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Rebecca Andexler

Homemaker's Habitat

Rebecca Andexler is a PR and culinary consultant, mother of two munchkins and founder of the blog Homemaker’s Habitat. Partnering with her husband and photographer, JT Andexler, she’s had the privilege of developing recipes, styling photo shoots, coordinating events and consulting with some of the world’s top food and housewares brands, restaurants, authors and bloggers focused on food, parenting and lifestyle topics. She holds a personal chef and catering certification through the culinary arts program at Kendall College, Chicago, IL. Rebecca and JT live with their two tiny troublemakers and one silly French bulldog in the Chicago suburbs.

Contributions

Grandma Rose's Italian Pizzelles

Grandma Rose's Italian Pizzelles

Buttery, delicious pizzelles.
One of my earliest holiday memories is biting into a pizzelle cookie, breaking the crisp, buttery wafer into pieces while...
Baked Farro Risotto with Mushrooms and Kale

Baked Farro Risotto with Mushrooms and Kale

The perfect date night dinner.
Mushroom risotto has always been one of my favorite autumn date night meals. The rich, earthy flavors of wild mushrooms...
Up Your Trick or Treating Game with a Spooky Front Porch Cider Station

Up Your Trick or Treating Game with a Spooky Front Porch Cider Station

Be the coolest house on the block.
Whether you're home answering the doorbell this Halloween, or escorting a gaggle of little goblins around the block, offering a...
A Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Bar with Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

A Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Bar with Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

Slow cook your way to the ultimate school night meal.
Weeknight meals can be such a circus, especially in families with little kids. When I find a meal that my...
Impress Your Guests with Delicious Homemade Cheeses

Impress Your Guests with Delicious Homemade Cheeses

For the love of cheese.
Turn a gallon of milk into creamy fresh mozzarella or buttery ricotta cheese in less than an hour.
A Yogurt Parfait Breakfast Bar Your Kids Will Love

A Yogurt Parfait Breakfast Bar Your Kids Will Love

Weekend game-changer.
I live in a house full of notoriously early risers. While I admire their get-up-and-go on weekdays, it can be...
Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding Pops

Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding Pops

Keep produce at its peak.
Pudding Pops were one of my favorite frozen treats when I was a kid. As a certified chocoholic, when the...
This Gadget Turns Your Grill into an Outdoor Pizza Oven

This Gadget Turns Your Grill into an Outdoor Pizza Oven

Perfect for making this Strawberry Balsamic & Herb Pizza.
This gorgeous, crazy combo may be the perfect summer bite. 
Strawberry Shortcake Sliders Perfect for Summer Picnics

Strawberry Shortcake Sliders Perfect for Summer Picnics

The Greek yogurt whipped cream is to die for.
The Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream stays rich and fluffy, even in the summer heat. Serve these Strawberry Shortcake Sliders DIY...
The Gentlemen's Guide to Father's Day Gifting

The Gentlemen's Guide to Father's Day Gifting

Get Dad something great.
For the dad with refined taste, only the best will do for Father's Day. 
Get 4th of July Ready with a Mini Cupcake Flag Cake

Get 4th of July Ready with a Mini Cupcake Flag Cake

The pop rocks inside give an explosive twist.
This fun & easy flag cake is sure to add some fireworks to your 4th of July party — each mini cupcake...
Build Your Own Shish Kabob Bar

Build Your Own Shish Kabob Bar

For the ultimate kid-friendly cookout.
Everything tastes better on a stick, right? For your next family cookout, build-your-own shish kabob bar and skip the boring...
Spring Pea and Basil Soup Recipe

Spring Pea and Basil Soup Recipe

Gorgeous green color and bright flavor.
April showers may eventually bring May flowers but for now, this dreary weather is causing some serious soup and sandwich...
Easy Mother's Day Fruit Bouquets

Easy Mother's Day Fruit Bouquets

Cute and affordable!
Want to surprise mom with a sweet and unique homemade gift for Mother’s Day? 
Mother's Day Gifts for Busy Moms

Mother's Day Gifts for Busy Moms

For the Mom who does it all.
Motherhood comes with a black belt in multi-tasking. This gift guide will help you choose the perfect Mother's Day gift...
Nine Non-Fried Fish Recipes For Lenten Fridays

