Classic Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's pie in a casserole dish

Shepherd’s Pie is a classic English dish which is traditionally made with ground lamb. Generally speaking, from what I have heard and read, North Americans seem to have a stronger preference to make Shepherd’s Pie with ground beef rather than lamb.   I personally love lamb however my kids not so much!  So in my recipe … Read more

How to Make Pakistani Pilau a Rice Dish

Pakistani pilau rice dish with meat

Pilau is a delicious Pakistani rice dish. Pilau is cooked in a stock with whole spices, onions and meat which is then used to flavor the rice. Some people may call this a Pakistani brown rice recipe, but the rice is only brown after having been cooked in the meat stock.

Fun Family Activities To Do Outdoors

spending quality time with family outdoors

I realized recently that most of our favorite fun family activities are outdoors.  They have also become part of our family tradition.  I hope that my kids will always remember these outings together as a family fondly when they leave their childhood behind.  I’m not really sure how these outdoor activities became our favorite because, … Read more

Creamy Chicken Alfredo and Spinach Casserole

cheesy chicken alfredo and spinach pasta dish made with penne pasta

What can be more comforting than eating a warm, cheesy, chicken Alfredo pasta dish, with an oh-so creamy sauce?!  Another wonderful thing is that with this dish you are getting a complete meal – carbs, protein, dairy, and vegetables all in one dish.  To top it all off, this is a kid approved dinner in … Read more

4 Podcasts Your Kids Will Love Listening To

kids listening to podcasts through earphones

I think its safe to say that excessive screen time is an issue in many a household.  As soon as television time ends, the request to use the iPad comes forward.  It seems like kids constantly need to be entertained now.  Reading time is extremely important and usually an enjoyable pass time for kids.  But … Read more

A Fun Family Fitness Idea To Do From Home

2 kids exercising infront of a tv

IVANA’S FAMILY FITNESS STORY Most of my life I had been in pretty good shape, always incorporating exercise into my lifestyle. But that quickly changed after giving birth to two beautiful girls. Losing weight after child birth has been a big struggle.  I thought that I would just restart my exercise routine and eventually bounce … Read more

Mom-Care Spa Day in a Salt Cave

picture of a salt cave

Who wouldn’t love a day at the spa? Well, on this particular day, I was definitely not expecting one. I was in the kitchen cooking dinner for the family while my husband was out grocery shopping.  Then I get a call from him.  Here we go I thought, now what? As I am rushing to … Read more

Design T-Shirts with the Kids

kids wearing t-shirts they designed

It was day 10,001 of being at home.  Actually it was Earth Day which was at the end of April so I guess I’m slightly exaggerating.  Typically the kids talk about the importance of Earth Day at school and participate in activities and make crafts related to caring for the environment.  Since they would be … Read more

One Bowl Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

breakfast cookies on a plate with a glass of milk

OMG!! Did someone say “COOKIES” for breakfast? These oatmeal peanut butter breakfast cookies are quick and easy to make. Do you have ripe bananas in your kitchen? Maybe even a huge stock pile in your freezer as I do sometimes. Are you tired of the same old banana bread you make? (I am sure it … Read more

Moroccan Chicken Baked Recipe

moroccan chicken baked recipe plated

I often daydream about visiting Morocco, the colorful culture and pristine beaches. Until I brave the long flight with two squirmy kids – I will indulge in this flavorful baked Moroccan chicken dish! This Moroccan chicken has become one of my favorite ways of preparing chicken for my family. Its not a difficult dish to … Read more

Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

2 blows of curried butternut squash soup

Fall is my favorite season. I love when the trees change beautiful shades of reds, oranges and browns, the temperature drops and I can get cozy with a bowl of comforting soup. This curried butternut squash soup is my all-time favorite comfort food. It’s creamy, smooth and full of flavor.  Everyone in my family likes … Read more

Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

Shrimp and zucchini noodles on a plate

This is an easy low carb healthy recipe your entire family will love. I personally love the fresh taste of the lemon combined with the light sauce. It’s my favorite dish to have on a hot summer night.  My kids were so amazed that you can make spaghetti (zucchini noodles, a.k.a zoodles), which is their … Read more

Children’s Printable Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets

Multiple activity cover pages

Do you ever hear the words “Mom, I’m bored” right when you are about to start cooking? Story of my life! That’s why I have designed a children’s printable coloring page and activity sheets to keep kids busy while we cook. Also, the coloring page and some of the activities are based on the recipes. … Read more

Quick and Simple Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice in a pan

My family loves Mexican food. The comforting flavors of cumin, chili, fresh cilantro and cold sour cream kjhfds (Oh, sorry…as I wipe the drool off my keyboard). Everyone in my family loves this Spanish Rice dish. Yes, even my little girls (they were born picky eaters, so I know the struggle!) They would actually happily … Read more