Snack Happy

I don’t know about you guys, but my kids are SNACK HAPPY these days!  Goodness!  That’s all they ever want!  Snack, snack, snack!  If someone asks me for a snack one more time, I might explode! (And, yes, all of those exclamation points were necessary in that paragraph.) At the beginning of the summer, I could tell snacks were going to be an issue. To save myself the battle of “no, you can’t have ice cream at 10:00 in the morning for a snack,” I made a mom-approved snack box.…

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A Fabulous Fourth!

The Fourth of July is one of Chris’s favorite holidays. And with all the grilling, swimming, and firework action, who wouldn’t love it? We had a fun time with friends and – bonus! – my new camera came in on Wednesday, so I have pretty pictures again! Yay! Unfortunately, I didn’t take as many pictures during the party, so you’ll just have to trust me that we had a great time! We have started putting a sign on our door during parties and having people walk around to our back…

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Basic Meal Planning

Occasionally, I post pictures of various parts of my meal planning process on Instagram.  Inevitably, I get people who want to know more about my meal planning process.  I’m always hesitant to blog about meal planning because I’m afraid what I do might not be complicated enough to really be considered “meal planning.”  The phrase alone sounds like you need some kind of healthcare or nutrition degree to put one together.  But I do consider what I do to be meal planning, and it does save our family money and…

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Smooth Operator

Part of my February goals for my happiness project includes having a smoothie for breakfast during the work week.  So far, it has been going pretty good.  I’ve posted some pictures on Instagram (yes, I’m that person who posts pictures of their food…) and have received lots of questions about the smoothie operation.  I’m sure there are lots of other ways to make them, but here’s what I’ve been doing… I went to the grocery store and bought a few essentials – blueberries, bananas, spinach, a fresh pineapple, frozen strawberries,…

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The Center of the Table

Every now and then, my kids go through this endearing phase where they won’t eat a darn thing I put on their plates.  I’ll fix a wholesome, healthy meal, and they will take one look at it and groan and whine and wither in their seats like a flower that has been poisoned.  I can’t tell you how full it makes my heart. One night when I can always count on them to eat is taco night.  They love tacos because I put all the trimmings in small bowls down…

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My Pinterest Successes

*** The winners of the Monsters University packages will be announced tomorrow!  Be sure to check in and see if one of them is you! *** I think it has been well documented on this blog that I am a Pinterest addict. I can’t help it, but at least I can admit it. They say that’s the first step. I normally use Pinterest for my meal planning. I sit down on Saturday mornings with my grocery list, coupons, and iPad and I cruise Pinterest until I find good recipes for…

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Summer Happenings

Things have been pleasantly dull around my house for the past few days.  We have been enjoying some sun by the pool, spending time with family and friends, eating (marshmallow pie, anyone?), and just generally have a good time.  Isn’t that what summers are for?   A little of this and a little of that… 1.  Bean is in swimming lessons right now (he finishes on Friday), and he is actually swimming!  Like, for real!  He can jump in the pool, swim, float, and manage wonderfully without his swimmies.   He has…

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An Easy (Slightly Lethal) Lunch

I’m home this summer with the kids, and one of the things that stumps me during the weekdays are lunches.  During the school year, the kids eat lunch at school and I don’t have to worry with it.  But now that I am home, I find myself standing in front of my fridge at 11:30 every day wondering what in the world I’m going to feed my kids that isn’t between two slices of bread.  I mean, I don’t mind them having PB&J every now and then, and a good…

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My Dad’s (Pork) Butt

One of my favorite things to do when I’m missing my dad is to cook something that he used to make. He had a handful of signature dishes. Some of them he never shared the recipes for, and occasionally I’ll spend an afternoon trying to figure out what the heck was in that one specific dish. He used to make this ground beef thing over rice that I loved when I was really little. I have no idea what it had in it. There were no veggies, no tomato sauce,…

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