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Everyone has at least one wonderful memory from childhood of their favorite comfort food, like grandma's chicken soup and mom's famous grilled cheese - foods that made you feel loved, but that were good for you too! How do you go about creating those feel-good, memory-making meals for your own family?

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Rocks In My Dryer... I have a deep and abiding love for the casserole, owing, most likely, to my Southern roots. We Southerners believe that most problems in life can be solved if you will simply show up with a full 13x9-inch Pyrex dish covered in aluminum foil.

Thankfully, I have passed on this love to my children, and most of our favorite family recipes are of the casserole variety. My kids' very favorite (and mine too) is Ham and Hashbrown Bake. It's the ultimate Southern comfort food: meat and potatoes!

Ingredients:
1 lg. bag frozen hashbrowns (approx 2 lbs)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese, divided
1 8-oz carton of sour cream
2 cups diced ham

Mix all ingredients together, reserving 1 cup of cheese to the side. Pour into greased 13x9 inch casserole dish; cover with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 for 90 minutes. Serves 12.

This dish is tasty, and it's practical, too. Though I usually serve it at dinnertime, the ingredients lend themselves to brunch, too. It can be easily made in large batches, and it freezes well. And with grocery prices climbing up, it's nice having a recipe that uses ham -- generally a less-expensive meat than beef or chicken.  Best of all, every member of my kids love it (even the picky ones), and since this recipe makes such a large batch, there are plenty of snacky leftovers for a couple of days.

Try this easy comfort food-your family will thank you!
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BooMama... Before I was a mama, my idea of a perfect day - aside from watching some sort of reality television marathon - was to plan an elaborate dinner menu, shop for all the necessary groceries, and then cook to my little heart's content.

And once our little boy came long, I think on some level I expected to derive the same joy from cooking those big, fancy meals. I mean, what could be more relaxing than spending a couple of hours in the kitchen after you've taken care of an infant all day?

Raise your hand if you think that I was just a smidge naïve...

I still love to cook; I really do. But now that our boy is a little older and I'm a little wiser, I find that keeping meals simple enables us to enjoy our time at the table. In fact, our meals together are frequently the very best parts of my day. And you can rest assured that the fare is never fancy. Because the crock pot, IT IS MY FRIEND.

It dawned on me the other day that I now cook a lot of the foods that my mama fixed for me when I was growing up: roast with carrots and potatoes, oven-fried chicken, blackeyed peas, cornbread, butterbeans, corn - even her homemade chocolate pudding.

And yes, there are times when I miss my pre-child, day-long cooking extravaganzas just a little bit. But I've realized that as our family sits around the dinner table and eats the simple, delicious dishes that have been passed down through generations, we're not just connecting to each other - we're connecting to our extended family as well.

Case in point: the other night our little guy took one bite of some cheese grits I'd made from my mother's recipe, and he said, "Mama! This tastes just like I'm at my grandmother's house!"

And I grinned from ear to ear.

Because simple is good, y'all.

Simple is really, really good.
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4tunate: The Murray Crew's favorite "Feel Good Meal" has recently become smoothies. It's our favorite weekend breakfast or a hold over the troops until lunch-time snack. It makes me feel good as a mom, because I'm giving my boys something both healthy and delicious. The boys like sipping through straws like big boys and taking turns sharing with mama and daddy. I like seeing their little milk mustaches and teethy smiles. We blend together whatever fresh fruits we have on hand along with milk, yogurt, and ice cubes. Our recipe calls for sugar, but I omitted it to get the natural goodness from the fresh fruits, and honestly, it's sweet and satisfying without the added sweetener. Here's a recipe I use that can easily be tweaked for your liking:

Quadruple the Smiles Smoothies (Makes About 4 Adult Servings)
1 cup of Yogurt (I use Vanilla)
1 cup of Milk
A Handful of Fresh or Frozen Fruit
2 Tablespoons of Sugar (I omit this)
8-10 Ice Cubes

Blend the first 4 ingredients in a blender and then add the ice cubes and pulse until well blended and smooth. Easy, Delicious, and Nutritious!

You really can choose between a variety of fruit flavors (Bananas, Strawberries, Blueberries, Peaches, Raspberry, etc.) and combinations to get your favorite concoction. Our favorite so far has been Blue-Strawberry. They are also easy for on the run or in the car. A much healthier and satisfying alternative to drive-thu. Hope you give these a try and it gives your family multiple smiles!
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BECAUSE I SAID SO... I strive to put a hot, nutritious meal on the table every evening. I think it's important to eat together as a family. Where else but the dinner table, can you hear your son burp his ABCs, hear your daughter tell a 20 minute story about a shoe, or tell your son to take the peas out of his nose?

Although I think it's important to eat together as a family, I often times forget to take something out to thaw in time for dinner. Many evenings I find myself driving the kids here and there, leaving me with very little time to cook. And sometimes I just don't feel like cooking anything. Those are the nights we have breakfast for dinner. My kids love breakfast for dinner because hey, it's breakfast for dinner! I love breakfast for dinner because it's quick and easy and it's something the kids can help me with.

I put a couple of the kids on egg-cracking duty. Sure, sometimes the scrambled eggs are a little um, crunchy, but it's ok. We just throw some cheese in there and everyone forgets about the shell particles. Another couple kids are on pancake duty. They measure out ingredients and mix up the pancakes. My oldest daughter always insists on the pancake flipping job. We haven't had too many flapjacks stuck to the ceiling yet, so it's all good. The little ones get to set the table, and I get the greasy bacon frying job.

When we're all done cooking, we sit down and enjoy each other's company and the food we've made as a team. Well, until someone tips over a big cup of orange juice anyway.
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Steece's Pieces... As a full time mom to four precious baby quadruplets, there are many favorite parts of my day: early morning greetings of smiles and squeals, followed immediately by slobbery wet kisses & big bear hugs, and afternoon play time with babies constantly crawling all over me...but I must admit...I especially look forward to Dinnertimes with Dad and the Quads.

It can be quite a challenge to find a healthy-feel-good-meal to satisfy all four one-year-olds...but I have no fear as I reach for a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Not only is it absolutely creamy and delicious-- but a sneaky mommy can hide all sorts of goodies in a bowl of Mac 'N Cheese: peas, carrots, ham, you name it!

I enjoy getting creative at mealtimes and laughing as I watch the kiddies having fun with their food. Ben likes to open his mouth as wide as humanly possible, and then flashes a BIG smile as he squishes the cheesy noodles between his teeth. Savannah likes to take her food off of the spoon, examine it very carefully, and then ever-so-gently nibble at the chewy goodness. Ethan enjoys taking his time and focuses all of his attention on each and every savory bite. Andrew starts a chomping motion with his teeth as soon as he sees the spoon headed for his mouth. I even catch Dad stealing a couple of bites here and there while we sit and feed the little loves.

And as I look around to each beautiful child...then to my adoring husband...I think to myself: What a fantastic way to end the day with a great meal, lots of laughs, and a family full of love.
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