Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni

by heidi on February 3, 2014

I’m not embarrassed to admit it. In our first days of being married—yep, that was just a feeeewww years ago—Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper was totally a favorite of my husband and mine.

Cheeseburger Macaroni

Maybe it’s because my mom rarely made dinner from the box that gave that dang Hamburger Helper version a secret appeal.

Or maybe it was just because it had the basic ingredients that make a comfort food dinner completely craveable: pasta, hamburger and cheese sauce.

We always doctored up the boxed version with sliced onion and mushrooms, it’s not like we could just eat it the cardboard cutout way.

Cheeseburger Macaroni

But when I started reading labels and trying to pronounce words in the ingredient list that I needed to pull out the dictionary for, the boxed version went by the wayside.

But that didn’t mean my craving went away.

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I’m just one of many content creators who create recipes, take drool-inducing photos of their inspired dishes (hopefully) and share it with the world through blogs.

Lunchbox Fund Photo 1

The ingredients we shop for and the food we make is readily accessible and plentiful. Shopping at the grocery store is just a car-ride /subway stop /quick walk away from our fully-functioning kitchens.

A visit to the weekend farmer’s market with morning coffee in hand is a social event, not a matter of life or death.

And the happiness of sharing a leisurely Sunday dinner with those you love makes it all the more easy to forget that there is a whole other side of the world out there. To forget that hunger plagues too many of those less fortunate.

And that too many of those who are less fortunate are innocent children.

On February 10, 2014, food bloggers are putting their words and photos to work. Food bloggers are coming together for a nationwide fundraiser with the goal of raising funds to provide one daily meal to 100 South African schoolchildren for one year. If you are a food blogger, you can join us in making a difference. If you are a reader, you can donate and do your part. It’s a win-win for each side of the globe.

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Friday Faves and 5 Decadent Cake Recipes

by heidi on January 31, 2014

Here we are, the last day of January. Are you still resolving, er, goal-setting? Or have you settled into your old routine and can’t wait for February to hit with it’s white sales, bikini displays at the mall and Superbowl feasts or Valentine’s Day treats?

I’m still on the bandwagon, trying to not to stray from the straight and narrow by bingeing in the deep end.

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I subscribe to this newsletter and this week she shared a nugget that nailed me to a T.

“There’s a lot of talk about what we need to do to make our changes stick…So often, we get caught up in what the 10th step is going to be. We freak out about how we’re going to handle a lapse in commitment two months down the line when our shiny new change isn’t quite so shiny and new anymore.”

Yep, that’s me. But hopefully not for much longer.

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Although he’s officially handed over the reins, 82 year old farmer Bill Rempp still continues to work alongside his son Kevin on the 1,200 acre family farm in central Iowa, better known as the heartland of America. And some days—when he’s lucky—you just might find his 6-month-old great grandson, Will, in the bucket seat next to him.

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Bill Rempp Iowa Farmer

Will is poised to be a seventh generation farmer in the Rempp family tree and his great grandpa proudly shared this photo with me.


I was one of several invited food bloggers who traveled to Des Moines, Iowa to learn about Iowa corn and farm-fresh foods from farmers like Bill Rempp on the annual Iowa Corn Quest Tour sponsored by the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

I’m an inquisitive sort, so meeting food producers and getting to know more about where my food comes from is one of my favorite parts of this job. I think everyone can admit that there’s room for improvement when it comes to transparency in food and agriculture. And happily, that same belief was one I heard from the farmers themselves.

Doesn’t most everyone who isn’t a farmer have an idyllic take on what living on a farm would be like?

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German Chocolate Cake

by heidi on January 29, 2014

Sometimes you feel like you’re batting a thousand, and sometimes you just don’t.

German Chocolate Cake with a decadent coconut and pecan frosting

I’m watching The Biggest Loser as I write this. Well sort of watching, it’s more in my sideline view. Those people are seriously changing their lives. 160 pounds lost and more? I mean wow. They have a team and millions of eyeballs motivating them to succeed and the big money prize for the winner doesn’t hurt.

But they themselves are making it happen.

I also watched the State of the Union address tonight. I cried at the President’s introduction of Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, a man who fought for his country and who on his 10th deployment (TEN!??!) was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

German Chocolate Cake with a decadent coconut and pecan frosting

Tonight he was celebrated by President Obama and a 3 minute standing ovation from both sides of the divided aisle.

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