Swiss Oatmeal: The Perfect Make Ahead Breakfast


by on Mar 8th, 2012 // Breakfast

Lately our mornings have become more chaotic so in order to rally for these last few months of school it’s time to get back to conquering the am chaos. Good thing I was at BlissDom a couple of weeks ago and discussed all thingsMilk. Yes, milk is good for you, but I had no idea how perfect it is for starting your day…and making life a little easier. That’s where the idea for this awesome swiss oatmeal recipe came from. Keep reading at the Family Kitchen for more on how to make your mornings easier.

Swell Supper: Marinated Veggies & Spaghetti Pie, Oh My!


by on Mar 4th, 2012 // Swell Suppers

We are a spaghetti loving family, but sometime you just need to mix things up and spaghetti pie is just the way to do it. And since we are having an Italian night, why not cook up some marinated roasted veggies to go along side? For dessert I’m satisfying my date cake craving and the kids couldn’t be more pleased!

Marinated Roasted Veggies

Begin this swell supper by making the date cake and placing in the oven. While the cake is baking prep the veggies and place on a rimmed baking sheet. As soon as the cake is finished remove from the oven and turn the temperature up to 400 degrees. When the oven is preheated place the veggies in the oven and start on the spaghetti pie.

Date Cake

The spaghetti pie should be prepped just in time for the veggies to come out.  Lower the temperature to 375 and put the spaghetti pie in the oven. Finish the prep for the veggies and let sit out to cool. Now prepare the glaze for the cake. The spaghetti pie should ready, remove from oven and serve. Now doesn’t that sound swell?

Giant Chocolate Covered Raisins


by on Mar 1st, 2012 // Desserts, Snacks

I never thought I would be making chocolate covered raisons, that is until I picked up this week’s farmers market basket with a bag of giant raisins inside. These things are huge and so much fun! As we all began chomping away Sylvie suggested we try covering them with chocolate. I couldn’t resist the temptation, girl after my own heart. Head over to the Family Kitchen for the super easy how to…

Sweet Potato & Lentil Stew and Naptime Chef Cookbook Giveaway


by on Feb 28th, 2012 // Dinner, Giveaway, Healthy, Uncategorized


I got my copy of The Naptime Chef Cookbook and it is filled with mouthwatering recipes. Seriously, I want to make everything! What’s so great about this cookbook is that you prep during nap and cook with the kids later. But we have to start somewhere so the kids and I chose the sweet potato and lentil stew because it’s cold outside. So enjoy this delicious recipe and if you like it as much as we do let us know in the comment section and see if you are randomly selected to win a free copy of The Naptime Chef Cookbook.

It’s just me and my little guy for the afternoon, and this recipe was perfect for us. I prepped during naptime and once lincoln woke up and was past the groggy stage he was eager to get to work in the kitchen. Normally I take one look at a recipe and end up changing a ton of ingredients, but I decided to stick with this one.

Boy am I glad I did, this stew is perfect as is. My husband could not stop talking about how delicious it is and Lincoln was spooning it in faster then he could eat. What a way to start with this new cookbook, the only thing is I want to keep making this stew every night! Get the recipe after the jump and don’t forget to comment for your chance to bring home all of the Naptime Chef’s recipes…

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Swell Supper: Hometown Tacos


by on Feb 26th, 2012 // Uncategorized

I spent the last four days in Nashville at the BlissDom conference promoting milk and the new milk mustache campaign and meeting amazing women and filling my mind with all things blog related. Yay for the writers’ and photography workshops! All this brainwork left me craving tacos despite the fact that I had some amazing southern food (Hello! Best strawberry peach cobbler ever). I called my husband back home in Los Angeles and gave him a list for the grocery store because for tonight’s swell supper I am cooking up some Potato and Corn Tacos and getting my veggies on with a Chop Salad with Cary’s Famous Shallot Dressing, then going all out with some Baked Churros for dessert.

Chop Salad with Carys Famous Shallot Dressing

Start your supper with the baked churros. Prepare the dough according to the recipe and pop them in the preheated oven. While the churros are baking get your potatoes cooking for the corn and potato tacos and follow the instructions for getting your tacos bar set up on the table. Check on the churros, they should be ready to come out of the oven to cool a bit.

Meatless Monday: Baked Churros

Finish up the tacos and toss the salad with the shallot dressing. The tacos are ready for stuffing so call in the troops. After dinner get the churros and the family ready for the cinnamon sugar shake and the finishing touch on the churros. Now doesn’t that sound swell?