Apple Pie Oatmeal

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Breakfasts can get a bit monotonous in my home.  This Apple Pie Oatmeal is a favorite of my kids and an awesome way to switch things up from these, these and these breakfast favorites around here.

My four year old named this simple, healthy, quick number “Apple Pie Oatmeal” and for very valid reasons.  It’s rich, comforting and has all those wonderful flavors that apple pie has to offer without all of the hassle and useless ingredients.   Continue reading

Carrot Spice Cake Bars

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One bite of these yummy bars and I was immediately taken back to grade school.  My elementary school had some pretty amazing hot lunches they served; the same ladies in the kitchen every morning as the sun came up whipping the children up homemade, heart-filled food.  We were lucky; so different than things today, and because of it, I have serious aspirations of doing that lunch lady thing someday myself, in some capacity.

Getting nutritious, balanced meals into children’s bodies just once a day over lunch at school could be so beneficial for their health.  Regardless of what they are getting at home, how comforting to know they can be guaranteed one solid meal at school.  In my opinion, that should be part of the curriculum, along with a quick five minute chat with them about what they are eating, where it came from, and what it can do for their impressionable bodies.   Man, wouldn’t that be a game changer.  To me, this is just as important as learning about history or 2 + 2.  Because none of those fun facts and concepts can be properly maintained and applied without a healthy, nourished body to absorb it all. Continue reading

Blackberry Oat Breakfast Bars

SONY DSC These are a result of a kitchen accident.  A while back I set out to create a recipe for a crumble or cobbler topping.  Now, you know me and baking.  It takes a good handful of tries for me to achieve greatness on that end.  Baking + healthful doesn’t always make the best couple.  Textures have to be played with and ratios have to be changed and changed as I go.  It’s not like adding this or adding that to make them taste better…its science.  And people, I am no scientist.  Continue reading

Favorite Blueberry Muffins

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Guys.  I am not one to push advice on others.  Your toes I will never try to step on.  But do me a favor this weekend.  Sleep until your kids or your dog wake you up.  Stay in your jammies until you absolutely need to get ready for the day.  Watch cartoons or your favorite mindless BRAVO show.  Chill out and try your best to relax (and please include cuddles).  And most definitely….absolutely…positively make these muffins (they pair very well with all of the coziness listed above). Continue reading