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  • Does Microwaving 'Kill' Nutrients in Food?

    Does Microwaving ‘Kill’ Nutrients in Food?

    Whenever I share my baby food recipes in which I use my microwave to cook various fruits and vegetables to tenderness, I typically receive negative comments about the effects of microwaving on food. Although every American household owns a microwave, and microwaving has been a cooking practice for decades now. But does microwaving kill nutrients […] More

  • Blue Apron Review

    Blue Apron Review

    The mission at Blue Apron is to make incredible home cooking accessible to everyone. To save money, I cook most of the meals that my family eats at home. I have a dozen or so go-to meals that I can whip up pretty quickly. I also like trying new recipes, but sometimes shopping for and […] More

  • Van's Soft Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters

    Van’s Easy Mealtime Hacks

    Mealtimes can be hectic in The Parenting Patch house. Fortunately, a little planning and some quick hacks make preparing nutritious and delicious meals for my family a little easier! Hello from Van’s Foods! We know how busy life can be for Van’s foods fans. Between work, working out, parenting, driving, walking, riding, creating, days get […] More

  • Hello Fresh

    Hello Fresh Veggie Box Review

    How would you like fresh ingredients complete with recipes delivered to your home? When Hello Fresh recently approached me about reviewing a Hello Fresh box, I jumped at the opportunity. Although I am not generally fond of mailed product boxes because I like to do my own shopping, cooking is another matter. I tend to […] More

  • Homemade Ranch Saltines

    Baking Homemade Ranch Saltines

    While perusing Pinterest the other day, I stumbled upon a recipe idea for seasoned saltines. I love saltines. But I love seasoned crackers even more. After adjusting the original recipe a bit, I came up with my own idea for homemade ranch saltines using just canola oil, olive oil, and a packet of ranch seasoning. […] More

  • Lasagna

    Making Lasagna for My Family and Friends

    Lasagna is one of the easiest and most filling meals that I can make that my family and friends also love. A few weeks ago, two of my friends came over to meet my daughter. Because I like to feed my guests, I whipped up a big pan of lasagna! Making lasagna is so easy. […] More

  • Appetizers for Thanksgiving Dinner: Cheese Ball Recipes

    Appetizers for Thanksgiving Dinner: Cheese Ball Recipes

    I love cheese! On special occasions such as Thanksgiving, I love eating crackers with cheese from a cheese ball. Although cheese balls can be bought from the store, a homemade one tastes even better. So, if you are looking for some recipes for appetizers for Thanksgiving dinner, try one or more of the following cheese […] More