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Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Cooking, Food, Recipes | 0 comments

What We Ate: Egg In An Egg Cup

What We Ate: Egg In An Egg Cup

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Sometimes breakfast is a catastrophe in our house. I’ve learned to succumb to the fact that our children are hungry first thing in the morning and it is wise to feed them before attempting anything else for the day.

One of our favorite go-to breakfasts is an egg in an egg cup. What’s that, you ask? It’s simply a soft-boiled egg with half the shell peeled to create a make-shift “bowl”. We like to slice whole wheat toast strips for dipping. Sometimes we serve with a lightly cooked tomato.

My husband’s family hails from England so he grew up with this breakfast. His mother & grandmother enjoy finding us egg cups – our collection is growing which brings some early morning joy to the kids.


How to make Egg In An Egg Cup:

(You can find egg cups fairly inexpensively at places such as Crate & Barrel and Ikea. Or, splurge a little for something more intricate and fun at Shapeways or Bloomingdale’s. Unfortunately, most of the really fun sets are not available at US retailers, likely because it’s not typical fare for Americans 🙁 .)

Place egg(s) in cold water. Boil on HIGH for 3-4 minutes.

Take egg out of water & crack gently along center diameter with a spoon or knife. Peel top half of egg while leaving bottom half in tact. Place in egg up & serve hot alongside par-cooked tomatoes, toast strips or other dip-able yummies.


It’s fun to let the child peel the egg if they’re old enough. Be sure to remind them of the shell that remains in the cup.

What’s your go-to breakfast??


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Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 comments

Almond-Cinnamon French Toast

We run out of breakfast ideas daily. I dislike feeding our kids cereal, so I try for alternatives to start their morning right.

Almond-Cinnamon French Toast

Makes approx 6 slices
Preheat griddle or pan to 325°.

3 eggs
1/4 cup almond milk
Dashes of cinnamon (more or less to taste)
Wheat bread (preferably honey-wheat or whole grain), sliced
*sliced almonds
*maple syrup
*whipped cream

Scramble together eggs, milk, & cinnamon. Coat bread on both sides with egg mixture. Grill bread for about three minutes per side or until golden brown. Serve with fresh berries, bananas, or other fruit. Sprinkle sliced almonds over top. Drizzle with syrup and a dab of whipped cream for extra deliciousness.

I take the extra sixty seconds to cut the kids’ toast into letters, strips, or other shapes. It doesn’t take long and always brings a smile.

What’s your favorite go-to breakfast recipe?

Cloth napkins sewn by Precious Peanut Shop – a great alternative to paper.

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Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Cooking, Stay At Home Mom | 0 comments

Makin’ The Sauce

Makin’ The Sauce

Hola. It’s been a while…

I’ve been constantly trying to find the balance among caring for our children, homeschooling, working from home, teaching, and cooking meals each day. Every. Single. Day.

It’s no small feat, being a stay-at-home Mom. Throw into the mix the rest of the things I’m doing & I’m just downright crazy.

But back to my point.

Today I made pasta sauce & started thinking as I stirred…

I thought about my heritage. I’m half Italian, half English and All-American. However, I was brought up close to the Italian side, therefore gained the important knowledge of making sauce.

If you’re Italian-American, you know what I’m talking about. Everyone knows how to make sauce if you are Italian or married to one. Everyone appreciates good sauce, but not all sauce is good.

As I was stirring, I thought about what makes sauce good. If you asked my grandmother when she was alive, she would’ve probably said fresh ingredients and love. She would do everything by hand – every piece of garlic and onion cut, almost shaved in her fingers, every pinch of parsley smooshed in between her perfect little hands. She would roll her meatballs with those same hands and every single meatball was perfection. She didn’t overcook anything and the meal was never undercooked. She also used lard to fry her meatballs (gasp!).

Her sauce was immaculate.

My mother made a just-as-delicious sauce, albeit a different sauce all together. She is the English side of our heritage, but knew that marrying an Italian meant learning how to make sauce. So she referred to Sophia Loren’s recipe. My mother makes a meat-based sauce & adds to it a little more than Ms. Loren’s sauce, which is simple.

