Archives for July 2013

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

If you’re tired of stressing over the amount of vegetables that your kiddo is not consuming on a daily basis, well then, today is your lucky day! It wasn’t too far into this motherhood gig that I realized that Pat Benetar had it wrong. Love isn’t a problem. The dinner table is a battlefield. Furthermore, there are two toddler truths when it comes to eating that, if left to fester, can spill into the preschool and early childhood (and teenage?) {Read More}

Pineapple Au Gratin

A halved pineapple is topped with a layer of coconut, crushed gingersnaps, and macadamia nuts, drizzled with vanilla-laced coconut milk, and then baked until hot and bubbly for a treat that’s gooey and crunchy at the same time.

Features & Fun Friday #2 ~ Top 5 Watermelon Wonders and A Liebster Award

Happy Friday, friends, and welcome to the second edition of Features & Fun! This week I’m highlighting five fabulous recipes featuring wondrous watermelon, a bloggy award, and just a few of the way-too-many pics I took to commemorate 10 big months for my baby girl. {Top 5 Round-Up ~ Watermelon Wonders} I don’t know if there’s any fruit that screams summertime better than watermelon. My family enjoys munching on wedges of watermelon all summer long, but this week’s featured recipes {Read More}

Texas Salsa

This versatile salsa is excellent as a dip with chips, and it also livens up countless other dishes including eggs, rice, beans, fish, chicken, beef, and Mexican entrees.

“Live in the Sunshine” Summertime Quote ~ Free Printable

I don’t know about y’all, but I am in complete denial that August is merely a week away. Wasn’t the last day of school just a few weeks ago, and the Fourth of July, like, yesterday? I’m going to roll with that last one, because I looked up this weekend and realized that I still have my mantle decked out in red, white, and blue. So I decided to remedy that. It was high time to swap out my America {Read More}

Herb Baked Eggs

A taste of Paris, these eggs are coddled in butter and cream before getting topped with a mixture of fresh herbs, garlic, and Parmesan cheese and then hitting the broiler.

Features & Fun Friday #1 ~ Top 5 Refreshing Summer Sips

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I’m excited to try a little something new. I thought it would be fun to wrap up each week with a post that highlights seasonal and share-worthy features from around the web that I think you will enjoy…recipes, crafts, decor, tips, and I even plan on spotlighting some amazing blogs in upcoming weeks! At the same time, I’m going to give you a little peek at what goes on behind the scenes and on the homefront {Read More}

Key Lime Pie with a Pretzel Crust and Coconut Whipped Cream

Not your ordinary Key Lime Pie, this dessert boasts a sweet and salty pretzel crust and a coconut whipped cream that perfectly complements the tart filling.

Top Board Books for Babies and Toddlers

At our house, we just love books. And we happen to have lots of ’em. As a child, adolescent, and adult, I have always loved reading. As a first grade teacher, I loved teaching kiddos how to read and watching emergent readers blossom. And as a mom, I love fostering in my kids a foundation for literacy from a very young age. So today I’m going to share with you the most popular and beloved board books that have lined {Read More}

Grilled Flank Steak

This flank steak is juicy and flavorful thanks to a zippy marinade and a stint on the grill.

Zucchini Fritters with Asian Dipping Sauce

These golden fritters are crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and accompanied by a sweet and salty, Asian-inspired dipping sauce.

Pretzel Turtles

Sweet and salty caramel chocolate turtles (with a pretzel bonus!) are quick and easy to make, using only 3 ingredients.

Corn, Black Bean, & Tomato Salad

This flavorful salad makes a perfect accompaniment to Tex-Mex fare or acts as a hearty dip for chips.

{Watch My Reading Soar!} Summer Reading Incentive Program ~ Free Printables

How many of you have a kiddo who started off the summer excited about reading, but now that we’re midway through July, has lost a bit of that initial enthusiasm? If this describes one of the smaller members of your household, don’t give up the good fight quite yet. It’s never too late to employ a few motivational tactics, and what says motivation like a cardstock kite taped to the wall? I came up with this kite-themed “Watch My Reading {Read More}

Coconut Macaroons ~ Classic or Chocolate-Dipped

These rich and chewy cookies are as easy to make as they are delicious, and dipping or drizzling them in chocolate makes them especially decadent!

The Very Best Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

This 100% whole wheat bread stays unbelievably soft and fresh for days!

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Rotate an Image to Straighten the Horizon

If you’re like you me, you occasionally often take photos that are not exactly level.  Maybe the floor is at an angle, or a table looks like everything should be sliding off, or a sunset boasts a horizon that’s diagonal instead of, well, horizontal.  If this is ever a problem for you, have no fear…a quick and easy fix via Photoshop is just a few steps away! I used Photoshop CS5 for this tutorial, but I imagine that this technique {Read More}

Happy Birthday, America!

From my little patriots to yours… Happy Fourth of July! I hope that your holiday is full of family, food, and fun!   Just in case you’re scrambling for some last minute Independence Day inspiration, here are a few recipes that might make for a nice addition to today’s menu! Razz, White, & Blueberry Smoothies Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Hot Dogs Best Ever BBQ Sauce Slow Cooker Ranch Beans Classic Potato Salad Tomato Cucumber Salad with Olives & Feta Strawberry {Read More}

Raspberry Almond Praline Muffins

These marvelous muffins are studded with sweet raspberries and topped with a sugary, buttery, almond crumb topping.

FAMILY Lettering Wall Decor

Sometimes I get sidetracked in craft stores.  And that’s exactly what happened recently when I ran into Michael’s for a picture frame and came out with supplies for a project that I hadn’t even realized was brewing in my head. Ever since I put up my gallery wall of family photos, I’ve been looking for some sort of wording to go above the arrangement of frames.  And if epiphanies can happen in craft stores, well then, a couple weeks ago, {Read More}

Dye-Free Fruit Juice Snow Cones

Parked near our neighborhood in the summertime is a mobile snow cone truck.  Of course, driving by it every day means that my boys are always asking if we can stop and get a snow cone.  But I have a confession to make.  Watching my kids ingest massive amounts of food coloring makes me inwardly cringe.  Maybe it’s because I’ve read too many disturbing articles about red dye #40 or maybe it’s because I just generally like to parent from {Read More}