My kids most favorite meals - #1 - Fish Tacos

I have been keeping a list of successful dinners.  To make it on the list of successful dinners a meal must be: (1) relatively easy to prepare; (2) on the healthier side; (3) something that everyone of my family happily ate.  Fish tacos are at the top of the list.  It is pretty easy to pop some fish in the oven and cut up some veggies.   ...more

Adding up the little things

Our dinnertime conversations have become quite formulaic: We talk about the events of our days and if we are close to a weekend, we share any upcoming plans. (If it is slow going, I will tell a fanciful story about my day that features a dragon just to see if anyone is paying attention.) Some nights this goes better than others....more


You did it! You made a great dinner and everyone loved it. You think to yourself, "I'm definitely making this again. Of course I'll remember to make it because it was such a hit. There's no way I'll lose this recipe or completely forget I made this in the first place. I'm awesome!"...more

Why cookbooks are awful

This weekend, I am getting rid of the majority of my cookbooks. I'm beyond fed up with them....more

Why we don't eat cupcakes

We eat dinner as a family whenever possible. And although I have been a little slack about it lately, we try to eat our meals family style because they teach children about portion control. What I didn't consider is that serving meals family style also teaches children about sharing. ...more

Cooking Dinner Every Night: Is It Always an Epic Fail?

“You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.”- Julia ChildDisclaimer: This post is therapy for me, so if you have suggestions, please, pretty please, add them in the comments.I’m struggling with weeknight dinners.During the week, I fail at dinner....more
JLS320 Great recipes!! Thank you so much.more

Eggplant Rollatini or not . . .

 Recently, during one of my internet recipe forays, I came across a link for a wonderful, lower fat eggplant rollatini. Since I am always on the lookout for healthier versions of recipes I love, I decided to try it regardless of the fact that I am the only one in the house who likes eggplant. Despite the chorus of moans and groans at the very mention of the empurpled vegetable, I was determined that it would indeed be on the menu that night!...more

Do You Eat Dinner Together as a Family?

Eating Dinner Together as a FamilyOn December 17, 2013, in Crazy Stuff, ...more

Ghosts of Thanksgiving Past

The holiday season is upon us once again. This time of year often makes me nostalgic for times gone by. Thanksgiving celebrations with my family that are dim memories but still enough of them remain to make me smile. This is one of many stories, I would like to share with you....more

5 Reasons I Won't Make "Kid Food" for Dinner

Top Five Reasons I don't make "kid food" It costs additional time and money to prepare multiple entrées. All the food we eat is suitable for children. My job as a parent is to teach my child how to become an adult. "Kid Foods" are often not the healthiest options It is my kitchen and I don't want to!...more
@emilyguybirken You are doing what you think is best so it most likely is.  Sometimes is tough eh?more