May 18

Traveling in Japan

We have been traveling internationally and nationally with kids since Squirrel was 3 months old . . . so just a little over nine years.  Nine years ago in March we took our first trip with Squirrel.  We traveled from Tokyo to Memphis, then from Memphis to Salt Lake City, then back to Tokyo.  Since that first trip we have done the flight between Tokyo and the US many more times, as well as other flights (some short, some not), and countless road trips, many of which required a good 10 hours of driving time.  During the past nine years I have learned a lot about traveling with kids and have developed my own techniques and tricks to make things go smoothly.  One of the things that I started about 5 years ago that has really been a hit is by packing each child their own travel pack.  So today I thought I would share with you how I do this, because it seriously makes travel easier and more fun, both for your kids and for you! [Read More…]


May 11

Move over Eggs in Purgatory, there’s a new kid on the block.  Eggs poached in a creamy avocado salsa verde (served with slices of avocado of course) is my newest creation for California Avocados and one of my favorites yet!  This recipe is a perfect breakfast or brunch recipe (or breakfast for dinner)!  It can be made Paleo by ditching the cheese.  Pop on over to The Scoop to grab the recipe!

Eggs Poached in Avocado Salsa Verde


Oven-Baked Pancake for Mother’s Day Breakfast

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This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small percentage of the sale if you make a purchase using a link. Five more days until we celebrate all of the mothers in our lives.  Have you thought about breakfast yet?  Well if you haven’t, I’ve got a solution for you.  This oven-baked pancake […]

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Red Lentil Chili

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Harmons Grocery recently challenged me to develop a recipe using ingredients from their new line of private label items.    I decided it was the perfect opportunity to work on a recipe that I had been playing with for a while, a recipe for red lentil chili.  I tried a recipe for a red lentil […]

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California Avocado Greek Rice Salad Bowls

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I have always had a thing for food in bowls, so the current bowl trend has me very happy.  Whether it’s a smoothie bowl, a rice bowl, or just a bowl of chicken noodle soup, there’s something about eating out of a bowl that is casual and comforting and completely my style.  Plus, bowls are […]

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (Dairy-free, Low Carb, Low Sugar!)

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Squirrel and Bug are both huge tomato addicts.  I also adore tomatoes, but when I was pregnant with them I craved them like nothing else.  I’ve always wondered if the copious amounts of tomatoes I consumed during pregnancy had any influence on their love of the fruit.  Their love of tomatoes also translates into a love […]

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Fruity California Avocado Rice Cakes

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The arrival of spring always signals to me the start of California avocado season. I’m excited to be working with California Avocados again this year and am kicking off the season with a recipe for Fruity California Avocado Rice Cakes! If you are gluten-free or just looking for a change, this is a crunchy twist […]

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Easter Bento — Happy Spring!!

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Spring is here!! Things are slowly warming up here in Utah. We had several days of temperatures in the 60s, but then it has snowed the past 2 days. Oh well, we’ll get there!

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Chickpea (Tuna-less) Salad Onigirazu

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A few months ago on Periscope someone asked me for meatless protein ideas to pack in school bentos. I threw out a couple of ideas for her, but have been thinking about it every since. A few weeks ago as I was falling asleep (or at least trying to fall asleep), the idea came to […]

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This is NOT a Baba Ganoush Recipe

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Baba ganoush is a Middle Eastern dish that consists of roasted eggplant mixed with things like tahini, garlic, and lemon juice (the ingredient list varies somewhat from country to country).  It is one of my favorite things to make.  I always make a big batch when I do, then that’s what I’ll snack on, spreading […]

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