Dyslexia Awareness Month

I started doing Family Dinner Book Club this past January, and have had such a fun time reading and being inspired by children’s literature. I love the idea that we ...

The Cricket in Times Square Dinner Menu

Our Family Dinner Book Club selection for the month of September is The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. Here you’ll find a menu that can be prepared with ...

Pepparkakor to Invoke Autumn

Today is September 8th. School is back in session, pumpkin spice everything is popping up everywhere, and I have Halloween costumes on the brain. I want it to be Aumtun, ...

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Shroomy Shepherds Pie

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Seared Ahi Tuna with Confetti Salad

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The Giving Tree Dinner Menu

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Sweet Potato Fries

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I Did Not Quit! Whole 30 Day 15

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Whole 30 Day 10

Whole 30 Day 10 Wednesday, July 30th I did not take a ...

Whole 30 Day 9

Whole 30 Day 9 Tuesday, July 29th I took another long nap ...

Super Greens Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

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Whole 30 Day 7

Whole 30 Day 7 Sunday, July 27 I am so itchy today! ...

Chinese Chicken Salad Whole 30 Day 6

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Cheese-less Pesto Whole 30 Day 5

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Whole 30 Day 4

Whole 30 Day 4 Thursday, July 24th Today was a real test ...

Chicken Masala Stew Whole 30 Day 3

Whole 30 Day 3 Wednesday, July 23rd Today I sprang out of ...

Kale Brussels Sprouts Salad – Whole 30 Day 2

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Whole 30 Day 1

Ladies and gentlemen, here it is. My Whole 30 Day 1. Haven’t ...

Pippi Longstocking Dinner Menu

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Dark Chocolate Silk Pie Provides a Delicious Escape

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Roasted New Potatoes

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Creamy Orange Popsicles (another Orange Julius recipe)

If you’re thinking my Orange Julius cravings have ended, then I’m happy to report that you are sorely mistaken. I still can’t get enough of this creamy deliciousness. I bring to you the second in whats shaping up to be an orange julius recipe extravaganza! I haven’t put down the orange juice yet, and I’m […]

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Deviled Eggs for Cory

“Do you know what Greek yogurt is?” “Yes.” “Okay. Does Greek yogurt have chunks in it?” “No.” “Oh. [pause] I think I ate bad yogurt.” A real conversation with my younger brother, Cory. I think this is all you need in order to understand why I was his personal chef in Junior High. We would […]

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The Orange Julius Equation

I have many memories with my maternal grandmother. During and immediately following my parents’ divorce, my brothers and I spent a lot of time at her house. I think it’s a testament to my grandmother’s love, as well as my parents’ ability to shield us, that most of my early childhood memories are not filled […]

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Dessert Grilled Cheese

We all know how much I love cheese, putting together a cheese platter, and then grazing said cheese platter. In fact, I’m sitting here writing this post, having just polished off the mini dessert grilled cheese sandwiches you see pictured here, and am now working my way through a large bowl of mac and cheese. […]

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Cook a Doodle Do – Family Dinner Book Club

Our Family Dinner Book Club selection for the month of June is Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! by Janet Stevens and Susuan Stevens Cummings. Here you’ll find a menu that can be prepared with the help of your children, and will hopefully be a fun and interactive activity for the whole family. Head over to Growing Book by Book […]

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Easy Green Party Salad with Honey Orange Vinaigrette

Summertime is party time! Backyard barbeques, birthday parties, wedding showers, graduations. You name it, you’ve probably already gotten an invitation for it, right? Well, I am here to help with your party planning needs! This easy green party salad is so named because it is first and foremost EASY. Secondly, it is great for a […]

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Mango Basil Coconut Ice Cream

The days in Southern California recently have been hot, hot, hot. We didn’t get much of a winter, we have had barely any rain, and now we aren’t really having Spring. It seems we’ve leapt straight into summer. This is not my ideal weather so to make up for the way too high heat, I’ve […]

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Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight

In fourth grade, I and a small group of my peers read the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and then had to give a presentation on it to the rest of the class. We were considered accelerated readers, which somehow equated to us doing more work than the other kids. Maybe […]

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Menu – Family Dinner Book Club

Our Family Dinner Book Club selection for the month of April is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Here you’ll find a menu that can be prepared with the help of your children, and will hopefully be a fun and interactive activity for the whole family. Head over to Growing Book by Book […]

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Honey Glazed Carrots

Growing up, I did not like cooked carrots. They were always mushy and I didn’t understand why anyone would purposely eat them. I have come to learn that cooked carrots, like many things I disliked as a child, were frequently overcooked and nobody should enjoy them. If you like them mushy, then by all means […]

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And Then We Were Four

I am currently sitting on an airplane, flying over the Atlantic Ocean, on my way to Ireland. I’ve never been before, and I am so excited to take in all the beauty this country has to offer. In equal proportions I am excited about the adventure before me, and terribly missing two little girls who, […]

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Breakfast Crostini

I went to Paris in 2006 for my honeymoon. It was a vacation filled with trips to the Louvre, walking along the Seine or the Champs-Élysées, window shopping and lusting after all the beautiful clothes. I stared The Mona Lisa in the eyes, stood where Napoleon is buried, looked out over Paris from the top […]

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