Five tasteful foodie gifts for the holidays

Give the epicureans on your shopping list something to savor Belly up What’s better than bacon? How about bacon as often as you want it? This pork-happy dream can be a reality with Tender Belly, the bacon specialists who use vegetarian-fed pedigreed heritage pigs from sustainable Iowan family farms to create their flavorful, fine-restaurant-quality signature thick…

Sunday supper memories, and cherished family meals

Our family’s Sunday treks to both grandparents’ homes made for a very filling day, in many ways Sundays are supposed to be a day of rest, but growing up in my family, Sundays were hectic. First it was Sunday school for me and my brother. Usually Dad stayed home to do yardwork, and mom took us to…

10 essentials for the end of the summer season

Gear up for the last days of summer A hot Indian summer can last for weeks, or longer, after Labor Day, so don’t give up yet on fun in the sun. For summer’s last hurrah, do it right with these 10 essentials for entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. Gear up and get outside, while you…

Celebrate America’s Birthday with a bang

Get your red, white and blue on for the holiday Independence Day is around the corner, so get ready to celebrate in style and spirit. Be a star at your July 4th party with festive food, drink and Americana accoutrement made for entertaining and enjoying your holiday. Hole-in-won! You can’t miss with a flag themed bean…

The sweetest bribe ever, with powdered sugar on top

Just like the old punishments are not working anymore – my son scoffs at time-outs these days – the former perks of points and stickers don’t have the same motivating effect either, so our family has a new reward system. Donuts. For each A grade, chore completed without asking, extra kind gesture to a family…

IHOP all you can eat pancakes for kids of all ages

“I don’t want a huge stack of pancakes,”  said no kid ever. And IHop listened. For kids of all ages, IHOP is holding its much-anticipated annual promotion of all-you-can-eat pancakes, through February 12. Our family headed out to our neighborhood IHOP to indulge. The promotion features one price for a stack of five of IHOP’s…

Ingredients for quick-fix smoothies for healthy families

When parents or kids need a quick pick-me-up, but there’s no time for cooking a meal,  smoothies to the rescue! Smoothies are quick energy food packed with nutrition, and kids will think they are getting a milkshake that tastes great, and they don’t even have to know how healthy it is for them. for a delicious…

National Taco Day – it’s a thing

I’ve heard many people frustrated with the election chatter saying they are  just going to vote for tacos, well, a month before Election Day, it’s National Taco Day, October 4, so enjoy tacos early and often.   Here’s some recipes from the fine olive oil folks at Gaea.   Grilled Chile-Lime Flank Steak Soft Tacos with Charred…