Valentine Heart Pancakes – Using DIY Tinfoil Shapes (A Tutorial!)

I wanted to make something sweet for my family this Valentine’s Day – and I wanted that sweet thing to be chocolate chip pancakes before school.  But not just ANY chocolate chip pancakes: I wanted to make them in the shape of hearts.

Just one problem…. I don’t have any heart-shaped pancake molds.  (Which, thinking back – are really not that expensive considering you can use them every year….)

 I did have some plastic heart cookie cutters though, and I figured I could somehow MacGyver something out of tin foil.   I set out to experiment and did a trial run with my all-too-willing preschooler.  Here’s how to make them!

Tutorial: Heart Pancake Molds from Tinfoil


1) Start with a plastic heart-shaped cookie cutter – even if you just have one, you can make several molds.  Do these a few days ahead, and you’ll be ready to cook up some love come Valentine’s morning!

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Sausage Ball Muffins Recipe #SaveaLotInsiders

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Sausage Ball Muffins Recipe

Jamie here! It’s back to school time around here  - but just because our mornings are a mad rush, doesn’t mean we can’t get a hot breakfast on the way out the door.  These sausage ball muffins are so dang good, filling, and packed with protein.

I love-love-love sausage balls.  Christmas, New Years Eve, Thanksgiving – show me a holiday and I’ll show you myself eating sausage balls.  I make the kind that are more biscuity-like and less meatbally  - so the leftovers lend themselves just perfectly to a breakfast food.  With that in mind, I decided to whip up a batch of sausage ball muffins – these are like having a breakfast of sausage, cheesy eggs and biscuits all in one handy package!  Add a fruit cup and it’s a great little breakfast on-the-go.

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Kids Christmas Breakfast | Easy Reindeer Donuts!

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This is a super-duper easy (but cute!) Kids Christmas breakfast – and all you need is a bag of chocolate donuts, some Sixlets or M&M’s and mini pretzels!
I love having something ready for my kids to munch on Christmas morning after the presents have been opened- it gives me time to heat up my FAVORITE , which is the Make-Aheead Breakfast Casserole. :)

Just set out several chocolate donuts and push a red M&M  or Sixlet into the center of each.  (You can add a little dab of peanut butter for glue if you want)  Then break a pretzel in half and use the two halves to make reindeer antlers!

This couldn’t be easier – and would also make a great treat for a classroom party at school :)

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You might also want to check out this super addictive recipe for Christmas Crack :)

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole (Make-Ahead!)

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Kasey’s Moms Breakfast Casserole

“Christmas” Sausage Strata  - My mom made this every year on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember.  Now, I do the same for my family.  Even though I don’t particularly like sausage, I love my mom’s Christmas Sausage Strata.  This week the kids and I are going to go ahead and prepare our Christmas Sausage Casserole for Christmas morning to put in the freezer.!  On Christmas Eve, I’ll take it out of the freezer and place in the fridge overnight to thaw out.  Then, on Christmas morning while we are opening gifts I’ll pop it in the oven.

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders & Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths! Yummy & Delicious Recipes

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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This week has been filled with Christmas baking at the Trenum home. Earlier this week, we made  Party Mix, Snowman Crunch, and Christmas sugar cookies!! I was feeling really behind, until then. Still lots of baking to do but at least we got started.  In case you are looking for easy recipes to make with your kids, my kids helped with these! During the month of December we are still following our healthy eating at meal time as often as possible but we do add in special treats we make.

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10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters!

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10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters

This is an older post but I was just using coffee filters for popcorn bowls this weekend for the kids and I thought I’d repost!

Jamie here, being frugal often means being creative – making do with less, and making it into more!  I told my husband that if I could get a gold medal for only one thing – it would probably be the ability to “Make Do” when I don’t have something that I need. :)

Coffee Filters are one of those handy things that have lots of different uses – here are 10 of my favorite creative uses for coffee filters!

