Carsten and Kellan have fun in the kitchen making their very own slime.
Summer has arrived, and that means kids need things to do. My boys are thoroughly enjoying summertime, and so am I. I don't miss the hurried schedule of the school year and my hectic commute. Instead we are able to relax and make our own schedule each day.
As soon as the weather warmed up, my boys began asking, “When can we
make S’mores?” Ah yes, S’mores — that ooey, gooey concoction of a
toasted marshmallow and a melted chocolate bar smooshed together between
two graham crackers. Sticky fingers and a sticky face sitting around a
campfire is the only way to eat a S’more.
When you’re all out of dinner ideas, try breakfast for dinner. It’s nice
to change up your dinner routine. Add a fruit salad and you’re all set.
Spring is in full bloom and with that comes seasonal spring vegetables.
Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. I have memories of going
asparagus hunting with my mom, Ann Wilson, as a child and a teen. She
had a hand-drawn map in her glove compartment of the best ditches to
look for asparagus. We would drive on gravel roads looking for asparagus
hoping other hunters didn’t get to it first. It was always a treat to
find a tiny asparagus shoot tender enough to eat as soon as it was cut.
I often see one-dish recipes and wonder if they actually turn out. I
recently put one of these “one-pot wonders” to the test. I love Swedish
meatballs, but it’s not something I make for my family. This is not an
authentic Swedish version with thick brown gravy and lingonberries, but
rather a traditional American take.
When a craving for Asian food hits look no farther than your own
kitchen. With a few steps you can serve your family a fake-out, take-out
meal at home.
One recent weekend I was feeling particularly lazy and not wanting to
make a trip to the grocery store to get something for dinner knowing I’d
still have to make my dreaded weekly grocery run before Monday. Then it
dawned on me, I had several freezer meals in my freezer just waiting
Is it possible — no measuring and no mess on a busy weeknight? Yes it is
with a little help from freezer meals. Stock up on freezer bags and
prepare all of the ingredients at once. Be sure to label the bags with
the name of the dish and the date. Also squeeze out as much air as
possible from each bag before freezing.
If you have leftover beef roast and shepherd’s pie, beef hash or
barbecue beef sandwiches don’t sound appealing to you, head south of the
border for some new ideas.
If the weeknight dinner rush causes you to panic, never fear, freezer
meals are here! Recently my school staff took part in a freezer meal
workshop at my school. A local grocery store brought all of the
ingredients, and we lined and assembled 10 freezer meals.
If you’re around kids, you know kids always eat with their eyes first.
My youngest, son, Carsten, 5, especially loves colorful things and
always chooses the doughnut with the most sprinkles.
You can plan your Easter dinner from start to finish in a snap. Start
with dill pickle deviled eggs everyone will enjoy. Next serve up cheesy
hash-brown and ham casserole and a fresh fruity salad. Top it all off
with mini bird nests filled with candy. Your family will be filled to
the brim and ready for the annual Easter egg hunt.
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a tasty meal bursting with the
color green. Begin with bacon-wrapped asparagus and hearty green bean
casserole. Top it all off with a mint green and chocolate pie.
With a little bit of extra thought you can transform leftovers in your
fridge into dinners your family will love. Take a good look and you
might have some ingredients just waiting to be made into a delicious
As a teacher by day and mom of two boys by night, my energy level runs
low in the evenings. Typically I have more energy on the weekends so
I’ve made it a goal of mine to cook two meals each Sunday. My family and
I don’t mind leftovers, and it’s so much less stressful to come home on
a school night knowing that our dinner is ready and waiting. All I have
to do is warm it up and add fruit or veggies to make it a complete
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