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TDF Weekly

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.

xoxo!

Our Week at a Glance

It has been another great week around these parts! We decided to switch things up with our Monday posts, starting today! It will still be a recap of the week, but so much more! We get asked all the time for things we are loving, so this is going to be our place for it! We can't wait, and hope you are excited too!

Lives

We started off this week with a live on Tuesday, showing you how to make green beans, asparagus, and snap peas on the Traeger. Turns out we have been saying "Staub" wrong all these years! We talked more about our views on clean eating and portion control. Catch the live here if you happened to miss it!

Next, we showed you how to make our ridiculously good hamburger buns on Friday. Put down the bag of buns at the store and make these! It is easy to make a ton, and they honestly taste so much better. Make them along side us here!

Food Nanny Finds and Faves

Anthopologie Dishcloth Set We love everything about these dishcloths. They are the perfect texture, don't stink, and come in the cutest designs. Every home needs these!

Chocolate Chips Cookies: Did you guys know it was National Chocolate Chip Day this last week? You know how much we love our cookies. Make sure to try our Ice cream cookie sandwiches this summer!

Mac Studio Watertight SPF Foundation: We have been asking what foundation we wear, and this is it! We love that is has SPF in it and still provides good coverage.

Anthropologie Old Haven Mugs: We love everything from this line! The color is to die for, and the design is so fun.

Diet Coke: We couldn't do our first favorites post without including this! What do you think keeps us going? It's our guilty pleasure.

Traeger: This is a new love for us, but we are so excited about this! We had a barbecue with out family this weekend, and the food was amazing. Everything you make in the oven can be made in the Traeger. The smoke adds such amazing flavor!

Meal Plan

Monday: Food Nanny Chicken Soup with Dumplings

Tuesday: American Lasagna

Wednesday: Red Lentil Coconut Soup

Thursday: Taco Salad

Friday: Pizza with Mushrooms

Saturday: Farmhouse Grilled Porterhouse with Arugula

Sunday: Brilliant Oven BBQ Chicken

Cinco de Mayo Ideas

Cinco de Mayo Ideas
One of our favorite nights of the week has always been Mexican night! We really can’t get enough. All of our recipes are amazing, but our Mexican food is some of our very best! With Cinco de Mayo coming up, we thought it would be fun to compile some of our favorite Mexican food items! If you are making dinner for a group, we have you covered! If you are keeping things simple and eating with your family, we have something for you. And if you happen to be bringing a side to a Cinco de Mayo party, look no farther! We have pages and pages of ideas for Mexican night, so feel free to check out both our cookbooks for some more ideas! But we promise, you will not be disappointed in ANY of these ridiculously good recipes

2 Week Meal Plan Apr 29 - May 12

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 Meal Plan Apr 29 - May 12

In Case You Missed It.... April 22nd-April 28th

In Case You Missed It.... April 22nd-April 28th

We had another great week around here! When you focus your life around family and what really matters, it is hard to not find the good in your life.

Tuesdays Live

To start off the week, we had another fun live on Tuesday. We have been asked over and over again for easy dinner ideas to bring to people. So we decided to show you our Italian Peasant Soup. It is delicious and easy to make a big batch of! Pair it with our Kamut bread, and you have the perfect meal! We love to bring this to people after they have a baby!

Thursdays Live

We didn't get to talk enough about Kamut on Tuesday, so we decided to do an entire live on our Whole Wheat Kamut bread!

We don't use the Kamut berries for everything, but it makes unbelievable bread. It is organic and chalk full of protein and vitamins. It is the best wheat we have ever tried! And there is something about grinding your own wheat that makes you feel like a real cook.

If you were able to join the live, we showed you how to work a wheat grinder. It makes such fresh flour. We love feeding our families the best, healthiest bread around.

Many of you have been asking about the difference between the berries and our white Kamut that we use everyday. We do NOT like the berries in everything. It is a dense wheat that just doesn't work in sweets for us. But in bread, it is unreal!

The white wheat has completely replaced all purpose flour for us. We definitely use the white Kamut more, but we love them both for different things.

