All Blog Posts Tagged 'dinner' (107)

The problems of a picky eater

At one point of my childhood, I stopped eating meat. It was a phase and didn't last too long, and my Mother just dealt with it by giving me lots of veggies. (Sorry, Mom!) When she tells this story today, she remarks that it was good timing because my brother was going through a phase of not eating vegetables and everything evened out.…


Added by Lauren Markman on November 30, 2015 at 6:17am — No Comments

Adding on a vegetable

You come home from work and head straight into the kitchen. Within a few minutes, you are pre-heating, sauteing, chopping and seasoning. It's a Tuesday, you've put in a full day at work, and now you are cooking with purpose: You are trying to get dinner on the table before 7 pm.…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 13, 2015 at 6:20am — 2 Comments

Could you work with your spouse?

I am spoiled. For several years I worked with my husband at the same company, and now we work only a few blocks apart. This means that I am used to being able to have lunch with my wonderful husband on a frequent basis and that neither of us has to go out of our way to spend time together in the middle of the day.…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 7, 2015 at 6:41am — No Comments

Thinking outside the lunch box

My son is in Kindergarten, and he is excited. He is excited about all the new classrooms, books, children and fun to be had. But he is more excited about one particular part of Kindergarten, more than anything else: He can bring a lunch from home.

Up until this point, he has eaten the provided lunches at his…


Added by Lauren Markman on September 2, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments

Mini Pizza Recipe

Mini Pizza Recipe

Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack... Repeat. There are days when I’m not exciting about having to prepare another meal. Eating is important, I know, but its nice to have a break sometimes... even if its only for one meal. This is mini pizza recipe is one that the kids can completely make themselves! All you have to do is place it in the oven, set the timer, and take it out!…


Added by Jazelle on August 27, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

One Recipe, Three Meals

One Recipe, Three Meals

My crockpot has become a dear friend over the past 6 years... Pretty much when I started having kids. Its so easy to throw all your ingredients in, cover, and the let magic happen. Whether you work outside the home or from inside the home, there's nothing better than to smell the wonderful aroma of your dinner cooking and to know that all you have to do is grab a plate and fork. Sigh. There are a plethora…


Added by Jazelle on July 30, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Packing For Tomorrow

Packing for tomorrow

Last night, the kids and I had the opportunity to pack some lunches for the West Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) organization. This non-profit agency gives emergency food and shelter to individuals and families in the West Suburban Cook County area. They operate a shelter every Tuesday night and provide lunches for the next day. There are many PADS programs available all over with some even supplying permanent housing and supportive services for their…


Added by Jazelle on July 21, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Why I carry a large purse

We are at a restaurant. We have just placed our order and my son is not interested in the activities on the children's menu. There is only one solution: The cards in Mommy's purse.

For the record, I carry two sets of cards in my purse. There is a regular deck, which we've never actually used, and an UNO deck…


Added by Lauren Markman on July 13, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

12 FREE Activities for Dad

15 Activities FREE for Dad

Father's Day is a special time every year that we can celebrate that wonderful father figure in our lives, whether connected by blood or love. Make the day extra special by planning a fun activity to do together. Even better- a FREE activity. With so many options to choose from, we wanted to help out by providing 12 free activities for Dad on Father's Day. Choose one or more!



Added by Jazelle on June 18, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Adding up the little things

Our dinnertime conversations have become quite formulaic: We talk about the events of our days and if we are close to a weekend, we share any upcoming plans. (If it is slow going, I will tell a fanciful story about my day that features a dragon just to see if anyone is paying attention.) Some nights this goes better than others. We ask a lot of specific questions about our son's day, but we find that he doesn't have a good recall for the…


Added by Lauren Markman on April 28, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

Japanese Hibachi Style Noodles

Japanese Hibachi Style Noodles



I frequently find it difficult to come up with dinner ideas.  I get so bored having the same meals over and over.  Brandon doesn’t very often have input on dinner, so he is of very little help.  To my surprise he came to me the other day and said….

Brandon: Hey mom, I really wished we could have those noodles we had in Colorado with Dad at that one…


Added by Stacie Anderson on April 24, 2015 at 11:53am — No Comments

Weeknight Meals in 3 Steps (and less than 30 minutes)!

Didn't set the slow cooker this morning? Don't have leftovers to serve again for dinner tonight? Don't freak out just yet. Here are a…


Added by Patricia Pazos on March 26, 2015 at 2:58pm — 2 Comments

Turkey Bacon, Black Bean and Greens Quesadilla - It's what's for dinner!

Looking for a fast, fabulous, DELICIOUS and healthy dinner for this evening?  Look no further!  This recipe will have your family begging for seconds and is so easy to make!  Check it out and give it a try and than let me know what you think!  My family LOVED this...did yours?

Turkey Bacon, Black Bean and Greens Quesadillas…


Added by Jessica Knorr on March 3, 2015 at 12:45am — 2 Comments

You might be making your spouse fat

My husband and I both work full time. And there was a long period where we worked in the same company (albeit different departments). And we both worked really long hours.

Then we had our little guy and life had to change: There were more important aspects to our life together than work.…


Added by Lauren Markman on February 25, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments

Taking work stress home

My son loves my office. On the few occasions I've taken him to visit, he received lots of attention from my coworkers, treats, hot chocolate and got to play with the stuff at everyone's desk. He calls my coworkers "his coworkers" and requests to talk to them on the phone sometimes.…


Added by Lauren Markman on February 17, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments

Boiled pigeon's feet for dinner

It's 6:30 pm. I've put in a nine-hour day at the office, I've just gotten home and I'm at the stove. I am sauteing, chopping, and seasoning something delicious, when my son comes downstairs.…


Added by Lauren Markman on February 11, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

** Short weeks make you feel like every day is Friday.

** They also make you angry to find out that every day is not, in…


Added by Jennifer Marshall on January 23, 2015 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Why we don't eat cupcakes

We eat dinner as a family whenever possible. And although I have been a little slack about it lately, we try to eat our meals family style because they teach children about portion control.

What I didn't…


Added by Lauren Markman on December 2, 2014 at 6:16am — No Comments

Meals on the run

I am a fast eater. Probably too fast. Most days it takes me longer to prepare a meal than it does for me to eat it. This comes in handy for all those times I eat lunch at my desk (especially since I don't seem to suffer from heartburn), but it is definitely not something I want my son to inherit.…


Added by Lauren Markman on November 4, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments

What's your stress hour look like?

Most nights, when I get home from work, I immediately start cooking dinner. The first hour after I get home is a bit of a blur: There is food to prepare, people to greet and those morning chores to complete (if I didn't finish them earlier). If I can get dinner on the table by 6:45, then it is a really good day.…


Added by Lauren Markman on September 26, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments

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