• Honey Orange Buckwheat Pancakes

    We recently went into the city to see The Warhol Exhibit before it left The Whitney. Being an Art History major in college I was thrilled to get to see it… I wrote my senior thesis on comparing and contrasting Warhol and Pollock. I digress… the kids seemed to enjoy it and I was thrilled when my oldest brought up one of the pieces toward the end of the next week; “Mom, do you think I could do a self portrait like the green one… we could set it up like…”.   But what they REALLY enjoyed was the lunch we grabbed after. We found a little gem called The…

  • Wooden Spoon Sloppy Joes

    My oldest asked if we could make sloppy joes after flipping through a kid’s cookbook. Meat, check. Sauce, check. Bun, check. What more could a kid ask for? I was immediately thrown back to “hot lunch” day at my small day school in Maryland. I think those Joes either came from a can or a McCormick spice pack. So, yes, my answer was “of course we can make these from scratch my dear!”. I started looking around for a good recipe and every single one had way too many steps and way too many measurements. I don’t need to get that many kitchen items dirty to make this simple dinner…

  • March Favorites…

    I can not believe it is the end of March. The temperature is actually starting to rise. The birds are chirping,  the flowers are trying to peek out and Spring Break is around the corner! I am pumped to open the windows and let the fresh air in! This month was chock full of fevers, viruses, bugs and antibiotics for this household. It stunk. So this month’s favorites have a bit of homebody/kids undertone!   (Click on item name to shop!) 1. Escape This Book! Titanic by Bill Doyle and Sarah Sax – My 2nd grader DEVOURED this book. It has different paths you can take to get to the end…

  • Bacon & Cheese Hash Brown… Waffles

    Hash brown waffles. They are a thing and they are all over Pinterest and Instagram. We had to try them. Thad and I would have made these together (and loved them). We had a mutual love for McDonald’s hash browns (come on, you know they are THE BEST) starting at an early age. It was always the biggest treat when my mom would wheel through the drive-thru for those. Unbelievably, this past weekend marked 6 months of his being gone.  This felt like the perfect thing to make for Sunday dinner in a small nod to him. I turned to The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, for a fail proof recipe.…

  • Sweet Potato Tortillas

    OMG. I made tortillas out of sweet potato. And they were SO GOOD. These are actually so very easy with a short ingredient list. Added bonus you can add so many accent flavors! Lime zest and roasted garlic, cumin and chili or even maple syrup and cinnamon! The possibilities are endless! We had these with beef tacos, chicken tacos and then I had a turkey wrap for lunch with my amazing Homemade “Deli” Turkey (in the Instant Pot!)- so good! Next up I’m going to use for a breakfast wrap! Ingredients: 2 Cups mashed sweet potato (I quick cook mine in the Instant Pot but you can boil or bake…

  • January Favorites

    Wow, January. You were long. Am I right? No better time than the doldrums of Winter to introduce a fun new post series! Monthly favorites! At the end of each month I will let you know what I have been loving, living in and most excited about that month! Let’s go! Alo High-Waist Lounge Legging – These are THE most comfortable leggings I have ever owned. Seriously. I’d like to say I reserve them for the end of a long day and weekends… but I definitely wear them more often than that! Alo Haze Long Sleeve – Equally as comfortable as the Alo leggings. Turtleneck is perfect for this freezing weather…

  • Primal Palate Rice & Chicken in the Instant Pot

    I love Primal Palate Spice blends- gluten free, non GMO, Whole 30 approved, ORGANIC… the list goes on and on. They are such a great company and they really make it easy to pull a flavorful dinner together FAST. I have been playing around with their blends for a while now and have finally perfected Chicken and Rice in the Instant Pot.  The best part of this recipe is that you can use any of their blends and then adjust the vegetables and toppings to suit the flavor profile. A one pot wonder! My favorite is the Super Gyro that is used in this recipe… and wait, also the Adobo.…

  • Cinnamon Coffee Cake- paleo!

    A perfect Paleo, kid-friendly cinnamon coffee cake for the weekend. It all comes together in the food processor which makes it super easy. I always opt to use the food processor when I can. It incorporates the ingredients so well! (This is the one I have here!) Ingredients: Coffee Cake 2½ cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal- I like Trader Joe’s brand!)  ½ teaspoon baking soda  ¼ teaspoon sea salt 3 large eggs ½ cup maple syrup ¼ cup melted coconut oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Cinnamon Sugar Swirl  ¼ cup coconut oil, melted  ¼ cup coconut sugar  2 tablespoons ground cinnamon Instructions: Preheat oven to 350.…

  • Smoky Turkey Chili (No beans!)(In the Instant Pot!)

    Okay all my Instant Pot fans… this is SO GOOD. And so very perfect for these blustery cold days. It is FRIGID where I live! Who doesn’t crave comfort food in the winter? This is also a perfect recipe for a Super Bowl upcoming shindig- who are you rooting for? Sometimes we are pro bean in this household… sometimes anti. So I love that this is a no bean chili that gets bulked up a bit with addition of zucchini (I promise your kids won’t know it’s there!). When you peel and seed the zucchini it allows it to break down and become for of a thickener to the chili. It’s…

  • Homemade “Deli” Turkey

    I posted yesterday in my Instagram Stories that I was attempting to make my own deli style turkey for sandwiches using none other than my Instant Pot. Yes, yes, I am completely obsessed with that contraption. It is amazing… no ifs ands or buts. (Read my review here.) Anyway, the response to the turkey instastory was exuberant and large! I get it. Sandwiches are such an easy thing to pack for lunches, both school and work and sometimes deli meat is, well, scary. I mean what’s really in it? And if you go for the organic stuff it is so expensive! This is so extremely easy and you can flavor…