Here we are. We made it! It’s 2017. We’re right at the start of another new year, and if you’re anything like me, you’re looking back on the last month of food you consumed and are thinking “Wow. That was a lot of cheese.” Not that there’s anything wrong with cheese, but you know what I mean. The new year has arrived, and it’s time to step away from the gluttony of the holidays for a bit! Read more...(791 words, 9 images, estimated 3:10 mins reading time)
***Feel like you’re seeing double? Yes, this is a repost of a previous recipe. I’m reposting it for the holidays, as it’s become quite popular, and I’m adding in a couple of hints that might help you along come baking time….
It seems that a lot of people are having a rough time with the cookies spreading. My guess is that they haven’t used the correct amount of coconut. Make sure that you grab a 14 oz. bag of coconut. There are 10 oz. and 14 oz. bags available at my grocery store. Go big! Read more...(736 words, 10 images, estimated 2:57 mins reading time)
So, I am not a big Black Friday shopper. I have never been out to the stores to grab a deal early in the morning. I’m usually kitchen-hungover the day after Thanksgiving and enjoy every last-minute of staying cuddled and warm under the duvet when Friday rolls around. The idea of storming my local mall with millions of other shoppers the day after Thanksgiving, and battling other bleary eyed moms for the last Hatchimal is my personal version of hell. And for that reason, it just doesn’t happen. Read more...(1151 words, 10 images, estimated 4:36 mins reading time)
Anyone else caught off guard with how quickly the holidays popped up this year? Anyone? Just me? I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year, which I love to do, but at three days out, I’m still a little mystified that I’m going to be cooking up a turkey on Thursday. I wrote out my game plan and grocery list over the weekend, laying out exactly what I need to make, so I guess it’s slowly sinking in, but I really need to get a move-on. Read more...(660 words, 8 images, estimated 2:38 mins reading time)
I know what you’re thinking. Stew in July? Stew is a misleading name for this. It’s light and summery, and chock full of crisp summer veggies, but consistency wise…yes, it’s right up there with a stew. It’s a really tasty way to bring dinner to the table any night of the week, and it all comes together in one pan, so clean up is a breeze. Pair it with a loaf of good, crusty bread and you have an easy, delicious meal in no time.
Ready to give it a try yet? Read more...(680 words, 9 images, estimated 2:43 mins reading time)
We’re in the home stretch! At the close of the school day tomorrow, it’s officially summer here in the Carlisle household. Every school year seems to fly by faster than the last, and this year, even the kids have noticed. It’s been a great year, and I’m having one of those Mommy moments as we finish things up. After tomorrow, my girls will officially be fifth and eighth graders. One will be on her way to her last year in elementary school, while the other will be moving into her last year of middle school. What was I thinking when I spaced my children out this way? This is too much parental emotion to take on in one year. I don’t feel fully prepared to have a high schooler yet. After all, I was changing her diapers and feeding her smashed peas just yesterday, it seems. And the youngest moving out of elementary school? Ugh…I’m not ready to throw my baby to the wolves quite yet. Read more...(1065 words, 9 images, estimated 4:16 mins reading time)
I know, I know. My Korean friends are probably rolling their eyes and looking at this like I’m crazy. But, hear me out.
May is what’s CRAZY. I have yet to talk to one parent of school aged children this month who isn’t completely bogged down with school projects, after school activities, end of the year recitals and concerts, class trips, sporting events, etc. etc. etc. May is just nuts. Read more...(597 words, 9 images, estimated 2:23 mins reading time)
Back when my husband and I were first married, I remember buying a cookbook that boasted “Four Ingredient Meals”. I made a few things out of it, and then, somehow, the book disappeared. I either threw it away out of frustration or sold it in a garage sale. I honestly can’t remember. What I do remember is the recipes I made from that cookbook were all so horrible, it was almost comical.
THIS four ingredient entrée, however, is worth keeping. It’s so simple, coming together in minutes, and was really, really tasty. Read more...(578 words, 9 images, estimated 2:19 mins reading time)
Have you ever had one of those nights when dinner just completely sneaks up on you? That was last night for me. I’d had a busy day, and was a little drained. The kids were home from school, homework was done, I had a half an hour until my husband would be on his way home, and we needed to eat on the early side of the evening because Avery had to be somewhere. I told myself that I’d sit down for a half an hour and just take a breather.
Just about an hour later… Read more...(818 words, 9 images, estimated 3:16 mins reading time)
My goodness, this Easter has come up quickly. If you’re feeling as holiday crunched as I am, and you’re hosting dinner, then this is the perfect speedy quick, yet impressive, dish to serve your guests. It’s embarrassingly easy…but nobody needs to know. For some reason, chilled soups seem extra special, and this one was always a favorite of ours when we’d visit Disney World, of all places. Read more...(407 words, 8 images, estimated 1:38 mins reading time)