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Mozzarella Bites

  These have become some of my kids favorite after school snacks lately – and they’re so easy to make!  They’re also great for a party appetizer.  Who doesn’t like bread and cheese?  The recipe basically has two ingredients (a few more to be fancy)… Have you seen these beauties in your grocery store?  They […]

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31 Days of Meal Planning – The Family Table

Whether it’s a good thing or not, so much life happens around the table.  When it comes down to it, being on top of my meal planning and cooking at home contributes to more time for my family to connect around the dinner table.  We don’t spend every meal there, but we do spend many […]

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31 Days of Meal Planning – Staying Motivated

So, you have all these menu-planning tips and goals.  How are you going to stay motivated? Don’t let one setback ruin you.  We all fall short.  Life happens, and we aren’t going to be able to stick to the plan 100% of the time.  Be flexible, but don’t abandon the plan altogether. Remember your “Why.”  […]

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31 Days of Meal Planning – Online Resources

There are lots of online resources when it comes to meal planning.  From websites that show you how to do once a month cooking to commercial services that do all the meal planning and prep for you. Here are a few that I found: Blue Apron Hello Fresh Plated Menus for Moms Also, I must […]

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31 Days of Meal Planning – Kids in the Kitchen

There are lots of great ways to include your children in the kitchen.  You can start with including them in meal planning.  Ask for their input.  Have “cooking contests”.  Encourage them to be creative in the kitchen.  Kids love that.  I have found that when kids are more involved in planning and making the meals, […]

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31 Days of Meal Planning – Low Carb Week + Grocery List

I love the results when I’m disciplined enough to eat low-carb.  Unfortunately, if I don’t stick with it, the pounds just creep back up, and it’s hard for me to commit to doing it long-term.  For those of you who are awesome, and eat this way, here’s a meal plan just for you! Low Carb […]

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31 Days of Meal Planning – Dining Out

We go through cycles in our life where we go out to eat more often than others.  Lately, we haven’t been eating out that much, which I’m realizing I actually prefer.  Of course, when I was working full time we ate out a lot more because there were lots of nights I just didn’t feel […]

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31 Days of Meal Planning – Gluten Free Week + Grocery List

Disclaimer: Always check your labels!  The item I use may have different ingredients in it than the one you use.  Always check your labels to make sure there is no gluten in your ingredients! Gluten-Free Meal Plan Sunday – Shepherd’s Pie Monday – Chicken Fried Rice Tuesday – Taco Salad, Chips & Salsa Wednesday – […]

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31 Days of Meal Planning – Leftovers and Lunches

Are you a fan of leftovers?  They don’t bother me, but it’s like pulling teeth when it comes to getting my family to eat them.  They are not big fans. When it comes to leftovers, I feel like there are two ways to handle them that aren’t wasteful: Use them in lunches.  Either myself or […]

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31 Days of Meal Planning – Meal Prep

There are plenty of people out there who can help you with serious meal prep, if that’s what you’re looking for.  There are people who prepare all their meals for a month in a weekend and such.  I’m not that awesome.  Every little bit helps, though, so I do try and work smarter, not harder.  […]

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