Carrot Cheesecake Crumb Bars

Carrot Cheesecake Crumb Bars by Foodtastic Mom

Carrot cake is most definitely not just for Easter, though I did make these for our Easter celebration. It’s a combination of my two of my favorite desserts, carrot cake and cheesecake, in a handy and most definitely delicious, bar cookie form. 

I found the original recipe at a blog called Wicked Good Kitchen, which is appropriate because these are wicked good. Hers were quite unique in that in the cheesecake layer, the bars KEEP READING

Sparkling Lemon Peep Mojito

Sparkling Lemon Peep Mojito by Foodtastic Mom

I read a lot of food blogs. It’s overwhelming how many food blogs actually exist on the interwebs. Most of the time, I enjoy what I see and read and get inspired by what other like-minded home cooks are creating. However, sometimes it’s just too much. My brain gets over-saturated and I need to step back a bit and get back to myself and what I really like to cook, bake and create in my own kitchen.

I haven’t entertained in a KEEP READING

Spring Vegetable Soup & Buttermilk Corn Bread

Spring Vegetable Soup and Buttermilk Corn Bread by Foodtastic Mom

My weekend consisted of lots of cooking, though none for the blog until today. Tom and I volunteered for a swim team job Saturday morning and had a wedding to attend that same evening. In between, I baked a batch of THESE scones. Some were part of a birthday gift for my mom. Some were for our house guests on Sunday. I also cooked up THIS sauce, THIS bread and THIS dessert for our Sunday dinner with our friends. It was a full but fun KEEP READING

Bunny Box Lunch

Bunny Box Lunch by Foodtastic Mom This lunch for my kiddos might be one of my favorites ever. I try and strike a balance in our real life and on the blog between whole foods and processed, always erring on the side of real, whole food as the majority. This lunch, I think is a pretty good representation of that, plus it’s cute!

The bunny bun idea comes from a blog I regular like on Facebook, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons. Her boys really KEEP READING

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto by Foodtastic Mom

I thought about titling this post Basic or Simple Mushroom Risotto, but that sounded way too ordinary. And trust me, risotto is anything but ordinary. My kids gobble this up with more enthusiasm than their favorite macaroni and cheese. They LOVE it. Of course in any busy family’s life, the macaroni and cheese has it’s place, but I’m not OK with it being the expected thing from me. Macaroni and cheese KEEP READING

Kroger Easter Basket Hop

Kroger #EasterBasketHop
Kroger is headquartered in my city of Cincinnati, Ohio and one of the largest Kroger Marketplace grocery stores in Ohio happens to be located less than one mile from my front door. We bike there in nice weather now that we have sidewalks on our street. It is beyond convenient, and while I always shop with a list, feeding our family and running my blog means I’m shopping there at least twice per week. 

So when Sitewire contacted me on behalf KEEP READING