PB Crave Review – Kids Snack PB Crave Recipes & A Giveaway! Ends 10/11/13!

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** I was sent a product for the purpose of this PB Crave Review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way. PB Crave - Great for Kids Snacks and Lunches! We eat a lot of peanut butter in my house. This is for a number of reasons. #1 - I can a lot of jelly throughout the year. #2 - It is easy to make and pack for school lunches. #3 - It's a great source of protein. Although we eat a lot of peanut butter in our home my family has been complaining recently that they are tired of the same old peanut butter taste. I know they love peanut butter...but after eating it daily for weeks I can see how it got a little old....but, that was only until they tried PB Crave! Recently I was sent some awesome PB Crave flavors for the purpose of this review; Choco Choco, Coco Bananas, Cookie Nookie and Razzle Dazzle! I was so happy to introduce these flavors to my family. In fact I decided to hide the PB Crave from them and just make their lunch sandwiches using the PB Crave … [Read more...]

Simple Homemade Applesauce AND It’s Freezable!

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  Simple Homemade Applesauce AND It's Freezable! We can now officially say that it is Fall. The leaves are turning and  the fall festivities are starting up and my house is smelling of pumpkin spice and cinnamon. I love this season and everything that goes along with it. One of the things I have been doing is making a simple applesauce with my husband's 92 year old great grandmother. She has taught me more about life than I ever have imagined. She has helped form me into the belief that if you can make it yourself then do it because it will save you money and also be much healthier for you as well. I love that our projects we do involve my kids as well. They help take the apple peelings to the compost and helped mash the apples through the sieve. It becomes moments that they will cherish with their great great grandmother more than they realize now at their young age. This is what makes this "more" than easy..it makes this memorable for all. We start off with a simple and … [Read more...]

Roasted Garlic Jelly Recipe! #recipe #jelly #garlic

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  Roasted Garlic Jelly I am a garlic lover. I add garlic to everything. I mean EVERYTHING! So when I came across this recipe for Roasted Garlic Jelly it was a given that I would try it out! I could not resist....even though the thought of Roasted Garlic Jelly sounded disgusting! I found this recipe when I was looking for canning ideas for all the garlic I received from my Grandmother. I had never heard of  Roasted Garlic Jelly before and I was actually shocked that someone had ever thought to make it into a jelly. But, after trying this out I know that I will be making it much more often! It was amazing! Roasted Garlic Jelly is not something that I would eat on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But I loved it on crackers with cheese. I can't wait for the holidays to share my Roasted Garlic Jelly with all my friends and family! It is going to be great served as an appetizer at our holiday meals paired with cheese and crackers! I can't wait! Ingredients: 3 heads garlic … [Read more...]

~Healthy Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns Kids Halloween Snack!~

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~Healthy Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns!~ Great Kids Halloween Snack!   We happen to love Halloween at our house! We always have fun thinking all year long of what we want to be dressed up as and our whole family gets into it. It's a night where you can let your imagination go free and be whoever or whatever you want to be with no one judging you or thinking you are crazy as you walk around getting candy! (well, now I stand on the sidewalk and allow my kids to be the ones getting candy, but you know!)   As shocking as it may sound to my children, Halloween isn't ALL about candy & dressing up, ok possibly 95% but that other 5% is about finding fun ways to incorporate Halloween in a healthy way so we can stretch out the fun feeling of the holiday! These healthy Halloween jack-o-lanterns are the perfect way to show some Halloween fun PLUS get some fruit in for the day!     Here is what you will need - Oranges (however many you are wanting to … [Read more...]

9 Layered Summer Salad!

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    9 Layered Summer Salad! Salads are my most favorite thing to make. I love the mix of all the fresh vegetables that can be added to a salad and the taste of a salad is out of this world in my opinion. Especially if the salad is made right! For the past few years when ever there is a potluck I am always asked to bring the salad. It is the one thing that I always seem to get right when it comes to cooking! Super simple and delicious! Ingredients: 16 oz bagged salad mix1 bundle radishes diced1 small purple onion diced6oz frozen peas6 oz shredded cheese10 oz cherry tomatoes 16 oz baby corn diced1 4oz container bacon bits16 oz artichokes drained and diced Directions:  1.  First I start off the salad with 1-2 handfuls of lettuce out of the bag mix. Of course you will want to make sure your hands are clean ;) You will also need to layer this salad in a see through bowl so that you can really see the effect of the layers. 2. Next I layer the sliced … [Read more...]

~Edible Pencils Make The Grade! ~ Fun Healthy Snack Idea for Kids!

