Category Archives: Food & Home

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The Importance of Cooking With Kids

HOW THE WHOLE FAMILY BENEFITS WHEN KIDS HELP IN THE KITCHEN When was the last time your entire family sat down to dinner together? According to a 2016 report by National Public Radio (NPR) on the eating habits of American families, more than 40 percent of American families struggle to find the time for meals […]

Apple Fritters

Apple Fritter Donut Recipe

AN EASY FALL APPLE RECIPE One of my absolute favorite annual traditions that I have with my sons is our fall journey to a local orchard to pick apples. We’ve been doing this every September since they were toddlers, and even though they’ve now entered their teen years, it’s no less exciting than it was […]

Organized Chaos: Ordering the Command Center of the Home

HOW TO CREATE A FAMILY COMMAND CENTER AND KEEP YOUR HOME ORGANIZED I once read that a messy desk indicates a chaotic life. I would quote the likely well-organized author, but I don’t know what book I read those wise words in or where that life-changing book went. I read it in college, when staying […]

Grilled Cheese Recipe

ENJOY THIS GRILLED CHEESE WITH PEACHES RECIPE FROM THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH’S MYPLATE   While grilled cheese is almost always a crowd pleaser, the traditional sandwich lacks hearty nutritional benefits, leaving kids satisfied in the short term but snack-hungry soon after. The Virginia Department of Health has revamped the classic family favorite and made […]

An Easy & Nutritious Quesadilla Recipe

THE VA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & VA WIC SHARE A FIESTA QUESADILLA RECIPE & ADVICE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF FOLATES Looking for a scrumptious breakfast or lunch idea for a fun summer day? The Folate Fiesta Quesadilla brings together fresh vegetables, eggs and cheese, making it a kid-friendly and kid-favorite recipe. Kids will also gain […]

Strawberry Shortcake with Wild Blueberry Sauce Recipe

FESTIVE AND DELICIOUS RECIPE FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND Looking for a simple, yet delicious recipe for summer celebrations? Then you’re going to love this simple strawberry shortcake recipe. I don’t know how it happened, but it is already Memorial Day weekend! In honor of this very special holiday where we take a moment to honor […]

5 Projects to Do with Dried Flowers

CREATIVE WAYS TO BRING FLOWERS INTO YOUR HOME Bring the beauty of spring into your home by drying and pressing flowers as a family! Crafting projects are a perfect way to get quality time with the kids while also creating new and original home décor. Here, we are taking you through some of our favorite […]

Greek Easter Bread Recipe

CREATING AN EGG-CELLENT TREAT FOR THE FAMILY It’s always a dilemma in my house as to what to do with the dyed Easter eggs after the holiday is over. We hate to break the coverings that we so lovingly designed, and while they decorate the inside of our refrigerator nicely, I wondered for years whether […]

Easter Gifts They’ll Love

8 FABULOUS FINDS FOR EASTER Looking to add local flair and make Easter shopping even easier this year? Try trading out some expected sweets with a few unique and local Easter basket stuffers to create a new tradition that can be paired with your other ones, no matter whether it’s chocolate bunnies, bread recipes or […]

Shamrock Petit Fours Recipe

ST. PATRICK’S DAY “PADDY CAKES” RECIPE I really enjoy those sappy-sweet Hallmark channel movies, and recently I saw one where a woman had to return to her humble New Jersey roots and work in her father’s bakery. As plots tend to go, things were a bit tough for Dad’s small bakery, but the gal comes […]