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💐 KID-FRIENDLY EASTER/SPRING SWEET & SAVORY SNACK PLATTER 🐰🐣🌷| Because I declared 2019 the Year of the Snack Platter/Cheese Board (at my house anyway 😉), & because I apparently can not resist a holiday-themed board, I present to you this Easter/Spring Snack Platter, perfect for feeding both kids & adults at your next spring gathering. 💐 . A few notes about this platter: 🌷I took full advantage of all the spring herbs starting to show up at the grocery stores & farm stands, & I used a big handful in my Avocado Ranch Dip, as well as garnishes around the platter. And although I love the look of flowers on cheese boards, I usually avoid them because it’s hard to find untreated flowers that are safe to use on food, at least here in NH. So I was excited to find some organic edible flowers at my local @wholefoods this week, & they made extra-pretty garnishes. 🌸🌼🌺 . 🌷 I didn’t even notice that the dill I casually sprinkled over the Avocado Ranch Dip in the 🐰 dish formed a cute little bunny face until the next day when I was editing the photos! 🐰😆 Totally unplanned but a happy accident nonetheless! 🤣 . 🌷 I try to avoid artificial flavors & colors when feeding myself & my family, & although this is not an easy feat at Easter time 😅, with some careful shopping, I was able to find some naturally colored sweet treats at @traderjoes, including pink & white yogurt-covered cookies & chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, all colored with fruit & vegetable dyes. 🎉😊 . 🌷 For more details, SWIPE ⬅️ for the annotated version of this platter. 😊 . Happy Easter to my friends who celebrate 🐰, & Happy Spring to all! 💐🌷💖 . . . #ainttooproudtocheese @ainttooproudtomeg @surlatable @crateandkids #cheeseboard #eattherainbow #snackplatter #thatcheeseplate #weelicious #traderjoesjunkie #traderjoeslist #easterideas #eastertreats #howispring #snackboard #realfoodforkids @realfoodforkids #produceforkids #kidsinthekitchen #bhgcelebrate #buzzfeedfood #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #f52grams #f52platter #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #rsholiday #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #wholesomefamilykitchen at New Hampshire

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2 months ago

“Time is passing : not leaden stepping But sprinting on winged feet, Quicksilver slipping by.” — Richard L. Ratliff . I just turned my calendar to April, & I’m still not quite sure it’s correct. How are we through 1/4 of the year already?! 😳 I have so many plans & dreams for what I want to accomplish this year, & time is moving much too fast for me. Anyone else feeling this way?.... . Anyway, one of my personal goals this year is to finally start getting some of my favorite photos off of my computer and printed & displayed where I can see & enjoy them. Along those lines, I had been ordering a small photo calendar from various Etsy makers every year for the past several years to hang up in our family “Command Center.” I would often order one that had pretty photos of food, because, well, I just really love pretty photos of food. 😊 Unfortunately, one by one, my favorite independent Etsy artists eventually stopped selling photo calendars. 😔 So this year, after a frustratingly futile search for a new calendar, my husband said to me, “Why don’t you just make a calendar with *your* photos?” And well... that’s exactly what I did! . The prints you see here are from a calendar I made using some of my favorite photos via @artifactuprising. This isn’t sponsored or anything; I just really like how it turned out & wanted to share in case anyone else has similar aspirations. 😊 I never thought I’d be able to take photos that even remotely compared to the ones I saw in those beautiful Etsy calendars, & I still have a LOT to learn, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out for my first attempt. ☺️ And now each month I have a visual reminder of how far I’ve come in my photography journey, which is helpful on those days when nothing seems to be photographing the way I want it to. 🤪 . Now I just need to cull & organize & edit & eventually print my favorites out of the other 5+ years’ worth of photos on my computer. 😬🤪😊 Those thousands of photos are a visual reminder of how fast time has flown, & my nearly full hard drive is also a reminder of how time needs to just slow down so I can try to catch up! 😏😉 at New Hampshire

