Monday, December 5, 2016

S'mores Cookies

S'mores cookies. Need I say more? It's the perfect treat for when you feel like a s'more but don't necessarily want to get involved in the mess and work of real s'mores making. They're great for large crowds, especially with lots of kids, because you can make a bunch of them at once - and you won't have to supervise all those pointy objects with marshmallows stuck on the ends of them around a fire. :)

S'mores Cookies! Easy, but mostly DELICIOUS!

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My friend Sherril brought these to our NYE party last year and they were just amazing. Since then, I've made them many times over... to serve at parties or share with my volleyball teammates at games, teachers & friends and each time, they've been greeted with giant eyes and watering mouths.

Of course, I had to tweak it, a bit though, to make it a teeeeny bit healthier because makes me feel a teeeny bit better about letting my kids go to town on them. And no one ever seems to notice. lol. I've made them both ways, each time to huge raves. So here's my version:

PRINTABLE RECIPE

S'mores Cookies
Adapted from: The Girl Who Ate Everything's S'mores Cookies
by happyvballgirl @ My Epicurean Adventures
http://www.myepicureanadventures.com/2016/12/smores-cookies.html

INGREDIENTS:
12 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened (use 11 Tbsp butter if not adding wheat germ and flax seed)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoon ground flax seed (optional)
2 tablespoon wheat germ (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
4 regular sized Hershey's bars (broken into 48 little rectangles)
1 box of graham crackers, broken into 48 squares

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F and line 2 10" x 15" (or larger) jelly roll/cookie pans with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter with white and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla and mix well.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, salt, wheat germ and flax seed and combine.
  5. Add chocolate chips and marshmallows and mix well.
  6. Lay graham crackers out, side-by-side on the pans & parchment paper, making sure sides are touching. In my most recent batch, I fit 24 cracker squares in each pan, 48 total, but in my pictures, I made less because I ran out of graham crackers. ;)
  7. Place about 1 teaspoon full or so (I used 2 silverware teaspoons, scooped with one and scraped it out w/ another because they're easier to work with) in the middle of each cracker, making sure the dough comes out even with the number of crackers you have. If you run out, borrow from another, if you have extra, add it to smaller amounts. Then gently press down with your finger to flatten a little.
  8. Bake for 5 minutes then remove from oven and gently press in a Hershey's chocolate piece onto the top of each cookie. I sometimes leave some without because I actually prefer them that way!
  9.  Bake for about 5-7 minutes longer or until cookies are golden brown and the crackers have darkened a bit.
  10. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
Makes about 48 cookies.

Enjoy!!

The dough....

S'mores Cookies! Easy, but mostly DELICIOUS!

Assembling the cookies... sometimes I'll stick some additional marshmallows into the dough if I think it doesn't have enough. ;)

S'mores Cookies! Easy, but mostly DELICIOUS!

After baking for 5 minutes, pull them out of the oven and add the Hershey's pieces...

S'mores Cookies! Easy, but mostly DELICIOUS!

Right out of the oven. My hubby swears that this is the best way to eat them...

S'mores Cookies! Easy, but mostly DELICIOUS!

But that's not always possible, so it's a good thing they're pretty darn good after cooling, too!

S'mmmmmmores Cookies! Easy, but mostly DELICIOUS!

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu

Sponsored post: This post is sponsored by Martin's Potato Rolls and Bread but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. #CookbookContest #MoreThanaMeal

Chicken cordon bleu is a family fave. It's also a great dish to serve when having company because while it looks fancy, it's really pretty easy to make. You can make this on the spot and bake immediately, prepare it ahead of time and store it in the fridge a day or two before you plan to serve it, or freeze it if you want to make it even further in advance!

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

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There are many ways to shave off extra time in making chicken cordon bleu, like buying pre-sliced chicken or slicing it up yourself instead of pounding it out. I HATE pounding out chicken! You can use deli-sliced ham and swiss cheese or pre-packaged varieties. Your favorite store-bought breadcrumbs really help simplify things as well.

