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!}

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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]

Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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. 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 ... [Continue Reading]

Caprese Pasta

This Caprese Pasta is quick, easy, and flavorful!

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 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 ... [Continue Reading]

Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie

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

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 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 ... [Continue Reading]