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Recipe: Tomato Tortellini Soup — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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When it comes to comfort food, tortellini is a classic. What's not to love about bite-sized nuggets of pasta filled with cheese? Skip the usual sauce, though, in favor of cooking up a rich and creamy tomato soup that comes together in 20 minutes — perfect for busy weeknights!

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How To Make Oatmeal on the Stovetop — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Among the recipes that friends and family ask about most frequently, including how to make a proper pot of rice or how to cook perfect chicken breast every time, how to make a decent pot of oatmeal is always up there on the list. It seems that every home cook is chasing that elusive ideal pot of oatmeal: thick but not mushy, and fluffy but not chewy. Making good oatmeal can happen without much brain power (even while you're still waiting for the coffee to brew) — this recipe will show you just how to do it.

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7 Things to Ask Your Kids at Dinner Beyond “How Was Your Day?” — Table Talk

You've taken to heart the importance of the family dinner. You meal planned, you carved out the time to cook, you got everyone to the table at the same time. You are feeling pretty good — and you should. The Family Dinner: You did it!

But why is getting information out of your kids so hard? You're interested, you're available, but there's not a whole lot of repartee going on. Here are a few tips to spark that conversation and get the kids really talking about what's happening in their world. Any of these questions should keep your kid from asking the worst question of all: "May I please be excused?"

Just be prepared to give your own answers!

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This Is the Prettiest Splat Mat We’ve Ever Seen — Shopping

It's so fun when kids start to eat solids! They make the cutest faces, you start thinking of all the foods you can't wait for them to try, and every meal is exciting — and also a glorious mess.

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Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Family-Friendly Fall Favorites — Next Week’s Meal Plan

The official first day of fall is just around the corner, and temperatures are starting to drop around here, finally giving me permission to cook the cozy cold-weather fare I've been craving since August. This week's meal plan is all about welcoming fall with some of our favorite foods. They're always easy to make and devoured by adults and kids alike.

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Why Disney Cruises Are Actual Parent Vacations — Cruises for Food-Lovers

If you're a mom then you know that despite the many, many joys of child-rearing, it can leaving you feeling a bit haggard. If you are like me, you will find yourself day-dreaming of endless sunshine and a Cinderella-style night out in glass slippers. You will want, in short, a real vacation — and not just a trip somewhere in a car where the final destination has a kitchen and in-laws are involved.

If this is the case, then I encourage you to consider a Disney cruise. You hate Frozen, you say? You've heard that GD song one too many times and you can't hold it (i.e. your true feelings) back any more? Hear me out. Walt knows a thing about sprinkling Tinker Bell's pixie dust on every age — including adults.

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