Homemade Granola Bars (Perfect Lunchbox Treat!)

09/16/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars - so fast and absolutely delicious!

Oh goodness these granola bars are so good.  I hope you decide to try them out because they taste almost like a yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie to me and the first time I made these I just couldn’t stop sneaking bites.  The kids begged to have these in their lunchboxes which is a huge win because they are much healthier then the regular bars you pick up at the store.  And I thought these tasted so much better!

These are not loaded with a bunch of junk so you can even use them for quick on the go breakfast options for the little ones.

These only take a few minutes to make and you can customize them with any flavors you like- chocolate chips, raisins, dried fruit,  nuts., coconut… anything will work.

Here is the recipe and if you do decide to try these please come back and let me know what you think!  I’d love to hear the flavor combinations you choose as well.

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Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

09/08/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting


Oh these are yummy muffins and really delicious for fall!  You can leave these muffins unfrosted and they make a wonderful grab n go breakfast or lunchbox snack.  If you want to amp things up a little bit, add the cream cheese frosting and you have something really yummy!

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Quick & Easy Halloween Treat: White Chocolate Candy Corn Bark

09/07/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

White Chocolate Candy Corn Bark- perfect for fall!

Goodness I have such a simple recipe for you today.

This recipe is for White Chocolate Candy Bark and has a great combination of sweet and salty flavors.  I like the white chocolate on this not only for the sweetness but also because the white makes the candy corn really pop out.

You can easily swap out milk chocolate if you prefer.

White Chocolate candy Corn Bark- fun Halloween Treat!

Here is the easy recipe:

Quick & Easy Halloween Treat: White Chocolate Candy Corn Bark
Recipe type: Dessert, Holiday
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 10
Super quick and easy white chocolate bark– perfect fall treat!
  • 12 oz. Wilton white chocolate candy melts*
  • 2 C. crushed pretzels (I used sticks)
  • 1 ½ C. candy corn, divided
  • *You can substitute green melts or use milk chocolate
  1. In a microwave safe dish microwave the Wilton chocolate in 30 seconds, stirring once you remove until completely smooth of bumps.
  2. Remove from microwave and let cool 2-3 minutes.
  3. Line an edged cookie sheet with foil and evenly spread out the crushed pretzel pieces.
  4. Sprinkle the pretzel pieces with ¾ cup of candy corn.
  5. Pour the melted chocolate evenly over the pretzel pieces and candy corn spreading out with a spoon if needed.
  6. It doesn’t have to be fancy or neat – the pretzel pieces and candy corn will stick to the chocolate.
  7. Once the chocolate is poured, sprinkle the other half of the candy corn over the top of the chocolate before it sets.
  8. Place the cookie sheet in the fridge for the bark to set – about 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from the fridge and break the bark into pieces.
  10. Enjoy!



Simple right?  This is a recipe that the kiddos can really help out with and maybe make some treats to take to their friends for Halloween.

And here are a few other fun fall recipes you might like:

Crock Pot Applesauce recipeHomemade Crock Pot Applesauce-- couldn’t be an easier to make a delicious, all natural applesauce

ghost cookies for halloween

How fun are these easy ghost cookies?  So cute for lunchbox treats or class parties.

Halloween Craft for Kids

And if you are feeling crafty, this Halloween Boo sign is super simple and very cute!






Fun Apple Rice Krispies Treats – Perfect for Fall!

09/05/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Apple Rice Krispies Treats- perfect for fall!

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.

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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!

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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

09/04/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oats - healthy and hearty breakfast idea that takes minutes to make!

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.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats Recipe

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.

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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
Quick and healthy apple cinnamon overnight oats
  • ½ cup rolled oats or steel cut oats
  • ½ cup milk or almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce (or chopped apple)
  • pinch of cinnamon (about ⅛ teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar or honey or agave (optional- I don’t add this to mine)
  1. Add all ingredients into a container.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours for rolled oats or 12 hours for steel cut oats.
  4. *If you are using fresh apples and not applesauce I would add the chopped apple right before serving.


And you can certainly tweak this recipe to your taste.  You might add a pinch of nutmeg or some raisins or nuts. I think you could probably do a little ground flax too or chia seeds if you like.

So give this a shot and see what you think- it is certainly a hearty and healthy way to start the day.

And here are a few other recipes you might like:

Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal RecipeMaple and Brown Sugar Crock Pot oatmeal-- this is a more traditional, comforting recipe for warm oatmeal.

Crock Pot Applesauce recipeHomemade Crock Pot applesauce– this is crazy easy to make and tastes amazing!

Homemade Bisquik Recipe- for fast & easy light fluffy pancakes.Homemade Bisquik- super easy to just all the ingredients to a jar or Tupperware and just add water when you are ready for pancakes!



Ice Cream Sundae Cupcake Recipe

08/24/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes Recipe

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!

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Zucchini Cookies Recipe

08/18/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Zucchini Cookies

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.

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Easy Homemade Bisquick Recipe

08/10/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Homemade Bisquik Recipe- for fast & easy light fluffy pancakes.

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.

This recipe will make 9 large pancakes. 

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