MAR
31
2015

April 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

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Hi everyone! I can’t even tell you how excited I am for spring and summer! We’ve had a crazy mix of weather this month going from 70 one day, to snow the next. I have set my Uggs and Flip-flops by the door so I can decide which ones to wear on my way out the door. Anyway, I have some fun meals this month, and I’m excited to have that planning done and not have to worry about food when I can be outside playing instead!   Download the April 2015 Menu: April 2015 Meal Plan PDF April 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...]

MAR
11
2015

Spicy BLTA Sandwich Recipe

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I don’t know about you, but lunch time is my hardest meal to plan. I don’t always like to eat cold sandwiches, and frankly I’m over “kid” food like chicken nuggets and mac-n-cheese. Not to mention that traditional kid food isn’t usually all that healthy anyway! So lately I’ve been experimenting with some new twists that I thought I would share with you all. Now I know the BLTA sandwich isn’t necessarily a new thing, but I’m totally loving this spicy twist on a classic recipe! And the whole thing takes about 5 minutes to prepare, which is right up my alley since that’s about how much time I have to whip something up on school days! Ingredients: (for 1 sandwich) 2 slices bread, lightly toasted (Any kind you like. I like to use Oroweat Buttermilk, but Sourdough is great too) 1/2 avocado, sliced into thin strips 2 slices cooked bacon (I cooked mine in the microwave, wrap in paper towel to absorb grease) 2 slices ripe tomato 1-2 slices lettuce (I like butter … [Read more...]

MAR
01
2015

March 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

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Guess what time it is? Yep, you got it right, it’s time for another monthly meal plan! March is already upon us, and that means we only have about 3 more months before schools out for summer! Yay! And yes, I have a bit of spring fever here. Colorado has been crazy, 70 degrees one day, and snowing the next. I basically keep a pair of flip-flops and my Uggs at the front door, so I can decide on the way out which ones to wear. Anyway, I have a new monthly meal plan for you all today! Hope you enjoy it. Download the March 2015 Menu: March 2015 Meal Plan PDF March 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...]

FEB
18
2015

Ham, Egg, & Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

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Hi everyone, I have another fast and easy breakfast recipe for you today! My son loves breakfast sandwiches and he loves bagels. So he’s been asking for these breakfast bagels quite a bit lately. And they’re super easy too, which is just what I need! Ingredients: Bagels Eggs Cheese Ham (You can use sausage patties too!) Butter or cooking spray Directions: Melt a couple of tablespoons of butter in a skillet on medium heat. You can substitute cooking spray if you like, it’s mainly to keep the eggs from sticking. Crack an egg in to the skillet, and cook until done on one side, then flip. Place your bagel open sides down onto the skillet just to toast it a bit and heat it up. If you like you can warm a piece of ham or cook a sausage patty in the skillet as well. Once your egg is done, simply place the bottom half of the bagel on a plate and top it with the egg, ham slice, cheese, and the top half of the bagel. And voila’! You’re done! Egg, ham, and … [Read more...]

FEB
08
2015

Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Floats!

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Good morning everyone! We’re just getting crazy over here with Valentine’s Day fun! And today I have a yummy treat to share with you all! They’re pink. They’re fizzy. And they’re yummy! They’re Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Floats!   You will need: Ice cream – I suggest vanilla ice cream, strawberry ice cream or raspberry sherbet! Soda – I suggest Cherry 7-up, or any other red soda you prefer Optional: Whipped Cream, sprinkles, and fun Valentine’s Day straws!   We found the cute heart straws at Michael’s craft store, the rest was purchased at our local grocery store.   STEP 1: Okay, so to start off with, put a few scoops of your favorite white or pink ice cream into a fun glass!   STEP 2: Now carefully fill up your glass with your soda…go slowly or you’ll have an overflow sticky mess on your hands!   STEP 3: Finally add some whipped cream, and top it off with festive sprinkles and a cute … [Read more...]

FEB
04
2015

Egg in a Hole

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Wondering what to make for breakfast this morning? Kids don’t want cereal again, but you don’t have much time? Try Egg in a Hole! It’s super fast, super easy, and only takes eggs, bread, and a little butter! YAY! Ready, set, go! Ingredients: Bread Round cookie Cutter (Or you can cut out a center hole using a knife.) Eggs Butter Directions: Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a skillet, or electric skillet on medium heat. Cut a hole out of the center of your bread slices, and set aside. Place the bread into the skillet, then crack open an egg and carefully pour it into the hole in the bread. Cook until browned on one side, then flip and cook the other. You might need to add a little more butter to the pan when you flip it. I usually make one per person, and inevitably I end up making more. But they cook so quickly it’s no biggie. While those are cooking, I also add in the “hole” part of the bread into the pan as well, make sure you get a little melted … [Read more...]

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...]