Yummies

Banana Boats

  We always love to celebrate my stepdaughter’s good grades, often with a trip to the local frozen yogurt or ice cream place.  I simply cannot resist ice cream or really any sweets for that matter, which is something my stepdaughter and I have in common.  She has been getting fours (highest grade) consistently for a number of weeks so…

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Yummies

Banana Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

  If you are like me then you barely have time to eat anything proper for breakfast. More often than not, I end up chugging a Breakfast Essentials all while getting kids out of bed, dressed, fed, and while making lunches. I have a very strict morning routine that the kids can now do on auto-pilot in order to get…

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Activities, Yummies

Snow Ice Cream

  Yesterday, we got a total of eight inches of snow – more than I have ever seen since moving to North Carolina ten years ago! The kids don’t even have snow boots and pants simply because there hasn’t been the need for them. But, that didn’t stop them from spending time outside building snowmen, making snow angels in the…

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Activities, Yummies

Homemade Sushi with Kids

  My stepdaughter LOVES sushi, absolutely loves it more than anything.  I personally had never even had sushi before I met her father.  But, it has now become somewhat of a regular thing in our family to celebrate good grades or end of school or just for a special night out.  What she wanted for Christmas this year though was…

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Yummies

Three-Course Fondue Night

  In my last blog post, I talked about creating new family traditions and mentioned that I made a three-course fondue night for my stepdaughter.  This was A LOT of work, but totally worth the effort!  It helped to create a lasting memory and let’s just say the food was pretty dang amazing.   The Melting Pot has long been…

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Yummies

Lasagna Soup

  I love cooking, but when you’re pressed for time at the end of a work day and kids have to get to bed, I am always looking for something quick and easy to make.  When I was single, I rarely experimented with cooking anything new.  I had pasta probably a few times per week simply because it required hardly…

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Yummies

Crockpot Skyline Chili

  One of my absolute favorite recipes is a copycat version of Skyline Chili.  This chili hails from a diner by the same name located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  This recipe was passed on to me from a friend of a friend, as I will admit I have never actually had THE Skyline Chili.  This is a family favorite though as…

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Step Parenting, Yummies

9 Must-Haves for Quick School Lunches

In third grade, my stepdaughter used to always buy her lunch at school.  But, when we saw how much money we could save by making her lunch instead, it was kind of a no brainer. For her first day of fourth grade, I was nervous about having enough time to go through our normal morning routine AND make a school…

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