About Tanya

Tanya is a full time wife and mom, a part time chef/baker, and a wanna be photographer! Tanya believes every once in a while, dessert should be eaten first! Hope you like what you see!

Quick and Easy Dessert: S’mores Popcorn Bars

This quick and easy dessert is a snack that is sure to put smiles on everyone’s faces! Marshmallow coated popcorn, graham crackers and lots of chocolate. What could be better? www.lemonsforlulu.com

Need a quick and easy dessert that is fun and sure to please?  These S’mores Popcorn Bars will be a hit with everyone! Back in my childless days, dinner often consisted of a giant bowl of hot buttered, heavily salted popcorn.  Sure, popcorn has no nutritional value except for fiber which is almost certainly cancelled out after all the butter and salt, but it was easy, it was quick, and it made me oh so happy. Sadly, I had to let my popcorn … Continue reading →

Iced Tea with Strawberries and Lemonade

Iced tea simply blended with fresh strawberries and tart lemonade! www.lemonsforlulu.com

This post is sponsored by Pure Leaf Iced Tea, however all opinions are my own.   I am honored to be a partner in creating unique content. Iced tea blended with fresh strawberries and tart lemonade for a pleasingly refreshing drink! My kids have lots of books, but one of my very favorite books to read right before bed is a book called The Red Lemon.  I won’t go into literary detail about this child’s tale in this post.  Instead … Continue reading →

S’mores Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut butter bars inspired but S’mores, with graham crackers, chocolate and mini marshmallows! www.lemonsforlulu.com

These peanut butter bars have a hint of graham crackers, fudgy center and are sprinkled with mini marshmallows!  A S’mores flavored dessert! When our kids were given iPods as gifts, it was with the understanding that we would monitor everything they did.  Our oldest kids are 10 and 9 and 5 and are quite naive and innocent.  However, I wanted to establish the house rule now that mom is always watching. Recently the kids have discovered the … Continue reading →

S’mores Oatmeal Cream Pies

A S’mores twist on a classic childhood treat! www.lemonsforlulu.com

A S’mores twist on a childhood favorite! I can vividly recall the first time I tried S’mores.  I was in the 4th grade and it was during the last week of school.  Our science teacher brought in all the fixins for s’more along with foil and plates.  We sat along a rolling hill on one side of the school.  We assembled our s’mores (leaving the top cracker off) and let the sun reflect off our foil lined plates and onto our individual milk chocolate … Continue reading →

Meal Plans Made Simple #26

It has been gorgeous here lately.  As I type this I’m snuggled up in a sweatshirt.  Yes it’s July and I’m freezing!  These days are gems. They get me thinking about fall and the fun things ahead.  They certainly get me thinking about food too!  Thank goodness we have a great meal plan for you this week!   MONDAY Pizza Lasagna Rolls via Rachel Cooks - A fun meal for everyone!!! Cheesy and saucy and pizza toppings!!! … Continue reading →

Charred Corn Salsa over Grilled Cumin Steak

Corn salsa with a little char makes the perfect cumin steak topping! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Charred corn salsa is light and flavorful!  It’s the perfect topping or the perfect dip! I know some people go nuts over a good steak.  I am not one of those people.  In fact, I couldn’t tell a good steak if it hit me in the face.  Part of this is due to my upbringing.  My mom was a thrifty chef and only bought meat sitting in the clearance section of our grocery store.  This usually meant that our meat was very tough and extremely chewy. … Continue reading →

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Frozen Hot Chocolate is made with a special ingredient which makes it creamy and chocolaty! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Frozen Hot Chocolate can be made quickly and easily! It’s chocolatey, cool and incredibly satisfying! The worst part of vacation is when it ends. I know I just stated the obvious. Pre-vacation is fun. There are so many preparations to be made before you even think about taking off. All the planning, the reservations, the research, the packing (and repacking) that happens in the months, weeks and days that lead up to vacation. That’s the good … Continue reading →

Lemon Curd & Mascarpone Grilled Cheese

Tart lemon curd and creamy mascarpone cheese hidden between sweet pound cake for a dessert grilled cheese! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Tart lemon curd and creamy mascarpone cheese are tucked inside grilled pound cake for a dessert grilled cheese! I’ve had a baking freeze after our vacation.  It wasn’t really intentional, I just haven’t found the time.  Between baseball, tennis lessons, day camps and summer parties, I find I barely have time to cook let alone bake!  It’s giving me the shakes.  I think I’m going through baking withdrawal. I am so desperate for homemade … Continue reading →

Easy BLT Pizza Recipe

Tis BLT Pizza recipe is so easy and quick, you’ll forget all about your favorite take out! www.lemonsforlulu.com

This easy BLT pizza recipe will have you saying so long to take out! I announced to my family that I was NOT going to cook on vacation.  By definition, vacation means to take a break.  If cooking and cleaning are my job, I should NOT be doing them on vacation right?  Right.  No cooking, zilch, zip, nada. Yes, I poured milk for cereal and made sandwiches, but not once did I turn on the stove or the oven.  No mixing, no stirring, no serving. … Continue reading →