Spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry with Summer Squash

Just 30 minutes to make this healthy, spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry with Summer Squash!

Why order take-out when you can make this Spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry with Summer Squash in 30 minutes at home?  It's our new favorite way to enjoy the flavors of Kung Pao in a healthy homemade meal! One of my favorite things about cooking is that I can make dishes at home that I'd usually order at a restaurant. We enjoy going out to eat, but most of the time I'd rather just stay in the comfort of my own home. In my pj's and make-up free, if that's the kind of day it is. :) Whenever we go out for Chinese food, we always order Kung Pao Chicken. Even the kids like it, so long as we make sure there are no spicy pepper flakes on their chicken. Brad and I love the spice, ... [Continue Reading]

Spinach Pesto Pasta with Fresh Green Beans and Chicken

This Spinach Pesto Pasta with Fresh Green Beans and Chicken is a fresh and healthy summer meal!

This Spinach Pesto Pasta with Fresh Green Beans and Chicken is a delicious way to enjoy fresh vegetables. Made with whole wheat pasta, it's a light and healthy summer meal! Last week I wasn't feeling the whole meal planning thing. I'm usually really good about planning out our dinners for each night of the week, but I needed a break. So I just added a few staple foods like chicken, tortillas and cheese to our grocery list and decided to figure the rest out later. Most weeks it works best for me and my family to have a menu plan, but it was refreshing to take a break for a week and it actually inspired some new recipes! I had to get creative with what we had in our refrigerator and ... [Continue Reading]

Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Blondies

Almond Butter Oat Blondies. Soft and chewy cookie bars with a subtle caramel flavor! Gluten-free.

These Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Blondies are my latest addiction!  They're soft and packed with oats and almond butter, making them a healthier cookie bar! I know we're in the middle of the week right now, but let's talk about weekends for a minute. Does anyone have any tricks for making the weekends last longer? I feel like one minute we're celebrating the fact that it's Friday, and the next it's already Sunday night and time to start a new week. And I'm left wondering where the weekend went. I've been thinking about how we spend our weekends and have come up with a few ideas that I'd like to try to help get the most out of them. ... [Continue Reading]

Barley Salad with Grilled Asparagus and Nectarines

Barley Salad with Grilled Asparagus and Nectarines, plus tangy feta, crunchy almonds and a light honey-lemon dressing! The best side dish or lunch!

A light and healthy summer dish, this Barley Salad with Grilled Asparagus and Nectarines is packed with flavor! Feta cheese, shallots, and sliced almonds complement the fruits and vegetables in this barley salad. How was your weekend? Ours was a good mix of fun and getting stuff done. Last week I finished teaching for the year and I'm now on summer break. I'll be home with the kids this summer, and we plan to spend lots of time in the backyard, and at the park, library, and pool. I think the key to keeping everyone happy and busy will be an outing each day! I'm excited to spend the summer home enjoying time with the kids, and I'm also hopeful that I will have a little time to get some ... [Continue Reading]

Pear, Feta and Walnut Pizza

This Pear, Feta and Walnut Pizza is my all-time favorite!

This Pear, Feta and Walnut Pizza is not your ordinary pizza.  The combination of sweet pears, tangy feta and toasty walnuts is out of this world delicious! Happy Friday, Friends! How has your week been? Mine's been crazy busy, but I did have the day off yesterday. I used the extra time to catch up on some housework and laundry (or at least try to), work on report cards, and take care of the kids of course! This weekend is going to be a full one, between the soccer field, finishing up report cards (next week is the last week of school – woo hoo!), and other miscellaneous kid and house stuff. What are your weekend plans? There are a few recipes that I make that I've been making ... [Continue Reading]

Have a REAL® Wholesome Summer! {Win a $100 Visa Gift Card!}


This post is brought to you in partnership with REAL® Seal. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Did you know that June is National Dairy Month? My family and I love dairy. Yogurt, cheese, and milk are things that we enjoy on a daily basis. And ice cream is one of our favorite treats, especially in the summertime! So the fact that there is a whole month dedicated to celebrating all things dairy is super exciting to me! Many of the summer memories that I create with my family involve food. Whether it's making homemade ice cream with my kids, or enjoying smoothies as a family in the backyard, spending time cooking and eating together is something that we can enjoy as a family. A ... [Continue Reading]

William’s Construction Birthday Party

Construction Birthday Party Cake

A Construction Birthday Party, with directions for decorating the easiest-ever construction cake! My little guy, William, recently turned 3 and we celebrated with a construction birthday party!  A construction party was the obvious choice because William absolutely loves all things trucks right now.  He plays with cars and trucks endlessly and knows the different kinds of trucks by name.  He can tell you what their jobs are, from the excavator to the crane truck to the cement mixer.  William's favorite TV show is Bob the Builder, and he loves listening to the book Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site at bedtime. Naturally, we had to get William a big construction truck for his ... [Continue Reading]

Chocolate Birthday Cake

Chocolate Birthday Cake, with a light and fluffy chocolate frosting!

A triple layer chocolate cake that's perfect for celebrating!  This Chocolate Birthday Cake with a light and fluffy chocolate buttercream frosting is just the thing for chocolate lovers! This weekend I made a chocolate birthday cake, just so I could share it with you today.  You're welcome.  ;)  I first made this chocolate cake for William's 3rd birthday, which was about a month ago now. Life's been busy (isn't it always) and I never found time to sit down and get his birthday post written. I've been working on it this week and hope to share it in the next few days, so stay tuned! Before sharing this Chocolate Birthday Cake with you, I wanted to be sure the recipe was juuust right so I ... [Continue Reading]