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Easy Summer Salsa Recipe (Great for Labor Day Snacking!)


Easy Summer Salsa Recipe

Jamie here, my husband’s favorite words that come out of my mouth are probably “I think I’ll make Salsa today!”  His face lights up, as do the boys’, with unadulterated joy.  It’s an understatement to say that my whole family loves Mexican food – so when I make my salsa recipe, I usually do a triple batch.  That way I can use it over the next few days in any other Mexican recipes I wind up cooking.  Plus – it tastes even BETTER the second day…

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25 Summer Snack Ideas

Summer Snack Ideas

Running out of summer snack ideas? Kiddos getting bored with the same snacks over and over? Here is a list of 25 summer snack ideas that even your picky eaters will enjoy. [Read more...]

Homemade Microwave Popcorn: All Natural Healthy Snack Idea

Homemade Popcorn

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I’ve been posting this week about our 24-day healthy eating challenge.   It’s been an eye-opening experience for sure, I would have told you that I rarely snacked.  However, since during the challenge we are only eating certain kinds of foods I quickly realized how often I would walk through the kitchen and grab a cracker or two or a couple of chips while cooking a meal.  I also didn’t realize how many foods that I ate were processed, or the amount of additives added to foods that I previously thought were healthy like microwave popcorn. [Read more...]

Swedish Fish Pool Party Crunch (Back to School Party Snack!)


With school starting back up in just a few weeks, you may want to throw the kids a back-to-school party to help ease their pain.  Here’s a fun snack you can serve at a pool party or any time!

Swedish Fish Pool Party Crunch

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Red, White & Blue Fruit Kabobs or “Sparklers”!


Looking for a fun treat to bring to a Memorial Day or  4th of July cookout?  These 4th of July Fruit “Sparklers” are easy, cheap and yummy!   Once you’ve eaten/used up most of your watermelon – use the bottom of the melon for a sparkler holder.  Just shove it in a bowl/bucket of ice to keep it cold and sitting upright!



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Recipe: 4th of July Fruit Sparklers
dessert, party, appetizer
You can substitute other red fruits in place of the watermelon – Strawberries, Raspberries, even Cherries!
  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Marshmallows
  • Bamboo Skewers
  1. Cut your watermelon into chunks, balls or triangles. If you don’t have mini-marshmallows, just use scissors to cut the large ones into 4 even pieces. Slide the fruits and marshmallows onto the skewers creating a red, white and blue pattern.
  2. You can either set your fruit sparklers on a platter – or present them by sticking the skewers in the leftover half of your watermelon!


Homemade Pudding Pops in Paper Cups


My kids are going through the frozen treats like crazy now that the weather is warm – so I thought I’d make some Homemade Pudding Pops with them!  WhenFlavor-Ices and smoothies start to lose their appeal, try these easy, cheap, and delicious pudding pops using paper cups and a spoon.

You only need 5 things for this recipe – and it’s pretty inexpensive to make!  You can also use lowfat milk for a healthier version. [Read more...]

Homemade Cheez-Its: Only 6 Ingredients {healthier version}

homemade cheez-its

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During our recent 24-day healthy eating challenge,I was surprised to discover that my biggest craving was Cheez-Its.  I knew however, with our new determination to eat healthier we were not going back to snacking on processed foods after we completed our 24 days.  I was determined to figure out a way to make Homemade Cheez-Its healthier than the original version.   I replaced white flour with whole wheat flour and regular cheese with reduced fat cheese. I thought they would be much harder to make, without the seasoning there are only 4 ingredients!  Although you can use a mixer, a food processor makes this recipe even more simple, easy peasy.  You can vary the final taste by experimenting with different spices.  Next time I’m going to see if I can duplicate the taste of the Chili Con Queso Cheez-Its that were discontinued several years ago.  I will warn you ahead of time that these are very addicting!  Both my husband and my kids loved them. [Read more...]

School Lunch ideas: 30 Fun Ideas

A couple of months ago, Jamie created these super cute Ham and Cheese Sushi Rolls for her boys school lunch.  With the first part of the school year behind us, we thought it would be a great time to feature 30 fun school lunch ideas.  It’s common for kids to get bored with their lunches, and just thinking about the school lunch options at some school are enough to make many parents cringe. So what’s a gal to do? Easy peasy with this extensive list of school lunch ideas!

1. Mini Shaped Sandwiches
2. Ham & Cheese Rolls
3. Jonah and the Whale Pancakes
4. Princess Themed Muffin Tin Lunch
5. Apple Pie Sandwiches
6. Grilled Cheese
7. Back to School Lunch Box Ideas
8. Asian Bento Box
9. Wrap Sandwiches
10. Raw Veggies & Hummus
11. Baked Corn Dog Muffins
12. Frozen Applesauce Bento
13. Easy Lunch Box Ideas
14. Leftovers for Lunch
15. Goat Cheese Raspberry Salad
16. Butternut Squash and Pasta
17. Mozzarella and Tomato
18. Pear & Avocado
19. Pinwheels & Veggies
20. Turkey Meatball Pitas
21. Muffin Tin Football Themed Lunch
22. Fish and Chips
23. Parmesan Pita Crisps
24. Green Lunch Box Ideas
25. Finger Food Bento Lunch
26. Vegetable Soup
27. Turkey Melon Wraps
28. Project Lunch Box (PDF)
29. Tuna Salad
30. 500 School Lunch Ideas

What do you like to pack in your child’s lunch box?