While we love sharing lots of recipes on Cool Mom Eats — from sticky buns perfect for Easter brunch to easy Easter treats that you can make with kids — there is something to be said for having a go-to menu for whenever you’re entertaining over brunch. This one is my foolproof Easter brunch menu. Watch me prep everything in real time so that you can see just how easy these recipes are on our latest episode of Kitchen Help Live, our weekly Facebook Live broadcast (Thursdays at 1 pm ET!). This latest installment was all about make-ahead Easter brunch...Read More
If you have kids, then you know all the challenges that come with trying to feed them, especially those picky eaters. Well, on this week’s episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we’ve got our amazing Cool Mom Eats editor and cookbook author Stacie Billis, who combines her years of food writing and a background in child development to offer smart, common-sense tips, tricks, and advice for parents. (Psst: It’s why you should be reading Cool Mom Eats and subscribing to the newsletter). Seriously, this is an episode you don’t want to miss, parents! You can listen right now, right...Read More
Whether you’re watching the Super Bowl this weekend for the game, for the commercials, or just for an excuse to get together with friends, Cool Mom Eats and Cool Mom Picks have got you covered with lots of great ideas for last minute, easy Super Bowl recipes. We’ve even got you covered for mocktail recipes. Because designated drivers? You’re all of our MVPs on game day. Above: From DIY Nacho bar ideas via What’s Gaby Cooking. So much great help there! 200+ last minute Super Bowl recipes, drinks, and party-planning help! 5 Instant Pot recipes that make Super Bowl food easy. 5...Read More
We know people love Instagram for pretty photos and funny memes, but now you can get delicious, easy recipes thanks to the Cool Mom Eats Instagram account. Our food editor and mom-of-2 Stacie Billis shares everything from last-minute dinner ideas to a tasty Super Bowl party food to tons of school lunch inspiration, all right there in our Instagram feed. Yep, no clicking to somewhere else! Just make sure you’re following (and if you feel so inclined, turn notifications on for our posts), so you never miss a recipe. And be sure to check out our Instagram Story...Read More
Those of you who are also fans of Cool Mom Eats (and hey, thank you!) know that I’m all about coming up with smart solutions to help busy parents with home cooked meals that still feed our families quickly and easily. Especially this time of year, when presumably most of us would rather spend our time hanging with the family, not stuck in the kitchen. Well, depending on the family of course. (Heh.) So we’re here to help with some smart kitchen shortcuts and easy holiday recipes that keep meals simple, speedy, healthy, and above all, totally delicious — thanks in part to our...Read More
The last-minute Thanksgiving help: Everything you need including recipe help, drinks, decor, printables + crafts for the kids. No go forth and be thankful!
If you’re like me and Thanksgiving totally snuck up on you this year (seriously, today?), fear not! The CMP team has been hard at work for weeks now, sharing the most helpful resources and great advice to help you master the big day. From the most foolproof turkey roasting tutorials (and who to call when…uh, if they go wrong), pie recipes to live for, and the most fun printables to keep kids busy and entertained, we’ve got it all right here. And hey, if you’re desperate for just some Thanksgiving relative survival tips (for humans, not turkeys), we’ve got you covered with that in the...Read More
8 ideas for hosting an awesome Gilmore Girls watch party that even Lorelai and Rory would want to come to.
You may have heard Gilmore Girls fans across the globe collectively freaking out over the revival event coming to Netflix Thanksgiving weekend — Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. We will, of course, be watching while Rory continues to figure out her life and career, Lorelai struggles to understand her relationship with Luke, and both of them eat way more junk food than anyone ever should. Of course, these four episodes will be so much better if you watch with friends, so we’ve collected some fun and easy ideas to help you throw an epic Gilmore Girls watch party. These are low on the DIY component,...Read More
Web coolness: The new Wonder Woman stamps, picky eater lifesavers, and an inspiring Twitter meme for all of us.
