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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

I live in a neighborhood nestled on a hillside. While it’s a small hill, it has enough elevation to have some beautiful views, especially in fall. The color of the trees turning, the crisp cool air, and traditional fall foods make it my favorite time of year. Fall recipe ideas are endless, and it seems the star of fall recipes is that beautiful orange squash – the pumpkin.  

25 Healthy Halloween Treats for Kids

Raise your hand if you are looking forward to candy-crazy kids this Halloween! I didn’t think so. Candy on Halloween is an unavoidable situation. Between school parties and trick or treating, you could probably open your own candy store with the amount kids seem to collect. But Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the candy.

6 Freaky Fruits and 19 Delicious Ideas for Halloween

To gear up for Halloween, we have our friends at Melissa’s Produce taking over the blog today. Melissa’s specializes in fresh produce with an emphasis on specialty items like tropical fruits, exotic produce and, of course, Freaky Fruits!

Halloween is about fun, and about all things scary! That’s where Freaky Fruits come in. Whether you’re decorating for a Halloween party, looking for a spooky dish or just want to have fun with produce, here are a few ideas to spark your imagination for a spook-tacular feast.

Watermelon Carvings for Halloween: From Easy Art to a Sweet Treat

Today, we’re excited to have The Watermelon Board guest blogging with us. We know all about carving pumpkins for Halloween, but what about watermelon? Read on for fun treats and watermelon carving tips.

Spooky, silly or symbolic, carved pumpkins are an essential ingredient to any Halloween celebration. This year, scare up some special fun for your party with a wicked watermelon carving, instead – but don’t stop there.

Debunking Meal Planning Myths

As a self-taught meal planner, I first started learning about meal planning when I had a toddler and a new baby. I needed to figure out a way to prepare and serve food that was good for us but not spend a ton of time shopping or cooking it as my time was limited. I’ve shared many of my tips on my blog Meal Planning Magic and here are Produce for Kids. But over the years, I’ve talked to many people that wish they could meal plan but some meal planning myths are holding them back. Hopefully these solutions will help you get started meal planning too.

Mom-Approved Ways to Unplug & Play

As parents, we know all too well how easy it is for our kids to be glued to electronic devices and how much of a struggle it can be to get them to unplug. That’s why we love Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play initiative. For 3 hours on Sept. 30, Nickelodeon will “go dark” where there will be no programming on its channels and its website will be down. Instead they’re encouraging families to get up, get out and go play!

30 Healthy Pancake Recipes

Pancakes are the most requested breakfast item in my house. My boys love pancakes and over the years I have explored adding various ingredients to the batter: bananas, blueberries, chocolate chips and, surprisingly, corn, are our favorite additions. Regardless of what recipe I’m using, I usually have at least one of my boys in the kitchen with me. It’s important that they learn how their food is made and I’ve noticed that when they are in involved in making the dish, they are more likely to eat it. Even when it is a new recipe!

Where to Start When You Don’t Like to Cook

In this age of Pinterest and The Food Network, it can seem as if everyone loves to cook. Not only that, but they’re all scrambling to show everyone else just how appetizing, kid-friendly and all-around-wonderful their breakfasts, lunches and dinners can be. It can almost feel like a dirty little secret to admit “I hate to cook!” Here are tips to combat your dislike of cooking.

Fun Fruit & Veggie Shapes for the Lunchbox

Do you search Pinterest looking for new lunchbox ideas for your children and end up overwhelmed? I sure do. Looking at picture after picture of perfectly crafted lunches in those cute little trays, brings a smile to my face, and then dread to my heart. The lunches I make look nothing like these. The picture in my head of what the lunch will look like compared to the actual lunch, is a classic example of a Pinterest FAIL! I had to take things down a notch. I learned to simply make healthy foods a bit more fun.

How to Build a Better Breakfast

September is National Breakfast Month! We have all heard the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and although you can argue that it is not, there is still evidence that supports breakfast being an important meal that can boost your metabolism, help your children perform better in school, prevent over snacking later in the day, and stabilizes your blood sugar.