Have we mentioned how much we love the Danish dough hook? We mix everything with it, and it has honestly changed our life! We very rarely use our Kitchen Aid or Bosch now. Its one less thing to clean, and it is easier to get the perfect consistency of the bread.

Florida

This week was made extra special with our trip to Florida! Ginger brought us out for an amazing event she put together. It was such a pleasure! She made our day by being a huge fan. We just love her!

We had a little bit of downtime before the event, so of course we made our way to the beach! It just brings us life! We had the most incredible meal at Sand on the Beach. Its a meal we will be dreaming about for months! The fish was so fresh, and the combination of the ingredients was out of this world. We loved the meal so much we went back for round two!

Ginger made so many of our recipes, and they were insane! People drove hours to come! We are just so thankful and love our Florida Fannies.

Weekly Finds

This week for our "weekly finds" we have these amazing items from Target.

Can there be anything more French? These dishes look and feel expensive, we can't believe they are from Target! The bowl is perfect for serving, mixing, anything! And we keep picturing flowers or lavender coming out of the vase. You can't go wrong with either!

In Case You Missed It... April 15th-April 21st

What a wonderful week! We had such a blast talking about Easter with you guys and celebrating with our family. We love any occasion that brings family together, especially sitting around the dinner table.

Kamut Pickup

We have more pickup locations opening in the next couple weeks! And of course, keep stopping by our Warehouse. We can't say enough how much we love cooking with Kamut.

If you haven't tried it yet, check out our pickup locations and grab some! And for those of you that don't live near the warehouse or a pickup spot, you can always order online.

Tuesdays Live

To start the week off, we had an amazing live on Tuesday! We showed you some last minute Easter ideas. We showed you how to make Swiss Buttercream and carrot cookies!

We absolutely LOVE the buttercream recipe that we typically make with our chocolate cupcakes. But we have been having some fun playing around with different buttercreams, and this Swiss variation does not disappoint!

It is a little bit of a labor of love, and may seem a little intimidating! It does take more time and is a little more temperamental, but it is worth it. Food Nanny Sr. prefers this over any buttercream she has ever tried! So you have to give this a try if you are a buttercream fan like us.

We made these cupcakes special for Easter with some amazing cupcake liners. We found these at Homegoods, so make sure and check them out! We also decorated with some coconut and cadbury eggs for the perfect touch.

For a second option, we showed you how to make our delicious Kamut carrot cookies. They are perfect for all Spring long! They take a little bit of time since you have to boil the carrots down. But this makes them feel extra special! The fresh orange frosting takes these to the next level.

Studio 5

On Wednesday, Lizi (Jr. Food Nanny) made another appearance on Studio 5! She made our cheesy scalloped potatoes with ham and corn casserole that the whole family loves. It's Easter dinner all in one!

It is always such an honor to be invited on the show. And of course we had a blast talking about our beloved Kamut. Click here to watch the segment in case you missed it!

Fridays Live

And finally, we gave you some fun ideas for an Easter picnic on Friday. With the perfect weather this time of year, we just want to enjoy the sunshine! And the perfect way to do this is at a family picnic.

We showed you how to make some amazing sandwiches on our french baguettes. To make the perfect size, use mini baguette pans! They are the same length as traditional, but much skinnier. Here are so scrumptious ideas for different sandwiches:

  • Tuna: We love a good tuna sandwich! Just add mayo, mustard, dill, and salt and pepper. Tastes delicious every time.
  • Egg Salad: Perfect for Easter! We showed you a little tip of shredding your eggs with the cheese grader. This makes life so easy!
  • Prosciutto, swiss, and butter. Thats all you need to make an amazing sandwich.
  • Fresh mozzarella with tomatoes and fresh basil. Make sure and cut all you ingredients nice and thin. This makes such a light and refreshing sandwich!
  • Turkey or ham and cheese: Add some jalapeño jam to take this traditional sandwich up a notch! So tasty, and something the whole family can enjoy!