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9 On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas for Kids

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9 On the Go Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Jamie here!  Busy school mornings at the Miles house have us rushing around shouting out things like  “those socks don’t match – never mind who cares!”  or “Skip your teeth – I have gum in my purse!”   Lots of yelling things, lots of skipping things. But one thing we NEVER skip is breakfast – and partly because, despite my morning-person shortcomings, I’m a really big fan of easy breakfasts.
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Some of these on-the-go breakfast ideas for kids involve prepping something the night (or the weekend) before.  Some are just really smart and fast hurry-up meals.  All of them travel well and fire up the old brain cells for a day of learning!

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Sausage Ball Muffins

Sausage balls are possibly my favorite food.  Leftover sausage balls heated for breakfast come in a close second.  These sausage ball muffins were a no-brainer.

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Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes

Make a ton of pancakes using all the apples in your house that are being ignored because they’re “too bruisy” or starting to go soft.  Add a dash of cinnamon, freeze in a gallon ziploc bag and pop a couple in the toaster each morning!  If you want to get real crazy, slather a dollop of peanut butter between two of them and eat like a sandwich. Breakfast done.

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Homemade Granola Bars

These are super good for you and also super yummy.  They are coincidentally super filling – so much so that you won’t realize it’s lunchtime because you’re still full.

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Homemade Egg McMuffin Breakfast Sandwich

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I keep a pack of english muffins, eggs, cheese and some turkey bacon in the fridge and 5 minutes before my kids walk out the door, I pop all those ingredients into THIS baby.  It is magical and wonderful and I have no regrets for spending my birthday money on it.  (That should tell you something)

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Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups

This is great for any time you have leftover ham (perfect for after the holidays) or when you find a ham steak on clearance!

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Banana Nut Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Stole this incredibly-good recipe from my mom – along with the tip that those cheap bags of too-ripe bananas are one of the best investments in your breakfast menu you’ll ever make.

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Peanut Butter Waffle Tacos 

Toast a frozen waffle, slather with peanut butter, fold into a taco form.  (It’s now a…. Taffle?  Waco?)

For banana-lovers, fill with bananas.  Too hot to handle?  Use a coffee filter as a waffle sleeve.  (Don’t worry, we have lots of other weird creative uses for coffee filters HERE!)

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Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole

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We actually have TWO different versions of this casserole!  The one shown above is Kasey’s recipe and is totally delicious and extra-special for holidays.  This recipe is mine and a) has fewer ingredients and b) is a little more firm and quiche-like, which is what you’re looking for as you sprint out the door.

Whip this up on Sunday night, and toss it in the oven while everyone’s getting ready.  Who said you can’t eat like it’s Christmas morning every morning?

Serve a square of this firm casserole on a piece of toast, for a casserole that can go right out the door to the bus stop!

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Go-Gurt and Cereal Bar

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Stock up on gogurts and Nutri-Grain bars for a good balance of protein and dairy.  It’s not homemade – but noone said you have to pull off homemade every day!

If you enjoyed this roundup of On the Go Breakfast Ideas for Kids – you may want to check out our 10 Crockpot Recipes for Busy Nights!

10 Mother’s Day Easy Breakfast Ideas (For the hubby & kids to make!)

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Mother’s Day is (or should be!) a day for mom to sleep in and get breakfast-in-bed, but if the rest of your family is cooking-challenged they may need a push in the right direction.  And if these are a little beyond them, just pick up a box of “just add water” muffin mix and you’ll probably still enjoy the heck out of it ;)

My kids always want to bring me their sweet homemade cards, along with coffee (that they made!) and a piece of toast.  It is a very simple tradition in which I stay in bed for a very, very long time pretending to be asleep, while I smell charred toast waft down the hallway and hear my dear children argue about when is the exact right time to burst through the door.  It’s precious.

  1. Banana Nut Muffins with Streusel Topping and Chocolate Chips
  2. Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
  3. Homemade Whole Wheat Pancakes
  4. Homemade Granola Bars with Fruit & Nuts
  5. Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups
  6. Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole
  7. Night-Before Breakfast Casserole
  8. Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes
  9. Microwave Bacon
  10. Homemade English Muffin Bread