Category Archives: Food & Recipes

Apple Pie Muffin: Fall Foods!

I love to bake!! Fall brings out my need to bake, there is something about the cooler weather that always makes me want comfort food. I especially like to cook with fall ingredients so I love to find anything I can bake with apples and pumpkin. Lucky for me we live near apple country so I have access to lovely fresh-picked apples right from the farm.

We love taking the kids and enjoying a great day at the apple farm running around picking apples, laughing, and chatting with the kids. We have dinner at a restaurant in the town and we make ti a slow-going enjoyable fall day. When we come home we like to find ways to use the apples. We of course enjoy some in lunches and as snacks but we also cook a lot of them that weekend and can them for future use. I prep them for pies, and we make muffins. I really love this Apple Pie Muffin recipe. My kids enjoy eating them for breakfast, as a snack in their lunches, or as an afternoon snack. What I love best about the recipe is that I can alter it if I need too. We like to eat things with less sugar, so we substitute  half of the sugar with applesauce (which also gives it a moister/more apple taste!)

Be sure to go check out Damn Delicious’ recipe now. It is the best we have tried so far! Be sure to check out the other amazing recipes when you are there!

Fun Food: Chicken and Waffle Sliders

We are so busy with sports already that I have barely had time to breathe let alone fix a meal. My kids always want to run out and find something to eat. But I have decided to try and make dinner happen at least 6 days a week without running to a restaurant or fast food place. I try to keep things fairly simple, but sometimes you want something fun and out of the ordinary.

This month I wanted to try a few meals that seemed like they were from a restaurant but were indeed home made and much better for my busy family. I found some amazing ideas, including this fun twist on chicken and waffles. Now if you have not tried chicken and waffles you absolutely have to! You do not know what you are missing. It sounds odd, but it is delicious!

This fun and simple recipe from Six Sisters Stuff is perfect for busy nights. You can even make it a little healthier by substituting the waffles for whole wheat Eggo’s, by making them from scratch, or you can purchase Kodiak Protein Waffle mix (they even have a gluten-free version!) and simply make the waffles with a waffle iron (just add water!). You could also make your own fried chicken, but as I said — WE HAVE BEEN BUSY!!

It is definitely better than going to a restaurant, waiting for our order, paying for meals for 5-6 people, and having no control over the portions or if it is is gluten-free (since I now have to eat gluten-free for health issues). As I said, life is busy and complicated. I love that no matter what I can find small ways to make it a little bit easier. Be sure to check out the Six Sisters Stuff for the full tutorial and recipe. It will NOT disappoint!

Simple Dinners: BBQ Chicken Tostadas

We are back at school, back at sports, back at work, and I am back at being so busy and so crazy that I can barely get through my day let alone think about preparing a healthy and delicious dinner. Do all you other parents feel me? I have zero energy, zero ideas, and zero time. My schedule has gone from laid back and easy to run, run, run. But as much as I hate being that busy I enjoy that my kids are in sports, at school, and in school groups that give them joy and teach them about the world. So I am going to suck it, buttercup — and find a way to make dinner happen.

If you are regular readers you will know that I like to think ahead. So I got out my planner and I searched Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook and collected as many ideas as I could. This one was so much fun and so quick I decided to share it with all of you. BBQ Chicken Tostadas.

Now our household loves all things mexican — tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc. We do have some young ones that do not enjoy the spice though, so we tend to tone it down when things are too spicy. This fun recipe does not have a lot of spice and is sweet enough that the kids loved it.

Thank you to Cupcakes and Kale Chips for a meal that will please the masses in my household! Head on over there now for the full recipe and tutorial. it was definitely one recipe that required very little from me. Which is always a blessing. So make sure you have your ingredients and head on over for the full recipe, while you are there check out the rest of her amazing ideas! I know I will.

Ingredients
  • 8 tostada shells or 8 corn tortillas
  • shredded chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce, divided
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 3 green onions, very thinly sliced (optional)