Nine Non-Fried Fish Recipes For Lenten Fridays

Start looking forward to Fridays.
If your Easter plans include Sunday mass followed by a glazed ham dinner and colored eggs, it’s a sure bet...
Reuben-Style Corned Beef Hash Recipe

Reuben-Style Corned Beef Hash Recipe

Hangover food at its finest.
If you’re a fan corned beef hash and you like Reuben sandwiches, then you’re going to love, love, love my...
Green Tea Shamrock Waffles with Banana Coins & Pistachios

Green Tea Shamrock Waffles with Banana Coins & Pistachios

Fall in luck at first bite.
Looking for a delicious and slightly unexpected way to celebrate St. Patricks Day? These adorable shamrock shaped waffles are so...
14 Takeout Favorites You Can Make at Home

14 Takeout Favorites You Can Make at Home

Better than takeout.
From Chinese to Mexican, Indian to Italian, when someone says “takeout” it probably brings to mind some of your favorite...
Indoor S'mores to Cure Cabin Fever

Indoor S'mores to Cure Cabin Fever

Take a break from winter.
Need a break from the drudgery of winter? Shake up your weekend with an afternoon spent indoor camping, complete with...
9 Decadent Desserts Using Girl Scout Cookies

9 Decadent Desserts Using Girl Scout Cookies

It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!
It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time! That time of year when parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors open their doors and their...
Air-Fried Spicy Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Honey Mustard

Air-Fried Spicy Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Honey Mustard

This recipe is a surefire crowd-pleaser.
Crispy, crunchy chicken tenders are a surefire crowd-pleaser for weeknight dinners and game day gatherings. Kids love them of course...
7 Detox Soups That Won't Derail Your Diet

7 Detox Soups That Won't Derail Your Diet

Heat up your cleanse.
Juices and smoothies are a great way to start the day, but when the body craves something warm and hearty...
Lifting the Lid on Jar Salads for Every Occasion

Lifting the Lid on Jar Salads for Every Occasion

You can't go wrong.
Search the term “jar salad” on Pinterest and you’ll soon be overwhelmed by the whimsical, mouthwatering possibilities. 
Ring in the New Year with a Kid-Friendly “Bubble Bar”

Ring in the New Year with a Kid-Friendly “Bubble Bar”

An earlier in the day Noon Year’s Eve party.
Young children love a good party as much as anyone. Unfortunately for them, traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations take place...
20 DIY Food Gifts for Everyone (Still Left) on Your List

20 DIY Food Gifts for Everyone (Still Left) on Your List

By halfway through the holiday season it’s usually fairly easy to separate your gift-giving list into two groups: the people...
Homemade Howl-iday Treats for Furry Family Members

Homemade Howl-iday Treats for Furry Family Members

Pets love the holidays as much as their people, but feeding them too many table scraps is an easy way...
Butternut Squash Noodles with Brown Butter and Sage, Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Butternut Squash Noodles with Brown Butter and Sage, Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Looking for an elegant holiday dish that celebrates all the flavors of the season without the guilt? Perhaps someone in...
How to Host Thanksgiving Like a Boss

How to Host Thanksgiving Like a Boss

Hosting Thanksgiving can be stressful for even the most seasoned cook. Not only is it considered the biggest meal of...
12 Terrific Thanksgiving Sides with a Twist

12 Terrific Thanksgiving Sides with a Twist

When the holidays roll around, most families have at least a few traditional dishes that everyone looks forward to each...
Pin These For Later: Seven Fail-Proof Dinners Your Family Will Love

Pin These For Later: Seven Fail-Proof Dinners Your Family Will Love

Everybody needs a few tried-and-true, easy-to-execute homerun recipes in their back pocket for those hectic nights when there’s no time...
Out-of-the-Box Packable Lunches for Sandwich Haters

Out-of-the-Box Packable Lunches for Sandwich Haters

Every school year, the lunch packing game starts off strong. Perfect PB &J one day, turkey on wheat the next...
10 Make-Ahead Weekday Breakfast Recipes To Grab and Go

