I wanted to make something cute and whimsical and fun for my little girls for the first day of school this year. (Our schools start after Labor Day).
I didn’t want a lot of fuss because things were already pretty crazy getting back from vacation and the laundry alone was enough to make a grown man cry. So most cute treats were out but one thing I can always count on are Rice Krispies treats. They are quick and easy and the kiddos love them.
I have seen little Rice Krispy treats shaped like Pumpkins and I thought how cute would those be as apples for school? I think the apples are also fun for fall in general.
I didn’t want a lot of bother and I didn’t have a lot of time to invest and I can tell you these were so fast and easy! Plus you can really make any size batch you like- I only made (4) of these for after school treats.
They do make gluten free Rice Krispies so you can always make these gluten free!
I have been a little slow to embrace the overnight oats movement. I tried overnight oats a long time ago and didn’t really care for it. The texture was odd and the flavor seemed chalky and it wasn’t for me.
But I realized later that I had purchased almond milk to use for the overnight oats and the one I choose was the culprit- it was a little thick and bland tasting. So I decided to give overnight oats a second shot and this time it was so much better!
Overnight oats are a great option if you want a change from standard oatmeal or you want to try something that is literally grab n go in the morning. This is a super hearty breakfast and you can adjust the ingredients to really suit your personal taste.
This is a very simple Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats recipe and it can be eaten cold in the jar or you can pop it in the micro for a few seconds and warm it up.
To make overnight oats you simply pop all the ingredients into a container before bed and when you wake up it will be ready to eat! You just stir and you are on your way.
If the kiddos like this one you might consider adding it in a thermos to lunchboxes. A little maple syrup would be a great addition for children or maybe a sprinkle of brown sugar.
Here is a really cute and fun cupcake idea for the kiddos. My girls absolutely loved these cupcakes and I think they are perfect for parties.
The girls and I were in a fancy bakery awhile back and they had a really gorgeous, decadent cake that had icing on the cake that looked like melting chocolate and then a big cherry in the center. The cake looked just like an ice cream sundae to me and I have had it in my head for months to try and replicate that with cupcakes.
My big girl just turned 7 last week and it was the perfect chance to make these adorable little cupcakes. They were so easy and a huge hit!
Oh I have a yummy cookie recipe for you today and you can eat extra because they have shredded zucchini inside which cancels out the sugar ;). At least according to my math it does!
These are actually very delicious- nice and cakey and you can add in a second ingredient of your choice like raisins, shredded carrot, oats, white chocolate chips or chocolate chips. These are a perfect cookie to have with a morning Latte or pack this in lunchboxes and the kids will think they are getting an afternoon treat.
The recipe couldn’t be easier but one note is that I really try to have the butter at the right temperature. I have made these with butter that was too warm in the past and they turned into pancakes not cookies.
Since Back to School time is upon us, I wanted to post my favorite homemade pancake recipe.
This is just like a Bisquick mix where you can mix it up ahead of time and keep it in the pantry for the weekend and then add the wet ingredients for quick and easy, light, fluffy pancakes!
This is a pretty neutral recipe with just a hint of vanilla and cinnamon so you can also add in fresh berries or chopped apples if you have those on hand.
Every single weekend without fail my husband and our girls make big batches of pancakes, we lay them out to cool and then pop them in freezer bags for weekday mornings. The girls love pancakes and have them with a little fruit almost every morning.
And you might be asking- well why bother making my own mix? I can just buy Bisquick at the store. I personally find these taste better then box pancake mixes. The other reason is that box mixes often have all sorts of ingredients you can’t pronounce. I prefer to make real food as often as possible and since this takes seconds to mix and pop into a jar, it just makes sense to me to mix up my own.
Do you love Chipotle? Goodness we do! We don’t get fast food often but if I do it is either Chipotle or In-n-Out for sure.
I have previously posted my very favorite salsa recipe and I thought it would be fun to also post a Pico de Gallo recipe that is so simple. And it tastes just like Chipotle.
Now we are mild kind of people in our house so this is a mild recipe. You can for sure amp it up with more Jalapeno.
Pico de Gallo is just delicious with nachos, tacos, fajitas, quesadillas…. really any Mexican food that you love. You can also grill chicken with a lime marinade and top with this and it would be delish.
Oh goodness do my girls love pickles! I can never resist them either- especially the huge whole ones you sometimes see in gourmet deli sections? Those always take me back to my childhood.
This summer I decided to add Homemade Pickles to our Summer Fun list because I thought my kid’s would get a kick out of making something they love so much.
These pickles are crazy easy to make. I believe there are two types of people- bread and butter pickle people and dill pickle people. We are firmly on the dill side so these are nice and briney and salty and dilly and delicious!
Best of all they literally take minutes to put together.
Welcome to My Frugal Adventures! I am Charlene, a recovering Starbucks addict and proud mama of two busy little girls. I am on a constant quest to save as much as I can in some areas so I can splurge a little in others.
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