Kristine's Kitchen http://kristineskitchenblog.com healthy bites and sweet treats Thu, 28 May 2015 12:18:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 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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Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/05/26/banana-chocolate-chip-granola-bars/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/05/26/banana-chocolate-chip-granola-bars/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 10:16:48 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8099 These Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are lightly sweetened with ripe bananas and honey.  They are quick and easy to make and perfect for breakfast or snack time! I live about 30 miles from the school that I teach at, which means that I spend a decent amount of time commuting to and from work. […]

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These Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are lightly sweetened with ripe bananas and honey.  They are quick and easy to make and perfect for breakfast or snack time!

These Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are chewy and lightly sweetened with honey. They are the perfect breakfast or snack!

I live about 30 miles from the school that I teach at, which means that I spend a decent amount of time commuting to and from work. It’s frustrating to think about the hours I spend commuting as lost time, so I try to find ways to make my commute more enjoyable. I used to listen to audiobooks that I’d check out from the library, but lately I’ve been listening to podcasts and loving it. My favorites are podcasts about blogging and motherhood.

Since returning to work after my maternity leave I’ve been catching up on episodes of The Chopped Podcast. If you’re not a food blogger, then this podcast probably won’t interest you much, and if you are then you’re probably already listening. (And if not, I highly recommend you do!) At the end of each episode, the host always asks the guest of the week a few questions, including: What’s the one food you can’t live without? What would your answer be?(...)
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Caprese Pasta http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/05/22/caprese-pasta/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/05/22/caprese-pasta/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:06:44 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8080 This Caprese Pasta is full of fresh ingredients and so easy to make.  A light tomato sauce coats whole wheat pasta, plus fresh mozzarella and basil add tons of flavor! Which summer produce are you most excited about? I love summer fruits, including peaches, strawberries, and blueberries. But I think I’m most excited about juicy […]

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This Caprese Pasta is full of fresh ingredients and so easy to make.  A light tomato sauce coats whole wheat pasta, plus fresh mozzarella and basil add tons of flavor!

This Caprese Pasta is quick, easy, and flavorful!

Which summer produce are you most excited about? I love summer fruits, including peaches, strawberries, and blueberries. But I think I’m most excited about juicy summer tomatoes, especially cherry tomatoes. We are growing some in our garden and while none are ripe yet, there are lots of little green tomatoes growing on our plants. We can never grow enough, though, so I always end up buying more at the farmer’s market. I love the variety of cherry and grape tomato colors – red, orange, yellow, and even purple. The yellow ones are my favorite. :)

We are still loving our weekly farm box, and I can’t wait until (hopefully) it will contain cherry tomatoes as well. So far we’ve received juicy, bright red slicing tomatoes. The kids gobble those up in no time!

This Caprese Pasta is quick, easy, and flavorful!

This past weekend I was hoping to create a new recipe for an easy dinner, (...)
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Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/05/18/creamy-dreamy-mango-smoothie/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/05/18/creamy-dreamy-mango-smoothie/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 10:19:37 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8052 Thank you to REAL® Seal for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed here are mine alone. This Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie is so smooth and creamy, you’ll think you’re drinking a milkshake. But really, you’ll be enjoying a healthy 4-ingredient smoothie made with just frozen fruit, milk and yogurt. “Do you guys want […]

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This Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie is so smooth and creamy, you’ll think you’re drinking a milkshake. But really, you’ll be enjoying a healthy 4-ingredient smoothie made with just frozen fruit, milk and yogurt.

Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie. Only 4 ingredients in this healthy smoothie!

“Do you guys want a smoothie?” I mention those words in my house, and in an instant Julia and William will be pulling chairs up to the kitchen counter. Smoothies are a favorite snack (and breakfast) around here, and now that the weather is warming up we are making them more and more often.

Julia likes to help by adding the frozen fruit to the blender, and William always wants to push the buttons to turn the blender on and off. With supervision, of course. 😉 It’s a bit stressful for me, actually, reminding him over and over to wait to push the on button until Mommy says. One of these days, we’re going to have smoothie all over our kitchen, I’m afraid.

Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie. Only 4 ingredients in this healthy smoothie!

