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Diet Coke Brownies
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Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
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How to Grow Indoor Plants
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Chicken Vegetable Soup
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Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes
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Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna
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Vegetarian Taco Casserole
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The 30 Best Green Bean Recipes
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The Best Childrens Tea Sets for Toddlers
10
Indian Basmati Rice
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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup
12
Asian Marinated Cucumbers
13
Tri Color Pasta Salad
14
Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food
15
Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Granola
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Friday Catch Up: A Trip to Los Angeles
17
20 Crazy Easy Monster Crafts for Kids
18
Roasted Sugar Snap Peas Recipe
19
Frozen Banana Ice Cream Recipe
20
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Diet Coke Brownies

Easy to make Diet Coke Brownies recipe that only requires 3 ingredients. These chocolate brownies are so fudgy!

Diet Coke Brownies

I made these brownies over the weekend and they were a giant hit.  We’re talking fighting over crumbs.  We’re talking pushing and shoving in the kitchen (but softly). We’re talking every woman and man for themselves.  Can you believe that such brownie grabbing would be caused by 3 simple ingredients?

Diet Coke Brownies

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Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Super soft vegan peanut butter cookies recipe!  This easy 1 bowl recipe makes 18 cookies, each at 150 calories, making them a guilt free dessert!  Cookies are ready in 12 minutes!  Gluten free option available. 

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are so soft, tasty, and can you believe they’re vegan?  That’s right!  There is no milk or butter in these cookies!  

I’ve been trying to stick with a dairy free diet, and with recipes like dairy free mashed potatoes and vegan pancakes, it makes it easier.  But what I’m craving is a handful of cookies! More specifically, peanut butter cookies!    

So I grabbed my apron and 1 bowl (yeah, it’s a 1 bowl recipe!) and set out to make some vegan peanut butter cookies!  Verdict?  YUM YUM YUM! 

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How to Grow Indoor Plants

Need some inspiration on how to grow indoor plants?  Check out Summer Rayne Oakes’s NYC apartment – it’s a real jungle!

You guys know I’m big on growing A LOT in a small space.  After all, look at our 4×4 garden we planted last year – you can grow hundreds of pounds of vegetables in a small space!  

Grow a garden in a small space

What else can you do?  In a small space you can grow indoor plants!

I came across this video of Summer’s apartment which can be described as a real life jungle.  She lives in her Brooklyn apartment with over 700 plants, caring for them for about 30 minutes a day.   Summer says she spends about $100 a month on plants.   

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Chicken Vegetable Soup

A easy Chicken Vegetable Soup recipe that is ready in 35 minutes. This is my family’s favorite Winter soup that uses fresh vegetables!  We use Instant Potatoes to make the broth more creamy!

Chicken Vegetable Soup

I am in love with this Hearty Chicken Vegetable Soup    This soup is delicious because it’s full of vegetables to fill you up and keep you warm during the winter months.    It’s also incredibly easy and quick to make.    At the end we throw in some instant potatoes to thicken up the soup to make it a bit extra creamy.   Instant potatoes are my new favorite thickener for soups, I love using them this way.  

A easy Chicken Vegetable Soup recipe that is ready in 35 minutes. This is my family's favorite Winter soup that uses fresh vegetables!  We use Instant Potatoes to make the broth more creamy!

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Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

These CREAMY Garlic DAIRY FREE Mashed Potatoes are the best!  Enjoy this easy to make vegan mashed potatoes recipe that uses broth and olive oil instead of milk!  Perfect for everyday dinner or Thanksgiving – you won’t believe how good and healthy these are!

Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

It’s been 11 days without cheese or milk.

11 days.

11 days.

Let’s rewind a bit before I demand (nicely) that you offer some support (I need it).

I’ve decided to try to go dairy free to help with some health issues, none that I will go into detail about until I know if it actually works for me or not.  

Going dairy free is something that has been brought up to me multiple times in passing and readings and finally I woke up and decided “let’s do this”.  

These CREAMY Garlic DAIRY FREE Mashed Potatoes are the best! Enjoy this easy to make mashed potatoes recipe that uses broth and olive oil instead of dairy products! Perfect for everyday dinner or Thanksgiving - you won't believe how good these are!

