Peanut Butter Crunch Powerballs

Peanut Butter Crunch PowerBallsI don’t know about you, but we still have lots of Halloween candy hanging around! I have a really hard time during this season of the year caving to the sugar monster. This week I decided to take control of it and make these yummy Peanut Butter Crunch Powerballs. They still have enough chocolate to make me feel like I am getting a treat. Peanut Butter and Chocolate is my favorite combination. (more…)

Thanksgiving Chapter Books for Kids

Thanksgiving Chapter Books for Kids. Encourage early readers by providing seasonal books.When Gavin started Elementary School and started learning to read, I was a little sad once we started gravitating away from picture books. I had enjoyed reading and discovering new books for the past six years. Now what? Then I discovered how much fun it was to read chapter books together! I grew up with a love for reading and want my kids to have that too. One of the ways I encourage them to read is to change out our reading nook with seasonal books. We have our own collection and we also love getting different ones from our local library. (more…)

Menu Monday – Freezer Challenge Recap

Freezer Challenge RecapThe freezer challenge is officially over! It has been a fun six weeks but now I am ready to enjoy some of my freezer stash! It came just in time. We had a busy weekend. I normally would have meal planned on Saturday, but we were busy with soccer games, fall festivals andΒ  trunk-or-treat. It was nice to know that we could just pull something out of the freezer Sunday night. It was a cold and yucky day so we chose to have Lasagna Soup. (more…)

Top 6 Dinner Recipes for the Instant Pot Beginner

Top 6 Dinner Recipes for the Instant Pot Beginner!I could not wait to get my Instant Pot! I asked for one for my birthday a few weeks ago and my family pulled through and got one for me. It is still sitting in the box in my kitchen. Now that I have it, I am not exactly sure what to do first! When I reached out to some of my friends on Facebook, I realized that I am not the only one who has encountered this feeling. So I went to some fellow bloggers for recipes that would be great for beginners and they gave me some recipes to get started. I thought I should share these with anyone else who might be struggling with how to get started. (more…)

Menu Monday – Freezer Challenge Week 5

Weekly Meal Plan Freezer Challenge to help stock your freezer the easy way with leftovers.Hello! Hello! It was my birthday last week and my family got me an Instant Pot. I am super excited and can’t wait to get started with it. I wonder how long it will sit in the box though? I am also a little intimated by it and would love any recipes or tips you may have to share!

It is Week 5 of the Stock Your Freezer the Easy Way Challenge. I honestly can’t believe there are only two more weeks left and that the holidays are just around the corner. This week I’ll be freezing two dinners,Β Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup and Southwest Beef and Pasta Skillet. I’ve made both of these before and thought they turned out great. The kids are big fans of black beans. When I made the skillet recipe a few months ago, we were able to eat it for a couple of nights and then I froze the remainder in a couple of individual containers. My husband said they were great for his lunches! I’ll try to that again with this batch. (more…)

Marshmallow Painting Pumpkin Craft

Painting Polka Dot Pumpkins with MarshmallowsIt seems like it may never turn fall here in North Carolina! It is making it hard for me to get into the spirit of putting out my decorations. We did have a very nice weekend a few weeks ago and painted some pumpkins. I thought it would be fun to do marshmallow painting on the pumpkins. Visions of perfectly painted polka dot pumpkins were in my head! :) (more…)

Menu Monday – Freezer Challenge Week 4

Stock your Freezer the Easy way with leftovers. Check out this menu plan. Week four of freezer challenge.Wow! I can’t believe I am halfway through the Freezer Challenge! This can actually be kind of addicting for a food addict like myself. If you are new here, I am currently doing a six week challenge to stock the freezer. This challenge is based on my previous post Stock Your Freezer the Easy Way.

Last week I made Chicken Taquitos and Classic Lasagna for the freezer. I actually made so much lasagna that we will be having another meal for leftovers this week. I told you I can get carried away sometimes and the kids really didn’t care for it. Go figure? I’ll still serve it to them again and maybe by the time we have finished our freezer stash they will learn to love it. (more…)

Fall Favorites from Trader Joe’s

Fall Favorites from Trader Joe's!It is my favorite time of year! Fall is here bringing cooler temperatures, beautiful falling leaves, pumpkins and all kinds of yummy fall treats! One of my favorite places to shop for treats is Trader Joe’s. When we went a couple of weeks ago, we were excited to see all of the fun fall items out. We loaded up our cart with all kinds of yummy items! (more…)