I’m always trying new things when it comes to making smoothies. Whenever a smoothie is a particular hit (...)
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Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/05/12/peanut-butter-oat-snack-cookies/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/05/12/peanut-butter-oat-snack-cookies/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 13:13:41 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8028 Packed with peanut butter, flaxseed and oats, these Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies will give you an energy boost while satisfying your cookie craving! They are perfect for after school snacks for the kids, too! Tomorrow I go back to work after my maternity leave. To say I am not ready to leave my sweet […]

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Packed with peanut butter, flaxseed and oats, these Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies will give you an energy boost while satisfying your cookie craving! They are perfect for after school snacks for the kids, too!

Healthy Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies - boost your energy with these soft, chewy cookies!

Tomorrow I go back to work after my maternity leave. To say I am not ready to leave my sweet baby girl is quite the understatement. Where did the past four months go?

Nothing can make up for the fact that I won’t be home every day with my little ones, but if I try to look on the positive it is only three days a week, my baby will be with family while I’m at work, and I only have five weeks until summer vacation. I’m trying to look on the positive side. But it’s still hard.Healthy Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies - boost your energy with these soft, chewy cookies!

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Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/05/08/strawberry-avocado-kale-salad/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/05/08/strawberry-avocado-kale-salad/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 10:44:31 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8004 This Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad is packed with flavors and textures! Sweet strawberries, creamy avocado, toasty walnuts, tangy feta, and a honey-lemon vinaigrette will make this kale salad your new favorite! Kale salads. Are you a fan? I will admit that they can take some getting used to at first. But so long as you […]

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This Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad is packed with flavors and textures! Sweet strawberries, creamy avocado, toasty walnuts, tangy feta, and a honey-lemon vinaigrette will make this kale salad your new favorite!

This Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad is healthy and packed with flavor!

Kale salads. Are you a fan? I will admit that they can take some getting used to at first. But so long as you know a few tricks, you’ll be eating bowl after bowl of these healthy greens.

This Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad is healthy and packed with flavor!

Raw kale sometimes has a little too much texture for my tastes. I can eat it, but I don’t always crave it. The trick is to massage the kale for a minute or so to soften it up a bit. That’s what I did in this Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad. A little lemon juice, a little massaging, and that kale is ready to be devoured.(...)
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Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/05/04/blueberry-cream-cheese-danish/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/05/04/blueberry-cream-cheese-danish/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 12:33:53 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=7982 Buttery puff pastry is topped with a cream cheese and Greek yogurt filling, plus fresh blueberries. These Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish are simple to make and just perfect for Mother’s Day – or any morning! Growing up, I loved being part of a large family. I’m the oldest of five kids, and I don’t know […]

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Buttery puff pastry is topped with a cream cheese and Greek yogurt filling, plus fresh blueberries. These Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish are simple to make and just perfect for Mother’s Day – or any morning!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish - easy to make with puff pastry and a Greek yogurt and cream cheese filling!

Growing up, I loved being part of a large family. I’m the oldest of five kids, and I don’t know how my parents raised all of us without going crazy. There were definitely (many) moments of craziness, though, as is bound to happen with five kids in the house. Those moments sort of blur together in my memory, but one thing I always knew is how much my parents loved me.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish - easy to make with puff pastry and a Greek yogurt and cream cheese filling!

When I think back on moments with my mom, (...)
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Potato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/04/30/potato-caramelized-onion-and-goat-cheese-pizza/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/04/30/potato-caramelized-onion-and-goat-cheese-pizza/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:20:47 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=7958 Rosemary and garlic-roasted potatoes plus sweet caramelized onions top this Potato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza. One more day until Pizza Friday! Is that a thing in your house? When I make my weekly menu plan, I always include a pizza night because it’s an easy meal that I don’t have to think much […]

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Rosemary and garlic-roasted potatoes plus sweet caramelized onions top this Potato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza.

Potato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza - you'll love this meatless pizza!

One more day until Pizza Friday! Is that a thing in your house? When I make my weekly menu plan, I always include a pizza night because it’s an easy meal that I don’t have to think much about. Most often, Friday is our pizza night, but not always. I like to be flexible and sometimes Saturdays call for pizza too. Or Mondays, right?  :)

Potato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza - you'll love this meatless pizza!

Our go-to pizza is a simple veggie and cheese pie, with bell peppers, mushrooms, olives, and red onion. Other times I like to mix things up and try something new. This Potato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza was a new twist on a meat-free pizza and it did not disappoint!(...)
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