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Mussels in Chipotle Pepper and Garlic Aioli Sauce over Linguine

Mussels in Chipotle Pepper and Garlic Aioli Sauce over Linguine

Originally printed in the pages of Simply Family Magazine’s February 2017 issue. Never miss an issue, check out SFM’s digital editions, here!  Article and photos by Carole Davenport According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac weather prediction for Valentine’s Day in Billings, it’s not just going to be a typical cold winter evening, but a very snowy […]

No regret Super Bowl snacks

No regret Super Bowl snacks

Typically the Super Bowl rivals Thanksgiving Day itself as a high-calorie, high-intake day… which is only compounded if your team doesn’t win! #NotMySuperBowl Let’s face it, nobody is going to buy into Zucchini Fries or Lettuce Wrapped White Beans when the testosterone is flowing and cheering is wild and unrestrained. So rather than completely smashing […]

Safety tips for the holidays

Safety tips for the holidays

A fellow mom in my neighborhood recently organized an informative Girl’s Night at her house. In addition to the usual snacks and drinks, she also invited a few of our local police officers (contracted by our neighborhood HOA) to come and share a few safety tips with all of us, in preparation for the busy, […]

50 Outside of the Box Gift Ideas

50 Outside of the Box Gift Ideas

The days to Christmas are quickly slipping away, but maybe you’re still wracking your brain for the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list. Or maybe you’re looking at your kiddo’s Christmas list and your brain is screaming NO MORE STUFF! Last year we introduced our list of 50 non-toy gift ideas, this […]

Holiday Meal Planning Printable

Holiday Meal Planning Printable

We’re in the midst of prime holiday dinner time, and in the December 2016 issue of Simply Family Magazine we offered up Holiday Cooking 101, affectionately known among us as Holiday Cooking for Dummies, and I just happened to get to be the “dummy” in this particular situation. Never having taken the lead on any […]

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Your Guide to the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Your Guide to the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving. A food lover’s favorite time of year. Do you have your Thanksgiving menu finalized? Here’s what I’m planning to cook up… The Main Course: A Moist and Delicious Bird Let’s start with the big shebang! This recipe is adapted from delightfulemade.com. My mom always swore by her turkey brine — she said it was […]

Halloween safety tips

Halloween safety tips

Most children go trick-or-treating every year without incident, but I’m a mom who’s big on the ‘what if’ factor. So trying to anticipate those ‘what ifs’ is definitely a thing for me. And with Halloween right around the corner, it’s important that we’re having the conversations with our kiddos about a Halloween safety plan so they can have an evening […]

Fall Fun: 2016 Halloween Happenings in and around Billings

Fall Fun: 2016 Halloween Happenings in and around Billings

There’s no shortage of fun as Halloween comes howling into the Billings area, so get your ghosts and goblins ready, and mark those calendars as we take you through the incredible variety of a-maize-ing activities awaiting you this fall!  Pulled from the pages of SFM’s October issue, 2016 Halloween Happenings with **are new additions or *have been […]

Recipe: Homemade Pumpkin Poptarts

Recipe: Homemade Pumpkin Poptarts

Adapted from www.highheelsandgrills.com. Growing up, my mom was a bit of a health nut. We were basically clean eaters (lots of fruits and veggies, no processed foods) before eating clean was even cool. We almost never had junk food in the house, and I really didn’t know what fast food was until I got to […]