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Spring Sweets: Mini Fruit Tarts

We have officially been invited to our first spring party! Our dear friends purchased a new home over the winter and they are finally ready to have everyone over to celebrate! The kids are ready to enjoy the large backyard and the adults are ready to visit in the fresh air! In order to make it less formal and more about enjoying everyone’s company in the nice weather our hosts have chosen to make the party potluck. Everyone is bringing a little something to share. Our youngest host has even requested that each of the kids bring their favorite game to share.

The kids have decided to bring their colorful parachute (you remember running under these as kids?) to share with their friends, and one large beach ball to try and float above the parachute. They love throwing the ball; high in the air and running under the parachute as fast as they can. Personally I think it is the perfect Spring activity. It is even great for a variety of age groups.

Now comes the food. I love dessert, and as we have food allergies in our home I tend to bring the items I want to eat the most so that I know I can partake without any issues. In our house that means no dairy and no gluten, and as most desserts have those as their main ingredients I try to bring a dessert that will allow us to indulge without fear. I have become a fan of Eat Your Hartt Out which is a fun blog featuring a foodie Dad that just wants to create family friendly recipes for his growing fam. I love that! While the recipes are not always allergy free they can be easily substituted to create allergy-friendly meal options.

This month I want to share the Easy Mini Fruit Tarts. These are a fun and simple treat that are easy to work with. While these recipe calls for cream cheese and sour cream they can be easily subbed out for Daiya Cream Cheese and Coconut Cream Yogurt. We also love Pamela’s Gluten Free Cookie Dough Mix. By swapping these ingredients for allergy-friendly ones we can all enjoy, and the flavor is still right on point!

Head on over to Eat Your Hartt Out for more fabulous recipes. You will love all the easy and fun recipes that they highlight. They even offer incredible videos! Enjoy!

Simple dinners: Garlic Butter Steak and Potatoes Skillet

We love a good steak, but since steak can be expensive it is always great to find an amazing recipe that will allow you to take a poor cut of steak and make it taste fantastic. It is a great way to stretch your dollars and still enjoy a good steak.

This skillet meal is fast, inexpensive, and delicious. Three things that truly make a great meal. This meal is so simple you can make it in a rush, which is great because most weeknights are a rush for us. I love finding meals that I can make on a Tuesday but taste like a Saturday. you know the kind. The kind of meal that tastes date-night worthy but can be made to feed your family of five? This is one of those meals.

Thank you to Eatwell101 for the amazing recipe that can be made very simply. head on over to Eatwell101 now for the full tutorial. Trust us, this is a meal that will wow any day of the week. just try not to forget to set the alarm for the next day, even though it tastes like a Saturday night meal does not mean its a Saturday night.

Simple Dinners: Lasagna Soup

It is FINALLY cold here on the west coast, and that means that we are ready for winter meals. I love a hearty soup or stew on a cold winter night. Sometimes soup can feel like it isn’t a hearty enough meal. So I try to choose soups that will have a higher protein count in them. We love Italian soups like Minestrone, Zuppa Toscana, and Sausage Potato and Kale Soup. This year I wanted to add a new soup. A friend of mine told me about a blog she had recently read with a Lasagna Soup. My family loves Lasagna. However, I really don’t like any of the premade ones for sale — and making it from scratch is not feasible on a weeknight. Lasagna Soup might just give me that lasagna taste without the work. So of course I ahd to check it out. Cooking Classy has a simple and fun recipe that is absolutely heavenly. I was able to make it on a tuesday, and I had enough left over to freeze and use another night. I simply left the noodles out that way when I thaw it the noodles are not soggy. Since noodles cook fairly quickly, they can be placed in the soup as it comes to temperature and boils. Now I can have my lasagna fix any day of the week, thank you so much Cooking Classy for helping this lazy Italian lover. Be sure to check out the other incredible recipes at Cooking Classy when you are their getting all the details for this wonderful winter soup.