Meatless Monday Featuring The Produce Box: Vegetarian Lasagna

Meatless Monday Featuring The Produce Box: Vegetarian Lasagna

Skip To RecipeThe past few months have been extremely busy with after school activities and work, so we have eaten A LOT of convenience foods. Boxed or frozen dinners that tend to be high in sodium and preservatives and low in nutrients. So, like most everyone in January, I decided it’s time to get healthy and eat better. This time I decided I’m not doing it by myself, but will also include the whole family. It’s so much easier to stick to a healthy meal plan when you only have to prepare one meal for everyone. The Produce Box One thing that has made this decision much easier in my very busy life is The Produce Box. The Produce Box is a wonderful service here in North Carolina that brings fresh produce, meats, …

These Easy Chicken Dinners Will Help Make Your Weekly Meal Plan a Snap!

These Easy Chicken Dinners Will Help Make Your Weekly Meal Plan a Snap!

Skip To Recipe I am the worst at meal planning. I have great intentions. I’ll make a shopping list, pick up what I need, keep the fridge stocked. The problem is by the time I’m ready to break away from work, or whatever I happen to be doing, to start cooking everyone is starving and wants something right now! It doesn’t help that I’m usually not in the mood to cook whatever it is I planned to make for dinner that night anyhow. The week before Christmas I knew was going to be especially busy with afternoon meetings, conference calls, school functions, appointments, and driving my oldest to/from her job. With a little of that “work smarter, not harder” ingenuity, I came up with the perfect menu to help me survive …

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies

The birth of Holiday Baking day and how Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies came to be. Over the past five years, due to my husband’s job, we have moved four times and lived in four different states. Four years ago my girls had a particularly hard time over winter break. We hadn’t lived in Alabama very long. There were no visits from family, no friends to have over for hot chocolate, no holiday parties to attend, no secret Santa exchanges… all of the fun things that most people participate in during winter break. My husband was out of work and we didn’t have the extra money for the girls to buy gifts for each other, something they looked forward to every year. After thinking about what we could do that would be fun AND allow …

School Lunches Made Easy

School Lunches Made Easy

The one thing I dread every school year, aside from the early mornings, is back-to-school lunch battles. Don’t laugh, the struggle is REAL!! My kids refused to eat school lunches (unless it was pizza day). So every day I would pack five lunches. Trying to remember which kid liked peanut butter and jelly this week, or which kid would only eat veggies if they were drenched in balsamic vinegar. After having one too many uneaten lunches return home, I announced to my kids that I was DONE. If they didn’t want hot lunch, they were responsible for making their own lunches from now on. This system has been working out for the past two years, and now the only complaints I get is when we run out of something. To keep …

25 Luscious Lemon Desserts

25 Luscious Lemon Desserts

I’m a sucker for lemons. It’s such a versatile fruit. They add a fresh burst of flavor to both savory and sweet dishes, and have a way of making other ingredients in a dish sing. These 25 lemon desserts range from the classic Lemon Bar to old favorites made with a twist! After checking out all of these yummy lemon dessert creations you’re gonna want to pick up an industrial-sized bag of lemons the next time you’re at the store! 25 Luscious Lemon Desserts Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle – Life of a Ginger Lemon Thyme Tea Cakes – Pastry Chef Online Lickety Split Lemon Torte – Peanut Blossom Strawberry Lemon Cake with Basil Buttercream Frosting – The Shady Lane Lemon Heavenly Oreo Dessert – Mandy’s Recipe Box Lemon Pudding With Cream Cheese Frosting – Whole and …

Apple Muffins with Apple Cider Cream Cheese Glaze

Apple Muffins with Apple Cider Cream Cheese Glaze

I know I am the minority on this one, but pumpkin spice everything is not my favorite thing about fall. Although I do like pumpkin bread and chai tea, my fall obsession is apples. My daughters and I love apples so much we go through about 15 pounds of them every week! We try to make it to the local orchard at least once every fall. The kids love it! We have so much fun riding the hay ride, picking apples, drinking hot apple cider, and of course, eating apple cider doughnuts. We always end up bringing a couple of dozen home with us. I’ve tried to replicate those doughnuts many times without success. The recipes have been okay; I just haven’t found that perfect one yet. On my last attempt, the doughnuts were …