Kid-friendly Asian Grilled Chicken Salad {easy 20 minute meal}

Hot summer days demand quick and easy meals that still pack a flavorful punch. This 20-minute Asian grilled chicken salad is perfect for those hot weeknights when you don’t want to turn on the stove.Hot summer days need quick and easy meals that still pack a flavorful punch. This 20-minute Asian grilled chicken salad is perfect for those hot weeknights when you don't want to turn on the stove.

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The weather has finally turned warm for us here in Utah. May was unseasonably cold, but now we’re getting temperatures in the 80s and 90s. This week we broke out the kiddie pool, went to a splash pad, and did an experiment with melting crayons in the sunshine on our back deck. Welcome summer! Continue reading

Easy, make-ahead chicken marinades for summer grilling

Get yourself ready for summer grilling with these 7 easy, make-ahead chicken marinade recipes. Everything you need to know to make, freeze, and grill a bunch of delicious meals with minimal effort!Get yourself ready for summer grilling with these 7 easy, make-ahead chicken marinade recipes. Everything you need to know to make, freeze, and grill a bunch of delicious meals with minimal effort!

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Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! What are your plans? Swimming? Camping? Family BBQ goodness? Maybe all three? Our plans involve minivan shopping (so festive, I know), and some kind of sunshine-filled activity yet to be determined. And good food on the grill…that’s a must. Continue reading

Perfect Banana Pancakes

These healthy banana pancakes are a perfect breakfast recipe to use up brown bananas that have been hanging around on your counter for too long.These healthy banana pancakes are a perfect breakfast recipe to use up brown bananas that have been hanging around on your counter for too long. Banana pancakes, where have you been all my life? I’m not sure why it took me so long to actually make these. I’ve thought about it every time I’ve listen to the popular Jack Johnson song for the past decade, but somehow I never got around to it. Continue reading

Easy BBQ Sloppy Joes (30-minute meal)

Weeknight dinners don’t get any better than this 30 minute meal that uses just five ingredients to make a delicious main dish everyone in the family will happily devour.Weeknight dinners don't get any better than this 30 minute meal that uses just five ingredients to make a delicious main dish everyone in the family will happily devour.

Does anyone else ever feel like cooking for toddlers is like playing roulette? Even if your child liked something yesterday, there’s no guarantee he will like it today. Sometimes I know when I make dinner that there is a good chance my kids won’t love it. That’s okay. I want to expand their horizons. But, there’s nothing worse at the end of the day than having my kids turn up their noses at a meal that I’ve worked hard to make and legitimately thought they would like.

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Easter egg surprise popcorn balls

Although it’s a simple recipe, there is more to these Easter egg-shaped popcorn balls than meets the eye. Kids will be thrilled with the surprise awaiting them inside this fun Easter dessert!
Although it's a simple recipe, there is more to these Easter egg-shaped popcorn balls than meets the eye. Kids will be thrilled with the surprise awaiting them inside this fun Easter dessert!

Have you ever had a kinder egg? They were clearly created by someone who understands the appeal that cheap trinkets have for children. Basically, it’s a chocolate egg with a plastic toy inside. At least it’s pretty good European chocolate rather than the super waxy cheap American stuff that shall remain nameless. Continue reading

Easy tips for reducing sugar in your family’s diet

You don’t have to sacrifice your favorite dessert to cut down on sugar intake. Try these seven easy-to-swallow ideas for reducing sugar in your family’s diet without throwing out the ice cream.

You don't have to sacrifice your favorite dessert to cut down on sugar intake. Try these seven easy-to-swallow ideas for reducing sugar in your family's diet without throwing out the ice cream.Note: This post includes affiliate links. See my disclosure to learn more.

Let me start by saying two things:

  1. I’m not one to jump on every healthy eating bandwagon that rolls into town. I am not a dietitian, doctor, or other health professional. I’m just a mom trying to feed her family good food.
  2. Our family will probably certainly never be a sugar-free one. My husband has a strong love of ice cream, and I enjoy a good dessert as much as the next person.

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Mini Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

These mini toffee chocolate chip cookies are the perfect bite-size treat–crispy edges, chewy middle, and a perfect recipe for freezing ahead of time to use whenever the need for chocolate strikes. These mini toffee chocolate chip cookies are the perfect bite-size treat--crispy edges, chewy middle, and a perfect recipe for freezing ahead of time to use whenever the need for chocolate strikes.

A few weeks ago I left all my boys at home while I flew to my parents’ house in California for the weekend. It was a great little getaway to see siblings, parents, and old high school friends. I had way too much fun…and stayed up way past my bedtime. Ugh, there is a reason I don’t stay up past midnight anymore.

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Strawberry Nutella Heart-shaped Hand Pies

Need an easy Valentine’s dessert that is sure to wow your sweetheart (and make your kids smile)? These strawberry Nutella heart-shaped hand pies come together quickly and taste decadent. Enjoy!Need an easy Valentine's dessert that is sure to wow your sweetheart (and make your kids smile)? These strawberry Nutella heart-shaped hand pies come together quickly and taste decadent. Enjoy!

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It’s February, people. We survived the bitter cold of January. The boys and I even got outside for some pruning and soccer playing this afternoon! That’s HUGE for us since it’s been months since we’ve been able to play outside. There is hope for spring! In the meantime, I’m taking advantage of the still-brisk weather by baking. This week: Valentine’s treats! Continue reading

Kid-sized food: Healthy banana chocolate chip muffins

Want a healthy and delicious snack for the whole family to enjoy? Make a big batch of these easy banana chocolate chip muffins, pop the extras in the freezer, and you’ll be ready when your little hungry hippos come nosing around.

Want a healthy and delicious snack for the whole family to enjoy? Make a big batch of these easy banana chocolate chip muffins, pop the extras in the freezer, and you'll be ready when your little hungry hippos come nosing around.This morning when I woke up, it was ONE degree outside. ONE! I can’t even say, “It’s freezing cold today!” because that doesn’t even begin to capture the depth of the cold. “Freezing” is an understatement. Does anyone else think that it should NOT be allowed to get that cold?

Little Man keeps asking me when it’s going to be summer again, and I hate having to tell him that we’ve still got several months of snow before we can break out the shorts and flip flops again.  Continue reading

Traditional German Stollen (Christmas bread)

This light, sweet bread dotted with candied fruit and nuts is a tasty Christmas tradition from Germany that our family has enjoyed for years, and I’m sure yours will, too! 
This light, sweet bread dotted with candied fruit and nuts is a tasty Christmas tradition from Germany that our family has enjoyed for years, and I'm sure yours will, too!

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It’s less than a week until Christmas. Almost all my shopping is done, and I’m excited to set aside all the “have to”s in favor of doing a little more holiday baking just for fun. Hooray for good food.

In our family, Christmas was filled with traditions from our German ancestry. I remember watching the blades slowly spin on our traditional German pyramid nativity, lighting a candle each Sunday evening on our advent wreath, and  opening one gift on Christmas Eve after acting out the nativity story. Continue reading