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Carsten and Kellan have fun in the kitchen making their very own slime.
Carsten and Kellan have fun in the kitchen making their very own slime.
Summer has arrived, and that means kids need things to do. My boys are thoroughly enjoying summertime, and so am I. I don't miss the hurried schedule of the school year and my hectic commute. Instead we are able to relax and make our own schedule each day.
  • Chili gives fall days a spicy kick
    Fall is the ideal time to cook up a batch of chili for a tailgate or dinner at home. There are so many options to suit any mood. Bring a little spice to the table with chicken chili.
  • Scaring Up Some Ghoulishly Good Recipes
    Scare the daylights out of kids of all ages with a frightfully fabulous Halloween-inspired meal. Whether Beggars Night or any night in October, you can serve up food that is ghoulishly good.
  • Magic Pumpkin Cake — enjoy the amazement
    This past weekend I came across a few recipes for Magic Pumpkin Cake. I had never heard of this dessert, but wanted to try something different than pumpkin bars. The directions sounded simple enough, but I had my doubts if this recipe would really work. I decided to put this recipe to the test with the help of my 5-year-old son, Carsten. He loves to help me bake while standing on his stepstool, and this was his first time cracking the eggs. He was so proud of himself as he cracked all six of them and didn’t drop a single one.
  • Liking those apples: Fall recipe treats
    On a recent neighborhood walk with my two sons, we passed by a couple of apple trees. The boys wanted to pick apples from the tree to bring home. We plucked a few to bring home and cut into them right away. The apples were tart, but good.
  • Pineapple and pork make irresistible combination
    My family and I love to attend cultural festivals. We love the sights and sounds, but we especially love the food. One of the Latin delicacies I’ve tried and loved is tacos al pastor, spiced pork and pineapple cooked slowly to perfection, thinly sliced and then topped with chopped onion and cilantro.
  • Tempt those with a sweet tooth with desserts made with seasonal ingredients. Zucchini bread and pumpkin bars are a real treat. It’s the perfect time to try both as we are at the tail end of zucchini season and the very beginning of pumpkin season.
  • Easy recipes for healthful start to the school day
    Lessen the stress of a new school year with timesaving recipes. With new teachers, new classes, and a new routine you can use all the help you can get.
  • They taste so good, mac ’n’ cheese dishes
    Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Think outside the box and cook up a batch of creamy and cheesy homemade mac ’n’ cheese that can be served as the main or side dish.
  • More ways to enjoy Iowa sweet corn
    For me the ultimate taste of summer is Iowa sweet corn. My favorite way to enjoy sweet corn is roasted on the cob, but there are so many other ways to eat fresh, nutritious corn. Add it to a dip or soup for a flavorful finish.
  • Cool pasta salad rounds out the menu
    There’s nothing that tastes better than pairing a grilled burger, brat or pulled pork sandwich with a cold pasta salad. Pasta salads are great for picnics and upcoming tailgates. They taste best when they’re allowed to sit overnight in your fridge so plan ahead.
  • Let the Games begin — and enjoy the treats
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will host the 2016 Summer Olympics Aug. 5-21. Over the course of 17 days, Olympic fans will cheer on world athletes from afar.
  • Add some variety to that cheesy, spicy enchilada casserole
    Enchilada casserole always hits the spot. It’s cheesy and spicy and feeds a crowd. Why limit yourself to chicken enchiladas? Next time try adding pork and black beans for a little variety.
  • Sweeten your summer with blueberry desserts
    In the summertime berries are bountiful whether they come from the farmers’ market, local grocery store or your own garden. This season take full advantage of the berries’ juicy sweetness and serve up summery desserts.
  • Recipes for celebrating fantastic Fourth of July
    This Fourth of July dazzle your friends and family with a stunning showcase of red, white and blue recipes. These three recipes can be made in advance allowing you to join in all of the patriotic fun on Independence Day.
  • Summer favorite — zucchini — offers limitless recipes
    Zucchini may not be quite ready to pick in Iowa, but it will be soon. It’s already on grocery store shelves and is a perfect summer vegetable. I grew up eating homegrown zucchini fresh from my mom’s garden. My mom sautés it with red onion and tops it with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. This is still my favorite way to eat zucchini, but there are limitless possibilities for this green and yellow squash.
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