Doing the Whole30 sure has been eye-opening. I’m eleven days in and super happy with the changes (non scale victories) and most of all, the food. Especially my favorite meal of the day, breakfast! I’m all about quick wins for the morning, so I spent some time today prepping this sweet potato breakfast casserole to eat throughout the week.
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Every year I go crazy getting things *just right* for the holidays, especially when it comes to cookies and treats. I have a weakness for chocolate and think that everyone else should enjoy it like I do, too. Thankfully my neighborhood Giant Eagle is close enough to home and work to help when I’m shopping for the ingredients I need.
It’s that time of year when the evenings are cool, the orange and purple lights are hung, and the kids are amped up on sugar. These are the days leading up to our first fall holiday, Halloween. Perhaps you and your family are gearing up to hold a night of pumpkin carving to celebrate.
There is no denying that the days are getting colder and darker. These are the kind of days that our family loves to enjoy eating a bowl of piping hot chili while under a comfy blanket and watching a good movie. You? Recently Hormel sent me a recipe for Vegetable Chili with Kale and Quinoa, a healthy alternative to your standard chili recipe. It sounds absolutely delicious, so I decided to share it with you.
Hey there. We’re the ‘lil Burghers twins and of course we do everything exactly alike. You know. How twins do. We’re best at eating all of our meats, fruits and veggies and Gerber snacks.
Believe them? Ha! We’ve been struggling with getting both twins to eat like they should. Ava loves meats. Isla loves carbs. They both are “eh” about getting in all of their fruits and veggies. They both love some snacks.
This summer has been full of gardening complimented by trips to the local Farmer’s Markets. We’ve been canning, but hadn’t received our pressure canner. I knew I had to do something with the pint of green beans we picked up last weekend, so I decided to saute them up and season them. Thus, brown sugar and garlic green beans were born!
In case you’re in need of a dessert to take to a gathering today, let me share with you the Fruity Pebbles Bundt Cake I put together this weekend. If you’ve got ‘lil ones in your house, you most likely have everything you need to make it, too! If not, it’s a chance to remember your childhood with a crunchy yet crumbly sweet treat. ++ This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are 100% our own.
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Oh, Back to School. How is it less than a week away? We’ve gone through Kindergarten Orientation, started earlier bedtimes, bought new clothes / shoes, and did our back to school food shop at our local Giant Eagle. Grabbing everything we needed for lunches, snacks, and a special first day of school treat (see the Perfect Pudding Pops, below!) was easy and convenient at Giant Eagle. (Bonus? I got to add some fun, healthy snacks to my lunches, too!) We set out to grab quick win items, and the Bigs had control over what went in the shopping cart. Everything on our list was checked off in one quick and easy stop.
Perfect Pudding Pops
I wanted to be sure the kids had a fun first day of school treat, so I asked my chef-in-the-making (Arianna) to look at our list and help me come up with a fun recipe. She wanted to fill Snack Packs with some of the fun Oreo and Goldfish treats we found while at Giant Eagle, and Evan chimed in that we needed some healthy additions, too. We ended up deciding to grab some strawberries to mix in, then put them in the freezer for a cool treat (as the first day of school is of course forecast to be a hot one).
To make our Perfect Pudding Pops, we needed to pull our ingredients together:
- Snack Pack Pudding cups (we wanted chocolate and vanilla)
- Goldfish crackers (assorted, we chose Chocolate Mint + Pretzel and s’mores)
- Mini Oreo Cookies
- Optional, Popsicle Sticks
- Optional, popsicle molds
The Bigs were pretty excited about those Goldfish, by the way.
Putting together the Perfect Pudding Pops was pretty easy, too. We simply:
- Open Snack Packs.
- (Optional) Spoon into the popsicle makers.
- Crumble add-ins.
- (Optional, if not using popsicle makers) Add in popsicle stick.
- Put in freezer for about 6 hours – perfect for during the school day. Pro tip – don’t let these sit for longer than a day – they do get a bit crunchy!
- Push out of the cup or mold and enjoy!
The Lunch Station
Beyond having a super fun first day of school treat, we wanted to build a station that would help with packing lunches once or twice a week, so the Bigs looked for favorites like Schwebels Bread, JIF Peanut Butter, Smuckers Fruit Spread, Frito Lay snacks, Goldfish Crackers, and Entemanns Little Bites. Of course, we had to be practical and pick up the bags to tuck the goodies in, too!
I think we did pretty good, don’t you? What would you have added?
The After School Snack Station
To make life easy on Greg, we decided to pick out After School Snacks that stuck with our family theme – a healthy choice and a happy choice. The kids will get to pick one of each from this station in the pantry. No questions asked, except asking when can we go back to Giant Eagle to fill it up! *wink* (Check out
oh why can’t I drop this weight
Did you know that today is National Chocolate Chip Day? I decided to celebrate by making two of my favorite recipes that make me feel like I am indulging while still eating healthy. Today I’ll be sharing my recipe for Energy Balls, but tomorrow’s post has a small sneak peek over on my Instagram if you’re impatient and like guessing games.
So, the energy balls. These babies became a staple back when I was eating for health, but when I was nursing the twins, I put in a milk making “secret” ingredient (that I’ll share below). They are no bake, but do take some patience. Today, for example, I had to go to and from the refrigerator several times before I had it just right and the mixture was firm enough to make balls. But, as a mom who is always needing to go to the kitchen to feed one of the six mouths in this house, it doesn’t really impact my life. Anyways.
What do I love about them?