Lately I have been on the hunt for a an amazing and simple chicken salad recipe. We usually get the multi-pack of canned chicken breast from Costco, and our go-to is just to mix in a little mayo and relish and call it good.
Well, over the past couple of months I’ve had some amazing chicken salad sandwiches and it opened my eyes (and taste buds) to all the ways you can do chicken salad.
I read the backs of recipe cans, asked friends for their favorite mix-in ingredients, and basically thought long and hard about what I’d want in my own ultimate chicken salad. (Yep, I’m taking my chicken salad sandwich very seriously).
After a little experimenting, I came up with a recipe that I think you’ll really like. It has a lot going on, and the flavors all go together really nicely. My big thing was amounts–how much of the different mix-ins should be added to get the flavor just right? This blend worked really well.
It’s a nice mix of texture and flavor–sweet, salty, and savory. I’ve also made it with a bit more (more…)
Being a mom of 3, I’m often asked which transition has been the hardest for me. Was it when I first became a mom? Was it when we had one and then 19 months later added another? Or was when 2 became 3? I thought I’d share my thoughts on which transition is the hardest.
For me, the toughest transition was going from 1-2. My oldest was 19 months when boy #2 came along. I felt like I had two babies to take care of, my husband was very busy with work, and I was very outnumbered at home. It was a tough few months.
When I was struggling to figure out how to manage two little ones, I asked a mom friend of mine which transition was hardest for her. (more…)
Ever since I started this blog, I feel like it’s sort of my mission to find healthy, inexpensive, and easy meals to share with you. Whether it’s freezer meals or just plain old quick and easy meals, us busy moms can use all the help we can get when it comes to meal time (I know I can!). If I find a good one, I can’t wait to pass it on.
Well, I found a good one! I’m really excited to share this recipe for Ricotta and Pea Pasta with you. It instantly has become a huge hit among my little ones, and I like that I can throw it together in about 15 minutes and feel good about what I’m feeding my babies.
It is really so easy.
It’s adapted from one of my favorite kid-friendly food blogs–Feeding Audrey. I tweaked a couple things (made an easy recipe just a bit easier) because I often have no choice but to take “simple” to a whole new level. (more…)
Next Monday starts a new adventure in our home: homeschool preschool.
We’ll be using Motherhood on a Dime’s curriculum called God’s Little Explorers. We’ll also continue using Hooked on Phonics for our oldest who is 3.5, and we will soon start him on Handwriting Without Tears. I’ll be modifying the 4-day curriculum to be 3 days per week and adapting it to be for both my 2 year old and my 3.5 year old. So preschool for us will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings while baby sister naps. We’ll see how it goes!
This decision to do preschool at home was not an easy one to make. I’ve always had very strong feelings about homeschooling—strong negative feelings.
I was homeschooled until my senior year of high school. Back then (long, long ago) homeschooling wasn’t anywhere near as popular as it is now, and I spent the majority of my childhood feeling the need to prove to people how “normal” I was even though I was homeschooled. It was hard—to put it mildly. I never even considered the thought of homeschooling my own kids.
But when our oldest turned 3 and all the conversations at the park became “Which preschool have you decided on?” I knew it was time to face the topic. (more…)
This Crock Pot Tamale Pie recipe is officially my new favorite make-lunch-for-a-play-date recipe.
Lately in our house, meal times are CHAOTIC. I break a sweat every single meal.
My 3 1/2 year old is pretty good at doing things by himself (eating, not cooking), but his 2 year old brother is not quite there yet…and he is particularly messy. Then there’s baby sister whose favorite thing to do is eat–quickly and without delay.
Every meal is a chance to juggle about 50 tasks all at the exact same time.
Find the little parts for the sippy cups, fill the sippy cups, make the boys’ lunch, prep the baby’s food, grab something I can take bites of while feeding the baby, get napkins, get cheerios, get bibs, put kids in high chairs, get ranch dressing or syrup or hot sauce (yes, my toddlers like hot sauce!) or whatever other thing our meal needs, strap kids in, find trays, attach trays, shield myself from the fireworks of pureed food my little girl is spitting my way, and on and on.
Can anyone relate? Please tell me I’m not alone!
Usually at least one kid protests that I’m taking too long to get food on the table, and I just sing (more…)