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2 months ago

NH MAPLE WEEKEND 🍁 | Although the cold, windy, rainy (&, at times, snowy!) weather today makes it seem like spring is still a long way away, there are still a few signs that spring is near: Tin buckets are hanging from the maple trees, the sap is flowing, & it’s officially maple syrup season here in NH! 🍁🧡 . 🍁 This weekend (March 23-24) is NH Maple Weekend, when sugarhouses around the state open their doors to the public & give us a peek into the maple syrup-making process. Many offer tastings of maple treats too! You can find more info about NH Maple Weekend & participating sugarhouses here: https://nhmapleproducers.com/maple-month/. . 🍁 And once you’ve stocked up on some local maple syrup, head over to the blog & get the recipe for these Whole-Wheat Maple Oat Scones with Coffee-Maple Glaze. They’re super simple to make & a perfect way to celebrate maple season... & the arrival (hopefully, soon) of spring! 🌱🌿😊 (Link is in my profile; go to Recipes > Baked Goods.) . . #nhmapleweekend #maplesugaring #maplesyrup #edibleNH #visitnh #mapleseason #mynewengland #nhmagazine #tellnewengland #igersnh #fnegrams #lifeandthyme #bakefromscratch #thebakefeed #kingarthurflour #thekitchn #bhgfood #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #healthyaperture #wholesomebaking #wholesomefamilykitchen at New Hampshire

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2 months ago

NEW POST + RECIPE! | VEGETARIAN TORTILLA SOUP 🌮🥣 . In case you missed it…. In my latest blog post, I share the recipe for this easy vegetarian, gluten-free soup, perfect for Taco Tuesdays, snow days, and any chilly days in between. . Imagine a soup that has all of your favorite Tex-Mex flavors, but with less work than making tacos, and you’ll get the idea: Hearty and filling from both black beans and pinto beans, balanced with the acidic tang of tomatoes, the sweetness of corn, and hints of smoky spice, this bright and flavorful soup hits all the right notes. Add your favorite taco toppings, including that essential crunch from corn tortilla chips (homemade or store-bought), and it just might become your family’s favorite Taco Tuesday meal… or at least your favorite soup to warm you up on a chilly night. 😊 . There’s more snow in the forecast for us this weekend here in NH, & spring seems like a long way off, so this soup is definitely still on the dinner rotation in our house. If you, too, aren’t seeing any signs of spring yet where you live, then perhaps you’d like to give this soup a try. Most of the ingredients are pantry staples (canned beans, canned tomatoes, frozen corn), so chances are you already have most of the ingredients on hand, bringing you that much closer to a hot, nourishing bowl of soup. 🥣 . Recipe is on the blog now, along with a few thoughts about leaning in to winter & embracing the last days (or weeks 😬) of the season. ❄️🥶⛄️ Link is in my profile. . . #soupseason #howiwinter #eatyourveggies #vegetarian #veganrecipes #glutenfree #tacotuesday #comfortfood #meatlessmonday #eattherainbow #realfoodforkids #produceforkids #lifeandthyme #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #healthyaperture #wholesomefamilykitchen at New Hampshire

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3 months ago

SUNDAY 🧀🍿🎥🏆🌟 | I made a big cheese platter last night to bring to a surprise party celebrating a friend’s 50th birthday. (You can take a peek at the poorly photographed, yet still delicious, platter in my Story 🙈🙃—it was already dark & we were cutting it close to the arrival time so I didn’t have time to take a flattering, well-lit photo 😉.) My boys were quite disappointed, however, that the platter wasn’t in fact for their sole consumption & that my husband & I were taking it with us & leaving them with “only” pasta & salad for dinner. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 . So this afternoon I put together another platter just for them as a late lunch/early dinner, & they couldn’t have been happier! And since it’s Oscar night (you know how I love a good themed platter 😉), I had a little fun & added some freshly popped popcorn 🍿 & used some star-shaped bowls for the boys’ favorite homemade hummus & @traderjoes candied pecans 🌟. . Honestly though, I’m the only one in my house who is even remotely interested in watching the Oscars. I’m also the only one in my house who enjoys goat cheese, & therefore I had that little bowl of the rest of the herbed goat cheese spread I made yesterday all to myself! 🤷🏻‍♀️ (It was a big hit with the adults at the party last night though. 😊) Oh well, more for me to enjoy while I watch the Red Carpet arrivals! 💃🏻😉 (Pro tip: That goat cheese spread is particularly yummy spread on a cracker with a dollop of @traderjoes Fig Butter. 😍😋) . . #thatcheeseplate #cheeseboard #charcuterieboard #ainttooproudtocheese #snackplatter #snackboard #weelicious #realfoodforkids #produceforkids #thekitchn #bhgfood #bhgcelebrate #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #wholesomefamilykitchen at New Hampshire

