Wonder Punch Juicing Recipe: Somer Cooks

Wonder Punch | Juicing | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, please refer to my Legal Policies and Terms of Use. The opinions here are entirely my own. When I asked Somer what she wanted to call this post, she replied "Wonder Punch - It's a wonder anyone would drink it but it tastes so good!" I have learned from experience to never question Somer when she tells me something will be tasty, so you know I'll be giving this juicing recipe a try! Here are Somer's thoughts on this tasty … [Read more...]

Butterscotch Drop Cookies: Kids in the Kitchen

Butterscotch Drop Cookies | Easy Family-Friendly Recipes

Admittedly I am WAY behind on this series...if you're wondering why, here are the "gory" details. Thankfully, my gal pals are incredibly supportive. And patient. As I continue playing catch up and getting back on the horse, I am sharing a super tasty, crazy easy recipe for Butterscotch Drop Cookies for the Kids in the Kitchen dessert challenge. Emily cooked these up all by herself and the best part about this recipe is that it is the easiest, most basic drop cookie recipe ever, you almost always … [Read more...]

Hearty Crock Pot Soup Recipe: Kids in the Kitchen

Hearty Crock Pot Soup Recipe | Chaos & Kiddos

There is nothing a working mom loves more than to come home to dinner already made. The crock pot is the working parent's best friend. If only we could "set it and forget it" for so many other elements of our daily routine! This hearty crock pot soup recipe is a major win on a number of tasty levels - You can swap the ingredients up based on what happens to be in the house, it's so easy that the kids can prep it, and it almost crosses into the chili realm for those hearty men in your life. … [Read more...]

Panini Bar: Kids in the Kitchen

Panini Bar | Kids in the Kitchen | Chaos & Kiddos

If you're just joining us for the Kids in the Kitchen Series, be sure to check out last week's challenge where we shared some tasty breakfast treats. This week, we're working on lunch!  If your kids are tiring of the same old lunch sandwiches, let's change things up a bit and get them involved with their lunch choice. A panini bar is a great way to host an afternoon of family fun! (In truth, the panini bar makes regular appearances on our dinner menu as well - it's a great option for the working … [Read more...]

Chicken Quesa Soup (Chicken Noodle Soup): Somer Cooks

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup | Recipe | Somer Cooks

I have learned that a lot of my friends often hide some of the ingredients they put in their meals in order for their children to eat them (Editor's Note - I am that Mom! I stealthily hide everything! And probably shouldn't).  I have found that if I just name the meal something different, regardless if my girls can see what’s in it or not, they will eat it.  Soooo, Chicken Quesa Soup it is! For whatever reason, this name makes them giggle and ask for second helpings! This simple chicken noodle … [Read more...]

Oatmeal On-The-Go Bars by Weelicious: Kids in the Kitchen

Oatmeal On-The-Go Bars | Weelicious | Chaos & Kiddos

The name really says it all on this one. As working moms, I'm sure most of us would admit that "on-the-go" is pretty much the only mode we operate in. When it comes to cooking, it needs to be quick and easy. As I work harder to focus on healthy ingredients, I'm often drawn back to my Weelicious Cookbook, where simple healthy recipes abound and cooking is always a family affair. This week, for the Kids in the Kitchen Series, we had to come up with a breakfast food to cook with our children. I … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

An exciting announcement for you! The gals behind the Think Outside the Toy Box Series are at it again! This time, we're getting our kids in the kitchen for some creative fun, healthy meals and purposeful play. Join us each week as we tackle a different challenge and make meal-planning and cooking a family affair. Challenge yourselves to join us as we include our children and teach them basic kitchen skills, and then come back to link up your blog posts to share!   Here is our … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Chicken Stock: Somer Cooks

Somer Cooks |Easy Homemade Chicken Stock | Chaos & Kiddos

Remember that beautiful No Frills Whole Roasted Chicken I shared last week? Hopefully it's made its way to the short list for your next shopping list and menu prep. Perfect timing! We're about to dig in to the first recipe to put that same chicken to good use for another family meal. As part of "The Bird Word" series, we're exploring how to make the most of your money by buying whole chickens and spreading them over several meals instead of buying already prepped and trimmed chicken breasts at a … [Read more...]

No Frills Whole Roasted Chicken: Somer Cooks

Somer Cooks |Whole Roasted Chicken | Chaos & Kiddos

I used to be just like any other typical grocery shopper and would pick up chicken breasts already prepped and trimmed for quick weeknight dinners. Then a friend of mine brought to my attention that you could get a whole chicken from Whole Foods for $2.49/lb vice the 4 chicken breasts for $4.99/lb that I was currently buying (I’m not sure what the conversion rate is from breast to whole chicken but that just seems ridiculous!).  On a tight budget with three small children, it clearly made much … [Read more...]

Grilled Chili-Lime Chicken with Strawberry Avocado Salsa: Somer Cooks

Chili-Lime Chicken with Strawberry Avocado Salsa | Somer Cooks | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

Seriously, I'm in awe of her. Somer partners with me to run The Studio Hampton Roads and Modern Femme, parents three small kids (one a newborn!) all day at home AND cooks crazy delicious, healthy meals for her family...she is super woman. I don't know how she does it. We're up for another tasty treat today that has me STARVING! With strawberries still in season, I could NOT resist sharing one of my favorite strawberry, avocado and grilled chicken recipes.  Having made my share of … [Read more...]