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Balancing Halloween | The Naptime Chef

5 Tips for a Healthy & Sweet Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching and the excitement in our house is palpable. Costumes have been selected, trick-or-treating strategies mapped out, pumpkins carved. I’ve even purchased a few bags of candy and stuck them in the basement in preparation for the busy night on our street! I am all about letting the kids embrace the holiday, […]

Packing Fruit in Lunchboxes | The Naptime Chef

5 Tips for Packing Fruit in Lunchboxes

My kids are fruit fanatics. They love having fruit in their lunch boxes and for snack time. Of course I am happy to oblige but I do run into snafus now and then. Sometimes the fruit they want is out of season. Other times I have to pack fruit creatively so it doesn’t bruise or wither. It isn’t always easy to keep fruit safely contained in a lunchbox! Here are five of my favorite tips for packing fruit for school this season. Please share yours!


Summer Favorites 2016

I am on vacation this week and wanted to leave you with a few favorites of mine from around the web. These are things I’ve enjoyed recently and think you will, too. I’ll be back in early August with some fresh summer recipes and stories from our family trip. It is sure to be a […]


3 Lavender Drinks for Summer

Earlier this summer I got a beautiful care package from one of my favorite food companies, Sonoma Syrup Co. I adore their natural line of extracts, simple syrups, and more. Knowing my love of floral flavors one of the things they sent me this gorgeous Lavender Simple Syrup. It can be used for all sorts of things including flavoring ice cream, infusing strawberry soup, and stirring into yogurt. This week I decided to make some beverage with it and here were our favorites:


Fun Tip: Degustabox

Mail order food is all the rage these days. There are so many fun services that send you bits of this and that to make amazing meals, or samplings of delicacies like craft sausages or hot sauces so you can try new ones all year long. I’ve tried and a lot of them and one […]

10 Faves: No Cook Summer Meals

10 Faves: No Cook Summer Meals

Gazapacho No-Cook Tomato Sauce Salmorejo Chilled White Gazpacho Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad Chilled Cucumber Soup with Yogurt via Simple Bites Sweet Corn and Jalapeno Salsa via Feed Me Phoebe Melon Soup via Bon Appetit Zucchini Garlic Soup via The Kitchn Walnut Tarragon Chicken Salad

Wine Love: Rosé

Wine Love: Rosé

‘Tis the season for rosé so I thought I’d write a little bit about it for my wine love column today. Rosé has experienced a surge of popularity in recent years. It is hard to say why since “blush” or White Zinfandel has been around for decades and was always popular with grandmothers the world over. However, marketing has played a key part in its rise and, frankly, it’s delicious! Rosé hits all the right notes for summer with mild, sweet berry and tropical flavors, and a refreshingly high acidity. It pairs well with nearly all lighter summer fare like fish, gazpacho, and salads. Plus, it always looks pretty on a summer table. Here are a few of my favorite rosés and gear to go with it:

Tea Time for Mom | The Naptime Chef

Tea Time for Mom

Mother’s Day is coming up and I’m busy compiling a gift guide for you all to reference. At the top of my list is this fantastic electric tea kettle. I’ve written about my love of electric tea kettles before, but this one bears repeating. An electric tea kettle is probably my most favorite kitchen appliance. […]


5 Spring Kitchen Cleaning Tips for Kids

There is nothing I love more than a good spring cleaning. With a little bit of time and some elbow grease it doesn’t take long for any given space in my house to go from drab and wintery, to bright and fresh. Since I cook so frequently and we eat in our kitchen I am always especially conscious of cleaning the kitchen the minute it is warm enough to open the windows. We wipe down the shelves, clean out the fridge, and clear away any leftover clutter from winter.

Revol Porcelaine | The Naptime Chef

Revol: The Prettiest French Bakeware

It’s been a while since I tried a new piece of bakeware. The dishes I was given over a decade ago for my wedding are still going strong. But recently I had the opportunity to try some beautiful pieces from Revol and decided to give them a go. I didn’t need a new tart pan or chicken roaster, but their pretty designs intrigued me and I wanted to see how they’d fit into my everyday cooking and kitchen aesthetic.

Wine Love: Natura Wines

Wine Love: Natura Wines

I’ve been working hard at learning a lot of about wine over the past six months. It is an area I’d like to write about more extensively. Today I am proud to share the first installment of my new Wine Love column. It features wine and all things related that I love. I hope in the future this includes reviews of my trips to wine destinations! First up is my review of Natura wines. Last year I was sent a few of their wines to try and today I am excited to share my thoughts on them.

Naptime Chef Top 11 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

A Year of Favorites Begins: Top 11 Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipes Revised

Over the holidays my family and I were talking about our favorite dishes, noting ones I haven’t made in a while. A lot of them I wrote about here during my first few years of blogging, and several are from my book recipe tasting. Since I am constantly writing new recipes for websites and this site I often leave old favorites by the wayside. This year I am going to change that. I promised my family that while I focus on new recipes, I’ll also focus on old favorites. This applies to all kinds of dishes from appetizers, to dinners, to dessert. In many cases this means I’ll go back through the archives and pull out the oldies but goodies and give them much better photos. In other cases, I’ll be revisiting ones from cookbooks of years past. Either way, it is going to be so much fun.