But SOMETIMES, I like to take that extra step to make it extra good-for-you. I love using homemade breadcrumbs with extra added goodness like wheat germ and ground flax seed to healthy it up even more. Plus, it's a great way to re-purpose those leftover heels of breads that kids just don't like in sandwiches. I simply store them up in a separate freezer storage bag and use them to make a large batch of breadcrumbs that come in handy in a variety of dishes, this recipe being one of them! The flax seed is what gives these breadcrumbs the deeper brown coloring. And kids and adults never even know it! :)

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

Homemade Breadcrumbs
by happyvballgirl @ MyEpicureanAdventures
http://www.myepicureanadventures.com/2016/11/homemade-martins-breadcrumbs.html

Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
4 slices frozen bread (I used Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
2 Tbsp wheat germ (optional)
2 Tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

Directions:
  1. Break 2 slices of frozen bread into smaller pieces and place into blender. Mix for about 10-15 seconds or until you get fine crumbs.
  2. Empty the crumbs into a pan or skillet. Toast crumbs over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes or until nicely browned.
  3. Remove crumbs into a mixing bowl. Repeat steps 1-3 with the other 2 slices of bread. Note: the breadcrumbs toast much easier in smaller batches.
  4. Add remaining spices into toasted breadcrumbs and mix well.
  5. Use immediate or place in an air tight container and store in the freezer until future use.
Makes about 2 cups of seasoned breadcrumbs.

When making my breadcrumbs, I love using whole wheat bread with wholesome ingredients. Here I opted for Martin's 100% Whole Wheat Potato Bread which has NO high fructose corn syrup, NO artificial dyes, NO cholesterol or trans fat, is NON-GMO and is a good source of protein at 6 grams per slice!

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

Here's a rather rustic looking shot that Big Sis took to of me toasting up the breadcrumbs. Be sure to keep a close eye on them as they can start burning before you know it!

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

Now on to that Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe. Are you ready for it?

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

Chicken Cordon Bleu
by happyvballgirl @ MyEpicureanAdventures
http://www.myepicureanadventures.com/2016/11/homemade-martins-breadcrumbs.html

Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 whole chicken breast (separate breasts and slice each into 3 even flat pieces, 6 pieces total)
1 1/2 cup Homemade Breadcrumbs (or your favorite Italian seasoned bread crumbs)
3 slices of ham cut in half, lengthwise into 6 pieces
3 slices of baby swiss cheese, cut in half into 6 pieces
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp oil

Directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13x9” baking dish with oil.
  2. Place bread crumbs in a shallow bowl and mix water and eggs in another.
  3. Place one slice of ham and one slice of cheese on one slice of chicken. Roll starting from smaller end.
  4. While holding the rolled chicken in your hand, dip in egg mixture and then into bread crumbs, making to cover all sides. Although some like to use a toothpick to hold in place, I just carefully place the seam side down in the baking dish.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the thickest part. *Note that the part of the chicken touching the ham will look slightly pink.
Makes 4-6 servings depending on how hungry you are! :)

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

Tada, here's the finished product, right out of the oven. Mmmm mmmmm good.

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

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Hope you enjoy this recipe!!! 

Speaking of recipes, do YOU have a favorite one of your own that you'd like to share? If so, Martin's Potato Rolls is spreading holiday cheer by sponsoring an awesome holiday recipe contest!! 

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

The Grand Prize Winner will be selected to receive the “Ultimate Holiday Host/Hostess Prize Pack” (approximate retail value is $560), which consists of the following:
  • Le Creuset Stoneware Rectangular Dish
  • Crock-Pot 5-in- 1 Multi-Cooker
  • Kitchen Aid Artisan Tilt-Head Mixer
  • Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven
  • Analon 6 Piece SureGrip Nonstick Utensil Set
Oh man, I SO want this set!!!

In addition, the top-voted recipes will be chosen to appear in their "More Than a Meal: Holiday Cookbook". How cool is THAT?!? 

To enter the contest, simply visit  Martin's Holiday Cookbook Contest and fill out an entry. You can enter multiple recipes. Be sure to visit their Official Rules for full details.

Good luck!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner, following My Epicurean Adventures on Facebook or on Instagram - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)





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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I NEED Kidecals In My Life!

