Honey Mustard and the World’s Largest Ball of Paint

Great on chicken, fries, a spoon….

Honey Mustard (small)

So we are back to school here in the Indiana.  For the couple of days before going back to school, we decided to do something fun and offbeat.  So what a better way to spend the day than going to see one of central Indiana’s bizarre roadside attractions?  Just about an hour away from our house is: Continue reading

Salted Dark Chocolate Fudge (dairy free!)

Stop whatever you are doing and make this now. Because fudge.

Salted Dark Chocolate Fudge (small)

It’s no secret that I love food.  And it’s not just the eating of food that I like; I love that food can bring people together, can represent and define cultures, and can soothe and comfort.  Typically I prefer savory foods.  I will choose bacon with biscuits and gravy over pancakes every single time.  Night time snack?  Popcorn.  Usually buttered and seasoned with some weird concoction I made up on a whim.  But there is no question: I LOVE FUDGE. Continue reading

Crescent Cinnamon Rolls!

A delicious breakfast, and you don’t even have to go to the airport!

Cinnamon Rolls (small)

It seems to be general knowledge that you should bake cookies if you are trying to sell a house.  The smell of baking cookies evokes a feeling of home.  If you ask me, though, you would be better off making cinnamon rolls.  The beauty of cinnamon rolls is that you get both the sweetness of the cinnamon filling and the inviting aroma of the bread.  Plus, then you have cinnamon rolls!  I say that’s a win-win.

I’ve always been a little hesitant to make my own cinnamon rolls.  Other than the Bread-in-a-bag, I have never really had a lot of luck with yeast breads.  I tend to kill the yeast, and I get super impatient with letting it rise, rolling it out, letting it rise again… basically, I’m just lazy and don’t want to mess with it. But I got to thinking: I found a way to fake donuts… can I fake cinnamon rolls, too?

As it turns out, I can. Continue reading

Watermelon Pineapple Ice Pops

So simple…. and so delicious!

You guys.  Seriously.  These ice pops……

Ok, so it’s summer in the American Midwest.  If you aren’t familiar with Midwest, let me clue you in.  It’s hot.  I mean, HOT.  Now, I know we’ve got nothing on Arizona or New Mexico in the heat department, but they cannot compete with us on humidity.  This makes heat a whole different animal. In Phoenix, for example, 82 degrees is 82 degrees. This is not the case in Indiana.  This afternoon, it was 82 degrees with a heat index of 102.  This is not OK.  Stepping out the front door feel like walking face-first into a warm sponge.

And do you know what my kids want to do?   Continue reading

Chorreadas (Costa Rican sweet corn pancakes)

Un desayuno costaricense muy rico!

Chorreadas (small)

By day, I am a high school Spanish teacher.  One month ago, two other teachers (good friends of mine) and I took a group of 24 students on a week-long trip to Costa Rica.  It was an amazing trip!  I had been twice before, but as a student.  This was the first time I have ever taken students on a trip anywhere, let alone out of the country.  IMG_2082Our students did an outstanding job, and we had a blast.  We hiked a waterfall, saw an active volcano, visited an organic farm, went zip-lining, did some snorkeling… it was amazing. Continue reading

Cherry Blueberry Ice Pops

Who knew cherries and blueberries could be so good?

Cherry Blueberry Ice Pops (large)

We just got back from a family vacation to the western part of Michigan (specifically Grand Haven and Muskegon).  The kids had a blast.  I’ve been to Lake Michigan before, but I had forgotten how beautiful that area is. Two things Michigan is well-known for are cherries and blueberries.  Two things I am well-known for absolutely hating are cherries and blueberries.  People think I’m crazy, but I have just never been a fan of most fruits, especially berries. However, when it was suggested that we take the kids cherry picking and blueberry picking, we jumped at it.  It sounded like a fun day, and just because don’t like fruit doesn’t mean my kids shouldn’t.

They had so much fun picking cherries! It made the long drive to the orchard totally worth it.  Before we knew it, they had picked 7 ½ pounds of cherries. And here’s the best part:

Reese ate cherries! Continue reading

Mint Melon Ice Pops

Beat the heat of summer with homemade refreshment!

Mint Melon Ice Pops (small)

“Daddy, can I have a pockidle?” This is something I hear on an almost daily basis. Maybe some day they’ll learn how to properly say the word “popsicle,” but I’ll enjoy the adorable mispronunciation while it lasts!

We always have ice pops in our house (and almost never Popsicle brand… I don’t like to pay that much). The other day we bought an ice pop mold from Walmart (nope, not ashamed even a little bit), but I had little idea what we would do it with.  Soon after, I ran across an ice pop recipe from Food Network.  It sounded awful.  Primarily because it included cilantro.  Since I feel like cilantro tastes like the result of someone cleaning out a lawn mower bag with dish detergent, I had no desire to try it.  But it gave me an idea. Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Fudge

For when you need chocolate yesterday…

Dark Chocolate Fudge (small)

I have a friend who doesn’t like chocolate.  We try not to talk about it.

I cannot comprehend not liking chocolate.  I get that everyone has preferences, and maybe you prefer something else, and some people can’t eat chocolate… but to just not like it at all?  I just don’t get it. Continue reading

Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

The  taste of  summer, bite-sized.Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs (small)

Any parent knows that coming up with dinners can be a challenge.  If that parent has a kid with food restrictions (whether due to allergies, EOE, or any other of a host of things), it is that much more difficult.  In the midst of the “I don’t want to do spaghetti again” conversation, Michelle had an idea.  It was a brilliant idea.  KEBABS. Continue reading

Chocolate Haystacks

Nostalgia, now dairy-free!

Chocolate Haystacks (small)

When I was a kid it seemed like there were things we always had in the pantry.  We always had chocolate chips.  We didn’t make cookies often, but we always had chocolate chips.  We also always had crispy chow mein noodles.  I have absolutely no recollection of ever having Chinese food at home, but we always had chow mein noodles. We also always had a flashlight and D batteries in the pantry, but that wasn’t quite the same (flashlights take a notoriously long time to cook, and they just aren’t worth the trouble). Continue reading