May 18, 2018

The Little Snack Newsletter & Gatherer TV

Dear Friends,

I’ve had the best time writing for you since January 2009. I could never have predicted the amazing journey The Naptime Chef has been. Between two cookbooks, one new baby, and three separate kitchens life has been a fun, frantic, mysterious whirlwind and now it has brought me here. The Naptime Chef will be continuing, so don’t panic, but I’ve been working on a couple pet projects for a long time and now I am excited to share them with the world.

The first is The Little Snack Newsletter. I have a wonderful mailing list of readers and sending them only my own blog content doesn’t feel like enough anymore. So, I am starting this lifestyle newsletter for women 35+ that centers around food & wine, design, and travel. If you already subscribe to my newsletter you will get it. If you don’t, please sign up on the sidebar. There is a Cookbook Club and everything!

Gatherer TV

The second thing I’ve been working on with my friend Jenna is a digital streaming channel (think Netflix) called Gatherer Entertainment, specifically made for women 35+. As you can tell, we truly believe this market is grossly underserved by the entertainment industry! We have plans to build a channel that will serve women’s entertainment needs including short and long form shows, podcasts, and even a cooking show hosted by me! There is so much to come with this amazing project. To get it started we’ve launched a newsletter titled “Proof of Concept” to demonstrate our concepts viability to investors. Please sign up here are get ready to enjoy some great digital content curated just for you!

 

May 16, 2018

Spicy Tortilla Chip & Chili Egg Bake for Dad

Naptime Chef | Egg Tortilla Bake

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hood Cream. The opinions and photographs expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make The Naptime Chef possible.)

Mother’s Day was a blast and now Father’s Day is right around the corner. I know these are both Hallmark holidays, but I do love them. In our house these small holidays are all about family time. It’s about gathering together for a special meal and taking time to enjoy each other’s company. That is something that is much harder to do these days with ours kids sports schedules! This year I partnered with Hood® Cream to create a yummy egg casserole for my husband to enjoy on Father’s Day. It was a lot of fun thinking of all of his favorite flavors and coming up with a dish for him to enjoy!

Naptime Chef | Egg Tortilla Bake

May 3, 2018

Real Talk about Heartburn

omeprazole

Okay, truth time….

I talk a lot about food, and I certainly do my fair share of exercise, but I often shy away from sharing the not so sunny times that I encounter now and then. One of them is the occasional episode of… wait for it…heartburn. When I was writing this article I took an informal poll of my friends and they agreed, we all suffer from it from time to time. Between coffee, stress, wine, and more, it’s bound to crop up, especially when we least expect it.

I’ve never had heartburn like I did when I was pregnant, but I still get it on occasion. And today I am going to share my new favorite way of treating it: Omeprazole Orally Disingtegrating Tablets. I know, I know, swallowing a pill isn’t the worst. But, honestly, I vastly prefer these strawberry tablets because they dissolve right on my tongue and I don’t need to swallow a whole bottle of water to get it down. Let’s be honest: for a mom on-the-go that kind of convenience is magic.

April 25, 2018

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2018

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

The most adorable cabana sac for summer at the beach!

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

This delightful book to inspire her next trip to Paris. (illustration by TheFrancoFly)

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

A gorgeous tote for taking to the farmers’ market and bringing home freshly picked flowers.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

A beautiful book of portraits for livening up her coffee table.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

Without question, the most relaxing body scrub.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

Fabulous shoes for wearing all summer long.

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Amazing handcrafted cards she can put on her desk.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

Cushy socks for padding around house or wearing to exercise.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

Luxurious face oil to make her extra glowy.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

Lavender cookware, because it’s her favorite color.

February 11, 2018

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese | The Naptime Chef

Mac-n-Cheese is quite possibly the most wonderful comfort food. There is nothing not to love about pasta baked with cheesy sauce topped with crunchy breadcrumbs. Personally, I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t adore this comfort food! The problem, of course, is that the dish can lean on the heavy side, so it is really more of a treat than a regular menu item. Unless, of course, you can sneak some vegetables in!

Something I tried recently is puréeing butternut squash into the cheese sauce to make a truly delicious, slightly healthier, vegetable-laden dish. The process is easy. It starts with softening the squash in Skim Plus milk on the stovetop. Then it is puréed until smooth and made into a delicious béchamel sauce. I use Skim Plus milk because it has a lovely creamy texture with 37% more protein than whole milk and 34% more calcium. The creamy sauce is then folded together with fresh cooked pasta and baked into a yummy casserole!

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese | The Naptime Chef

February 5, 2018

2018 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him & Her

FOR HER:

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

The cutest shirt to wear all year long.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

A super fun subscription to Birchbox so she can discover her new favorite lipstick.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

The pouch she can use for just about anything.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

Sea Salt Chocolate Truffles that are just about the best treats ever.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

A luxurious candle that makes the whole house smell like roses.

FOR HIM:

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

The most amazing ski socks to enjoy for the rest of winter.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

A lovely bottle opener and some good beer to go with it.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

A computer sleeve to make business trips that much easier.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

The roll that will finally solve his watch storage problem.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2018 | The Naptime Chef

A best travel mug and plan a fun hike together!

February 1, 2018

New Year, New Goals

Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve popped in for a big check-in. 2017 was a busy year, I’ve been planting lots of seeds, enjoying some non-Naptime Chef freelance work, and hanging out with the kids. I’ve also been thinking of the best way for this site to evolve since, obviously, my kids don’t nap any longer. I’ve decided to relaunch my newsletter in May 2018 with more helpful tips and recipes, and be fully upfront that my kids don’t nap any longer but I still cook a lot. Getting a good meal on the table definitely requires just has much maneuvering as ever these days!

Also, last fall my website was hacked and there have been some terrible re-directs taking place. I am so sorry! The malware has been removed and I am just waiting for Google to re-crawl my site and then it will be back to normal again. Hopefully the Google Gods will be on my side and do it soon. It’s never easy!

If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet do so right away because a big giveaway will be going out the first week of it’s launch in late May 2018. Also, you can still find me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. As you’ll see, last week Krusteaz sent me an awesome box of goodies and we had fun making breakfast for dinner!

Happy 2018!