10 Snack Time Favorites

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Growing up, I remember my dad taking my sisters and me to Sam’s Club pretty much weekly.  We rode on the flat bed cart and sampled to our heart’s content.  One of the snacks my dad bought often was a warehouse club-sized box of Bagel Bites.  We all loved popping them in the toaster oven for a quick afternoon snack.

Some things remain the same from generation to generation… the need to snack is definitely one of those things. Especially for my four homeschooled kids, who claim they are hungry every other hour throughout the day.  Having a balanced snack arsenal is an important part of our day-to-day routine because it’s hard to learn and have a good attitude when you’re hungry.

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I like to keep a variety of snacks on hand.  Fresh fruit or veggies are nice because they don’t take any prep at all.  But on days when I have more time, it’s nice to change things up and make Bagel Bites in the oven or microwave.  My kids enjoy their hot, cheesy pizza goodness.  Having quality snacks in the pantry and fridge makes it easier to offer tasty, good for you snacks on a regular basis.  I encourage you to keep a list like the one below to make life easy when you’re planning your weekly grocery run.

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 Bagel Bites – a baked snack that’s easy to prepare and ready in just minutes!  Made using real cheese, made-from-scratch tomato sauce, and bagel dough freshly prepared every day on site, Bagel Bites are a fun, convenient snack.

Fresh fruit – Apples, grapes, bananas, whatever is in season

Pretzels or crackers

Popcorn – we love to drizzle air popped popcorn with equal parts melted butter and coconut oil and then lightly salt it

Carrot chips/sliced bell peppers with hummus – store bought or make your own (try this spinach artichoke version from Shugary Sweets)

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Strawberry Lime Smoothies – delicious and refreshing

Muffins – we’re a little partial to Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, especially this time of year!

Basic Granola – so good on its own or with yogurt

Cookies – sometimes you need a little sweet treat and you can whip Caramel Blossoms up while you’re waiting for the bus

Granola Bars – are ideal for taking on the go, No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars are kid pleasing!

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Snickerdoodle Apple Dessert Pizza

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We’re celebrating apple season with Snickerdoodle Apple Dessert Pizza, made using Walmart Produce as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars.

One of my favorite smells in all the world, besides freshly roasted coffee beans, is the smell of a bag full of fresh apples.  Absolutely heavenly!  When apple season rolls around, you’d better believe I will get my hands on just as many as I can.  They are so versatile and delicious – from cookies and cinnamon rolls to applesauce and danish pastry bars, apples are a family fave!

Today I’ve paired them with one of their favorite partners – cinnamon!  Warm and inviting, Snickerdoodle Apple Dessert Pizza totally screams fall.  Snickerdoodle cookie crust spread with tangy cream cheese cinnamon topped with fresh chopped apple chunks and sprinkled with a little more cinnamon and sugar.  Super amazing!… 

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Top 5 Pumpkin Spice Treats to Enjoy This Fall

Top 5 Treats using International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer | brought to you by Crumbs and Chaos

You guys, fall is {actually} here!  Did you hear me?  I said, FALL IS HERE!!  I have been so stoked by the weather here in Southwest Michigan the past week or two, it has been absolutely gorgeous.  I love having to turn on the fireplace first thing in the morning for a bit to warm up the living room and then go out in the afternoon later wearing a short sleeve t-shirt.  I seriously can’t get enough.


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Zesty Chicken Taquitos

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An easy weeknight meal or a new game day favorite, today’s recipe is brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

As we switch gears from summer into fall {my absolute favorite season!}, we’re trading beach towels and swimsuits for socks and sweatshirts.  It’s also time for back to school and football games galore.  I’m always on the look out for fresh, new dinner inspiration – preferably something that’s quick and flavorful.  A great way to add a different spin on a family favorite recipe is to switch out the condiments or spices in a dish.  A.1. Original Sauce is one of those super versatile condiments that complements everything from steak to pork and chicken.

Baked taquitos make a terrific and easy main dish or a super addition to an appetizer spread for any football watching gathering.  The filling in this taquito recipe is creamy, flavorful and comes together quickly.  I love how crispy the outside of the tortilla gets after baking it.  Delicious!  If you’re serving a larger group of people, this recipe is easily multiplied and the filling can be made ahead of time.  So, what are you waiting for?  All you need is about 25 minutes from start to finish and this simple dish will be ready!  Click here for the full recipe: Zesty Chicken Taquitos

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Caramel Toffee Grape Bites

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Caramel Toffee Grape Bites, a fun party snack, were created using Walmart Produce as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars.

