Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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One evening while I was tooling around on my tablet, waiting for my preschooler to fall asleep, a delicious sounding recipe for cinnamon swirl bread from Passionate Penny Pincher danced across my Facebook feed. It is a bread machine recipe, and we all know how much I am enjoying my $10 find! We love us some sweet bread ’round here, breakfast, lunch, dessert, you name it, so I tried the recipe for the first time last weekend. Continue reading “Cinnamon Swirl Bread”

Cinnamon Quick Bread

I enjoyed this lovely breakfast this morning while receiving parenting tips from Daniel Tiger’s mom. I’m not sure how old Daniel Tiger is, but she was encouraging him to fix his broken trolley and of course her message was a catchy little tune. As I sat at the table with my two kids, one of whom was sick and that’s why we had no school today, contemplating my parenting choices thanks to a cartoon tiger, and secretly hoping my oldest was taking note of the message, I decided I needed two helpings of bread and cinnamon schmear. Continue reading “Cinnamon Quick Bread”

100 Days of Real Food Mini-Pledge

Ooh wee! I just signed us up for the 100 Days of Real Food 14 week mini-pledge. According to the intro video, each Friday I will get a pledge with recipes and shopping lists (!) and then we can start the pledge on Monday (to give me a day to plan and shop). Meal planning and shopping has been a HUGE part of my life for the past year+ and I’m excited and nervous about making a change. I think we already do a good job of limiting processed foods (except on the weekends), but even our weekend slippage isn’t a huge deal. I’m most excited about getting recipes from one blog sent directly to me, instead of mining the internet for ideas and recipes, and I’m also getting her cookbook. I also like the idea of making small changes and introducing new foods, but I have no plans to start serving hummus and alfalfa sprouts.

I will definitely track our progress. And if you want to join too, you have until this Friday!

Homemade Vanilla Granola

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Waffles, pancakes and eggs for breakfast are standard fare around here, but plenty of times I rely on cereal if I don’t have anything prepared ahead of time. Cascadian Farms granola is by far the favorite around here, but every time I buy a box I cringe because we only get a few breakfasts out of one. Plus, they have a ton of sugar. I took a break from buying granola cereal for those reasons, but one week Cascadian Farms was on sale so I bought a few boxes. I started thinking about how I could make my own cereal that would be healthy and cost effective. Continue reading “Homemade Vanilla Granola”

Heavenly [Bread Machine] Cinnamon Rolls

I have really been enjoying our bread machine the past few weeks. Although I talk a lot about bread baking, we are not swimming in bread loaves ’round here. I have used the bread machine to make bread/dough that I normally would have bought at the store – pizza dough, hamburger buns and bread for paninis.

For Labor Day weekend I decided to make something special – cinnamon rolls. I bookmarked this recipe from Money Saving Mom I was really excited to try it. I mixed up the dough before dinner on Saturday evening and while my husband was giving our toddler his bath, my oldest “helped” me roll out the dough. Continue reading “Heavenly [Bread Machine] Cinnamon Rolls”

No Fail Oatmeal Cookie Bites

After trying three of four “energy bites” recipes, the first being Honey Oat Energy Bites, I found one that we love. I found this Kid-Approved No-Bake Energy Bites from Redefined Mom, and her post spoke to me. I’m talking about the part where she laments over her failed attempts at making granola bars. I can totally relate and that’s why I started making energy bites in the first place.

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These truly are no fail and everyone loves these around here, including both kids. Continue reading “No Fail Oatmeal Cookie Bites”

Apple Pie Pancakes

You all already know we are big fans of “faffles” round here. I make them regularly, but I try to rotate different breakfast foods including muffins, eggs, and plain ol’ cereal along with some kind of fruit. When I think we’re in a rut, I make a change. Hence, last week I tried some apple pie pancakes I found on Pinterest from Averie Cooks. Continue reading “Apple Pie Pancakes”

Honey Oat Energy Bites

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I did it. I joined Pinterest. As a techie by trade, I’m critical when it comes to websites and apps. I think the Pinterest app is a little clunky and I don’t like how I have to dig down two, three times to get to an actual recipe. But it gives me ideas and I can see the value in having a one-stop shop for all things food and crafts, and everything else people want to brag about 😉 Continue reading “Honey Oat Energy Bites”