Author - Healthfull Ever After

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Mandy Fayne is on a mission to inspire families to cook and eat healthy homemade meals, and most importantly, have fun in the kitchen. The former attorney and part-time working mother of a boy and a girl created her blog Healthfull Ever After to share her easy, healthy, and delicious recipes. Mandy is a food writer for What to Expect When You Are Expecting's New Mom Website www.whattoexpect.com. In her spare time, she enjoys running, yoga, and photographing her kids getting messy in the kitchen.

Make this: pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Cold early mornings produce lots of cozy baked goods in my house. After watching Dora the Explorer, both my kids beg to bake chocolate chip cookies almost every morning. To add a seasonal healthy twist to chocolate chip cookies, I use pumpkin instead of butter and whole wheat flour instead of white flour. These heavenly cookies are moist and delicious!

I like to turn baking into an activity for everyone in the family to participate in. My son stirs the ingredients until his arm ti...

Posted on October 01, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Healthfull Ever After

Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting for the Holidays

When I walked in the door one recent evening, my kids were ready for an activity! My son suggested we bake sugar cookies! With the holidays right around the corner, this is the perfect sweet treat! My family is a chocolate house; however, this sugar cookie recipe is sure to please even chocolate lovers.

My son used his warm hands to soften the butter (until he said the butter was too mushy and gross) while my daughter poured in the ingredients. They fought over the rolling pin, but the...

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Healthfull Ever After

Craziest Cookie Ever

Do you like Smores?

I love to cook, and I love to bake but always with a healthy twist. I especially enjoy cooking with my kids! The bigger the mess they make, the louder they laugh!

With summer winding down, I miss my camp days. I have fond memories of roasting marshmallows by a campfire and eating smores. Since my kids are too little to sit quietly (ANYWHERE) around a campfire, we enjoy smores in our kitchen. We tried microwaving smores, but this activity was only entertaini...

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Healthfull Ever After

A Feast For A King (Or Your Dad); Steak Kabobs and Grilled Corn

Most manly food desires do not equate with healthy. I surveyed my husband and his friends and the overwhelming consensus was BBQ ribs and cheeseburgers. These are delicious foods, (who doesn’t enjoy a juicy hamburger on a pretzel roll! YUM.) but I knew I could conjure up something a bit healthier and make the man of the house feel extra special.

My wise four-year-old suggested steak (his dad loves steak)! To add my healthy twist, I turned the sirloin into kabobs with zucchini, red onio...

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Healthfull Ever After

The Asparagus Thief

I am a health nut.  I run for fun, practice yoga in odd positions, shop at farmer’s markets for hours, eat and cook healthy.  You can imagine my disappointment when my two-year-old finally started having an opinion, which was terrific; but not so terrific when his opinion involved eating only French fries and pizza.

As a baby, my son would gobble up green peas from a jar.  He liked mashed bananas and smashed sweet potatoes.  Around his second birthday, he started saying “no.”  No to th...

Posted on June 06, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Healthfull Ever After