Waffles Anyone?

Happy Advent! We are happily embracing the second day of the season, but honestly are still “recuperating” from a house full of loved ones from last week (and a broken dishwasher and garbage disposal. Oy.)I don’t know about everyone else, but we cooked for crowd on Thanksgiving and still have plenty of left-over’s to “use up” or “repurpose”…not that this is a hardship, let’s be honest! I love using it all in creative ways, so when my husband heard from someone about stuffing waffles, we decid … [Read more...]

Fall Morning Magic

I love Kat's post about being intentional about meeting our own needs so that we can set the right tone in our household.  My biggest challenge lately has been the early morning hours.  I am NOT a morning person.  Life has radically changed for me this September and the mornings have been rough.  When my big kids get up to head to the school bus, my others all wake up as well, so we have a household that is noisy and clammering for breakfast by 6:30 am.Some days I run around and meet their ne … [Read more...]

Summer in a bowl

I love to keep it simpler during summer. One of our favorite meals is just pasta with tons of fresh tomatoes and basil from our garden (picked by the boys) with fresh mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. It is fresh and filling, but light and easy for when it is 1000 degrees in Texas. Throw in a few toasted pine nuts and your family will treat you like a rock star!I also like to bring this meal to new moms as a bit of a change from the typical casseroles/lasagnas! … [Read more...]

“Just Mom and the Kids” Dinnertime Waffles

On nights when Dad is going to be out for dinner, the kids and I sometimes eat a "silly dinner," aka breakfast foods at dinnertime. Our favorite combination is waffles, sausage, and fruit, and I have posted my go-to waffle recipe below. It serves up just enough waffles for one mom and three kids, and no syrup is required because the waffles are sweet enough on their own. Enjoy!Waffles1 c. all-purpose flour1/2 c. whole wheat flour2 tsp. baking powder7 tsp. sugar1 1/2 c. … [Read more...]

The Perfect Homemade Granola Bar?

My family is often on the go, and although we try to be home for mealtime we are often eating snacks in the car or at the park. Granola bars are an easy staple, but I prefer bars that are high either in protein or in fiber so that they having staying power in our systems. In the quest to find a nutritious and satisfying granola bar, I have tried a few homemade varieties. I like the fact that I can add the ingredients that I want my family to eat - oats, nuts, dried fruit, etc. - and I also like … [Read more...]

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Good morning! Our family eats a lot of banana bread, so I thought I would share with you a recipe that I have come up with over the years. I've reduced the amount of sugar in the original recipe by half, added whole wheat flour and chia seeds* (they add a nice crunch!), as well as vanilla and cinnamon. If you have a favorite bread or muffin recipe, please share it with us in the comments section! There is nothing more satisfying to me than feeding my family a healthy, delicious, and quick … [Read more...]

Company’s Coming…Now What Should I Make?!

I have vivid childhood memories of my parents hosting dinner parties: clinking ice cubes at cocktail hour, mom's fancy perfume, dad's laughter, and delicious smells wafting upstairs from the kitchen. Once we were old enough, my sister and I were allowed to come downstairs in our pajamas for a little while to say hello to my parents' friends, and then we would run back upstairs and pretend that we were adults hosting our own party.Now that I am, in fact, an adult, I find that dinner parties … [Read more...]

Inspiring Family Traditions: Simple Pizza and Movie Night

Later this afternoon I'll set my bread maker to "Dough" and away we'll go.  Children will gather and we will measure ingredients and get the dough mixing.  Later, they'll oil the pan, roll and stretch the dough, spread the sauce, sprinkle the cheese, and add the toppings.  It is an easy task for little helping hands and they love to watch the pizza puff and bake in the oven.  These are simple delights in our kitchen, but ones I hope they'll remember.  I especially love that this is becoming a set … [Read more...]

Thinking about spicing things up…

...In the kitchen, that is.In preparation for a visit from my in-laws, I am attempting to streamline my kitchen cabinets so that our guests will have a fighting chance of finding, say, the honey jar that was formerly hidden behind a wall of spice jars, or the crackers that were smooshed between the boxes of pasta and jars of canned tomatoes. The system makes sense to me, of course, because I came up with it, but it might not be so common-sense to anyone who is not able to read my mind … [Read more...]

Weekend Waffles

I thought that I would post this great recipe for healthy waffles, just in time for your Saturday morning breakfast! We actually tried this recipe on a weeknight and called it a "silly dinner," which basically means that we have breakfast for dinner on the nights when I have run out of ideas, or when I don't feel like fighting with the kids about what is being served for dinner that night :)In any case, here is the recipe, adapted from a recipe at www.eatingwell.com (Whole Grain Waffles with … [Read more...]