Tips, Tricks and Tools

Creating a Super-Easy Snack Station

Creating a healthy snack station with hangable/removable wall baskets so parents can easily see how snack supply is doing for lunch prep, and kids can quickly grab something without ransacking the cabinets between meals.
More on the back-to-school front, it's dawned on me that I'm suddenly responsible for packing lunches every single day. I decided to create a little snack station to make the job a bit easier.Say hello to snack central!Every morning I stumble out of bed,...

8 Food Presentation Tips from the Happiest Hosts

Food presentation tips from the happiest hosts: how to cover everything from drinks to dinner with minimal dishes and maximum effect.
I just got back from spending a couple days in California's Santa Ynez valley, up near Solvang. It is just as beautiful as everyone says, and I'm dying to take Nate and the boys back! Some blogger friends and I were hosted by...

DIY Fruit Roll Ups

DIY Fruit Roll Ups
Spring is upon us! I'm currently staring at a big box of fresh herbs ready for planting. I'm so excited for berries harvested from the garden, jelly made at home and my kids' favorite DIY fruit roll ups.Strawberry-picking is a big thing here in...

I’m Not Cooking when I don’t Feel Like it. Here’s How.

How to delegate dinner when you don't feel like cooking, and make sure your family is still fed a decent meal
I've started taking a new approach to life lately. I basically refuse to do crap that I'm not in the mood to do. If I don't feel like making food? So be it, I'm not cooking. Not up for washing clothes? That's cool, I'll scrounge up something to...

Sweet, Nostalgic Breakfast-in-Bed

Host a nostalgic breakfast in bed date with your husband
When I was a kid, breakfast-in-bed was a really special treat.My sister and I would get up early and tinker around in the kitchen. We loved concocting coffee mixtures for my mom after we scrounged around for “sugar” (salt) and “powdered creamer” (flour). She...

What Parents Want (But Won’t Ask For)

What parents want (normal things that are on a family shopping list that you can help out with in lieu of a baby shower gift)
This post was sponsored by Sam’s Club®, however, the text and opinions are all my own.This may come as a surprise, but we have a lot of grandparents reading the blog on a regular basis. Young couples turn their parents on to the site as they start having babies...

Mini BBQ Gluten-Free Peach Cobbler

Gluten-free peach cobbler made with three ingredients - perfect for campouts or tailgates!
The season of barbecues and tailgates is upon us. Oh yes, it's football season! In honor of game time, I'm going to share my favorite gluten-free peach cobbler that can be made on a barbecue or even straight over a campfire, if that's more your...

BBQ Shopping List That’s More than Sausage

Everything you need for a BBQ
I'm heading out to Iowa this week to take my dad to his 50th high school reunion, and Nate's staying behind to keep an eye on the boys. He actually informed me at the last minute that he's invited some friends over for a cookout...

So Many Celebrations

Gluten-free carrot apple latkes
October through December is definitely the season of festivity. Parties and celebrations and gift swaps galore! And it seems like everyone has birthdays around this time (nine months before now is Valentine's Day, soooo I guess that makes sense). We even have a couple anniversaries...

How to Cut a Mango

How to cut a mango for mango rice
I freaking love mangos. Mango Coconut Rice, mangos with chicken, mangos in a smoothie. Mangos ALL the time. It took me forever, though, to finally figure out how to cut a mango.I used to go to our local Thai restaurant as often as possible to order...