5 Best Bites in Clearwater, Fla.

With restaurants popping up all over town, Clearwater is becoming a foodie destination. On a recent trip I was able to experience some of the best restaurants the city...

Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Homemade pumpkin spice latte Fall’s here, and pumpkins seem to have found their way not only onto our porch but into the kitchen as well. I’ve baked the requisite pumpkin bread...

Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Sandwiches

Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sammie We always have bananas on hand for the kids, which means we often have spotty, over-ripe, catnip-to-the-fruitflies bananas sitting around. What to do? Banana...

Constructing a Birthday Cake

It’s birthday season here at Chez Mom. From November through February we celebrate a batch of birthdays, with another series of births in the spring. While I’m constantly trying to...

Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Kale Quesadillas Recipe

I used to hate sweet potatoes. They were too sweet to be a vegetable, yet not a sweetness that was very appealing. But I’ve discovered that, when cooked with...

Easy Flour Tortilla Recipe

Easy homemade flour tortillas for a quick weeknight dinner. Full-time job, two kids, half marathon training…. I’m as busy as the next lady. So I often don’t know what’s for dinner...

An Evening at the Southside Works Pittsburgh

When was the last time you spent an evening with just one kid? I’ve spent time with my daughter, having tea with Hello Kitty and even traveling to LEGOLAND Florida, but time...

No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

  With two active kids, I need all the energy I can get. Add in training for a half marathon and working full time, and I’m desperate for energy. When another...

Easy Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Easy pumpkin spice muffins It’s cold and damp outside, but not cold enough for the furnace to kick on. What’s an always-cold girl to do? Bake cupcakes! These are super...

Quick & Easy Black Bean Soup Recipe

Loaded with fiber and protein, this black bean soup is easy enough to make on a weeknight when time is limited. It makes about 6 servings so there’s enough...

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Avocado Egg Salad Sandwiches

I boiled two dozen eggs this morning for the kids to decorate for Easter. Of these, guess how many broke in the pot while...

Castaway Cay, Disney’s Island in the Bahamas

If you’ve been on a Bahamian Disney cruise, you’ve probably been to Castaway Cay. This little piece of paradise in the Bahamas is Disney’s...

Williams-Sonoma Baking Stone

My baking stone is quickly turning into a Rorschach test, with blips and blobs that resemble all sorts of things. When I bought it, it was a...

Pittsburgh Style Pulled Pork Sandwich

Primanti Bros. sandwich Many people return from their travels with souvenirs; I bring back recipes. This one’s from a long-term stay outside of Pittsburgh, where...