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Welcome to our most recent edition of TDF Weekly! It has been a wild and crazy week in The Food Nanny's kitchen. This week, I am sharing some of our favorite items and a little glimpse into my crazy life right now!

What we are wearing:

  • Anthropologie Zodiac Coin Necklace: After seeing a friend of mine wearing this, I had to have it! I decided to get the lion, even though that's not my Zodiac sign. The detail is exquisite and at such a great price!

My Life Lately:

As many of you know, I am writing a cookbook! Holy cow it has been nuts. I now understand why it took my mom 7 years to write her first book! It truly is so much work between coming up with the recipes, lots of trial and error, and more dishes than you can imagine. But the excitement in getting to share all of this with you makes it all worth it! I now know why it took my mom 7 years to write her first book. Here are some highlights about the book so far:

  • My (Lizi) family moved in to my parents home just before they left on their mission. Getting to write and cook in the same kitchen she did has so much meaning for me. I look up to my mom in every possible way and love following in her footsteps!
  • This cookbook is all about Kamut! Our love runs deep for this amazing flour, and so we decided to make things easier for all of you. It will have exact measurement specifically for Kamut, so no more guessing!
  • Some of the recipes in the book will be our favorites that you already know and love! But they will have updated measurements specifically for Kamut. And then we also have tons of new recipes. I am so excited to share them with all of you!
  • Finally, what you have all been waiting for! We are hoping to have the books available in late May, early June. Right now, we are wrapping up the photography portion. And once the design is completed, production will begin!

And now you know why things have looked a little different around here. As exhausting as this has been, it is all worth it to share our love for Kamut with as many people as possible. It is truly life changing. If you haven't tried it yet, grab one of our 5 lb bags and get cooking! We are so grateful to each and every one of you! And don't forget, keep cooking, your family is worth it.


TDF Weekly

TDF Weekly

Welcome to this weeks edition of TDF Weekly! We feel like we are finally getting back in the swing of things after the Holidays. How are you doing with cooking at least 3 times a week? Its not too late to get started! Now lets get to our post:

Favorite Items:

  • Crate and Barrel Marin White Dinner Plates: Des convinced me to buy these a while ago and I started with just 4 plates. Let me tell you, these are amazing! I will be buying more because I never want to use any other plates.
  • Our oven: We don't think a more beautiful oven has ever existed! Sr. Food Nanny fell in love with this oven while remodeling the kitchen last year. The brand is Ilve from Italy. If you are located in Utah, you can find them at Durdens.
  • 5 lb Kamut Bags: Did you see our new bags on instagram? We are so excited with how they turned out! In other exciting news, our 5 lb bags will soon be on Amazon! This is the perfect size for anyone just getting started with Kamut. We promise you will fall in love!

Take Note:

  • Australia fires: to begin, we generally keep things pretty light hearted around here. But from time to time, events happen that demand our attention. Right now, fires are blazing across Australia. 28 people have died so far as well as millions of animals. It is absolutely heartbreaking! If you want to help, there are many places taking donations including the Australian Red Cross.
  • Pinners California: I am so excited to announce that I will be at Pinner CA this year! I loved meeting so many of you in Arizona and Utah, so I have no doubt this will be amazing. Its from March 13-14 in Pomona. If you want to join me, use the code FOODNANNY10 when purchasing your tickets. This will save you 10%! Can't wait to meet some of our California Fannies.
  • Utah Hygge Retreats: Finally, you guys know how much we love all things hygge. On February 21-23, I will be joining this retreat and teaching a bread making workshop. It doesn't get more hygge than homemade bread! Click here for more information!

And that's it for this week! Keep cooking, your family is worth it.


TDF Weekly: New Years Edition

TDF Weekly: New Years Edition

Happy New Year Fannies! We enjoyed spending the Holidays with family, but are ready to get this year started!

For this weeks TDF Weekly, we decided to mix things up a little bit. On social media and all over the internet, you will find various views on New Years Resolutions. Some people love them, others hate them. I have seen people resolving to lose weight, to read more, to eat less sugar, and the list goes on.

We just want to add our two cents to this conversation! However you feel about resolutions, you will want to keep reading!

