Thanksgiving Fever

We’ve managed to use the kids as an excuse for the last seven years but now our time has come. Thanksgiving will be at our house this year and we’re definitely getting Thanksgiving fever. I’m receiving an email every hour with a mashed potato recipe or reading a blog post boasting of the perfect brining method. The chatter is endless. The momentum that surrounds this day, the holiest of cooking holidays, is mind boggling.Finally, I sat back, took a deep breath and broke it down....more

The Mind is a Wonderful Thing To Taste

The Mind is a Wonderful Thing To TasteNovember 19, 2013 by Zoie at TouchstoneZ...more

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Butternut Squash Soup RecipeNovember 5, 2013 by Zoie at TouchstoneZ...more

Secret Ingredient Family Banana Bread

Our family LOVES banana bread! And  I love to bake, win win! I have tried several recipes over the years and some we liked and some not so much, and then I found “IT”, the recipe of all recipes and the search ended with this 1. I did tweak it a little as I do with almost every recipe I come across, after all I love adding my own touch to things....more

Top 5 Reasons to Have Movie Nights at Home

Whenever someone asks me if I have seen the latest film showing in the theatres, the answer is almost always a no. Not only haven’t I seen it I probably haven’t even heard of it. Now ask me about the newest show on Nickelodeon or a specific SpongeBob episode and I am your girl. It’s not that I don’t like going to the movies, it’s actually one of my favorite things to do, it’s just that I don’t relish going with three kids. We usually opt to have movie night at home and here’s why:...more

Meal Planning or go with the flow!?

A common question I get asked often is: How does your family plan your meals!?Are you the family that shops for what you are cooking the same day and make everyday or other day trips to grocery store?Are you the family that shops 1 time a month and stock piles everything?Or do you shop a few times a month for your meals?Do you even cook!? Or is it can/cold stuff/boxed/microwaved (is microwaved mean cooked!?) every night for dinner?...more

Easter Bunny Cake

Easter is the crafty holiday – dyed eggs, decorated baskets and of course, bunny cake. Above is my version…not a beauty but it fits the classic genre. And underneath the fluffy frosted exterior, it’s simply a chocolate layer cake on its side so it should please all ages....more

Tuesday Treats... Butterfly Cupcakes...'cause I am longing for Spring, that's why!

Butterfly cupcakesIt’s Tuesday…Tuesday’s Treats is my chance to post a picture of something I’ve done in the world of cakes.  As soon as I found the cupcake folder with the butterflies I made with Alyson last year…I knew that was the theme for this week!  I’m sitting here in the house, whipping runny noses all week, the yard is too muddy to play in, and I’m ready for Spring!  I want to get dirty in my garden, take Alyson to the playground, and feel the sun on my skin again.  I am ready…yes…bring on the Spring! Please!...more

Fact: Cooking with Kids is a Ball

Most Fattening Thing Ever...more