Celebrate Back to School with Easy Meals

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Back to school is cause for celebration, right?  I am that mom who cries the days leading up to the First Day of School.  My babies are growing up, my house will be quiet and empty, and I’m sending my children into the care of someone else for the majority of the day!  So, Back to School is an emotional time for me.  I want my three children to see it as a celebration.  A celebration and excitement that something new is coming.

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Easy Back to School Breakfast Idea~Cinnamon Breakfast Bars

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Back to school is around the corner!  I was just telling my husband tonight that after a day of fielding questions, feeding and entertaining three sweet kiddos, and swimming, I am ready for school to start.  I say that now, but on August 17th, when we are the eve of the First Day of School, I won’t be feeling that way!  Getting ready to go back to school puts me into planning mode.  And that includes going back to meal planning and having easy breakfast and snacks on hand to give them variety for breakfast and making lunch packing easy.

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Easy to Pack Soccer Snacks

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Our Saturdays are often spent on the soccer field.  Most weekends, it is an hour on a Saturday afternoon, enjoying the sun and watching our oldest play a game.  Now that the season is coming to a close, we are in the midst of soccer tournaments.  This means more hours on the soccer field, more prep for me the night before, and I feel like I need to have more options to keep him hydrated and fed between games.

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Spinach and Feta Party Dip

Spinach and Feta Party Dip

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I’m a sucker for a super good, creamy, spinach dip.  When I am at a party, I tend to gravitate toward the dips, mainly because to me they are a treat!  I don’t make them a lot at home, except when we are having a party.  This time of year, we have been enjoying the big tournament on TV, watching our favorite college team {who is now out, but hey, there are more to cheer for} play basketball.  Extra bonus?  I can pick up all the ingredients at Giant Eagle!  Back to the spinach dip, and eating the yummy food that comes with watching sports….So today, I am going to share my Spinach and Feta Party Dip with you!

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Hosting a Kids’ Choice Awards Party to Remember

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Do you love award shows?  I do, and my twins are starting to enjoy them as well.  Knowing that their favorites like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Skylanders Trap Team, and Spongebob are amongst the nominees, my boys will be tuning in for sure!  And since they are boys, they have to eat, right?  The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards will have my two in front of the TV on March 28th, with snacks in hand….and I’ll want to be watching with them!  So, how do I keep it simple and let them have a little fun and good food while watching?  Today I am going to share with you some tips on hosting a Kids’ Choice Awards Party to Remember for your favorite kids with food and drinks I can find at Walmart.

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Savory BBQ Coke Sliders and Ritz Peanut Butter Chocolate Snackers

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It’s game time!  As the football season comes to an end, we are all ready to cheer on our favorite team during the big game, right?  And what is a party without some savory AND sweet food on the table?  I am the kind of hostess who appreciates great food, but isn’t afraid to incorporate easy foods into my menu.  I also need to be able to find all the ingredients in one place, like my local Walmart.  Today I want to share with you two great additions to your game day table with Coca Cola and Ritz Crackers.  First up, I’m going to share my Savory BBQ Coke Shredded Beef Sliders!

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#AD General Tso’s Chicken Wings Lettuce Wraps

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We are big football fans in our  house.  Every Saturday and Sunday we are faithfully watching our favorite teams while enjoying some great food.  And now, with the big game right around the corner, we are prepping for having family and friends over to enjoy some food, fun, and football.   I’m the kind of hostess who has no shame in asking my guests to bring a dish or dessert to share.  By the same token, I also make sure there are several yummy dishes to choose from~like prepared wings from the deli at my local store.    Looking to try these yourself?  Join me, or go to your local Walmart for an in store demo. I’m going to mine on January 30th!

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Cinnamon Coated Almonds {Disney Style}

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As much as I love Disney food, I decided that each month in 2015, I’m going to share a Disney Parks inspired food!  Our family has visited Walt Disney World so many times, and in turn we’ve enjoyed much of the best food on Disney property!  One of my husband’s FAVORITE treats is found throughout the Disney parks, but he always manages to snag these Cinnamon Coated Almonds while we are shopping at Downtown Disney.

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Pretzels

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Do you ever have a grand idea for a recipe, and it just goes out the window?  If not, you’re lucky.  That is sort of what happened when I saw these Double Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Pretzels on Pinterest.  Aren’t they impressive?  I was SO excited to make them for our Ladies Bible Study Cookie Exchange Party.  Appearing super easy, and having most of the ingredients on hand, I went out and picked up some sourdough pretzels.  As soon as I opened the box, I knew it was all over.  There was only ONE whole pretzel in the whole box~the rest were broken into pieces.  Ugh!  I knew it wasn’t going to work, and I wasn’t about to go buy every box of pretzels in hopes of salvaging enough to pull this recipe off.  Plan B it was.

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Peppermint Stick White Chocolate Popcorn

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Popcorn is my absolute FAVORITE snack!  I love to make it in different ways, like Cinnabun Popcorn, Peanut Butter Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle, and classic with salt and melted butter.  For Christmas, though, I love to whip up this easy Peppermint Stick White Chocolate Popcorn.  It’s a nice alternative to cookies for cookie exchanges, and since it makes a lot of popcorn, you can bag it up to give as an easy, inexpensive homemade gift.  Combining peppermint, with my favorite snack of popcorn….and of course some white chocolate, you’ll have an easy and fun snack for Christmas!

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