Bacon Cookbooks

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If you just can’t get enough bacon, and have already checked out all the great bacon-related products floating around out there on the interwebs, then try out a plethora of bacon-inspired dishes, with these bacon cookbooks!

Top Bacon Cookbooks

  • Bacon Nation: 125 Irresistible Recipes by Peter Kaminsky and Marie Rama – So this may be the Bible of all bacon cookbooks.  I mean, 125 recipes ….with bacon…  I’m salivating just reading it!

Bacon Cookbooks - Bacon Nation

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Toddler Nutrition with Enfagrow #ad

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Y’all may know by now, I’m dealing with two super-finicky eaters, which is why I was delighted to try out Enfagrow as a part of this sponsored post program.  Y’all may further know by now of my efforts to thwart those picky habits with a variety of picky-tot pleasers.

One thing that has emerged greatly since my children were born was the vast benefits of DHA, something that I cannot provide for my kids in things like regular cow’s milk – which they would chug all. day. long, if I let them!  That’s why I was super-pleased to learn Enfagrow has DHA in their toddler products! [Read more…]

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Keurig Recipe Roundup

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Keurig recipes

I was recently given a Keurig K45 Elite to review, and was excited to share my opinions and findings with y’all.  In full disclosure, I am not a coffee drinker.  There.  The truth is out there.  However, I do LOVE a good cup of tea, and my kids can down a cup of hot chocolate faster than I could even type this sentence – so I thought trying out the Keurig was a good idea.  Also, my mother- and father-in-law were in town, and volunteered to try out the various coffees.

First, the Keurig is a great tool for folks who like variety, convenience, and quick service.  The Keurig system allows you to make a single cup within just a matter of minutes (or, like 90 seconds, give or take), while providing the flexibility of easily making other flavors, or tea, or hot chocolate with a simply snap of the k-cup.  So if you entertain, the Keurig and its k-cup system are a good way to offer your guests a variety of drink options.  And see all these snazzy recipes below, they’re so creative and delicious, they just may blow your mind!

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The drawbacks?  Any Keurig system has a bit of built-in “waste”, with the individual k-cups, and packaging for these – more packaging than, say, a bag of coffee grounds.  However, you can purchase a k-cup reusable filter for under ten bucks, to lessen the environmental impact.

Additionally, the cost of those k-cups add up quickly.  It is, by far, much cheaper to brew a good ol’ fashioned pot of coffee at home.  But, it’s the k-cup is still cheaper than Starbucks.  If you like to drink a wide variety of coffee and teas, and if you only drink a single cup each day, than the Keurig system may be a good option.

Now, on to the good stuff: the recipes!  I have the privledge of networking with some amazing bloggers, who shared with me some equally ahhh-mazing recipes with which you can utilize your Keurig brewing system.

 

 Keurig Recipe Roundup

First, I’m going to start with the absolutely scrumptious desserts, because, well, we should always start with a treat, right?

Chai Tea Latte Cupcakes

 

I know, only three dessert recipes.  I’m such a tease!  But I promise, many of these drinks are rich enough to stand in place of a dessert!  #nomnom indeed!  (….or #slurpslurp ??)

Almond Extract Tea (with a surprise twist!)

Baileys Kahlua Iced Coffee Shake

Bourbon Hot Cocoa Recipe

Chai Tea Latte Mix

Copycat Coffeehouse Frappe

Creamy Iced Coffee

Cup o’Co

Homemade Frozen Mocha

Hot Chocolate Martini

Hot Cocoa w/Rum

Instant Sugar Free Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

Mocha Eggnog

Nutella Hazelnut Coffee ….because Nutella….

Skinny Mocha Frappe

White Chocolate French Vanilla Latte

Peppermint Mocha

Peppermint Mocha Iced Coffee

Southern Sweet Tea  (I’m biting my tongue – y’all know my stance on sweet tea!)  😉

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--Barbara

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Spinach pancakes {Picky Tot Pleasers}

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This post originally appeared as a guest post on another site about two years ago, but that site is no longer around. :/ SO, I’m re-claiming it and adding it to my Picky-Tot Pleasers series.  Lemme know what’cha think!

Spinach pancakes

 

Call me Popeye.  What can I say?  I love to cook with spinach.  Up until recently, it’s been in just about any dish I made with chicken or ground turkey.  However, I crossed the line the other morning when I (deliberately) baked spinach in to my pancakes.  That’s right, my daughter and I made spinach pancakes.  On purpose. [Read more…]

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Vitamix Applesauce with a Twist

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Vitamix Applesauce

So I’m really loving my Vitamix these days.  Juicing for breakfast, and sharing with my son.  (Say goodbye to his multivitamin!)  Warm Vitamix Chicken Tortilla soup on a cool evening.  And now, Vitamix Applesauce, with a twist.

As you may recall, my goofy kids enjoy applesauce and frozen peas.  I don’t know why, they just do.  I’m not complaining, since they don’t normally volunteer to eat anything green.  So, when I set out to make Vitamix appleasauce, I was determined to fuse other healthy foods in to the mix as well.

Here’s what I did:

I found a bunch of pre-sliced apples on clearance at Kroger, so that’s what I used.  You can use whatever kind of apples you have on hand, but I recommend you stick with the sweeter, rather than tart apples.  Also, I use all organic ingredients whenever possible.

First I made  a batch that was JUST apples, lemon juice, and cinnamon.  I used too much cinnamon, and my daughter was not a fan.  So I made another batch, using other ingredients to blend with the cinnamon-y batch, to tone it down.

Vitamix Applesauce and the cinnamon debacle

Remember my meatball debacle from a while back? Yeah, ^^^ this brings back fond memories.