Families Eating Together

Last week over on instagram, I challenged you to cook at least 3 meals a week for our families. We got several messages saying that seemed a little low, and we agree! The Food Nanny way has always been to cook at home at least 5 days a week. We actually like to have the ingredients for 7 dinners just in case our plans change last minute. But that can seem so daunting if you are just getting started. Three days a week is the place to start, and then add on from there!

To start, studies show that there are tremendous benefits to eating together as a family. After pulling from several articles, we have compiled a list of why we feel so passionately about dinner time.

  • It helps boost nutrition.
  • Mealtime is an opportunity to connect as a family.
  • It gets kids involved in cooking and food prep.
  • Eating together improves self-confidence.
  • It adds structure to busy schedules
  • Teens who eat dinner with their parents twice a week or less are 3 times more likely to smoke, 3 times more likely to smoke marijuana, and 2 times more likely to drink alcohol as those who eat dinner at least three times together. (From the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse from Columbia University 2012)
  • "Mealtime becomes a way for families to bond. It shows children they have access to a caring adult." (From Dr. Harold Koplewicz, director of New York University's Child Study Center)
  • Kids perform better at school.
  • Better Nutrition
  • Better Language and literacy development
  • Fewer eating disorders
  • Families that eat together tend to have healthier relationships with well adjusted children.

Lizi's Message:

For years, the Food Nanny has been all about cooking for your family. This is still a huge part of our message, and always will be. But we also feel so passionately about families eating the same foods together!

First off, we are not big fans of fad diets. Sure, sometimes you need to cut back on certain things to feel your best. But food is not to be feared! There is no such thing as good food or bad food, just portion control.

With this being said, it is so important to eat what your family is eating. Use good clean ingredients like Kamut and our French Salt, and create a delicious meal for the whole family to enjoy. If you do this, you can reach your goals and still enjoy the foods you love!

Staple Meals

Finally, let's get started! Now that you see the importance of eating dinner as a family, we have some delicious meals for you. Almost all of our recipes are quick and easy. They were created to make your life easier! The biggest tip we have for you is to meal plan ahead of time. Knowing what you are making and having the ingredients ahead of time will be a game changer! Here are a few of our staple and quick meals to help get you started:

So what are you waiting for? Get and keep cooking, your family really is worth it! And guess what? You don't have to make yourself separate food to reach your goals. Join us and cook dinner for your family at least 3 times every week. Life is busy and it will sometimes be hard, but you can do it! We are so excited for everything to come in 2020.


To learn more about the above points, check out these articles:

- The National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse of Columbia University 2012

-My Fitness Pal: Why families should prioritize eating together.

-Family Dinner Time: Does it Matter?

-Rescue Dinner for Your Family: From Sr. Food Nanny


The Food Nannies

Pretzel Raspberry Christmas Jell-O

Pretzel Raspberry Christmas Jell-O

  • 1 ½ sticks Land O Lakes Butter
  • 2 ½ cups salted pretzel sticks or any salted hard pretzels. (Broken up)
  • 1 8 oz. package Philadelphia Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large package raspberry flavored gelatin
  • 2 10 oz. packages frozen raspberries (undrained and slightly thawed.)
  • 1 15 1/4 oz. can Dole crushed pineapple (undrained)
  1. Melt the butter and pour into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Break the pretzel sticks in half or into pieces and spread evenly over top the melted butter. Bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from oven and cool.
  2. Cream together with an electric mixer cream cheese, cool whip and sugar. Carefully spread this mixture on top of the pretzels, covering to the edges. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  3. Bring the 2 cups water to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Turn off the heat. Add the gelatin to the boiling water and stir until completely dissolved. Place a dish towel in refrigerator and set the pan on top of it to let this mixture cool until syrupy. When cool and syrupy add the slightly thawed raspberries, crushed pineapple and stir. Pour this mixture over top the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours until firm or overnight.
  5. Cut and serve into desired pieces.

Notes: Everyone loves this Jell-O salad! It can be served as a dessert as well.

Coconutty Cereal Treat

Coconutty Cereal Treat

This recipe was first introduced to us by our daughter/sister in law Shana. She brings this treat to all of our family gatherings. It didn't take long for the whole family to be hooked!

