family dinner

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Lime Tortilla Strips

Daycare germs don’t often phase me anymore. Having been in the daycare system for six years now, I have a pretty tough immune system. This year, though, the back-to-school and daycare germs hit at the same time, leaving both Maddie and me suffering. It may have been 80 degrees outside, but we were in need of soup. (more…)

Fried Green Tomatoes

I am a bad gardener. It’s true. But I’ve never found that to be a good reason to give up on the dream of having homegrown food, so I begin the fated adventure over again each year in hopes of a better return. This year, I succeeded! It wasn’t the success of a seasoned gardener. I lost a few plants to overcrowding and for some reason couldn’t get cilantro to grow. I did, however, enjoy my favorite arugula salad with my own arugula, and there was a solid week that I packed salads for lunch with my own green leaf lettuce. (more…)

Unplug Yourself with a “Little House” Dinner

By Seisha Lock of Education.com

Imagine if you didn’t have a cell phone, a car, light bulbs, television, grocery stores, or the Internet. Life would be pretty different! Though it may be hard for you to imagine this, every year the town of Mansfield, Missouri, “unplugs” itself to go back to the late 1800s as the townspeople celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House books. These historical books chronicle the life of a young girl living in pioneer times, when she and her family had to grow and catch their own food, entertain themselves with stories around the fire, and use a horse-drawn buggy to get into town. (more…)

Scallops in Sage Brown Butter with Spinach Risotto

In the previous month, while completing my typical Aldi shopping for the week, I noticed something new in the frozen food section. Aldi is great at adding different selections periodically, which is #1001 on my list of things I love about it. This week it was scallops. Fortuitously, I needed to plan our March dinner, and I’ve always wanted to try scallops. (more…)

Mini English Muffin Pizzas

As moms, we know that dinner sometimes needs to be quick. Between work and activities with the kids, we don’t have enough hours in the day to make an involved meal every single night. One of the go-tos in our house is homemade pizza. It’s definitely fast, but some nights it’s not fast enough. We need something else to use as a pizza crust. (more…)