This blog post is written in partnership with and sponsored by Big Lots. Do you have a favorite holiday tradition that you look forward to every year? My family has a Christmas morning tradition that has been happening since before I was born. A recipe that has been handwritten on post it notes, note cards, stapled into recipe books, and copied down more times than I can count. Grammy’s Puffed Pancakes. Even thinking about this special breakfast treat makes me salivate. It’s a holiday MUST, and is the perfect Christmas morning meal. Christmas morning puffed pancake breakfast brunch For an easy but impressive Christmas morning brunch, look no further. This treasured family breakfast centerpiece is the perfect way to treat your family to a special dish. I’m no Julia Child, but even my 3.5-year-old can whip these puffed pancakes up. And I can almost 100% guarantee that you have all the ingredients to make this sweet breakfast treat in your kitchen. Your refrigerator and pantry basics are about to make a lot of happy bellies this holiday season. My only request of you this holiday season – please use your own homemade whipped cream for these puffed pancakes! With a […]
This Father’s Day, whip up some deliciously easy Golden Grahams S’mores Candy Bark. No baking required, and chances are you already have everything you need in your pantry. Channel the days when cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner was a totally acceptable parent move with this sweet summertime treat. My husband has the biggest sweet tooth. Ever. He loved when I was pregnant and craving sweets with our first, because I couldn’t get enough sugar (sorry doc). He has definitely passed that trait onto our toddler too. H is just like his dad, and will do anything for a treat. Including potty training. Thank goodness! I love watching the two of them together right now. My husband had almost zero experience with babies and kids before we started growing our family. He was totally clueless when it came to newborns, and to be honest he was terrified. I remember one time in particular when he was getting H dressed on one of his first days. It took him almost 20 minutes to put a onesie on. These days, things look a little differently. Our youngest and I usually come downstairs to the two of them rolling around or wrestling, and throwing shirts […]
This post is sponsored by HelloFresh. I’m not much of a cook. I hate meal planning. There, I said it. Look, I have a 3 year old and a 7 month old. I have been very vocal about the fact that I am not a super mom. And admittedly, my husband is the cook in our family. But, he travels for work. A lot. Which means I’m left to my own devices while he’s away. So take out, home made pizzas and mac and cheese are my usual go-tos. And that’s fine. Except for the fact that my bank account takes a major hit and the mom guilt over feeding my toddler microwave meals starts taking over. Enter HelloFresh. I’ve tried my fair share of meal delivery services, and let me tell you, HelloFresh is the bees knees. I love that HelloFresh does my meal planning, grocery shopping, and most of the food prep for me. That just leaves me to do the minimal washing, slicing, and cooking. A far more attainable endeavor for this work from home mom. My parents, as far back as I can remember, always made sure I was actively involved when it came to dinnertime. Normally, I was […]
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EggoMyWay #CollectiveBias I’ve talked about it before, yet despite my best efforts, I have a picky eater for a toddler. We’ve exposed him to all sorts of different foods. Tried every trick in the book. Read every article I could find online. But nope, he knows what he likes and doesn’t deviate from that. On the plus side, he loves carbs and fruit, so at least that gives me options! In hopes that this may help some of you break out of your toddler breakfast rut, H and I are going to share a favorite with you today: Breakfast kebab skewers! These breakfasts on a stick are not only easy to make and customize to your toddler’s preferences, but they’re also great as toddler afternoon snacks. And thanks to Eggo’s new formulation that is free from artificial, you can feel good about what you’re giving your kiddo. Toddler Approved Fruit and Waffle Kebabs If you’re needing quick and easy breakfast or snack ideas, these skewers are just that. Literally only minutes to prepare and make, you can have a breakfast kebab in your child’s hand before their […]
