Guest Blogging: How to make the most of your time in the kitchen

Today I’m guest blogging about meal planning at NEPA MOM, a great blog about all of the family friendly things going on in northeastern Pennsylvania.

As you may know, I’m a full-time working mother. With some careful planning (and a few tricks) I’m able to make delicious homemade meals for my family each night — and you can too!

Getting Kids COoking in the Kitchen

Getting Kids Involved in the Kitchen

I absolutely LOVE when my son helps me in the kitchen.  He’s only 4, but already, he loves to help cook and bake.  I love that we’re spending quality time together and he’s learning so many great skills.  Someday, his wife will thank me too!

New Year Resolutions

Life Lessons: A Guide For a Happy Life

The other day, one of my co-workers sent me an email with a list of things we should all do in order to live a happier life.  While I don’t usually read these types of emails, I found myself reading this one all the way to end.  When I got to the bottom of the list, I realized that all of these things really do make up the blueprint for a happy, fulfilling life.

So, during this time of making (and breaking!) resolutions, I thought I would share these lessons with you!

Meeting Ina Garten!

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting the one…the only…Ina Garten!  You may know her as the Barefoot Contessa from her popular Food Network show.  Ina was on the last leg of her new book tour and we (my mom and I, because I always drag her with me to these things!) drove out to the Short Hills Mall in NJ to get our How Easy is That? cookbooks signed.

I’m Gonna Be in a Cookbook!

Soooo….I’m going to take a second to toot my own horn.  I just found out this afternoon that my recipe for Braciole is going to be published in the “Local Flavor: Recipes We Love” cookbook!

Back in April, my recipe was published in the Scranton Times-TribuneLocal Flavor” feature.  It was such an exciting experience.

So, when I saw this ad in the Times-Tribune, I contacted Josh (the reporter who wrote the article) and that’s when I found my recipe would be one of the recipes included in the book!

My inspiration

Tonight, my mother and I went to see Julie Powell, author of the book Julie & Julia and featured guest for the Lackawanna County Library Lecture Series.

I was eager to meet the woman who inspired this blog. I didn’t know what to expect.  I’ve never been to anything like this before.

The Crock Pot Conundrum

I love my crock pot. Ok, I guess it’s not really a crock pot since it’s made by Kitchenaid. But I pretty much use the words crock pot and slow cooker interchangeably. Kind of like cotton swab and Qtip.  Anyway, last week, when I was cleaning my slow cooker, I noticed a sizeable crack in the crock.  Upon further inspection, I noticed the crack was on the inside and the outside of the crock.  Not good. 

The Chili Test

I’ve been looking for a great chili recipe.  In the past I’ve just used the pre-packaged seasoning mixes and added it to ground beef, onions and green peppers.  The other day,  I came across a recipe that looked good so I’m giving it a try!