Simple Sundays | Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup + A Pampered Chef Giveaway

Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Nourish your family with a bowl of soup.

Our kitchen table is round, the wood showing little nicks of wear and tear from years of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks, not to mention toys and textbooks and homework and projects of all kinds. It’s been well used and well loved, and even the chairs have been replaced over the years. But the table remains, and I am constantly tidying up, reminding the children to bring their toys upstairs and clear books off the table.

It’s when the table is cleared and set for dinner that I can finally relax. Knowing that we, as a family, can gather around the table for dinner is more important than my kids realize. It is the reason I won’t allow our schedules to be overrun by activities and sports, it’s the reason I always want to be home by the dinner hour.

I know how fortunate we are to know that there will be a meal, every single night. I always say a prayer of thanks that there is food on the table, whether it is a simple sandwich or an elaborate roast. With 1 in 6 Americans facing hunger today, it can be quite sobering.

Five Little Things - September 26, 2014 | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Pumpkin adds a fall twist and makes for a chewy cookie!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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Shrimp and Smoked Sausage with Aged Cheddar Grits + Scenes from a Visit to Tillamook

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Simple Sundays | Apple Oat Muffins

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09-19-14-Five Little Things | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

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Buttermilk-Gruyere Biscuit Topped Shepherd's Pie | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Simple, comforting, and so easy to make!

Buttermilk-Gruyere Biscuit Topped Shepherd’s Pie

The evenings are a little bit brisker. The mornings are a little bit darker. And the afternoons are a whole lot busier. Now that my children are back in school, our days move at a more frenetic...

Chipotle Pulled Pork Bruschetta with Queso Fresco | www.kitchenconfidante.com | A hearty appetizer with zesty kick!

Chipotle Pulled Pork Bruschetta with Queso Fresco

My goal is to have leftovers. “Whaaaat?” you say? Crazy talk? Oh no. I’m all about cooking once, eating twice. Or trying to, at least. If there are leftovers, packing lunches for my family is a whole...

Homemade Vanilla Extract | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Homemade vanilla is easy to make and makes a wonderful present!

Simple Sundays | Homemade Vanilla Extract

The rustle of leaves on the ground and the cool breeze of the morning coax me into the kitchen. When autumn brings its promise of pumpkins and apples, vanilla scented muffins and maple glazed everything, I am...

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Five Little Things

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No-Bake Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Nectarine Compote | www.kitchenconfidante.com | When the summer heat rises, no-bake is the way to go!

No-Bake Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Nectarine Compote

I often wax poetic about how in love I am with life in California, I imagine that sometimes it sounds like much of the same: blah blah, the farmers markets, blah blah, the avocados, the artichokes, the...

Baked Ziti with Roasted Eggplant and Peppers | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Summer meets fall when roasted eggplants and peppers are tucked into cheesy baked ziti.

Baked Ziti with Roasted Eggplant and Peppers

Pasta feeds and pancake breakfasts – to me, the two used to go hand in hand, events of mass consumption, fundraising for a common goal. I remember volunteering at my grammar school when I was a little...

Swiss Chard with Pancetta, Corn and Cannelini Beans | www.kitchenconfidante.com | A wholesome and satisfying side dish!

Simple Sundays | Swiss Chard with Pancetta, Corn and Cannelini Beans

I walked under a ladder last Wednesday. When it comes to superstitions, I tend to scoff at them. After all, we have a lovable black cat, and umbrellas in the house make for awesome kid forts. I’ve...

09-05-14 Five Little Things | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

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Nectarine Crumb Cake + Ice Cream Birthday Cupcakes | Two-in-One Birthdays!

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