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Crock Pot - The Queen of the Kitchen

Posted by Lawanda Stevenson on Apr 4, 2017 6:34:00 AM
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Topics: Food, Health and Wellness, Parenting, Family, Nutrition, Dining, Cooking, Routine

10 Kid-friendly Thanksgiving leftover recipes

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Nov 23, 2016 7:00:00 AM


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Topics: Fun with Kids, Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Dining, Budget, Creativity, Traditions, Thanksgiving, Fall, Cooking, Seasons

How to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Nov 22, 2016 7:00:00 AM


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Topics: Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Pets, Dining, Traditions, Thanksgiving, Safety, Fall, Seasons

Fun Thanksgiving Facts

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Nov 21, 2016 8:31:22 AM


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Topics: Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Dining, Traditions, Thanksgiving, Fall, Seasons

DIY Pumpkin Spice

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Oct 16, 2016 7:38:00 AM

One of my favorite things about fall (besides getting to wear sweatshirts and the cooler temperatures) is all the pumpkin flavored (and scented) products that are available. It has gotten to the point where almost everything comes in pumpkin varieties! However, you don’t need to spend tons of money buying the premade products, you can make your own! Here are a few recipes for pumpkin spice flavored things to make yourself (or to give as gifts) for those of us that can’t wait until the pumpkin spice products come out!

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Topics: Food, Arts and Crafts, Dining, Budget, Creativity, Traditions, Fall, DIY, Cooking, Seasons

Meal planning

Posted by Ruth Janzen on Oct 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM

I do not know about you but the summer months with long days spent outdoors in the heat often sapped my energy to make unique meals so my family’s dinners became a monotonous cycle of the same rotation of foods and combinations. Now with the cooler fall weather, I will still be spending considerable time outside, enjoying the beauty of the seasonal changes and the activities that come with them. This too will cut into my ability to be creative with food. To combat this, I have begun to take meal planning seriously. Something that once was a bit daunting has now become life-giving.

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Topics: Food, Parenting, Family, Nutrition, Dining, Relaxation, Creativity, Planning, Cooking, Seasons

What is the deal with Pumpkin Spice?

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Sep 6, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Okay, I like pumpkin pie as much as the next true blue, fall and Thanksgiving loving American.  There is nothing like a flaky buttery crust (or graham cracker for those of you who enjoy that), thick creamy pumpkin filling, and that dollop of whipped cream (or Cool Whip for you non-dairy types).  Or more than a dollop.  Okay fine, I cover the entire pie slice with a triangle of whipped cream. Don’t judge me! But things have truly gotten out of hand.

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Topics: Food, Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Family, Nutrition, Dining, Traditions, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Fall, Seasons

Quick and Cool Summer Snacks

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jul 9, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Summer heat means that you may not want to spend a lot of time cooking indoors. Instead of spending all day by a hot stove, these quick summer snacks can help you eat well while staying cool.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Food, Health and Wellness, Parenting, Family, Summer, Nutrition, Dining, Creativity, Enjoy the Moment

What's cooking?

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on May 17, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Recently a host parent asked me if I’d heard of Hello Fresh.  Coincidentally, I had just subscribed to it myself for a two week trial (got a GREAT deal on Living Social. There are also excellent deals on Groupon) but hadn’t received my first box just yet.  She went on to tell me that she’d subscribed to it to assist her au pair in planning and preparing meals for her kids.   I thought to myself, what a GREAT idea.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Food, Au Pairs, Host Family, Family, Nutrition, Dining

Pizza in MY village  (stretching your social dining budget)

Posted by Joe Terpening on May 3, 2016 3:17:31 PM

Eating out is fun and social, but can get expensive if enjoyed on a regular basis.  I like to keep my eye out for inexpensive but tasty options and then share the find with others, especially those who may need to budget carefully (such as students and au pairs).  

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Topics: Food, Money, au pair, Saving Money, Dining, Budget, Community

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