Disclosure: I was provided free product in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed here about the products are solely my own.

When Kidecals approached me about trying out their labels recently and I was really excited about giving them a try. I checked out their website and chose this set of labels for my family's needs.



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Not only are these labels just adorable, I was able to include just the right amount of info on it (Last name, email address and cell phone - I think that covered all the bases!) and they are:

  • Waterproof
  • Laundry-safe
  • Microwavable
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • BPA-Free
These labels are a must-have in my life for 3 main reasons:

Both girls play competitive soccer for the same club which means they have the exact same warm up pants and jacket as about 100 other kids at any given practice. Somethings are bound to get mixed up or left behind on occasion, and when they do, I want 'em back because they certainly ain't cheap!


With 10 different soccer practices (2 outdoor clubs, middle school team and indoor) between Big Sis and Little Sis during the school week, 2-5 soccer games on the weekends and school, a water bottle is bound to get left behind on occasion, and when it does, I want it back because they certainly ain't cheap!


And here's reason #3: Now that big Sis is in 7th grade, she apparently needs a fancy graphing calculator. It disturbs me to know that she'll be in sole charge of taking it back and forth to school every day and staying on top if it. So guess what? It gets a label, too. On it and on the case and maybe another on on the calculator! This thing is bound to get left behind on occasion, and when it does, I want it back because it certainly ain't cheap!


These labels have been working great! They are super sticky and really stay on whatever surface you put them on. No worries about them coming off! They are clear and easy to read AND just like the they claim, they stick on through washes in the laundry and dishwasher. I have yet to microwave any of the items I've put them on and hope to stay in sound mind and body and never test that part out. Oh, and they are definitely waterproof. :)

So the next time you have something you paid a lot of money for and you really don't want to lose it, but you think it will, you should get these labels, too. You NEED these labels!!


For a 15% discount on your order, use code: summersavings from now until October 28, 2016. You have 4 days left so don't delay!

Thanks so much Kidecals for asking me to review your product! I LOVE it!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner, following My Epicurean Adventures on Facebook or on Instagram - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)


  


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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Pumpkin Scones

It's October and with the smell of fall finally in the air, I felt like baking some pumpkin scones for a friend who was coming over for coffee one morning. Gabbing with a friend over coffee and pumpkin scones... what better way to start the day? :)


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Found this delicious recipe Starbucks Pumpkin Scones from Food.com. To healthify these, I added 2 Tablespoons of ground flaxseed and 2 Tablespoons of wheat germ and called it a day. I used the regular icing recipe because for me, there is such a thing as too much pumpkin spice. :) For the traditional crispier, crunchier scones, be sure to bake it longer than the recipe calls for (like 20 minutes or so?) but be sure to keep a close eye on it since you don't want it to burn. For a softer, more muffin like texture, bake it as the recipe states.


Once out of the oven and cooled, drizzle w/ your icing of choice. Simple as that! Enjoy!


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These things are great right out of the oven or reheated in a toaster oven. Simply place on a parchment paper on a cookie sheet and bake at 250 for about 7-10 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on them so they don't crisp up too much.


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Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner, following My Epicurean Adventures on Facebook or on Instagram - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)





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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Box Tops for Education - Earn Money For Your Schools!



#Walmart #simplesavingsrealsuccess #BuyClipSendEarn

You know those little Box Top symbols you see on so many every day products? Well, I've been collecting those things for almost 2 decades, even before I had kids of my own. I collected them for nieces, nephews and cousins even though I never quite understood how they worked. Although those cuties are all grown up now, I have children of my own and have continued cutting, collecting and passing them on to their schools. Now we have grandparents, aunts and uncles collecting for US! 


I was so happy and eager to participate in this campaign to help spread the word about this wonderful program that General Mills started in 1996 and how it can help your school and others across the country. Box Tops for Education makes it easy to give back to schools on your every day purchases. Simply look for the Box Tops label, clip, save and pass along to your schools of choice. Schools will receive $.10 for every box top you clip/save/send and can earn up to $20,000 a year!

