How to Prevent a Domestic Disturbance

Written by Danny.

As the loving husband of your favorite Simple Bites Editor (Aimee), I’ve got the inside scoop on what really happens around here and today, I’m going to spill the beans and tell you one of our family secrets. We have a serious problem in our home, one that could very well lead to instability, sharp words, lost sleep and much, much worse.

Usually when there’s a problem in a relationship, both parties are partially responsible, but this time, I confidently accept no blame. It’s all squarely on Aimee’s shoulders.  You see, Aimee alone has a problem.  A serious one.

Her doctor has said that she needs to slow down and stay off her feet, but instead, she’s nesting. [Read more…]

Eat Well Spend Less: Food Resolutions (Recipe: Baked Brown Rice Pilaf)

We’re a little over three weeks into the new year which is long enough to put your food resolutions to the test – if you made any. In this January edition of our Eat Well, Spend Less series, we’re taking a look at those goals and how we’re measuring up.

I recently shared my intentional food goals for 2012 (and loved reading yours in the comments!), and the one that I have to address daily is eating well for baby.

Diet in the third trimester is requires a bit more thought than usual for one obvious reason: I’m always hungry. Snacking takes on a whole new meaning, shifting from a casual appeasing of the munches to a full on survival tactic.

Thanks to an ever-growing uterus pressing on my stomach, I can’t comfortably eat a regular sized meal. Often my plate holds the same amount of food as my preschooler – and I’m feeling stuffed after the meal; hence, I eat small meals, but more frequently.

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Weekend Links and Tattler Winner

It’s a new year, a new canning season, and you all are excited to start preserving! Yesterday’s giveaway from Tattler received a terrific response, thank you very much.

I loved reading through your answers to my canning question and hearing what you’ll be putting up in jars next. Talk about inspiring!

So the grand winner, who will receive 200 Tattler Reusable Canning Lids shipped directly to her door is…

Yvonne! She said she can’t wait to can summer peaches. Congratulations, Yvonne! You have been notified via email. Happy Canning!

A big thank you to all who participated in this giveaway. Don’t worry, there will be more opportunities in the future to win products from Tattler. In the meantime, stay in touch with them on Facebook for advanced notice of sales and discounts.

Read on for this weekend’s link love….

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Weekend Giveaway: Tattler Reusable Canning Lids

This giveaway is now closed. Check back soon for the winner!

Today’s fantastic weekend giveaway is from Simple Bites sponsor, Tattler Reusable Canning Lids, and it’s a good one! One winner will take home a giveaway package of 100 regular lids AND 100 wide mouth lids with reusable rubber rings!

I’d say someone is about to be set for the canning season ahead.

Just because the roadside produce stands are buried in snow doesn’t mean we have to pack away our canning jars and declare the season over. There are still plenty of fun preserving projects to be made during the darker months of the year.

In some ways, canning in January is more enjoyable than during the hectic summer months.  In winter you can choose your recipes with leisure without fear of fruit over-ripening. There is more time for experimentation, and less of the panic that can come with the pressure of putting food up in July.

For your canning inspiration, here’s a round-up of inspiration for home canning in the winter months. From marmalade to chutney, there’s enough recipes to keep you busy until spring.

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How to Cook Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oats in a Slow-Cooker

This week I wholeheartedly embraced the slow-cooker challenge along with dozens of other bloggers. I stewed beans all day, simmered a vegetable stock, and combined ginger, coconut and chicken into a fragrant dinner.

I even used my slow-cooker for breakfast, something I’m going to be doing a whole lot more of, thanks to an ingenious technique discovered via Food 52 for overnight steel-cut oats.

As you’ve read, oatmeal in all its forms is one of my pantry essentials. We use rolled oats in our Overnight Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal, stir steel-cut oats for Brown Butter-Toasted Oatmeal with Roasted Pears, and often cook a pot of quick oats on those hurried Monday mornings.

Of all the varieties of oatmeal, my affections lie with steel-cut oats. However, I am less fond of the 30 or so minutes of cooking time that they require in the morning to reach the perfect creamy, yet toothsome texture. I had tried a few overnight versions, but found that, although convenient, they left the oats with a gummy consistency.

Fortunately, I have come across a completely new method that has – yes, I dare to say it – revolutionized our breakfasts. [Read more…]