Can somebody tell me where the PAUSE button is?!

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Time is moving too fast. Wah!

This is my almost 5-month-old, Benjamin David.

(Better known as ‘Benji’ or ‘Ben-Ben’ or ‘Benji-Boo’ or… most often… as ‘Bear’ at our home)

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Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Homemade Ricotta

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This is a “My tomatoes are going bad and I need to use them ASAP or they’re going in the trash” recipe.

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Nectarine Salsa

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Today the chance for rain in Phoenix went from 30 percent to 20 percent…

My “Gigi” (my husband’s grandma) said it best: “It never rains at 20 percent”. Sadly, I know she’s right.

It was slightly overcast yesterday for an hour or two and I thought…. YES!! The rain is going to come! My hopes were shattered today when that percentage changed. I’ve started sucking on ice cubes to keep myself cool. I don’t mind the heat for the first few weeks but then it starts to make me tired and more easily irritated… by August I’m so ready for the heat to be over I can hardly stand it.

Besides ice cubes, the foods that sound best right now are those that are cool and refreshing… like chilled Pico di Gallo!

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When Life Gives You Lemons… Make Pancakes!

Well, life didn’t really give me lemons…

But I did go to make pancakes and discovered my box mix was all out except for a few sad tablespoons at the bottom of the box. (No, I am not against box mixes for making pancakes… if you have kids, you probably are not either… at least if you’re honest with yourself…)

Well, no box mix meant either no pancakes OR…

Making my own?!

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Once I got the right consistency and flavor in my batter I cooked a few trial pancakes and I think I’ve found a go-to recipe for myself!

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Grilled Cheese… ???

What? I’m serious. Seriously… grilled cheese.

And yes, there IS in fact JAM in the recipe.

Listen, if you’re a mom, you know there are moments of desperation when you would try anything to get lunch together, right?

Am I wrong?

Okay, so it’s not your typical grilled cheese but there is cheese in it and it is grilled… cheese + grilled = GRILLED CHEESE… at least in my recipe-writing it does. 🙂

Oh yes, and if you’re opposed to the idea of frozen waffles… you might as well just stop reading right now.

Presenting…

Ricotta & Jam Grilled Cheese with Fresh Strawberries!!!

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Just try to tell me that doesn’t look good…

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Jam Time

That’s right… J is for Jam.

While you might enjoy this on toast for breakfast, on a sandwich for lunch, or on a roll at dinner… these recipes will take you OUT of the typical “box” we put jam into.

What’s up first?

PB & J Crepes!

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These are a fun new way to do the run-of-the-mill peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for your kiddos!

It could also be a more sophisticated take on the sandwich for an adult lunch or party. No adult can deny these taste delicious, even if they are a take on an old kid-favorite! 🙂

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Honeyed Carrots

These carrots couldn’t be easier to make and the glaze is so good you could drink it…

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Just really good comfort food. This is always how my mom and grandma would slice their carrots so it brings me back to childhood. It’s always good to feel like a carefree kid again, isn’t it?

Here’s the Recipe and the Shopping List!

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Hey Honey!

Back from vacation…

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After a much-needed break from the day-to-day grind of life, we are back and were ready to see our two munchkins again… they were ready to see us too, which was SO much fun!

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Oh, my heart…

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Pitter-patter… LOVE these girls!

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