Cooking with Kids

Easy Summer Treats: “Magic” Nutella Milkshakes

Easy Summer Treats: “Magic” Nutella Milkshakes

My littles are addicted to Nutella. I don’t know what they put in that stuff, but it’s basically Toddler Cat Nip. We eat it (in some shape or form) at least a couple of times a week. You feel me? In the summertime — because it’s so dang hot in Texas — I am always […]

Cooking with Kids: 3 Easy Recipes

Cooking with Kids: 3 Easy Recipes

In our house, we love food! I grew up in the Pacific Northwest where fresh produce and seafood were abundant and my dad worked in the food industry, to top it off. I have a deep appreciation for food. My dad and grandma taught me to cook and my mom taught me to can. I […]

Valentine’s Day Recipes from Breakfast to Dessert

Valentine’s Day Recipes from Breakfast to Dessert

Some people dread the holidays for one, specific reason – preparing a menu the entire family will love can feel a bit like rocket science, especially when you have a toddler (or a husband who eats like a toddler). But it doesn’t have to be this way. Notoriously delicious and decadent, Valentine’s Day is the […]

Valentine’s Day Recipe: Hidden Kiss Cookies

Valentine’s Day Recipe: Hidden Kiss Cookies

In Simply Family Magazine’s February 2015 Cook This column it’s all about sharing scrumptious ways to spread the love this Valentine’s Day. Simply Amanda got things going with a recipe for Chocolate Truffles, and now she’s bringing you a recipe for Hidden Kiss Cookies that are similar to the popular Mexican Wedding Cookie but with a delicious surprise […]

Holiday Baking: Ingredients for Family Fun

Holiday Baking: Ingredients for Family Fun

Few things bring out the holidays like a house filled with the delicious aroma of freshly baked goodies. Baking is a holiday tradition for many families and guess what? You don’t have to be a pastry chef to have fun in the kitchen. I guarantee your kids will jump at the chance to help. My […]

Celebrating the Holidays With Meaning: Christmas Traditions

Celebrating the Holidays With Meaning: Christmas Traditions

With every holiday comes its own set of traditions and for every family a way of celebrating that is unique to them. So when two individuals come together and start a family of their own, each bringing their own traditions into the mix, the question becomes where do we go from here? Ideally it’s creating […]

Fall Salad Recipe: Southwest Salad

Fall Salad Recipe: Southwest Salad

November is all about Thanksgiving and the beautiful fall harvest of vegetables. Salads are a perfect way to utilize all of the leftovers and delicious vegetables to create a healthy meal. Spice up your salad plate with fresh fall additions and revamped recipes. In the November issue of Simply Family Magazine we shared a recipe for a Roasted […]

Toasting Pumpkin Seeds: Ol’ Fashion Style!

Toasting Pumpkin Seeds: Ol’ Fashion Style!

All that hard work digging out pumpkin seeds and “guts” from your children’s pumpkin should not go to waste! Pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein, dietary fiber, vitamin E and many essential minerals. They are a source of “good” fats as well. So all the boring nutritional stuff aside, how does one go […]