Category Archives: Recipes

Kid friendly recipes made with real food

  • Snack Time: Homemade Pretzel Pillows

    Posted on March 17, 2014 by Gina Rau in A Few of Our Favorite Things, Real Food, Recipes.

    Between holidays, snow days, sick days, furlough days, spring break and, this year, accreditation days – some months it seems like the kids are home more than they’re at school.  Every once in a while, this is a welcome entry on our calendar. With busy weekends that don’t allow for lazy mornings, we’ll happily take […]

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  • Christmas Cookie Bark

    Festive Chocolate Cookie Bark

    Posted on December 19, 2013 by Gina Rau in A Few of Our Favorite Things, Kid Stuff, Recipes.

    Part of my Christmas preparedness tradition includes making my holiday treat list. And yes, I check it twice…ok, more like a dozen times to make sure that I’ve included our favorite recipes, popular treats to gift to friends and family, and a few new ones that might make it to next year’s list. Since way […]

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  • Homemade Hot Chocolate the Kids Can Make

    Posted on December 17, 2013 by Gina Rau in Kid Stuff, Recipes.

    My daughter has a recent love for hot cocoa. She knows that any errands trip to the mall or somewhere near a coffee shop will most certainly earn her a kid’s hot cocoa, and has literally been asking to join me when I know she could care less about the errand. It’s all about the […]

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    New Breakfast Ideas For the Long Holiday Weekend

    Posted on November 26, 2013 by Gina Rau in Food for Thought, Recipes.

    Since the early days of September, our weekend mornings have meant early wake up times, coffee in the thermos (at least for me) and getting geared up for hours on the soccer field. Come end of November, I’ve long forgotten those lazy days of summer and what it means to sleep in. My early risers, […]

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    Thanksgiving Recipes To Be Thankful For

    Posted on November 21, 2013 by Gina Rau in Food Adventures, Real Food, Recipes.

    As I was thinking about this year’s Thanksgiving “big meal” earlier this month, I realized that there are too many dishes I enjoy to squeeze them into one sitting. I mean, we can only enjoy so much food in one meal before it’s no longer enjoyable, right? Yeah, we’ve all been there and I am […]

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  • Black Bean Sweet Potato Enchiladas

    Family Favorite Fall Recipes

    Posted on October 25, 2013 by Gina Rau in Recipes.

    Fall has officially arrived in Portland and the trees’ leaves are quickly changing their colors to a beautiful mix of red, orange and yellow to decorate yards and soccer fields. We’ve dug out boots, scarves and mittens to help keep us warm and dry, and pastels have been put away until spring. I love this […]

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    Egg Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches

    Posted on July 23, 2013 by Gina Rau in Budget Saving Ideas, Recipes.

    My kids love love love egg breakfast sandwiches from the bagel shop but I have to admit that they just seem overpriced to me. Do I love them? Heck, yeah! They used to be my breakfast of choice after a long Saturday morning run when we lived in Southern California. I’m pretty sure that I […]

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  • Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Steel Cut Oats

    The Breakfast Revolution: Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Steel Cut Oats

    Posted on April 1, 2013 by Gina Rau in Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Slow Cooker.

    Every week, about Thursday, I start dreaming about the weekend. Spending time at home with the kids playing games and reading together, maybe catching up on the growing stack of kids’ school work, art and papers in the corner, and a big breakfast with all our favorites, after sleeping in. Remember those Saturday mornings when […]

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  • Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

    Slow Cooker Chicken Chili: Warming from the inside

    Posted on January 14, 2013 by Gina Rau in Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Slow Cooker.

    Winter soups, stews and chilis have been warming our bodies this winter, and we’ve loved experimenting with new flavors and recipes. We’ve tried a lot of new soups and have been discovering new chili recipes lately too. Cooking with beans is a healthy way to stretch our food budget, and my kids will eat just […]

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