Apr 082014RECIPE: Overnight Blueberry Oatmeal in a Jar

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Try this Overnight Blueberry Oatmeal in a Jar for a fast, healthy breakfast! My kiddos love oatmeal as much as we do. I can have a few jars ready in the fridge for us to grab and go. If you don’t like eating it cold, you can pull it out when you wake up and let it warm up to room temp while you are getting ready. If you like it piping hot, you can microwave it. I know the Ball Mason jars are microwave safe but the jar will be hot so you might need a koozie.

When breakfast is this quick, you can sleep in a few extra minutes. Customize it by adding whatever nut and berry variety that you love best. Spice it up with a little cinnamon and vanilla. I love the blueberry/strawberry combo below and sometimes I swap cranberries for the strawberries.  Enjoy!

RECIPE: Overnight Blueberry Oatmeal in a Jar
 
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Ingredients
  • ¾ cup of Rolled Oats
  • 3 Tablespoons of Sugar (optional)
  • Sunflower seeds – Add as much as you’d like
  • Dried Strawberries – Can add as much as you’d like
  • Blueberries.- Can add as much as you’d like
  • Skim Milk
Instructions
  1. Start by putting rolled oats into a bowl and mixing them with your toppings. Then add that to your jar.
  2. Pour in milk to cover top of oats, mix and pop it in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
  3. Then take out and place in fridge over night till tomorrow morning. It will puff up more and be just perfect for breakfast.
  4. Add some fresh blueberries on top and more milk if you like.

 
   
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Apr 012014RECIPE: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

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The combination of flavors and texture in these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake Bars is just delightful! If you’re looking for a great after school treat or dessert to take to a potluck this is the recipe for you! They are sweet and decadent and the Reese’s cups add the perfect final touch.

Plus, check out my post for how to make your own Homemade Peanut Butter to use in this recipe.

RECIPE: Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Bars
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter
  • ⅔ Cup Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Topping:
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup Reeses Cups, Chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13-baking dish and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and both sugars. On medium speed, add in peanut butter, vanilla extract, and eggs and beat until well combined.
  3. Gradually add in flour, salt and baking powder and mix until well combined.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips and transfer to baking dish.
  5. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  7. While cake is cooling, in a small saucepan, bring heavy cream to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in semisweet chocolate chips and whisk until smooth.
  8. Allow chocolate to cool for 5 minutes to thicken.
  9. Pour chocolate topping over cooled cake and sprinkle with chopped Reese cups.
  10. Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow chocolate to set up.

 
 
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Mar 252014RECIPE: Quick & Easy Banana Waffles

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Waffles are the ultimate breakfast food! These Banana Waffles are quick & easy and can be made with almond milk if you prefer a Vegan version. With the banana mixed into the batter the flavor is fantastic and you get little nugget bits here and there of banana. Top with Maple Syrup and enjoy!

This morning I made this recipe with Gluten Free Bisquick and made pancakes instead of waffles. They were delicious! I added a dash of cinnamon and a splash of pure vanilla extract to the batter and used the Coconut Oil for cooking. My 20 month old and I devoured them!

RECIPE: Quick & Easy Banana Waffles
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups Bisquick Healthy Heart mix
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1-1/3 cups Almond Milk
  • 1-2 ripe Bananas
  • Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Let the almond milk rest on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes before combining with Bisquick.
  2. Mix in the coconut oil and mashed banana.
  3. Use one to two bananas depending on their size and how much natural banana flavor you would like them to have.
  4. Grease the waffle iron with coconut oil and turn to medium.
  5. Cook until the indicator tells you they should be done.
  6. Enjoy right away topped with fresh slices of banana, coconut oil, pure maple syrup or cinnamon. Or save for later-they are great cold!
  7. Tip: if your bananas aren’t quite ripe enough you can peel them and put them in the microwave for a few seconds. That will simulate the aging process and give you great banana flavor.
  8. Top with Maple Syrup.

 
 
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Mar 182014RECIPE: Chocolate Easter Truffles

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Chocolate Easter Truffles are a fantastic treat! Make them ahead of time and package as gifts or make a tray and serve with your Easter meal. Dipping and sprinkling the truffles would be a great way to get the kids involved in helping with the festivities!

You can pre-make/roll out the truffles a day or two ahead of time then just warm the chocolate to dip and have a bowl or two of sprinkles ready for the kids to decorate them with. Happy Easter!

RECIPE: Easter Truffles
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 package of Oreo cookies, finely crushed (I used a food processor but you could also use a rolling pin with the cookies in a ziploc type bag)
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • Wilton Chocolate Candy Melts
  • Spring/Easter Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Combine the crushed Oreos with the cream cheese. A food processor or a hand mixer comes in very handy for this part.
  2. When the Oreos and cream cheese are combined, roll the mixture into 1” balls and place on a cookie sheet. Let sit in the fridge for 45 minutes to an hour so they harden up.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl heat the Wilton candy melts stirring in 30 second increments until melted completely. Let cool 1-2 minutes.
  4. Using 2 spoons, dip the hardened truffles into the chocolate one at a time and coat completely with chocolate.
  5. Lay truffles on wax paper or a foil lined cookie sheet.
  6. Add sprinkles.
  7. Let harden (about 30 minutes). To speed up the hardening process you can also place in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
  8. Serve right away or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week in the fridge or 3-4 days at room temperature.
  9. You can also freeze them in an airtight container or Ziploc type freezer bag for 2-3 months. Let thaw in the fridge once you are ready to serve them.

 
 
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Mar 13201412 St. Patrick’s Day Treats

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These 12 St. Patrick’s Day Treats will gear you up for any party including shamrocks, leprechauns or rainbows! Try the rainbow waffles for a fun breakfast treat or the Lime Sherbet Floats that are kid-friendly and only use 2 ingredients. Keep your festivities simple and delicious! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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And finally, the St. Patrick’s Day Marshmallow Pops pictured at the very top. These are the easiest of all!

St. Patricks Day Marshmallow Pops
 
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Ingredients
  • 6 Regular Marshmallows
  • ½ cup White Chocolate Chips
  • Shamrock Candy Decorations
Instructions
  1. Heat Chocolate Chips by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Insert stick in each marshmallow.
  3. Dip marshmallow in melted candy and roll to coat completely.
  4. Sprinkle with Shamrock decorations.
  5. Set pop on wax paper.
  6. Immediately place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set candy mix.

 
Make St. Patrick’s Day special with some of these sweet treats. Do you have a favorite thing to make for St. Patrick’s Day?
 
 
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