Category Archives: Recipes

French Onion Soup Bowls with Sargento Cheese

October 24, 2016

French Onion Soup Recipes

17-sargento-cheese-french-onion-soup-recipeThis is sponsored advertising content from Sargento Foods. The opinions stated are my own.

I don’t know about you, but the second the cooler weather hits, and the crisp fall air rolls into the valley, then it is soup season from here on out! All day long, I am over here craving soup!  
French Onion Soup Sargento Cheese

Today I am partnering with Sargento Cheese to share my favorite French onion soup recipe!  I just loved how it turned out!  I think the flavor is deep, robust and spot on!  Sargento Sliced Swiss Cheese, paired with their Artisan Blends Shredded Swiss Cheese is the perfect addition and finishing touch to the soup, and the gooey cheese with the baguette croutons makes for such tasty soup!

Colorful Fall Table CenterpiecesColorful Fall Table CenterpiecesEach year I love to put together a fun Fall Dinner for my family to help welcome in the season, and sometimes I like to add a few spooky touches as we gear up to celebrate Halloween.  The kids think it is so fun to have a few twists on an otherwise normal dinner, and we love to sit down together and enjoy a nice meal as a family!  

French Onion Soup Recipes with Sargento Swiss Cheese

For our Fall Family dinner this year, I decided to prepare a French onion soup!  There is not much that is as comforting as a bowl of French onion soup with that nice gooey warm cheese and crouton!  It’s a favorite among the adults and kids!  To add a little twist on and add a little spooky flair, I decided to surprise the kids with a few little ghoulish eyes to top their soup, and they just thought it was so fun!  Just a few little adjustments, and they are so pleased!  I love seeing how excited they get about the little things!

French Onion Soup Recipes with Sargento Swiss CheeseFrench Onion Soup Recipes with Sargento Swiss CheeseI set the table with a nod to the season, but used some not-so-traditional fall colors, to create a fun yet sophisticated setting with a few little spooks thrown in there!  I also think this would make a lovely table for just about any season minus the pumpkins and spooks, but also it would be perfect for a Thanksgiving spread!  

Colorful Fall Table Centerpieces

Colorful Fall Halloween Table Centerpieces

Colorful Fall Table Centerpieces

Colorful Fall Table Desserts

I love that we have kept this tradition alive over the years, and the kids think it is so fun to have an otherwise regular family dinner be a little more dressed up, and festive than normal!  I love to sprinkle little goodies throughout the table, and serve some fresh apple cider!  They made cheers all throughout the dinner!  I just love something to celebrate, and most of all having fun traditions and making lasting memories to look back on in years to come!

Family Cheers

Classic French Onion Soup Recipe

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10 Tips to Make a Nutritious Lunch for Kids (and Adults)

October 6, 2016

PlanetBox Healthy Kids Lunch ideas

This is sponsored advertising content from Sargento Foods. The opinions stated are my own.

Video/Photo Credit: Modern Atelier | Styling and Creative: Caroline Armelle Drake | Assistant Styling and Creative: Sarah Larsen

Sometimes it can be hard to constantly come up with a nutritious lunch for my kids (and myself) day after day.  But, if you really break it down, it doesn’t have to be difficult!  I’m super excited to be partnering with Sargento over the next several months, and today I’m thrilled to provide some ideas and tips for nutritious and fun lunches as well as snack ideas!  I hope you enjoy the video!  It was a lot of fun to come up with creative ways to fill the lunchbox!

It isn’t always easy and convenient to feed and provide our families with the best options.  But, at the end of the day, it is up to us to make those decisions, and help guide our kids to a robust lifestyle and good relationship with food.  Even as adults, it is hard to make good choices when our schedules are so busy, and we just plain don’t have a lot of time!  But, I have some tips to help make putting together lunches and snacks easier on you!

Healthy Kids Lunches with Sargento and Planetbox

10 Tips to make a Nutritious Lunch for Kids (and Adults!):

  1. Use high quality, fresh ingredients:  When it comes to our food choices, we have to consider and make good choices on what we are feeding our families.  I always try to serve my family the best quality ingredients, and make good choices on the products we eat.  My kids and I love eating Sargento Cheese in our lunches as well as for snacks!  The kids especially love when I get creative and use cookie cutters, or present their lunches and snacks in a fun way.

Kids Snack Ideas Snack Palm Tree with Sargento Cheese

Kids Snack Ideas Caterpillar Snack Snake

Kids Snack Ideas Pinwheels with Sargento Cheese

Kids Snack Ideas ABC's with Sargento Cheese

2. Pack a balanced meal: When I make lunches, I always try include: a fresh fruit and vegetable, dairy like Sargento Sliced Cheese or Cheese Snacks, some kind of meat or sandwich or salad, some kind of a snack, and usually a little treat. (Read on to see the rest of the tips!)


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Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies #EPLR

September 29, 2016

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Kids Reading Nook
We were so excited around here to see that two new books in the Elephant and Piggie like Reading series came out on September 20th from the beginning reader series by Mo Willems and to partner with Disney-Hyperion this month!  My kids are huge fans of Elephant and Piggie, and couldn’t wait to read the newest books, Cookie Fiasco, and We are Growing.

As soon as our Mo Mail arrived my cute 2nd grader Norah immediately took the books over to my kindergartner Thomas, and read them to him!  They loved them, and have been reading them over and over ever since their arrival!

Kids Reading Nook

Boy Reading a Book

It has been so much fun to see my youngest Thomas really grow and excel starting Kindergarten this year!  He has started to read on his own, and comes home having learned so much each and every day! I just love seeing how much they learn and grow, and it’s almost like they grow up a bit each day in that short time they are away at school.  I’m not kidding, this week I’ve felt like he has grown up a ton!  He looks so much older! He really is growing like a weed, which is kind of killing me a little to see my youngest growing up so quickly all of the sudden!

Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie Series Books

As much as I’d like to stop time, it just isn’t an option, unless you know someone who can, I’d love to know!  Until then, I am going to cherish all the time we have together at this stage in life, and take the time to cuddle, read books, and spend the afternoon baking cookies together, exploring, and laughing.

My kids have really gotten into baking lately, and they beg and beg me to bake with them.  It’s always fun to be able to do that together in the kitchen, and Thomas and I were able to bake up a batch of our favorite chocolate chip cookies together!  He always gets excited to pour each ingredient, and is a big help, especially with eating the chocolate chips, wink!

Mom and Child Reading Together

The Cookie Fiasco Elephant and Piggie like Reading Series Books

The Cookie Fiasco Elephant and Piggie like Reading Series Books

We sat down to some freshly baked cookies to do some reading together.  The Cookie Fiasco was the perfect book after just baking up some yummy treats!  It is about four friends, with only three cookies, and one problem.  The friends need to act fast before the Hippo Breaks all the cookies into crumbs!  Such a hoot!

We are Growing Elephant and Piggie Like Reading Book Series #EPLR

We also loved reading We are Growing.  With little plant friends growing up so fast, they all want to have something special of their own, and they each find it!  Such cute books that we are sure to read over and over in the time to come!

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Be sure to read more for my step by step favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe below!  I have spent years perfecting the recipe, and have been keeping it all to myself for all these years, but I am finally ready to share it to the world!


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