by Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she traded her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters, cloth diapers and a laptop, serving as editor at Simple Bites.

Three ideas for the bagged lunch (that they will love)

It’s nearly that time of year again, when we round up the water bottles, inspect the thermoses, and sniff the lunch boxes to see if they are deadly or not. Yep, lazy summer lunching on the back patio is giving way to bagged lunches for school days. Whether you pack a meal for your work day or the kids school lunch, you’re probably always looking for ways to change things up and when you’re facing picky eaters, allergies, or school policies, feeling inspired each time you face an empty lunchbox can become quite challenging. Here are a few approaches I take to school lunches on those early mornings when I'm waiting for my coffee to kick in and time seems to move twice as fast as usual. All are simple, and as I parent a picky eater, you'll find my menu choices are appealing to most children. Read More
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Beyond breadsticks: 15 {simple} gluten-free appetizers

There is always plenty of opportunity for munching over the holidays. Whether it be at parties, open houses or church functions, trays of finger food are constantly inviting us to nibble. It’s easy to fill up fast but not really eat anything substantial. One culprit that is responsible for that bloated, overstuffed feeling at the (read more…)

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Five steps toward a greener kitchen (recipe: Happy Planet Cookies)

Environmentally friendly practices are a dime a dozen, but implementing them in the home doesn’t happen overnight. Like any lifestyle change, they are best put into practice gradually; little actions that can be realistically maintained. It’s important to take those steps to being eco-aware, even if it is just giving up bottled water this summer. (read more…)

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17 last-minute gift ideas from your pantry

Chances are if the title of this post caught your eye, there are still a few names on your gift list you just haven’t gotten around to shopping for – and now it’s the eve of Christmas Eve. At this point I strongly advise against heading out of the house to shop, for you will (read more…)

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How to host a memorable holiday cookie swap

Enjoying homemade Christmas baking is highlight of the season for many families, but making everything from scratch can be time consuming and a lot of work. So how does you stock your freezer with a delicious assortment of cookies and bars without spending several days in the kitchen? By hosting an old-fashioned holiday cookie exchange! (read more…)

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