Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Peanut Butter Granola



Granola has gotten to be one of my kids favorite snacks... They are yogurt freaks, so they love being able to put something crunchy on top of it. They must get that from their mom! :) I have my quick go to granola recipe that we all really enjoy, but I wanted to try this recipe, mainly because I liked the sound of peanut butter! And every once in a while you need to switch it up a bit...


Peanut Butter Granola
(recipe found on pinterest via tablefortwoblog.com)

4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

Preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with baking spray. In a large bowl, combine peanut butter and honey and microwave for about 30-45 seconds until the peanut butter and honey have all melted. Stir together and then add in cinnamon and vanilla. Add in oatmeal and stir until covered. Spread in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cocoa Banana Refrigerator Oatmeal



This wasn't one of my favorite refrigerator oatmeals, but it was still tasty. When you need a chocolate fix in the morning this would be a good option! :) Next time I make it, I might have to add some peanut butter to the recipe - peanut butter, banana and chocolate?? Now that would definitely be my type of combo!!


Cocoa Banana Refrigerator Oatmeal
(recipe found on pinterest via theyummylife.com)

1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned oameal
1/3 cup skim milk
1/4 cup low fat greek yogurt
1 1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener)
1/2 diced banana, or enough to fill jar

In a half pint jar, add oatmeal, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, cocoa powder and honey. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add bananas and stir until mixed. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dairy Queen Buster Bar Dessert



Every Sunday we head over to my mom's house for Sunday dinner. It is a crazy affair with 16 kids and 10 adults all gathered in one spot, but it is loud, obnoxious and tons of fun! While my mom makes all the meal, I like to contribute every once in a while with dessert - usually around the time of someone's birthday, but sometimes at other times too if there is a dessert that I have been dying to try! :) I hate having it lying around MY house... So, for my sisters' birthday, I asked them what type of dessert that they wanted. My one said "nothing with pure chocolate" and the other one was a little more specific... "ice cream, peanuts, some chocolate" ummm.... okay, I'll see what I come up with! :) Well, this is exactly what she described and every LOVED it! It is pretty rich so one pan goes quite far. Although not everyone chose to have dessert this served all of us that wanted it and a couple extra pieces for the birthday girls! :)


Dairy Queen Buster Bar Dessert
(recipe found on pinterest via amysfinerthings.com)

2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk (12 ounces can)
2/3 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound oreo cookies (crushed)
1/2 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cups spanish peanuts
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream (softened)

Mix powdered sugar, milk, chocolate chips, butter, and vanilla together in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil for 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool completely. Add melted butter to crushed oreos. Spread in a 9×13 cake pan. Refrigerate until set. Spread softened ice cream on top. Freeze until ice cream is firm. Top with cooled chocolate mixture and peanuts. Freeze overnight.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekly Line Up - 7/25-7/31



This week is going to ROCK!! For the month of July our school has been offering free lunches to the kids (while they have summer school going on) so this momma hasn't had to make lunch all month. Now pair that up with the fact that the kids have bible school this week where they also get to eat supper and I am one ecstatic momma!!! Top it with the fact that this year all four of my kids get to go to bible school and I am actually not helping with this one thing in their lives and that means I have some free time... I already warned the hubs that there will be no meal making around here this week - it is all cereal and eggs and toast for me and if he is actually home we might, JUST MIGHT go out for supper! Can you hear the excitement in my typing??? Anyhow, with all that going on I decided this week would be the perfect week to get a jump start on some of my freezer cooking for our vacation that is coming up... So, that is the line up that you are getting! Enjoy your week, I know that I am going to!

Friday - Hot Dogs
Saturday - Class Reunion
Sunday-Thursday - Vacation Bible School

Extras: *Pizza Log, *Grill Chicken for Quesadillas, Potato Bar Chili for the Camping Haystacks, Chocolate Sugar Cookies, Strawberry-Banana Jam, Strawberry Jam and Strawberry Shortcake

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blueberry Banana Refrigerator Oatmeal



This was another super easy oatmeal recipe! I didn't mash the fruit together like it was suggested because I like to have some chunks in my oatmeal - the whole texture thing and oatmeal! :) Again, the kids though that these were super delicious and wanted to have another one later in the day for snack... I can't keep these in my fridge, they are flying out like crazy!


Blueberry Banana Refrigerator Oatmeal
(recipe found on pinterest via foodfitnessfreshair.com)

1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1/3 cup almond milk, slightly overflowing
1/2 banana
1/4 cup blueberries

Mash banana and blueberries together in a bowl until blended together. Stir in oats, yogurt, and milk. Cover, and refrigerate overnight. Top with additional blueberries and bananas in the morning, if desired.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Refrigerator Oatmeal



I had to try a few more flavors of refrigerator oatmeal since the kids are enjoying it as much as I am... Seriously, I made up about 6 of them and then ran out within 2 days because everyone was eating them!! So, I picked up the supplies to make a bunch of them and spent about a half an hour one day making up 12 new oatmeals, we'll see how long these last! :) My son tried the apple cinnamon first and after the initial bite was freaking out about how good it was. He wanted to eat the other one and was mad at me when I made him pick something else to eat with it. I swear, that kid is going to eat me out of house and home and he's ONLY 9!! This one is super simple to throw together and I usually have all the ingredients on hand... LOVE IT!


Apple Cinnamon Refrigerator Oatmeal
(recipe found on pinterest via theyummylife.com)

1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup skim milk
1/4 cup low fat Greek yogurt
1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, or enough to fill jar

In a half pint jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, cinnamon and honey. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add applesauce and stir until mixed. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wii Remote Birthday Cake



I knew when I pinned this cake that at least one of my boys was going to want it for their birthday... I was right! As soon as I showed it to my 9 year old, he jumped at the chance to have it for his friend party! I love the way that it turned out and it was super easy to put together. It did require buying a variety of candies though...


Wii Remote Birthday Cake
(idea found on pinterest via parenting.com)

1 (13x9 inch) cake
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting or I made my own cream cheese frosting
black food coloring
4 pieces white hard-shelled Orbit gum
7 white Mentos (I couldn't find these, so I used mini marshmallows)
3 brown, 2 blue and 1 red M&M's Minis
1 large marshmallow
1 blue licorice twist (Twizzler rainbow)

Trim the top of the cake to make level. Cut a 2 inch strip down one long edge of cake and discard. (or eat, whatever is your preference...) Round corners of cake with a small knife. Transfer cake, cut side down, on a serving platter. Add a small amount of black food coloring to 1/4 cup of the frosting to tint it gray. Spoon the gray frosting into a resealable bag. Tint 1 tablespoon of the vanilla frosting black with more food coloring. Spoon the black frosting into a resealable bag. Spread the remaining vanilla frosting on top and sides of cake and make smooth. Snip a very small corner from the bag of gray frosting and the bag of black frosting. Pipe a thin line of the gray frosting about 1/2 inch in from outer edge of cake, as pictured. Press the M&M's Minis, Mentos and Orbit gum into the top of the cake as pictured for the controller's buttons. With the black frosting, pipe 6 rows of 3 black dots. Cut the blue licorice twist in half, leaving 2 inches at one end. Press the uncut end into the flat side of a marshmallow and press the licorice twist into the side base of cake. Press the cut ends of the licorice twist together to make the hand strap.