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Indian Basmati Rice
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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup
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Asian Marinated Cucumbers
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Tri Color Pasta Salad
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Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food
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Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Granola
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Friday Catch Up: A Trip to Los Angeles
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20 Crazy Easy Monster Crafts for Kids
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Roasted Sugar Snap Peas Recipe
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Frozen Banana Ice Cream Recipe
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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
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How To Make Apple Juice
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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage
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How to Use a Heat Mat and Thermometer for Seed Germination
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Chicken Schnitzel
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How to Make Mint Tea
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Half Sour Pickles
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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

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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How To Make Apple Juice

How to Make Apple Juice with a Juicer!  Easy step by step instructions on how to make fresh, healthy apple juice with 1 ingredient.   Save this recipe for when you go apple picking – it’s so good for you!  Also includes how to freeze juice!

Apple Juice Recipe

I thought about doing this post and thought it might be too simple, but simple recipes are always the best right?  So I decided to do it, so here I am. Hello.

I love fresh apple juice bought from the farmers market stands.  Last year I got my hands on a juicer (thanks Dad!) and ever since then I’ve been livin la vida juicing!  When we went apple picking last year I spent hours making cider over the stove, simmering it and adding spices, and yes it was delicious – but it was a long process.  

Apple Juice Recipe

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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage

EASY SLOW COOKER Kielbasa and Cabbage recipe! Throw Beef Kielbasa, Cabbage, Onions and Potatoes in a crockpot and dinner will be ready in 6 hours! I serve this healthy dish over egg noodles with rolls – my family LOVES this comfort food meal!

Kielbasa and Cabbage

I am back with another slow cooker meal!  Even though it’s not even Fall yet, I’ve been loving my slow cooker this Summer! It’s been a life safer to have a delicious dinner ready when time management isn’t on my side!  

With a beautiful cabbage picked from the garden, I was contemplating what I should do with it.  At first I thought of making Ham and Cabbage Soup but then I had other ideas! Recently we’ve been loving Slow Cooker Green Beans, so I decided to throw the cabbage to in the slow cooker too!  Boom – this Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage dish was created! 
Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage

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How to Use a Heat Mat and Thermometer for Seed Germination

We use a heat mat and thermometer to germinate our vegetable garden seeds.  Find out how we use these tools to get a 100% germination rate. This saves time and ensures reliable sprouting. 

How to Germinate Seeds

With garden season approaching, our seed order just arrived in the mail.   Even though we’ve had a few near record low temperature days in NYC, that doesn’t mean we can’t be starting our Spring garden indoors.  The first step is germinating our seeds.

After just 3 days of planting our seeds, we have a full tray of seedlings that have already broke through the soil!

How to Germinate Seeds

To save time and money, we find that with just a little extra work you can have nearly perfect germination rate with the right tools.   With our heat mat, thermometer and grow lights, let’s start the 2019 garden season and plant broccoli, cauliflower, kale and bok choy seeds.

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Chicken Schnitzel

German Chicken Schnitzel recipe. This is a grandma recipe so you know it’s going to be good. This easy meal only takes 15 minutes! Make sure to serve with classic German sides like potato salad, sauerkraut and spaetzle.  

Chicken Schnitzel

This is a German grandma recipe so you know it’s going to be good. Make sure to serve with classic German side dishes – preferably potato salad, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut

And you need to add a squirt of fresh lemon on top! You know that quote, if a tree falls in the forest does anyone hear it?  Well did you even eat schnitzel if you don’t add lemon on top?

German Chicken Schnitzel recipe. This is a grandma recipe so you know it's going to be good. This easy meal only takes 15 minutes! Make sure to serve with classic German sides like potato salad, sauerkraut and spaetzle.  

But first….

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How to Make Mint Tea

DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Mint Tea! These DIY How to Make Mint Tea instructions shows how easy it is to dry mint leaves so you can make your own homemade mint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!

How to Make Mint Tea

How to Make Mint Tea

I start everyday with a cup of tea. Do you?

It can be warm or cold, it doesn’t really matter. Most green and black teas have enough caffeine for that morning boost. My morning always starts with a yawn. Then I waddle out of the bedroom with my comfiest bed shirt on and make myself a cup of tea.

I then continue to have a few cups of tea throughout the day.  The kind of tea depends on the season and my mood.  In Winter I might start with English Breakfast or Earl Grey.   In  the Spring it’s all about Green Jasmine.  A nice spiced tea is great for autumn.

Homemade Mint Tea

But the Summer is dedicated to Mint tea.   And drying mint is so easy!

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Half Sour Pickles

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they’re so popular!

Half Sour Pickles

If  I could stand on top of a mountain I would yell “I love pickles!”.  I really do.   They’re pretty, they’re crunchy, they’re full of flavor, they hit the right spot in the afternoon when you need a snack, they’re great on a burger, they’re great at 4AM standing in front of the refrigerator.  

Half Sour Pickles Recipe

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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Authentic Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe!  This easy to make tortilla soup is made with a handful of ingredients that you already have in your kitchen!  I based this recipe on my favorite NYC Mexican restaurant – now I can make it healthy at home!

I love chicken tortilla soup – love, love love.  

Chicken Tortilla SoupAuthentic Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe!  This easy to make tortilla soup is made with a handful of ingredients that you already have in your kitchen!  I based this recipe on my favorite NYC Mexican restaurant - now I can make it healthy at home!

I used to get tortilla soup all the time from a local Mexican restaurant but one day I got some near closing time and it was a big disappointment   It was like they gave me the entire bottom of the pot that was sitting all day long with every ingredient soggy.

I was very upset.  That night I told myself I would match their tortilla soup with my own.  I would set up a table outside their restaurant serving small cups of my own soup and compare it to theirs.  

The neighborhood would love mine.  They would put me on their shoulders, parading me down the streets while chanting “tortilla soup, tortilla soup!”.  Well one of those things came true, I came up with a tortilla soup recipe that  is better than theirs.  *High Fives*

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