner easier (an endless pursuit around here)? We grilled up half a batch of chicken earlier in the week and saved this part for another dinner tonight as part of our 2 Dinners in 1 series. I always eat leftovers for lunch but otherwise my aim is… 

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2 Dinners in 1: Grilled Chicken Becomes Creamy Lemon Pasta and Peanut Ginger Stir-Fry

creamy lemon chicken pasta, foodlets

MAKING DINNER EVERY NIGHT ISN’T EASY. This, we know. One of my favorite new techniques for getting food on the table is actually cooking less. Yep.  By cooking one base I can make at least two meals. We’ve done it with ground beef, rice and tomatoes in Stuffed Red Peppers, which later became the base… 

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how to get kids eating more carrots

baby carrots with dip, foodlets

SOME KIDS LOVE EATING VEGETABLES. And, this may totally surprise you, some don’t. But almost all kids love condiments. Sweet, salty, gooey? Check, check and check! For a fast vegetable dish or a nutritious snack, I set out a bunch of organic baby carrots plus three “dipping sauces”. These can be anything. From hummus  (homemade or from… 

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Simple Seafood, a recipe excerpt from “100 Days of Real Food”

simple seafood, from 100 days of real food

{Excerpted with permission from “100 Days of Real Food” by Lisa Leake} One great thing about having fish for dinner is that it doesn’t take long at all to cook. Served with a couple easy side dishes (such as roasted veggies, a salad, and/ or baked potatoes), this dish could quickly be whipped up for… 

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the real reason why family dinners are so hard

Estelle unsure about dinner

DINNER DEBATE: DO MANNERS MATTER MORE THAN RECIPES? Sometimes people say to me, “you must be such a good mom”. They think I’m rocking this parenting thing, probably running circles around them, because I make such a big deal out of cooking for our kids. Guess those people have never seen my laundry room. Cooking dinner,… 

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Mango Sorbet, a recipe excerpt from “100 Days of Real Food”

mango sorbet, 100 days of real food

  {Reprinted with permission from “100 Days of Real Food” by Lisa Leake. Enter to win 1 of 3 copies right now!} Sorbet is an extremely refreshing dessert, especially when it’s made with only a few simple ingredients, including fresh fruit. This is the perfect treat on a hot summer day or as a follow-up dish to… 

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Apple Sandwich, a recipe excerpt from “100 Days of Real Food”

Apple Sandwich, from "100 Days of Real Food"

{Reprinted with permission from “100 Days of Real Food” by Lisa Leake} If you’re looking for a way to make over your kid’s lunch (or your own!), here’s the answer. Sandwiches are no longer a bore if you just switch out the regular bread and use Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread, waffles, or even apples! Apple sandwiches… 

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