Four boozable virgin summer cocktails

Summer is here and there’s nothing I love more than an ice-cold cocktail on the deck, while basking in the sun.  And by basking in the sun, I mean parenting my four kids.  Some days are long, and it feels like five o’clock is so far away so why not get a head start with a virgin cocktail. If you want to (or need to) you can booze it up when five o’clock hits, if you like to play by the rules. Continue reading

5 games to entertain your kids while you make dinner

After speaking with other parents, it’s obvious that every parent has their “thing” that they like to do with their kids.  For some parents, it’s outings to a play place or the park, for others, it’s sports and running around and for me, it’s coloring and puzzles.  I cringe when the girls ask to play Barbies or when they want to play house and I have to be the mom.  Again.  It doesn’t matter which activity you choose, your kids just want you to play with them.  They want you to be along for the ride, interacting with them and paying attention to what they’re doing. Continue reading

Freezer-friendly Slow Cooker Green Turkey Chili

Make-ahead and freezer-friendly

As I mentioned in Five things you could make for supper every week, soups are an easy weeknight meal, especially if you can make them in the slow cooker.   I love this green chili (which I qualify as a soup) because it`s make-ahead, it uses mostly pantry ingredients from my list of  55 Ingredients to have on hand at all times, and Simple Slow Cooker Vegetable Broth, it`s a great summer soup AND you can freeze the leftovers for lunches or another meal. Continue reading