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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Peanut Butter Apple Dip

In case you were unaware, kindergarten really makes a kid hungry!  Even with a morning snack and a full lunch, he still comes home looking for food.  Lots of learning and multiple recesses must really work up an appetite.  So in my journey to figuring out this ‘having a kid in school’ thing,  I have been looking for and experimenting with all sorts of meal and snack ideas.  Since he is a peanut butter LOVER and has recently discovered the joys of marshmallow creme, I knew this would be something he would enjoy.  I was able to mix it together real fast before I picked him up and then upon returning home I sliced an apple and we got to dipping!  He loved it and there was plenty so we stored it in an airtight container and enjoyed it for a few days.  With only 3 ingredients it is simple and easy and great on apples or even on graham crackers!

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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
 
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups FLOUR
  • 1 cup OLD-FASHIONED OATS
  • 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
  • 1 cup POWDERED SUGAR
  • 2 Tablespoons MILK
  • ½ teaspoon GROUND CINNAMON
Instructions
  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


 

Basic Granola

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This Family Size Batch of Basic Granola makes enough to feed a crowd and is a super breakfast or snack!

I have spent all of last weekend down and out on the couch with lower back pain…absolutely no work or play for me.  Thankfully, yesterday I made it into the chiropractor and I’m on the mend.  Hopefully I’ll be like new by the end of the week, at least my house is sure hoping so.  My people helped hold things together while I could barely move, but there’s just no way like mama’s way to do things ;)

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Today I bring you…the most basic granola ever.  My kids have been scarfing this stuff right and left.  They would eat it all day long if I let them.  They love it with milk or yogurt or dry as a snack.  You see the need for a family size batch, otherwise it would be gone before I blinked!  You can easily add dried fruit or nuts if you like, but we like to stick to the basics in regards to granola.

It’s so simple to make and have on hand for the before-school-rush-to-get-out-the-door.  You could also package it up in small portions to go in a lunchbox and it makes a great fruit and yogurt parfait too.  It’s super versatile, which is one of the reasons we’ve been making it since way back when.  I’ve tweaked it a bit and it’s completely irresistible…seriously, just try letting it cool on the counter without walking by 17 times to taste just a little bit.

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Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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That’s right, THE Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, you only need 3 ingredients to make this mouthwatering meat for sandwiches, tacos and more!

I cook pork shoulder at least once a month.  It’s super versatile and a main dish that our family loves.  I own a smoker, which I love, but I don’t always have time to babysit the meat while it cooks.  But I have finally found a pulled pork recipe that is made in the slow cooker that tastes like it was made in the oven or maybe even the smoker.  My husband is partial to the smoked meat – who wouldn’t be?!  So the first time I made this, I didn’t tell him it I made it in the crock pot because I didn’t want him to judge the taste based on that.  He really liked it and gave it a thumbs up.  I think I’ve made it twice since then.

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There’s a tiny bit of science behind the prep to this recipe.  When I smoke meat in the smoker, I brine it in a salt water brine to add flavor and make the meat more tender.  Since we’re cooking this in the crock pot, we don’t have to worry about losing moisture, but we want to enhance the flavor.  To do that, we’re going to salt the entire piece of meat and wrap it up for several hours before we cook it.  I know, I know – it takes a little bit of planning ahead, but nothing is difficult about the actual process.  After it’s been salted and sits awhile, throw it in the slow cooker with a little more salt and liquid smoke and your work is done.  8 to 10 hours later, you’re ready to pull the pork and serve it with BBQ sauce on buns, in a taco or however you like…. 

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Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

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This recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches is brought to you by International Delight.

Lately I honestly find myself wanting to be far, far away from the kitchen.  I guess it’s just the summer itch to be outside soaking up the sun and making memories with my kids.  But summer also brings the desire for all things cold and frozen.  So this is my solution to heading out of the kitchen, but still having a cool treat ready to enjoy at any time.  Feel free to personalize them by using your favorite store bought cookies.

