Author: Stacie Billis

6 delicious, easy spring recipes to celebrate the season

Winter is officially over,  and we’re celebrating with easy spring recipes that feature fresh produce. Kick the tubers and squash to the curb; these spring dishes highlight peas, asparagus, avocado, and other green veggie delights. And don’t worry, I’m not going soft. We won’t skip the cheese, bacon, or even dessert. After all, this is a celebration of a brand new season. The Roasted Asparagus with Crispy Prosciutto and Poached Egg recipe (above) from Framed Cooks has all the elements of a perfect dish: fresh, seasonal produce, crispy pork, and a poached egg. Honestly, this alone can be dinner for me....

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The easiest homemade pudding recipes, plus 7 of the best ever pudding desserts.

Pudding desserts are my favorite sweets for this time of year when I’d rather be on the run in the warming weather than at home baking, but it’s not hot enough yet for ice cream or popsicles. Having a go-to homemade pudding recipe and lots of ideas for easy pudding desserts is key for me, because keeping my family’s sweet tooth happy is a critical part of parenting. To start, ditch the instant pudding pack and learn how to make pudding from scratch. Trust me.   Homemade Pudding Recipes Classic vanilla and chocolate are particularly easy to make, and...

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The best boozy desserts for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond, from Creme de Menthe Brownies to a Guinness Milkshake

Let’s be honest: St. Patrick’s Day is a pretty boozy holiday, at least here in the states. Given that a (small) Skinnygirl margarita can get me buzzed, I’ll probably skip drinking on St. Patrick’s Day and instead opt for one of these 6 of the best boozy desserts. It’s a bold move but, trust me, St. Patrick’s Day recipes never tasted so good. Oh, and they aren’t all totally inappropriate to share with kids. There’s some safe stuff in here for them, too. But if you’re pregnant or abstaining, you might check out our favorite rainbow recipes instead. Either way, hard...

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6 of the most impressive rainbow recipes for a lucky St. Patrick’s Day

I’m not one for fruity candy, so “taste the rainbow” never sounded like such a good thing to me. But now, as the mom of a preschooler and a school-aged kid, I have a new appreciation for the appeal of all those rainbow recipes and rainbow-colored snacks we see all over Pinterest. My kids love multicolored treats any day of the year, but I’m especially eager to try these gorgeous rainbow recipes on St. Patrick’s Day as an alternative to everything green. The rainbow cake has gotten all of the internet glory, but if you ask me, these Rainbow...

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The best DIY Alice in Wonderland tea party ideas on a shoestring.

Ooh, do we have Alice in Wonderland tea party ideas for you. It’s such a wonderful theme, isn’t it? And when a superhero, Lego, or Star Wars birthday party isn’t quite right, it might be time to break out the tea set for a very merry unbirthday tea party. Or, if your curious one prefers, a Mad Hatter birthday tea party. Either way, it’s always tea time. Inspired by our sponsor, Bigelow Tea, a third generation family-owned business (so cool, we had no idea!), we’ve rounded up the best ideas, from simple recipes to free printables and fun decor, so...

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5 copycat shamrock shake recipes for St. Patrick’s Day. Or today, if you’re feeling lucky.

It’s the time of year that many in certain frozen dessert circles call Shamrock Shake season. March and St. Patrick’s Day mean the end of a year-long wait for devotees of the green shake. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan. Not because I don’t like sweet, minty shakes (I do!), but because I find a “shake” at a fast food joint containing 54 ingredients a little suspicious and a lot unappetizing. If you are looking for some DIY alternatives , these 5 copycat shamrock shake recipes are for you. The healthy Shamrock Shake (above) from An Edible Mosaic is a totally delicious...

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8 easy donut recipes so absurdly delectable, you’ll be baking every week. (Time to make the you-know-what.)

