Family

Choosing the Right Daycare with Questionnaire and Checklist

My son is just shy of 16 months old, which is near peak age for separation anxiety and difficulties with transitions. Toddler age children have adjusted to strong habits and daily routines that guide their daily lives. Of course there will be the occasional change or shift in daily routines that can't be controlled, but… Continue reading Choosing the Right Daycare with Questionnaire and Checklist

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Recipes, Weeknight Dinners

Hearty 30 Minute Chili

A good hearty bowl of chili on a cold winter evening is the ultimate comfort food. Being able to get the meal on the table in 30 minutes makes it even better! I've tried a ton of different chili recipes over the years, but this one stands out above the rest just because it's loaded… Continue reading Hearty 30 Minute Chili

Environment, Water

Water’s Journey Beyond the Tap

When I was young, I hated the taste of water. My parents had to trick me into drinking water by dressing it up with fruits or fun ice cube shapes, but usually to no avail. I'd take a sip, squish my nose in disgust, and push that glass of water away. As I grew older,… Continue reading Water’s Journey Beyond the Tap

Recipes, Sides

Potluck Parmesan Potatoes

Potlucks are always fun, but figuring out what dish you want to contribute can be stressful. Ideally, you'd want something relatively easy to make, something that looks good, tastes good, and feeds a lot of hungry folks! We're headed to a Potluck tonight, so I knew I wanted to make something that checked off all… Continue reading Potluck Parmesan Potatoes

Persian, Recipes, weekend meals

Roast Chicken with Turmeric and Tomato Rice

Growing up in the US with my Persian family molded me into a home cook that's always combining American and middle eastern recipes together. Experimenting with different fusion dishes has actually become one of my favorite things! I was blessed to grow up being exposed to both cultures. As a kid and teenager, and even… Continue reading Roast Chicken with Turmeric and Tomato Rice

Desserts, Recipes

Russian Tea Cakes (Snowballs)

The holiday season is upon us, and no holiday is complete without some yummylicous cookies! Or in this case, Russian Tea Cakes! This crumbly, buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread cookie doused in powdered sugar is most satisfying in the winter season and around the holidays. They look like snowy little snowballs (hence the name!)… Continue reading Russian Tea Cakes (Snowballs)

Family

Gift Ideas for Toddlers

The holiday season is taking on a whole new feel for our family this year. Although it's not his first Christmas, this is the first year my son will be able to participate in all the excitement of Christmas lights, Santa Clause, presents, and all the other wonderful things that come with the holidays. He… Continue reading Gift Ideas for Toddlers