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3 months ago

“CASSEROLE” FOR MY DAD | Yesterday was my dad’s birthday, so I revisited this recipe for the “new & improved” version of his favorite birthday meal—Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese “Casserole”—from the blog archives & made it for dinner last night in his honor, a way to celebrate him from the other side of the country. 🎁❤️ I had forgotten how good this dish is, especially on a cold winter’s night—warm, cheesy comfort food at its best! 😋 (Unsurprisingly, the boys devoured it in record time! 😳😅) . My dad hasn’t had the easiest year health-wise (thankfully he is strong & on the mend now, but it’s been quite a rollercoaster for him & my family), so we’re especially excited & grateful to celebrate his birthday this year! 🎉 And what better way to celebrate than with a favorite meal? ❤️🎉 (And of course with some cake too—don’t worry, my mom took care of that part. 🎂💖) . Recipe is on the blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Pasta. . . #vegetarian #vegetarianrecipes #comfortfood #pastanight #eatyourveggies #produceforkids #realfoodforkids #f52grams #f52comfortingveggies #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #thecookfeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #healthyaperture #wholesomefamilykitchen at New Hampshire

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3 months ago

💖 VALENTINE’S DAY SWEET & SAVORY SNACK PLATTER 💖 | I know not everyone is “down” with Valentine’s Day, but personally, any holiday that celebrates love & kindness & hearts & pink AND encourages the consumption of CHOCOLATE is A-OK in my book! 💖🍫😊 . My boys are home from school today because of a snow day, which means I spent most of the day feeding them! 😂 (Seriously, they won’t stop eating... or growing!) So I decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day a day early with my youngest valentines & made this Valentine’s Day snack platter. I used a variety of pink, red, & purple foods (all naturally colored, because nature is pretty neat! 😉), some sweet & some savory, & rounded it out with chocolate, of course! My boys loved it (they are always excited for a snack platter), & now hopefully their bellies will be happy & full... until dinner time! 😬🤪 . A few details, if you’re interested in creating your own Valentine’s Day snack platter: . ❤️ DIPS: Homemade beet hummus (savory) & chocolate avocado mousse (sweet). (Both are new recipes I’ve been testing out this week. They’re quite yummy but still need a few more tweaks before I share them with you. 😊) . ❤️ VEGGIES: Red bell pepper, purple carrots, grape tomatoes (sliced to resemble hearts) + mini mozzarella balls on toothpicks (Thanks, @ainttooproudtomeg, for the 🍅❤️ inspiration! 😊) . ❤️ FRUITS: Red grapes, strawberries, an apple “heart” (🍎❤️ idea per @ainttooproudtomeg) . ❤️🧀 CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE: mild cheddar cut into ❤️, my 9yo’s favorite salami folded into 🌸 . ❤️ CRUNCH: @utzsnacks XO pretzels, @terrachips beet chips, assorted crackers & vanilla wafers from @wholefoods, DIY trail mix with salted almonds + @ourdailyeats Mexican Cocoa Almonds + dried cranberries . ❤️🍫CHOCOLATE: @theochocolate dark chocolate bar + @lcchocolates chocolate hearts + @ghirardelli Strawberry Bark + @wildophelia Ruby Chocolate Cold Brew Coffee Bites (Fun Fact: The pink chocolate is *not* from food dye but from naturally pink ruby cocoa beans! 🤯) . Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! 💕 Wishing you time spent with the ones you love... & plenty of chocolate! 💝 . #ainttooproudtocheese #cheeseboard #sweetboard #snackplatter #thatcheeseplate #weelicious at New Hampshire

