8 Summer Inspired Raspberry Recipes

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Raspberries are here, they’re delicious and they’re good for you! An excellent source of vitamin C and anti-oxidants such vitamin A and vitamin E, these yummy berries are in season right now and not only do they make fantastic desserts, but a great ingredient in salads and vinaigrettes. Have a look at some of the… Read More

Grilled Peach and Corn Salad

Grilled Peach and Corn Salad

Have you ever had a really awesome peach?  I mean really awesome.  You would know if you have.  I’ve got a guy, my really awesome peach dealer.  Every week during the season, I go to the farmers market to pick up delicious white peaches that come from a small farm in Pennsylvania .  While you could just… Read More

6 Sundae Recipes Everyone Can Love

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I don’t have a sweet tooth. I have a sweet snaggletooth. I wish I were the kind of girl who craves carrots and miso soup, but I don’t. I like baked goods and ice cream and chocolate, lots of chocolate. But these things don’t like me, or they don’t like my butt, so I can… Read More

Homemade Oreo Cookies

Homemade Oreos

We had a big BBQ with our new neighbors this past weekend and I was in charge of dessert. It was like they already knew me assigning me to dessert but just moved in recently. Hmmm. I whipped up a batch of the Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cookie Frosting but I wanted to make… Read More

Grandma’s Meatballs

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Growing up Italian, it’s a rite of passage when you learn your grandmothers meatball recipe. It’s something that is passed down from generation to generation. Each family has their own special twist and lord knows every recipe is as individual as the family themselves, but they all have one thing in common, tradition. In fact, a  family… Read More

Fisher-Price Servin’ Surprises Kitchen and Table Video Review

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The brand-new Fisher-Price Servin’ Surprises Kitchen & Table is going to be one of this year’s hot holiday toys! Yes, we are talking about Christmas in July, but trust us when we say it will be on many holiday lists! We gave you a sneak peek in February of this new toy table from Toy… Read More

Say Cheese!

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Sweet D has turned a corner in the food department.  One day she would only eat waffles, bananas and string cheese; the next day she was open to vegetables, spices and meat!  Hooray!  This is a phase that I can live with.  That said… she’s still one.  Steamed veggies straight up aren’t going to cut… Read More

Fruits To Freeze and Serve!

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Despite the fact that I am 32 weeks pregnant and sweltering in the California heat, I love summer. I love the abundance of fruits and vegetables that appear, allowing me to to create smoothies and popsicles and chocolate covered delicious-ness. When I take out my blender my 21-month old screams in happiness “JUICE!!!” This makes… Read More

Package Juice Alternative: Citrus Spritzers

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For the first two and a half years of my oldest sons life we kept his beverage options to three things: milk, water and seltzer. We’re not a big juice family for many reasons, namely SUGAR and because I really see no good reason to give it to young ones when eating whole fruit is… Read More

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

I’m just going to put it out there. I’m a great baker. Okay, a fantastic baker. Yep, I said it. But when it comes to cooking….not so much. It’s not that I don’t know how to cook. I just don’t like it as much as baking up a batch of gooey brownies. So what happens… Read More

Eight Great Zucchini Recipes

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Zucchini, zucchini everywhere! One of the most versatile members of the squash family is in full season right now and there is so much you can do with it. We Brits call zucchini “courgette”, so it took me a while to figure out what zucchini was. No matter what you call them, they provide a… Read More

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cookie Frosting

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We had two very special birthdays this weekend. My son turned 3 and my husband turned 36. Having their birthdays two days apart, I make it a point for us to celebrate separately which means two separate cakes. I’m a BIG birthday person! As in everyone MUST HAVE CAKE on their birthday! It’s how I’ve… Read More

Peanut Butter Granola Roll-Ups Recipe

Peanut Butter Granola Roll-ups

This is a great kid-friendly snack that is so easy to make that you can let the kids help. Since there is not cutting, blending, slicing or anything dangerous, making this recipe is a great after school activity. Ingredients: 1 can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (regular or low-fat) 2 Nature Valley Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola… Read More

Summer Entertaining: Mojito Mocktails!

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I love Summer entertaining, mostly because it’s usually super casual and laid back. In fact, I probably entertain more in the summer than I do all year long because it’s just so easy. All you need is a couple of easy dishes and one or two signature drinks to make a party seem really special.… Read More

Happy 3rd Birthday Mickey Mouse Style!

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My baby is THREE YEARS OLD today! *sob* Seriously, it’s all going so fast. I was just bringing him home from the hospital yesterday, right? He can’t be three. I’m completely rejecting it all. Even in my denial, I did make him a cake. I had to. It’s my thing to make a homemade, fantastic… Read More

Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Peanut Butter Banana Bites

It continues to be hot as Hades in Chicago! Like too-hot-to-go-outside-hot! After posting about all the great no-bake desserts that are out there to make in heat waves like this yesterday, I forgot a great one. Peanut Butter Banana Bites. This is something that I make frequently because it’s just too easy yet I haven’t… Read More

The Best No-Bake Desserts for Summer

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It has been blazing hot this week in Chicago so the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven. This heat could last a while but that doesn’t mean my family doesn’t want dessert the rest of the summer. What better way to solve that than to make no-bake desserts?! I don’t… Read More

Grilling for the 4th

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I love the 4th of July.  It has always been my favorite holiday.  Cook-outs, family and friends, and fireworks — what’s not to love?! Even as an adult I get excited for the 4th.  But now rather than stuffing my face with the food other people make for me, I stuff my face with food… Read More

First Birthday Smash Pie

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People always tell me that time flies quickly with kids and to savor every moment – strangers say that to me.  I nod and say things like “Don’t I know it!” and give a fake laugh and walk away annoyed that a person would think that I don’t savor moments with my daughter.  How dare they?!… Read More

7 Creative Ideas for Fourth of July Cupcakes

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I love cupcakes. I love that they’re fun and sweet and topped with icing and little enough to make me think that I’m actually doing something kind of good for my hips and thighs. I think cupcakes are good for any day of the week, but are best on holidays. One of my favorite holidays… Read More