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Friday, October 24, 2014

Strawberry Muffins with TruMoo Strawberry Milk #Recipe

Disclosure:  This post brought to you by TruMoo. All opinions are 100% mine.

You have heard me talk about TruMoo milk before and this time I am here to introduce you to the idea of bringing yummy flavored TruMoo milk into your baking ingredients for your kiddos.  Look, parenting is hard, especially when trying to think of healthy food options for those early mornings.  Thankfully, my kids have both always loved milk.  I started to let them have treats of chocolate or strawberry milk a couple times a week for breakfast.  I started to think about that and figured that all that sugary syrup probably was not good for them.  This is when I found TruMoo.  

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Every glass of TruMoo starts with fresh, pure milk from a trusted dairy.  This means that the drink that your child is enjoying is full of 8 essential nutrients AND even though it is a sweetened milk it is sweetened with just enough sugar and NO high fructose corn syrup.

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I love that I give my kids this special treat but still be giving their body some great nutrients as well.  I decided to try to get creative with my kids' favorite flavor of TruMoo milk - Strawberry.  I wanted to make something for Teagan's birthday breakfast but knew I wouldn't have time to whip something up before work and school so I made some muffins that freeze perfectly and can be made ahead of time.  

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Strawberry Milk Muffins

Free Printable Recipe here. 

Ingredients:  
1/4 cup Oil
1/2 cup TruMoo Strawberry Milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 3/4 flour
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
pink food coloring (optional)


Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line muffin tin with fun muffin liners!  

2.  Combine in a small bowl the liquid ingredients; oil, milk, and egg.  Mix well!

3.  In a large mixing bowl add the salt, baking powder, sugar, and flour.  Mix well.  

4.  Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture.  Using an electric hand mixer, mix well!

5.  I added pink food coloring for some extra pink fun but this is optional!  

6.  Pour batter evenly into the muffin liners.  

7.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Serve warm OR freeze for later!  Enjoy!!

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Make sure that you visit TruMoo for more information on their great products and flavors and find a way to incorporate them into your daily cooking and baking!  


On Monday morning for Teagan's birthday I put these muffins in the microwave for 35 seconds and breakfast was served!  A perfect pink muffin full of protein, vitamins and fruit!  Mom for the win!  Not to mention she loved the color!  Such a princess!  


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Fun Pumpkin Face Snack Pack Pudding Cup for #Halloween

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #SnackPackMixIns  

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One week!  In just one week we will all be gathering the kid’s costumes, trick or treat bags and trying to figure out how they are going to make it through a day of school knowing that when they get home it will be time to become their favorite princess or monster for the evening!!  Oh Halloween!!  Full of fun for everyone and don’t forget the fun treats too.  I am excited to share with you today a really special yet super easy Halloween treat using a family favorite, snack pack pudding cups, that you can give your kids the moment they walk in the door from school.  This treat will help them get into that Halloween mood in no time.  Plus it will buy you some time before making dinner and heading out the door!  

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These pumpkin face snack pack pudding cups are so easy but I promise your kids will think they are the coolest thing ever!  I wish I had a picture of Jude's face when he came to the table for a snack! The word priceless comes to mind.  Who doesn't love a good snack pack?  While a lot of the snacks and treats that most kids consume during the Halloween season are filled with empty sugar this snack contains the same amount of calcium as an 8 oz glass of milk!  Bonus!!  

Orange Vanilla Pumpkin Face Pudding Cup

Free Printable Recipe Here.  

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Ingredients:
Vanilla Snack Pack Pudding Cups
Orange Juice (no pulp)
Reddi Wip
Orange Food Coloring
Green Food Coloring
Black Marker 

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Directions:

1.  Before opening the snack pack pudding cups draw fun pumpkin faces on each cup.  This would be a fun craft for older kids.  

2.  Open the pudding cups.  

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3.  Add 2 TBSP of Orange Juice into each cup.  Mix well!  This will give the Vanilla Pudding a great orange cream taste and some natural orange color!  

4.  For additional orange coloring add a drop of orange food coloring to each pudding cup.  Mix well!  

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5.  Time to color the Reddi Wip green.  To do this put some Reddi Wip into a bowl.  Add green food Coloring as desired.  Less is more in my opinion!

6.  Top each pudding cup with the green Reddi Wip!  So cute right?  Your Pumpkin Face Pudding Cups are complete!  Enjoy! 

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Jude loved these easy to make Halloween pudding cups so much that he went cross-eyed!  HA!  Seriously, this kid.  We had a little pre-Halloween treat as a family and days after we had those treats I was asked to make them again - guess what?  I did because they are so simple to do!  This has got me thinking about all the easy to make desserts I could do with the help of a family favorite!  Yum!!

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I found all of the items necessary to make these cute little pumpkin cups at Walmart.  Also, if you find the Snack Pack shipper in your store you can find other products to mix into your Snack Pack Pudding Cups! Fun!!  I am hoping I can find a way to make these okay to bring to Jude's Harvest Party.  I think the preschool class would get a kick out these.  Time to sweet talk the teacher!  




