A peek Into My Kitchen: Laaaazy Baked Pancake

I love to make pancakes for my family…except for the standing over the stove and making them part ;)  I've noticed that pancake-making seems to fall into two scenarios when hungry kids are involved–1)the pancake-maker in question stands at the stove making batch after batch until everyone else is full and then gets (if lucky) to sit down and eat a couple him or herself OR 2)the pancake-maker simply scarfs down a couple of pancakes right out of the pan while standing over the stove making batch after batch.

Neither scenario results in that Norman Rockwell pancake-eating family togetherness that one imagines while whipping up a batch of batter.

The solution?  A pancake (sort of) baked in a casserole dish which can be cut into pieces to feed everybody.  Genius, huh?


A peek Into My Kitchen: Tomato-Rice Soup

I just love soup and am always trying to come up with new not-too-complicated recipes to keep me in my soup and keep the DH and kids happy.

This soup, with some toasted grilled cheese and some cut up veggies is a really filling, easy shmeasy and totally multi-age pleasing meal!

Note: You could totally replace the rice with any little pasta shapes–stars, alphabet noodles etc.  Just cook them first, or they will soak up all of your soup!

Tomato-Rice Soup

Serves a family of 4, with leftovers for lunch

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2-3 carrots, sliced (about 1 cup)

1-2 stalks celery, sliced


Will you be seated at the Kid’sTable this Thanksgiving?

As so many people buzz around preparing for large family gatherings at Thanksgiving, I've heard lots of talk about children's seating. 

There are a few schools of thought with regard to Kid's Tables:

1.  Separate seating for children is horrible.  No matter what the age or temperament of the child, everyone at the table should just deal with it.

2.  Children are loud, noisy beasts and grownups should not have to deal with them at all. Children should all be banished to another location.

3.Families with children should be seated together with their children and childless adults should be left in peace.

Granted, these are all extreme stances…but what is the right thing to do?