I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who didn’t like macarons, those delicious French, meringue-based cookie sandwiches. I also don’t think I’ve ever met someone who says they make them at home all the time. Because they have the...
My dad always made these amazing Garlic Mashed Potatoes growing up. Everyone loved my dads potatoes, and now everyone loves mine. The secret ingredient: Sour cream! Garlic Mashed Potatoes 8lbs russet potatoes  16 oz sour cream 6 cloves garlic 1/2...
You are what you eat, and that includes foods that will help your body fight off infectious diseases this winter including colds, flu, and coronavirus. Instead of filling up on all of the fixings this holiday season, try incorporating fermented foods...
My dear sister-in-law has made this creamed corn for years.  It is the most delectable thing and it's hard to not just shovel it into my mouth by the spoonful.  The recipe is all over the internet and according...
I love Trader Joe’s.  I love the unique food items and I get super jazzed for all my favorite seasonal treats.  I always find cute gifts to give a hostess or to surprise and delight a friend.  The wine selection...
It may still be 100 degrees outside, but by every Halloween I am ready for cooler temps. I know it is getting cooler outside, but it doesn't really feel Fall-like when the kids can't wear elaborate, fuzzy, well-layered Halloween costumes without...
If you're like me, you're always looking for easy weeknight dinner options. I love to cook, but not on weeknights. Between wrangling a toddler, a job, and all the stuff in between, weeknight dinners have to be fast, easy,...
Dinner Bowls are my jam lately. They might take a little extra work on the front end, but they provide some healthy, well-rounded dinner options, usually WITH leftovers. If you have picky eaters like I do, bowls can allow you...
Honestly one of the things getting me through this quarantine, stay-at-home, socially distancing time is a healthy supply of avocado toast. I really do love avocado toast and I have a million ways to make it, but that post...
I know what you’re thinking.  “Soup in the summer? Jennie, you're crazy!"  I know, I know.  But trust me that this creamy broccoli avocado soup is so light and fresh that it’s actually perfect for summer.  Bonus points are...
One of my kids favorite summer treats is a watermelon slushie. It is so easy to make and super healthy.  Here are the steps so you can make a pitcher for your family. Cut up a watermelon and freeze in...
Do you want to know the ultimate fall dinner featuring the season’s most popular flavor?    Yeah?  I thought you might say yes!    Pumpkin chili with pumpkin cornbread muffins are the spice of life that Fall lovers everywhere are 100% here for.  The pumpkin...
When I think of fall, I can recall many memories of my family that centered around apples. Growing up in Northeast Ohio, apples are a part of our culture.  Cities spend weekends celebrating apples and apple butter at festival,...
October is here! That means cooler temps and pumpkin flavored everything. Oftentimes, those on a restricted diet can only look, but not touch the pumpkin deliciousness surrounding them. Not anymore! With this recipe you can have your pumpkin roll...
I love family dinnertime. It is so important to the rhythm of our family.  It is my time to sit back and really watch the dynamics of our family. It is my moment when I want to jump up and...
So, it's still hot out. (That's the jist of how I start every blog post for SMB. You're welcome.) Some of us have preschoolers who don't begin school for a few more weeks... The bigger siblings who might be marginally helpful at...
We are so excited you found the SMB Guide to Surviving Summer. This is our 7th year of bringing you tips, tricks and things to do, all written to help YOU survive summer with your littles! We use this Guide...
I am the Queen of Carbs. I love to bake and I’ve been involving my kids in the process since my older son was a baby. We mostly bake cookies, muffins, bread, and cakes, and this is our favorite...
A few weeks ago, a few of our contributors had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie Lucas, MS, RD, the owner of GiveGarden, at Mom Made Market. They walked away absolutely impressed with the company's mission and service. They both...
Valentine's Day is full of sweet treats and delectable goodies, but sometimes we need a break from the sugar rush. I scoured Pinterest and created a list of healthy Valentine's day meals for when you'd rather have something nutritious...

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Easy Brunch Ideas to make your next Sunday easy! One of my favorite things is to host friends {new & old} for meals at my house. Bringing friends together to eat, drink & catch up is such a great way...
It's Thanksgiving month! This holiday may have a lot of prep work involved, but it is definitely one of our favorites. Food, family, friends, gathering, more food, long weekend......what could be better? If you are looking for some extra...
Do you love your Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but hate the price that it comes with? By price, I mean the monetary cost, the extra calories & sugar, and the suspicious artificial  ingredients that just cannot be good for us....
Seriously the worst part about Summer with the kids is three meals a day, every.single.day. Why do they have to eat so many times a day!?! We are joking, but there are great things about summer cooking too, for...
It's not like some months I'm buying filet mignon and others living off of Ramen noodles, yet our grocery budget fluctuates dramatically from month to month. Keeping this budget category consistent is a struggle. Tell me I'm not alone...
It’s January. The holidays are behind us and our resolutions are set. For many of us, that means trying to be more mindful about what we eat. We’re doing great and then along comes the football game to knock...
Growing up in the midwest, everyone knew that when winter rolled around it’s time to bring out your crockpots! I remember as a kid, my mom would make my favorite vegetable soup in a slow cooker and the delicious...
Food allergies can make navigating through the holiday season very difficult. I know this first hand because my 5 year old little boy has an allergy to dairy. The smallest amount of dairy can cause anaphylaxis shock. It's scary to say the least. Last year, I wrote...
During pregnancy I had a major sweet tooth! Now, after the baby, that sweet tooth just won’t go away. The battle between sugar and the gym are really starting to hate each other. I had to turn to some...
SMB was just introduced to a healthy, chocolate, organic drink from Detox Organics. This is a dietary supplement that will help aid in digestion and give you a healthy elimination of harmful toxins while supporting overall wellness and vitality. The...

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