Leah Zanolla

About Leah Zanolla

Leah grew up in a little farming town in Illinois, right on the Mississippi River. Her Chicago-born husband, David, left the city for her, and they're now raising their three children (Jacob, Jonah and Lydia) just 12 miles from her hometown. Some of Leah's favorite ways to spend time are going to Disney World, shopping, watching movies with her husband and doing crafts with her kids. Oh, and it's a pretty rare day that she doesn't sneak at least a little chocolate in!

Wilson’s Orchard – Iowa City, Iowa

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Wilson’s Orchard 2924 Orchard Lane NE Iowa City, Iowa 52240 (319) 354-5651 http://www.wilsonsorchard.com/   Spend the Day at Wilson’s Orchard in Iowa City I always feel like fall has officially begun once we’ve made our annual trip to Wilson’s Orchard Continue reading

Making Meals Memorable: Despicable Me 2

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The minions are here!!  My son Jonah LOVES the movie Despicable Me.  He’s probably seen it 50 times.  I put it on my iPad and we’ll often find that he’s snuck the iPad off the counter and is hiding under Continue reading

Making Meals Memorable: Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

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Baseball is huge in my family.  My husband was born and raised in Chicago and he bleeds Cubbie blue.  He has passed this love on to our boys and they spend all winter waiting for Opening Day (March 31 this Continue reading

Making Meals Memorable: The Easter Bunny is Coming!

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Here in Illinois, it doesn’t feel like Easter is coming any time soon.  It has snowed every day for the past week, and we have almost a foot of the white stuff on the ground.  When school was cancelled for Continue reading

Making Meals Memorable: Valentine’s Day Themed Meals

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Nothing Says “I Love You” Like a Valentine’s-Themed Meal! The Valentine’s merchandise has been out in the stores since at least the day after Christmas.  My kids are starting to plan what Valentines they will pass out at school.  I’m Continue reading

Making Meals Memorable: Using Themed Meals to Keep the Holiday Spirit Alive

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Is your house all decorated for Christmas yet?  We’re going to be traveling for much of December and at my in-laws’ house over Christmas, so we went really light on the décor this year.  We actually don’t even have a Continue reading

Making Meals Memorable – Giving Thanks for the Flavors of Fall

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Our family loves fall – the sights, the smells, the tastes.  As a result, we seek out activities that will allow us to experience these as often as possible.  A tradition that David and I started when we were first Continue reading

Halloween Themed Meals for Your Little Ghouls and Goblins

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Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday, but one thing I do love about it is that it gives me a built-in theme to make fun meals for my kids.  Any time the theme presents itself, I’ll take it! The theme for Continue reading

Making Meals Memorable: A Peek Inside My Toolbox – Part 1

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So, now that you’ve heard about my passion for making themed meals for your kids, are you unsure about how to get started?  I’m going to give you a peek into my kitchen (don’t you love snooping through other people’s Continue reading