How to Host a Socially Distanced Soup Swap

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I am hosting my 7th annual soup swap this month and – like everything these days – it’s looking a little different thanks to the pandemic. Since we can’t gather in person, we’re pivoting to a virtual soup swap.

While it’s definitely not my first choice of party format, the point of the soup swap has always been togetherness. It’s a time to catch up with each other and share some comfort – in warm bowls and warm words. And that can absolutely be done from a distance!

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What You Loved on the Blog in 2020

I’m a sentimental fool, so I love reflecting on the year as it ends. Despite this year being a mess in so many ways – this blog was a bit of a bright spot for me.

I’m proud of everything I’ve put on the blog this year – but the kid content will definitely hold a special place in my heart. We hosted 18 live kitchen play dates on Facebook, shared some of our favorite kid-friendly recipes on the blog, and posted a whole year’s worth of fruit and veggie bingo cards! In the chaos and uncertainty of the year, making these memories with my kids was worth it’s weight in gold.

You guys had your favorites too! And I was excited to see how many of my favorites were also popular with you.

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Winter Fruit & Veggie Bingo

Winter may not have a reputation for lots of fresh food – but there are so many things in season during the winter months! Our favorite game – fruit and veggie bingo – is a great way to try out some of this season’s fares!

This game is a great way to get kids (and adults!) to start thinking about seasonal produce and trying new things – after all, if you want to cross of a square, you need to try what’s in it!

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Welcome to #Choctoberfest 2020!

I am so excited to bring your another year of #Choctoberfest! This is a super fun week of chocolate delights – and I think it’s just what 2020 needs! I’m so excited to share some brand new chocolate recipes this week!

#Choctoberfest is our annual celebration of chocolate recipes, now in its 6th year. I’ve teamed up with some talented food bloggers to share dozens of milk, dark, and white chocolate dishes for this year’s virtual event. Plus, we’ve pooled our resources to bring you an exciting giveaway you don’t want to miss!

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How to Stock Your Freezer with 2 Weeks of Easy Dinners

Having a well-stocked freezer is invaluable – because you really never know what life will throw your way. Whether you’re forced to stay home because of a COVID quarantine or you just can’t make it to the store because of car trouble, having meals in the freezer ready-to-go can be immensely helpful.

Today, I’m going to show you what I keep in my freezer for emergencies – and how I use it.

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Autumn Fruit & Veggie Bingo

Welcome autumn! Autumn is one of my favorite seasons and I’m so excited to share a new game choc full of fall flavors!

Our favorite try-it game is back for autumn! Fruit and Veggie Bingo cards featuring fall produce can be found below – and they’re free!

This game is a great way to get kids (and adults!) to start thinking about seasonal produce and trying new things – after all, if you want to cross of a square, you need to try what’s in it!

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Summer Fruit & Veggie Bingo

Welcome to summer!

Our favorite try-it game is back for a new season! Fruit and Veggie Bingo cards featuring summer produce can be found below – and they’re free!

Various fruits and vegetable sketches arranged in a heart shape. The words " Summer Fruit & Veggie Bingo" is overlaid.

This game is a great way to get kids (and adults!) to start thinking about seasonal produce and trying new things – after all, if you want to cross of a square, you need to try what’s in it!

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Kids in the Kitchen: Great Kitchen Tools for Kids

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One of the things I get asked most often is, what cooking tools do you recommend for kids? so I’ve pulled together some of my favorite suggestions.

Whether you’re shopping for essentials or a fun gift, I’m hoping this guide will be a good resource!

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Chicken-Bacon-Ranch Carbonara + Incredible One-Pot Cooking Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Incredible One-Pot Cooking for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

I recently asked on Instagram what your biggest current dinner challenge is. One of the most common responses? Making interesting dinners that don’t involve a ton of cleanup.

Megan Marlowe’s new cookbook, Incredible One-Pot Cooking, totally nails this problem. Chock full of fun spins on traditional favs, this is cookbook your family will love – mine definitely does! – and I’m excited to share a preview with you today.

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Grocery Tours: Aldi

How often do you explore your local grocery stores? In an effort to stretch my comfort zone, I’m exploring all our local grocery options to compare. I hope you’ll enjoy this Grocery Tours series – today, let’s explore Aldi!

Aldi

Aldi is a discount grocery chain. It’s smaller than most grocery stores, and pretty no frills – but in exchange you’ll find some awesome deals. Ready to explore? Let’s go shopping!

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