Are you in the holiday spirit yet?! This year will definitely be different in many ways, but one thing still remains the same…the need for finding awesome and useful gifts for our loved ones! Last year we created three different stocking stuffer gift guides – stocking stuffers for her, stocking stuffers for him, and stocking stuffers for baby. Just yesterday we added another guide to that list – stocking stuffers for kids. Our love for stocking stuffers is still going strong (stockings are truly my favorite part of Christmas gift giving/receiving!) and our love of Amazon…well, let’s not even discuss how many orders we’ve placed during the pandemic alone.… Read more
Happy Holiday season! We’re at you today for the first time in a while…is anyone else having a hard time keeping up with everything this year?! OK, glad it’s not just us. 🙂 I sat down yesterday to create this list of inexpensive stocking stuffers for kids because – holiday shopping time is here! Last year, we did a three part stocking stuffers series which focused on Inexpensive Amazon Stocking Stuffers. If you missed those posts, here they are:
These posts are trending again on Pinterest this holiday season, and every single item on each list is something we love, use (or have gifted), and stand by.… Read more
These spicy, cheesy burgers are stuffed full of all the delicious flavors of traditional jalapeño poppers. They’re super quick and easy to make, and are always a crowd pleaser!
Oh, do I have a delicious recipe to share today! If you are a fan of burgers and jalapeño poppers…you will love this recipe. These jalapeño popper burgers have been on rotation in our home for well over a year now, and I can’t believe I’m only now finally sitting down to share them with you! Why, you ask? Well, if I’m being honest, many nights Barry and I have fallen into the trap of cooking our dinner after Chloe goes to bed.… Read more
These pumpkin mini muffins are full of wholesome, natural ingredients and are so easy to make. This recipe is super kid-friendly and tastes absolutely delicious, with just the right blend of spices!
I’ve clearly been on a mini muffin kick over the past few months, and with good reason – they’re perfect for little toddler hands to grab and gobble. 🙂 They’re also just so much cuter than regular muffins, and are perfect for adults when they want just a little *pop* of something sweet. It’s been hotter-than-you-know-where here in New Jersey over the past several days, and between the heat wave and the pandemic…I’ve been dreaming of cool, crisp, Fall days.… Read more
This recipe for shredded chicken cooked in the Instant Pot is the best way to cook chicken breasts – they come out juicy, perfectly cooked, tender, and flavorful…every single time!
You’ve heard me sing praises for the Instant Pot before…and I’m here to do the same today. 🙂 Guys, the one thing that has always intimidated me when it comes to cooking is…chicken. Steak? Easy! Burgers? No problem! Homemade pizza? You got it! But…chicken. Oh, chicken. I have always been so afraid of undercooking it, which caused me to often overcook it…which then left me with gummy, tough chicken.… Read more
This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe is incredibly easy to make with simple ingredients. It comes together in no time and is creamy and delicious, with the just the right amount of cheese!
Guys…if you haven’t hopped on the Instant Pot train yet, it’s most definitely time! 💜 I’ve been using mine for years now, and it’s totally changed the way that I cook. While it’s definitely not truly instant, it does cut down on the cooking time of many recipes quite significantly. One of my absolute favorite recipes to make in mine (I’ve made it an embarrassing number of times during quarantine, not ashamed) is Instant Pot Mac and Cheese.… Read more
These blender spinach mini muffins are a healthy, easy, kid-friendly recipe that are full of wholesome ingredients. They’re perfect for breakfast and snacks, and are vegan and free of refined sugar!
These mini muffins have saved us over the past few months as quick breakfasts/snacks for Chloe (and ourselves, on occasion 🙂 ). After making quite a few batches of them, I figured I should finally sit down and share the recipe! These muffins are just as their name – Blender Spinach Mini Muffins – suggests:
- They’re thrown together quickly in the blender (no other bowls or mixing required!)
These homemade flour tortillas are chewy, soft, and full of delicious flavor. They’re quick and easy to make with simple pantry ingredients (including one surprise ingredient!) and taste so much better than store-bought tortillas!
For our family, one of the best things to come from quarantine are these flour tortillas. ♥️ A few weeks ago, I was making tacos for dinner and realized that we didn’t have any tortillas. I also couldn’t go out to the store just for one ingredient, but we were dead-set on having Taco Tuesday. 😉 I scoured the internet for inspiration, and after some tweaks and many, many taco nights (I’m not complaining!)… Read more
These berry oatmeal bars are made with just a few simple ingredients, plus berries of your choice. They are hearty, healthy, and perfect for the whole family! (Bonus: they’re also vegan!)
Hi, friends! Am I the only one who feels like I absolutely live in the kitchen these days?! Many of us are spending so much extra time in our kitchens these days, cooking three meals per day for our family. And as much as I love cooking, all of this extra time coupled with working from home, caring for a toddler, and keeping up with the regular household tasks…it’s a lot!… Read more
This easy ground beef pasta comes together quickly and is full of delicious cheesy flavor. This is a comforting meal that the whole family will love!
