Quadruple Berry Pancakes
It’s time for pancakes! I’ve been whipping up these berry pancakes almost every weekend for a few months now, and I finally got around to taking a few pictures! This recipe makes the perfect amount for our family of three, and Greta always enjoys helping me stir the batter and flip the pancakes. I have very fond memories of helping my mom make pancakes growing up, and I’m so happy to continue the tradition with my daughter! This may actually be the recipe I’ve made the most number of times on my blog. They are delicious and fairly healthy. Be sure to add the almond extract, sinc» [continue]
Chicken over Pumpkin, Mushroom, and Spinach Risotto
Whenever we’re out and about north of the city, we try to squeeze in a visit to Wilson Farm in Lexington. It’s a very popular farm stand that is so large it’s more like a market in a huge barn. They always have beautiful local produce, a wide selection of lovely artisan cheese, a bakery, and tons more. I love just wandering around. In the fall, they have a really fun pumpkin patch and delicious fresh apple cider and donuts. They also host cool foodie events. For example, next weekend is Grilled Cheese Weekend, where you can make a small donation to sample a variety of creative grille» [continue]
Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Bars
I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! We went out for sushi, and Greta and I made the cutest Valentine’s Day cards with her footprints in the shape of hearts. Of course, we also had more wine and chocolate than usual! I used to bake a huge oatmeal cookie for Apolinaras every year in a heart-shaped pan. I always spelled out cheesy messages on top with raisins too. It was a cheap pan though and got scratched up really quickly, so I had to get rid of it a few years ago, booo. Actually, I bet heart-shaped pans are on sale right now, so I should look for a replacement tomorrow» [continue]
Mediterranean Turkey Meatloaf
Greta has been insisting on using a fork to feed herself lately.  She’s successful about half the time now, which is a big improvement from when she first started.  She finally understands the food falls off the fork if she flips it over!  If I try and help her in an attempt to speed things up, I get the stink eye and/or shrieks of protest.  It’s pretty cute. Anyway, she takes after her tete (daddy in Lithuanian) and loves my meatloaf.  I’m always up for it as well because it’s such great comfort food and it only takes about 20 minutes to prep.  Plus, leftovers are even be» [continue]
Pumpkin Apple Crumble Coffee Cake
Well, hello, and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! We met my parents in Orlando for Christmas, where Greta had a blast being spoiled by her grandparents, splashing around in the pool, visiting the Magic Kingdom, and meeting Santa in Downtown Disney. Greta takes after her parents and already loves Disney. She was a trooper and took a few naps in Apolinaras’ arms while we waited in lines for some of the rides since we were there all day. It was soo cute watching her reaction to flying on the Dumbo ride and spinning around in the Teacups. Her favorite rid» [continue]
French Onion Risotto
This post is brought to you by Campbell's and BlogHer. We’re lucky that Greta has been enjoying almost everything that we’ve given her to eat, although I know this may change as she gets older. If her palate does become hard to please, it’s good to know that the Campbell Soup Company, which has been making meals fun and delicious for 144 years, has two recipe destinations which are packed with fun and quick meal ideas for picky eaters. The meals on Campbellskitchen.com and WisestKid.com look simple and delicious, and are designed to make meal time easier for busy parents. Many of » [continue]
Curried Chickpea and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
Have you started planning your Thanksgiving menu yet? I’m in denial it’s just over a week away, eek. How is November already half way over?! I always like to try a couple new recipes for Thanksgiving, but my one staple when we have vegetarian guests is to serve some version of stuffed acorn squash. Quinoa stuffed acorn squash are so satisfying and festive! And they’re also perfect to enjoy during the fall when you’re craving a healthy meal or having vegetarian friends over for a dinner party. I made this version, with curried quinoa, chickpeas, and spinach a couple weeks ago, an» [continue]
Wagamama Gift Card Giveaway
We cut a lot more culinary corners now that Miss Greta is a toddler and running all over the place. By the end of most days, I just want to sink into the couch instead of playing in the kitchen! I usually cook one meal each weekend, and Apolinaras sautés up some fish and quinoa once during the week. Most of our other dinners are fast convenience foods (usually from Costco) or quick meals out (Greta and I love to share a big burrito from Chipotle!). So, when the lovely folks at Wagamama asked if I’d be interested in using a complimentary gift card to check out their new menu items, I happily» [continue]
Summer Quinoa
We just celebrated Miss Greta’s 13 month birthday, but I thought I’d rewind today and do a quick recap. Here she is on her 10 month birthday. During her ninth month she was cruising all over and practicing standing on her own. Then she took her very first wobbly steps! She enjoyed a ton of new foods and started having scrambled eggs for breakfast every morning and eating off our plates at restaurants. She also really started getting into everything, did a little toy stealing at daycare, and started blubbering with her lips and making fun sounds. She also liked to climb into a book bin » [continue]
Five Favorites – 2 (and a Cake Boss 24-Piece Cake Decorating Tip Set Giveaway!)
*Dusting off the blog* I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I’ve posted! The past couple of months have been hectic. We celebrated Greta’s first birthday with a Greta in ONEderland themed party, and I’m so excited to share a post with the details soon. I can’t believe our little girl is already a year old and in the toddler room at daycare! I couldn't resist posting a picture of the beautiful birthday girl on her big day after enjoying her first bites of cupcake. We also went to Lithuania so Greta could meet her paternal grandma in September. And, I’m teaching a» [continue]