Lemon-herb chicken with blueberry balsamic sauce

Lately I have been making two more involved meals a week for dinner and everything else has been super easy. I only want to make things on the easy nights that don’t require a recipe. This lemon-herb chicken with blueberry sauce was a more involved recipe that felt like something I would get at a restaurant. In other words, it’s worth the effort.

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Zucchini cream cheese bread

Zucchini cream cheese bread

This recipe comes from my Grandma Donna’s collection. When we went through her cookbook collection several years ago to put together a family cookbook, I wanted to include a zucchini bread recipe because I remember her baking it at least a few times when I was growing up. I believe this recipe came from a church cookbook that she owned.

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Current favorite toddler toys and books

toddler toys and books

These are some of the toys and books my 18-month-old daughter has really been enjoying lately. If you have a toddler, especially a child between one and 3 years, I hope this list gives you some ideas on what toys he or she may enjoy.

  1. Bubbles – Maggie absolutely loves bubbles. I am pretty sure all one-year-olds are thrilled about bubbles. In the past few months, we have purchased this 6 pack of bubble solution, a big bottle of bubble solution and a mini bubble gun. We also do near-daily bubble baths.
  2. Wooden egg shakers – I got these for Maggie for Easter. They’re the easiest instrument for young kids.
  3. Food truck – It’s like a play kitchen, except it’s a food truck theme. I like that it came with fake food and a few utensils.
  4. Little People toys – We have the farm set and a few more small items. Target doesn’t have that many Little People toys listed online right now, but I think I have seen more in the store.
  5. Baby doll and accessories – Maggie loves to pretend to feed her baby. It’s a little funny to see because it hasn’t been all that long since she stopped drinking bottles, but it’s cute.
  6. Magnetic sketch board – This is recommended for 18 months and up, so we just recently gave it to her. She got it for her birthday, but I had it in storage.
  7. Baby Faces board book – Maggie has enjoyed this book since about 6 months old. It shows a variety of emotions, which I like.
  8. All are Welcome book – Toddlers tend to be very interested in books with photos or drawings of people. This book has a lot of pages, but it doesn’t have a lot of words. I also like that it has a poster included.
  9. My Best Book and Bashful Dino – This book features a dinosaur with a matching stuffed animal. This set is great for infants, as well as older babies and toddlers. Did you know books with matching objects may be able to help children learn the connection between photos and objects from as young as 9 months?
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Shrimp and coconut lime rice bowl

On Father’s Day, we went to my in-laws house and Paul’s dad barbecued. It was so good, as always. We had some leftover corn the next day, and I was inspired to add it to a bowl meal, which turned into this new recipe. I wanted to make something special out of our leftovers, without too much effort or having to turn on the oven.

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Brussels sprout potato salad with spicy aioli

I have never been very into potato salad. When I was younger, I was pretty picky about potatoes in general. I remember my mom poking fun of me because I’m of Irish heritage and didn’t like potatoes, except as French Fries. I also hated mayonnaise, but don’t so much any more. I have grown up since then and my tastes have changed, but I still don’t like the sight of traditional potato salad.

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Plum and mixed berry pie

How was your weekend? On Sunday, my mom came over and we went to a nearby park. Then we came back to my apartment to have lunch. We had barbecue chicken sandwiches (simple recipe coming soon!) on the patio. After Maggie went down for her nap, we had the plum and mixed berry pie shown here. I shared some with Maggie too, after she woke up.

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5 parenting websites to bookmark now

favorite parenting websites

Parenthood can feel lonely, whether it’s your first go around or you’re welcoming your fourth child. Nothing can or should replace true connection with others, but I find it comforting to read and listen to content by other parents sometimes. Also, I needed to look up a lot of things early on and wanted reliable sources to turn to.

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