Thanksgiving Movie Tradition – Thank You Charlie Brown

  Some things are magically timeless.  And, without doubt, Charles Schulz certainly captured that magic as it flowed through his creativity and artistry to entertain audiences for almost 40 years.  He is definitely one person I would have liked to have met.  I wonder what it was like to have watched him in the creation process?Regardless, I certainly appreciate him … Read More

Baked Apple Snack

Baked Apple Snacks made with honey, cinnamon, cheese and whole grains in the shape of a pinwheel.

This baked apple snack is simple and delicious to make.  It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory.  This baked apple snack is great for after school or to make on the weekend. Baked Apple Snack Although I’m never really ready to let go of summer in the northeast, apple season does sweeten the deal and make the fall transition … Read More

Mini Candy Apple Bites

Mini Candy Apple Bites

I love looking at the beautifully decorated candy apples that make their debut this time of year?  We used to buy a candy apple once in a while.  Each child would pick out their own, one or two bites would be taken & out they would be thrown a day or two later because no one could finish them.  Later, … Read More

Squash Monsters for Dinner

When my youngest was much littler than she is now, we used to play a game in the produce aisles throughout the fall.   Every week she would select one new squash, because there are so many unique and colorful options to try that caught her eye.  It was FANTASTIC; it encouraged taste testing and trying new foods and even … Read More

No-Bake Fun for Kids in the Kitchen Making Reindeer Food

I am not quite certain where November just went?  And, I certainly don’t know how the Thanksgiving weekend just flew by so quickly.  I also hate to admit that although I started a bit of shopping, I haven’t packed away the fall decor, nor have I pulled out the Christmas boxes to start decorating, but inevitably it will be on … Read More

Pumpkin Pizza for Dinner….easy, quick & festive!

Cheesy Bacon Pumpkin Pizza by Jodie Fitz 1pizza dough 1/2 cup turkey bacon, cooked and chopped 8 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese (use the low fat) 1/8 cup light olive oil 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/2 teaspoon onion salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup chopped olives Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Stir the garlic powder, onion salt and pepper together … Read More

Excess Candy? Left Over’s? Bake JUNK COOKIES!

Here it comes – Halloween.  The kids are excited about their costumes and even more, the candy!   It’s funny how the kids just LOVEtheir candy carrying contraptions no matter what the device.  Plastic bag or fancy plastic pumpkin face, it’s the function that enamors them; to carry the prized possession of pounds of candy that they normally aren’t allowed to … Read More

S’mores Martinis to Wrap up Summer and Start Fall

S'mores martini

Welcome to S’mores Martini time… It’s been one busy summer on the home front! This weekend will be the first weekend that we actually get to kickback and relax (fingers crossed nothing throws a monkey wrench into that plan – ha ha). One of my favorite things about September is that it’s when we pull out our fire pit, set … Read More

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken by Jodie Fitz Another simple mix with fabulous flavors…. 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast 8 oz. roasted red peppers 6 1/2 oz. quartered, marinated artichoke hearts* 2.25 oz. can of sliced olives 1 cup grape fresh tomatoes 1.  Halve and pound the chicken. 2. Season the chicken fillets with salt & pepper and grill them … Read More

Apple – Caramel Crisp Anyone?

  Do you cook Thanksgiving dinner?  I somehow did get passed on the holiday traditions.  They seam to have skipped from my grandmother’s to me with little interception by mom.  I often wondered how my retired mom got out of ‘it’ while this busy, working mom of three ended up with the dinners & the holidays.  But, in the end, … Read More