Category Archives: Simple Techniques

Easy solutions to basic store bought items.

Non-dairy Creamy of Anything Soup

veggie soupDairy has been an ongoing struggle in our house for a few years now. Mostly because we love it and can’t digest it. Unfortunately, it looks like half of our family is lactose intolerant. So this summer’s mission #1 is to find healthful snacks and substitutes to lead a dairy-free lifestyle. For me, an avid cheese lover this is a challenge to put it lightly. We’ve been eating low-dairy for about four years, but now it’s time to cut it out entirely. While I spent a solid hour in Whole Foods looking for easy-to-send-to school snacks, it really hit me that dairy is in everything! If you’re in the same boat as me, just learning how to eat dairy-free, check out the link here to a wonderful resource with plenty of reviews of products as well as recipes. Continue reading Non-dairy Creamy of Anything Soup


Save the Day Chicken Lettuce Cups

P1070235One of my biggest daily challenges is to try to get a healthy meal on the table that the whole family will enjoy, while still shuttling kids to their afterschool activities. But often after working and then doing homework with the kids and driving them to their stuff, I succumb and just throw together some pasta and sauce or end up ordering takeout. I know it’s a bad habit.

Sometimes I will actually plan out the meals for the week on Sunday, and then head to the grocery store, and then chop up some of those fruits and veggies so they are ready to go. That of course is always the plan, but often the weekend fun and busy week gets in the way of my best laid plans. Continue reading Save the Day Chicken Lettuce Cups

Super Indulgent, Mini-Chocolate Pancakes


I know it seems pretty unlikely, but this week I am turning forty. Yep! You heard me right. I think I’m certainly on the older end of some other food bloggers, but whatever. For those of you wondering how I’m handling this milestone, I can honestly say that I feel pretty good. In fact I feel fabulous! In my forty years I’ve accomplished quite a lot, career, marriage, kids….blah, blah, blah. But I am thrilled there is so much more to come, the tough infant years and struggling with balancing it all is behind me.

So it’s not only my birthday this week, but also my three-year blogiversary…and Valentine’s Day. The stars could not have aligned better for a perfect little breakfast treat post. Continue reading Super Indulgent, Mini-Chocolate Pancakes

Fruit Leather: Peach-Apple among others

P1050921One of my favorite treats when I was a kid was eating a fruit roll-up and for the most part I don’t ever buy them for my own kids. There is just too much sugar and artificial ingredients for me to offer it. But my kids were thrilled when I told them that we were going to make fruit leather from the leftover peach-applesauce that I had made the week before. Continue reading Fruit Leather: Peach-Apple among others

Bobby Flay’s Pizza Dough is Awesome!

P1050913What family doesn’t eat pizza? It is such a universally family friendly dish that in my mind it can’t be beat. I’m not talking about the kind you can order on the fly from most delivery places  in town, but a true fired pizza is awesome. Continue reading Bobby Flay’s Pizza Dough is Awesome!

Sauvignon Blanc Peach Jam


My peach tree has just about fallen over because it is so full of ripe peaches. Some might not think this is such a bad thing. In fact, when we first checked out the house before we bought it I was ecstatic to find my favorite fruit right in my own backyard. Continue reading Sauvignon Blanc Peach Jam

A Welcome Back Recipe: An Ode to Mom and Dad, Meatballs with Marinara

i_2013010312371990Hi there. It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe, huh?  That doesn’t mean that I’ve gone off the grid or anything. In fact, I’ve been doing just what my blog is about: helping family. Continue reading A Welcome Back Recipe: An Ode to Mom and Dad, Meatballs with Marinara