Cheese is something I love dearly (let’s be real) so all of a sudden saying goodbye to cheesy casseroles, mac and cheese, pizza and simple cheese slices hasn’t been easy, but at the same time it hasn’t been impossible.    

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Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna

VEGETARIAN MEXICAN LASAGNA Bake is filled with vegetables, noodles, ricotta and mozzarella cheese! Taco seasoning gives it a delicious Mexican flavor! This healthy meal recipe is easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time for a quick weeknight meal, all you have to do is bake it!

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican food isn’t just about slow cooker tacos or taco casserole –  it’s also about lasagna! 

We are loving this dish right now in our house because it’s easy to make and filled with garden fresh veggies and comforting cheese.   Many times I’ll  prepare this lasagna earlier in the day so all I have to do is turn on the oven and throw it in when it’s dinner time.   Whenever I make this I text Matthew a photo of the lasagna and he’ll text back hearts and swoony faces.    

Back-to- school season is one of the busiest times of the year, and families are on the lookout for easy meals that deliver big on flavor.  This is a lasagna that the family will fall in love with.

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna

This lasagna is filled with veggies that go perfect with the “Mexican” flavor.   Most vegetarian lasagna recipes use eggplant and zucchini but I don’t.  Why?  That’s easy.  We don’t grow those vegetables, hah.  Case closed.  

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Vegetarian Taco Casserole

Easy to make Vegetarian Taco Casserole recipe. Instead of meat, we use lots of vegetables and beans. This Mexican Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.

Vegetarian Taco Casserole

taco casserole

This Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole is one of our favorite dinner recipes.  It’s one of those dishes that you don’t get sick of having multiple times a week (we love it that much).  Since trying to make more vegetarian meals for my family, I’ve had to figure out how to  change my original taco casserole recipe and that’s what I did for this dish.  Instead of ground beef, I’m adding in black beans and frozen corn.  

Mexican Vegetarian Recipe

Mix that with some elbow macaroni, fresh tomatoes, green peppers, tomato soup, taco seasoning mix and taco cheese and you have the perfect weeknight meal!  I don’t want to call this recipe healthy, because it does have the word “cheesy” in the title, but the recipe only calls for 3/4 cups of cheese and if you want you can even add less.    You could even skip the cheese if you want to! 

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The 30 Best Green Bean Recipes

A collection of the 30 Best Green Bean Recipes using FRESH green beans!  Bookmark this page for your garden green beans!  Dishes include casseroles, salads, crockpot, Instant Pot, roasted, Southern and Chinese recipes!

The Best Green Bean Recipes

We pick green beans by the basket in the garden.   It always begins with a couple green beans, and then a handful, and suddenly you’re picking 5 pounds of beans and wondering “What should I make?”.

My favorite green bean recipes are Scrambed Egg Casserole wth Green Beans, Chinese Green Beans and Slow Cooker Green Beans. If you have too many green beans, don’t worry, you can freeze green beans too! 

fresh green bean recipes

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The Best Childrens Tea Sets for Toddlers

Collection of the best childrens tea sets for the modern home.  Includes wooden, tin and eco friendly tea sets for kids and toddlers. All available on Amazon Prime!

Childrens Tea Sets

My daughter was 18 months old when she started to ask me to fill up her tea cups with water, her with a smile and happily slurping it down (and then immediately asking for a refill).  She saw Mom drinking tea every morning and afternoon, so when she wanted to be part of my daily rituals, I welcomed it.  I’m pretty excited that in a few years I’ll finally have a tea house partner!

The Best Childrens Tea Sets

Check out my guide on how to throw a tea party!

For now though, tea parties exist in our house, usually on a cozy blanket or her play table.  When I was searching for her first tea set, I wanted to get her something special that would last over time.   In my heart, I hope that in 20 years, she finds her tea set hidden in storage and I get to tell her stories of how we used to have tea parties, together, with her stuffed animals, and they would just make my day!

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Indian Basmati Rice

Learn how to cook PERFECT Indian Basmati Rice Recipe in under 30 minutes! This easy basmati rice uses fragrant spices to create authentic tasting Indian rice. Pair it with roasted vegetables to make a healthy, vegan meal for dinner!