Here are a couple quick tips that will save your PTA and parent volunteers a world of time and effort:
  1. Please cut as close as you can on the Box Top dotted line as they need to be precise to be submitted. Otherwise they will have to be trimmed by a wonderful, devoted volunteer. :)
  2. Make sure they aren't expired. :)
Currently, when you shop General Mills products at Walmart, in addition to the $0.10 per Box Tops, you earn 4 more! That's $0.50 per product! Click here to see a full list of products that are participating in this awesome campaign and load up on them while it lasts! I headed out to my local Neighborhood Market Walmart to do a little shopping for this post to show you the exclusive 5-for-1 Box Tops deal they're running and picked these up:



If you're like me, you might have wondered if collecting these really make a difference for your school - believe it or not, they really do! Little Sis' elementary school earned about $2600 last year and $25,000 total in the almost 10 years it's been open. That's not shabby at all! Just think of some of the wonderful things this money could do for you school, for example, new technology equipment, playground equipment and/or improvements, a school garden, outdoor learning areas, fresh coat of paint and/or murals for their hallways, classroom supplies/necessities, books, just to name a few. How each school/PTA chooses to utilize these earnings will differ but it's all accomplished by the same simple task of clipping these little gems! Who knew that it can make that much of a difference? To see how much your school's earned over the years, just click here: Box Tops for Education School Earnings.

I have to say, I was a little disappointed to see that earnings at our school have been steadily declining over the past 4 years so it's my hope to spread awareness and get those numbers back up! To be honest, I had gotten a little lazy about clipping them over the past couple years, so you can bet that not a single Box Top will be escaping our scissors here on out! Especially since we have a hungry mouth to feed now...

And just because you may not have a school aged child in the family doesn't mean you can't still participate! Collect them and send them to relatives, friends, or just turn them into your nearest school - they will be so appreciated!

Why not make collecting Box Tops more fun by adding a craft that can get kids involved in saving for their school as well!? There's a huge sense of pride and accomplishment when they can bring their collection into their teachers during school-wide Box Top competitions to help their class win that pizza party or simply bringing them in when the jar is full. Or monster, in this case!


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To make this, we simply used the box from one of my purchases, the taco kit in this case, glued some construction paper onto it, cut a hole and had some fun.


I used to save my Box Tops in just an envelope, but then I got lazy and didn't feel like opening up the flap to put my Box Tops in each time, lol, so I cut a slit in the top of a baby food plastic container and made a little storage box. You can also stuff 'em in a lidless canning jar or make this Box Top-eating monster. It really doesn't matter how you collect them, as long as you collect 'em! :)


And of course I have to show you a lunch I put together with my purchases. Last night's dinner turned into today's lunches along with some sides. Make your own tacos at school!




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That's it! Be sure to stop by your nearest Walmart to shop participating products so you will not only have dinner AND lunch (and throw in breakfast too with that box of cereal) planned, you’ll also receive 5 Box Tops (worth $.50) for your elected school for each product! Be sure to plan your shopping trip ahead of time by checking out this list of participating products, print and highlight your items to purchase and start earning for your school!

Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner, following My Epicurean Adventures on Facebook or on Instagram - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

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Ad: Get Organized for Back-to-School Meals

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReimagineYourRoutine #CollectiveBias

I've been packing lunches for my girls for 9 years now, starting from when Big Sis was a mere tot in preschool. Wow, that's a lot of lunch making! Back then, it was pretty easy. Life was just slower paced and we really didn't have places we NEEDED to be. The girls themselves might have required more work, but we had a pretty easy-going life. Fast forward 9 years and though the girls are more self-sufficient now, life has become a mad dash. Between their school, 6 soccer practices, piano lessons, and basketball and my own volleyball league, we are constantly on the move Monday through Friday.

With back-to-school looming for some and already in full swing for others like me, it's so important to stay organized and simplify life where life can be simplified. One of the major areas in my life that requires planning and forethought is in the food department. Between breakfasts, school lunches and figuring out dinners in the midst of relentless activities, my refusing to hit the drive thrus and take out as much as possible, my kitchen and fridge need to be organized. Whether you're a working mom or a stay-at-home one like me, life is just that much easier if you can get organized.

