7/52 small group

I’ll let you in on a little secret. I do not like to bake. More specifically, I don’t like to make desserts. I have this girlfriend–desserts are her jam. Completely. Whenever we go to her home, she has a full-on dessert bar. Picture in your mind a brunch-sized dessert buffet. But, at your girlfriend’s house….

3/52 small group

Six years of life. 156 times around the table.  Countless prayers & hundreds of emails. We’ve rejoiced over babies, longed for babies, mourned babies. We’ve shared great parent teacher conferences, encouraged one another with struggling students and prayed for our kid’s classrooms. We’ve cried over jobs–needing a job, hating a job, wishing for a job and…

2/52 the Bubars

Growing up, I didn’t have an appreciation of the value of being rooted in a small(er) community for a long period of time . I’ve grown to have deep love for the people who’ve loved my people for many years–the countless families who have gotten into the trenches–celebrating & rejoicing in the good, weeping &…

Pin2Plate: Snowmageddon Edition!

  Happy new year, friends! We have enjoyed a lengthy hiatus from thehungrykid, and are ready to jump back in feet first. I’m not sure what the weather may bring to your neck of the woods over the next few days, but our giddy forecasters are touting the possibility of three feet of snow. Yes, feet. In addition…

Blueberry Lemonade Cookies

These cookies are only 5 ingredients and 10 minutes away! In addition to their lighter-than-air texture and lemony flavor, the recipe can be interchanged with any cake mix flavor and with any in-season fruit (or made with no fruit at all!). A delicious cookie that anyone can make! The 5-ingredient cookies:  1. Boxed cake mix (we…

pin to plate!

Hi friends, happy Monday! I’m excited about this week’s pin to plate, it’s a recipe I’ve been anxious to try: Grilled Coconut Sweet Potato Kebabs! Coconut oil seems to be sneaking its way into many homes, and the combination of the sweet potato and coconut sounds too good to pass by. Here’s what you’ll need…

must-make (yes, really!) chicken meatballs

I know what you’re thinking. “There’s no such thing as a ‘must-make’ chicken meatball.”     “They might be good for her family, but my kid–eat a chicken meatball? Yeah, right.”   “Chicken meatballs are gummy and have no flavor, gross.” I know what you’re thinking–because I thought so too. But believe me, you’re wrong….

Happy Birthday, America!

There’s something about the 4th of July that makes summer ‘official’, don’t you think? We wish you and your family the sweetest of days, filled with endless sunshine, bellies full of delicious food and hours spent doing what you love best. Here’s a glimpse into what we’d love to do on a ‘perfect’ 4th of…

the famous burrito blanket

Necessity is the mother of all invention, or so they say. That certainly is the case with this DIY–my Hungry Kid loves Mexican food. But throw a burrito her way–and forget about it. There’s no two ways about it, that tortilla is not staying rolled. I’ve tried toothpicks–“they’re too pokey.” I’ve tried quesadillas–“they don’t taste the same!”…

stop force feeding your kids!

“Mothers should stop forcing or restricting their kids’ eating,” she said. “They’d be better off providing a healthy food environment, adopting balanced eating habits themselves and covertly controlling their children’s diet quality by not bringing less healthy foods into the house.” Science Daily, March 2012 read more here

so long, container gardening!

                            Digging holes for tomato plants with Daddy Trying to break through the ‘stubborn’ ground Planting cucumber seeds in her ‘trench’  There is little better than throwing open your back door, walking a few steps, picking a gigantic vine-ripened tomato, salting it…

Top reasons to get your family to the table together tonight!

10 Benefits of Frequent Family Dinners: Everyone eats healthier meals. Kids are less likely to become overweight or obese. Kids more likely to stay away from cigarettes. They’re less likely to drink alcohol. They less likely try marijuana. They’re less likely to use illicit drugs. Friends not likely abuse prescription drugs. School grades will be…