Tag Archives: Food & Home

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Herbs Made Easy

GROWING HERBS AT HOME Nothing compliments all of the wonderful produce coming from the farms during the spring, summer, and fall than homegrown herbs. Having a small garden of herbs, within easily accessible snipping distance, is a boon to the home chef. Try these lower maintenance, high-return herbs if you are new to gardening. Especially […]

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 […]

The Ultimate Christmas Cookie Recipe

CHRISTMAS COOKIE COMFORT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY   Let’s face it, the holidays can be stressful. While you’re trying to be loaded with holiday cheer, you’re also faced with shopping lists that seem to get longer (not to mention more expensive) every year, too many parties to attend, an entire house to decorate inside and […]

Easy Roast Turkey Recipe

AN EASY ROAST TURKEY RECIPE & OTHER WINTER SIDE DISH IDEAS Each year, our lovely staff shares personal, family recipes during the holiday season. It is a joy to share with CharlottesvilleFamily readers some of our favorite dishes like this Easy Roast Turkey Recipe with the hope that you and your family will enjoy them […]

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The Benefits of Children Having A Pet

WHAT CHILDREN CAN LEARN FROM AN ANIMAL COMPANION The sheer joy of a bouncy dog greeting you upon your return home…the comfort of a cat nestled against your legs as you drift off to sleep…Pets can be great friends, and growing up with animal companions can be an incredibly rewarding experience for children. Here are […]

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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 […]