3 Ingredient, No-Bake Apple ‘Protein’ Brownies

Every year the hubs and I go on a ski trip. It’s usually our mutual anniversary present to ourselves. This year, we decided that we were old enough, and grown enough, that we didn’t need a ‘vacation’ all to ourselves. We decided to make it a family affair, with all three older kids tagging along. For me, that also meant meal planning ahead of time, and even some cooking, because that ‘oops’ moment where you forgot to pack that one ingredient and now you can’t make dinner is a lot more expensive when your party goes from 2 to 5 people. And snacks. Oh my sweet Lord, the snacks! Every 30 minutes, one of my teens is crying they’re hungry, and if you don’t feed them right away? That Snickers commercial we’ve all seen? My hangry boys make that look like a caricature. So I made and brought snacks. As many snacky things as I could get my hands on. Thank God for the snacks! And that was part of the prayer/mantra I repeated while my knuckles were white because I was gripping the door handle so hard on the last hour leg of our trip to the ski resort this weekend.

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Black Pepper & Parmesan Kale Chips

It’s that time of year again for our older kids. We’re over half way through the school year, and the scheduling sheets are coming home for parental approval for their course load next year.We usually let the kids pick their own electives, making sure to talk to them abut why they’re interested in that, etc. It’s almost always a well-thought out decision, and thankfully not an ‘I heard it was an easy A’. Other than them actively considering their options, we do have two other requirements. One, that they take a foreign language in high school, whichever most appeals to them, and stick with it until they graduate. It’s an invaluable life-skill, and a great way to expose them to a different culture. Luckily, this rule’s never been a sticking point, and we’ve all learned a lot about Germany in just a few years. Turns out two of them have a knack for it.

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Make-Ahead Homemade Oatmeal Muffin Mix

My family loves a good grab and go breakfast. A muffin fits right into that category, and into their small, yet capable hands. Something else they love? A snack to tide them over until dinner. Oh, the snacks. Luckily, a healthy, hearty muffin fits in there too. And with all these lean, lanky growing boys with limbs akimbo, a go-to muffin mix is something I make sure to keep on hand in the pantry

.Homemade Oatmeal Muffin Mix

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BLT Salad Bowl

The youngest son has eaten ‘salad’ since almost the first day he could eat table food. And by salad, I meant plain chopped lettuce devoid of any fixin’s or toppings, or dressing of any kind. In the years since, his love for lettuce in a bowl has only grown and if it’s on a bed of green leaves, he’s game to try it. Thankfully, since he’s regressed with almost all other green veggies. More on that another day. 

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Crispy, Oven Baked Green Bean Fries

Have you ever had the opposite of a picky eater? A kid who from the get-go has eaten their greens and loved them too? I’m talking one of their first foods being salad, and the less dressing the better. Son # 4 would eat green beans like they were French fries. Something I, obviously, encouraged. And then I got to thinking, why not? Let’s just roll with that.

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Cajun Chicken Stuffed with Spinach & Pepper Jack Cheese

Are you looking for a way to spice up your dinner menu? What about a new way to ‘dress’ those chicken breasts thawing in the fridge? Let me tell y’all about this yummy Cajun Chicken Stuffed with Spinach & Pepper Jack Cheese.  

 Cajun Chicken Stuffed with Spinach & Pepper Jack Cheese

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Cranberry Orange Rice Krispie Treats

Cranberry and orange is such a dynamic flavor duo, and it seems to pop up a lot during Fall. We also think it’s perfect for The Winter Holidays. And Rice Krispie treats have and will always one of the kids’ favorite things to make and to eat. So combining the two was a win for everyone. They still got to make , play in, and eat sugary, sticky crunchy melted marshmallow goodness, and we got to experiment with adding in some gourmet (that’s a stretch, isn’t it?) grownup mix-ins.

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Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken

I was so productive last weekend. I packed away all the shorts and t shirts and swapped them out for everybody’s jeans and sweaters. It was a cool 50 degrees all weekend and we were cozy and oh-so happy. And damn if I didn’t pat myself on the back for checking that giant task of our seasonal to-do list. Aaaaand then this weeek rolled around bringing us 70 degrees and you’d have thought I was trying to torture my boys.

My bad.

Any who, it may not seem like Winter is coming from the weather, despite what our wardrobe (and the local weatherman) says, but I can tell– especially as we shift from using the grill, and move firmly into oven and crockpot territory.

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