Raise your hand if you’re excited to see all things fall appear at the stores?!  I’m especially excited as grapes, apples and pumpkins are starting to make their way into Walmart Stores across the country.  Oh, the eating and decorating possibilities.  When I was thinking about grapes, I remembered a family reunion a few years back where grapes dipped in caramel and peanuts made an appearance.  Well, I decided to dip these babies in toffee bits…which turned out to be a great choice!… 

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Glazed Apple-Oat Cookies

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Glazed Apple-Oat Cookies are a super way to enjoy fall’s fresh apples!
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According to the calendar, fall is still a week away…but according to the cool, gentle breeze outside, fall has arrived.  I was absolutely ecstatic to put on jeans, socks and slippers the other day while cooking up some good ol’ comfort food.    And after my monthly stack of magazines arrived last week (I’m always excited for fresh reading material!), I was flipping through Food Network Magazine and spied their list of an entire month of apple recipes.  Then my Friday afternoon turned into a loaf of applesauce granola bread and a batch of these little beauties.

If you’re a fan of soft, cake-like cookies, these are for you.  Full of spice and grated apple, these cookies are just begging to be made on a cool, fall afternoon.  Don’t skip the glaze, it’s the icing on the, errr, cookie ;)

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Glazed Apple-Oat Cookies
  • 2¼ cups FLOUR
  • 1 teaspoon GROUND CINNAMON
  • ¾ teaspoon BAKING POWDER
  • ½ teaspoon BAKING SODA
  • ½ teaspoon SALT
  • ¼ teaspoon GROUND ALLSPICE
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) BUTTER, melted and cooled slightly
  • ½ cup BROWN SUGAR
  • ½ cup WHITE SUGAR
  • 2 EGGS
  • 1 GALA or FUJI APPLE, coarsely grated
  • 2 teaspoons VANILLA
  • 2 Tablespoons MILK
  • ½ teaspoon GROUND CINNAMON
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line baking sheets with Silpat mats or parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, oats, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and allspice in a bowl.
  3. Stir together butter, sugars and eggs in a large bowl. Add grated apple and vanilla, stir well. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  4. Use a cookie scoop (mine was 1½ Tablespoons) to scoop dough onto baking sheets. The cookies can be fairly close together because they don't spread out too much.
  5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until set around the edges. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.
  6. Stir together powdered sugar, milk and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Spoon onto cooled cookies.


Recipe Source: Food Network Magazine October 2014

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Fresh apple faves…

Apple Pie Salsa

Danish Pastry Apple Bars

Caramel Apple Cinna-minis


Balsamic Chicken and Pear Salad

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This recipe for Balsamic Chicken and Pear Salad is brought to you by Kraft.

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Main dish salad…it’s what’s for dinner.  Does that go over well at your house?  For my husband, a main dish salad has to include protein, fruits/veggies and be full of flavor or else it may not be considered ‘dinner’.    This is an ideal meal for busy nights because all you’re doing is a little chopping, tossing together and before you know it a nutritious meal is ready…. 

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Dilly Beans

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My new favorite ‘pickle’ Dilly Beans are zesty, crunchy and oh so delicious!

I was bitten by a canning bug this summer and, while I didn’t can everything in sight, I did a few things to get my feet wet.  Apricot jam, pickled cherries, dill pickles, dilly beans and candied jalapeno peppers were all delicious.  I particularly LOVED the dilly beans.  These beans are everything a pickled veggie should be – crisp, crunchy and zesty.

You can make these as refrigerator pickles and store in the fridge after the brine cools (you have to let them cure for 2 weeks before enjoying) or can them in a water bath to make them shelf stable.  I can’t wait to use them on my relish trays during the holidays and every time I have company in between.  They are seriously addictive, as in I shouldn’t be left alone with a pint jar ;)… 

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Pumpkin Butterscotch Squares

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Creamy and delicious, Pumpkin Butterscotch Squares are a great way to welcome fall!

Fall = cooler weather, sweaters and boots, colorful leaves for crunching through, apples, cider and, of course, P-U-M-P-K-I-N.  Since, the weather isn’t all that cool yet, let’s start things off with a creamy, cool dessert.  I found this one when flipping through an old church cookbook that had been given to me and I knew it was a must try.  A graham cracker crust, topped with a cream cheese layer, covered in a pumpkin butterscotch pudding and crowned with creamy whipped topping…oh, and the little dusting of pumpkin pie spice makes all right in the world.  If that doesn’t entice you, maybe you aren’t a pumpkin lover?!  I guess we can still be friends, that leaves more for the rest of us ;)… 

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Easy Garlic Focaccia Bread

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Easy Garlic Focaccia Bread is so simple and is the perfect partner for soup or pasta!

So, September has arrived.  I’m absolutely smiling from ear to ear.  That means fall is closer than ever…pumpkin everything is ’bout to be all over the place and cooler weather is on its way. I almost bought a pumpkin today, but I decided to wait a few more days ;)… 

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