Make a variety of sandwiches and let everyone have a little bit of each! It is very easy to pull off, but still feels fun and special.

And don't forget about your sides! Bring along some fruit, a yummy dessert (like our carrot cookies), a fun drink, and a little cheese board.

For our cheese board, we brought a couple different cheeses, our jalapeño jam, olives, and crackers. I don't know what it is about a good cheese board, but it just makes us feel fancy! I have yet to be disappoint with a meal that starts with this!

We hope you all had a wonderful Easter spending time with those you love. We know we sure did! And for those of you cooking along side us this next week, here is what we will be making:

Meal Plan

Monday: Beef Stroganoff

Tuesday: Italian Peasant Soup

Wednesday: Tuna Noodle Casserole with Sour Cream Sauce

Thursday: Chicken Taquitos

Friday: Choose a Flavor Pizza

Saturday: The Wedge with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Sunday: Crock Pot Turkey Breast

In Case You Missed It.... April 8th-April 14th

In Case You Missed It.... April 8th-April 14th

What a week! It was pretty jam packed between a cooking class, three lives, and an amazing birthday party. It was good to be back in the swing of things.

Don't forget to stop by our Warehouse for all of your Food Nanny needs. And we are so excited that our new Kamut Pick Up locations should be up and running this week! We will keep you updated.

MONDAY

We started off the week with an unbelievable birthday lunch. On Monday, we were invited to attend a lunch hosted by Traeger for Kristin Andrus and Shannon from cleaneats_clean treats. We were amazed at all the wonderful and talented women there. It was such a privelege just being invited! And you can't have a birthday party with a bunch of foodies without delicious food!

TUESDAY

Then on Tuesday, we had our first live of the week. And it was a good one! We were so lucky to have Kristen from @buonaforchettaut cooking with us. She made her amazing gnocchi and shared with us some of her tips and tricks. She makes Italian food just about every night! Kristen used Kamut this time, and it turned out perfectly. We aren't lying to you, it really does make everything better!

It was a blast cooking along side Kristen, but also amazing sharing part of her story. She has struggled with Epilepsy and eventually depression as a result. Through the hard days, she turned to cooking and bonding with her family. Kristen truly is an inspiration to us all.

WEDNESDAY

Next, for Wednesdays live, we decided to sit down and just talk with you guys! When we skip a couple lives, we start to miss our fannies. Food Nanny Sr. talked all about her amazing travels around the world. She spent time in Thailand, India, and France over the last month. We will go into more detail in a later post, but it was a blast reading about things she loves, things she ate, and things she purchased.

One of our favorite purchases from traveling has to be our copper pots! This is something that can be passed on to future generations and definitely worth the investment. We found some for you at a killer price! It comes in both a 3 Liter and 4 Liter size. We have the 4 liter and love it, but the 3 Liter is great as well. The 3 Liter size is actually supposed to be a thicker copper!

You can find more incredible copper pots, but you will pay for it! And if you decide to go too cheap, it simply will not last. This really is a killer deal! Think of it as kitchen art, and something your family will enjoy long after you are gone.

FRIDAY

Then, this week was make extra special with a third live! We just wanted to make up for missing the week before. For our final live of the week, we decided to show you how to make our Dippy Eggs and French Baguettes.

In fact, we have decided to make the dippy eggs for Easter breakfast! They are easy, but so fun and healthy for the whole family. Kids love the idea of dipping with the toast, and adults can't get enough of the flavor. So start a new tradition, and enjoy this on Easter morning with us!

And if you have been a follower of ours for a while, you know about our French Baguettes. We make them all the time because they are just that good! They taste amazing, and take less than an hour start to finish. You won't find bread that is this easy and delicious anywhere else! And the best part? It goes with just about anything! The baguettes work on sandwiches, or on the side of a salad. We even love serving it on Italian night.

SATURDAY

To conclude, we finished off our crazy week with another amazing class at Orson Gygi. It was so much fun getting to cook right along those of you that were there! If you live near us, make sure and catch one of our upcoming classes.

MEAL PLAN

If you would like to cook along side us this week, here what's on the menu! Have a great week!

