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Cooking for the holiday table: Meal ideas for Passover and Easter

Cooking for the holiday table: Meal ideas for Passover and Easter

April brings two special holidays: Passover (starting April 14) and Easter (April 20). Holidays mean family gatherings. And family gatherings mean food!

April 13, 2014 10:00 am
Training for a 5K as a family

Training for a 5K as a family

It’s no surprise that many families feel a bit like they are coming out of hibernation this time of year (especially after the long winter we’ve had)! Need a little motivation to get you and your kids off the couch? Train for a 5K!

April 06, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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From where to table?: Teaching your kids where food comes from

From where to table?: Teaching your kids where food comes from

When asked where their food comes from, kindergartners and first graders at Crown Point’s Lake Street Elementary had this to say:

April 03, 2014 7:00 am
Take a hike: Get your family outdoors and tackle that spring fever on local trails

Take a hike: Get your family outdoors and tackle that spring fever on local trails

Hiking is fun all year round but especially so in the spring when nature is coming alive.

March 24, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Start a St. Patrick’s Day family tradition

Start a St. Patrick’s Day family tradition

Whether or not you claim Irish as your heritage, St. Patrick’s Day is a day we can all celebrate. It is also an excellent opportunity to bring your family together and establish some of your own special traditions.

March 16, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Bookmark 2

Bookmark 2

A finished bookworm bookmark ready for reading.

March 02, 2014 7:00 am
Bookmark

Bookmark

Supplies for the bookworm bookmarks: glue, adhesive foam shapes, colored craft sticks, google eyes and a marker.

March 02, 2014 7:00 am
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: Fun ways to celebrate the joy in reading

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: Fun ways to celebrate the joy in reading

On March 2, 1904 Theodor Seuss Geisel, popularly known as Dr. Seuss, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.

March 01, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Step into the kitchen to fight those winter blues

Step into the kitchen to fight those winter blues

This is the time of year when it feels like winter will never release its icy grip. Outside it’s cold and snowy and comfort foods – cheesy pasta, potato soup, rich casseroles – all sound delicious.

February 06, 2014 7:30 am

Celebrate National Pie Day with this Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

Celebrate National Pie Day with this Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

January 23, 2014 3:45 pm

Easy crock pot pork roast

Easy Crock Pot Pork Roast

January 10, 2014 3:45 pm
Get up and move: Keep your family active this winter season

Get up and move: Keep your family active this winter season

We all know that exercise is important but this time of year it is a lot easier to bundle up in a blanket and watch television than to venture out in the cold weather for some physical activity.

January 02, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Making the holidays yummy for the kids' table

Making the holidays yummy for the kids' table

Coming together for a holiday meal is a wonderful tradition. But let's be honest… if you have young children, or picky eaters of any age, those holiday meals carry just a little bit of dread.

December 20, 2013 9:00 am

Holiday Baking: Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Holiday Baking: Cinnamon Swirl Bread

December 19, 2013 3:45 pm
Cheese reindeer

Cheese reindeer

Cheese reindeer made out of Laughing Cow Cheese, pretzels and red bell pepper pieces are a fun and festive treat for little ones at holiday parties.

December 06, 2013 9:00 am

A delicious holiday gift for teachers & caregivers

A delicious holiday gift for teachers & caregivers

December 05, 2013 3:45 pm
Teaching children the true meaning of Thanksgiving

Teaching children the true meaning of Thanksgiving

Ask any child about Thanksgiving and you're likely to hear about pilgrims and Indians and turkeys.

November 24, 2013 8:30 am Photos

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Teaching children the true meaning of Thanksgiving (1)

Teaching children the true meaning of Thanksgiving (1)

Lily and her brother Kade discover things to be thankful for in "An Awesome Book of Thanks".

November 24, 2013 8:30 am
Teaching children the true meaning of Thanksgiving (2)

Teaching children the true meaning of Thanksgiving (2)

Thankful tree displays what kids are thankful for after they've written it out on the leaves.

