How many of your childhood memories involve food? My Grandma Ivy used to make a simple, single layer chocolate cake with a rich cocoa flavor.  A "naked" cake before this was a thing, this dessert was served right out...
Is your house like mine and trying to get your kids to try new vegetables or even just eating vegetables can be like pulling teeth? There are so many times when I am trying to get my kids to...
I looove a good reality check.  A big dose of perspective (and Lexapro) is just what the doctor ordered when I’m feeling overwhelmed or like everyone else is doing this Mom Thang better than me.  One night I looked...
Don't you hate it when all you want is a recipe, and you have to hear the author's life story before they just get to the point? Well, back in aught-four, when I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, I remember...
I wanted to share one of my favorite dishes to cook for my family. I absolutely love to go to Red Lobster and Olive Garden for their Shrimp & Chicken Alfredo. My best friend and I decided that we...
Over the past year, my husband and I set some financial goals that forced us into the uncomfortable task of looking at our spending and finding expenses to cut. It didn’t take much analyzing to realize we were spending...
One of our Iowa City Moms Bloggers posted a question on her Facebook page this week asking, “What kind of soup is everyone making this week?” I jumped in and shared a few of my recent faves. And so...
I know this is very 2016, but I have recently come around to putting a fried egg on pretty much anything and calling it dinner. I’m not sure why I avoided this wonderful mom trick for so long, but...
After eating, drinking, and being merry over the holidays, I’m ready to refocus on providing my family with healthy dinners. However, anyone with young kids knows it’s difficult to provide a healthy meal that they won’t turn their noses...
It’s Christmas time.  A time for cheer, love, baking, gifts, and all of the joys of the season.  I am sure we can all recall a special tradition from our childhood that as an adult we either keep going...

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