Naptime Simple Tips: Fun & Essential Tips for Your Kitchen

Salted Caramel Brownies | The Naptime Chef

Cookies, Cakes & More!

There is nothing I love more than a good baking session with my kids. We love getting into the kitchen for a fun baking session and going crazy. Yes, it is messy, but who cares? It doesn’t matter to me as long as we are all having fun. Last weekend we had three days off for the holiday so I used some of that time to bake with my kids in anticipation of my son’s birthday. Pillsbury had sent us a whole box of fun mixes and I let them pick what they wanted and then we got to work!

In a French Kitchen | The Naptime Chef

3 Tips from My Latest Book Obsession: In a French Kitchen

I am a little late to the game with reading Susan Loomis. My mother handed me a whole stack of her books last winter and I noticed the first one was written over a decade ago! Needless to say I read them cover-to-cover in just a few weeks and have steadily cooking my way through a lot of her recipes. My favorite of her bunch is In a French Kitchen. I’ve recommended it before and am here to do so again.

5 Tips: Stocking Your Freezer for the Holidays

Now that we’ve all recovered from Thanksgiving it is time to think about the next holiday. No matter what you celebrate in December, it is a time for food and merriment with friends and family. For me it is also a time of my children running around at a fever pitch and bouncing off the walls with excitement. Much like Thanksgiving, my strategy is simple: plan, plan, plan. Then stock the freezer based on said plans. A little time in the war room now pays off in spades later!

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.