Category: Recipes

Kid-Approved Nut-Free Homemade Granola

Have you ever tried making your own granola cereal? It is so easy and tastes way better than the store bought variety! I’ve made a few different recipes before but decided I wanted to try making a nut-free version. Some of the schools and camps around here do not allow snacks or lunches containing nuts.

I decided to use oats, Cheerios, puffed rice and sunflower seeds. You could always add in dried fruit or coconut flakes as well. (more…)

Easy Smoothie Prep

Do you have an appliance that you use everyday? For us it is the espresso machine and the smoothie blender. I make the kids a Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie every day. I keep waiting for them to get tired of it. Since they have one every day, I prep them three at a time. The accountant in me loves the efficiency of this process.

We have the Ninja Professional Blender and Nutri Ninja Cups. This makes our mornings so much easier! It only comes with two cups so I always order another set of cups so that we have extra to make ahead. (more…)

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

I am almost embarrassed to share this recipe because it is so easy! I feel like I should because it definitely comes in handy for a busy family. If you are trying to find something simple to cook to avoid heading through the drive-thru, then this Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken recipe is for you. It only requires four ingredients and a Crock Pot! 🙂

Crock Pot Chicken


Menu Monday

We had a very busy weekend! Graylie turned three years old last week so we had a few friends and family members over to celebrate. Needless to say, my normal way of menu planning was thrown off a little. I normally would have prepared a dinner on Saturday night that could also be used Monday night for dinner. Since we had ordered a nugget tray from Chick-fil-a and had lots left over, we decided to have chicken nuggets for dinner that night! The kids were thrilled with that option. I chopped mine up over a salad with ranch dressing and it was really good. (more…)

Menu Monday

It is strawberry season in North Carolina and that makes me happy! We stopped by the produce stand this weekend to pick up a bucket. One of my favorite breakfasts during the week is a bowl of berries and yogurt topped with granola. I try to prep this the night before by putting the fruit and yogurt in a bowl so that I only have to add the granola in the next morning. (more…)

Menu Monday

Welcome back to Menu Monday! As I explained in last week’s post, we plan from Saturday to Friday and do most of our cooking on the weekends. Having leftovers is necessary for us to have things go more smoothly in the evenings. We get home around 5:30 pm and the kids need to be heading upstairs for showers around 7:00 pm. This doesn’t leave a ton of time for getting dinner prepared and other responsibilities like helping with homework. Luckily we are only dealing with 2nd grade homework right now!

We got a bit of a snow storm this weekend and were happy to have our favorite soup planned for Sunday evening!


Menu Monday

Happy Monday! Did you do any meal prepping over the weekend? I did not do near as much as I would have liked. I did at least make a meal plan for the week. I thought I would share it with you. I like to plan Saturday to Friday. That seems to work best for me since I have more time to cook on the weekends and I do my weekly shopping on Saturday. (more…)

Healthy Shamrock Shake

shamrock3It’s that time of year! McDonald’s is offering their very popular Shamrock Shake. Since it is already feeling like spring here in North Carolina, I tried to pull off a healthy version of this shake for Gavin. (more…)

Easy Egg Waffles

Who doesn’t love waffles? We got a waffle maker this year for Christmas and have had so much fun with it. Who knew all the things you can make besides just regular waffles! We have made waffle grilled cheese and waffle peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in it. Most recently, we decided to try egg waffles. Even Gavin loved these and he usually will not eat eggs. (more…)