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

Tie Knot Blankets

  Winters in North Carolina can be difficult – there is rarely any snow but it is always way too cold to send kids out to play. Last week though, I knew that we were going to be headed into a series of snow days and have extended time trapped in the house (NC can’t handle anything more than an…

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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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Step Parenting

Adjusting to Step-Grandchildren

My grandmother just passed away yesterday, which has me reflecting on a lot of things right now. I was extremely close with her when I was growing up in Pittsburgh, but hadn’t been able to keep in touch as much when I moved down to North Carolina a number of years ago. I fortunately got to know her for many,…

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Step Parenting

How to Create Family Goals for the New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!   Wow, 2017 flew by.  I’m sure last night I wasn’t the only one scanning Facebook, looking over the fabulous years my friends had – engagements, weddings, babies.  It made me think… what did I achieve this year?  Last New Year’s Eve, my boyfriend and I were sitting in our rinky dink apartment watching the countdown on…

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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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