• Tahini Dressing

    A little magic tahini salad dressing to start the weekend off right. Today I’m heading out for a long weekend on a girl’s trip (how lucky am I? More on the trip later!) so I thought I’d stock the fridge/freezer up a bit for my family.  So besides ice cream, hamburgers and other treats I have our favorite Easy Chicken Parmesan and Pork Ragù ready to be reheated along with loads of fresh lettuce and this dressing. What’s an easier vegetable side than a salad? Not much. Throw in some cucumber, chopped tomatoes and an avocado and you are good to go. I nailed down the recipe for this tahini…

  • Easy Banana Blueberry Muffins

    I may have gotten my kids to end their long loathing of blueberries… seriously, who hates blueberries? They are so sweet and delicious! Granted, I have a serious love of blueberry muffins that stems from childhood Sundays (thanks, Dad!). I figured if I tucked blueberries into Thad’s Banana Bread and turned them into muffins they couldn’t really complain… I was right! Perfect for a lazy Sunday and then for a rushed Monday morning! Enjoy!   Easy Banana Blueberry Muffins (Makes 12) Ingredients: 3 to 4 Very ripe bananas (lots of dark spots & amount depends on how big the banana is! ) 1 1/2 Cup gluten free flour (I like…

  • S’mores Oreo Bark

    Are you looking for an easy no bake Summer (or any season!) sweet treat that both kids AND adults will love? Look no further. This recipe is the bomb.   S’mores Oreo Bark Ingredients: 3 1/2 Cups dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate pieces 1/2 Cup white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate pieces 1 Cup marshmallow Fluff 12 Oreos (for gluten free I like Glutino) 4 Graham Cracker Sheets (for gluten free I like Pamela’s) Instructions: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Melt 1 1/2 cup of the dark chocolate chips in the a microwave safe bowl (I like to use a Pyrex measuring cup) and pour melted…

  • A Relaxed Weekend

    I am beat guys. I need a breather. The end of school is a real energy suck, am I right? This Monday also marked 9 months since I lost my brother. 9 months! I am trying to wrap my head around that. Heading into Summer is very bittersweet. We are so excited for a break at the beach but Summer was my time with my brother. We spent every weekend together. Seriously, every weekend. It is going to be a difficult adjustment for all of us; I am going to cut myself some slack as I navigate this new path. Soooo on that note…. you get a greatest hits post.…

  • “Burner Juice”

    I have loved celery juice now for a little over 9 months. I talked about it here, in this post. I swear to goodness it helps with digestion, clarity, my skin, my hair… which I think is all tied to gut health. I really think it has healed my gut from SIBO. I have read science behind “The Celery Juice Diet” thanks to the Anthony William books and I think it works, maybe it’s mumbo jumbo, but who cares if I feel better, right? So I have been strict, per Anthony William, about drinking straight, pure, freshly made celery juice… until we went to LA last week. I had a juice…

  • Getting It Together: Kitchen Organization

    I should maybe have titled this post “Grief Made Me Want To Throw Out Everything In My House”… An interesting byproduct of the grieving process (for me) has been the overwhelming urge to purge and organize. I understand it is a control thing. When you have your life shift so violently and lose someone that important so suddenly you are put in a place where you are grasping to have control of something. “What can I control?” Well, I can certainly control how my house looks, how we live in it, how we use it and what we are surrounded by. Also what I wear, because let’s face it, that…

  • Kid’s Chocolate Beet Smoothie

    As the school year winds down into Summer, things tend to get a little crazy, no? Even if you don’t have kids in school it just seems like the days are short and packed. So many appointments you’re trying to wedge in before summer and all the events… it’s wonderful to have a full calendar but it leaves me short on time. I have been prepping breakfast the night before for everyone because it starts the day off right. Thad’s Banana Bread,  Morning Glory or Blender Muffins, dreamy Dark Chocolate Breakfast Pudding or smoothies- it all makes it a touch easier in the morning rush. For a smoothie you just need…

  • My Own Magic Green Sauce

    Okay, a Pinch Of Yum’s 5 Minute Magic Green Sauce is really… well… magical. I love it and would put it on anything and everything (make it, really!)… BUT, my oldest has a sensitivity to pistachios and parsley (I know, so odd) and has a really awful reaction… so it doesn’t work for family dinner. And actually, neither does the jalapeño… This means I needed to make my own version of this sauce that is friendly to my house, and my kids gobbled it up! My Own Magic Green Sauce   Ingredients:  2 Bunches of cilantro cleaned and rough chopped (stems too!) 1 Medium/large avocado or 2 small avocados 1/2…

  • Pina Colada Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

    If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain… who doesn’t love that Rupert Holmes song? My kids love it AND they love Pina Coladas, virgin of course, and fully proved that over vacation. They were immediately requested when we returned home despite not having a pool to enjoy them next to. We have been experimenting with vegan ice creams ( I still need to write up the Strawberry Chocolate Chip one!) thanks to The Faux Martha’s INCREDIBLE Black Vegan Ice Cream recipe. You guys, it is JUST. SO. GOOD. I didn’t set out to find a vegan/dairy free ice cream but her recipe popped up in my…

  • 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…