The Best Way to Cut an Avocado

Do you have an OBSESSION with avocado like I do? Ever since I was pregnant it has definitely been one of my favorite foods! Not only because it's delicious but because of the numerous health benefits it offers. Avocados are rich in vitamin A, B, C, E ...more

What to Do When Herbs Take Over Your Garden

So, I have to tell you all about my new favorite kitchen accessory. It was a gift from my soon-to-be mother-in-law. These Ball jar freezer cubes are ahhh-amazing!!!  ...more

A Child's Look at the White House Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July ...more

The Secret to Crispy Sweet Potato Fries!

Sometimes I like to mix it up a bit and go for sweet potato fries instead of its less colorful cousin. The problem, though, is that they generally don’t get all that crispy. They just kind of lay there.  ...more

Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in 15 Minutes

This ice cream is a cinch. An absolutely cinch. No cooking, no cooling, no churning, no icy lumps. It’s in the freezer within 15 minutes and ready to eat just two hours later. It’s incredibly soft and creamy while being rich and decadent from the ...more

11 Gorgeous Chocolate Chip Desserts That Go WAY Beyond the Cookie

National Chocolate Chip Day is upon us! What's that? You seem to remember celebrating this holiday already this year? Ah, no, Grasshopper. National Chocolate Chip COOKIE Day falls in May, while National Chocolate Chip Day is August 4. Are we not blessed to live in such a world as this? In honor and respect, I submit 11 relentlessly delicious chocolate chip treats for when you're ready for something crazier than a Toll House cookie. ...more
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5 Benefits of Planting Your Own Food Garden

Most people don’t enjoy going to the grocery store. It’s a mundane chore you put off all week, and when you finally venture out on Saturday, all the produce is picked over. The muted, pinkish tomatoes sit blankly in their rows. The wilted lettuce doesn’t look very appetizing. You can’t even find an apple without an ugly bruise. Now try getting your kids to eat those fruits and vegetables. ...more
ImproveCenter us too. Summer always feels like we eat fresh and get outside so much more.more

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Iced Coffee

There is nothing like a cup of really good iced coffee on a warm summer day. You know you are in for a treat when the barista hands you a cup filled with liquid that sparkles like a dark diamond. Taking that first refreshing sip, the flavors slowly blossom, starting with the robust, toasted notes of the coffee beans and ending with a slightly sweet flavor that lingers on your lips. There is no need for sugar or milk; with one sip, you are totally in the moment. ...more
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Introducing baby James!

We are so excited and proud to introduce the newest and cutest addition to our family, baby James Joseph Gavin! He came into this world in a hurry and just in time for breakfast. That’s our lil fella, he was born to eat! ...more

Grilled Skirt Steak with Green Bean Salad and Citrus Vinaigrette

In my last post, I mentioned a fantastic dinner we had with friends and so I just to tell you about the meal. Our friends made Grilled Skirt Steak with Green Bean Salad and Citrus Vinaigrette...more

Summery BLT Salad

Summer cooking, in my opinion, should be as simple and stress-free as possible. As much as I love spending time in the kitchen cooking up a storm, summer just isn’t the time to be slaving over a hot stove. This salad is the perfect salad for summer because it is unfussy yet totally delicious ....more

Frozen Yogurt Granola Bars

Frozen Yogurt Granola Bars for #fitfriday ...more

Back to School Supplies and Ideas

My how this summer break has flown by! My family has been busy pretty much the whole time Little Buddy has been on his break – and now it almost time to go back to the books! Whether your children...more

80--- Split Pea and Sweet Potato Burgers with Caramelized Onion and Feta Aioli

Some veggie burger recipes can be time intensive. ...more

The Ultimate Potato Salad

Mmmm potato salad…does anything spell American BBQ more than potato salad? ...more

Drop Your Grocery Budget

Many of us spend too much money grocery shopping. Whether a family of 2 or a family of 6, your budget can be tamed.Tip #1: Know what you have....more

Mini Pizzas

I used to be a horrible morning person. All growing up I could never get up in time for school. My dad would come in on a bright sunny morning with extreme excitement in his voice. "Honey, it snowed last night!" I would try and process which season we were in, whether I should be excited or simply the sad reality that what my dad just shared was absurd. It was summer, 70 degrees by 7 am and my dad is trying to get me out of bed with snowflakes....more

Pan Friend Fish (Mahi)

In desperate need of a last minute meal idea??? Here's a quick, healthy option.I decided the other night I had waited to long to begin dinner and BBQ'ing was out of the question. My son need to eat and eat now, as it was his bedtime. Opps, I was slacking on my bedtime routine with him and let us play outside for way longer than recommended. :)Tonight's menu: Pan fried Mahi, sausage, salad and rice. Easy, simple and good for you!...more