Road Trip Snacks Taste Test

Road Trip Snacks Taste Test

Buying road trip snacks at your usual grocery store -- rather than at the gas station or tourist spots -- is one of the best ways to save money for family trips. I usually buy store brands, or sale items, but there is a bit of a debate in our house about if the store brand is best or equal to the name brand. So, I decided to have a little fun with my family and settle the debate by having a road trip snack taste test. … [Read more...]

Peppermint Biscotti

Peppermint Biscotti

This peppermint biscotti recipe is my new twist on traditional biscotti, a classic Italian cookie. … [Read more...]

Breakfast Ice Cream Party with Brownie Waffles

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When was the last time you had spontaneous fun with your kids and did something against the so-called "rules"? We did something recently with our kids that I just know will be a awesome memory that they will always remember. It was different. It was new. It was something they didn't expect. When our kids woke up this weekend, they were surprised to find out that we were having a Breakfast Ice Cream Party -- complete with brownie waffles and bacon waffles! … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Pretzel Cheesecake Squares

Peanut Butter Pretzel Cheesecake Bars

When my husband and I were kids, we watched The Three Stooges occasionally, but our kids had never heard of them. Mattie has seen the preview for the new Three Stooges movie and mentioned that he'd like to see it, especially since it stars Sean Hayes (from Will & Grace -- and Mattie has seen most of the old episodes with his sister). Many times I tell him to wait for a movie to come out on DVD. But he was in luck for The Three Stooges Movie: Smart and Final is offering a  great deal....a … [Read more...]

#LaRomanella Calzones

Meatball Calzones

For the past three weeks (at the date of writing this), I have not eaten one thing that was prepared in a home kitchen. Being out of town due to my father's unexpected passing has meant that I've only eaten fast food, casual dining restaurants, free continental breakfasts at a hotel, or {gasp} food from a convenience store. Not all of it was bad, but I was REALLY wanting to get cooking in my own kitchen. Recently, I was invited to cook up something using products from the La Romanella … [Read more...]

Coffee Cheesecake Sopapillas

Coffee Cheesecake Sopapillas

My niece makes a yummy dessert that she calls cheesecake sopapillas. She uses crescent rolls and cream cheese and an assortment of other ingredients. She's really good at making it and it's a treat that our whole family enjoys. When she makes them, my husband and I like to have a cup of coffee with them. I was recently invited to try out Smart & Final's Ambiance line of coffee products, and I thought this would be a great time to try my own version of Courtney's sopapillas. With her … [Read more...]

Shrimp Scampi (accompaniment to Prime Rib holiday dinners)

Shrimp Scampi

With Prime Rib being the centerpiece of many holiday dinners, I thought I would share a recipe that accompanies it beautifully. The majority of my family enjoys beef, but I have found having the addition of shrimp to our holiday dinners is not only a special treat, but it also makes some of my guests, who prefer less red meat, happy because they have another option. Shrimp is a great way of doing this, so today I'm sharing my Shrimp Scampi recipe. … [Read more...]

How Buying Milk Can Help Southern California Schools

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Before we started to homeschooling, both of our oldest two children (now ages 21 and 19) went to public school in Southern California for most (or all) of their elementary grade school years. They had some great teachers and I was always happy to volunteer for everything from the PTO to helping out in the classrooms. Our family participated in just about every way we could to get more money and supplies for their school - fundraising, collecting Campbell's Soup Labels, Box Tops for Education - … [Read more...]

Chicken & Artichoke Pasta with Mushrooms

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I love creamy pasta dishes. Seriously, what's not to like about them? Well, okay, the calories and fat content? I would agree. But that's why we don't eat them daily. We have it in moderation and enjoy them when we do. Good stuff. One of the newer favorites in our house is this pasta dish that I call Chicken & Artichoke Pasta with Mushrooms. Not a fancy sounding name, but it does the trick. The family raves about it - even those that say that they don't like mushrooms or artichokes (two … [Read more...]

Rosemary Garlic Chicken Breasts with Parmesan Linguine

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My oldest daughter has to wake up for work VERY early. I am usually still awake when she gets up for work. We also tend to eat dinner much later than your average family, so many nights, she is in the routine of going to bed before dinner is ever done. When she wakes in the morning, she eats the dinner for her breakfast. It's a switched around way of living, but it's working for her (and us) at this point. … [Read more...]