Baked Breaded Pork Chops


I get asked a lot about weeknight meals. People are always curious what my weeknight go-to family meals are. Because I develop recipes for a living I think that most people assume I’m feeding my family fancy-pants meals every night and that’s just not the case. Regardless of  my profession, we’re still a family and… Read More

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love homemade chocolate chip cookies? I have one better….homemade whole-wheat banana chocolate chip cookies. They are delicious and a healthier version of an old classic. I add the baked bananas to the recipe to add moisture and a natural sweetness to the cookies. I must admit I used to make the ones that come… Read More

Teacher Love on the First Day of School

Teacher Gift

How to show appreciation to your child’s teacher from the very beginning I come from a family of teachers. Honestly, it’s a wonder I’m not a teacher myself; it seems to be in the family genes! My Mom has taught Kindergarten for the last 20 years and my younger sister weathers the world of middle… Read More

Chocolate Covered Caramel Pretzel Bites

Chocolate Caramel Pretzels

I went to St. Louis to visit family a few weekends ago and that means – “let the baking begin”! I can’t go to visit them without whipping up something yummy and fabulous. It is just expected of me these days. The weather was beautiful and the pool temperature was just right, so I needed a… Read More

Chi-Chi-Chi-Chia Seeds, My New Best Friend!

chai seeds

You see those things up there that look like black sesame seeds? They are Chia Seeds and they’re my new best friend. Ever since they popped up in my local Trader Joe’s as a “new item”, I cannot stop using them. I know, I know. Now you have that dang Chi Chi Chi Chia pet… Read More

Peanut Butter Cup Bark


Ever had Buckeye Balls? You know, those peanut butter balls of yumminess dipped in chocolate? If you haven’t tried them, you should! My family loves them! They are the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate. My only problem with them is that sometimes I just don’t like the process of making them. It’s not… Read More

Strawberry Basil Chicken Recipe

Strawberry Basil Chicken

If you have a toddler at home you know they would eat chicken nuggets everyday until they went to college.  My two little ones love chicken nuggets! They could eat the same tried and true homemade nuggets everyday, but I like to switch it up a little and try different recipes. If you never attempted… Read More

Shirley Temple Ice Pops


We love popsicles around our house and over the years I’ve come up with quite a few recipes. I’ve discovered that no matter what ingredients I choose, if I freeze them inside a cute mold on a stick, the kids are sure to love them.  Needless to say they are really pop-ular  (pun intended-I’m a dork!)… Read More

Nutrient Rich Smoothies For Kids


Not only are smoothies quick and easy to make, but they are usually full of vitamins and nutrients, and keep you feeling full. Now that we have reached that back to school time of year, what better way to send your little one off than with a refreshing and delicious smoothie- great for children, parents,… Read More

DIY Pizza Rolls Recipe

Pizza Rolls

I am always looking for fun and quick snack/lunch ideas for the kids. While I am a fabulous baker (if I do say so myself!), I’m not that great of a cook. I can rarely think outside the box when it comes to mealtime. While quesadillas, sandwiches and mac and cheese are my kids’ lunch… Read More

Pesto Roasted Chicken Thighs

chicken 1

I’ve told you before just how much homemade pesto rocks! I’ve even given you five great uses for it besides as a pasta sauce. But today my friends, I give you yet another tasty recipe using pesto and quite possibly my favorite of the bunch: Pesto Roasted Chicken thighs. That’s right! Pesto makes an excellent… Read More

Summer Squash, Corn and Cheddar Fritters


It’s no secret that summertime is an exciting time to visit the farmers market. Even the produce aisle at your local supermarket is more enticing and bursting with colorful fruits and veggies this time of year. I have to admit I have to restrain myself when I’m shopping in the warmer months because if I’m… Read More

8 Summer Inspired Raspberry Recipes


Raspberries are here, they’re delicious and they’re good for you! An excellent source of vitamin C and anti-oxidants such vitamin A and vitamin E, these yummy berries are in season right now and not only do they make fantastic desserts, but a great ingredient in salads and vinaigrettes. Have a look at some of the… Read More

Grilled Peach and Corn Salad

Grilled Peach and Corn Salad

Have you ever had a really awesome peach?  I mean really awesome.  You would know if you have.  I’ve got a guy, my really awesome peach dealer.  Every week during the season, I go to the farmers market to pick up delicious white peaches that come from a small farm in Pennsylvania .  While you could just… Read More

6 Sundae Recipes Everyone Can Love


I don’t have a sweet tooth. I have a sweet snaggletooth. I wish I were the kind of girl who craves carrots and miso soup, but I don’t. I like baked goods and ice cream and chocolate, lots of chocolate. But these things don’t like me, or they don’t like my butt, so I can… Read More

Homemade Oreo Cookies

Homemade Oreos

We had a big BBQ with our new neighbors this past weekend and I was in charge of dessert. It was like they already knew me assigning me to dessert but just moved in recently. Hmmm. I whipped up a batch of the Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cookie Frosting but I wanted to make… Read More

Grandma’s Meatballs


Growing up Italian, it’s a rite of passage when you learn your grandmothers meatball recipe. It’s something that is passed down from generation to generation. Each family has their own special twist and lord knows every recipe is as individual as the family themselves, but they all have one thing in common, tradition. In fact, a  family… Read More

Fisher-Price Servin’ Surprises Kitchen and Table Video Review

Fisher-Price Table

The brand-new Fisher-Price Servin’ Surprises Kitchen & Table is going to be one of this year’s hot holiday toys! Yes, we are talking about Christmas in July, but trust us when we say it will be on many holiday lists! We gave you a sneak peek in February of this new toy table from Toy… Read More

Say Cheese!

Broccoli and cheese

Sweet D has turned a corner in the food department.  One day she would only eat waffles, bananas and string cheese; the next day she was open to vegetables, spices and meat!  Hooray!  This is a phase that I can live with.  That said… she’s still one.  Steamed veggies straight up aren’t going to cut… Read More

Fruits To Freeze and Serve!


Despite the fact that I am 32 weeks pregnant and sweltering in the California heat, I love summer. I love the abundance of fruits and vegetables that appear, allowing me to to create smoothies and popsicles and chocolate covered delicious-ness. When I take out my blender my 21-month old screams in happiness “JUICE!!!” This makes… Read More