May Meal Plan: Dinners for your family all month, already planned

may meal plan featuring a month of family friendly, healthy meals

There comes a time, in every Sports-Mom's life, when she looks at her calendar and sees "baseball-softball-baseball-baseball-baseball" stretching across the 6 o-clock hour for an entire week. For me, that week is now. (And I expect it will happen in again in future years.) So while we're snacking on to-go hoagies, pizzas and hot dogs from the ball park, families who aren't at baseball all week can enjoy this week's meal plan, which includes some of my favorites like Minty Bulgur Salad with … [Read more...]

May Meal Plan: Spring dinners for your family menus

may meal plan featuring a month of family friendly, healthy meals

I am starting my Monday so very hungry. And, because yesterday was Mother's Day (Happy Mother's Day everyone!) I didn't exactly follow my Menu Planning routine. In fact, I'm creating my grocery list as I type this and I have  feeling it's going to be a very long grocery store visit with lots and lots of extras in my cart. This week's meals look great. A healthy variety of meats and veggies, all taking advantage of the gorgeous weather we're having. Hope my neighbors are looking forward to … [Read more...]

Monthly Dinner Meal Plan for May

may meal plan featuring a month of family friendly, healthy meals

Happy May! As we roll into May, I'm looking forward to all my favorite Spring into Summer dinners for our family, eaten as often as possible outside and not at the baseball park (which is becoming increasingly rare.) Here's the a menu plan for your family for the month of May.   Please remember, I rely on my readers to let me know which meals you love. So check in and shout out if you love it, hate it, or can't find it (sometimes, sadly, the links stop working and I miss … [Read more...]

Menu Plan for April

This blog has a seasonal menu for the entire month of April. Lots of Spring dinners, plus Passover options. SO great for a family meal plan!

Here it is, the EOM (that's end of the month, for those who don't talk text-speak.) As we finish up the April Meal Plan and get ready for the magically warm days of May, I would be remiss if I didn't totally go off topic and not mention that my jewelry boutique, Jewelryverse.com, has an EOM Friends + Family coupon code! Use code FFSPRING15 for 25% off your entire order.  Now, where was I? Yes... yes... off topic to the extreme. Enjoy!   Use the plan below, shuffling as … [Read more...]

What’s for dinner? No worries! Here’s a meal plan for April

This blog has a seasonal menu for the entire month of April. Lots of Spring dinners, plus Passover options. SO great for a family meal plan!

We had a marvelous weekend at SkyTop Lodge, where we celebrated my grandmother's 90th birthday. It shocks me to say "90" because she looks and moves 70 -- possibly younger. With family spread so far across from areas of Virginia to Detroit, it's a special opportunity  to get almost everyone together in one spot -- and so wonderful to reunite and bond. I realized a new hobby while we were there. I participated in a ropes course (with several ziplines), 30-40 feet above the ground. And I will … [Read more...]

April Meal Plan: Spring recipes for your family menu

This blog has a seasonal menu for the entire month of April. Lots of Spring dinners, plus Passover options. SO great for a family meal plan!

Can I just tell you how happy I am that I am cooking on the grill again? This weekend's dinner times were so much more relaxed because of it. No one even complained that we had to wait until 8:30 to eat on Saturday night (because of baseball games). Dinner was perfect because it was grilled. Yay!! Use the plan below, shuffling as necessary to make a menu that works best for your family’s busy spring schedule. You’ll find a mix of grilling dinners, make-ahead dinners and dinners using … [Read more...]

Make them with your kids: Yogurt-Dipped Mango Pops

mango pops- a fun, easy afterschool snack. Make them with your preschooler and surprise the big kids after school. Perfect for a birthday party!

My family is full of fruitaholics. My daughter? She'll order a fruit salad instead of Belgian Waffles or Pancakes. And she'll eat all of my fruit and all of your fruit. But, in 5 years, she'd never had mangoes because I've never had mangoes. I mean, sure. I've had mango salsa and mango Ritas, but I'd never had a plain mango.Probably because I had no idea how to open and serve one. When I was asked to try a family-friendly recipe with mangoes (for the purpose of this sponsored post), I was … [Read more...]

April menu plan for your family

This blog has a seasonal menu for the entire month of April. Lots of Spring dinners, plus Passover options. SO great for a family meal plan!

It's unbelievable that we're moving into April this week. Already I feel the pressures and busyness of the spring season, a season where we cram so much in, both in and out of school. From baseball to swim team to school field trips... and then the holidays this month! And, of course, trying to find time to enjoy relaxing at parks with picnics and park playdates! All that is going on makes having a menu plan for your family so helpful. In fact, if you've never started a meal plan, and you're … [Read more...]

March Menu Plan: healthy, easy cooking for family dinners

march meal plan. One month of family dinners, planned. A monthly menu of healthy dinners for the family. Lots of Spring dinner recipe ideas.

Since the first day of Spring, despite the snow, Middle has been begging me to make hamburgers on the grill. So, what can I say? That's an easy one. This week, I'm subbing in the favorite outdoor dinner, so neighbors will find me with my winter coat, hat, and gloves, cooking at the grill. And, let's be honest, I love cooking on the grill. So while it may be a bit cold, I'm not really complaining. Note a few updates this week. Due to Little's allergies, we can no longer have Sesame, so I … [Read more...]

March Meal Plan: 4 weeks of family dinners, planned

march meal plan. One month of family dinners, planned. A monthly menu of healthy dinners for the family. Lots of Spring dinner recipe ideas.

I've fallen behind, off my wagon, even. I can list a million excuses, or I can list one and the one is the only one that really matters: I just haven't followed my routine lately. I'm getting things done, but not in the order I'm used to, and not with the priorities that have so been embedded into my routine. In some ways, this is good: I'm focusing on other things that need to get done, rather than sticking with a routine that just works. And I know it's healthy for my brain to jump things … [Read more...]