Emergency Meals (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

No one expects an emergency situation to happen to them. But, discomfort and anxiety can be controlled a little if we plan for one and have some emergency foods stored. There are emergency meals and there are emergency meals. The former occurs when your meal plan collapses and you’re not sure what to fix for […]

An Easy Fall Feast (URS: Fall Favorites)

Fall is replete with things to celebrate: cooler weather, changing leaves, and good eats. Here’s an autumnal menu to get you started. Fall is probably one of my favorite seasons. After the heat of summer, I welcome the cool nights, the chill that lingers in the morning air, and the lovely produce that comes with […]

78 Ways to Enjoy Fall Produce (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

The seasons are changing! With the arrival of fall comes a plethora of great flavors in fall produce. See a good deal or a great harvest, try one of these 78 ways to enjoy autumn fruits and veg. I love the coming of Autumn. I’d like to say that it’s my favorite season, but really […]

Easy and Versatile Rice Bowls (URS: Picky Eaters)

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 […]

Crowd Pleasing Recipes (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

With Labor Day fast approaching, now’s the time to scare up a crowd and serve one of these great meals for a multitude. Growing up the eldest of five children, I learned early on how to cook for a crowd. My parents were both from big families (6 and 8 kids there) so family get-togethers, […]

Grill it All! (URS: BBQ Favorites)

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)

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 […]

Make-Ahead School Lunches & a FREE Printable for Lunch Box Love Notes

The lunch hour is no longer 60 minutes. But, it can still be tasty and fun — with a little pre-planning and some make-ahead tips. When I was a child, the lunch hour really was a lunch hour. The teachers had time to drive to a restaurant and order a sit-down meal. Kids could walk […]