Friday, October 17, 2014

Coconut Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

A healthier recipe for whole wheat pumpkin muffins with coconut and chocolate chips. As usual, vegan and gluten-free options are at the end of the recipe. 

Pumpkin season is in full swing and we are loving it. We're visiting the pumpkin patch regularly - with Girl Scouts, schools, and for family hay rides. I'm currently covered in red sequins as I make my seven year old's requested costume: Peppermint Princess. She's all about the candy, apparently.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cheerio Bars Recipe {School Snack Idea and Free Printable Notes}

A simple, no-bake, three ingredient recipe for healthy "cheerios" bars that are perfect for school snack served with a glass of milk. Plus a free printable of love notes for your kids. This post is sponsored by got milk? but the recipe, printable, and content is 100% mine. 
milk and cereal bars
This new year of longer school days (for my big girl, my little is still with me most of the time, thank goodness) has brought a lot of fun, but also new challenges. It seems like we are always on-the-go. Now that the kids are away from home more and have become more active with sports, packing them nutritious snacks has become more important to me than ever.  We can't just pop home to make smoothies after preschool lunch like we used to. Last week was my day to bring snack for our 1st grade class. The snack had to be gluten-free and nut-free, so I brought organic "O" bars made with gluten free O's and sunflower seed butter. The kids loved these one even asked me to give her mom the recipe. I prefer the taste of these with peanut butter, but if you're sending them to a nut-free school, seed butter is a great option. These cereal bars are perfect with a glass of cold Milk, which will add a boost of protein and vitamins to nourish growing kiddos. The bars are even delicious crumbled into the milk and eaten with a spoon. You can send milk to school in an insulated thermos or in milk boxes. 

free school lunch notes printable
To make your snack-packing a little more fun, I made some love notes! My kids watched me working on these in Photoshop and were excited to have them in their own snacks and lunches. Click here to print your copy.

5 Steps to Perfect Salad

I'm so excited to have been selected as a contributor for! One of my posts in their new How To section will be Five Steps to Perfect Salad. I can't share all the steps right now, but wanted to share an image of the beautiful salad I used as an example, and some of my other favorite salads. I hope they inspire you! 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Autumn Birthday Party

fall party
Wow, wow, wow. I have a seven year old. A full blown big kid. This weekend we celebrated sensational seven with an autumn themed party, at the birthday girl's request. If only I had known we would be at the height of a record breaking heat wave, we may have opted for a beach party like last year. Oh well... she had a great, although sweltering, fall party. I gave her this adorable Little Miss Pumpkin shirt as a birthday gift. It's made by Paper Doll Clothing Co. aka lovely mommy and blogger, Lindsay. Here are some of the details. And you don't need a birthday to celebrate this beautiful season...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Healthy Snack Ideas for Soccer Games

healthy snacks for kids
The fall sports season is in full swing. It's our first year with soccer and my 6 year old is loving it. Her 4 year old sister is not loving being an 8 am Saturday morning cheerleader, but hopefully she'll grow to love it too. Our girls have done ballet, swimming, and gymnastics in the past, but this year of soccer is taking athletics to a new level. The kids are all sweaty and bright red faced after practices and games. And so, so hungry. I've been thinking about healthy snacks to nourish our growing kids after sports and wanted to share them with you. After strenuous exercise, it's important to refuel with protein, so that muscles and bones can continue to grow strong.

Keep reading for ideas and a free printable!

How to Caramelize Onions

When my daughter was three, we went out one night for burgers. When the server asked if she would like a plain kids burger, my little gourmand asked if they could put caramelized onions on top. While our server was a bit surprised, when you think about it, there's nothing not to love about caramelized onions. Even if you're three. Raw, onions are undeniably intense, but once they have been slowly cooked down, they release all of those spicy notes and tear-inducing gasses and leave only sweetness behind.

Allrecipes has picked my method for the relaunch of their how-to section, coming soon. I'm so excited to be working will and wanted to let you know to stay tuned for their new How To section. For now, here are some delicious ways to use caramelized onions. 

Use your caramelized onions to top your burgers, like my little ones do, or use them to add flavor to any other dish you would like. Or try some of these delicious caramelized onion recipes:

Caramelized Onion and Arugula Pizza
Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions
Bacon and Caramelized Onion Rolls
Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onions

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Allrecipes. The opinions and text are all mine.

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