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New Fast Snack Finds

Today we were in the Hilldale area and decided to shop at Metcalfes. I enjoy this store because of the classical music, fine cheese and produce departments (It’s true. I love the classical music. It’s relaxing while shopping with two whirling kiddos.), cleanliness, and their desire to reduce waste, reuse bags, and recycle materials and old food. Here are two items we found today in the deli area. Although they are processed (boo) they are nice to have in a pinch, for school, car rides, snack between meals. The nutrition information is not bad, and most importantly, they are nut-free. 1. Garden Veggie Straws – made with real vegetable puree.…
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Summer Snack Plates

It’s Sunday and we are preparing for the week. This means menu planning, grocery lists, and snack ideas. If I don’t have these things organized,my week feels disjointed. Planning around our food allergies reduces stress dramatically. It’s anxiety provoking enough to get the last minute “hey let’s go out for dinner” (Which we LOVE to do), so planning regular meals helps incase we do decide to go out, we can always take our bento box!!  But, 9 times out of ten, I don’t even consider what I will enjoy because I’m too busy thinking about what will be safe for Chloe to eat, and if I trust the kitchen enough…
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Loaded Cornbread

 I thought I’d share a nice snack I made for the kids this week since it’s been a while. Loaded Cornbread Ingredients 1 package of Betty Crocker cornbread mix (nut-free), plus the ingredients listed on the package; egg, butter, milk 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese 1 can of organic corn  Directions Pre-heat oven to 400. Prepare a cupcake pan by spraying with non-stick spray or with foil liners. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients, including corn and cheese. Using a 1/4 cup scoop, fill the cupcake tins with one scoop each. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely. I refrigerate mine to use for mid-week…
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4th of July Menu

The 4th of July weekend is probably my second most favorite weekend of the year. It has been a tradition in our family, ever since I can remember, to meet at the lakefront in Milwaukee and watch the fireworks together. The location and attendees has changed a bit over the years, but the tradition continues none the less. This year, we are excited to once again have friends and family over to enjoy the fireworks with some easy-to-get-to seats, and good eats. Speaking of good eats. I’m a dessert person. We were in the middle of making the fruit pizza when I realized I didn’t have a rolling pin. Doug…
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Top 10 Summer Snacks

Two kids at home for summer, full-time, and I find myself buying more food than I ever imagined.  They are 5 and 3, almost 3, how much food could they possibly eat?! A lot. They usually wake up at the crack of dawn ravenous. Carter wakes me up by saying, Maaaaam, hungry. Chloe follows by asking whats for BreafffKist. Adorable. We serve two snacks per day, 10am and 2pm. String Cheese and apple slices Cornbread muffin and banana chunks sprinkled with ferry dust (Quick Bunny Chocolate) Blueberry muffin and strawberry slices Watermelon and feta cheese Hard boiled egg and toast Waffle slices with Sunbutter Avocado and tomato with olive oil…
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20 min Shrimp Scampi

When Justin Timberlake and Megan Trainor are blaring from Pandora, you know there is some serious dancing going on! After dancing at the library yesterday the party came home. We met another group of friends at the library yesterday and it was a ball. Chloe had some pretty fun moves, and they are posted for you to see on Insta. The rain kept us inside and our library kept us busy. The summer reading program has them totally engrossed in reading, both of them!!! Yesterday’s meal was dance friendly; you could easily dance and cook and not ruin anything. Here’s what we did. Shrimp Scampi + Broccoli + Angel Hair…
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Delicious Flavored Water

We are supposed to be drinking water. Everyday. All the time. The number of ounces you should consume is your total weight divided in half. The thought is daunting. How will I even come close? Water is so…..BORING! Below are a few ideas to make your water lightly flavored and fun for summer. Now your water tastes a little sweeter and is pretty to look at! Plus, (if you’re goal oriented like me) it’s kind of fun to drink the water so I can eat the fruit inside my glass! Just like eating the olive last from your dirty martini. Or something like that… Enjoy, stay cool today!!
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Honey Garlic Shrimp

