English Muffin Bread

My family loves English muffins and we eat a lot of them. My son’s favorite thing for breakfast is egg sandwiches – basically a fried egg, melted cheese, ham or bacon sandwiched between an English muffin. There’s just something about those nooks and crannies that make for the perfect breakfast sandwich.

I’ve mentioned before that we’ve been getting free breakfast and lunches from our school district as my kids are virtual learning. This week I had a lot of extra cartons of milk and was looking for a recipe that I could use a couple of them. I saw this recipe and figured it would be great to try. It was more than great! This bread is easy to make and so delicious. It has everything that you love about traditional English muffins – the nooks and crannies, it’s chewy and perfect for toasting. I know the two loaves I made will be devoured quickly!

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Peanut Butter Energy Bites

We’re getting back to a bit of normalcy here and my daughter is starting lacrosse with her middle school. She was looking for a good snack to have before practice and we found this recipe for energy bites. They’re packed full protein and nutritious snack to give her the energy to give it all her all on the field.

She wanted to make these herself and because it’s a simple and easy recipe, she had no issues. I’m sure her younger brother would have no issue making them either. There’s only 5 ingredients and take less than 30 minutes to make!

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Strawberries and Chocolate Baked Oatmeal

Who else has kiddos who ask for something at the grocery store and then they don’t eat any of it? My kids do this all the time. Mom, can you get bananas? They ate 3 and the rest of the bunch start to over-ripen. As I was going through my meal-planning, I asked my kids if they wanted strawberries since they were on sale. Of course they said yes and then only ate 1/2 of one of the containers. I needed to find a recipe to use some of the strawberries before they went bad and thought it would be good to finally bake a pan of baked oatmeal.

I found this recipe that has strawberries and chocolate … I mean it’s perfect. The recipe is simple and easy to make; and only requires one bowl. My family all enjoyed it for breakfast or dessert. Just warm up slightly in the microwave and add a dollop of whipped cream or a drizzle of milk.

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Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins

I’m going back to the archives for my blog to start redoing recipes I’ve shared. This recipe goes all the way back to 2010! It was one of the muffin recipes I made all the time, but it’s been a long time since I have made them. I figured now was the perfect time since my kids are always looking for snacks.

These muffins are packed full of peanut butter, banana and oats. They are super easy to make, freeze well and are delicious! You could always add in 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips to add a little bit of chocolate.

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
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Maple Snickerdoodles

I barely baked cookies over the Christmas holiday and was in the mood to do some baking the other day. Cookies it was! My kids like snickerdoodles – they’re also super easy to make. This recipe has a little bit of a twist with the addition of maple syrup and they’re so good. I don’t think I’ll make regular snickerdoodles anymore now that I’ve tried them this way. The maple is the perfect addition to the cinnamon-sugar in this cookie. They’re soft and chewy and oh sooo good!

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Air Fried Ravioli

My air fryer has been getting a lot of use with my new way of eating. I’ve been making air fried chicken tenders (so good!) and experimenting with veggies. I’ve been wanting to make air fried raviolis and whipped together a batch of them for my kiddos and husband. It was a great way to experiment and have a delicious snack for them.

They’re super easy to make … just a few steps and less than 10 minutes in the air fryer and you have a great snack or appetizer! They’re perfect for the Super Bowl.

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Butternut Squash Risotto

You’ll probably start noticing things will be changing on the blog slightly. I’ll still be baking delicious desserts and snacks for my kiddos. I started an 8-week challenge at the beginning of the year that has focuses on a clean eating, low carbs and lots of veggies. I’m already seeing success and feeling much better – less joint pain, sleeping better and feeling more comfortable in my clothing.

This risotto was one of the last foods I made before I started the challenge and I’m so glad I attempted it. I thought it was delicious and love the creaminess. My family is not a big fan of risotto, but that’s ok. I really enjoyed it! It would be the perfect compliment to a roasted turkey or grilled steak.

The best part of this recipe, it’s made in an Instant Pot! No need to spend time stirring your risotto.

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Cranberry Cheesecake Pie

When you have leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving, it’s always fun to see what other ways you can use them. My daughter was begging me to make something with them and found this great recipe that would use up some of the ingredients in my kitchen.

My daughter and husband LOVED this recipe. It was tart from the cranberries and creamy with the perfect pie crust. I don’t make my own pie crust, I know … but I found that Marie Callender’s frozen pie crust is just as good as homemade.

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

My kids LOVE hot cocoa and now that they’re home virtual learning, they’re always asking for a cup after they finish school. One of my goals in 2021 is to reduce the amount of pre-packed foods in our home. Having this recipe will help that and make me feel better that there’s not random ingredients in the hot cocoa my kids are drinking.

This recipe was really easy to make and beside the dry milk, I had everything in my pantry to make it. I made both my kids a cup after I made the batch and enjoyed it topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes. My daughter said “it’s almost the best cup of hot cocoa” and my son said “it’s the best ever Mom!” Needless to say, you know who’s my favorite kiddo 😉 The recipe only takes a few ingredients and a food processor. Another simple and easy recipe!

Cup of hot chocolate and jar of mix with mini marshmallows on the side
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Peanut Butter Blossoms

My kids have been asking me to make these cookies and I finally gave into their requests. Ironically, I have never made these cookies before … but I know I’ll be making this recipe over and over.

The peanut butter cookies are delicious. They’re soft and full of peanut butter flavor. They’re rolled in sugar before baking, which gives you a slightly crunchy bite. Plus they’re super easy to make and can get your kids involved in the process. Though you might have to watch them closely so they’re not eating all the kisses.

peanut butter blossom cookies on a red tray with white words and snowflakes
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