Loaded Mashed Potatoes

My Nanny Kids love loaded mashed potatoes. This side dish has all their favorite potato toppings mixed right into the mashed potatoes. Feel free to mix in some sour cream to make these mashed potatoes even creamier and loaded with flavor. You Will Need: 2 pounds (about 2 to 3 large) russet potatoes, peeled, cut […]

Instapot Chicken Soup

Nothing’s better on a cold winter night than a bowl of comforting chicken soup. The aroma in the house is also amazing. This Instapot chicken soup tastes like my Grandma’s soup that took all day to make but it takes a lot less time because the soup is made in an Instapot. You Will Need: […]

Sweet Potato Burritos

One of my Nanny Kids is absolutely addicted to these vegetarian sweet potato burritos. I slightly adjusted this recipe I found on the Mel’s Kitchen Cafe web site to eliminate jalapeños since they are too spicy for the children in my care. I add rice to make the rice and beans a complete protein. Sometimes […]

Leek Stew with Olives

This is an incredible healthy and vegan Romanian stew from the whereismyspoon web site. I didn’t expect the kids would love olive and leeks in a stew. But, this Romanian stew called “Praz cu masline” really blew my Nanny Kids away. It has so much flavor the kids gobbled it right up. You Will Need: […]

Cranberry Cobbler

I know I keep posting cranberry recipes. But I absolutely love everything cranberry. This is a super easy cobbler recipe I found on the allrecipes web site. The cranberries can be replaced with other berries when cranberries are no longer in season. The fresh cranberries are tart so it tastes great served warm with a […]

Struffoli Honey Balls

Struffoli is a holiday favorite in Italy. I found this struffoli recipe on the nonnabox.com web site. I wanted to try to make a holiday recipe using the amazing local honey from Javelin Bee Products for the children I care for to enjoy on New Year’s Eve. The web site explains that the authentic struffoli […]

Gingerbread Houses Christmas Eve Tradtions

I work for a Nanny Family that makes a gingerbread house every Christmas Eve. Here are photos of some of the gingerbread houses I have made with kids over the years and a great gingerbread house cookie kit to use to use. There are several pre-baked Gingerbread House Kits such as this Gingerbread House Kit […]

Coffee Rubbed Beef

Cooking for Families This rub works on just about any cut (in fact, it’s served on filet mignon at Mesa Grill), and the pan-to-oven method is foolproof. I recommend using on a round roast or beef tenderloin. It is a great dish for any holiday. Serve this for special occasions and holidays. This great recipe […]

Romanian Pork and Potato Stew

My former Mom Boss found this stew recipe on the spruceeats web site. This one-pot stew of pork and potatoes (cartofi cu carne de porc) is an easy-yet-hearty recipe to whip up the night before and allow to flavor overnight. It’s also just as good eaten the day it’s made. It’s even a good candidate […]

Cheesy Green Beans

This is such an easy way to bake green beans for your Nanny Family. The great thing about this recipe is that it takes almost no prep time, making it one of the easiest side dishes you can make. A good glug of olive oil helps coat the beans in seasoning while crisping them up […]