Category Archives: Food & Recipes

The Queen’s Feast

The first part of planning any event in my family starts with one question, “What are we gonna eat?” And what’s the point of celebrating anything if there isn’t a massive amount of food involved?

The full spread, be jealous.

So as this past Mother’s Day approached I asked the moms in my life(Mom, wife, sister) what they would like to gorge themselves on for their day of days. My sister Nicole, replying first, said her “Wildest Mother’s Day food dream is an Italian spread. Like a Jersey Shore Sunday dinner where you have to unbutton your pants halfway through.”, followed by more graphic descriptions of being fed meatballs while laying down and being worshiped like a Roman Goddess. Being as she is the most recent mom in the family, breastfeeding, and therefore the hungriest, everyone else agreed that her idea was the best and I set out planning a feast fit for the queens these moms are.

Beef and Pork Meatballs in Marinara, Parmesan, basil, & parsley

Normally, I would just do all the shopping and cooking, then have my dad and brother-in-law pay me back, but being a new mom(read: Housedad) myself I decided to delegate some of the shopping and prep to them instead, and it couldn’t have worked out better.

Antipasto Tray!

It’s amazing how less stressful cooking copious amounts of food can be when you relinquish some control. But if I’m being real, it was just a little control, I can’t let that shit go completely or the whole world might fall apart. Right guys???

Penne with Bolognese, Spicy Italian Sausage, Parmesan, fresh basil

As most family holidays go at home, we ended up eating an hour later than planned, but as you can see the food was well worth the wait. My brother in law, Danny, brought some amazing hand-carved wooden bowls he picked up from a friend who was foolishly giving them away, which really added to the rustic, home-style feel of the meal.

Bowties with Roasted Garlic- Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce, mushrooms, Pecorino Ramano, Baby heirloom, fresh basil

Overall, the mom’s said they had a great day and a meal worth the carb coma that inevitably followed. The only thing missing was an Italian Grandma’s seal of approval, but I guess I’ll have to wait to check that off my bucket list.

Grilled veggies Papa cooked perfectly!
Marinara, Roasted Garlic- Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce, Pesto

*All pictures by Danny Offer. Follow his other work on Instagram

Night Cereal: Oaxacan Mole Chex Cereal!

Brought to you by got milk? Food Loves Milk!

To say that I am completely inept in the kitchen is probably generous. I often joke I married a chef so I wouldn’t starve. My husband, Michael does try to teach me things and I’ve picked up a couple edible dinners that I can feed my family. Don’t worry – Michael created this recipe, and it’s amazing! I love the idea of “Night Cereal” because our kids love anything that accompanies milk and they think were cool parents for letting them have cereal for dinner. BONUS, they got to help prepare it – which they love. When I told them the plan they were like, “Wait….you’re going to let us make food AND we get cereal for dinner?…” That’s right kids! Cool Mom in the house!

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Mole Spiced Chex:

-1.5 Cups of Chex
-1/4 tsp Cinnamon
-1/4 tsp Chili Powder
-Pinch of Cayenne
-Pinch of Cloves
-Pinch of Mexican Oregano

Combine all ingredients into a ziplock bag and let kids shake away.

Dancing optional.


Pour Mole Spiced Chex into bowl.


Top the Mole Spiced Chex by adding  1 Tbsp each of Raisins, Golden Raisins, Toasted Pecans & Pumpkin Seeds into bowl.


 Mexican Chocolate Milk:

-1 cup of milk
-2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey.

IMG_6755Pour ingredients into bowl then let the kiddos wisk away.


Finish by adding Mexican Chocolate Milk to bowl of Mole Spice Chex.





The Reeses


Back to School Sweepstakes with Ralph’s!

Thank you Ralph’s Grocery for sponsoring this post & giveaway!

Me waiting for the first day of school like:

Are you as ready as I am for the first day of the school?! Don’t get me wrong, being up earlier totally sucks BUT I feel ready to get back to our routine about 1.5 weeks into Summer. My kids love school and being busy, so they are ready too. All praises to teachers everywhere – you’re incredible.


Ralph’s is a major grocery chain in California that specializes in fresh foods at low prices; allowing you to eat healthy without breaking the bank. But there is still so much more that Ralph’s offers it’s shoppers, such as school supplies – basically, it’s a one-stop shop! Let’s be honest, I avoid shopping with my kiddos as much as possible. Also, my friend Kiki swears Ralph’s take-and-bake is the best ever. Trust this girl, she knows her carbs.


So who wants to win $100 for themselves and $100 for a friend to spend at Ralph’s on Back to School goodness?! Go to my Instagram Post and tag a friend to enter! That’s it!

Ralph’s “Back to School” Sweepstakes Official rules.

Are you excited for back to school? Can you help me get organized? No? Ok.

XOXO Tiffany