The Hillshire Farm Naturals can be found in the packaged deli meats section in grocery stores nationwide. I would totally buy these again, because I love the peace of mind I get knowing that there’s not a bunch of stuff added into them.
Today the girls headed back to school – in opposite directions. Anika headed off to 6th grade at the Jr. High and it’s Emma’s first year of school all day in 1st grade. I, along with thousands of other moms out there, was full of mixed emotions. Happy. Sad. Excited. Scared. Noah doesn’t start preschool for one more week, so this week the two of us are buddies. He goes from 9-11:30 three days a week, so this will literally be the first time in my adult life that I have 2 1/2 hours to myself routinely – and next year Oregon will be making Kindergarten mandatory all day, so it will be a huge change for me to have so much time without the kids right by my side. I’m not quite sure what to think yet…except that I’m going to cherish this last year with my little man as much as possible.
Hey everyone! How was your weekend? If you follow me on Instagram you can see what a busy lady I’ve been lately! Friday I was at The Bite of Oregon up in Portland (a fun food festival that supports the Special Olympics), Saturday the family and I took a day trip to Hood River, and yesterday we had Anika’s birthday BBQ and sleepover! Since we’ve been traveling and on the go so much summer I’ve been making these easy wraps and I thought I’d share them with you today!
Things have been so busy this past week with the county fair
going on that I seriously didn’t even realize until I sat down last night that
August is already here – and that means school is already just right around the
corner! I can honestly say that this summer has flown by faster than any other
summer that I can remember and I’m honestly quite sad. I’m not ready to get
back into the full swing of routines and schedules with the kids.
is having a dinner plan ahead of time and prepping meals before, oh like 5 pm! I
have always done a pretty good job in the past, but lately you’re lucky if I
know what we are eating an hour before dinner! I know that I can’t keep doing
that when school starts back up and soccer season begins, so last night I began
searching through new recipes at Foodie.com to get some inspiration for new
quick weeknight dinners that weren’t just the same thing that I get bored with
have been in bed asleep. If it’s any consolation though, we did have an
amazing thunder and lightning storm around one am that was quite a show – so I
just listened to it while searching for recipes. J
batch and freeze half of it for another weeknight meal too. I try to do this
quite often because sometimes I feel like I don’t even have 30 minutes to make
dinner, so I can take out the meal in the morning and then warm it up in the
evening. Enchiladas, mini meat loafs,
fajita mix, and some pastas work really well. I’m hoping to take one afternoon this month
and just cook up a bunch of meals and then freeze them for September. I’ve been
talking about doing it again but really just need to schedule one day a month
and do this again. When I’ve finally got it all figured out you’ll be the first
for your family?
Orange Cream Rice Cereal Treats
6 cups of rice cereal
3 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 package of orange flavored Kool Aid (unsweetened packet)
10 ounces of marshmallows
1. Grease 8″ x 8″ pan and set aside.
2. Warm butter in a large pot on medium heat until melted, then add marshmallows and stir until they are melted as well. Pour in vanilla and Kool Aid packet and mix well.
3. Take pan off of heat and mix rice cereal in. Pour mixture into the pan then spray your hand with butter spray (so it won’t get sticky) and then press the mixture into the pan with your hand.
4. Place pan in the refrigerator until cool, then cut and enjoy!
I love making cocktails. Years ago it started out with an obsession for Pina Coladas. Then I transitioned into Strawberry Daiquiris. Last summer I finally tried my hands at making a Mojito (which was delicious!!), and many times you’ll find me shaking up a Lemon Drop or two.
Fruit flavored cocktails are a must in the summer and I tend to lean towards berries and citrus flavors. Some of my favorite drink flavors include:
Everyone has different tastes, but I think that a light refreshing cocktail is a must for summertime, and I prefer to use vodka and rum for liquor bases, and a Prosecco or Riesling for a wine based drink. Those are just my personal favorites.
What are some of your favorite summer time drinks? Do you get stuck in a rut (like me) and tend to stick with a staple drink for periods of time before becoming adventurous?
Hey everyone! How is your weekend going so far? Last night we took the kids down to our city park where they are holding a Friday nights event every Friday through Labor Day. The restaurants have specials, there’s a cruise in, music in the park, and it’s just a fun gathering where kids play in the park and games of basketball and eat ice cream cones and cotton candy. I love small towns.
Afterwards Anika’s best friend stayed the night and then this morning we had a t-ball and softball games back to back. Wayne left to work for a few hours and I’ve been puttering around the house… getting excited for summer. All of the neighbors are working in their yards and we even had an ice cream truck drive by, playing the nostalgic music down the road.
One of the best things about summer is the summer food. BBQ’s, salads, cold beverages and sweet treats are some of my favorite things. Last month on Foodie I shared 12 Scrumptious Salad Recipes, and the month before that I shared 16 Sunday Dinner Ideas to Serve. This month I’m sharing 15 Frozen Desserts on a Stick – 15 recipes that I’ve collected to try this summer. From Popsicles to ice cream bars, these all look simplify delicious for hot summer days!
I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This Grilled Chicken BBQ Pizza shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiserI can’t believe the Memorial weekend is already nearly over. Anika had such a fun time yesterday at the Seattle Mariners game with our family friends (even though they lost), and the rest of us have enjoyed a much needed low – key couple of days at home.
When the weather warms up I like cooking less, so we tend to eat a lot more salads. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try and different ingredients to use to change things up a bit so we don’t get bored with the same thing over and over again. One of the things I really love about salads is that they are so versatile. They can be made sweet, or savory – low calorie, or not 😉 .
What are some of your favorite salads? Some of the ingredients I use most often are:
- Grilled Chicken
- Dried Cranberries
- Feta Cheese
- Cheddar Cheese
- Hard-boiled Eggs
- Crumbled Bacon
- Dried Tomatoes
I prefer romaine lettuce, butter leaf, and spinach for my salads, but we also use a lot of baby greens because that’s what my husband likes. When I was younger I never really cared for salads that much until I realized what is was that bugged me: stems and centers. Now I make my salads and tear the stems off of the spinach and rip the leaf part off of the romaine and I love it! Guess it was just a texture thing!
I was browsing on the Foodie website for some inspiration and found 12 scrumptious looking salad recipes that I wanted to share with you!
What are your all-time favorite salads?