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Spaghetti and Hot Dog Sea Creatures

Earlier this week, to Jack and Derek’s delight, I made them some spaghetti and hot dog sea creatures for dinner. I realize hot dogs aren’t exactly healthy, but sometimes (especially in the summer!) you just need to offer up a meal that’s fun and sure to be a hit. Plus, these are so easy to … Continue reading

Let’s Do Lunch: Family Picnic

Jack’s last day of preschool (forever! ::sniff::) was last week, so summer has officially begun for us! Yesterday, we took the rare opportunity of a free weekday morning to visit Johnny at work and have a picnic lunch with him there. The kids were very excited to do this, and Jack helped me assemble our … Continue reading

Garden Pasta Salad With Roasted Chicken

After a spate of entries about indulgent desserts, it was high time I wrote about a healthy recipe. I whipped up this garden pasta salad with chicken from Family Fun yesterday, and it was a hit with the whole family. This is easy to put together and makes plenty of leftovers for lunches or an … Continue reading

Oreo Monkey Muffins

OK, OK, I know what you’re thinking: Didn’t you just make an Oreo cake? How many Oreo desserts can one family eat? Well, thanks to my husband’s intense love of Oreos, there can never be enough sandwich cookie-themed treats. For Father’s Day, I made my favorite — frozen Oreo monkey bars in muffin form. I … Continue reading

Sticky Honey Garlic Wings

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a very relaxing one, culminating in a laid-back Father’s Day dinner at home. It was exactly what we needed after a string of busy (fun, but hectic) weekends. Last week, I searched for a good entree to make for Father’s Day dinner. It had to be … Continue reading

Ice Cream Cone Surprise

A few months ago, my sister, June, texted me a picture of a chocolate cupcake baked in an ice cream cone, knowing it was exactly the type of thing I’d make. I fell in love with the idea — an edible cupcake liner! Cake hidden in a cone! Ice cream and cake in one! When … Continue reading

Crabby Croissant Sandwich

For lunch today, I made one of the kids’ favorites — the crabby croissant sandwich featured in the June 2011 issue of Disney FamilyFun magazine. I made a few modifications to the original recipe, like using mini croissants instead of full-sized ones, and raisins instead of olives for the eyes. This is really fun to … Continue reading

Oreo Cookie Cake

My husband, Johnny, turns 32 tomorrow, and his only request was an Oreo birthday cake. I can’t overstate the intensity of Johnny’s love for Oreos. Last year, I finally acquiesced to his five-year-long campaign for me to make homemade Oreo cookies (they turned out pretty well!). Since then, I’ve made other Oreo-themed desserts (including a … Continue reading

Buttermilk Roast Chicken

This week, I made yet another winner from Smitten Kitchen — buttermilk roast chicken, adapted from Nigella Lawson’s original recipe. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by the many recipes I’ve used from that blog! This one’s going into my regular rotation. It’s a super easy, tasty way to prepare chicken. It requires … Continue reading