Easy and Versatile Rice Bowls (URS: Picky Eaters)

Rice bowl with beans and cheese

Rice Bowls are an easy and versatile dish to serve to everyone, even picky eaters. I don’t really like to address the idea of “picky eaters” because I think the term is very relative. If someone doesn’t like what you like, you might call them picky. And that’s not really fair, especially to kids who […]

Grill it All! (URS: BBQ Favorites)

grilled corn

There’s no end to all the things that you can grill! Try pizza, meatloaf, and even vegetables in parchment packets. Summer has come to San Diego. We’ve been sweating it for several weeks now. And I shake my head in disbelief that other parts of the nation are reporting cooler temps now that we’re just […]

Easy Homemade Popcorn (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Afterschool Snacks)

easy homemade stovetop popcorn

Greet your kids afterschool with a healthy snack! Today Mandi of Life Your Way shares two easy ways to make popcorn — in a paper bag and on the stovetop. Popcorn is one of my very favorite snacks, but the microwave stuff just isn’t that great for you…or your wallet, especially when you have a […]

Creamy Noodles with Ham and Tomatoes (URS: Chef’s Choice)

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If you’re the chef, you get to decide what’s for dinner. Share a favorite recipe with us and check out how I give leftovers new life. This month I’m doing a Pantry Challenge. What that means is that I’ve been trying to make good use of the things that we already have in the pantry, […]

Cannellini Bowtie Pasta Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Summer Salads)

cannellini pasta salad mixed

Summer salads are a great way to eat well on these hot summer days. Try out this Cannellini Bowtie Pasta that comes together in a flash. A few weeks ago I boasted how moderate the temps are here in San Diego. I spoke too soon. You knew that would happen, right? Last week it felt […]

Denver Scramble

Denver Scramble

The Denver Scramble is an easy, filling breakfast. Ham, onions, and peppers are tucked into pillows of scrambled eggs. Yum! When I was growing up, my parents made omelets often on the weekends, especially in the summer. Mom would chop up the veggies from Dad’s garden and array them in an omelet bar on the […]

Grilled Pizza (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Cooking Out)

grilled pepperoni pizzas

Can’t stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen! Cooking out doesn’t have to be limited to meats and burgers. Try grilling pizza. The first time we grilled pizza was about five kids and ten years ago. It was amazing! And then we didn’t do it again for quite some time. Last summer we took […]

Sorbet Punch (URS: Bridal & Baby Showers)

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Sorbet, juice, and club soda combine for a refreshing punch, perfect for showers and other special occasions. This time of year is one in which I got married and years later had several babies. That also means that it is bridal and baby shower season — at least in my memories. One lovely shower recipe […]