Please tell us that we’re not the only ones craving allllll of the comfort food during quarantine?! The amount of carbs, cheese, and sweets we’ve eaten over these past few weeks has been, umm…eye-opening, to say the least. We’ve decided to be kind to ourselves, though, and you should too during these difficult times – eat what you crave (with some greens thrown in there too, for good measure!) For us, that means this easy, cheesy ground beef pasta.… Read more
These are some weird times, huh? How are you doing? I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy during this pandemic. These past several weeks have been absolutely crazy, and have obviously brought many changes and challenges for all of us. I am balancing teaching my fifth graders via the internet each day with caring for Chloe, who takes great pleasure in running around like a maniac all day long. 🙂 I wanted to pop in today to share some free online educational resources for kids – my students have been loving them, and I hope your kids do too!… Read more
This is the BEST authentic, easy, and quick Greek Tzatziki Sauce recipe! It turns out perfect every time – it’s full of flavor, ready in 10 minutes, and is perfect for dipping or topping your favorite dishes with!
We love Greek food in the Downes home. Like….L-O-V-E. In fact, when we have date nights, we more often that not end up at a Greek restaurant (Barry’s standing order is octopus, and mine is Spanakopita). I was lucky enough to visit Greece on a high school trip, and I absolutely fell in love with the cuisine while I was there (whole blocks of Feta cheese on salads, Moussaka, the freshest produce…and of course, copious amounts of Tzatziki sauce <3).… Read more
Our fuss-free guide to throwing an adorable woodland themed party in no time! Featuring items from Amazon, this party couldn’t be simpler (or cuter!)
Hello as we (finally!) emerge from the land of Winter sickness. 😛 Chloe turned one year old on January 11th, and right afterwards, got her first cold. She had a miserable couple of weeks, complete with a fever and lingering cough. I consider us lucky to have made it an entire year illness-free, so I’m definitely not complaining. However, I’m glad she’s feeling like her usual self, because having a sick little one is absolutely not fun!… Read more
Sheet pan sausage, potatoes, and peppers is one of our favorite quick and healthy, one-pan meals. It’s perfect for busy weeknights or when you need dinner on the table quickly, with barely any prep!
Our love affair with sheet pan meals has been going strong for months now. There’s something so satisfying about adding a few simple, healthy ingredients to a sheet pan, tossing them with some olive oil and herbs, and baking until they’re hot and flavorful. Sheet pan meals have transformed the way I cook dinner during the week – I used to dread coming home from work and having to spend much of my evening cooking.… Read more
These fluffy and soft pancakes are made with the rich, delicious flavor of eggnog! They are the perfect Christmas morning – or anytime – breakfast!
Are you an eggnog lover or hater? I find that most people are either one or the other, but their opinion is strong either way! It’s almost like how so many people are torn about cilantro (huge fan here!) or mayo (BIG thumbs down from me!) We happen to love eggnog in our home, and last weekend I decided to try my hand at making some eggnog pancakes. These came out DELICIOUS, and would be the perfect Christmas morning (or, let’s be honest, the perfect anytime) breakfast.… Read more
Today is the final part of our three part stocking stuffers series – Inexpensive Amazon Stocking Stuffers for Babies! If you missed our first two posts, here they are:
Today is my favorite post of all, because it focuses on the babies! This is Chloe’s first Christmas, so we’re extra excited about it. As someone who loves stockings most of all, I cannot wait to fill her stocking with fun little gifts. Here are our top inexpensive Amazon stocking stuffers for babies. We own these items and they are all Chloe-tested and approved!… Read more
Today is part two of our three part stocking stuffers series! On Monday we featured our tried-and-true, Inexpensive Amazon Stocking Stuffers for Her, and today…it’s all about the fellas! Here are our top inexpensive Amazon stocking stuffers for him. We (well, Barry!) own these items (a couple of them are similar to ones that he owns, due to them being unavailable currently) and use most of them daily. Each item is affordable, and can easily be purchased from Amazon while sitting on the couch in your pajamas. What could be better? 🙂
1. Wallet Ninja
The little gadget is the coolest multitool – it’s a bottle opener, can opener, ruler, screwdriver…and so much more!… Read more
Happy December! I make it my personal goal every holiday season to do all of my shopping online, and my absolute favorite type of shopping to do is for stocking stuffers. Even as a kid, I enjoyed opening up my stocking the most – I loved to see what little treasures I would find in it! For some reason, all of the little things excited me even more than larger gifts! Today I’m comin’ at ya with the first of three stocking stuffer guides – inexpensive Amazon stocking stuffers for her! I own all of these items so they are tried and true, and the best part is that each one is very affordable, and can be purchased from Amazon.… Read more
After a crazy couple of weeks with beginning the new school year at my current school, my life is about to get even crazier…I am actually starting a new teaching position on Monday! A great opportunity came along that I couldn’t pass up, and luckily now I’ll be closer to home at a new school. I’ll also be moving to fifth grade, and teaching several subjects. I am grateful for this opportunity, but in the meantime…I’m soaking up this weekend with my family before the grind begins on Monday. Enjoy your weekend!
What are your plans for the weekend?… Read more
This quick and easy, low carb cauliflower fried rice is customizable and makes the perfect side dish to any meal. Add a protein of your choice to make this a complete meal!
Hello? Is this thing on? 🙂 Hi, friends! We missed you. Life has been crazy over here – we enjoyed the last bit of our Summer, before jumping into a new school year a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been busy meeting my new students and getting into the swing of being back at work. For these crazy hectic days, I’ve been turning to my tried and true recipes that can be prepared quickly after a jam packed day.… Read more