Hi! My name is Emily and I'm a writer, a wife to Nick and mother to two very sweet little girls named Daisy and Ella. We live in a quaint little town outside Philadelphia, PA, with our two black lab sisters.


I started this blog as a way to stay connected with friends and family after Daisy was born and it has now become a home for musings on everything from our favorite family recipes, books, travel destinations and, ultimately, my quest to balance work, life, self-care and family - all while staying grateful. Happy reading!

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A New Favorite Toddler Recipe: Mini Chicken Parmesan Balls

October 12, 2017

 This little lady never stops going - so I'm always working on fueling her little body!


Lately, I’ve been making Daisy a super easy, super delicious meal that is just enough to keep those gourmet tastebuds stimulated without being too complicated.


On Sunday night, I prepare the meatballs: In a medium bowl, I combine one package of lean ground chicken with 2 cloves of grated garlic, a quarter of a red onion minced, 2 cups of panko breadcrumbs (or more), a whole egg and lots of salt and pepper. Sometimes I add sautéed kale if I have it on hand. I form small balls with my hand and cook in a cast-iron pan over medium heat in EVOO until golden brown on all sides. Then I let them rest on a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb excess oil. When cool, I package these up in Tupperware and keep them in the fridge for the week.


Every night for dinner, I heat up 5-10 meatballs with some marinara sauce (I love the organic tomato basil from Trader Joe’s) and sprinkle with grated parmesan before serving with a vegetable side like corn or edamame. This is Daisy’s little version of chicken parmesan and she LOVES IT!


The best part: takes five minutes to heat and plate every night - and you could turn it into an adult dinner with spaghetti in a pinch.


Buon appetito friends and babies ♡

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