#Giveaway – $100 Williams Sonoma Gift Card

It was another stellar summer weekend.  The sun was shining every day and there was absolutely no humidity.   We soaked up every sunny moment outdoors, especially on Saturday-- the summer solstice--the longest day of the year.  I love that everyone in my family enjoys pitching in when it comes to mealtime.  My son helps shuck the corn and my daughter takes over as chief guacamole maker. Homemade guacamole came into our lives almost two summers ago when I realized that instead of paying $12.50 for a tub of store-bought guac, I could actually … [Read more...]

Empower Your Finicky Eater {Chicken Fajitas}

I was definitely a stubborn, picky eater growing up.  Even though Mom's kitchen was always full of life with intoxicating smells and a carousel of colorful foods, I usually always defaulted to the generic pasta-with-butter-or-marinara and select meats (namely grilled chicken and hamburgers or cheeseburgers). However, despite my palatal limitations, my mother (and father) did not subscribe to the philosophy of providing me with three different meal choices every night.  Everyone was offered the same meal. There were no exceptions.   The … [Read more...]

Wholly Guacamole!

There have been many lessons learned these past four days without power in the wake of Hurricane Irene.  One lesson: how quickly food spoils when you don't have a working refrigerator or freezer!  But, as I have been preaching all along, you have to try to make lemonade from lemons.  That meant taking a full survey of our pantry items to see how far we could stretch our dry meals over the duration of the blackout.  Lucky for everyone, my new found love affair with avocados helped us relish in some amazing guacamole.  Actually, the guacamole was … [Read more...]