November 24, 2013 8:30 am

Holiday breakfast ideas

Holiday Breakfast Ideas

November 21, 2013 3:45 pm
Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids!

November 07, 2013 3:45 pm
Healthy and Fun Halloween Party Treats

Healthy and Fun Halloween Party Treats

Healthy and Fun Halloween Party Treats

October 24, 2013 3:45 pm
Halloween Party Treats: Healthy and fun alternatives to sweets

Halloween Party Treats: Healthy and fun alternatives to sweets

I’m not a Halloween scrooge. I like fun-size snickers as much as the next person (perhaps even more), but it does seem like the sugar has gotten out of hand at school parties and Halloween get-togethers.

October 21, 2013 10:00 am Photos

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Indulge your craving for pumpkin with this yeast pumpkin bread

Indulge your craving for pumpkin with this yeast pumpkin bread

October 10, 2013 3:45 pm
Halloween Party Treats: Healthy and fun alternatives to sweets

Halloween Party Treats: Healthy and fun alternatives to sweets

Boo-nanas made out of banana halves and chocolate chips.

October 03, 2013 10:00 am
Halloween Party Treats: Healthy and fun alternatives to sweets

Halloween Party Treats: Healthy and fun alternatives to sweets

Goblin Grins made out of apples, peanut butter and raisins.

October 03, 2013 10:00 am

Using Fall's Bounty: Whole Wheat Apple Scones

Using Fall's Bounty: Whole Wheat Apple Scones

September 26, 2013 3:45 pm

Muffin meatloaves and bonus zucchini recipes

Muffin Meatloaves and Bonus Zucchini Recipes

September 12, 2013 2:29 pm

Breakfast for dinner! Ham & Veggie Frittata

When my husband is working through dinner, the kids and I often have breakfast for dinner. Yum! It feels like a treat to the kids and it's often less work for me. We had this frittata a few days ago and I was reminded that they are easy to make but far more appealing than a plate of scramble…

August 29, 2013 2:29 pm

Tasty Watermelon Recipes from the Indiana State Fair

We were at the Indiana State Fair this week. An annual tradition for us, I'm still astounded at how much there is to see and do at the State Fair beyond the animal barns and rides. One of our favorite stops is the Taste of Indiana exhibit. There are two reasons we like this exhibit:

August 15, 2013 2:45 am

Family Dinner on the Grill: Spice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

I had a pork tenderloin in the freezer that needed to be used. I wasn't so excited about roasting it in the middle of July - hot kitchen! - so I started looking into grilling it. Found this spice rub from Bobby Flay and it turned out to be a delicious dinner that was a hit around the table. …

July 25, 2013 1:10 pm

A cool, summer dinner option: Southwestern Chicken Pasta Salad

When we grill chicken, we tend to toss a few extra breasts on the grill to be used in dinner later in the week or for lunchtime salads. This week I had a few grilled chicken breasts waiting to be used and I was looking for a summery recipe that wouldn't heat up the kitchen. I dug out an old …

July 13, 2013 1:10 pm

Make Ahead Scrambled Eggs

A few weeks ago I tried a new breakfast recipe for my daughter's Confirmation brunch. It was so good that it was the first dish emptied. I literally only got to try one bite that was left in the corner of the pan after everyone else had eaten. I was looking for an alternative to egg casserol…

June 20, 2013 12:00 am

A Last Day of School Tradition: Cookies for a sweet ending

Yesterday was the last day of school and as follows tradition, I made a big batch of Last Day of School Cookies! We always start the school year with a homemade waffle breakfast for a sweet beginning. And we finish by inviting all our neighborhood friends over to share in a sweet ending. Thi…

June 06, 2013 12:00 am

A 30 Minute Dinner: Roasted Garlic Soy Salmon

At least once a week we eat fish or a meatless dinner. Salmon is one of our family favorites and I'm always looking for easy ways to cook it. Taking some inspiration from Rachael Ray, I came up with this recipe:

May 23, 2013 12:00 am

My daughter's birthday dinner: Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

Each year on their birthday my children get to pick their favorite dinner - start to finish, as many courses as they want (though usually they only want dinner and dessert). It's a special family tradition and one I look forward to each year. My middle daughter's birthday is this week and he…

May 09, 2013 12:00 am

The versatile snack: Applesauce Bran Muffins

In honor of this weekend’s holiday, here are some of our favorite St. Patrick's Day dinners plus an all new dessert!