Basmati Rice

I love Indian food.  The problem is that I don’t have any experience with Indian cooking, or traditional Indian spices so I was always scared to try cooking it in my own kitchen.  Instead I forked over the money for Indian take-out, wishing I could make my own! 

 Finally,  I decided I was going to learn how to make Indian Basmati Rice!  And I’m so glad I did!

Basmati Rice

Basmati Rice Recipe

How authentic is this recipe?  It tastes so much like our favorite Indian restaurant that Matthew thought I bought it from there!  And here’s the best part – it’s so easy to make! You can be a total Indian food cooking newbie and totally nail this basmati rice recipe!  

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup

Easy recipe for SLOW COOKER Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup!  This family favorite soup is cooked on high in the crockpot for 4 hours!

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

The end of November brought cold weather and rainy days.  Because of the added layers to stay warm and the drizzle of rain it also brought a laziness to the dinner table.  I’ve been stuck in a dinner rut the last few weeks making easy and quick meals.  It usually gets to dinner time and we’re both too tired to really think of anything new so it’s something simple.  

Easy recipe for SLOW COOKER Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup!  This family favorite soup is cooked on high in the crockpot for 4 hours!

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Asian Marinated Cucumbers

Easy to make Asian marinated cucumbers!  This healthy recipe is cooked  in 10 minutes.  My family loves it served over rice or with chicken.  

Asian Marinated Cucumbers

Asian Cucumbers Recipe

If I showed you my refrigerator right now you’d gasp at the amount of mason jars full of pickles.  There is alot, it’s kinda frightening at the amount of pickles that are in there.  You would think I’m hoarding pickles for the apocalypse.    Because I can’t fit any more pickles in my refrigerator and I have run out of mason jars I got to thinking what else I could do with our garden cucumbers.    

The only real thing I do with cucumbers is make pickles, but they are a vegetable that I compare to broccoli or peas, so why not marinate them just like I do with those?  Asian Marinated Cucumbers is where the party is!

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Tri Color Pasta Salad

Easy recipe for the best tri color pasta salad!  This is the perfect Summer time salad that uses Italian dressing, fresh vegetables and rotini pasta! 

Tri Color Pasta Salad

 The great thing about pasta salad is once you have the basics of pasta, salad dressing, herbs – the vegetables are really up to you.  There needs some type of tomatoes (I prefer halved grape tomatoes).   There needs to be celery chopped up.   What else?  Well that’s up to you.  You can add carrots.  You can add onions.  You can add broccoli.  You can add chopped up cauliflower.  You can can add black olives (yum!).  

Tri Color Pasta Salad

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Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food

EASY TO MAKE Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food! This homemade baby food recipe makes 64 ounces of baby food for only $10! This simple puree uses fresh fruit that your baby will love! Follow this DIY on how to make it and info on freezer storage!  This is my 7 month old’s favorite Stage 2 puree! 

Baby Food Recipes

Ok, I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with making baby food.  Did you think that this vegetable garden loving Mama wouldn’t be making baby food?  I love to puree fruits and vegetables in the kitchen and watch Enceladus react to first tastes! 

If you love cooking, then you understand the amazing feeling one gets when you serve friends or family a home cooked meal.  When placing the food on the table in front of your family, you are essentially saying “I love you!”.   So imagine my excitement when I’m cooking for my baby!  

Baby Food Recipes

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Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Granola

Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Granola is a healthy easy breakfast idea for toddlers that the entire family will love.   This recipe is made by Mom, tasted and approved by my toddler!  Similar to overnight oats, but made with granola instead! This post is sponsored by Back to Nature.

Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers

Is there ever enough time in the morning? I say no. Throw in a toddler who won’t put on her coat, and requires a drop off at daycare, then it feels like every morning is a rush to get out the door and get to work. 

What would make the mornings easier?  If my toddler would just let me put on her coat!  Seriously.  Please just stop laying on the ground with your arms glued to your side.  Please for your Mother’s sanity!

What else?

An easy and delicious breakfast for the entire family to enjoy!  Let me introduce you to our current favorite breakfast: Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Granola!

Toddler Breakfast Ideas Recipe: Overnight Granola

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Friday Catch Up: A Trip to Los Angeles

Hey guys,

I hope everyone is doing great!  It’s been ages since I did a weekly catch up post, but I thought I’d try to start doing this again.  This gives a glimpse on what’s happening during my week, but let’s be honest, it’ll mostly be food, and pictures of Enceladus (or pictures of Encealdus’s food!).

