Nov 22

During the school year I try to make sure my kids are busy. We do a lot of after-school activities including sports, and special after-school programs oriented around science and learning. This usually means I need to have snack ready to go when they are. I need to feed them something that will give them energy, keep them fueled, and happy throughout their afternoon activities. My kids are a lot like me, by three o’clock they are ready for a nap. Their day has exhausted them and they need a pick-me-up. But I hesitate to give them things that may have artificial boosts to their system. That’s why I love protein. It is the perfect digestible energy-quick food. Luckily, my kids love nuts, and it is an excellent source of protein.

I love this fun quick Crisp Apple Snack. It is sweet, crunchy, and has a myriad of tastes all in one bite. It is an easy to prepare, easy to eat, energy-quick snack that my kids love to eat. Which is usually the best thing about it. But it is also a very healthy snack, that doesn’t get old. So here is the recipe for a fun Crisp Apple Snack to try the next time your kids need an afternoon pick-me-up!

Crisp Apple Snack

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What You Will Need:

Apples
Peanut butter or almond butter
Nuts (I use almonds and pecans)
Coconut flakes
Chocolate chips

What You a Will Do:

1. Core your apple, then slice the apples into discs about a quarter or half inch thick.
2. Spread the nut butter on the apple disk.
3. Add nuts, coconut flakes, and chocolate chips.
4. Enjoy!!

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Nov 19

Holiday Looks: Christmas Pajamas

It may still be November but Christmas is just around the corner. We love to get special holiday pajamas every year for our kids. Each of them get a special Christmas Eve box that has pajamas, a book, and a Christmas treat to eat while we all snuggle together and read our new books. It’s a family tradition that has been in my family for 4 generations. The kids love it, but so do the adults. Because let’s face it, our kids are only little and interested in us for a very short time, but the holidays seem to turn everyone into a little kid again. So for one night we all gather together, kids at heart, and share some quality family time together.

We love the pajamas at The Boy’s Store. All the boys look sweet, charming, and comfortable as they cuddle up in their new pajamas every year. This year there are some special pajamas and First Christmas bibs available that will help make your family Christmas a very special one.

Baby’s First Christmas Bib by Dressed to Drool: an adorable bib that is the perfect holiday or baby shower gift for a new baby during the holiday season. Everyone loves to commemorate a new baby, and of course all of their firsts. The first Christmas is a big deal to a lot of new parents. Make their season by sending them one of these white Christmas bibs. Made of 20% polyester and 80% cotton. Machine wash cold.

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Reindeer First Christmas Bib by Dressed to Drool: another adorable first Christmas bib, this one features a little reindeer on huge front and a red background. Made of 20% polyester and 80% cotton. Machine wash cold.

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Striped Footie Pajamas by City Threads: the perfect pajama set for Christmas Eve. Available in elf green or midnight you will cherish the photos and images of your little ones in this adorable pajama set. Our little ones are only little for so long and we have to get those memories in he hole we can. Some of the best memories on Christmas mornings involve Footie pajamas and big smiling faces. So hurry in to see these great pajamas while they last.

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Striped Pajama Set by City Threads: just like the Footie pajamas this is available in elf green and midnight. Perfect for e older kids that don’t like to west Footie pajamas you can still get that Christmassy comfort in a two piece set. Get those cameras ready and make sure you remember it all.

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Nov 16

IMG_1052.JPGIt’s that time of year when we are spending our money and time preparing for the holidays. Time is running short, money is too, and we are tired. All. Day. Long. We are planning thanksgiving menus, searching for that special toy for Christmas, cleaning our houses and fixing the house for company, so it is no wonder that our regular weeknight meal prep is falling by the wayside. We are lucky we are remembering to eat at all let alone make something. It can be hard to get everything done at this time of year. Well we are here to help you with a quick and easy fix for dinner. At least now you can let one thing go without worry. This great meal can even be made in bulk and freeze half for another night.

Life and Kitchen is a great website written by a fellow mommy blogger looking to create delicious and healthy recipes for her family. Which we can all totally relate to. We want to create fabulous meals that will stay with our kids and make them strong, but we just don’t always know what to do, or have the time. Life and Kitchen is here to help and can be a great tool to help any mom or dad find some great recipes for their family. This month we are loving Bean and Cheese Taquitos. It is yummy, simple, and fun. Get fancy with dips like guacamole, sour cream, or salsa! Kids will love this recipe because they can dip it, and let’s face it dipping things just makes them better.

What You Will Need:

1 can refried beans (Life and Kitchen used vegetarian)
1 can black beans, rinsed
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro
1 lime
2 cups shredded cheese (such as cheddar, Mexican blend, etc)
~20 6? flour tortillas
cooking spray
sea salt for topping

We loved the recipe and even doubled it making 40 tortillas so that I could freeze half and have a ready to heat and eat meal for next week, or the week after. You never know when a day will become just too busy to deal with making dinner. When I find fun and simple meals like this sometimes my favorite thing to do with them is to make twice, or three times, as much and freeze it. This makes life so much simpler. So go check out Life and Kitchen and see her incredibly simple and delicious recipe and try it out, your schedule, and your kids will thank you!

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