Check out some of these fun ideas! 


Get creative with me!  What can you Mix-In to make something fun and yummy with Snack Pack?

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Granola #recipe

Fall is full of great things but the best part of fall - the food!  Especially all things Pumpkin! Seriously, #GIVEMEALLTHEPUMPKIN!  I decided that I wanted to try my baking hand at Homemade Granola and when I started researching recipes for granola I decided to get creative!  Introducing my very own version of Pumpkin Pie Granola!  Oh and let me tell ya, you will be finding all sorts of things to put this Granola on if you make it!  It is so good and surprisingly, granola is really easy to make!  

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Pumpkin Pie Granola 

Free Printable Recipe here. 

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Ingredients:

4 cups Rolled Oats
4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 cup sugar
(I used my new favorite sweetener Monk Fruit In the Raw)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 cup Pumpkin
1/2 cup unsweetened Applesauce
3 TBSP Sugar Free Maple Syrup
White chocolate chips


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Directions:  

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray. 

2.  Combine all the dry ingredients, except the chocolate chips, into one large mixing bowl.  Mix well.  

3.  In a second mixing bowl combine all of the wet ingredients.  Mix well.  

4.  Slowly stir in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using a spatula.  Stir until everything is well combined and the oats are coated with wet ingredients.  

5.  Spread all of the granola onto the baking sheet evenly.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Stir and break up the granola.  Bake for another 15-20 minutes.  

6.  Let the granola cool completely and then add the White Chocolate Chips.  Enjoy the granola on its own or add to yogurt, make a smoothie or even eat with milk!  Delicious!! 

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I am loving this granola.  But the kids love it even more.  There are great health benefits to the sweet treat too and it is a great on the go snack for all ages!  I am actually thinking of making some of this for teacher gifts for Christmas!  AND this is a Nut Free Granola!  Great nut free snack idea people!! 

Have you made Homemade Granola before?  If so what flavors did you create?  

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bring Aromatherapy to Laundry with Purex Crystals #giveaway

Disclosure:  The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in exchange for a product review.  All Opinions are my own.  


How many of you "forget" the laundry in the washer.  Confession - I do.  Mostly I forget about the towels and the sheets.  SO when I do this I need something to use when I rewash those items and get them smelling fresh and clean again.  Recently, I have been using Purex Crystals in wash scent booster to really have that fresh clean smell last for weeks in our towels and sheets.  I love the Crystals!  So easy to use and they really do eliminate laundry odors!  

Purex now has a new line of the Crystals that you must try.  Introducing the Purex Crystals Aromatherapy line!  Check out these scents you can add to your laundry cabinet! 

  • Well Being: fresh blossoms scent
  • Energy: Citrus scent
  • Serenity: Water-lilies scent

We were lucky enough to get to try the Energy: Citrus Scent.  The moment I opened this bottle I knew it would be a family favorite.  Our laundry will know smell like our favorite flavor!  Lemon!! So Fresh!  


It is truly amazing that these tiny Crystals have such a long lasting scent packed into them.  These Crystals help your laundry stay nice and fresh smelling for weeks.  The new Aromatherapy line contains essential oils as well.  That is where the lovely scent comes from.  Perfect!  Maybe if I use these on laundry day I won't dread laundry day as much!  HA!

Make sure you stay connected with Purex for great product info and new product updates!  



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Jude's T-Ball Picture

We have been living the baseball family lifestyle for about 2 months now and it has been a great experience.  Jude might not be a Baseball hero when he grows up but he is certainly learning the game and having some fun on Saturday mornings with his new T-Ball friends.  


We just got his official picture back and it turned out pretty adorable.  Oh and by the way, our son is a giant!  When we weighed him for the trading card we were surprised to see 50 on the scale!  Yes 50 pounds!  Most of his teammates are 35 pounds!  But he is also AT least a whole head taller than any of the other kids!  Wow!  

What sports are your kiddos playing this Fall/Winter season?


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Two Years Ago Today! Happy Birthday Teagan! #TeaganTurns2

Today we wake up with a 2 year old in our home.  

Happy Birthday Teagan!  

Two years ago today, I woke up to my water breaking on our due date!  This girl knew when she was due and boom she made it happen.  Two years ago today, our family was complete.  Two years ago today we met our daughter.  Two years ago today I became a #GirlMom!  Two years ago today we fell in love again.  


Teagan has always been our wild child and with every year we have seen that get stronger.  Teagan, we love you!  Your fire, your attitude, your personality, and your beautiful smile.  


At one year old you showed us how sassy you could be and that has continued.  


While you are already preparing us for your teenage years with that attitude I wouldn't change your personality for anything.  You tell us what you want and usually you can do it yourself.  You are such a strong little lady!  Taking on the world!!  I love that about you!!

