If you follow us on social media (Sara is here and I’m here) or are a member of our Facebook group, you have probably heard about our freezer meal guidebook that we’ve been hard at work on!   You can get your copy, here! So most of you know that I started teaching middle school last…

screenshot of freezer meal guide book
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There are a lot of things I love to do with fresh tomatoes, but on thing trumps them all: Oven Roasted Tomatoes. It’s a simple process, and my favorite thing to make with an abundance of tomatoes from the garden.  Tomatoes are simply cut, tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic, and slow roasted…

oven roasted tomatoes
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It’s back to school time, and at our house that means lots of peanut butter sandwiches!  Did you know PB&J sandwiches freeze really well?  I’ll often make a whole week’s worth and pop them in the freezer.  They can go right into lunch boxes still frozen and they’ll be perfect by lunch hour and keep…

peanut butter and jelly with fun toppings
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Earlier this year, I kept hearing about TikTok pasta. Feeling entirely too old to be on TikTok for anything other than animal videos, I largely ignored it. Besides, I was so busy with my first year of teaching (you know, during a global pandemic) and managing my kiddo’s scoliosis that, aside from being alarmed at…

fresh tomato and feta pasta in a bowl from our best bites
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Summer time means a bounty of tomatoes, whether from your own garden, or the farmer’s market, or your grocery store.  Nothing highlights the flavor of a good tomato like a classic caprese salad.  It’s not rocket science, and you don’t even need a recipe, but I’ve got some tips today on a couple different ways…

Layered Caprese Salad in a Serving Dish
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So for the first time in my life, I’m dreading school starting again. I don’t know if it’s because I’m teaching now, so I have to go back to the daily grind, or if it’s because my kids are getting older and I’m realizing how few summers we have left together or if it’s because…

picture of teen boy and before and after x-rays of scoliosis
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Smash Burgers are a popular style of hamburger served at certain burger joints (like, surprise- the aptly named Smashburger, or our local favorite, Freddy’s.) They’re known for their signature thin patties that are literally “smashed” onto the grill, creating lacy caramelized edges and intense beefy flavor.  Smash burgers are incredibly easy to make at home…

cheeseburger on a tray
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Fry sauce is a condiment found in just about every fast food establishment in some regions of the country.  Legend has it this popular sauce originated in Utah at an Arctic circle in the 1940’s and is now quite popular throughout surrounding states, like here in Idaho.  With only 3 ingredients, this easy sauce is…

dipping french fry in sauce
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Kate’s Mountain Adventures 2021, Part II So remember in this post when I said I’d be back the next day with Part II of my 2021 Mountain Adventures? Yeah, that clearly didn’t happen. 😅 The last couple of weeks have been a  little bit wild–my son had spinal fusion surgery to correct severe scoliosis. It…

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Kate’s Wyoming & Idaho Adventure If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that my kids and I recently went on an adventure to Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah for almost two weeks. Normally, we wouldn’t go that early (we left on May 25 and got back on June 5), but we have a busy…

Kate's Mountain Adventures 2021, Part I (Idaho and Wyoming)
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Who else is ready for summer? I. Am. Ready. My kids are ready. We have the tiniest of windows to take a vacation this year, so I’m actually in Utah right now visiting my family and eating Avocado Salsa Verde and blissfully ignoring anything happening in Louisiana. Over spring break, we went to Whole Foods…

avocado salsa verde from our best bites
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We’ve heard from our community that sometimes the meal-time struggle you experience the most is actually what to serve along-side your favorite dinner recipes! This is one of our family’s go-to’s.  I pick up the 1.5lb bags of baby pototatoes on every grocery trip and have a variety of easy ways to prep and cook…

Smoked Potatoes and onions
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