Breastfeeding has made me not only hungrier than a teenage boy, but has also made my sweet tooth go crazy. Usually I reach for cookies, chocolate, candy – or let’s be honest, all of the above. However, that’s not working out so well for me anymore. Thanks to the weight I’ve gained the past few weeks, I set out to find a healthy green smoothie for breastfeeding moms that would satisfy my sweet tooth. And the result is pretty delicious. If I may say so myself… This Oatmeal Cookie Green Smoothie is super easy to prepare, and makes for a great breakfast on the go. Are you breastfeeding? Even better – this green smoothie is a perfect way for breastfeeding moms to get a little extra nutrition in and it has several ingredients that are great for breastmilk production! As an added bonus, this green smoothie also makes for a pretty awesome way to satisfy your sweet tooth without guilt. So feel free to make yourself one (or two…) and enjoy! Not a banana fan? That’s ok! You can skip that part. I just love the creamy texture it gives. To make this yummy green smoothie a *little* sweeter, you can always […]
Tis the season for holiday baking! And these snowman cookie brownie bites are a great way to get that started. Our snowman cookie brownie bites are a great way to get the kids involved in baking, and are sure to leave a smile on your face. So gather your family ’round, preheat that oven, and make your holidays a little sweeter with a simple and delicious treat. Some of my fondest memories involve baking in the kitchen with my parents. Popcorn balls, sugar cookies, peanut butter kiss cookies and more. You name it, we baked it. Some we kept, some we hand delivered to neighbors, and many ended up as quality control samples. By the end of our baking escapades, the kitchen was covered in sugar and flour and frosting. It was chaotic, but our bellies were full and we were happy. Bringing that tradition to my family now is one of my favorite things about the holiday season. I found this super cute snowman brownie recipe on Immaculate Baking Company’s website, and H begged to make them. With a little mix, frosting, and toppings, we created some pretty awesome holiday sweets that made me feel like quite the Pinterest mom. But […]
Easy blueberry cobbler (for the lazy baker in us all) Hello holiday season! If you’re like me, you love all the food that comes along with this time of year, but aren’t such a fan of the amount of time spent in the kitchen. This Blueberry Cobbler recipe is so easy a toddler can do it (literally, this is one of H’s favorite things to make), and with only three ingredients it’s foolproof! This super quick blueberry treat requires no prep time, just as long as it takes you to cut open a bag and use a can opener. Last minute houseguests and forgotten party invites that once sent you running to the store are no match! It’s actually one of our favorite lazy Sunday morning brunch recipes because of how easy it is to make, and how yummy it is to eat. Plus, stay tuned to find an Immaculate Baking Co coupon to save $1 off your next purchase below!
When you think Homestyle, what comes to mind? Is there a particular recipe? Is it a pasta recipe? Desert recipe? A special chicken dish recipe that is passed down from mother to child? For my family, visions of cooking with my parents in my childhood home pop up, and I immediately flash back to that skinny little galley kitchen. Additionally, I think of weekends at my Grandmother’s, all of us cousins fighting over the same stool that was closest to our Grammy, and helping her make her famous “Bark”. Homestyle cooking makes me think of long hours spent in front of the stovetop, stirring whatever dish it was that weekend we decided to cook up that day. Memories like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter – holidays where we focused almost more on the food and the company than the gifts. Thinking on these special homestyle dishes gives me such warm and happy feelings, I want to make sure that I continue that with my husband and son (and soon to be September baby!). I want to continue the traditions of putting more than just ingredients into a pot. It’s love and time and family tradition that makes something “Homestyle” to me!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias Family time, unplugged & a popcorn cupcake tutorial Like most families today, we are insanely busy. Even when our day’s aren’t fully scheduled, it feels like we’re always running around, trying to get everything on our to-do lists done. With how often we travel, the Hubs for work, and H and I for fun and family visits, we don’t always have the opportunity to spend quality time together. In today’s digital age, one of the only ways we’re able to stay connected through it all is by our cell phones. Whether it’s phone calls, text / picture messaging, or video chatting, we rely on quality phone service and a reliable cell phone in order to keep in touch. Every other TV commercial today is cell phone companies claiming to have the most reliable coverage for the best price, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll see that’s just not true. Recently, when our family was looking to change providers, we could not find any family plan that was less than $200 for unlimited data, text and phone […]