This page features Chef Shayna’s recipes for meals and snacks to enjoy any time of the day. She strives to offer families and children healthy and achievable instructional dishes.
This month I turned into the Gingerbread man. I hosted a decorating party every weekend so my house and car was concerted into a candy factory. I could have stopped to build a house at a moment’s notice (not that that’s a skill that actually comes in handy). I couldn’t let the month end without sharing one of my favorite ‘Book & Bites’ pairing. Check out my favorite gingerbread story and recipe on the blog- even if you have to archive it to use next year.
Caroline told me that when she grows up she doesn’t want to be a mom. When I asked her why she explained it’s because, “Moms have to do too much stuff.” Isn’t it true, a mom’s job is never ending. To help make ease of this reality, I am constantly searching for products to make my (and other mom’s lives easier). Today I’m sharing my thoughts on a snack item that is new to market.
There are so many reasons to love Fall and I don’t think I’ve met a person that doesn’t enjoy the season. There is something wonderful about the transition occurring in nature and magical about the colors swirling around us. Watching Fall through my girls eyes amplifies the splendor. Read more to see our favorite Fall books and a fun food craft to enjoy making and snacking on.
Every year, the week before Thanksgiving, I love to gather women together in the kitchen to make pies. I love creating community in the kitchen where everyone can come together with a common goal and enjoy each others company uninterrupted. Rather than hosting my workshop this year, I partnered with Wilson homes to give you a peek inside my home and am sharing 2 of my favorite recipes for you to try at home this Thanksgiving. Since Apple and Pumpkin pie are pretty quintessential, here are two fail proof recipes for you to try. I am also sharing my thoughts on homemade vs. store bought crusts.
I grew up (in North Carolina) watching the California Raisins sing I Heard it Through the Grapevine, listening to my mom tell stories about life in sunny CA, and hearing how amazing it is to eat avocados year round. At the young age of 6, I desperately wished I lived in California. Little did I know that I would spend my adult life in the golden state. I love exploring our beautiful state and have made it my mission to share with my kids and students where our food comes from. Most recently I had the opportunity to learn more about how raisins are made. Read more to see the process along with a recipe for yummy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that your kiddos can help you bake.
“I carried a watermelon.” I actually carried two (these 2) in my tummy and during both pregnancies consumed more watermelon than I probably should have. So we are all HUGE watermelon fans and will gladly carry them any distance to enjoy the perfectly sweet, crispy, juicy fruit. We can easily polish off a small watermelon each in one sitting so I always purchase more than one. If you’re looking for a cool treat to beat the heat and like watermelon than today’s recipes are for you. Also, I rarely share motherhood advice but rather tips that I’ve picked up along the way but recently learned an important lesson that I think is important to share with other mamas.
As a mom snacks play a big role in our lives. Our kiddos constantly request them. We always stuff them in our bags as to never leave home without them. We are usually cleaning them out of the hard to reach crevices of the car. Snacking seems so routine and mindless but is really an opportunity to fill our kiddos (and us) with nutrient dense foods. Today I’m sharing some thoughts on snacking and Little Miss is blending up one of our favorite afternoon snacks- Peanut Butter Protein Bites.
Crawl into the kitchen this weekend to whip up some Halloween treats. Every year I have a little too much fun concocting some festive snacks but I think this year is my favorite treat so far. Click to see the video and guide for make spooky spider webs and creepy crawly marshmallow treats.
It is no secret that I love sweet potatoes. When I first saw it in "toast" form a few years ago, I was excited to jump on the trend. Making toast from sweet potatoes each time can be tedious so I'm sharing how to prep a bunch of slices in advance to make it more convenient to quickly make a snack. I'm also sharing my favorite place for Toast in Fresno, along with a sweet potato toast idea from a local blogger. Check it out and let me know if this is a combo you will try out.
Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat! When it comes to party food, I like to try to make healthier options that are still fun for the kids. When school sends home bags full of treats, I want ours to be a good snack for the kids to enjoy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not the mom who will give out raisins or apples if you ring our doorbell, I don't want our house egged after all. I like the challenge of making all food fun- including veggies. Read on for a few healthier options