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Peach, Crab and Avocado Salsa by FamilySpice.com

Peach, Crab and Avocado Salsa

  There’s nothing like returning from a two week “vacation” and assimilating yourself back into your normal routine. My vacation wasn’t off to some far, exotic locale. It was a two-week road trip from San Diego to Houston with my dad, three kids and a puppy. I must be a masochist signing myself up for […]

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Chocolate S'mores Smoothie by FamilySpice.com

Chocolate S’mores Smoothie to Kick Off Summer

Most of the time, what I find in the produce aisle inspires me in the kitchen. And with summer here, inspiration can be found everywhere. My favorite season, hands down, is summer. I love the warm weather, the laid back schedule and all of the fun summer foods my family and I enjoy during these […]

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Pork Sausage Fried Brown Rice by FamilySpice.com

Pork Sausage Fried Brown Rice

The final days of school are here. Middle Child is graduating from elementary school this week. That means I will have two middle schoolers this fall. My heart is breaking. Where did the time go? It wasn’t that long ago I was drowning in diapers, bouncy balls and hot wheels. And lack of sleep. Wait, […]

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Olive Oil Cooking Classes with Video by FamilySpice.com

Olive Oil Cooking Class and Demos

  Last week I had tremendous fun teaching an olive oil cooking class with my partner Mary/California Greek Girl. We prepared three recipes: an appetizer, a salad and a dessert. Our participants were knowledgable about extra virgin olive oil, but they all told us that they learned a lot from us. We tasted beautiful extra […]

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Happy Hour: Blackberry Black Devil with Olive Oil

Holy cow, we have two weeks until summer vacation and our road trip to hell, um, Texas. Yes, I’m taking the 3 kids, our puppy, my dad  and a few hundred cookbooks on a 2-week road trip to Houston and back. The original goal was to help my parents move to San Diego. But, I […]

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Cooking with Olive Oil

My head is spinning from the craziness of the past few weeks. Last week my sweet Princess was strutting her stuff on stage for a fabulous production of The Little Mermaid. Mommy and Daddy and a slew of family members cheered and shouted with pride and joy. I’m relieved to see the hectic rehearsals over, […]

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Avocado and Grapefruit Salad by FamilySpice.com

Chicken Breast with Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

My 8-year old princess is participating in a big musical theater production. It is her first time doing this. It is the first time I am doing this. I am the shy, quiet type that never seeks the lime light or center stage. Having a loud daughter who loves to sing and dance is beyond […]

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Cookbook Review: Best 100 Juices For Kids {Giveaway}

Kids love sweet stuff. It’s  no surprise. I know I am not alone when it comes to saying no to the kiddos about sugary drinks. It’s a losing battle where I am typically the bonafide mean mom. But, I make it up to them periodically when I bring home Green Machine, pomegranate juice or orange […]

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Mother's Day Mad Libs: Mommy's Little Helper by FamilySpice.com

Mother’s Day Mad Libs

In my house, if it weren’t for the teachers at school, many a Mother’s Day would be forgotten and dismal. I love the fun poems, pictures and artwork my kiddos have made for me in the past. As my eldest is now in Middle School, the Mother’s Day projects aren’t part of his curriculum. Needless […]

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Olive Oil Beet Bread with Walnuts by FamilySpice.com

Olive Oil Beet Bread with Walnuts {Giveaway}

A few weeks ago was my sister-in-law’s birthday. The family got together and I was asked to make the cake – of course! My sister-in-law requested a non-chocolate cake, so I started to look for ideas. I immediately started to think about what fruits were in season for my cake inspiration. There were berries, oranges […]

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Braised Baby Artichokes and Mushrooms with Garlic and Lemon

Feeding kids has certainly been a adventure. Before kids, I had this vision that if I introduced a food or vegetable to my child at an early age, they would eat it and love it. But the ugly truth is, babies have taste buds and preferences just as we adults do. If  they don’t like […]

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