This Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Family Dinners to Make Before Things Get a Little Crazy — This Week’s Meal Plan

This week kicks off what always proves to be a busy month for our family. Between Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother's Day, and hosting out-of-town guests and finalizing summer camps, we have lots of potluck parties, end-of-the-school-year celebrations, book club meetings, and even a weekend away planned in May.

I'm relishing this week when we only have two things on the calendar as an opportunity to take it easy and stick with some of our family favorites and use up some ingredients languishing in the fridge and freezer.

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You Should Really Make Pasta from Scratch with Your Kids — Cooking With Kids

I cook and bake with my two kids regularly, everything from weeknight dinners to the more advanced sugar cookies during the holidays and cakes for their birthdays, but I recently had a cooking-with-my-kids experience that was so revolutionary, so satisfying, and just plain fun that I have to tell you about it.

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Move Over, Avocado Toast! Avocado Chocolate Bars Are the New Trendy Bite. — On Trend

Avocados are delicious. Chocolate is also delicious. But do they belong together? Apparently so. A hybrid treat featuring both ingredients — an avocado chocolate bar — finally exists as a result of a collaboration between Compartes chocolatier and the California Avocado Commission.

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10 of Our Most Beloved Vegetarian Cookbooks — Everyday Vegetarian

Even if you're not a vegetarian (or were only a vegetarian for a week in college) chances are you have a vegetarian cookbook on your shelves. Why? If done right, vegetarian food can be some of the most amazing and innovative food available. Despite being identified by what you can't eat, the truth is vegetarian cooking is very flexible and can accommodate many kinds of diets and preferences, including (gasp!) those who want to add a bit of meat now and then.

So what are some essential vegetarian cookbooks that we always keep on our shelves, no matter what the current food trends? The ones we reach for, whether we're pulling together a dinner party or just trying to get tonight's supper on the table? And what about the newer vegetarian cookbooks? Are there any instant classics out there? To answer this, we gathered a list of 10 essential vegetarian cookbooks. Take a look and see if your favorite is among them.

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These Are My Favorite Frozen Burritos — Everyday Vegetarian

Everyone needs a back pocket food. I'm not even talking about the quick egg scramble you make when you don't feel like cooking — I'm talking about the food you stick in the oven or microwave when you're in peak I'm-not-cooking mode. Mine is this frozen burrito. It's got just enough stuff in it to make me really satisfied, with thoughtful flavors and ingredients — how many frozen burritos have options with anasazi beans, kimchi, or cardamon-laced curries? And they're all vegetarian.

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3 Key Steps for Throwing the Best Surprise Party Ever — Birthday of the Month

There's more to throwing a surprise party than hiding behind a couch and throwing confetti at someone. (Although, those are fun aspects of it!) Not to freak you out or anything, but if you're the one throwing the bash, the birthday girl's happiness rests entirely in your hands. It's a lot a pressure, we know!

Don't panic just yet. There are just three small things you need to do in order to throw the best surprise party ever.

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