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5 Healthy After School Snacks

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in All, Tips | 4 comments

Are your kids always ravenous after school? Feed your crew with five of our favorite Healthy After School Snacks!

5 Healthy After School Snacks

It never fails. No sooner do the kids walk in the door from school than they start asking what they can have for a snack. (All that learning must work up quite an appetite!) I could let them forage for themselves in the pantry, but the results of their efforts wouldn’t be even remotely well-balanced or nutritious. So I do my best to have some quick and easy snack options at the ready so they can enjoy a better-for-you bite after school instead of chowing down on junk food. Check out some of our favorite munchies in this list of Five Healthy After School Snacks

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Ginger Whiskey Cocktail

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in All, Drinks | 2 comments

Celebrate the long holiday weekend with a refreshing Ginger Whiskey Cocktail. 

Ginger Whiskey Cocktail

Labor Day, already? Not possible! 

Saying goodbye to summer is never easy. At least not here in the Midwest where we cherish our short but oh-so-sweet spell of warm weather months. School starts Tuesday, and the kids are bemoaning the loss of their carefree lifestyle. Pat, on the other hand, is bemoaning the loss of his youth as he said goodbye to his 30’s and celebrated his 40th birthday on Monday. 

In honor of that milestone, I cooked up plans that featured some of his favorite things last weekend, including a Twins baseball game, a visit to a local microbrewery, a Chinese Hot Pot dinner feast and a late night of cocktails & live music. My post today continues our celebration just a little bit longer with a drink dedicated to my husband’s spirit of choice, whiskey. Please join me in raising your glass for this Ginger Whiskey Cocktail

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Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon & Apple Jam

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in All, Appetizers | 13 comments

These Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon & Apple Jam are my new favorite fall appetizer! 

Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon & Apple Jam

This is one of those recipes that I tore out of a magazine several years ago and always vowed to make one day. (I’d wager that you probably have a similar stack of “must try someday” recipes lying around your house, too.) I try to pare down the pile a few times a year before it gets completely out of hand, but this recipe for Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon & Apple Jam has made the cut every single time I “declutter” my kitchen. I just need to take that as a sign, right? MAKE THE CROSTINI!

So that’s what I did. And now I’m kicking myself for not making it sooner.

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Double Apple Bran Muffins

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Breakfast | 20 comments

Apple season means apple everything, including these Double Apple Bran Muffins.

Double Apple Bran Muffins

I wasn’t exaggerating when I said we had some tasty apple treats coming your way this fall. These Double Apple Bran Muffins are the next item on your must-make-right-now list.

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Stubb’s Green Chile Fish Nachos

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in All, Main Dishes, Sponsored | 38 comments

The flavors of the Southwest shine through in these quick and easy Green Chile Fish Nachos

Stubb's Green Chile Fish Nachos

Fish…on nachos? 

Stick with me, folks, because I guarantee you WON’T be disappointed. These fast, flavorful Green Chile Fish Nachos come together quickly after a generous soak in in one of my kitchen’s secret weapons, Stubb’s Green Chile Marinade. 

I know I’m usually harping on the fact that Grady is my picky eater, but Bridget has a few holdouts on the food front, too. I’ve already mentioned her dislike for eggs, but I also need to add fish to the list of things she will not eat. 

Why? She says she doesn’t like the flavor. 

I say, she hasn’t tried the RIGHT flavor. 

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Chinese Stir-Fried Green Beans

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in All, Sides and Salads, Sponsored | 6 comments

Stumped for a new way to serve green beans? These Chinese Stir-Fried Green Beans are a savory twist on an old favorite. 

Farmer's Market - Garnish with Lemon

I remember going to the “farmer’s market” as a kid in Nebraska. 

Once a week during the last half of summer, a handful of farmers would line up their pickup trucks in the local mall parking lot and sell sweet corn from the back of their trucks. Occasionally there would be other produce, mostly tomatoes, peppers, maybe some homemade canned pickles or a freshly baked good like a roll or pie. 

If you wanted some of our famous “Norfolk melons”, you’d have to drive a few miles out of town to where the farmer parked his truck on the side of the road. It was truly the definition of “farm to table”.  

Farmer's Market - Garnish with Lemon

Today I live in a large suburb of the Twin Cities, and we have a fantastic farmer’s market at the community center just about a mile from my house with a dizzying array of local goods available for sale. But it’s definitely more than just a place to buy fresh produce. There are food trucks, lawn games, kiddie crafts and live music at the bandshell. They even have themed weeks with attractions such as classic car shows. My kids love to go because there is so much to see and do. I love the quality and variety of produce available, everything from exotic Asian vegetables (that I have to ask the vendor how to use) to the standard summer classics like potatoes, onions and green beans. 

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