Last week we headed to Los Angeles for Reed + Rader work, and while we were there we had a few days to explore with Enceladus.   We went to playgrounds, ate lots of tacos, went on a date without baby (it involved tacos too),  had a video shoot and much more.  

The flight to Los Angeles was kinda terrible.  Flying with a toddler is hit or miss, and she was pretty finished with the flight while we flew over the Midwest.   She was happy when we finally landed and got to stretch her legs.  I was also happy to get off the plane so we could get her in a better mood.    

Flying with a toddler

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20 Crazy Easy Monster Crafts for Kids

20 Crazy Easy Monster Crafts for Kids! Monster loving preschool toddlers and older kids will love these fun DIY crafts!  Even better for Mom – there’s not too much cleanup involved! 

Monster Crafts

Monsters are kind of a big deal in our house, so that’s why I’m excited to share with you 20 CRAZY EASY monster crafts you can do with your kids!   Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kindergartners and older kids will all put their own spin on these fun DIY projects!

And note to Mom, I picked projects that aren’t too hard to cleanup…. so there’s no glitter involved! 😉 

Before you leave check out my favorite watermelon crafts and outer space crafts!

Paper Cone Monster Craft from easypeasyandfun.com
Monster Crafts

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Roasted Sugar Snap Peas Recipe

HEALTHY Roasted Sugar Snap Peas Recipe are easy to make and ready in 8 minutes!  Sprinkle with garlic, thyme and salt for a healthy snack!  Adults and kids both love this easy delicious pea recipe!  

Sugar Snap Peas Recipe

HEALTHY Roasted Sugar Snap Peas Recipe are easy to make and ready in 8 minutes!  Sprinkle with garlic, thyme and salt for a healthy snack!  Adults and kids both love this easy delicious pea recipe!  

Growing Sweet Peas

It’s a bit funny that I’m posting this recipe just as about we’re to tear up our green beans and plant our next batch of sugar snap peas.    Soon our boxes will be cleaned out with long beans and the sugar snap pea seeds will be put into the ground.  Then we’ll start the watch of seeing the peas grow from sprouting from the ground to seeing who can make it to the top of the fence first.

Every year we grow sugar snap peas twice because we just can’t get enough.   They are a favorite crunchy snack but they also go hand in hand with some of our favorite meals.  Give me some sugar snap peas, pasta and a little olive oil and you got a big bowl of happiness.

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Frozen Banana Ice Cream Recipe

3 ingredient Frozen Banana Ice Cream recipe, only 150 calories a serving! This easy healthy recipe tastes just like soft serve, no ice cream maker needed! All you need is bananas, peanut butter and cocoa powder.   

Frozen Banana Ice Cream

3 ingredient Frozen Banana Ice Cream recipe, only 150 calories a serving! This easy healthy recipe tastes just like soft serve, no ice cream maker needed! All you need is bananas, peanut butter and cocoa powder.   

During the Summer, I crave ice cream!  Actually it doesn’t matter the season, I always crave ice cream! It can be Winter and I’m like “Let’s eat some ice cream!”.

This Frozen Banana Ice Cream recipe is one of my favorites because it’s easy to make (takes a 1 minute) and only requires 3 ingredients.  Once you make this you might never buy another pint of ice cream again!

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Potatoes Recipe just like my grandma used to make! They’re so creamy because they’re made with Cream of Mushroom Soup!  My family declares this their favorite homemade cheesy casserole! 

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

First thing, these Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes are:
Creamy
Cheesy
Easy to Make
Family Friendly – Kids and Adults will both love them!

So they’re kinda the best! 

We’ll be having our first Friendsgiving dinner this Friday and I’m so excited to see friends and eat all their yummy casseroles, side dishes and dessert.  I’m also pretty excited to share this Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes casserole with them (and you!) as it’s a family favorite!

To me holidays are all about side dishes.  I absolutely love them!  Sure, during the holidays turkey is nice, but those potatoes, green beans, stuffing, rolls and pumpkin pie… load me up!  Those are my favorites!

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

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