Chewy Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chips are all the rage at my house at the moment. My kids ask for them in everything I bake and they'll just eat them by the handful for dessert!  These big, chocolate chip skillet cookies are a favorite for dessert lately and we've made some other chocolate chip-filled goodies recently too. Needless to say, mini-semi-sweet chips have become a staple on the grocery list.

Well, I've tried to make this chocolate chip-love trend work to my advantage as a distraction while I sneak in fruit, veggies and a few other good things into my baked desserts, y'all. My son has expanded his palate a bunch in the last two years. He's eating more veggies than he used to, but we're still working on his (lack of) interest in fresh fruit. He loves apples, but everything every other fruit on planet Earth is still iffy with him (even watermelon is iffy with him! I know, it's just shocking.)  My daughter, on the other hand, is a super tough customer and "hates all fruit", but loves apple sauce (no one tell her how that works yet, please!).


Tuscan Sausage, Potato & Bean Soup

I've seen recipes for soups like this one all over the web for a while now, and like thousands of other folks I've enjoyed the Olive Garden's menu staple soup called Zuppa Toscana for years (with a serving of warm, buttery breadsticks and salad on the side, of course!). I figured it was time for me to jump on the bandwagon and make a version of this flavorful soup at home too.


Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

If you're anything like us, we find ourselves looking for family-friendly ways to celebrate Valentine's Day.  Having a babysitter available is a rare event for us, so date nights are pretty unusual events for us too.


Easy Teriyaki Chicken & Rice Bowls

When it comes to easy dinners, these teriyaki chicken and rice bowls are our latest love.  Seriously, the kids like this dish so much that I've made it once a week for the last month! This recipe has definitely become a tried and true family favorite by my picky little taste testers.

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