Then there’s me. My husband happens to L-O-V-E sauce. If it were up to him, we would eat it every day in various ways. On pasta, on pizza, on chicken, eggplant…whatever. All three of our kids love it, too. I’d like to think my sauce is the perfect mix of my Mom’s & my grandmother’s sauces. I always make enough to have some leftover & another container to freeze. Don’t you?

So what is it that makes good sauce? In my opinion, it is what tastes the closest to what La Mama used to make. The aromas and flavors arouse nostalgia among our taste buds, and it tastes good to us. I’ve learned to enjoy other sauces, too, but to this day, nothing compares to my mother’s nor my grandmother’s sauce. You just can’t get the best sauce in a jar. Every Italian knows that. And we all have our one, maybe two, places to dine out to get decent sauce. They are few and far between. Every Italian knows that, too.

Who makes the best sauce in your life? Can you relate?!

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Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Choices, Cleanse, Cooking, Detox, Food, Healthy Lifestyle, Moderation, Motivational Posts, New Years' Resolution, Stay At Home Mom | 2 comments

“Sweet” Detox Cleanse

“Sweet” Detox Cleanse

Ready for a new year? I know we sure are!

I’ve made a decision to return to the healthy lifestyle I chose when I became pregnant with my firstborn 6+ years ago. Whole foods, limited dairy, no processed foods or refined sugar, limited no alcohol, no caffeine (wean, wean, whine)…

When I’m pregnant or nursing, it’s easy, since it’s primarily for someone else. However, when life gets busy & time vanishes, it’s difficult to keep up with full, whole meals to feed five people.

Since I’m done nursing (Little Miss Hadley weaned a few weeks ago), I thought it was a great time to do a detox cleanse for my body. We have been SO busy. We’ve been eating poorly, making no choices, really, but simply eating anything we could get our hands on. As a result, I haven’t been able to lose any weight, and I’ve been holding on to this baby weight – from all three ‘babies’ – for much too long now. Time to nip that right in the bud. Perfect timing, really, since it’s also the start of a new year.

With the help from a fellow homeschooling Mama friend, we’re going to find our way to healthier eating again. Jodie Rogers is a Holistic Health Coach & owner of Ray Of Radiance. She has given me a few tips to start this new year right!

Day One included a warm lemon water first thing this morning. Jodie explained how powerful and wonderful lemon is. I believe my body is naturally craving it because I was all about drinking the juice straight from the lemon! I did warm some water in the kettle & drizzle some lemon in. Jodie stressed to use warm, not hot, water. We don’t want to kill any good properties of the lemon.

I’ll do my best to keep updating here on the blog as I partake in this new food journey.

Please feel free to comment & include any tips or suggestions you may have that work for you! Thanks, friends!


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Posted by on Jul 20, 2013 in Baby, Breastfeeding, Children, Choices, Cooking, Creative, Economical Activities, Family, Healthy Lifestyle, Homeschool, infant, Kids Activities, Library, Life, Marriage, Moderation, Motherhood, Motivational Posts, Natural Parenting, newborn, Parenting, Philosophy, Stay At Home Mom | 2 comments

How I Function {With Three Kids}: Part One

How I Function {With Three Kids}: Part One

Be realistic. Generally I never make an appointment before 10am. It takes at least one half-hour per child to prepare to leave the house, just to exit the front door. Why make yourself crazy?!

Go easy on yourself. I breast feed on demand until my kids are at least 12 months old. Trust me, it’s easier!

•Like I said, Go easy on yourself. I co-sleep. We’re all much happier and there’s much less wailing, crying and whining, and much more sleep for everyone.

(As I type these facts, I realize this is a great reminder to myself that it is all worth it! The love in our family is apparent and whole.)

Let them do it. We teach our children (usually with their lead) to brush their own teeth, wash their bodies, clean themselves, get themselves dressed, clear their plates from the table after meals, etc. I’m not ashamed to say we potty train at an early age, with baby-led signs, simply to make it easier. Our kids have usually been ready by eighteen months, and we’re just fine with that! They love to get themselves dressed and brush their own hair after baths. Obviously it builds self-confidence and boosts their big little egos. It’s a win-win!