Vitamix Applesauce with a Twist
 

You’ll need:

  • 2-3 sweet apples
  • a splash of lemon juice
  • a small handful of baby carrots (I have small hands, sooo, I’d approximate about 1/2 cup.)
  • ~ 2/3 c frozen strawberries
  • 1 spoonful of sugar or sweetener (optional)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Blend all ingredients, starting with slowest speed, working your way up.  If you have a tamper*, use it to help push ingredients down.   If mixture seems too chunky or not “smooth” enough, add small doses of water, as needed.  I believe I ended up adding about 1/4 c water all together.  Blend to desire smoothness and enjoy!Vitamix applesauce with a twist!

One thing I want to try with my next batch is to freeze it in small containers, or fill an ice cube tray and freeze that way – then I’ll have applesauce handy, and can toss in kids’ lunch bag in the morning, and it’ll thaw by lunch time.  Also, I’m going to try adding a bit of spinach with this recipe.  I’d also like to try a batch with dates, or other nuts, as inspired by The Blender LadyWhat other ingredients would YOU add to Vitamix applesauce?

* I don’t have a tamper so I had to improvise.  (What can I say?  When you get a $9 Vitamix, you don’t always get all the cool accessories!)  When ingredients looked “stuck”, I’d turn off and open the top and push down with long plastic spoon.  Yeah, a tamper would be SOO much easier!

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Sweet Bananas & Honey

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--Barbara

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Sweet Bananas and Honey Dessert

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bananas and honey

As you may know by now, my goofy kids are quite picky eaters.  (Okay, fine, so are their parents.  After all, apples don’t make peaches, right??)  I’ve already shared how the enjoy applesauce spiked with frozen peas.  But a secret favorite treat of theirs is one that’s actually quite healthy for them:  bananas and honey.  (or as my otherwise quite articulate 2-year-old son calls them “gananas”.)  It’s a simple, kid-friendly recipe that they gobble up every.  single.  time. [Read more…]

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Alpha-Bits Snack Mix

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Post Alpha-Bits cereal and the Little Free Library.  I was given a form of compensation in exchange for this post.

Ever have one of those moments when you realize YOU are in charge of snack for your child’s class, and you only have an hour to throw something together?  Yeah, I’ve been there more times than I care to admit.  And the idea of plying my child and her classmates with junk food just because it was easier simply doesn’t sit well with me.

So when I found myself in this quandary about a week ago, I was lucky to have a good supply of pantry items I could mix together to make a snack mix.  Thanks to the good folks at Alpha-Bits, it was something the kids seemed to really enjoy, too!  Bonus: it’s so easy, even my five year old can make it, but not without sampling it as she goes.

This really is simple.  Like not even really recipe-worthy.  But I’m going to recipe it up for y’all anyway. 

Alpha-Bits Snack Mix

  • 1-2 part raisins
  • 2 parts pretzels of choice
  • 1-2 parts marshmallows (I used the very same ones I used for Peppermint Chocolate Popcorn)
  • 2 parts Alpha-Bits cereal

Alpha-Bits Snack Mix ingredients [Read more…]

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Peas and the Sauce – An Unlikely Combination

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So my kids are a little weird.  First, my son -who just turned two- didn’t initially seem to be a fan of sweet peas.  He would literally rather shove them up his nose than eat them.  Yeah….

But a friend mentioned a trick to me, and my kids have been eating it up ever since.  Frozen peas.  Yep.  Frozen.  Peas.  I serve them in fancy little ramekins, and they gobble them up like candy.

One day, I happened to serve frozen peas at the same meal with applesauce, and -wouldn’t you know it!- a new, weird marriage was formed.  My 4 year old daughter got the genius idea to dunk her peas in her applesauce.  It’s been a strange hit ever since.

Peas and the Sauce [Read more…]

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Homemade Pita Pizzas – A Surprise Treat!

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Homemade Pita Pizza

I have made quite a few mini homemade pizzas over the years with my daughter, most with mixed results at best.  In the past, we’ve used tortillas or a few layers of a flaky biscuit, and I’d sneak in some sort of veggie -either in pureed form, or very finely chopped.

But this week, I tried something a little different.  I’d bought a package of pita bread (on clearance, of course), and had ONE left.  My kids  apparently are big fans of the pita bread.  Sometimes I’ll make pita PBJs, or toast a little turkey and cheese inside one.  Or just slap some honey butter on it, and they’ll go to town.

So, I thought I’d give it a whirl turning it in to pizza.  Wow!  Was I surprised!  Here’s what we did, and why I think one secret ingredient helped make them super-relish!  Best of all, it’s such a simply process, my 4 1/2 year old daughter was able to create her own, with minimal assistance. [Read more…]

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Vitamix Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Vitamix. Chicken. Tortilla. Soup. Recipe.  Well, first, I have to brag.  My husband is -without a doubt- the luckiest sunnuvagun I know.  He was perusing through Goodwill a while ago, and found a variable speed Vitamix blender for just under nine bucks.  Yep.  A true-to-life Vitamix.  For nine bucks!!


We immediately put it to use, playing around with different fruit and veggie combos.  And then we stumbled upon this recipe for Tortilla Soup.  The rest -as they say- is history.  I’ve been making -and thoroughly enjoying!- my mom’s chicken tortilla soup recipe for a few years, even though I know it’s more “comfort” than “healthy.”

Vitamix Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

To be honest, when we first made this soup, I was skeptical.  But once it was made, I was hooked!  And my recipe for the baked tortilla strips compliment it nicely, too!

“Vitamix Chicken Tortilla Soup”

This is based heavily on The Blender Lady’s recipe for Tortilla Soup, but I had to tweak to make it work for my family. [Read more…]

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