Homemade Coconut Cream Pie Larabars


Hi friends! It's good to be back! I ended up taking 2 weeks off of blogging after my husband came home from his 9 month deployment. If you missed our homecoming pictures you can see them here. He's had a light work schedule since he got back so I couldn't get enough family time. It's funny how it took no time at all for things to go back to normal. We are just thrilled to have him home again. He arrived the Monday night, Memorial Day, then that first weekend our good friends from Texas came to visit us which was totally awesome. They have 4 kids the same ages as ours but ever since we … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls {Vegan, Gluten Free}


  The world of blogging really jumped on the snack ball bandwagon. I am pretty sure you'd be hard-pressed to find a food blogger without a "ball" recipe on their blog. And for good reason. They're the perfect snack. I started making balls over 6 years ago  (sorry if "making balls" sounds weird to you, but I simply can't call them anything else) when we were living in Austin and I wanted snacks to have on hand while I was nursing my firstborn. I made them very simply with peanut butter and oats and dipped them in melted chocolate. To this day they are one of my favorite … [Read more...]

Cooking With Kids & Resurrection Cookies

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The kitchen has always been the center of our home. My parent's kitchen has always been THE place to congregate- there is a huge island and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to their backyard. Whenever I go home, cooking dinner with extending family is what we do. The wine is poured, the appetizers are out and dinner in progress. It's always such a lovely time. Those face-to-face conversations in the kitchen are priceless and always flow so naturally over cooking food. Because of growing up with a focus on the kitchen as a place to gather, I love getting my children involved in … [Read more...]

Stonyfield Greek Yogurt & A Perfect Parfait


The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Stonyfield. My kids have a Greek yogurt every morning for breakfast. No exaggeration. They are kind of obsessed. It's great because while I am getting my coffee they can go out to our garage fridge where we stock the bulk food and grab their yogurt and start eating. Makes my life a little easier in the morning...at least for about 5 minutes until they are done. I have been buying Stonyfield organic yogurts since the kids were babies. YoBaby was always stocked in our fridge so when I received this wonderful package from … [Read more...]

Christmas Cookie Round-Up


I don't bake a whole lot of cookies year round, with the exception of good ol' chocolate chip cookies so when it comes December I LOVE trying new cookie recipes. Baking is just more fun in December. It's a fact. Cookies are great to bring to the Holiday table, office party or just to have on hand for Santa. Like I said in my last post, I always do roll-out sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies to decorate with the kids, but as you can see from this Christmas Cookie Round-Up, there are so many more options! I absolutely love these peanut butter kiss cookies . They are flourless, gluten … [Read more...]

Monsters University Birthday Party


Ahh, I can finally take a deep breath. My oldest turned 7 this weekend and we celebrated with a party for his school friends. I tend to get a little anxious up about things like birthday parties. I enjoy the planning but the actual execution stresses me out. This year since Daddy wasn't going to be around I wanted to keep it simple. Let me first start by saying that being almost 7 months pregnant and lugging around a crying almost 2 year old (yes he cried the entire party) while trying to set up for a party is NEVER simple. Although I didn't need to plan any extravagant games or things like … [Read more...]

Campbell’s Wisest Kid & a Kiddie Meal: Turkey Meatball Soup

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Kids’ tastes in food are one of life’s great mysteries. For example, one day your daughter's favorite vegetable is carrots, the next day she won't go near them. I actually put on my best sales voice earlier this week to try to convince my daughter that she does indeed like bean and cheese quesadillas. If this sounds like mealtime at your house, you’re in luck. Campbell’s gives you a fresh way to delight your family through the recipes section of their website,campbellskitchen.com (new, kid-friendly recipes like Mini Chicken Pot Pies, and fun ways for your kids to eat tomato soup … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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I confess, I don't really like chocolate in my banana bread. I prefer it straight up and traditional with lots of banana flavor and walnuts. This one, my kids love. What's not to love if you're a kid? Bread, banana and chocolate? I have been baking on a regular basis so that they can have a treat in their lunchboxes. Some of their favorites are blueberry zucchini muffins, pumpkin bread and banana bread. Then they'll say, "when are you going to put cookies in our lunch? Some kids get cookies in their lunch, ya know"....and I say well they're probably the pre-packaged junky … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Meat {and a Taco Salad}


I have never been a big slow cooker user, but over the last year have realized just how handy they can be. Now that our schedule has us away from home 4 evenings of the week, I am on a mission to collect good crock pot recipes because I will have to start prepping dinner in the morning if we want to eat at a normal hour. I stocked up on my proteins at Costco but soon realized I have only tried chicken of vegetable dishes in the slow cooker. I wanted to have taco salads the other night so I thought it would be a good experiment to try simmering turkey taco meat in the slow cooker. The … [Read more...]

Caramelized Hemp and Chia Seed Popcorn

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I just explained some of the benefits of hemp seeds (and hemp products) in my last post and wanted to use up the last of my hemp hearts before buying a fresh bag. Caramelized Hemp and Chia Seed Popcorn is what I cooked up for a snack this weekend. I am in love with this popcorn- made with pure organic maple syrup, coconut oil, freshly popped popcorn and other good stuff like hemp and chia seeds. It takes your average popcorn snack to the next level. And who doesn't love a whole grain healthy snack? This caramelized hemp and chai seed popcorn has the perfect balance of salty sweet and … [Read more...]