Once you take one bite of it, you won't be able to put it down. It is perfect to bring to all your family gatherings. Or it would make a perfect neighbor gift around the holidays! Put it in some cellophane and add a cute ribbon. And just like that, all of your neighbors will be calling you the best cook in town!

Everyone who tries this asks us for the recipe. The flavors work perfectly together! It is so satisfying and delicious.

Possibly the best things about our Coconutty Cereal Treats is how easy they are. Just one batch makes 16 servings and is ready to go in a matter of minutes.

The one thing people sometimes do wrong is boil the butter, corn syrup, and sugar for too long. I try and keep it boiling for only 2-4 minutes. If you go 5 plus minutes, the mixture will harden like a rock when adding it to the cereal. Don't overthink it, just make sure and not leave it on for long.

This treat isn't just a dessert. We have found it makes the perfect after school snack too! My kids will gobble it right up. It is a fun way to mix things up.

Enjoy making this for your family!


Coconutty Cereal Treats

  • 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Golden Grahams cereal
  • 1/2 cup Slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  1. Combine the Corn Chex, Golden Grahams, almonds, and coconut in a large bowl.

  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the corn syrup and sugar. Bring to a boil and boil for 4 minutes. Pour over the cereal mixture. Mix all ingredients well with a wooden spoon and serve.

  3. Store in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap.

TDF Weekly

TDF Weekly

Hello Fannies! We missed you last week! But after a wonderful trip to Mexico (more on that later) we are back to normal life around here! And with that, we have some fun things in store for you.

Gift Ideas

Do you still have some gifts to buy? Or maybe you still can't decide what you want this year. Either way, don't forget to check out our ultimate gift guide. We gathered some of our very favorite things that we think you will love too.

Christmas Treat Roudup:

Tis the season for lots and lots of treats! Whether you are looking for something to bring to a party, to share with neighbors, or to enjoy with family, we have you covered.

  • Dark Secrets: This is one of our favorite Christmas cookies. It puts a delicious spin on the traditional Mexican wedding cookie by adding a chocolate kiss to the middle. These are definitely crowd pleasers!
  • Gingersnaps with Vanilla Chips Frosting: When I think about Christmas cookies, these are at the top of my list. They look beautiful and taste just as amazing. People won't believe you made them!
  • Grandma's Sugar Cookie Cutouts: If you are looking for an absolutely amazing sugar cookie, look no farther. This is a family recipe that we have been making for decades. You can make it special for any holiday, making it perfect for all your Christmas parties.
  • Bread Pudding: No dessert screams comfort and home quite like bread pudding. This is the perfect things to serve when friends and family come to visit. The caramel sauce makes our recipe top notch.
  • Hello Dolly Bars: This has become one of our very favorite desserts. Just take one bite and you will be hooked!
  • Caramel Popcorn: We would put our recipe up against any! Popcorn is always a hit, and a nice spin on the usual desserts this time of year. Its the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
  • Peanut Butter Cookies: Finally, one of the best things about this cookie is all the variations. You can add a Hershey kiss or Reeses to the middle or even just add chocolate chips. But at Christmas time, our favorite thing to do is to dip half of the cookie into chocolate. It makes a basic cookie feel special and unique!

Mexico Trip

Did you catch my crazy, amazing Mexico trip with Abi last week? It was a nonstop party! And now we want you to come on a trip with us! Let me give you a little background on how it all got started:

A couple months ago, Abi joined me for a live. I introduced her to the unbelievable Mexican vanilla one of our Fannies sends us. Abi couldn't get over the amazing smell and taste! Somehow this transitioned to us talking about our love for Mexico, and next thing we know, people are asking us to take them on a trip. So we started getting the ball rolling for you!

Before putting a trip together, we wanted to make sure we could give you a vacation of a lifetime. So we went down and explored! We were spoiled by 2 different resorts and had to make lots of decisions on what we would do with you guys.

