Monthly Archives: August 2018

School Lunches: Use Fun tools & Containers!

By | 2018-08-29T13:09:19-07:00 August 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Not even going to lie. There is part of me that is reading what I have listed here and thinking "WHO. WHOOOOO has time for this?" This is the kind of mom I WANT to be. I do like the idea of making cute sandwich shapes and heart shaped watermelon and packaging it in adorable matching [...]

School Lunches: Planning Ahead

By | 2018-08-29T13:06:15-07:00 August 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

They key to making your lunch life manageable is planning ahead. This week we are giving you some ideas for how to plan ahead so mornings don't make you want to run away from home. Sounds good? Right???? Plan ahead! Meal planning templates- Here are some free printables that you can use to create your own meal [...]

School Lunches: Use your freezer!

By | 2018-08-29T13:19:04-07:00 August 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Every Sunday I *try* to make something meal prep-ish that can go in my freezer and easily be pulled out mornings when I make lunches. Each of these recipes can be made ahead in large batches, and put in the freezer. The bonus is that because you are taking them out frozen, you can take them out in the [...]

School Lunches: Use your muffin tins!

By | 2018-08-28T09:14:40-07:00 August 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

This might be something everyone already knows, but I just discovered the convenience and portion control of muffin tins. Its great because they normally don't requite utensils so kids can eat them with their hands, they are convenient to pack, and they make a perfect kid sized meals for their lunch. Mini Corndog Muffins- Confession, my [...]

Preserves: Preserved Lemons

By | 2018-08-13T16:06:57-07:00 August 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Due to the anticipated lemon shortage, now is the time to get them, and preserve them! If you love Middle Eastern & Moroccan cuisine as much as I do, this recipe will be interesting to you! Preserved Lemons from The Daring Gourmet are the highlight of so many Mediterranean dishes. You can also you use them to make some incredible cocktails, [...]

Preserves: Cantaloupe Jam with Vanilla

By | 2018-08-13T15:22:02-07:00 August 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Its not very often you see jam made from Cantaloupe! This Cantaloupe Jam with Vanilla from Marisa McClellan is a nice switch up from berry jams! Ingredients 2 1/2 cups chopped peeled cantaloupe (from about 2 pounds/910 g cantaloupe) 1 1/2 cups/300 g granulated sugar 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped Zest of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon freshly [...]

Preserves: Slow Cooker Blackberry Jam

By | 2018-08-13T15:21:36-07:00 August 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Anything with "slow cooker" in front of the recipe peaks my interest. Throw in your ingredients, set a timer and come back 6 hours later to BLACKBERRY JAM! Here is a great recipe from Erin Odom! Ingredients 4 pounds of fresh, ripe blackberries 3 cups of sugar 6 tablespoons of "no sugar needed" fruit pectin (I [...]

Preserves: Pina Colada Jam

By | 2018-08-13T15:21:11-07:00 August 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

The origins of this particular recipe aren't very clear, but what is clear is that this is an absolute winner! I love that they are specifically using FRESH pineapple, and cream of coconut to add some richness. This would be a great Christmas Gift as well! Ingredients 3 1⁄2cups fresh pureed pineapple (NOT canned!) 1 cup [...]

Preserves: Carrot Cake Jam

By | 2018-08-13T15:20:35-07:00 August 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

This recipe automatically made me go to toasted bagel, cream cheese with some of this jam on top? Yes please. YESSSSSS PLEASE! Mavis Butterfield's recipe for Carrot Cake Jam is a great one for gifting thanks to its unique flavour profile, or for using in some easy appetizer recipes for your thanksgiving party (too soon?). Ingredients [...]

Jams, Jellies & Preserves…What’s is the difference?

By | 2018-08-13T15:06:44-07:00 August 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Pickling & preserving is seeing a resurgence right now. While my Mother & Grandmother's generations pickled and preserved as a rule, my generation couldn't have been bothered. But now, as people are connecting more with their food, taking more care to choose food with clean labels, (or no labels) gardening and growing their own food is [...]