Saltine and Peanut Butter Smores

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So it has been a rainy week here in Northeast Iowa. RAINY.  During the boys' nap time, I can't get enough coffee and tea.  I am cold and tired.  It is just that sit in the house and stay warm kind of sleepy weather. This afternoon, I decided to make a twist on TWO of my favorite childhood snacks.  Peanut Butter and Saltines. ( Which was pretty much always a staple snack in my house growing up).  and Smores. ( if you don't like smores, something is seriously wrong with you. I am not joking. … [Read more...]

Cauliflower Cream Sauce- With Chicken and Peas

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I am going retro on you guys!  I don't know about you.  But in the house I grew up in, Homemade creamy chicken soup with peas was a staple and a favorite meal!  My mom often would bake a chicken on a Sunday night, then use leftover chicken in various recipes throughout the week.  She made creamy chicken and noodles often.   What is not to like about Creamy Chicken Sauce?  We would eat it over rice, noodles and sometimes even toast. A few Sunday's ago, I had purchased All Natural Chicken … [Read more...]

Macbook Giveaway

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I am so excited to be teaming up with a great group of bloggers. AGAIN to giveaway an AMAZING prize!  I love participating in these giveaways because it gives me the chance to network with other bloggers.  It is so fun to see other people's pages, and see what other creative people are up to!  I love new ideas!  Colaberating with others is so much fun! I had a great weekend spending time with my family.  I cleaned, caught up on Laundry, prepared for Easter and made my newest blog recipe, … [Read more...]

Pineapple Yogurt Soft Serve

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I have been a little obsessed with blending frozen fruit, especially bananas to make healthy ice-cream like desserts.  Last week, when I was visiting my parents in Chicago, I watched my mom make " Banana Swirl" for my son.  She then added other frozen fruits and made several different flavors and froze the frozen treats for later.  She added Strawberries, Peaches, Mangos and Pineapple.......Pineapple?  Yum! Last year- when I went to Orlando with two of my closest girlfriends to celebrate our … [Read more...]

Zucchini Nuggets

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All I have to do is call it a " Nugget" and let him dip it in Ketchup.   It has become THAT easy.  :)   I have Hid vegetables, Fibbed about what was in his Mac and Cheese, researched on how to sneak vegetables, baked vegetables into cookies, AND even presented roasted cauliflower as " ketchup Dippers".  :) As I was making dinner tonight, I saw 2 large zucchini staring me in the face.  Now How can I prepare these in a way that he ( 2 1/2 year old) will eat them?  Oh right.  Make them into … [Read more...]

Spicy Peach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

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I am not sure I have ever posted a recipe that has goat cheese.  Funny, since it's one of those foods that I LOVE.  Is there anything better than a dish that pairs salty tangy goat cheese with a sweet element?  No. I don't think so.  I love goat cheese so much that it hurts. I wish I used it more.  I have tried to convert my husband to the goat cheese world for almost 8 years.  This chicken might have done it.  I SAW him reach for seconds tonight at dinner, even though he CLAIMS not to like goat … [Read more...]

Quinoa Breakfast Cups

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My husband has been OBSESSED with chia seeds lately.  No joke.  He has ordered bags of chia seeds on Amazon and putting them in everything.My sister-in-law, Celia has a great article on her blog, Chicago jogger on Ways to use chia seeds.  I thought that I would try to make these cute little breakfast cups.  I saw these cute Quinoa Breakfast bars, but I thought that making them in a muffin tin would be much cuter! Do you notice that people around you don't eat gluten anymore?  I know people who … [Read more...]

Toddler-Made Greeting Card

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This Toddler-Made Greeting Card is a great way for kids, who don't write ye, to make their own homemade greeting cards for loved ones.  It's simple, you  have them paint over stickers on a piece of paper, then peel the stickers off.  I got the idea for this greeting card, after reading a blog post by my good friend, Stephanie, who blogs at SWoodsonsays.com " Aunt Kristen!  What did you MAKE me?"  Asked my 4-year-old nephew, Kyle as he opened up his store-bought birthday present.   Just … [Read more...]

Dehydrated Spinach Popcorn Sprinkle

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Dehydrating Spinach, to make your own Spinach popcorn sprinkle is easy to do.  It is a great way to use up spinach that might expire soon AND a fun way to present several servings of vegetables to children.  My husband had to go to China for work.  So I packed up the kiddos and headed to Chicago, to spend some time with my parents.  It is nice having a couple of extra hands helping with my boys.  We had LOTS of Spinach in our fridge to use up before heading out-of-town.  My husband and I had … [Read more...]

Broccoli Stem Parmesan Rice- and 10 uses for Broccoli stems

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About 6 or 7 years ago, before I became a foodie.  I remember complaining to multiple people about a cheap bag of frozen broccoli that I purchased from a particular store.  I complained that the bag of broccoli was " All Stem!" and a total rip off!    ( and it was a rip off).  But these days, I am not so turned off by the broccoli stem.  I come to find out from Live Strong, that the stem is as nutritious as the broccoli florets. It is just plain wasteful to throw away perfectly healthy food when … [Read more...]