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~Edible Pencils Make The Grade! ~   I always had a fun time trying to figure out what fun healthy snack I was going to take to my kids' kindergarten class when it was my turn and these Edible Pencils got an A+ because everyone loved them and my kids always loved the extra attention they got because their mom brought a fun snack!     But really, it's string cheese with a twist, it took a  extra time yes but was it worth it? Absolutely! My kids are past kindergarten now and they STILL talk about the fun snacks I always took to school to share! Here is what you are going to need to make these adorable edible pencil snacks! Ingredients: String Cheese (I used two types) Bag of Bugles Package of thick cut Bologna (Turkey) Small Box of Raisins Cream cheese or Mustard for the "eraser" to stick Directions: 1.) Set out the cream cheese to soften - Decide how many Pencils you will be making and start making the circles with the meat. I used a clean … [Read more...]

~Kid Friendly Tomatillo Salsa! ~

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~Kid Friendly Tomatillo Salsa~   Both of my kids love chips & salsa but unfortunately at restaurants the salsa ends up being just too spicy for them to enjoy. I have purchased store bought mild salsa's but it just doesn't have the homemade feel to it which is why I was excited to try my hand at making my own fresh tomatillo salsa!   We are currently house sitting so we have the advantage of taking care of someone's garden and they have tomatillos which is what inspired me to do this! Tomatillos are a sweet almost citrus twist to the tomato we know. Which is why I knew my kids would like this salsa because it's already sweet and tangy. Tomatillos are considered a fruit just like the red tomato but they are grown inside a paper like shell similar to a husk. I found out quickly that when you take the husk off,  the tomatillos are sticky so make sure to wash them after you husk them! My daughter and I actually did this project together so she was in control of … [Read more...]

Canned Roasted Garlic Mustard!

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  Canned Roasted Garlic Mustard! As most of you know my Grandma is an avid gardener. Her garden is bigger then any garden I have ever seen and because of this there is always enough fresh fruits and veggies for the whole family to enjoy! A few weeks ago my Grandma sent me home with a garbage bag filled with garlic. I had the intention of just pickling all of it and canning it. But then I got to thinking that there was probably some really amazing recipes around the internet that contained garlic. Boy was I right! I found so many amazing ideas! One of my favorite ideas was a recipe at Local Kitchen Blog. It was a recipe for Roasted Garlic & Lemon Mustard. I had never thought to make my own mustard before and the addition of roasted garlic and lemon made this recipe intriguing to me. I knew I had to give it a try!       Ingredients: 3/4 cup dry white wine 1/2 cup yellow mustard seeds 1/2 cup brown mustard seeds 3 heads garlic - … [Read more...]

Canned Plumcot Barbecue Sauce Recipe #recipe #cooking

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  Plumcot Barbecue Sauce I am the first person to try new things. Recently I was able to score a huge bag filled with Plumcots. This was my first experience with Plumcots and besides snacking on them every day I was excited to try out some new canning recipes. As I searched the internet I had a hard time finding recipes that contained Plumcots. That is when I decided to get a little creative! I decided to find a couple of Peach Canning recipes and try out those recipes using Plumcots instead of Peaches. The first recipe that I made was some Plumcot Barbecue Sauce! I honestly did not know how this would turn out......but I can now say that it is amazing! Yum! The Plumcot Barbecue sauce is sweet and tangy and goes great with Chicken and Fish! Ingredients: 6 cups chopped Plumcots 1 diced red bell pepper 1 diced yellow onion 1 head crushed garlic 1-1/4 cups honey 1 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp hot pepper flakes 2 tsp dry … [Read more...]

Homemade Apricot Salad Dressing Using Magic Bullet! #recipe

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Homemade Apricot Salad Dressing!   I love canning and here recently I have been trying out lots of new recipes that I had never tried before. This includes the amazing Apricot Salad Dressing! My uncle has an apricot tree here and brought me over a huge bag of them the other day. I still had a lot of canned apricots from last year so I decided that I needed to do something different and really fun with these apricots. That is when I came across the recipe for Apricot Salad Dressing. The recipe looked very easy so I decided to give it a try!   Ingredients: 4 apricots 4 Tbsp white wine vinegar 2 tbsp sugar 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 cup olive oil Directions: Add all ingredients into Magic Bullet and blend away!   Yep that's it! Just add the ingredients and blend!   I could not believe how easy this recipe was to make! I had never made my own fruit dressing before and I was excited to give it a try. So, for dinner that night we had … [Read more...]