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Our 2016 Back to School Shopping Guide is live! Get ready for some seriously cool finds for the kids. If you’re feeling patriotic these days, this baby and kids’ flag tee has a message we love. Wonder Woman stamps are coming, yes! What happened when one mom stopped worrying about feeding her picky eater. Similarly, what happened when Kristen stopped making her daughter clean her room. Smart ideas from parents to help stop mealtime food battles. How giving birth has changed decade to decade....Read More
Here are some of the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. How adorable are these chocolate dipped ice cream cones for the 4th of July! More easy red white and blue recipes for an Independence Day celebration. 6 fun 4th of July crafts for kids that are safer than sparklers. What you should know before you see Finding Dory. What you hope you don’t see before you see Finding Dory. Amazing campfire recipes that actually make us want to go camping. Thanks for HuffPost for including Spawned among 15 funny podcasts for parents...Read More
Web Coolness: Last-minute help for Father’s Day, the ultimate bacon recipe, and our vote for Father of the Year
This has been some week. A lot of ups, a lot of very down downs, and a whole lot to read. Here are some of the links that we’ve been reading this week and we hope you like them too. Still scrambling to celebrate your favorite dad in your life? We can help. Start with this insane (but easy) Oven-Baked Maple Glazed Bacon recipe from Cool Mom Eats (above). We’re all in. Then check out these 11 creative last-minute gifts for dads, and 24 ideas for DIY Father’s Day gifts and printables. There’s still time! Working dads don’t feel...Read More
We are always thrilled to find new cookbooks that make life easier for parents, especially because meal planning (and cooking and serving and cleaning and cajoling the kids to eat any of it in the first place) can be…well, not our favorite part of the day. But we’re doubly thrilled when that new cookbook is from our very own Cool Mom Eats editor Stacie Billis. Whoo! The smart, encouraging, and beautifully presented Make it Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch–with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them is the right cookbook for busy parents at the right time. As in, I...Read More
If you want to amp up your March Madness schedule this week, or you happen to be combining a watching party with a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, may we suggest some beer cocktails? (No coincidence they’re both the same week, say beer and basketball fans everywhere.) Fortunately, we’ve got a great one to start you off. This Sriracha-Lada beer cocktail recipe from Bon Appetit looks like it will add some proper heat to the night. It’s rather like a Bloody Mary, only replacing the tomato juice and vodka with a Mexican lager. I’m in! If that’s not your speed — or you...Read More
I admit I have always coveted a SodaStream ever since I tried an earlier model at my parents’ house. However theirs seemed pretty big to me, and I live in a small apartment, where we’re supposed to subscribe to the rule about not owning single-purpose appliances (bread makers, panini presses) to cut back on clutter. But since becoming addicted to a different company’s fizzy water maker — until it fizzled out and was entirely discontinued — I leapt at the chance to try out the new SodaStream Power. Oh, was it worth the wait. The SodaStream Power is way sleeker than I was expecting, with a slim...Read More
Need some last-minute help planning a deliciously sweet Valentine’s Day menu? We’ve put together all our favorite easy Valentine’s Day recipes that we’ve been sharing on Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Eats — from breakfast to dessert — in one place. This way, you can scan them quickly to save more time for, well, whatever you want. Plus you’ll find some terrific DIY tricks here that turn store-bought treats into something special for the big day. Because, hey, we’re all about easy on Valentine’s Day. And that’s not a double entendre. Okay, it is. Top photos: Heart-Shaped Pretzels by My Name is Snickerdoodle; Valentine’s Day Brownies by Pink...Read More
Last-minute Valentine’s gifts you can still get for your sweetheart: Because we think thoughts count, whenever you come up with them.
So we’ve officially hit last-minute Valentine’s gift territory, which is something I know well. Whether you’ve been busy, stuck for ideas, watching a little too much Netflix, tight on budget, or, like me, spending all your time coming up with Valentine’s gift ideas for readers of your website (ha) we can help! We’ve got lots of last-minute gifts for Valentine’s Day that you can still make, pick up or order in time, plus some drop-dead shipping deadlines from lots of stores who will keep FedEx in business this week. And lucky you: This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, which gives you (worst-case...Read More
If you’re looking for Super Bowl recipes for your game day party, from big hearty food to fun appetizers and even cocktails and mocktails should you need a break from beer, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite past posts, roundups, and recipe discoveries, for a total of more than 200 Super Bowl recipe ideas. Surely there’s one or or two here for you? (top image: Creamy enchilada potato skins| Cool Mom Eats) SUPER BOWL RECIPES: THE ESSENTIAL BASICS (DIY Nacho bar ideas: What’s Gaby Cooking) 7 mouthwatering nachos recipes for game day parties The ultimate potato skin recipe 9...Read More
We had the best time over the past month, partnering with Amazon Free Time to throw a couple of fun press and blogger holiday cocktail parties in Philly and Atlanta. Our aim was to give parents a little more me time (Get it? Free Time for me time?) in a completely adults-only environment. Remember that? Of course the great company and the chance to meet some of our favorite publishers and editors from around the country was the absolute highlight. But we thought we’d share some other fun things we did that could inspire some fun holiday party ideas for your own gatherings this season....Read More
After the fun of trick-of-treating and the trading of the candy, we are pretty sure that your kids are still going to have piles of candy leftover that weighs about as much as a toddler. Now is the time to think of a good plan for what to do with all that extra Halloween candy. Oh, sure, the kids can eat some of their hard-earned snacks. But, instead of throwing the rest of it in the trash, we have a bunch of great ideas that will turn that candy into something more than a messy pile of wrappers. Related: 10 delicious recipes that use...Read More
In honor of our 21st episode birthday (because that’s totally a thing, right?), we’re talking about booze! Just wait until you hear what Kristen mixes vodka with. And, let’s just say we get into a little vent session about Pinterest Syndrome. Do you suffer from it? We’re sharing what we love and what makes us downright crazy. You can listen via SoundCloud right now (why wait?), or just subscribe to Spawned on iTunes and listen in the Podcast app that comes totally free with your iOS device. Card via Beckamade Links from SPAWNED Episode 21 – For delicious cocktails, like...Read More
When my kids’ father was deployed for a few months to Afghanistan, I put together several military care packages filled with fairly typical items. Don’t get me wrong, they were definitely very appreciated by his unit! But it wasn’t until he returned home that I got the inside scoop on what soldiers really want in a military care package. Because this is so personal for me, and for several of our writers with military families, I’m really happy to have the opportunity to share some tips and tricks for how to make a military care package more personal, whether it’s for a family member,...Read More