Eat well. We eat whole, raw foods often; I cut up fruit and vegetables to have ready to eat in the fridge. I make crock-pot meals and sauces and many times I don’t cook! (Thank you to our local grocery store, Wegmans, for your super easy $6 Meals which provide my family with a nutritious meal when I am too busy to cook.) When we DO cook, we pretty much make meals in an assembly line, healthy pyramid-style, directly to the kids place at the table. Time-saving and nutritious!

(Speaking of time-saving, invest in an inexpensive, clean-able, wipe-able tablecloth. HomeGoods has pretty, inexpensive padded plastic tablecloths that are appealing enough to use while your kids are young.)

•We read a lot and watch tv only sometimes. Our 4 1/2 year-old now loves to read to her siblings, which is truly the most precious thing ever!

Live comfortably. The house is most certainly always messy. We’ve agreed that our priority is the children, so any disarray that gets in the way is just secondary to them. (And they’re ALWAYS the ones creating the mess so we know they’re enjoying themselves thoroughly!) As they say, a messy home is the sign of happy children.

Relax. I take baths to relax, about once a week, in the evenings when the kids go to bed (or sometimes before, thanks to my dedicated husband!). Everyone has their thing, mine is often baths. Sometimes I paint, sometimes I read, but the most efficient way for me to relax is a hot, steamy bubble bath.

Date other people. We take our kids on one-on-one “dates”, even if it’s just to the grocery store, the library, or to fill up the tank with gas. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, just a little something from time to time to let them know they’re important and loved.

Get creative. Literally. We pile up the scissors, glue sticks, crayons & paper and ask them to make a castle or a butterfly, a rocket ship, whatever! They’ll come up with something even if you can’t, don’t be afraid to get artsy. Check Pinterest for ideas if both you and your children are at a loss. {Doubtful.}

Call in the troops. We enlist help. We have family that is close & we call in them when we need their assistance. We don’t take advantage (we rarely go on “date nights” and even more rarely go out with friends together – and we’re ok with that.) so we only utilize their loving babysitting when needed for work-related things, appointments, outings like that.

Above all, enjoy the ride. Love your children, kiss and hug them often. There is always one piece of advice every new Mom hears repeatedly: It flies by. And it really does. In the blink of an eye, you will be choosing a first birthday outfit, picking which soccer camp they’ll attend, playing ‘Tooth Fairy’, teaching multiplication, then *gasp* applying to colleges.

Just. Stay. Little.*

What are some tips you would like to share? What gets you through the day with your family?

*I met this beautiful woman who creates beautiful pieces for little girls. Debbie from Sweet Lemonade has a cute little necklace with this phrase, “Just stay little”, and it says it all. We are collaborating on a few sweet surprises to come! Stay tuned.


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Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Children, Cooking, Creative, Food, Healthy Lifestyle, Homemade, Kids Activities, Parenting, Picnics, Save money, Stay At Home Mom, Toddlers, What We Ate | 0 comments

What We Ate: Mishmash Kids’ Lunch

What We Ate: Mishmash Kids’ Lunch


You must know me by now. Or at least you know that I like to give our children healthy food options. I hope that they grow to have not-so-picky palettes & they enjoy all foods. It took me around 25 years to get rid of my pickiness.

For lunch yesterday, we had what I would call typical fare around here. A mishmash of sorts. Sharp cheddar cheese, orange pepper slices, guacamole (I used Wholly Guacamole but sometimes we make our own avocado dip), blue chips, kiwi, & pear slices.

People always ask, “Do your kids eat the food you give them?”. To answer that question: Our 2 year-old still won’t eat peppers, but everything else was gone. As for our 4 year-old, she actually ate 2 pepper slices (!) and most everything else. I strongly feel that kids will eat what you give them, if not right away, eventually. Of course they may not like some foods, we all have aversions.

My advice is to keep at it & they will come around. If you always have healthy, whole foods at the ready, that is all they will know. Until they go to Grandmother’s house ;).

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