Our rooms were decked out in welcome gifts, rice art, and so much more. They even wrote out Food Nanny in the sand! I cried when I first saw it. We seriously ate like queens. After experiencing it for ourselves, we want to give you the opportunity. We know its not the easiest time to pay right before Christmas, but this is a trip you do not want to miss. Here are all of the details:

YOUR Trip:

We will be in Mexico for 6 days and 5 nights. We decided to go with the Live Aqua (All-inclusive) Resort Cancun in February. You can sign up here. Everything is built in to the cost, except for any shopping expenses. Each morning, we will start with some group yoga. You really won't have to think about a thing while there. Here is the schedule:

  • Day 1: Big welcome dinner at Live Aqua! This will give us all a chance to get to know each other!
  • Day 2: Relax and enjoy the beach! You will have a cabana where you can get face and foot massages. Then that night we are going to an unbelievable restaurant. It will be one of the best and nicest meals of your life!
  • Day 3: Next, we will head out on a Catamaran to a little Island. Once there, we will snorkel, enjoy lunch, and have a party! And then we will enjoy a nice dinner at the hotel that night.
  • Day 4: This will be our exploration day. We will take you to see the authentic handmade pottery we love! This is perfect for Mexican dinner night if you decide to buy some. Then we will be going on a taco tour. After trying 5 different restaurants tacos, you will learn how to make homemade tortillas! Following that, we will go to 5th Avenue of Mexico. Apparently, this is the best shopping Mexico has to offer.
  • Day 5: Lastly, its another relaxation day! We will spend time at the beach again, as well as head to the hotel spa. Everyone will get a 1 hour massage! I can't think of a better way to end the perfect girls trip.

So what are you waiting for? Snag your spot and come with us! Between Abi and myself, you are bound to laugh your way through Mexico. Finally, here are some things we want you to consider:

  • Come with a friend, sister, or mom to get the best price.
  • We are staying at an All-inclusive resort. So all the food and drinks you could want are already built in to the price. Plus, things like the boat ride, cooking class, and massage, are already paid for!
  • You MUST sign up by Friday, December 20th. Click here to do so and for more information on the trip. Come have the girls trip of a life time with us!

And that's a wrap! Happy Holiday's Fannies. Keep cooking, your family is worth it!


Authentic Margherita Pizza

Authentic Margherita Pizza

When we think of authentic Italian pizza, this is what we think of! It is what I make when I am craving a little piece of Italy.

Margherita means red sauce, green basil, and white cheese. Think of the Italian flag! So much fun.

In Italy, the cheese on top is sliced rather than shredded. It is typically fresh mozzarella cheese. One of the best things about this pizza is all the fresh ingredients. The flavors are simple and absolutely delicious.

This pizza is a little bit of a labor of love. But don't be intimidated by the peeled tomatoes! If it seems like too much, use some delicious canned tomatoes. We even do that sometimes.

But if you are peeling your tomatoes, we have a simple way for you. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. On the bottom of each tomato, cut a shallow X with a paring knife. Do not cut the flesh! With a large slotted spoon, drop each tomato in the boiling water. When the skin begins to curl back at the X, after 15-30 seconds, remove the tomatoes and place them in ice water to stop the cooking. Then simply peel off the skin.

This makes one 16 inch pizza or 2 12-inch pizzas. We prefer a nice thin crust, especially for Margherita.

On this recipe, we use our basic pizza dough. The tuscan sun dough is out of this world, but it does take more time. The basic dough is ridiculously fast and easy! It is a matter of minutes to get this dough ready.

This is a recipe that only costs a couple of dollars. We love pizza night, but it can get expensive when going out! When you make it at home, it can be simple, cheap, and delicious.

We love this pizza! Add it to your menu for your next pizza night. It may take a little time, but you will not regret it! You cannot beat the flavor of a homemade authentic margherita pizza. Enjoy!


Authentic Margherita Pizza

Basic Pizza Dough

Margherita Pizza

  • 2 pounds very ripe Roma or hot-house tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated imported Parmigiano-Reggiano (optional)
  • Course salt and ground pepper
  • 14 small fresh basil leaves or 7 large (torn into pieces)
  1. Oil the pizza pan(s) and set aside.

  2. Prepare the pizza dough, roll it out, and place it in the prepared pan(s).

  3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

  4. Peel and dice the tomatoes, discarding the seeds, and combine with the salt and 1/4 cup oil in a bowl. Spread over the crust.

