I’ve been a parent for what seems like a long time now. After all, this summer Anika will be 11 years old! Having three kids definitely keeps me on my toes and while I make no claims to know it all, I have learned a thing or two over the years. 😉
One thing that I have learned in particular is the need to be prepared. When the kids were younger I had to have a fully packed diaper bag with all of the necessities: formula, diapers, wipes, cream, snacks, outfits, etc… it turned into a habit. Once the kids got old enough that I could leave the house with just my purse and keys…let me tell you, there were a lot of mixed emotions.
I was happy for less things to have to remember, but sad at how fast time flies.
And then I suddenly found myself having to be prepared in other ways like busier schedules with after school activities and lots of homework.
Now days I plan the calendar and manage all of our schedules. I also prepare meals in advance accordingly to the week’s events. I make sure I’m prepared with a variety of snacks for kids (and myself) to have on hand so we don’t run low on the fuel our bodies need to keep going.
A couple of weeks ago when Kellogg’s Great Start campaign began I shared with you how I have my kids help me with snack preparation to save time and money. I love that it helps them learn to eat healthy and helps sets good examples for kids.
The other day I received an email notifying me that spring soccer sign-ups are this week (already!) As nice as its been having a little break from the kids sports, they have been getting cabin fever and are more than ready to play!
It’s a little known fact, but one of their favorite after-activity snacks is a bowl of cereal! It’s actually great for the kids and here’s why:
What are some of the ways you’ve had to become a prepared parent for your kids? And what are some of their favorite after-activity snacks?
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There are a lot of games happening this time of year, and one big football game in particular that is just around the corner! I’m not a huge football watcher myself, (I prefer watching basketball) BUT, any game is a great time to make an excuse for family time.
Most days I do all of the cooking and on special occasions or when we have guests over I make appetizers and other treats in addition to everything else, and it seems I spend more time in the kitchen then relaxing with our friends and family! I’ve learned that sometimes when you have company over to watch a game it’s great to just grab some comfort foods that you can throw into the oven before halftime and then not have to worry about dinner!
This week I decided to run to Walmart to pick up a cart full of food that my family likes to munch on and that I don’t have to make!
With all the preparation time you are saving you’ll even have time to set everything up for a nice little display to show off your game time goodies for your guests.
If you know me though, I still had to put a little spin on things and create a little something special for everyone. I purchased Dryer’s Limited Edition Touchdown Sundae ice cream (which my kids LOVE because it has little chocolate footballs with caramel in the center) and then I whipped up some chocolate chip cookies and made Football Ice Cream Sandwiches! You can use your own favorite cookie recipe; pre made dough, or use this simple chocolate chip recipe below:
Last Saturday we were invited to the Rose City Roller’s season opening at the Memorial Coliseum. None of us had ever seen a Roller Derby live before and were all in for a fun evening! The whole event was just a great laid back time for everyone. The event was true Portland style filled with people in all shapes and sizes and outfits just being themselves.
I checked online for the Roller Derby rules prior to coming, but I couldn’t remember all of them. None the less it was still entertaining to watch all of the ladies set up and try to break free and knock each other over in the process. The kids got a kick out of that!
There were two games back to back which made for a longer evening than I expected, but people definitely got their money’s worth! The games are split into 30 minute halves with a break in between. The kids did great the first game, then we entertained them with what you would do in any sporting event: We bought pizza, kettle corn, and cotton candy! What’s a family evening out without splurging on junk food? 🙂
The kids actually did really well because the whole atmosphere was so laid back, and hollering/cheering was encouraged throughout the evening! It’s so nice to go somewhere with the kids and not have to worry if they are making too much noise or being to rowdy.
Have you ever been to a roller derby before? What did you think?
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With the hustle and bustle of the holidays going on in full swing, sometimes other things can get overlooked, such as another favorite pastime for this time of the year: football. Today I want to share a fun little recipe for cheesy beef and bean sliders that you are going to love!
I always like to create a little something special for my family when there is fun things going on. Once I did a picnic in the living room, many times I’ve done themed meals, and what I’ve learned through the years is that the kids’ favorite meals I make are when they get to graze themselves and eat little bites. It makes them feel like they are just ‘snacking’ and not really sitting down to eat a meal.
I made these beef and bean sliders for them last Sunday in lieu of all the football that was happening. They were a big hit, so I’m sharing it with you! Other than needing a slow cooker and a few hours they are so easy to make!
Cheesy Beef and Bean Sliders
- 3lb beef pot roast
- 16oz Busch beer
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 chopped onion
- 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 cup of Coca Cola
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
- 1 loaf of sourdough bread
- 1 can of Rosarita refried beans
- Cheddar Cheese
1. In slow cooker, add pot roast and cover with onions, garlic, beer, coca cola, brown sugar and BBQ sauce. The beef should be covered with liquid. Cook on high for 6 hours or until beef pulls apart easily.
2. Using sharp knife, slice bread into football shapes. Place on baking sheet and spread beans on top.
Place beef and cheese on top and then place baking sheet in oven to broil just until tops are golden brown. Flip sliders over and brown on other side.
3. Serve the bean sliders with dip ( the liquid from the slow cooker makes a great dip) or use mustard or ranch dressings (my kids personal favorite!)
Speaking of football, I’ve never done much of anything for The Super Bowl, other than watch bits and pieces with Wayne, but I think this time I’ll make my Beef and Bean Sliders, along with some other staple snacks that we always have for celebrations: chips, dip, olives, and meats such as Slim Jim to nibble on.
Do you do special themed meals for your family? What is your favorite unusual dinner to make and eat? I’d love to hear!
Soccer is in full swing now, with four games and three practices a week between the girls. Emma is finally opening up during her practices and goofing off….having fun…..its good to see. She probably won’t be the all star player, which is just fine with me. I’ve told her the important thing is to have fun, and to not be scared.
She has another game tomorrow.
We shall see.
During all of the games we’ve had so far she has been so shy that she just stands there on the field with her head down, chewing on her shirt, not moving. She tells me that she wants to do it. I hope she can work past her fears and learn to believe in herself and worry less of what others think of her.
Tomorrow there is also a big rain and wind storm headed our way, yet the games are on a scheduled (and pictures!) , and we’ll be out there from 7:30-10am and 1-3pm.
This should be fun.
Wish us luck.
p.s. Noah will love playing in all the mud that brings. 😉