Category Archives: Food & Home

Middle Eastern family enjoying ice cream together in the summer time.

Charlottesville’s Favorite Ice Cream Shops

When it comes to finding the ideal scoop, Charlottesville has plenty of alternatives. Are you craving ice cream sandwiches? You will find it here. Is frozen custard what you’re after? Charlottesville’s best dessert shops have you covered. Do you love gelato? You are in for a treat. Whatever your favorite ice cream flavor, there’s a […]

Strawberry Shortcake with Wild Blueberry Sauce Recipe

Pick Your Own Local Strawberries For a fun outing idea for the family, visit one of the local Berry Farms, and pick your own berries for this delicious recipe. Looking for other yummy recipes perfect for families and kids? Check out the Food & Home section of our site for more.  Some family favorite recipes […]

Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

Quick Pesto Pasta Salad with Proteins

Steps to Make Quick Pesto Pasta Salad Cook the pasta in salted water as per the package. Maybe just a minute longer. This is because pasta will firm up in the fridge. Meanwhile, prep all of the other ingredients. When the pasta has done cooking, drain it thoroughly and rinse it under cold water. Make […]

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

The Best Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancake Recipe

The Best Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancake Recipe 1½ cups buttermilk (You can substitute whole milk, 2% or even nonfat. The richer the milk, the richer your pancakes!) 1½ cups ricotta cheese (You can use nonfat ricotta or whole milk ricotta. Again, the whole milk ricotta will make the pancakes taste a lot better.) 2 large […]

Pasta Primavera Recipe

KID-FRIENDLY PASTA PRIMAVERA RECIPE FROM VA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH’S MYPLATE Pasta is a favorite food among many, but it can sometimes get a bad rep in today’s health climate. The Virginia Department of Health‘s easy-to-make Pasta Primavera Recipe that is loaded with vegetables and perfect for the whole family. With simple and nutritious ingredients, the […]

Greek Easter Bread Recipe

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 there was another use for them that […]

Allens Scottish Shortbread family baking in kitchen

A Mompreneur and the Family Cookie Business

Laura Shares Her Typical Mompreneur Day I wake up at 5 am, and make sure that within that still block of time before the girls join us, every thought pertaining to the cookie business gets recorded in my planner. Something about early morning, prayer and copious amounts of cold brew coffee that ushers in a […]

Mom and daughter making soup

Three Hearty Soup Recipes

3 HEARTY SOUPS TO HELP YOUR FAMILY THROUGH THE WINTER Busy families need plenty of healthy soup and stew recipes to make it through the winter. This chicken or turkey soup puts leftovers to good use. The beef stew recipe is so good that it makes a tasty featured dish at any gathering. And, split […]

I (Heart) Pancakes

HEART-SHAPED PANCAKES: A DELICIOUS WAY TO SAY “I LOVE YOU” When I created this recipe, we were on strawberry overload at home, and I wanted to get creative on how best to use them all while they were fresh. I love pancakes, and we were eating them pretty regularly at the time. So with Valentine’s […]