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Family-Friendly Dining at Tava Kitchen!

*This post is sponsored- but the thoughts and feelings are our own, and we only work with businesses we believe to be reputable and resourceful to our readers. When we were dating, my husband and I used to eat dinner out all the time. We loved trying new places, visiting old favorites and taking recommendations from […]

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Baking Fun with the Kids!

Need something to do this summer with your kids? How about baking! Immediately, you are probably thinking about flour exploding into the air and eggs thrown on the floor as a toddler covered in frosting runs around your kitchen screaming. Well, that’s what I was thinking until I randomly found Betty Crocker’s new muffin mix […]

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Dining With Children: Eight Tips to Surviving the Most Difficult Meal of the Day

Once our kids become a certain age—say, like 12-18 months—we as parents say goodbye to our luxurious, hour-long, wine-infused meals with intellectual conversation, quiet pauses, and Sinatra playing softly in the background. This is now what our household looks like at 6:30pm most nights: My normally sweet 2-year-old is trying to crawl across the table […]

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“A Camping We Will Go”

Memorial Day Weekend always makes me think about BBQ’s, cold beers, swimming, friends and camping trips! Now camping is not always my favorite thing, but I think if you have beautiful scenery, a group of fun family/friends, good food and drinks, then you are set for a fun weekend anywhere!   Sunset magazine came out […]

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Corn Muffins – Savory or Sweet

I love cornbread, and it’s a family favorite! These corn muffins are wonderful with BBQ or piped with raspberry preserve for brunch. My children love both options, and mini-muffins are the perfect portion size for toddlers. Makes 12 large muffins / 36 mini muffins Ingredients: *  3 cups all-purpose flour *  1 cup sugar * […]

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The Joy of Cooking and Being a New Mom

I love to cook. I love to bake. If there’s a bake sale at work, I am participating. I plan my Thanksgiving menu around Labor Day. I devour food magazines the way others devour fashion magazines, though I love those too. I’ve spent Saturday mornings picking out meat to marinate that night for Sunday night […]

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Where’s the Middle Ground: Kids and Restaurants

“Oh, come on! There has to be some middle ground!” The woman yelled, as she whipped off her glasses and turned in her seat. She was scolding my husband and me because our kids were being loud in the restaurant. She was there first and wanted to eat and read in peace. She succeeded in startling my children […]

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