Back to the grind. I’m in the middle of making out our menu for the week, and subsequent grocery shopping list, and found this recipe. Lucky for me, I already have all of these ingredients, so less to shop for!  Now to decide on the Children’s Museum, Zoo, or Olbrich for tomorrow’s morning adventure…. BTW, making steamed broccoli and wild rice for the sides. Honey Garlic Shrimp 1/3 cup honey 1/4 cup soy sauce (I use reduced sodium) 1 Tablespoon minced garlic optional: 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger 1 lb medium uncooked shrimp, peeled & deveined1 2 teaspoons olive oil optional: chopped green onion for garnish Directions: Whisk the honey,…
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No Bake Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

Father’s Day is Sunday and the kids know Doug’s favorite dessert is Cherry Cheesecake. This recipe is easy enough that they can make it for him! Since we are attending our annual summer fundraising event Saturday, I’m a little tight on time for food prep. We are going to keep it real simple. I found this recipe and hope it works! MINI CHERRY CHEESECAKES Ingredients 1/2 C Graham crackers 1/4 C melted butter 1/4 C sugar 8oz cream cheese 1+1/4 C milk 3.4 oz vanilla pudding 1 can cherry pie filling Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 (optional) and prepare cupcake tin with liners. 2. Combine Graham crackers, butter and…
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Crispy Shrimp & Asparagus with seasonal fruit salad

When it’s 90 and humid, the logical thing to do is keep cool by swimming. Especially when you have a pool in your backyard. The kids and I were all ready to take advantage of our pool yesterday. But when we went outside to open up the pool gate, there was a friendly, hairy little critter floating across the pool, no longer living. It was gross. He was big. I think it was a big squirrel. So. Instead of telling the kids about it, which would have turned into screaming from both of them, I just said the pool was too dirty to swim and we would try again tomorrow.…
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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Ahhhh. Summer. The time where you try to balance the outdoor fun activities with maintaining the house, a little. Or in my case, barely. I’ve got to admit, this has been the best summer so far. The kids are at a great age to FINALLY do fun things without a million interruptions; blow out diapers, nursing every few hours, two naps a day, just baby stuff in general. We have taken FULL advantage of the nice weather so far. And we are grateful for the time and resources to be able to do so. Anyway, yesterday was busy with errands and then water table in the afternoon. Dinner had to…
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Fast Fajitas

I was in the middle of making dinner tonight (a whole 20 min) when the paper towel ran out. Lately I’ve been finding the good in everything. So. What good comes from running out of paper towel? Restocking, only to find out that ITS TIME TO GO TO TARGET AND BUY MORE BULK PAPER TOWEL!!!! Target. Ahhhh. Bliss. The big, red comforting shopping cart that sweeps me and my diaper bag right off my tired feet. That smell of something new around the corner that I don’t really need but will probably buy anyway. And the HINT of STARBUCKS that I shouldn’t have at 8pm, but it’s a Chai, so…
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Crazy Kid's Caviar

On our way home from Nashville, we decided to see if we could get as much of our immediate family together as we could. And lucky for us, everyone could make it to our impromptu cookout at the condo. It was wonderful to come home to all of our family and get caught up, celebrate, have some wine!!! One item that was fun to make and very easy (Chloe did most of it alone) was what most of us know as Cowboy Caviar. Becuase Chloe made it and she was a wild child yesterday, I’ve renamed it Crazy Kid’s Caviar. Crazy Kid’s Caviar Ingredients 1/2 cup evoo 1/3 cup white…
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Road Trip Diary – 6

Here we are, all packed up, ready to start our 10 hour drive home tomorrow. I debated for a while about blogging or not tonight because I’m a little bummed. But here I am. It’s the good, the bad and the ugly. Life isn’t perfect. Yesterday the hub’s came down with a bug, so Ive been solo the past twoish days. Yesterday afternoon I took the kids to see an Italian Car exhibition at the local art museum. It was cool. A bit hair raising becuase these cars are VERY rare and in MINT condition. These are cars I’ve never seen on the street. Each car had their own security…
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