Snacks Worth Snacking

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We have officially ran out of our freezer snacks and breakfast meals so we spent some time last week on early dismissal day loading up the freezer again.

This time we stayed with our tried and true egg muffins and pancake muffin recipes, but I bought a 48 muffin tin pan that made life so much quicker!!! Gotta love the 50% off coupons at Michaels!!

We did add one amazing breakfast item that will be a frequent flyer in our freezer now. They work great for healthy snacks too.  They are…

Yogurt Granola Bites Let your creativity fly with this one. We used Aldi granola and used 6 different kinds of yogurt. We only put blueberries on top of ours because that is what we had but you could do any berry. We have to limit each person to 3 a day because they would be gone in a flash if we didn’t.

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Breakfasts and Lunches and Snacks – OH MY!!!

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Egg Muffins and Pancake Muffins!

Crayons, markers, uniforms, notebooks and pencils are covering my living room floor. School must be starting soon! I cannot believe we have hit the end of summer, but my three big kids are going to start in less than a week.

Our children attend a small private school. Since it is small, lunches sometimes are provided by a sweet mom who cooks for them, but other years no one is available to take on this huge task. This is one of those years. The thought of getting three lunches ready every morning plus a morning, afternoon and after school snack each day became a little overwhelming – that’s 60 ‘meals’ each week! So this year we are going to apply my freezer meal techniques to breakfast, lunch and snacks. (Or at least start out doing it!) Continue Reading…


A Little Wonder!

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I may be late to the boat, but I have discovered this little wonder…

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I love making egg muffins for my kids so that they can have a little protein in the morning. I like to make a whole bunch and freeze most of them to save for another week. I also love to make my children their birthday cakes. I love being creative and making them into shapes that represent an interest they had that year and decorate them accordingly.

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Last year’s boys’ cake.
Girls cake in 2010
Girls’ cake in 2010

 

In times past I have had one major frustration that at times prevents me from doing exactly what I had planned. I hate trying to get them out of the muffin tin or pans!  They never come out in one piece! I will typically miss one little corner or the exact middle of the cake when I spray my pans and then I have a hole or tear that I have to fix in my decorating. With the egg muffins, my pans are a mess and so difficult to clean up. Yes, I could buy new pans that have better non-stick still on them or I could use muffin cups, but I’m not a fan of putting them in the microwave and I am too cheap. Continue Reading…


Sweet Corn!!

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When my in-laws stopped by for a quick visit recently, they brought with them 125 ears of sweet corn. Sweet corn that was picked that very morning from their farm! Not only did we get fresh corn, we got shucked sweet corn. Oh what a HUGE blessing! So the next day, I got busy and cooked and froze most of the corn. I of course left enough for supper since nothing is better than corn on the cob or “cob on the corn” as one of my little ones used to call it.

Here is my mother-in-law’s recipe for freezing corn:

If you aren’t as luckily as me to have your corn already shucked, then shuck your corn and brush/clean off as many silks as you can. Then you cut the corn off the cob. Afterwards, you turn your knife backwards and slide it up and down and all around the cob. This gets the extra juice part off to make the corn even yummier.

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Breakfast

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I am not one of “those moms” who makes their kids breakfast every morning. I am a “go eat cereal” type of mom. I am not a big breakfast eater, so the thought of getting up 10 minutes earlier to make something just doesn’t appeal to me.  Sorry, just being honest here. Then one day recently when I did decide to make the kids breakfast my oven wouldn’t work 🙁 I felt so bad for the kids. They were super excited to have something other than cereal and their excitement was quickly dashed by a non-hot oven. Continue Reading…


Quick Meals #1

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I have been falling back on a lot of my quick, easy meals these last couple of weeks while we get moved and settled in. Here are a few of my favorites.

Tacos: Whenever I do my big cooking day I try to brown up and season at least two pounds of hamburger, if not four, to have stocked and ready in the freezer. I always have tortillas, cheese, sour cream and salsa on hand so we can easily make a tasty meal whenever needed.

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Freezer Meals Round 2!!

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Happy Thursday!!

Today I am going to give you the opportunity to get another round of Freezer meals. This time I took the suggestion of one of our readers. She wanted to know if there was a way to do recipes that can be cooked or warmed up quickly the day you wanted to eat the meal. She was a working mom and needed to get supper on the table quickly after getting home. The meals I picked can either be baked in 20 minutes, warmed up on the stove quickly or can sit in the crock-pot while you are away (except for 1 meal that takes 1 hour).

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Yogurt Drink

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We don’t allow our kids to be picky eaters, and so they have learned to eat or at least try most things…until Jake. He has been our most challenging kid yet. He is a very picky eater and has been since he started food. He is more sensitive to textures and temperature of food than all of our other kids combined. You would think that after 3 kids I would know what I am doing, but Jake is constantly humbling me.

He is just now getting to the age that we can start the, “You can’t have any more fruit until you eat your meat” stage. However, he is the first kid that will then just refuse to eat and not really seem too bothered by it. I think I am going to have to go back to the drawing board with this one. Anyway, that isn’t the point of today’s post.

What I wanted to share today is how I figured out how to feed Jake yogurt without it going all over him and me and the rest of the kitchen. Continue Reading…


Pizza Lunchables

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I am always looking for lunch ideas for the girls. My husband can literally eat the exact same lunch every single day, and has since we got married. I, on the other hand, can not. Therefore I try to add variety to my kids’ lunch…some weeks more successfully than others. Our school is peanut-free which takes out some common options. Before school started last fall I came across this pin on Pinterest, and it was a great find! My kids love Pizza Lunchables but I am not willing to pay the price for them on a consistent basis. Here is a wonderful, yummy alternative to the store bought ones!! Continue Reading…


Budgets: Grocery Shopping

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Budgets used to be a four letter word in my book! However as I have gained knowledge in this area, it has been fun to see the money get saved!!

The main area that I really focus on is food. You have to have it, and as your family grows you need more of it! It is also the easiest area to splurge in and waste money. But on the positive side, it is the easiest budget line to see immediate results.

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