Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 28-Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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Hello and happy Monday:) I made these easy no bake energy bites recently, which turned out delish!

I’m not a big breakfast person…well, I take that back. I love breakfast food and enjoy cooking eggs, pancakes, waffles, etc. on the weekends but during the work week, I’m not big on eating breakfast. Part of it is because I’d rather sleep in a few minutes longer and eat something on the run. I came across these energy bites and whipped them up in no time at all. I didn’t have any coconut, so I added a little more oats. I substituted some Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips for the mini chocolate chips. They are a wonderful breakfast on the go! They’re like dessert and have a nice, honey peanut butter taste to them! Will and Harper greatly enjoyed them as well! Next time, I plan on adding coconut and possibly some chia seeds to them.

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Five on Friday!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m linking up with Darci and friends for Five on Friday!

I started writing this post before I saw the Five on Friday blogger challenge to post about baby Teddy and to raise awareness about Menkes Syndrome.  Click here for more information and to see how you can help raise awareness.  Social media is a very powerful tool. I hadn’t heard about Menkes Syndrome until recently, after reading a story about Teddy.

{1} Banana bread French toast! Yum! I have been wanting to make French toast using banana bread or pumpkin bread, but by the time I think about it, the bread is all gone! I finally had some leftover banana bread made with mini chocolate chips, so I decided to make French toast out of it. You use the regular egg, milk, cinnamon, vanilla mixture and let the bread soak for a minute or two. Then put it in a frying pan and cook.  So delicious!

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{2} I love the Pioneer Woman, and here’s a great recipe from her! This is a bagel and cream cheese French toast that I made last weekend when my in-laws were visiting.  So yummy and easy but very rich-full of bagels, cream cheese, milk, and cheese.

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{3} Riding bikes in the house! We’re so ready for springtime! It’s been a long, long winter!

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{4} Snow, snow, and more snow! I hope this is the last snow this winter. We have more than a foot of snow and will be snowed in for a few days! Luckily, our farmer neighbors plowed our driveway for us yesterday (after this pic was taken). We were off school yesterday and are off again today. That means we will be going to school on Memorial Day and adding another day on to our school year in June.  Boo:(

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{5} What a thoughtful Valentine’s gift from Mimi and Grandaddy! A package arrived from Amazon the other day, and we were trying to hold out until today to open it, but we had major cabin fever yesterday and decided to see what was in it! So fun! Two great books and some animal stampers and paper.  Thanks, Mimi and Grandaddy!

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Weekly Pinterest Project-Week 5: Two ingredient chocolate croissants

Yum…chocolate crossiants! My friend mentioned the other week that she had made chocolate croissants, so I decided to search Pinterest for a recipe. Actually, these are so easy that no recipe is really required. Just two ingredients-crescent rolls and chocolate chips (notice the HUGE bag of chocolate chips-a Costco deal!). I found a recipe from Boxwood Clippings for this yummy treat and made them for breakfast along with scrambled eggs. Healthy, I know! All you do is sprinkle chocolate chips on the crescent rolls and bake as directed on the can. Easy, peasy! I saw a recipe that called for Nutella instead of chocolate chips, which sounds so delicious! Hmm…I wonder how it would taste with cookie butter?! While these were simple and tasted good, nothing compares to the pain au chocolate my college friends and I picked up daily on our way to class when we studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. Oh, the memories!

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Weekly Pinterest Project-Week 1: Individual Baked Oatmeal and Energy Balls

Since I’m kinda obsessed with Pinterest (ha!), I thought I’d start a weekly post where I document a new recipe, tip, craft, etc from Pinterest. We will see how this once a week thing goes once school starts and our lives get really hectic (with work, preschool, music classes twice a week-one night for Will, another night for Harper, and possible swim lessons, among other activities-whew!) but I think it will help me try out some of the zillion pins I have on my boards! I will try to post each Monday or Tuesday morning (that way, I will have the weekend to write up the post). I’m hoping this will get me to try more crafty projects…I tend to pin lots of recipes since that’s more in my comfort zone. I’m too much of a perfectionist with crafting for it to work out well for me. I’m working on this, but it’s hard.

