I really can’t believe we survived a year of homeschooling – and not just survived but thrived. This year has been demanding and exhausting, but so, so incredibly worth it. With all the chaos happening in the world, I’m so glad our family could take a pause and have our own consistent routine in our own little bubble.
And, I’m so glad it’s done.
Instead of school, we’ve been spending our days playing legos and swimming and working on the garden and playing board games on the deck and eating as many meals outside as possible. It’s been so good for the soul.
Also good for the soul? Homemade popsicles. And these chocolate covered peanut butter ones are the things dreams are made of.
Who else is pumped for Halloween? I know this year is going to look different, but I still can’t help but be excited – Halloween is one of my favorite days. I’m planning lots of fun eats and crafts at home. We’ve got our costumes and we’re ready!
I have a lot of cookies on this blog, but Monster cookies are one of my favorites – and when you add candy eyeballs, they become deliciously perfect for Halloween.
Sized-down treats have been all the rage in my kitchen during the pandemic – fewer get togethers mean fewer mouths to feed – and I am so excited to share my current favorite! This cheesecake is the perfect size for a small celebration – and it’s made in the Instant Pot!
A creamy chocolate cheesecake is topped off with fluffy peanut butter frosting and dotted with mini chocolate chips. If you’re a cheesecake lover, you will just love this!
If you’ve watched any of our live kitchen play dates, you know that my time in the kitchen with the kids is anything but polished. We make a mess, the kids fight, and sometimes they end up not liking what we make.
That’s okay, though, because in the end they’re learning to cook.
Sometimes, cooking feels like a bit of lost art – but it’s absolutely something I want my kids to know and be comfortable with when they strike out on their own. Sometimes, that looks like a really fun dessert… and sometimes it’s just learning how to dress up your ramen.
Do you call these muddy buddies? Puppy chow? Something else?
Around here, we just call them delicious! But, for real, everyone in the family loves them. And I love that this small batch version is the perfect size to whip up for movie night or family game night .
This is also a recipe that’s great for the kids to tackle! Bigger kids will be able to do nearly all of this solo – but there are things that even the littlest kids can help with!
Can we talk for a second about how parenthood is a marathon? I swear it’s always something. I really thought we were on the upswing this week: everyone’s been healthy, we’re doing better with school anxiety… and then Jake fell out of bed Tuesday night. Hard enough that it warranted a trip to the ER. For real.
It’s seasons like this that I’m so grateful for prep-ahead recipes – like these kid-approved PB&J Stuffed Pancakes.
I get to make a lot of fun things, but cakes? Cakes are something special. When I realized that our rescheduled soup swap was the same day as a friend’s birthday, I was pumped to make something special to celebrate her!
Her only request? Something chocolate. That I can do!