patriotic cupcakes

4th of July Parties In the land of the free and the home of the brave, the 4th of July inspires patriotism, bbqs, picnics, and you can’t forget the fireworks. Food is typically a huge part of the celebration of America’s independence from Britain. These tasty patriotic cupcakes will be a yummy treat on your dessert table. This year, my own family is participating in our town’s 4th of July celebration parade, with our Cub Scout pack. The boys are excited to get to be a part of the party to get the day kicked off. Fireworks and more Some of my favorite memories ofRead More →

greek salad

  Welcome Summer! Summer is officially here, and for me, that means a change of pace. My mind slows down, the kids are out of school, and our attention focuses on all the joy and wonder of sunshine and outside activities. We are more intentional about spending time with friends at picnics and backyard bbqs. Easy side dishes and salads, like this Greek salad, are easy to prepare, and are a hit. I don’t know about you, but I find that I tend to get a little lazier in the kitchen during the summer months. As the temperatures outside rise, who wants to be inRead More →

Strawberry Pie

Now that the weather has started getting nice, I have thoughts of summer floating through my head, and I kind of feel like a little kid anticipating summer vacation. We went to the beach last weekend, and are preparing for our second camping trip of the year for the end of next week. After an unusually cool and rainy winter in Southern California, summer is finally starting to tease of it’s imminent arrival. The taste of a fresh strawberry rhubarb pie reminds me of late spring and early summers. Strawberries are just coming into season, and rhubarb is abundant at this time of year. TheRead More →

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

Mother’s Day is drawing near, and if you are anything like me – a mom with small children – it can be hard to really relax and enjoy “your” day. I remember well a Mother’s Day nightmare that left me in tears when my little ones were still babies. My husband was at work; my oldest daughter had opted to spend the day with another family. My son, then 2, woke up from his nap screaming and had a nasty fever. The baby woke up screaming from her nap with an explosive diaper all over her crib and all over her. I was in tearsRead More →

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Have you ever started to make a recipe, only to realize that you didn’t actually have some of the ingredients you needed to prepare the meal? That’s exactly what happened to me when I started to make these sour cream chicken enchiladas. Part of the magic of a Pantry Fairy is to be able to look at the resources you have on hand and be able to swap in substitutions to balance out what is missing from the recipe. Here is the process I went through to get the enchiladas made and on the table for dinner. Chicken – All of my chicken was frozenRead More →

This post may contain affiliate links. I only recommend products I have used personally and believe in. See full disclosure policy here. Raspberries. To me, they evoke memories of being a small child growing up in the farmlands of Illinois. I remember my dad had a riding lawn mower, and would take me for rides around the huge yard as he mowed the grass. My mom had a huge – or so it seemed to preschooler me – garden patch. In this patch, she grew raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and a variety of other garden-fresh delights. I can still see the giant bowl of freshly pickedRead More →

Ultimate Cookbooks - The Pantry Fairy Top 5

This post may contain affiliate links. I only recommend products I have used personally and believe in. See full disclosure policy here. The Beginning If someone were to ask me how I learned to cook, my first instinct is to say that I grew up watching my mom in the kitchen. She comes from a line of homestyle kitchen ninjas. My second instinct is to say that I learned so much just from reading cookbooks. You see, I have always been an avid reader. My little one recently asked what toys I liked to play with when I was her age. And I honestly couldn’t think ofRead More →

Easy Banana Bread

Every kitchen needs a go-to recipe for easy banana bread. I don’t know about you, but I tend to buy a lot of bananas. They are budget AND kid-friendly, which is always a plus in my book. My family likes bananas when they are still firm and ever so slightly green. That’s our sweet spot. I suppose many would protest “But they aren’t even fully ripe yet!” And I suppose that is true. But, it’s how we like them. As the bananas ripen more fully, we start using them in smoothies and in this yummy banana bread. Sometimes we’ll let the bananas go on purposeRead More →


Easy Irish colcannon – onions and cabbage mixed into creamy mashed potatoes, finished with crispy bacon. Delish!Read More →

farmers market chicken salad

Fresh apples and grapes make this delicious chicken salad a lunchtime winner.Read More →