April 26, 2013 12:00 am

A favorite family recipe: Éclair Cake

In honor of this weekend’s holiday, here are some of our favorite St. Patrick's Day dinners plus an all new dessert!

April 15, 2013 12:00 am

St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Round-Up!

In honor of this weekend’s holiday, here are some of our favorite St. Patrick's Day dinners plus an all new dessert!

March 14, 2013 12:00 am

Great family dinner: Shredded Beef Enchiladas

Typically when I make enchiladas I use shredded chicken or ground beef. Last week, however, I wanted to do something with shredded beef so I did a little experimenting and a little adapting, busted out the crock pot and came up with this recipe. It was a big hit (and the extra filling made s…

February 27, 2013 12:00 am

Valentine Pixie Bites

Today is Valentine's Day. Yes, I tend to agree with many of you that it's a made-up holiday with an inordinate amount of associated pressure. I also think it's a good excuse to give the loved ones around you a little treat, a little smile, an acknowledgement that they mean something special.

February 14, 2013 12:00 am
Game Day Snack: Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

Game Day Snack: Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

I receive emails nearly every day from publishers that want me to share a recipe from their latest cookbook. I try some of them, rarely post any of them. But this week one of those emails caught my eye. It is from Cooking Light - one of my favorite recipe resources. And it sounds too delicio…

January 28, 2013 12:00 am

Family traditions: Ravioli Soup, my birthday dinner

Growing up, we were allowed to pick whatever we wanted for our birthday dinner. (A tradition I extend to my children today.) Every single year I picked the same thing: ravioli soup. These are nothing like the raviolis you're probably used to. They are small and instead of serving them in sau…

January 10, 2013 12:00 am

A Crock Pot meal for a busy night: Beef in Red Wine Sauce

I love this one because it's one of those recipes that is so easy to toss together in the morning and then forget about until your house starts smelling delicious at dinnertime.

December 20, 2012 9:00 am

A Feast of Appetizers

It's December and in December we like to host a casual gathering titled: Christmas Cocktails & Feast of Appetizers. It's one of my favorite events of the year.

December 06, 2012 9:00 am

Thanksgiving menu round-up: A side dish and a dessert

Are you making your holiday food shopping list? I finished my grocery shopping and the cooking starts in earnest Wednesday. I don't host Thanksgiving but I always contribute one side dish and one dessert.

November 21, 2012 9:00 am
Food With a Dash of Fun: Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Food With a Dash of Fun: Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

I wanted some sort of a casserole that I could make ahead and just pop in the oven when the day started getting busy. Thanks to some Home Economics teacher from the 1990s at Temecula Valley High School - I found a new recipe for just that.

November 12, 2012 9:00 am

Family Dinner Idea: Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

A few weeks ago at my son's family birthday party I received a present. My husband's grandfather likes to cook and knows that I like to cook. From time to time he'll send me recipes and this time he gave me an entire cookbook.

November 08, 2012 9:00 am
Food with a Dash of Fun: It's Pumpkin Season

Food with a Dash of Fun: It's Pumpkin Season

A few weeks ago my waffle-loving child (a child after my own heart) asked if I could make pumpkin waffles. So on a Sunday morning I did just that.

October 22, 2012 9:00 am

Hey NWI! It's Pumpkin Season.

October in Indiana is my most favorite time of year. The weather has cool nights and crisp days. The leaves on the trees share a beautiful blast of color with us before winter. And pumpkin is on sale at the grocery store. I love pumpkin recipes and so do my kids. A few weeks ago my waffle-lo…

October 18, 2012 7:42 am
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