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3 months ago

SUNDAY | My boys reminded me this weekend that just because football season is over, it doesn’t mean that we still can’t enjoy “football” food. 😉 And it’s certainly still cold enough here for some warm & hearty comfort food, so this Vegetarian Three-Bean Chili (with Chocolate!) is on the menu this week. . This easy-to-make chili is chock-full of beans & tomatoes, but its flavor profile is uniquely inspired by Mexican mole dishes, delicately spiced with cumin, oregano, cinnamon, & yes, chocolate! 😍😋 Paired with my family’s favorite Whole-Wheat Cornbread, it’s just the thing to warm you up on a cold winter’s day, or on any day really when you want something warming, hearty, & healthful. 😊 . Recipe is on the blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Soups and Chilis. . . #vegetarian #vegan #chili #vegetarianchili #vegetarianrecipes #chiliseason #chocolate #comfortfood #f52grams #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #MarthaBakes #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #produceforkids #realfoodforkids #wholesomefamilykitchen at New Hampshire

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4 months ago

SUPER BOWL SNACK PLATTER | Baked Chicken Wings with Veggies & Dips 🏈🍗🥕🥒🍅 | I made this snack platter for my carnivorous boys 2 weekends ago as they watched their beloved Patriots win the NFL AFC Championship. 🎉 And when I say “I,” I really mean my husband: He’s the Chief Chicken Wing Cook in our house; I just supply the healthful veggies & dips... & arrange it all semi-artfully on a platter. 😉 . My boys love their chicken wings (or “chicken bones,” as my 9yo has called them since he was old enough to eat them 😂), so I’ve tried to find ways to make them a little more healthful, yet still worthy of eating on game days. After some research & kitchen experimentation over the years, we’ve had success with a few methods & recipes, & I thought I’d share them here in case you need some ideas for feeding your family/guests on Super Bowl Sunday. 😊 . As chicken wing connoisseurs, my boys were skeptical that we could make crave-worthy chicken wings at home without frying, but they are skeptics no more! For several years now, my husband’s go-to method for these baked chicken wings has been via the Chicken Wing Magic recipe from @catherinewman. They couldn’t be easier to make, & once baked you can eat them plain (my 13yo actually prefers them this way 😊) or toss them with your favorite wing sauce. Half of the wings pictured here were sauced with my husband’s favorite teriyaki sauce (just a bottled all-natural teriyaki sauce from @wholefoods) & the other half with a homemade garlic-Parmesan sauce (adapted from @joyfulhealthyeats). . As for me, I’m all about the veggies & dips. For this platter, I made a batch of everyone’s favorite Wholesome Ranch Dressing (recipe on my blog), as well as a Blue Cheese & Yogurt Dip (adapted from @inagarten). . Since Instagram doesn’t have the ability to hyperlink text here in the caption or comments 😬, I’ll post links to all these recipes on my Wholesome Family Kitchen Facebook page. Or feel free to DM me with any questions! . Happy Super Bowl Sunday, friends! Go Pats! 🏈❤️💙 at New Hampshire

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4 months ago

MEYER LEMON AND RICOTTA MUFFINS 🍋 | When your mom sends you lemons, you make lemon muffins! 😉 My mom sent me a box of Meyer lemons right from the tree in her California backyard, & they’ve been bringing some much-needed sunshine to our cold, dreary NH winter ever since. ☀️🍋💖 The lemons smell amazing & they’re as big as oranges! They’ve been making their way into all sorts of dishes and baked goods here all month. . So far the boys’ favorite Meyer lemon treat has been these lemon-ricotta muffins, which I usually make with regular lemons, but with my mom’s Meyer lemons they’re even better! 😋 The bright yet tart lemon is the star of these freezer-friendly muffins, balanced with other good-for-you ingredients, including @kingarthurflour white whole-wheat flour and olive oil. Yogurt and ricotta cheese provide some protein while adding moistness and a light, fluffy texture to the muffins. As a nourishing, satisfying snack, with or without a cup of tea, they are hard to beat! . Recipe is on the blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Baked Goods, or search “lemon muffins.” . . #meyerlemon #lemons #citrusseason #muffins #bakefromscratch #thebakefeed #howiwinter #kingarthurflour #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #lifeandthyme #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #marthabakes #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #tastingtable #f52grams #f52citrus #f52lemon #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #healthyaperture #wholesomebaking #wholesomefamilykitchen at New Hampshire

