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27 Feb, 2014

A bowl of comfort and love

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|Recipes and Food

I’ve been feeling a bit like a crazy mama this week, working/writing/planning to the point of Total Brain Explosion. And then there’s the weather! Holy crap. I’ve had it up to *here* with the deep freeze. CALGON, TAKE ME AWAY. The cold has been downright paralyzing. And this kind of paralysis demands easier meals and […]

21 Feb, 2014

Five recipes for things I am craving right now

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

Black bean chili with corn (pictured above) Warm butternut squash and chickpea salad Lemon chicken with bok choy Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce Mini baked donuts (This one sounds like a good thing to do with the kids!) Share the post “Five recipes for things I am craving right now” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedInE-mailReddit

21 Dec, 2013

My favourite new soup: roasted butternut squash

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I am drooling just thinking about this soup. The original recipe came from here, but I changed the ingredients a little bit (see below) primarily because I wanted to make less of it. It was SO GOOD. I will definitely be making this again. Roasting the squash beforehand might seem like a bit of a […]

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a “will they eat it” post here on the Fishbowl… mostly because I’ve been cooking up the same dozen recipes over and over. I felt like it was high time to get out of my rut so I poked around for a new chicken recipe that might win my family […]

26 Nov, 2013

Make your own Bits n’ Bites

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

My mother-in-law made a batch of these homemade bits and bites and it suddenly dawned on me… we used to make these all the time but somehow it totally fell off my radar. I’ve decided it’s time to revisit this little treat. It’s easy, yummy, and it makes A LOT, but you can totally make this […]


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