Snacking, Travel

Top 5 Summer Snacks

Can you believe it? Summer! YES! It’s right around the corner.

Well, if you live in Wisconsin, you really do not believe it yet – we literally had winter coats out last week when it dipped back down into the low 40s. Seriously. However, SUMMER MUST come eventually and school lets out in just under 3 weeks. The excitement is palpable.

I thought I’d share some of our favorite summer staples, along with links for the giant containers we use for sharing our snacks. Because I know one thing about summer + kids = WE EAT A LOT OF FOOD!

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  1.  Balled Watermelon Sprinkled with Sea Salt: check out my piece on this tasty treat.  We use this Rubbermaid container for sharing. It holds approximately one whole watermelon, depending on the size, you might have some extra watermelon to put in an additional bowl, or snack on immediately.
  2. Edamame: Fancy for “soy beans with sea salt.” We eat Birds Eye Steamfresh edamame frequently as a side with dinner, but it’s also a great snack and can be served warm or cold.  Zip top bags work great for this one – super fast. Just make sure you can compost the pods, or have a place to put them when you’re done.pexels-photo-39803.jpeg
  3. Apples + Smoked Gouda + Rold Gold Pretzel Twists: We like to buy apples in bulk at Target – honeycrisp are tasty and Target’s apples are sweet and small, like my kids. Smoked Gouda can be found anywhere. This treat is easy to take on the go if you slice your apples ahead, squeeze one lemon on to prevent browning too quickly. We like this container for small cheese, pretzels + apple slices to go.
  4. Sunbutter Suncup Sundaes: We have a small stockpile of sunbutter suncups for snacking. Just sprinkle a little Enjoy Life chocolate chips on top and it’s a great snack for in the car or at a friends house. Snack size zip top bags work great – I also like biodegradable spoons for easy travel.sun-flower-blossom-bloom-pollen-541484.jpeg
  5. Summer Snack Plates: Just head to Target (ok, twist my arm, right!?) and find a divided, but melamine or heavy duty plastic (you want to be able to take this outside, too) and load it up with your favorites. Fruits, vegetables, whatever floats your boat. This snack tray usually lasts us a day or two and is nice and easy.  If you’re heading to a BBQ, just wrap it up. Some of these containers come with lids.

As always, these are also nut-free. Just make sure your pretzels are Rold Gold, or confirm the manufacturing facility of the brand you buy. Processed items almost ALWAYS have an allergy statement under the nutritional facts.

We’ll have our favorite summer baked items on here too, like oatmeal banana cookies and blueberry flax muffins. First, we must finalize our summer bucket list!

I hope you have a great start to your week. Our menu board fell off the map this week, we’re working on some major Mother’s Day left overs…..

Have a great day 🙂

Mom Things, Weeknight Dinners

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How is it Sunday night already?

This weekend was so nice –  had some girl time with my Mom and we saw Guys and Dolls at the theater and it was amazing – if you have a chance to see this performance, I highly recommend it. The singing was incredible, as was the acting and dancing. It made for a really fun night out.

As a family today, we closed up our garden, and turned the soil over/played in mud, put outside toys away, raked leaves/rolled in them, got laundry going, packed nap mat bags, lunches for the week, showers, and lastly, menu planning + groceries. We’ve got a full week, so I’ve already ordered our groceries online from Metcalfes Sentry and they’ll be delivered tomorrow between 4 and 5 since most of tomorrow is full of meetings and drop offs. I’ve also placed my Target order for pick-up in two hours for the bulk items that I don’t want to get from the regular grocery store!  Maybe some of these recipes will save you some time this week – or not. I’ve got some quick stand-by items in here since this week is super busy.

Sunday Night: Pot Roast Pioneer Woman’s Recipe

Monday: Left over pot roast with roasted broccoli 

Tuesday: Mushroom Ravioli with white sauce + green onion

Wednesday: Burrito Bowls with brown rice

Thursday: Spaghetti and meatballs (freezer section meatballs + barilla pasta + prego sauce)

Friday: California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizza

Saturday: Hamburger Helper mix for Gigi

Sunday: Panera

 

I’ve also ordered the following items for breakfast // lunch // snack time, too!

Breakfast:

  • Cold cereal – Red Berries and Frosted Flakes
  • Toast (Angelic Bakery) with sun butter
  • banana oatmeal – quaker is safe

Lunch:

  • Organic Girl mixed green salads with strawberries, parmesan, carrots, cucumbers, balsamic vinaigrette
  • Sun butter and Jelly sandwiches
  • Kraft macaroni and cheese
  • Dino nuggets from Target

Snacks:

  • Sunbutter and honeycrisp apples
  • boom chicka pop popcorn
  • hummus (Athenos) and raw veggie sticks
  • yogurt + banana
  • smoothies
  • toast with avocado
  • Strawberries + cream cheese + graham crackers

I hope you have a great week! Happy Halloween!!!!!!!