Monday: Crunchy Parmesan Baked Chicken

Tuesday: Red and White Mostoccioli

Wednesday: Blueberry Croissant French Toast

Thursday: Texas Style Beef Tacos

Friday: Fresh Tomato Pizza

Saturday: Grilled Jalapeno Burgers

Sunday: Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

In Case You Missed It... April 1st-April 7th

In Case You Missed It... April 1st-April 7th

We are sorry this is getting posted a day late.... Looks like our blog wasn't ready to be back from vacation yet!

What a week! You may have noticed things were a little different around here last week. After what seems like forever, Senior Food Nanny finished up her world travels for a little while. We are so excited to have her home!

It just so happened that this last week was Spring Break around our neck of the woods.

Junior Food Nanny, along with a bunch of our other family members, spent the week in Newport Beach. It was such a treat getting away for a few days.

We may not have been cooking our usual meals, but we were still bonding over dinner time!

Today, we want to tell you all about Newport Beach. Its a trip we have done many times before, and will continue to do as often as possible. We love it that much!

To break up the long drive with kids, we spent a little time in Las Vegas.

We were so excited to see that Eataly is now in Vegas! It started in Italy, but we have been enjoying it in New York for years.

It's the highest quality Italian food that everyone will love! Even the pickiest eaters will find something, we promise. So fun to now have this gem in Las Vegas!

LODGING

On this trip, we stayed at the amazing Marriott Newport Coast Villas.

This hotel is in the perfect location. It is close to the beach, restaurants, and shopping. It is located up on a hill so the views are breathtaking.

We love that you can easily sleep the whole family comfortably and have the option to eat in. The address is Newport, but you are also super close to Laguna Beach. It is one of our favorite places on earth.

FOOD WE LOVED

The whole family couldn't get enough Mexican Food this week. We really tried to take advantage of the amazing food options in Newport. We had some awesome recommendations from our viewers, and we were not disappointed.

Our three favorite stops were Chronic Taco, Taco Mesa, and Sancho's Tacos. They all have similar menus, but we liked different things at each place.

  1. Chronic Taco: So delicious! Their carne asada tacos are out of this world. Some of the best we have ever had.

  2. Taco Mesa: We loved their chips and guacamole!

  3. Sanchos Tacos: This place came highly recommended! We preferred the food at the other two places, but we loved the fun atmosphere.

Something else we couldn't get enough of this trip was Sidecar Donuts! They are absolutely unreal. The shop is open from 6:30am-9pm, and their is constantly a line!

We LOVED the Huckleberry, Butter and Salt, Apple Fritters, honestly everything! We are completely obsessed.

Don't worry, we did eat a few healthy things this trip! We tried out Pressed Juicery and loved it! I felt like I was getting healthier with each sip.

They have locations all over California so check them out!

At R+D, we had one of the best salads of our lives! It is definitely a fancier restaurant but we loved it. Its located in Fashion Island and was the perfect place to enjoy lunch before shopping.

RECOMMENDATIONS

We had so many food recommendations and we just ran out of time! Here is a list of all the other places people suggested. Looks like we need another trip!

  • Bonsai Bowls

  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar

  • Pit Fire Pizza

  • The Crack Shack

  • Burger Lounge

  • Nektar

  • Haute Cake Cafe

  • Mendocino Farms

  • Rose Bakery Cafe

  • Mama D's Italian Kitchen

  • Bear Flag Fish Co

SHOPPING

Since I mentioned Fashion Island, let's talk about the shopping! You know our main passion is food, but shopping isn't far behind. ¿We love checking out new places and discovering everything that's out there.

One of our favorite shops this trip was Anthropologie. I know, I know, there are Anthropologies all over! But the one at Fashion Island is incredible. It's ginormous, and full of so many amazing things. We could have spent all day in there.

We also enjoyed checking out Des' favorite store, Jux-ta-po-is-tion. It did not disappoint! They have remarkable antique benches, stools, and boards. It is full of truly breathtaking and unique items. It is definitely on the pricier side, but its amazing.