10 Make-Ahead Weekday Breakfast Recipes To Grab and Go

The countdown to back-to-school has begun. After months of lazy, pajama-clad mornings, my crew is feeling a little rusty in...
Build-Your-Own Teriyaki Noodle Bowls: Deconstructing Dinner to Please Picky Palates

Build-Your-Own Teriyaki Noodle Bowls: Deconstructing Dinner to Please Picky Palates

Cooking meals for picky eaters can be incredibly challenging. One person may love chicken, but they dislike the vegetables. Somebody...
Camp Wanna Packa Lunch: Super Cool Lunch Ideas for Day Campers

Camp Wanna Packa Lunch: Super Cool Lunch Ideas for Day Campers

Day camp is an annual rite of passage for many children in summer, including my own. As parents prepare to...
Fabulous Father’s Day Gifts for Finicky Fellas

Fabulous Father’s Day Gifts for Finicky Fellas

Dads can pose a particular type of gift shopping challenge. If the men in your life are anything like mine...
May Day Baskets with Vanilla Mint Drop Chip Cookies

May Day Baskets with Vanilla Mint Drop Chip Cookies

During the 19th and 20th centuries, May 1st was widely celebrated as "May Basket Day." On May 1st, it was...
Slice Like a Chef: Cutting Edge Cutlery for the Home Kitchen

Slice Like a Chef: Cutting Edge Cutlery for the Home Kitchen

Knives are one of the most important tools in a professional kitchen and they are treated with great respect. Chefs...
4 Steps to Building a Fabulous Easter Basket

4 Steps to Building a Fabulous Easter Basket

So festive.
When Peter Cottontail comes hoppin’ down your bunny trail, make sure he’s carrying the best Easter baskets ever this year...
Comforts of Spring: Chicken + Vegetable Mini Pot Pies

Comforts of Spring: Chicken + Vegetable Mini Pot Pies

March is a strange time of year from a culinary standpoint, if you ask me. We’re all craving a taste...
Sweet Little Things: A Valentine’s Day Tea Party

Sweet Little Things: A Valentine’s Day Tea Party

Valentine’s Day is so much fun when celebrated with children. My kids go gaga over the glittery paper hearts...
Perfecting Family Pizza Night: Crispy Potato, Bacon & Chive Pizza

Perfecting Family Pizza Night: Crispy Potato, Bacon & Chive Pizza

Family pizza night is a weekend ritual at our house. As soon as we pull out the dough hook and...
Laid Back Brunching: Mushroom, Sausage + Cheddar Breakfast Strata

Laid Back Brunching: Mushroom, Sausage + Cheddar Breakfast Strata

Most of us tend to rush around at such a frenetic pace — so when the weekend comes, I love...
Festive Cucumber Tree Appetizers & Gourmet Gifts for Kids

Festive Cucumber Tree Appetizers & Gourmet Gifts for Kids

At four years old, my daughter Lillian loves helping me in the kitchen. I love seeing her pride upon completing...
Sunday Supper: Making Memories with My Grandma’s Meatballs

Sunday Supper: Making Memories with My Grandma’s Meatballs

There's nothing better than an old family recipe.
My Grandma Rose is almost 96 years old, in excellent health and beloved by all for her carefree attitude and...
Boo on the Block: A Neighborhood Halloween Party

Boo on the Block: A Neighborhood Halloween Party

Halloween is on a Saturday this year, which means the fun can start early. Why not round up your neighbors...
A Trip to the Orchard and Cinnamon-Dusted Apple Chips

A Trip to the Orchard and Cinnamon-Dusted Apple Chips

As soon as the weather turns cooler, our family starts dreaming of apples. Autumn wouldn’t be complete without our annual...
Feed Your Family & Someone Else's: Creative 2-for-1 Dinners

Feed Your Family & Someone Else's: Creative 2-for-1 Dinners

At some point, nearly every family finds themselves in a position to either give or receive a home cooked meal...
Pops are Tops: A Homemade Popsicle Party

Pops are Tops: A Homemade Popsicle Party

So sweet!
What’s the perfect way to celebrate warm summer days? With a sweet and colorful frozen treat, of course!

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