  5. Bake 15-20 minutes on the lowest oven rack. Remove pizza from the oven and arrange the mozzarella and the Parmesan, if using. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle on additional olive oil. Return to oven till bubbly, 5-10 minutes. Top with basil and serve immediately.

Dark Secrets

Dark Secrets

We love making these cookies at Christmas time! They are always a crowd pleaser. And it doesn't hurt that they are quick and easy!

These cookies are best eaten the same day. If you are wanting to save them for later, wait for them to cool. Then place them in a plastic bag and freeze. They are even delicious straight out of the freezer!

If you are not a big fan of chocolate, you can make these without the kisses. Use a tablespoon of dough and roll in a ball. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Then roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar. With or without the chocolate, these cookies are sure to impress!

If you like Mexican Wedding cookies or Russian Tea cakes, these are very similar. The dark chocolate in the center is what sets these apart.

Make these to bring to your neighbors, or to share at a party. But whatever you do, enjoy!


Dark Secrets

  • 1 cup Salted butter
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Kamut flour
  • 1 cup Pecans (finely chopped)
  • 1 package Dark chocolate kisses (unwrapped)
  • Powdered sugar
  1. Move oven rack to the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  2. With an electric mixer in a medium size bowl, cream together butter, sugar, almond and vanilla extracts for 2 minutes. Add flour and nuts. Blend well. Cover and chill if desired at this point.

  3. Measure a tablespoon of dough and shape around a kiss to cover it completely. Roll into a ball and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes until set but not browned. Roll or sprinkle in powdered sugar. Cool.

2 Week Meal Plan, Dec 9 - Dec 22

We are so excited to share our 2 Week Meal Plan with you! There are so many great recipes for us to make together in the next two weeks. Download and print out your 2 Week Meal Plan today! Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram! There you will be able to watch our Live Videos where we show you how to make these yummy recipes! Planning ahead will make putting delicious meals on the table so much more simple and enjoyable! xo Liz + Lizi

Download 2 Week Meal-Plan-Dec 9 - Dec 22

Christmas Morning Casserole

Every year, we love to make this delicious casserole for Christmas morning. It is a recipe that has been around for a long time, but we think our variation is the absolute best! Our entire family loves it.

It is delicious and so easy to prepare! I like to put it together the night before. Then you pull it out, whisk together the soup and milk, and then bake! After a late night being Santas helper, it is so nice to already have breakfast prepared. Just pop it in the oven while you are enjoying your family!

There are several variation for this recipe. If you are afraid of heat, use a mild sausage. But I promise you, the regular recipe really isn't spicy at all! You can also use colby cheese if you would like.

Add in some bacon, onion, and diced green peppers if you don't like sausage! Or you could do ham, tomato, and herb. Sometimes, we even add some green chilies. The options really are endless.

This has always been one of our favorite casseroles, but it has gotten even better thanks to Kamut! It adds the perfect flavor! It really does upgrade everything.

And do you want to know the best thing about this recipe? It is delicious reheated! I eat it for days after. You really can't go wrong with this casserole.

So with Christmas around the corner, add this to your menu! We promise you will not be disappointed. It is a hit with our whole family, and we think yours will love it too.


Christmas Morning Casserole

  • 8 slices Kamut bread (crusts removed)
  • 1 pound Hot spicy sausage
  • 1/2 pound Sage sausage
  • 2 cups Sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 6 large Eggs (beaten)
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 tsp Dry mustard
  • 1 can Cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  1. Prepare the bread and place in a buttered 9x13 inch glass baking dish. Set aside.

  2. In a medium fry pan over medium heat brown the two kinds of sausage together. When cooked, drain off all the fat.

  3. Sprinkle the sausage over the top of the bread. Sprinkle the grated cheese over top of sausage.

  4. In a medium bowl whisk the eggs, milk, and dry mustard together. Pour this on top of the casserole. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours or less. Check around 1 hour and 10 minutes to see if it looks set. This casserole will rise sort of like a souffle and should be barely brown on top. When taken out of the oven it will fall after a couple minutes- not to worry. Slice and serve.

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