It's now my second week of school and I am very much back into the swing of things in the classroom. I know all of my students' names, have some of their writing and artwork up on the walls, and am getting to know what makes each of them a unique and special individual. I have a wonderful group of third graders this year, which makes it (a little bit) easier to leave my own two sweet peas in the morning.
Early wake-ups are deserving of a healthy and delicious breakfast, but I can't afford to spend any more minutes than necessary in the kitchen. (4:45a.m. is early enough for me to wake up, thank you.) I still need a good breakfast to fuel me through my morning, though, and this granola is ... [Continue Reading]
Hummus is a healthy snack, high in protein and a great dip for fresh veggies. Lately I've been making a batch of hummus to enjoy as an easy, healthy dinner too. I serve it with a variety of fresh cut vegetables and homemade whole-wheat pita wedges, and we have a casual, balanced meal that includes protein, veggies, and whole grains. The kids love both the hummus (they are partial to the roasted red pepper one) and the pita, and we round out their meal with some fresh fruit. (We're still working on getting them to enjoy veggies other than broccoli and the occasional slice of cucumber.)
I've read in a few different places about a secret to making perfectly smooth hummus: peeling the ... [Continue Reading]
Let me apologize in advance for these. Once you make these granola bars, you are going to have a very hard time enjoying a store-bought granola bar. You are going to find yourself in the kitchen long after the sun has gone down, mixing up the ingredients for these bars. You will walk down the cereal aisle of your grocery store, looking through the granola bar choices, knowing that you have to choose one because you certainly don't have the time each and every week to make your own. Or do you? You might just decide that the thirty minutes you could spend watching TV or mindlessly browsing Pinterest might be better spent mixing together a batch of granola bars that you can really crave.
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This summer Julia and I have been making smoothies almost every day. Sometimes we will have a smoothie and sandwich for lunch, but most often we enjoy our smoothies at snack time. We are in the middle of the to-nap or not-to-nap phase right now with Julia. Most days, she really needs at least a short nap to make it through her day and the evening routine without being overly tired. The problem is that if I don't wake her up after an hour or so, she will nap for way too long and then have trouble going to bed at night. And waking her up sometimes does not go very well, but I totally understand. I don't like being woken up before I'm ready, and I bet you don't either. This is where a smoothie ... [Continue Reading]
I am completely addicted to this homemade greek yogurt. I never would have thought that I would make my own yogurt. When I first came across the idea, I thought it was interesting but not something that I would actually do. The second time I saw a recipe for homemade greek yogurt, though, I thought, I can do that. And you know what? I totally did. And I've made this at least once a week every week in the six weeks since then.
Why am I so addicted to this yogurt? There are a few reasons. For one, it tastes amazing. Even my favorite store brand can't compete with this thick, creamy yogurt. Homemade yogurt is much less sour than store-bought, and while it's hard for me to eat store-bought ... [Continue Reading]
Muffins, along with cookies, are one of my favorite things to bake. They're easy to make and are perfectly portioned little morning snacks. My sister was searching for a healthy oatmeal muffin recipe, but having trouble finding what she wanted. I was excited for the challenge of creating an oatmeal muffin that was not only healthy but also crave-worthy.
I'm very happy with the way these muffins turned out, and my sister loved them too. You might think an oatmeal muffin would be dense or heavy, but these are neither. The muffins have a light texture and are filled with plenty of oats. I used applesauce to help keep the muffins moist, and this also allowed me to get away with only using ¼ ... [Continue Reading]
Good morning! (or afternoon, or evening, as the case may be). Can I interest you in a muffin? How about a blueberry donut muffin? Drizzled with a sweet and tart lemon glaze? I thought so.
I've been stumbling upon recipes for donut muffins for a while now, and once I saw these lemon glazed blueberry donut muffins I couldn't hold out any longer. I needed to find out what a donut muffin tasted like. I baked up a batch of my very own, whisked together the glaze ingredients, and dipped each muffin top into the glaze.
My first thought? These really smell like donuts. I don't think the taste is all that similar to a donut, but that doesn't mean they aren't delicious. Like donuts, ... [Continue Reading]
The other day, I found myself with a bunch of ripe bananas in my fruit bowl. I have a number of different ways that I like to use up over-ripe bananas, but really wanted to try something new. I decided to whip up a batch of banana-apple cinnamon muffins, and I'm so glad I did!
These are my new favorite banana muffin. They are moist, full of the flavors of banana and cinnamon, and I just love the pieces of cooked apple that are scattered throughout the muffins. I ate one warm from the oven, and just had to have a second. I couldn't resist. :)
I've made these muffins with both pink lady and granny smith apples, but I'm sure your favorite would work well too. A little Greek yogurt mixed into ... [Continue Reading]
I love this smoothie for a couple of reasons. First of all, it's cool and creamy and loaded with peanut butter and banana. Second, it makes a filling and healthy snack. Both the peanut butter and Greek yogurt contribute a lot of satisfying protein. This smoothie would be a great high-protein snack to enjoy after a challenging workout, or whenever you need a tasty energy boost.
I haven't tried it yet, but I think a little chocolate syrup or some dark chocolate would be a great addition to this smoothie. We all know how well chocolate and peanut butter go together, as do peanut butter and banana, so chocolate, peanut butter, and banana? That can only be even better.
One year ago: Pesto ... [Continue Reading]
These pizza bites are the perfect appetizer to serve at a casual get-together. I've made them for both New Year's Eve and Super Bowl parties, and recommend making a double batch if you're feeding a crowd because they disappear quickly! I filled my pizza bites with slices of pepperoni and mozzarella cheese, but you can get creative and use your favorite pizza toppings. The pizza bites are great served with some homemade pizza sauce for dipping, too. Throwing or attending a Super Bowl party? Then please make some of these pizza bites to enjoy and share. You'll be glad you did. :)
One year ago: Cheesecake-Swirled Brownies
Makes 20-24 pizza ... [Continue Reading]
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Blogging, and reading others' blogs, has inspired me to try making homemade versions of things that I never would have considered before. Some perfect examples are these homemade burger buns, pita bread, homemade rolls, and now these granola bars. (Next I can't wait to try my hand at homemade chocolate croissants- I just came across a recipe that has me craving them!)
It took me a few tries to get these granola bars just how I wanted them ... [Continue Reading]