For my first project, I tried out two new recipes (go figure!). I have been in search of healthy breakfast options for the kids (and me) and wanted to try out a few before school started. First up, I made some personal sized baked oatmeal. I have always wanted to make a baked oatmeal, but it just makes so much! This is the perfect way to make baked oatmeal since you can freeze it! It made about 24 muffins and I stuck half in the freezer. I put raisins on some of the oatmeal and left some plain. You could add other toppings such as nuts or other dried fruit. I might try some other toppings next time; raisins were all I had in the pantry. I only made one change to the recipe-instead of using flaxseed meal (I didn’t have any), I substituted wheat germ. This substitution turned out fine. Oh, I also used honey instead of stevia. After they came out of the oven, WIll was begging for one as a snack. He loved it, and so did Miss H. I’m glad she liked it since she gags when eating regular oatmeal. The baked oatmeal is more like eating a muffin. I plan on taking these to the sitter this week for my kids’ breakfast.

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I’m not big into oatmeal (though the baked oatmeal wasn’t bad), so I searched for some breakfast bites/bars for me. I came across these yummy no bake energy bites. Yum-o! I made them with crunchy peanut butter and wheat germ. Next time, I might try using almond or sunflower butter. They were delicious, though, and taste like dessert! I’m going to take these this week to school for breakfast/snack. Mine ended up a little crumbly, so I’m going to up the amount of peanut butter next time. Gimme Some Oven, the blog where I found the recipe, also had pumpkin no bake energy bites and cranberry pistachio energy bites. Later this fall, I may have to try the pumpkin kind!

Now off to see what next week’s project will be!!

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5 on Friday!

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Happy Friday! I’m linking up again with Darci for Five on Friday. I’m so glad it’s Friday, and especially today since my husband is off! Yippee!

(1) Will is hooked on oatmeal for breakfast, which is great! This morning, he helped me make it. He likes to add a spoonful of vanilla yogurt and raisins to his oatmeal. I’m going to make some baked oatmeal or oatmeal breakfast bars for Will to eat at the babysitter’s once school starts. Miss H. hates the texture of oatmeal-she gags and spits it out.

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(2) Will’s backpack from LLBean came the other day. He’s becoming such a big boy! It is a definite sign that summer is winding down and school is about to start:( I am looking forward to fall, though. It’s probably my favorite season (that and spring).

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(3) Dots-this game is so addictive! I found about it from someone else’s blog (can’t remember now) but it’s lots of fun! I haven’t gotten into the Candy Crush game but love this one. I got my husband and a friend hooked on it, too; we text each other our high scores. So far, I’m losing:(

20130801-103123.jpg(4) I think my child is the only one who does not sit and listen to the stories at storytime, ha! Miss H. is typically the only one up and moving all around the room. She and her brother are known as the “dynamic duo” at storytime, uh oh! The other week, she actually sat down on another mother’s lap and spent a few minutes there. We didn’t know this mother and in fact, it was the first time we had seen her at storytime. Miss H. is certainly not shy! This is a pic of her playing (for about ten seconds) with a puzzle at the library. But I love it!

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(5) I love Pinterest (as you all know, since I mention it about, oh, every post!) but at times it can seem like there are so many projects and neat things to do that I don’t know where to start. One way I’ve found to manage my pins on Pinterest is to create a “completed pin” board. Each time I complete a craft or new recipe, I repin it to my completed pins board. It is a great way for me to keep track of new recipes that we liked. With that being said, I haven’t been doing a good job at repinning my completed pins. As you can see from my board, most of what I’ve tried have been recipes. I’m not very crafty but would like to be:)

That’s all until next week! Have a wonderful weekend!