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4 months ago

KID-APPROVED BIRTHDAY PARTY SNACK PLATTER 🎉🧀🥒🥕🍇 | To balance out the cake & ice cream at my 9yo’s birthday party earlier this month (see my previous post 🎂), I also put together this quick & easy cheese & veggie snack board/platter. 😊 . I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again: Kids will eat way more veggies if you serve them with a delicious, yet healthful, dip... or 2! 😊 Add in some mild, kid-friendly cheeses for protein (I used Colby-Jack & mild cheddar here, as well as some organic, all-natural salami per special request by the birthday boy 😉), and some crackers & pretzels for that satisfying, salty crunch. Arrange it all (somewhat) artfully on a big board/tray/whatever you’ve got, then watch it all quickly disappear! ✨ . The dips pictured here are my 2 favorite, crowd-pleasing dips, enjoyed by kids & adults alike: My Wholesome Family Ranch Dressing and Wholesome Family Hummus. 😊 Both recipes are on the blog; go to Recipes > Dips, Dressings, & Sauces. . Both dips come together quickly, can be made ahead, & keep for a few days in the fridge—leaving plenty of time for making (& eating) cake... & supervising a group of 9yo boys! 🏀🏈🏓🤾🏻‍♂️🤼‍♂️🤸🏻‍♂️🤪😂 . . . #partyfood #cheeseboard #thatcheeseplate #ainttooproudtocheese @ainttooproudtomeg #snackplatter #snackboard #realfoodforkids #produceforkids #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #bhgcelebrate #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #todayfood #rsholiday #wholesomefamilykitchen at New Hampshire

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4 months ago

BIRTHDAY SEASON 🎂 | Has it been a long enough waiting period since the start of the new year to talk about cake again? 😉 Because if I’m being honest, we haven’t really stopped yet with the sweet treats, as we are in the midst of birthday season here. 🎉🎂 It began with my birthday right after Christmas, followed by my younger son’s birthday a week into the new year, & then we get a brief reprieve until late February, when my older son turns 14! 😳 . We celebrated my 9-year-old’s birthday last weekend with a small party with his closest friends, a platter of his favorite snacks (stay tuned for more on this soon), & this Cookies-and-Cream Cake, which has become the most-requested birthday cake in our family since I made it last year when my son turned 8. 😋 Once again, I used my go-to chocolate fudge cake recipe, adapted from America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated’s (@testkitchen) Baking Ilustrated cookbook, paired with a cookies-&-cream white chocolate & cream-cheese frosting recipe from Tessa Huff’s (@stylesweetdaily) Layered cookbook. And I’m sure I don’t need to tell you this, but the cake was a big hit with my 9yo & his friends! 😊 . We now return to our regularly scheduled programming of fruits & vegetables & whole grains and all things healthy & green... at least until Valentine’s Day, & the next birthday. #balance 😊 . . #bakefromscratch #layercake #cakeoftheday #thecakeblog #cakedecorating #cookiesandcream #chocolatecake #cakelove #kidsparties #birthdaycake #wholesomebaking #atkgrams #thekitchn #bhgfood #bhgcelebrate #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #MarthaBakes #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #thebakefeed #huffposttaste #f52grams #f52feelgood #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #100layercakelet #wholesomefamilykitchen at New Hampshire

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4 months ago

JANUARY 🥣 | This Winter Vegetable Soup with Beans & Farro has been on repeat this month at our house: dinner + lunch + lunch again. A minestrone of sorts, it’s chock-full of creamy white beans, chewy farro, & plenty of vegetables including sweet butternut squash, tangy tomatoes, & cremini mushrooms. It’s exactly what I want to eat on a cold day in January after a month of more-indulgent holiday fare (& maybe one-too-many cookies). 😉😊 Recipe is on the blog. Go to Recipes > Soups and Chilis. . . #soupseason #eatyourveggies #vegetarian #soup #meatlessmonday #eattherainbow #thekitchn #bhgfood #lifeandthyme #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #f52grams #f52beans #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #healthyaperture #wholesomefamilykitchen at New Hampshire