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Peppermint Pattie Cookies

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Minty and refreshing…Peppermint Pattie Cookies will satisfy any chocolate craving.

So…how was your weekend?  We have family in town and we’ve just been hanging out enjoying the lovely weather.  You know how it is before you have house guests…the big scramble to clean every crevice that has been over looked in the last few months, making sure there’s clean sheets so everyone will be comfy and getting a menu together so nobody gets hangry.  That leaves little time for baking up a welcoming treat…unless you whip these babies up.  They’ll be ready in no time, so you’ll have a few extra minutes to finish up the guest bedroom.

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Cake mix cookies are becoming my go-to, quick sometimes lazy gal’s version of cookies.  You really can’t beat 3 or 4 ingredients mixed together and into the oven they go.  I mean, it’s summer – quick and easy is the name of the game.  I also love cake mix cookies because you can make them anywhere you are and you don’t have to worry about your MIL’s baking soda being past the expiration date.

Peppermint patties and minty chocolate cookies are made for each other no matter what time of year it is.  In fact, they’re especially refreshing in the summer heat ;)

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Peppermint Pattie Cookies
 
Minty, refreshing and super easy - Peppermint Pattie Cookies will make anyone's day!
Ingredients
  • 1 box DEVIL'S FOOD CAKE MIX
  • 1 EGG
  • ½ cup BUTTER, room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon PURE PEPPERMINT EXTRACT
  • 1 8 oz. pkg. YORK PEPPERMINT PATTIE MINIS
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a mixer, thoroughly combine cake mix, butter, egg and extract.
  3. Scoop dough into 1 Tablespoon sized balls, roll until smooth and place on baking sheet. Press down slightly with your hand.
  4. Bake for 8-9 minutes until slightly puffed and the edges start to crack.
  5. Press two peppermint pattie minis* into the middle of each cookie immediately after removing from the oven.
  6. Let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
There wasn't quite enough peppermint patties to do two on each cookie. So on the last few there was only one.

Makes 2½ dozen cookies


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Cowboy Cookies

Triple Chocolate Espresso Sandwich Cookies

Orange Oatmeal Cookies

German Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats | Crumbs and Chaos A peanut butter lover’s version of a classic treat…Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect for your next get together, as an afternoon snack or just because!

I feel like you can never have enough RKT versions to fall back on when you are eluded by what to make as a dessert.  I mean, you really can’t go wrong by starting with cereal and marshmallows and adding chocolate and peanut butter.  The fact that kids and adults love them and there’s no baking required is just a bonus.  I love how the mini peanut butter cups absolutely perfect the chocolate peanut butter ratio of these bars.  And don’t offer these to a crowd before you’ve secretly hid one for yourself…they go super fast, just sayin’ ;)

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Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients

  • 5 Tablespoons BUTTER
  • 9 cups MINI MARSHMALLOWS
  • 1/2 cup CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER
  • 4 1/2 cups RICE KRISPIES CEREAL
  • 4 1/2 cups COCOA KRISPIES CEREAL
  • 8 oz. bag MINI REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x13 pan with foil. Grease well using butter for best results.
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl (or a saucepan for the stove), melt butter. Add marshmallows to bowl, heat at 45 second intervals, stirring in between until melted and smooth.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together cereals in a large bowl.
  4. Stir peanut butter into melted marshmallows. Pour over cereal and mix well. Add in mini peanut butter cup candies and stir again.
  5. Transfer this mixture to prepared pan. Take a turner spatula and butter the back of the flat side well. Use it to press the bars firmly into the pan. Set aside to cool and set up before cutting into bars.
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Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

Hot Fudge & Kit Kat Rice Krispie Treats

Banana Cream Pie Rice Krispie Treats from Crazy for Crust

Pay Day Krispy Bars from Lady Behind the Curtain

Thin Mint Streusel Muffins

Thin Mint Streusel Muffins | Crumbs and Chaos Your favorite Girl Scout cookies meets your morning muffin in this Thin Mint Streusel Muffins recipe!

