Black Bean Pasta Salad

Black Bean Pasta Salad

This is a simple pasta salad that pairs well with many dishes or is wonderful on its own.  Noodles, black beans, and feta cheese come together to create a delicious black bean pasta salad.  This is a salad that is sure to please everyone, all three of my kids like it so that says a […]

Using Lapbooks with Literature

Using Lapbooks with Literature

In our homeschool we prefer living books over textbooks.  Some of our favorite homeschool moments happened while snuggled up reading books together.   Two of the three children are fluent readers but we still enjoy reading aloud together.  We really enjoy using lapbooks with literature studies.  Using lapbooks is a fun way to record what […]

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Pasta

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Pasta

Sometimes the only thing that I want to make for dinner is a big pot of comfort food.  This cheesy broccoli chicken pasta is a one dish meal that I often turn to when I am craving comfort foods.  I use gluten-free noodles so that everyone in our family can enjoy this creamy cheesy pasta, […]

Instant Pot:  Healthy Homemade Meals FAST

The Instant Pot: Healthy Homemade Meals FAST

I am here to shout from the roof tops that the Instant Pot  has changed the way that I cook.  This fabulous kitchen gadget allows me to feed my family healthy delicious homemade meals fast!  Meals that used to take an hour or more to cook often take only minutes now, seriously.  My Instant Pot […]

Carrot Zucchini Bars

Carrot And Zucchini Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

I scored a really good deal on organic zucchini this week and wanted to make a new sweet tooth recipe that I could use the zucchini in.  I headed to Pinterest and quickly found a recipe for carrot and zucchini bars.    The original recipe comes from RealMomKitchen (you should definitely check her out, she has lots of […]

Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt

Banana Bread Using Greek Yogurt

My kids love banana bread and banana muffins.  I am always trying out new banana bread recipes (whole wheat banana bread, almond flour banana bread) .  This week I had 6 super ripe bananas on the counter and a tub of greek yogurt in the fridge.  Time to create a new recipe! I have been using […]

Breadcrumb Crusted Chicken

Breadcrumb Crusted Chicken With Mashed Cauliflower & Potatoes

Now that Shane has gone back to work and it is only the kids and I for dinner I resort to mostly ‘kid friendly’ recipes.   This is a meal that we eat at least weekly while Shane is away for work:  Breadcrumb crusted chicken served, mashed potatoes (with cauliflower mixed in) gravy, and green beans. […]

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (w/ Homemade BBQ Sauce)

I am currently eliminating pork from our diet……shhhh don’t tell the kids or my husband.  Alex’s one meal request this week was BBQ sandwiches and potato salad.  Typically I make BBQ pork sandwiches but today I switched it up and made slow cooker BBQ chicken sandwiches.  I also replaced the store-bought BBQ sauce with homemade […]

Blackened Mahi W/ Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Blackened Mahi With Cilantro Lime Quinoa

A friend recently shared his catch of mahi with us that he caught offshore  I was excited to cook (and eat) the wild caught fresh fish.  I knew that I wanted to blacken it because this is my favorite way to eat fish right behind sushi!  I typically make a cucumber salad or cabbage slaw as a […]

Au Gratin Poatoes

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

I absolutely love cheese and I love potatoes so when the two come together I am in bliss.  Homemade Creamy Au Gratin potatoes is one of my favorite side dishes.  I do not prepare it often, because it is certainly not the most healthy dish, I usually reserve it for a special dinner.   My kids love this potato […]

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

I think the first food that any of my kids ever tasted was a pickle.  They absolutely love them.  Their favorite beverage to have with their pickles is lemonade, odd I know!  Seriously, these kids love pickles.  You can only imagine their excitement when I made the first batch of refrigerator dill pickles! This week […]

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Almond Flour Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Squares and an Award

I have been trying to create more gluten-free recipes because I know that Ava is very sensitive to gluten.  Ava loves sweets so I decided to create a gluten-free sweet treat.   I asked Alex for his assistance in the kitchen because (1) he loves to help and (2) he is working on fractions.  What better way to learn fractions than […]

Summer Porridge

Summer Porridge

As I have said in previous posts I like to keep my mornings calm and mellow.  That being said, I really enjoy easy and nutritious breakfast for the kids. I love preparing meals ahead of time so that they are readily available when I need an ‘easy’ meal.  Summer porridge works perfect.  What is summer […]

Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes

Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes?  I grew up on out of the box Bisquick pancakes, those are really good but I am sure the list of ingredients goes on and on.  My kids love pancakes and I love to make homemade whole wheat pancakes for them.  I often make Mickey Mouse pancakes, Star Wars pancakes, pancakes […]

Mini Breakfast Casseroles

Mini Breakfast Casseroles

I have just begun making mini breakfast casseroles for my family.  I can not tell you how glad I am that I discovered this recipe.  It has saved me some much-needed time in the mornings and allowed me to start my day peacefully.  I know it must sound silly that a breakfast dish has given […]