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In theory, when you’ve had one baby, preparing for Baby #2 is a snap. You already have all the apparatus — swings, bouncy seats, co-sleepers, baby tubs, exersaucers, strollers, blankets, toys, Boppys, Bumbos, crib, and a decent collection of clothes. Just haul it all back out and you’re ready, right?

Um, no.

In reality, there’s a whole other list of chores to cross off, such as creating a vacancy in the crib…

Eleanora Age 2

… by convincing its original occupant to move on to a bigger, better, and more exciting (at least that’s how you sell it) “BIG GIRL BED” so that you can move the aforementioned crib to New Kid’s room.

Eleanora Age 2

No wait. New Kid’s room? What New Kid’s room? If you’re us, you have to build that first.




Wall Build

But you can’t just attack these things all at once. You have to work around someone’s busy schedule of hobbies, which includes but is not limited to:


Eleanora 28 months


Eleanora Age 2


Eleanora Age 2


Eleanora Age 2


Eleanora Age 2

Believe it or not — in the midst of all this — everybody still wants DINNER.

TJ's breaded chicken

chicken strips

Easy Chicken Parmesan

Thank goodness for Trader Joe. That guy has all the best shortcuts.

jarred marinara sauce

Easy Chicken Parmesan

Easy Chicken Parmesan

It feels like cheating to even put this on the blog. But since we’ve been on the subject of Easiest Dinners Ever lately, we might as well let this one count.

shredded mozzarella

parmesan cheese

Easy Chicken Parmesan

This “recipe” for Chicken Parmesan is so shortcut-y that you can put it together while overseeing a home renovation project, supervising a toddler, and growing a human being all at the same time… yet it’s delicious enough that even my Philly Italian hubby approves.

Easy Chicken Parmesan

Throw it onto a bed of pasta with a little green salad on the side… and dinner is served.

Easy Chicken Parmesan


  • Frozen breaded chicken tenders (I do 2 chicken tenders per adult)
  • Jarred marinara sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Grated parmesan cheese

Bake chicken tenders according to package instructions. Once fully cooked, transfer to a lightly greased baking dish, cover with marinara sauce, and top with mozzarella cheese. Keeping the oven at the same temperature, bake uncovered for about 15 minutes or until cheese turns golden brown and bubbles.

Serve over pasta tossed with marinara sauce.



  • Comment by Dana — May 7, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

    As much as I love your recipes…I tend to skim over the ones that don’t include adorable pics of baby girl!
    Thanks for making me smile today and giving me another easy recipe.
    Your devoted fan,

  • Comment by Maggie — May 7, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    LOVE the pictures……she is so darn funny and cute ! ……And love the parm…..I use TJ’s also. …He does it much better than I can ! Happy Bday again and happy Mothers day!!

  • Comment by Glenda — May 13, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    Fit pitching has become a favorite hobby of my (almost) 2 year old. I would prefer a little more photography and yoga. 🙂 This looks delicious! Dave actually asked me if I’d read this one, so I think that’s a hint that I need to make it.

  • Comment by margarita garza — September 4, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    great idea, I am looking for dishes that are easy and tasty that my two toddlers would eat. I know they will love this. thanks

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