There are few things better than a warm muffin alongside a steaming, hot cup of coffee.  They go together so well, in fact, I’ve considered telling my husband that he’s the muffin to my morning coffee because some things should just be together.

You're the Muffin to My Morning Coffee and a recipe for Thin Mint Streusel Muffins | Crumbs and Chaos  www.crumbsandchaos.net So this muffin, this muffin…absolutely incredible.  A buttery vanilla muffin full of Thin Mint cookie chunks and topped with Thin Mint cookie streusel…there are few words to describe this amazing-ness.  The only way you’re going to know is to make them yourself!  Serve them with coffee, of course, for breakfast or brunch.  They’d also make a fun lunchbox treat or after school snack.  Seriously, just do it!

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Thin Mint Streusel Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Thin Mint Streusel Muffins are your favorite Girl Scout cookie for breakfast! Perfect with your morning coffee!

Ingredients

    MUFFINS:
  • 2 cups FLOUR
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons BAKING POWDER
  • 1 cup SUGAR
  • 1/2 cup BUTTER, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA
  • 2 EGGS
  • 1/2 cup MILK
  • 16 THIN MINT (or Grasshopper) COOKIES, coarsely chopped
  • STREUSEL:
  • 2 Tablespoons BUTTER, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons SUGAR
  • 2 Tablespoons FLOUR
  • 6 THIN MINT (or Grasshopper) COOKIES, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 12 count muffin tin by lining with paper liners.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and butter until well combined. Add vanilla and eggs and beat until completely combined.
  4. Add in flour mixture and mix on low. Pour in milk and continue to mix until evenly incorporated. Fold in the cookies and divide mixture evenly among muffin cups. (I used a standard ice cream scoop to make this job easy.)
  5. In a small bowl, combine streusel ingredients with a fork at first and then use your fingers to rub the mixture together to form bigger 'crumbs'. Sprinkle on top of muffins.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm with coffee.
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Double Chocolate Muffins

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Blueberry Muffins with Creamy Lime Glaze

Oreo Streusel Muffins

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Pizza Grilled Cheese | Crumbs and Chaos Easy and kid friendly Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are a quick meal the whole family will enjoy!

Selective eaters…one of the great joys of parenting.  Seriously, I can’t keep up with all of the things my kids abruptly decide that they don’t care for from one day to the next.  I don’t plan meals around their preferences (being picky is not an allergy!). I’m of the philosophy that dinner is what’s on the table – there will be another meal come breakfast time if you don’t eat this one.

Pepperoni is always a winner at my house, so adding that to a meal almost guarantees that they’ll eat it.  Grilled cheese sandwiches, also a winner, serve with pizza sauce or tomato soup for dipping and you’ve got a quick weeknight meal.  This recipe could also be called – grilled cheese for a crowd.  Crank up that oven and bake the sandwiches all at once so that everyone sits down to eat together.  Feel free to add other pizza toppings to your sandwich as you like – it’s all gooey and delicious :)

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Pizza Grilled Cheese

Easy Pizza Grilled Cheese is kid friendly and simple to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of ITALIAN BREAD (sliced from the bread aisle)
  • SLICED MOZZARELLA
  • SHREDDED MOZZARELLA
  • PEPPERONI
  • GARLIC BREAD SEASONING
  • BUTTER, room temperature

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Butter one side of a piece of bread, place it butter side down on a baking sheet. Repeat, laying out the first piece of bread for as many sandwiches as you would like to make.
  3. Top the first piece of bread with sliced mozzarella (enough to cover the bread), layer on 4-5 slices of pepperoni and a handful of shredded mozzarella. Sprinkle on garlic bread seasoning. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
  4. Butter one side of the remaining bread, top each sandwich with butter side up.
  5. Bake for 6-7 minutes and check to see if the underside of the sandwich is golden. If it is, flip sandwiches over. Bake another 5--6 minutes and check underside again.
  6. Remove from oven when they're golden. Slice into halves or quarters and serve immediately.

Notes

*You can easily make these in a pan or on a panini press if you don't want to bake them in a large batch in the oven.

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