I tend to avoid the easy donut recipes I come across, because it’s no secret to my friends that I’m a donut fiend. I’m afraid if I start baking, I’ll end up on an all-donut diet! But then I discovered baked donuts. Normally a stickler for the yeasted variety, I tried home-baked reluctantly, and they are so easy, I am now dangerously in love. When you take a look at these 8 ridiculously delicious, easy donut recipes, you may be hooked, too. Sorry I’m not sorry. First, you’ll need to invest in a donut pan . Don’t worry: this isn’t a...

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Oscar party food ideas: Clever recipes inspired by this year’s Best Picture nominees.

Whether you’re having a full-blown awards bash or just plan on curling up with one other person, we’ve got the Oscar party food ideas for you. Nothing’s better than watching the Oscars with good food, some Champagne cocktails, and folks who’ll talk—or at least listen— about fashion. I’ll leave the gown breakdown for Monday morning, but today I’ve got recipes inspired by this year’s Best Picture nominees. And don’t forget to check my post on 6 bubbly cocktails. Just to keep things fancy. Gravity:  Moon Pies Did you already guess what movie matches the homemade Moon Pies (above) from Tidy Mom? These are...

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Your guide to winter citrus and 9 easy, delicious citrus recipes

Have you noticed a big splash of winter citrus brightening your supermarket produce aisle? If not, take a closer look. We’re at the height of the season, and I’m here to help you pick the best, juiciest citrus fruit–from satsuma oranges to Meyer lemons–including 9 super easy citrus recipes that make the best of these beauties without much work. If you’re not the type to throw unfamiliar ingredients into your shopping cart with abandon, start by learning about less familiar citrus. This winter citrus guide (above) from Heart of Gold is a great place to start.    The easiest way to...

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7 creative salsa recipes to celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day. (Yes there is such a thing and we’re ready to fiesta.)

February 24th is National Tortilla Chip Day and to celebrate one of the most beloved snack foods of all time—popularized by Rebecca Webb Carranza, a fellow cool mom—we’re rounding up the best salsa recipes to serve alongside your favorite tortilla chips, today or any day. Whether corn or flour, thick or thin, scoop shaped or triangular, these salsas will make your tortilla chips fiesta-worthy. Hey, maybe try one of our sophisticated margarita recipe ideas while you’re at it. First, let’s start with the basics. If ever there was a go-to source for a Restaurant-Style Salsa Recipe, it’s The Pioneer Woman. For...

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Goldbely: Your favorite regional eats from around the country delivered to your door. No plane tickets required.

Ever dreamt about dropping everything to eat your way across the USA, or is that just me? For my fellow food explorers, we’ve got just the site for you. Goldbely  is a new online marketplace that makes the most legendary regional foods available to anyone across the United States. Yum. It may not be the same as leaving the kids (you know, just for a few days) and dining out every meal, but it hits the spot when you’re craving a real-deal Philly cheese steak or, in my case, a slice of Candy Bar Pie (below) from my beloved...

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One Bowl Baking Cookbook: Homemade baked goods from scratch, only easy as using a box.

Valentine’s Day may be behind us, but I have a sweet treat for you, cool moms. My new favorite cookbook, One Bowl Baking: Simple, From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts, is a revelation too good not to share. It wasn’t written for moms or with families in mind, but the ease with which this book makes it possible to whip up anything from brownies to birthday cake makes it an essential book for every family kitchen. I mean, Banana Bourbon Cake with Whipped Cream (above) in one bowl. C’mon people! (Don’t worry: the recipe’s below.) One Bowl Baking was...

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8 ridiculously easy, last-minute Valentine’s Day treats. Because procrastinators need love, too.

At first I thought that Valentine’s Day on Friday was a good thing. What a fun way to kick off the weekend. But now I’m wondering when exactly I’m supposed to make treats for my kids? I guess I should have thought of that last weekend but, really, a whole week ahead of time? If, like me, you’re going to need to make quick Valentine’s Day magic with hours to spare, these super easy, last-minute Valentine’s Day treat recipes are for you.   The 4-ingredient Butterscotch Peanut Butter Marshmallow Hearts (above) from Sweetapolita are so pretty! And with that ingredient...

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7 indulgent, easy homemade chocolate treats for your little Valentines (and the big ones, too).

