JAN
28
2015

February 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

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Hi everyone! Guess what time it is? Yep, you got it right, it’s time for another monthly meal plan! And we have a fun holiday during February so make sure to check out some of my Valentine’s Day activities, recipes, and I have a whole week of new ideas coming up next week too!   Download the February 2015 Menu: February 2015 Meal Plan PDF February 2015 Meal Plan – Word Doc (editable) For more fun recipes, visit my Recipes Page! Here are some of our favorite smoothie recipes, just click on the image below! … [Read more...]

JAN
14
2015

Strawberry, Pecan, Feta Salad Recipe

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This gorgeous salad is quick and easy, not to mention delicious!   I don’t always like to eat “kid food” for lunch, so I’m always looking for something a little more adult I can pull together. I found this pack of honey roasted pecans in the salad dressing isle of my grocery store and wanted to give them a try. And guess what? They were yummy, and the perfect topping for just about any salad! Ingredients: Green leaf lettuce Strawberries, washed and sliced Feta cheese crumbles Honey roasted pecans Balsamic vinaigrette dressing I typically just toss whatever I have on hand in my salads, and I was pleased with this combination. It is light and delicious, and great for moms who don’t have a lot of time on their hands. Directions: Tear up the lettuce, then top with the strawberries, nuts, and feta. Drizzle on some balsamic vinaigrette or your favorite dressing, and enjoy a yummy lunch.   Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe: 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive … [Read more...]

JAN
13
2015

Healthy Lunch Ideas!

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Hi everyone! With the new year upon us, I thought it would be a great time to share some healthy lunch ideas with you all. Well, not my ideas, but emeals has some great healthy lunch ideas to help us out! I am getting bored with our lunches, we tend to just go for the same meals all the time. I’m a a sucker for labels that promise health benefits, or fun, colorful packaging which I know isn’t always a good thing.   Here are some helpful tips from emeals on reading those labels! Fruit roll-ups seem like the childhood dream food, but they have three types of sugar listed in the first five ingredients and some brands also have trans fats and artificial colors, which may lead to hyperactivity in some kids.  Choose all-natural fruit leathers with simple ingredient lists and no added sugar or artificial colors. Juice pouches have attractive packages, but water and high-fructose corn syrup are the first two ingredients on some versions containing only 10 percent juice. … [Read more...]

DEC
29
2014

January 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

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Happy 2015 everyone (almost)! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and are ready to start off the new year! I’m still reeling from the fact that another whole year has blazed by! So much that I’ve gotten off track with my meal planning so I’m vowing to get it together this year! That means I need to head to the grocery store, and I always take my January 2015 monthly meal plan with me so I know what I’m there for. Have you ever gotten to the grocery store and forgotten what you went there to get? I do. Sadly it happens all the time. So a list is a must for me. Right now I use an app on my iPhone called MyShopi. It allows me to pick my store, then enter my items. It then sorts them in the aisle they are found in which keeps me from backtracking while at the store, which is handy when you’re in a hurry! Or when you have 4 children with you who don’t want to be there if you catch my drift.   Download the January 2015 Menu: January 2015 Meal Plan PDF January 2014 … [Read more...]

DEC
22
2014

Festive Milk & Donuts!

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Yes, you heard me, milk and…um…donuts. What’s better than milk and cookies you ask? Milk and donuts!   Oh dear, when I saw these sweet little glass milk jars I just couldn’t resist. I knew I had to make up a festive little snack just so I could use them! So here we go with another fun and easy holiday treat.   You will need: Glass milk jars milk (flavor of your choice) mini-donuts (My kids preferred the powdered sugar donuts overall.) Optional: Festive red & white striped straws   Directions: Pour milk into your glass, and add a straw. Carefully top the straw with your choice of mini-donut and serve!   A few people opted for popcorn instead of donuts which was fine too!   Honestly I don’t know if there’s an easier snack out there that can be this cute! And if you’re really hooked on the whole milk and cookie concept, those little Keebler Fudge Stripes would probably be super cute too! Hope you enjoy this simple … [Read more...]

