Pumpkin Bread and Cinnamon Cheesecake Spread

I've been enjoying having two of my children sent out the door every morning, waiting to catch a big yellow school bus at the end of the driveway with backpacks and school lunches packed neatly in bento boxes and thermal containers. The day begins for the younger two then, as they run and play together, and I watch my youngest girl turn into a … more

Get Organized: FREE Thanksgiving eBook!

Do you know those people in life who just always seem to have everything in order? Yeah. I'm not one of those people. I try, but oftentimes the best intentions get tossed to the side as I deal with unexpected work issues, kiss cuts and scrapes, new recipes fail and need to be reworked or whatnot. Still, being organized in the first place will … more

Weekly Menu Plan: Candy Comedown

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. We dressed in our finest … more

Weekly Dinner Menu: Plan to Eat Edition

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. Some weeks, well, meal … more

Perfect One-Dish Dinners: Steamed Broccoli Vinaigrette

We sit in the pediatrician's office, the five of us, my four kids and me. They've put us in the corner room where there's a bit more space to roam about as they know I show up with my brood of kids and cramming us into a standard exam room would be near impossible, especially once you add a doctor and a nurse to the mix. Still, there are only two … more

Homemade Pumpkin Purée: Can the Can

I have a confession. I don't remember ever buying pumpkin in a can. Ever. I know my mom did when I was younger a few times, but generally, our pumpkin came from, well, a pumpkin. For years in high school I avoided pumpkin pie with it's brown, creamy texture. Then I realized it was because I'd always had my pumpkin fresh. Fresh as in … more

Weekly Dinner Menu: 10/18/10

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. I'm in the midst of … more