Baked “Hard Boiled” Eggs

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  Baked "Hard Boiled" Eggs I love hard boiled eggs. They are one of my all time favorite snacks. Hard Boiled Eggs are high in protein and low in calories making them a perfect quick healthy snack. I love hard boiled eggs because I can peel and eat them just how they are or I can add them to my lunch time salads! Even my daughter loves hard boiled eggs and often takes them in her school lunches. Because of my family loving them so much I often make 2-3 dozen 'hard boiled' eggs each month. But, all that cooking was getting tiresome. The truth of it was I was either getting them over done or not done enough. That is whey I decided to start baking my 'hard boiled' eggs. I love this idea because it get's the eggs cooked perfectly each and every time. The first thing I do is make sure the baking rack is right in the middle of the oven. Next I pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Then I place the eggs on the baking rack. When doing this I make sure non of them are … [Read more...]

Leek and Bok Choy Soup #recipe!

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Leek and Bok Choy Soup I have been on a soup kick recently. I am not sure why as the weather is warming up and hot soup is not usually something I want during a hot day. The other day as I was looking through my kitchen I noticed my Leek's and Boy Choy that I had on hand. I got to thinking that these would probably make an amazing soup...boy was I right! The flavors of the Leek's mixed with the Bok Choy was super light and tasty. I love that this is a great soup to eat by it's self or to go with a sandwich. Plus it is low in calories which is a huge bonus for me! Ingredients: 2 Leeks 1 T olive oil 6 cups water4 beef bulion cubes1 bok choy 3 basil leaves  Directions: 1. Add diced leeks and olive oil to fry pan. Saute about 5-10 minutes on medium heat stirring often so they do not burn. Just long enough for the leeks to soften. 2. In stock pot heat water and bullion cubes to boil, stir often. Once water is boiling turn heat down to medium. Add sauteed leeks, bok choy … [Read more...]

Sliced Baked Potatoes With Cheese

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Sliced Baked Potatoes With Cheese We are a potato loving family. It helps that my cousin's family owns a huge potato farm and we get the most delicious potatoes ever! One of our favorite ways to prepare them is by baking. It is a healthier option for us and keeps us away from the fryer. Recently I saw a picture somewhere around the internet (I think one of my friends posted on facebook) of Sliced  Baked Potatoes that someone baked. I thought this was a brilliant idea and we decided to give it a try. We decided when making our sliced baked potatoes that we wanted something more in them then just salt and pepper so we layered each slice with cheese! Ingredients: PotatoesCheddar Cheese Sliced (about 1/8 inch thick)2 tbs olive oilsalt and pepper to taste  Preheat oven to 400 degrees 1. Slice each potato about 1/4 inch thickness. Do not slice all the way through. Leave about another 1/4 inch at bottom that is not sliced. 2. Place sliced potatoes on baking pan. 3. Drizzle … [Read more...]

Eggplant Parmesan Fingers – Kid Friendly Recipe!

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Eggplant Parmesan Fingers I used to dislike Eggplant. It was one of those vegetables that I really wanted to like and I used to try it out in all kinds of recipes that would just later get trashed because I could not stand the taste of the eggplant. I was discussing this with my cousin (who runs FarmersWifeRambels.com) and she let me in on her amazing eggplant recipe. I must admit that I could not wait to give this a try as it did not only sound simple and easy but very kid friendly! Ingredients: Eggplant crushed croutons - any flavor1/4 c Parmesan cheeseMarinara Sauce for dipping 1.Use vegetable peeler to peel purple skin off eggplant. Slice Eggplant into thin strips much like french fries. 2. Add crushed croutons and Parmesan cheese to a Ziploc bag. 3. Add sliced Eggplant to Ziploc bag and shake until eggplant is coated with crumb mixture. 4. Dump contents of Ziploc onto baking sheet (I used a cookie sheet). 5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until … [Read more...]

Easy to Make Homemade Coconut Chips!

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Easy to Make Homemade Coconut Chips! I am a sucker for chips. I don't care if they are potato, tortilla, beets, kale, salad savoy, or anything else! Chips are just amazing. Ok so the truth is, I think I am more addicted to the salt then anything which I know is not the healthiest but that's ok. At least if I am getting my 'chip' fix in a healthy way I guess that should count for something. Recently I came across a recipe for Coconut Chips. I have never, ever seen coconut chips before but since I have been on the coconut fix I knew I had to give them a try! Remember that if you need help getting into your coconut you can read my tutorial here! Ingredients: Coconut thinly SlicedSalt  Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place thinly sliced coconut on baking sheet (I used cookie Sheet), Lightly salt. Bake until golden brown on ends about 10 minutes! The coconut chips were very simple to make and they were a huge hit at my house. I love having this low calorie snack … [Read more...]