What I want for Valentine’s Day: LOVE! What my kids want for Valentine’s Day: CHOCOLATE! Okay, I want chocolate, too, but I like fancy chocolate. For the kids, I’ll be whipping up one of these super easy, homemade chocolate treats for Valentine’s Day. The pricey stuff may be mine, but the stuff made from the heart is theirs. They always get the better deal. The Chocolate Cherry Candy Cups (above) from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles make me smile. These no-bake treats are festive on the outside, but when you take a bite and realize they are pink inside, your kids will swoon....

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10 easy-to-make DIY Valentine’s Day classroom treats for crafty kids

If there’s one time of year you’ll find me getting crafty with the kids, it’s around Valentine’s Day. But only under two conditions: 1) I get to sip wine while we craft and 2) the craft involves treats. These printables, crafts, and recipes make for perfect Valentine’s Day classroom treats and Mama stays happy. Sweet deal all around.     Printable Teddy Graham Valentine’s Day cards  Instead of  kisses, kids can be giving out bear hugs! The Big Bear Hug Valentine’s Day tags (above) by Bloom Designs on Skip to My Lou are the cutest things ever and pair...

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5 delicious recipes for Valentine’s Day pancakes that will really hit their sweet spot.

Love is in the air. Or is that the smell of Valentine’s Day pancakes from truly creative recipes? I can think of no better way to treat your family this Valentine’s Day (or the whole Valentine’s Day weekend) than to surprise them with a stack of fluffy, gorgeously festive, super indulgent pancakes. Okay, fashionista mamas, we’re bringing ombre to the breakfast table. These beautiful pink ombre pancakes (above) from This Mama Loves feel like French macarons, don’t they? They’re easy, too. All you need is your favorite pancake mix and food coloring. You can get three coordinating colors or try one color...

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7 to-die-for Super Bowl dip recipes for the win. Even if your team loses.

It’s wrong how much I love Super Bowl food, from nachos to pulled pork sandwiches, wings to Corona cupcakes. (Yes, Corona cupcakes.) But Super Bowl dip recipes have to take it as my favorite game-time snacks.  There’s nothing like a bold, creamy dip served with salty, crunchy chips to get the party started. Which is why I’ve rounded up these 7 insanely over-the-top, can’t-stop-eating them Super Bowl dip recipes that you’ve probably never tried before. That’s right, mamas: it’s time to ditch the French onion soup mix and sour cream, and go for the touchdown.   If you’re looking...

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Winning Super Bowl recipes that you can make ahead in your slow cooker

There’s something about made-to-order food that doesn’t feel right for the Super Bowl, especially with amazing Super Bowl recipes so easy to whip up. I’m not dissing you pizza delivery fans, but if you think that make-ahead Super Bowl recipes are the winning way to go, you can do it more easily by making them in your slow cooker. These quintessential football snacks, from dips to meatballs, cheesy potatoes to nachos, are low-maintenance and sure to satisfy even the heartiest eater in your family. And I say that as both the cook and the heartiest eater in my house....

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6 easy, delicious dinners to make from a single roast chicken

Gather around, mamas, I’m about to share one of my best family kitchen tricks: Roast a chicken on the weekend, serve for dinner, and shred leftovers to use in these super quick and tasty chicken recipes you can serve for the next few days. In about one hour of cooking, you can cover dinner for nearly half the week. Really. Just keep two things in mind: You’ve got to start with good roast chicken and there needs to be a lot. If you’re a family of four big eaters, roast two chickens to ensure that you’ll have plenty of leftovers...

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5 delicious ways to jazz up your morning oatmeal

Oatmeal is a favorite breakfast at my house, but after a while, plain cooked oats get boring — even when doused in maple syrup — and boring, to me, is never worth the cook time. These five new ways to prepare oatmeal are definitely worth the time it takes to make them. Which isn’t much at all. I’ve even got a from-scratch version for you, should you be ready to stockpile your own homemade stash of quick morning oats. My current obsession is overnight oatmeal. Mix together 5 or so ingredients in 5 or so minutes the night before...

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