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5 months ago

BEST OF 2018 🧀🍰🥬 | Farewell, 2018! According to my Instagram feed, it was a delicious year filled with lots of cheese boards/veggie platters, a little bit of cake, and an occasional green smoothie. Sounds about right. 😉😊 #balance I’m looking forward to sharing more healthful recipes, ideas, tips, & treats with you in 2019... & hopefully getting some other exciting projects off the ground that will help you & your kids get into the kitchen more & cook up even more healthful eats in the New Year 🤞🏻. . And if you’ve been reading & following along here, THANK YOU! I truly appreciate every “like” & comment and word of support or encouragement. Sharing recipes & photos and words & stories in this crowded Internet space can feel frustrating at times, like I’m lost in the social media shuffle. So I sincerely appreciate each & every one of you who has taken the time to read & comment on &/or share my recipes & posts, & especially those of you who’ve actually made one of my recipes or been inspired by one of my cheese boards & took the time out of your busy day to tell me how much you—or, perhaps even better, your kids—loved it! 🥰 It’s why I do what I do, and I THANK YOU SO MUCH! ❤️ . Wishing you a happy & healthy New Year, friends! Hope 2019 includes time in the kitchen & around the table with the ones you love, & plenty of delicious, nourishing food! 💖 — Amanda 😊 . . . #2018bestnine #topnine2018 #cheeseboard #cheeseplate #thatcheeseplate #ainttooproudtocheese #snackplatter #snackboard #charcuterieboard #kidsinthekitchen #realfoodforkids #eattherainbow #eatyourveggies #snapsfrommykitchen #scenesfrommykitchen #inmykitchen #shareyourtable #wholesomebaking #wholesomefamilykitchen at New Hampshire

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5 months ago

KID-APPROVED HOLIDAY SNACK BOARD🎄🧀🥒🍅🥕🍇🎄 | I interrupt this feed of holiday sweets & treats to bring you this kid-approved cheese & veggie board. 🎄😊 I put together a similar (though slightly less elaborate 😉) veggie-packed snack board for my son’s classroom holiday party this week, & despite being surrounded by lots of holiday cookies, it was quickly devoured, with not a crumb left! I think it’s safe to say the (literal) star of this spread was my Wholesome Family Ranch Dressing (which, if you’ve been following me here long enough, you know it has developed a stellar reputation at my son’s middle school 😉). If I’ve learned anything as a parent (& a cooking instructor) it’s that kids (& adults!) will eat way more veggies if they have a delicious dip to go with them. 😊 The Ranch Dressing recipe is on my blog. Go to Recipes > Dips, Dressings, & Sauces, or search “ranch dressing.” . 🎄 A few notes about creating this board: You can’t really see it under all the food, but I used a tree-shaped wood & marble board from @crateandbarrel for this festive holiday spread, which made quick work of creating the 🎄 shape, but you can certainly use a rectangular wooden board or even a baking sheet to create your cheese-&-veggie tree. 😊 . I also had a few other bowls (star-shaped & otherwise) filled with additional “dippers” that didn’t fit on the board, including extra cucumbers & carrots (which always seem to be the first to go).😊 . . #cratestyle #healthyholidays #partyfood #cheeseboard #thatcheeseplate #ainttooproudtocheese @ainttooproudtomeg #snackplatter #snackboard #realfoodforkids #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #bhgcelebrate #howiholiday #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #todayfood #rsholiday #flatlaytoday #wholesomefamilykitchen at New Hampshire

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5 months ago

HOLIDAY TREATS 🎄🍭🍫🎁 | I finally got around to making a batch of this Triple-Layer Peppermint Bark yesterday—another holiday tradition, 8 years running! Most of them got packaged up for holiday gifts, but I always save a few for myself & my peppermint-loving older son. 😊 . Recipe adapted from @bonappetitmag. I use snowflake candy molds to make the bark, which makes the process a little more labor-intensive, but oh so pretty! ❄️😉💖 It’s deliciously festive & my gift recipients always rave about it, but every year some part of the recipe gives me trouble. 😅 I’d love to troubleshoot it when I have more time (i.e., NOT in December), but thankfully despite any difficulties I encounter, they always turn out yummy in the end! 😊 #worthit . . #peppermintbark #holidaytreats #holidaybaking #holidayfoodgifts #foodgiftlove #sharethelove #howiholiday #bareaders #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #bhgcelebrate #lifeandthyme #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #todayfood #f52grams #f52holidaycookie #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #thebakefeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #wholesomebaking #wholesomefamilykitchen at New Hampshire

