Peanut Butter Balls made by a preschooler


These cereal peanut balls were made by my 3.5 year old. I am so proud of her. She put the ingredients together and made these balls. So, this recipe is so simple that a preschooler can make it. She loved the fact that she put the recipe and the … [Read more...]

Puff Pastry Pizza


I love puff pastry! I always keep some in the freezer and when I am pressed for time I just toss in  the filling I want and voila I have the perfect breakfast, snack or dessert. The best part is you can find puff pastry in the freezer section of … [Read more...]

School Lunch Idea #5


Menu: Boiled Egg Persimmon Peanut butter and strawberry wrap Moroccan Inspired Carrots … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving to-go Options

XINO's Thanksgiving

I cannot believe it is already the end of 2010. Where does the time go?  I look up today and realized that Thanksgiving is a week away. In the past this was the time when I would start planning on what to make. I would make everything from scratch, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Moroccan inspired Carrots

Getting together and eating with friends and family is one of the biggest joys of life. I love the sharing of the stories, the laughter and of course the food. I love how we get the kids to sit together and eat. I am always amazed at how willing kids … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter and Jelly — the healthy way


Peanut Butter and Jelly the classic comfort food of most of our children is also one of the unhealthiest foods for children if not prepared right. The traditional peanut butter sandwich is made on white bread which lacks nutrition and commercial … [Read more...]

School lunch idea #4


Puff Pastry Margherita Pizza Olives Babybel cheese Strawberries Broccoli and Carrot Slaw … [Read more...]

Lunch and snacks for kids: go natural!

Young girl holding packed lunch in living room smiling

I sometimes wonder if my kid is the odd one out at lunchtime (her lunches) at her school. I see all these other kids with their lunchables, apple sauce, fruit yogurts and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Simone, my 3 year old, even fights me … [Read more...]

Fish Tacos with a japanese twist


Perhaps the wasabi and the hand roll taco might make it sounds exotic but these tacos are the usual with a Japanese twist. I bought some store bought tortillas for these and we had homemade guacamole from the day before. The thing I will remember … [Read more...]

Roasted Seaweed Snack


We have a new favorite snack at home. Everyone including our 10 month old loves it! They are so crunchy, so delicious and so affordable.  It a great snack from an unlikely source.  Are you ready for the big surprise? It’s “Roasted Seaweed”! I … [Read more...]