Kristine's Kitchen http://kristineskitchenblog.com healthy bites and sweet treats Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:11:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry with Summer Squash http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/02/spicy-kung-pao-stir-fry-with-summer-squash/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/02/spicy-kung-pao-stir-fry-with-summer-squash/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:11:13 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8233 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 […]

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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!

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

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, (...)
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Spinach Pesto Pasta with Fresh Green Beans and Chicken http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/06/23/spinach-pesto-pasta-with-fresh-green-beans-and-chicken/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/06/23/spinach-pesto-pasta-with-fresh-green-beans-and-chicken/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:11:12 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8215 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, […]

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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!

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

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

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Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Blondies http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/06/18/almond-butter-oat-chocolate-chip-blondies/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/06/18/almond-butter-oat-chocolate-chip-blondies/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:31:43 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8198 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 […]

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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!

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

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.

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Barley Salad with Grilled Asparagus and Nectarines http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/06/16/barley-salad-with-grilled-asparagus-and-nectarines/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/06/16/barley-salad-with-grilled-asparagus-and-nectarines/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:46:53 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8186 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 […]

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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.

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

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 organizing done in my house. It needs some work after the past 4 months of first being home with a newborn and then being back at work! I plan to tackle one task each day until it’s done. The last time I went through (...)
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Pear, Feta and Walnut Pizza http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/06/05/pear-feta-and-walnut-pizza/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/06/05/pear-feta-and-walnut-pizza/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:57:47 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8168 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 […]

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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!

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

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 forever. This Pear, Feta and Walnut Pizza is one such recipe. I first made this pizza shortly after Brad and I got married, and we’ve been married for over 11 years now. As a side note, I just spent about three minutes figuring out how long we’ve been married. Not enough sleep + mom brain are challenging my memory and math skills! It’s a very good thing summer is near, indeed.

When I make favorite recipes like this one, (...)
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Have a REAL® Wholesome Summer! {Win a $100 Visa Gift Card!} http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/06/04/have-a-real-wholesome-summer-win-a-100-visa-gift-card/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/06/04/have-a-real-wholesome-summer-win-a-100-visa-gift-card/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2015 10:31:00 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8161 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, […]

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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 well-balanced diet, including REAL® dairy, helps my family and I to feel our best and have the energy we need to play and be active together all summer long.

In honor of National Dairy Month and my love of dairy, I’m partnering up with REAL® Seal to help spread the word about the benefits of incorporating real dairy into your diet. REAL® Seal has been around for almost 4 decades, and the REAL® Seal lets you know that the product you are purchasing is made from real dairy from cows on U.S. dairy farms. This June, REAL® Seal is kicking off their REAL® Wholesome Summer campaign to spread the word about the connection between a well-balanced diet and creating great summer memories.

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William’s Construction Birthday Party http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/06/01/williams-construction-birthday-party/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/06/01/williams-construction-birthday-party/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 11:03:33 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8133 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 […]

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A Construction Birthday Party, with directions for decorating the easiest-ever construction cake!

Construction Birthday Party

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 birthday.  At Christmas he got a small crane that was part of a bigger construction train set, and he’s spent countless hours playing with it.  We gave him this big crane for his birthday and boy does he love playing with it!

Construction Party

 

Construction Party Invitation

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Chocolate Birthday Cake http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/05/28/chocolate-birthday-cake/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/05/28/chocolate-birthday-cake/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 11:03:13 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8117 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 […]

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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!

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

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 made it again this weekend. Luckily we went to my parents’ house for a BBQ on Monday, so I was able to share some cake with my family. We certainly didn’t need a whole three layer cake tempting us!  I am powerless to resist a slice of homemade cake, so I would have been eating it all week long.

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

A few days ago, Hannah turned 4 months old.  After baking this Chocolate Birthday Cake, I decided it was her 4 month birthday cake.  (...)
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