Author Archives | Amanda

{Dark Days} Week 18: Visiting the Farmers Market

Editor’s Note: This is the 18th week of a 19-week challenge, Dark Days, a pledge taken by 88 blogs spanning the country, to eat one meal a week as sustainable, organic, local and ethical possible. For Amanda’s last meal, she explored the Saratoga Farmers Market for some inspiration. – Christina +++++ Saturday morning was a […]

Continue Reading

{Dark Days} Week 13: Egg Frittata

Editor’s Note: This is the 13th week of a 4 1/2 month challenge, Dark Days, a pledge taken by 88 blogs spanning the country, to eat one meal a week as sustainable, organic, local and ethical possible. Honestly, these challenges are becoming harder & harder to pull off as we all get closer to finishing […]

Continue Reading

{Kid Tested & Approved} Cowboy Chili

Editor’s Note: This is the second of two posts highlighting additional recipes from our current cookbook giveaway, The Meal Makeover Moms’ No Whine With Dinner. We are trying not to push blog etiquette by posting ALL the successful recipes we tested, so these posts will be in “recap” format with links to the recipes on […]

Continue Reading

{Kid Tested & Approved} Snack Attack

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two posts highlighting additional recipes from our current cookbook giveaway, The Meal Makeover Moms’ No Whine With Dinner. We are trying not to push blog etiquette by posting ALL the successful recipes we tested, so these posts will be in “recap” format with links to the recipes on […]

Continue Reading

{Valentine’s Day} DIY Craft: Cards

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, YEAH!  I have had the house decorated for a month.  Pink, red and white tablecloths, hand towels, paper plates and candles. I love this holiday. It is fun, involves chocolate and gifts from sweethearts. This is one of my favorite quick and easy ways to decorate for the […]

Continue Reading

{Valentine’s Day} Host a Cupcake Decorating Party

Who doesn’t love a GREAT cupcake?  Cupcakes are so HOT right now.  Cupcake shops are popping up all over the Capital Region (Albany-Schenectady-Troy-Saratoga Springs), cupcake shows and showdowns all over the Food Network and yes one of our biggest sellers this year for Halloween was a Cupcake costume. (I am in the Halloween Retail business) […]

Continue Reading

{Valentine’s Day} Black Bean Brownies

There is something about the thought of Valentine’s Day which inspires me to whip up brownies for a little treat one night. Oh yeah…it isn’t Valentine’s Day yet, but with the holiday around the corner it was still a good excuse for a little chocolate after dinner!  There is always an excuse in my book for […]

Continue Reading

{soup swap} Bean ‘n Pasta Soup

QUICK, EASY, HEARTY and TASTY… you have to give it a try this winter.  Did I mention QUICK…isn’t that music to your ears!  It is very easy to adapt and add your families favorites into this soup;  add extra veggies, use your favorite beans, and meat lovers can add sausage or pepperoni. I have been making […]

Continue Reading

{WNIMK} Herbs In a Bathtub

Editor’s Note: What’s New in My Kitchen Wednesdays, is a weekly series where we weave a personal story with a review of a beloved or new “item” in our kitchen, in our glass or on our plate. -Christina Herbs and a bathtub, a perfect combo. The past several weeks the girls have been begging me […]

Continue Reading

{Dark Days} Week 7: A Rib Roast

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh week of a 4 1/2 month challenge, Dark Days, a pledge taken by 88 blogs spanning the country, to eat one meal a week as local, sustainable, ethical and organic as possible.  – Christina The Dark Days Challenge, well, yes I have found this to be quite the challenge.  […]

Continue Reading

{New Year} Cutting Back on Refined Sugar

“The Clock” and writing New Year’s Resolutions: a Sheehan tradition.  This, however, was a tradition that was FORCED upon me and one I never liked to embrace until last year.  I am so thrilled that I embraced this family tradition, it only took 34 years.   Here’s how writing New Year’s Resolutions works in my family. […]

Continue Reading

{Meals in Busytown} Mexican Chicken at Lightening Speed

My father gave me this cookbook before he moved me into my first apartment.  I think he was a little nervous.  I didn’t grow up in a home where we cooked many meals.  We ate out a lot. This was a perfect start for me as everything was simple in technique and ingredients and pretty delicious!  Several of […]

Continue Reading

{edible gifts} Trio of Treats

“It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…” The halls are officially decked at the Zenner homestead and Christmas music is playing 24/7.  The girls LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this time of year.  As soon as the turkey is eaten their minds turn to Christmas and everything this wonderful holiday has to offer.  Simon, our “Elf […]

Continue Reading

{thanksgiving} Our Family Tradition…Brining Willie Bird

Thanksgiving….it is one of the holidays that revolve around tradition.  All week we have been talking about what our family traditions are when it comes to Thanksgiving. My family loves this holiday.  My husband loves to entertain, cook and he especially enjoys preparing the annual turkey that we refer to as “Willie Bird”.  The kids […]

Continue Reading

Lasagn-ahhhh…

I have a HUGE sweet tooth and one of my greatest weaknesses. At the beginning of my weight lost journey I knew I needed to find ways to have a small treat that would satisfy me but still keep to my goal of weight loss.  I came across a book at Target, Hungry Girl,  200 […]

Continue Reading