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Quick and Healthy Lentil and Rice Salad

I’m not good at making up recipes from scratch, but I’m decent at taking existing recipes and making them faster and easier to prepare! So when I recently came across a recipe for a lentil and rice salad, I knew that with a little help from Trader Joe’s I could make it in under 10 minutes, and even add some extra texture to the original recipe. The real time savers here are the pre-cooked lentils and rice from Trader Joe’s. It came out quite tasty, …

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Homemade Yogurt – the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Remember Amish friendship bread? You give sections of the dough to others to make their bread, and you keep some for yourself to bake? I was reminded of this when a friend of mine recently taught me how to make yogurt. I have an Instapot which I absolutely love. But I’ve been intimated to try the yogurt setting. Active cultures, bacteria – it sounded complicated, and hard to get right. Well I couldn’t be more wrong! It takes awhile (10+ hours when all said and …

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Banana Baking Round Up

It’s been a long time since I’ve baked.  Cooked? Sure, almost on the daily. But baking, probably not since Christmas (scones and brownies don’t count).  There’s not a ton of time in my hustle to bake especially now that it’s summer and it feels like we’ve had something every Saturday or Sunday for the last month. Today all of that changes!  We get bananas delivered to the office every week and this week with it being short because of the holiday we had a surplus …

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Kitchen Confessions, Part I

This is likely the first of many parts.  It’s not easy, but I will confess – I didn’t used to wash my fruits and vegetables before eating them.  Saying it sounds dirty. Because it was. We’re beyond it now, but with that comes lessons learned. Before J was born our idea of a nice Saturday morning was waking up, whenever the mood struck us (can anyone remember how glorious that was?!) making coffee and breakfast together and then shuffling to our family room to watch …

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Brunching like a Mother

When C and I bought our first house five years ago one of the things we were most looking forward to was hosting holidays.  We love to entertain and the idea of filling our home with delicious food and the people we loved seemed exactly what home ownership should be.  Over the years we’ve added a few holidays, but the first big event we’d hosted in our new home was Mother’s Day Brunch.   I am a sucker for brunch.  Sweet, savory, gooey, crunchy, fruit, …

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The Dinner Hustle

I LOVE to cook, and ideally I would cook all day Sunday sipping red wine listening to mellow music while prepping meals for the coming week.  Sounds dreamy but there is absolutely no time for that especially during baseball season. That leads me to using my resources so I’m ready to prepare quick healthy meals during the school / work week.  It’s all about being prepared to hustle so I thought I’d share my strategy for healthy family dinners.   I have not always loved or …

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Crockpot Corned Beef Sliders

I make dinner every night! Said no working mom ever.  At least none of the ones I know.  I will say, cooking is how I unwind after work and one of my passions so I try to cook as much as I can.  Creating something while dancing around in the kitchen listening to music just seems right. I often tell my parents that they were Jedis in raising us (or at least me).  I can’t remember my mom asking me to help in the kitchen, …

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Making Sweet Memories!

Holidays are my favorite. It’s not a secret that I love to decorate. You will get to know that about me the more time we spend together. And if you are my family or friend, well, you just know. I grew up in a small house in Arizona. Well, the majority of it was spent in Arizona, although we moved quite a bit. I have little pockets of time that we stayed put, when times were good and things were happy. Some of my favorite …