From your family table to what hangs on your walls. Homemade goes hand in hand with family, but it doesn't have to be perfect. Take back the art of family meals together, evenings gathered in your cozy family room, and the simplicity of home-making. From my best chocolate chip cookies to how to create your own living space...I'm cheering you on here and sharing a few tips along the way!
I love smores. My kids loves smores. So when I came across this smores crispix recipe, I couldn't resist! Such an easy recipe and it is gobbled up in no time! Make a big batch and send some to preschool, have in your cupboard for snack time, use for your birthday party treat bags, enjoy on popcorn night, bag cutely and deliver to the neighbors! Either way, everyone big and small will love this :)
You will need:
3 cups Crispix cereal 1 cup honey graham mini crackers (Teddy Grahams or Bunny shaped organic ones from Target I like to use)
1/4 cup melted butter 1 Tbsp brown sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 cup mini marshmallows 1/3 c M & M's
In 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan combine crispix cereal and graham crackers. In small bowl stir together butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Drizzle
over cereal mixture. Stir until coated. Bake at 250° F for 45 minutes,
stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on foil or wax paper. Cool completely. Stir in marshmallows and M&M’s Brand Chocolate Candies. Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Some days I crawl out of bed and just need to put something in my oven for my kids and hub's to wake up to. I love the smell of something yummy when I wake up. It reminds me of waking up at my grandmother's house and there is just something loving about a good smell jump-starting your day and waiting for you at the table. This recipe is one I stumbled across the first year we were married and all I did was tweak it by adding the chocolate chips because my hubby loves banana and chocolate flavors together. Need a jump start this morning and have a few old bananas sitting around? Send a warm message to your gang as you whip up these to start the day! Also a pretty yummy after school snack!
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
1/2 c margarine, softened 1 c. brown sugar 2 eggs 3 ripe (or old) bananas 1 tsp. baking soda 2 c flour 6 oz chocolate chips (roughly 1 cup)
Combine your soft ingredients first and then mix in your dry ingredients. Spray pans and bake at 350 for 12-18 minutes, depending on your oven. Makes about 12-18 muffins!
When I was teaching there was an older gentleman who cleaned my classroom and he was so sweet to me and my students. He often would bring me fresh produce from his garden and eggs from his chickens. The kids all called him Mr. Andy and he had his first grandchild arrive at the same time I had our first born! We always had lots to chat about! Well, you can imagine my surprise when I walked Jaxon to the first day of school and low and behold there stood Mr. Andy. Full of smiles with his perfect round grandpa belly and farmers Pioneer hat stood the sweet old man with his big hand clasping the little hand of his grandson, ready for his first day of school too. We caught up easily and a short time later I found his little grandson selling his grandpa's eggs. Makes my heart swell! Needless to say, I quickly signed up to be on his "egg list" and every Tuesday he faithfully delivers my dozen eggs to me. He gets to keep all his earnings :) Now I don't always need the eggs, but I love supporting this little ma & pop operation. They are the yummiest tasting eggs and lets just say I have gotten pretty creative in how many ways you can serve up eggs in this house! One of my favorite's is this easy omelet.... don't even need an omelet pan, just a simple frying pan, a few ingredients, and you're set! Enjoy!
Omelet for One (or many little ones)
In a bowl just whisk together: 2 Tbsp flour, 1/4 c milk, 3 Tbsp sour cream, 2 eggs, salt & pepper to your tasting
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat, sprayed with a little olive oil or pan spray. Pour in egg mixture and cover... let sit covered for few minutes until almost all cooked. Add ingredients you'd like to add (ham cubes, sausage, cheese, mushroom,s veggies, anything you want!). Flip one side over the other and let sit for about 2-4 more minutes. Whoa-la! Omelet for one (or two if you are a light eater, I use one to serve 3 kids!)