And finally, we couldn't leave Newport without checking out Studio McGees Store in Costa Mesa. We have been fans of Shea's for a long time so this was such a treat!

We had an absolute blast eating, shopping, and home admiring our way through Newport Beach, but we missed you! We are excited to be back cooking with all of you! Here is our menu for the week. Keep cooking, your family is worth it!

MEAL PLAN

Monday: Chicken Rice Casserole with Almonds

Tuesday: Cacio E Pepe: Quick Mac and Cheese

Wednesday: Fish Tacos

Thursday: Chicken Fajita Soup

Friday: Little Italy Pizza

Saturday: Sloppy Joes

Sunday: Cream of Zucchini Soup

In Case You Missed It...March 25th-March 31st

In Case You Missed It...March 25th-March 31st

We have had such a great week over here at the Food Nanny. Guys, it's been busy! Food Nanny Sr. is still off traveling the world. She is now in France getting everything ready for our trip this summer. We can hardly wait! It will truly be a trip of a lifetime.

Kamut German Pancakes

We were so excited to have Katie join our live on Tuesday! We just love our family! We showed you how to make our amazing orange rolls. They are the perfect baked good for Spring! We showed you the mini version, but you can make them the same size as a traditional cinnamon roll as well!

Kamut Orange Rolls

Katie also shared with us what finally worked to help get her son to try new things. She was directed by her doctor to head home and get rid of all the processed foods and start fresh. He eventually started trying new things, and now eats just about everything! Your kids won't let themselves starve. Katie is such an inspiration!

After we talked about orange rolls, brunch was definitely our minds! With Easter and General Conference coming up, requests were pouring in for more ideas from us. So we put together a fun list for you with some of our very favorite recipes. Brunch is so fun, because you have so many options. We love to see what you are cooking, so tag us in your pictures the next couple weeks!

On Friday, I showed you how to make our incredible arugula pizza! I really can't get enough of this flavor you guys. I have people all the time tell me they don't love arugula, but then end up loving this pizza. The flavors just work so perfectly together. It ends up tasting so light and fresh! My pizza has gotten so much better since switching to Kamut. I know we say this all the time, but we use it for everything now. We will never go back! Its much better for you and enhances the flavor of everything you make with it. So make sure to come pick some up, or order a bag online!

So we have been telling you the aprons will be here end of March, but we just received word that they are going to miss that deadline. We are so sad about this! It looks like they should still be here within the next week or two thought so we are close! We cannot wait for you to get your hands on them!

We are so excited that our Arizona Kamut pick ups will be open and ready for you end of this week! We will have a location in Mesa and Gilbert. I am so excited for more of you to easily get your Kamut and start cooking with it! Remember that you can always order online even if we don't have a pick up location near you yet.

Favorite Items of the Week:

Here are a few things we have been loving this week!

  1. These amici water glasses! Are these not the cutest? Maybe this would help us all drink a little more water if our cups always looked this cute!

2. Danish Dough Hook: Have you purchased yours yet? We are so obsessed!

3. The shirt Katie wore on Tuesdays live! The print on this shirt makes it perfect for spring!

Novel Tie-Front Top in Windowbox Floral in country floral antique lace image 2

4. The shirt I wore for Tuesdays live! Don't you just love a well designed white shirt? This one is perfect for just about every occasion.

Eyelet Keyhole Peplum Top in eyelet white image 2

5. Red Star Active Dry Yeast: Keep this stored in your freezer for years! This is the only yeast we use, its amazing. Grab it at Costco, or at the link above!

This next week will look a little different around here. We have some fun family things planned, so stay tuned! But here is our menu for the week for anyone wanting to cook along side us.

Monday: Beef Stroganoff

Tuesday: Baked Chicken and Potatoes Italiano

Wednesday: Classic Tuna Melt

Thursday: Navajo Tacos

Friday: Pizza and Mushrooms

Saturday: Barbecue Chicken Salad

Sunday: Crockpot Roast Beef Dinner

Keep Cooking, Your Family is Worth It!