That hair!  Oh your hair!  Precious girl hair that you HATE to have styled!  Sure I am a #GirlMom but we have yet to have a day with a braided hairdo!  Maybe one day!  ;)

You are keeping up with Jude, you are so smart!  Your words and sentences are growing by the hour.  Amazing!  You love going to swimming lessons and tumbling and LOVE to do everything on your own.  


And then there is you and your brother.  You absolutely adore Jude and he adores you.  Sure you fight but to see you sit down next to him and him read you stories is priceless.  When those memories happen I know that our family is complete and exactly how we need it. 


This picture pretty much sums up my girl!  Silly, outgoing, fun, adorable and TEAGAN!

Happy 2nd Birthday Little Lady!  
We love you to the moon and back and cannot wait to see what the year of 2 brings us all!  


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mummy Dogs for Halloween Fun! #recipe

Disclosure:  This post has been compensation by Hillshire Brands via Mom It Forward.  As always, all opinions are my own. 

Halloween is just around the corner and I love to start new traditions around the holidays for our family.  I remember Halloween night in my home growing up as a mad dash to get dressed and fed before hitting the streets for some Trick or Treat fun. 

About 95% of those Halloween dinners consisted of hot dogs. Hot Dogs are one of my favorite meals, especially on the grill, however living in Colorado a lot of the time we are stomping through snow piles when Trick or Treating.  This means grilling is probably out of the question!  HA!  Hot Dogs for Halloween Dinner is something that I am continuing in our home BUT we are getting creative with our Protein!  

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I found some great deals on some great Hillshire Brand protein products at my local Safeway.  Do you shop at Safeway?  WHY NOT!  You must start today and before you hit the store make sure you download the Just 4 U app and start saving money with out having to clip real coupons!  SUPER EASY!  With the help of this app I was able to save money on our newest Halloween tradition!  

I told you I was going to get creative with these Hot Dogs.  What do you think of these?  My kids love them!  A fun Halloween spin off on the traditional pig in a blanket!  Oh and super easy too!  


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Halloween Mummy Dogs 

Free Printable Recipe here

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Ingredients:

Skewers (soaked in water before baking)
Crescent Dough 
Mustard

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Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Prep baking sheet with parchment paper.  

2.  Put Skewers into Hot Dogs.  

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3.  Lay out Crescent Dough.  Remove seams of dough to make one large rectangle of dough.  

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4.  Using a pizza slicer; slice dough into long skinny strips.  

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5.  Wrap Hot Dogs with dough.  Do not cover entire Hot Dog, for the right look leave spots of the Hot Dog showing.  Allow some space for the Mustard Eyes at the top of the Hot Dog.  

6.  Lay on baking pan.  Bake for 14-16 minutes.  

7.  Once baked add the Mustard eyes.  You could use ketchup or relish as well.  Serve and enjoy hot!  

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I am so happy with how these turned out and the kids absolutely think these are the coolest!  They only take about 35 minutes to complete so this is a must do on Halloween night before the kiddos head out for some Halloween fun.  Simple tradition turned into something that will make the kids smile.  


Make sure you stock up on your ecoupons from Safeway from J4U (Just 4 U) and you can get some amazing coupons for more Hillshire products!  It is so easy to use - "clip" the coupon to your Safeway club card and save money!  BOOM!!
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  • Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage -$.55/1 - Products: Hillshire Farm Rope and Link Sausage, American Craft Links
  • Hillshire Farm Cocktails (Lil Smokies) - $.55/1
  • Jimmy Dean Refrigerated Sausage -$.55/1 Roll Sausage, Fully Cooked Crumbles, Links and Patties
  • Jimmy Dean Frozen -$1/1 - Frozen Breakfast (Delights or Red Box)
  • State Fair Corn Dogs - $1/1
  • Ball Park Hot Dogs -$.55/1 - Ball Park Hot Dogs or Park’s Finest from Ball Park

All of these items are things we shop for almost weekly!  

Need some more inspiration to get into the kitchen?  Check out these Hillshire Brand inspired recipes now!  

http://mommyenvy.com/chicken-sausage-skillet-veggies/
http://www.meatloafandmelodrama.com/2014/10/kielbasa-with-apples-potatoes-and.html
http://lifeofatravelingnavywife.com/2014/10/bringinghillshirehome/
http://peacebutnotquiet.com/2014/10/breakfast-dinner-simple-traditions.html
http://www.grandmasbriefs.com/back-room/hillshire-farm-and-safeway-help-add-protein-to-every-meal.html
http://www.jaimelovesstuff.com/2014/10/recipe-smoked-sausage-penne-pasta.html
http://busymommymedia.com/hot-dog-kebabs-for-a-kid-friendly-lunch/
http://makingtheworldcuter.com/2014/10/pretzel-wrapped-litl-smokies/




What are your favorite recipes for Hot Dogs or Sausage?

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