Now's the perfect time to starting thinking about back-to-school routines and stocking up on those items that make life a little easier and run a little smoother. While I love to cook and make things from scratch as often as possible, sometimes you just need the quick and easy. Luckily there are great affordable options that my kids love like State Fair® Corn Dogs, Tyson® Chicken Nuggets and Jimmy Dean® Pancakes & Sausage.

On top of the hustle and bustle of activities, I also have a very skinny picky eater, and we are determined to put some meat on her bones and get her to grow this year. Protein is our tool of choice. Not only do these three items fit into that category (all three are high in protein), my choosier one LOVES every one of them, as does the less picky one. Yay! :)


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I found these at my Neighborhood Market Walmart in the frozen foods section. State Fair® Corn Dogs are found in the Snacks & Appetizers section, Tyson® Chicken Nuggets in the Dinner Foods section and the Jimmy Dean® Pancakes & Sausage in the Breakfast section. While you're there, be sure to stop by the refrigerator section for a wide selection of yogurts, cheese and other cold snacks. And don't forget to make a pass through the produce section as well, to pick up favorite veggies and fruits to complete your meals!

Making these meals is easy peasy when you get organized. Let me show you how I do it:

1. To get started, try to pick a set day of the week where you can set aside some time to perform the mundane, dreaded tasks of food cleaning and prep. Sunday would be ideal since you can start using the items first thing Monday, but if you're like me and just can't (i.e. won't) do it, Monday works great too. :) As painful as it may be, a little time up front will save you a ton later on.

2. Pre-wash your veggies and fruit. Don't pre-wash berries, though, as they won't last nearly as long. Use a scrub brush or soak and rinse them, depending on the produce. Clean with a 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar solution, a veggie cleaner found in stores or just plain water. While you're at it, wash their packaging in warm and soapy water, to reuse for storage and save yourself and our Earth from another baggie. :) Make sure the veggies, fruit and bags are thoroughly dry before storing in the fridge. This will help them keep longer.


3. Cut the cheese. ;) Cut the meat. Cut the whatever you see fit :) Take, for example, cheese. I usually buy the sliced kind for sandwiches and cut them in quarters, the perfect size for crackers. Return them to the baggie they came in.


4. Pre-fill little containers with snacks and dips your kids eat frequently, like hummus or applesauce. It's amazing how mind numbing it gets to fill these on a daily basis. These little gems are Little Dippers by EasyLunchboxes.


5. Find storage bins that fit nicely in your fridge. They can be like the ones I bought (see affiliate links below) or can be something you already have sitting around. Fill the bins with go-to items like cheese sticks, drinkable yogurts, fruits, veggies, apple sauces, whatever!


6. Find a nice, convenient spot in your fridge. That slightly-too-short shelf that just won't fit that much stuff was the perfect one for me.


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And tada! You're organized and ready for a week of quick and easy breakfast/lunch/dinner making! This also makes it fun and easy for kids to pack their own lunches as well!

Now let's see 'em in action. Wednesday is our crazy busy day. Big Sis comes home from school, then we go pick up Little Sis from school and take her straight to piano lessons. After that, we beeline it to her indoor soccer practice, followed up by Big Sis' basketball or soccer practice (we're double booked right now). That means quick and easy meals are a must, but healthy and high in protein are just as important. The girls were excited to see my sign that corn dogs were on the menu today! A special treat. With my lunch box gear ready to go, I quickly (and easily) got to work.



Here's that dinner with State Fair® Corn Dogs:


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Another fun dinner is this chicken taco made with chopped up Tyson® Chicken Nuggets. It's nice for evenings when you can eat at home but are still pressed for time.


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Last but not least is breakfast with Jimmy Dean® Pancakes & Sausage. These are a great Monday morning breakfast when it's just too hard to get up earlier to cook up something more involved. ;) With Big Sis going to school an hour earlier than Little Sis now, these are a huge help AND she LOVES them! The perfect way to put more meat on her bones. ;)


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Which products will YOU be stocking up on? For more ideas to get back to your back to school routine, click here and sign in.


Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner, following My Epicurean Adventures on Facebook or on Instagram - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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