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PEACE, LOVE, & COOKIES | I still haven’t decorated our Christmas tree, I haven’t mailed out any cards yet, & I’m woefully behind in gift shopping. But my pantry is fully stocked and I’m ready to start baking all the cookies tomorrow, so clearly my priorities are in order. 😉 . 🎄 Per tradition (and by popular demand), I always kick off my annual cookie-baking marathon with these Brown-Butter Shortbread Cookies, sandwiched with my favorite jam, or, to really kick things up a notch, with Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread [swipe ⬅️ to see this drool-worthy variation 🤤]. These buttery cookies melt in your mouth, & the fruity jam (or the rich, chocolatey spread) perfectly complements the slightly nutty flavor of the brown butter. I’ve been making these cookies since 2005, & once you taste them, you’ll know why they’re a holiday cookie tray must-have. 😍😋 . 🎄The recipe is on my blog (link in profile; go to Recipes > Cookies), along with the story behind it & some thoughts on my favorite holiday tradition: baking & sharing cookies! . By the way, I usually use @stonewallkitchen Holiday Jam (with cranberries, orange, & pear) in these beauties, & I highly recommend it! 😋 For the chocolate-hazelnut spread, last year I used @venchi1878 Chocolate Spread with Hazelnut & Olive Oil (😍), which I found at @eatalyboston, & the cookies were next-level! 🤩 When I can’t find it though, I also love @rigoniasiagousa Hazelnut & Cocoa Spread, which I buy at @wholefoods. Their jams are also top notch. #notsponsored #justafan . . #christmascookies #holidaybaking #holidayfoodgifts #foodgiftlove #sharethelove #howiholiday #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #bhgcelebrate #lifeandthyme #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #todayfood #f52grams #f52holidaycookie #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #thebakefeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #wholesomebaking #wholesomefamilykitchen #wholesomefamilycookies at New Hampshire

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DECEMBER 🎄📚🍪 | I took a (mostly intentional) social media/Instagram break at Thanksgiving, which was followed by a (somewhat unintentional) break until this week, when I blinked & suddenly it was December! 😳 . 🎄 Is anyone else feeling overwhelmed by the holidays this year, or is it just me? I feel like I’m still recovering from hosting Thanksgiving: Both of my kids got sick right after the holiday, & I literally *just* took down the rest of my fall/Thanksgiving decorations today. 😬🙈 I should probably drag the bins of Christmas decorations up from the basement now... or do some Christmas shopping... or, I don’t know, take a nap. 😴 My mind is racing with all I have to do, & when I’m feeling overwhelmed (as I often do in December), I like to make lists & prioritize all of my tasks. (It gives me the illusion of control & temporarily quiets my mind .😉) And at the top of that long December to-do list? Cookies, of course! #priorities 😊 . 🎄 I pulled out my favorite holiday & cookie cookbooks today, & a few special holiday magazines, including my treasured “Martha Stewart’s Favorite Cookie Recipes” from 2002, which was the original inspiration behind my annual cookie-baking-&-gifting tradition & includes some of my tried-&-true holiday favorites. (Not pictured: My non-photogenic, falling-apart-at-the-seams cookie recipe folder. ☺️) Then fueled by ☕️☕️, I made a list of all the things I want to bake—& all the things I have to do—this month. And then I made another list of what I can actually, realistically get done without sacrificing my sleep, or my sanity! 🤪 So many cookies, so little time! 😁 . 🎄 Do you have any favorite holiday cookies you make every year, or a go-to holiday cookie or baking cookbook that you’d recommend? My Christmas to-bake list (& my cookbook collection) certainly doesn’t need any additions, but I’m always on the lookout for new cookie recipes to try & new cookbooks to ask Santa for, so hit me up with your recommendations! 😊 . Happy Holiday Baking, friends! 🎄🍪🎁💖 . . #cookbooklove #cookbookaddict #christmascookies #holidaybaking #holidayfoodgifts #foodgiftlove #wholesomebaking #wholesomefamilykitchen #wholesomefamilycookies at New Hampshire

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