DEC
21
2014

Cookie in a Jar Recipe

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Good morning everyone! Looking for a last minute easy gift idea? Look no further! Today I have this adorable Holiday Cookie in a Jar recipe to share with you! These are not only super cute, but they’re also delicious! So read on to see how we made these lovely gifts for our friends and neighbors. I have to admit, I’ve seen this idea all over the place, but I’ve never made them myself! So I thought now would be a great time, and I have to say, these are seriously quick to put together, so if you’ve waited until the last minute and need something quick, but still awesome, this is for you! Of course we had to make a batch just to make sure they turned out good. Also so we could get pictures and all. I know, it’s a rough job, but someone had to do it. So let’s get started shall we? You will need: (Recipe is for 1 jar) 1 1/3 c. all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 c. rolled oats (I used instant and they worked just fine!) … [Read more...]

DEC
18
2014

DIY Festive North Pole Snacks

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Cheers! I hope you’re enjoying all of my fun Christmas-y posts as of late! And today I have another one for you. These adorable North Pole Snacks are not only easy to make, but I think they turned out super cute too. I will say that they were a little on the sweet side, but hey, it’s Christmas right?   Let’s get started!   If the video doesn’t work in your browser, you can watch the North Pole Snack video here!     Ingredients: Marshmallows Marshmallow fluff Candy canes (Break off the curved ends so you have straight sticks.) Red hots or red m&ms White crystal sugar sprinkles   Directions: Place your marshmallows on a plate. Stab each marshmallow with a candy cane. (Snap the curved ends off to create a straight stick.) Carefully spread marshmallow fluff onto each marshmallow then roll them in the sugar crystals. (Hint: You can roll them in any kind of sprinkles you want, go crazy!) Spread a little … [Read more...]

DEC
16
2014

DIY Hot Chocolate Cup Treats

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Good morning everyone! I have a really cute and easy hot chocolate treat for you today! It’s not the hot chocolate that you’re thinking. Instead these little snacks, are meant to look like a cup of hot cocoa, but instead, they’re sweet treats that will be sure to brighten any holiday party! And not only are these little guys adorable, but they’re super easy too! As a matter of fact this would be a great recipe to get your kiddos involved in. I know mine would enjoy decorating their own little cup of hot cocoa!   So let’s get started! You will need: Oreos 1 cup of melted chocolate chips Marshmallows White frosting (I used Pillsbury Easy Frost Vanilla) Mini candy canes (break off the straight part so you end up with just the curved tops.) Mini-tree sprinkles or your choice of festive decorations for your mug Optional: Tiny red sugar sprinkles to top off your mug! If the video isn’t working in your browser click here to watch the DIY Hot … [Read more...]

DEC
15
2014

DIY Reindeer Treats!

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Good morning readers! I have another super cute holiday treat for you today. These adorable reindeer snacks are not only easy to make, but they make great treats to bring to any holiday festivities you might have going on! And they’re really easy enough that your kiddos can do them too. Let’s get started!   If the video doesn’t work for you , click here to watch the Reindeer Treat tutorial!   Ingredients: Oreo cookies Pretzels Red Hot candies or red m&ms Candy eyes (can substitute white chocolate chips and black frosting) 1 cup  chocolate chips Optional: White frosting (I used them to attach the eyes, but you can use chocolate too.) Directions: Set your Oreos out on a festive plate. Melt 1 c. chocolate chips in the microwave on 20 second intervals stirring in between until melted. Drizzle chocolate over the top of your Oreos and let harden in refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Once chocolate is hardened, melt another 1/2 cup or … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2014

DIY: Santa Hat Snacks

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Good morning everyone! I have a  super fun December planned for you all and I’m so excited! I have a ton of great DIY snacks, crafts, and even a few video glimpses into our daily lives here at the Confessions household. So if you’re ready to embark on an exciting and festive holiday season with me, stick around! Today I have a very easy, and I mean easy, but absolutely adorable Santa Hat Snack for you. This recipe is great for kids, and it makes a wonderful treat for all of those holiday parties coming up. I found this idea on pinterest. I couldn't resist trying it out, and I'm so glad that we did, because it was delicious! So let’s get started!     If the video doesn’t work in your browser, you can watch the Santa Hat Snack video here!   Ingredients: Oreo cookies Strawberries, washed & stems removed White frosting (You can make royal frosting, buttercream frosting, or if you’re in a rush…use the kind in the can like … [Read more...]