Quick and Easy Egg Bake Recipe with Bacon

This post featuring a quick and easy egg bake recipe with bacon is sponsored by Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese.

Quick and Easy Egg Bake Recipe with Bacon

Over the years I’ve found myself hosting a lot of get togethers around breakfast time. And that means I’ve had time to perfect my favorite brunch dishes (like my ever so popular overnight french toast bake).

One thing I love to make for brunch are egg dishes. From quiche to egg cups to this egg bake, egg dishes are so easy to throw together and are almost always the one dish that’s completely devoured by the end of our events.

And I have a secret ingredient I add to each of these dishes – Daisy cottage cheese[Read more…]

Packing the Protein for Breakfast plus an Almond Coconut Granola Recipe

This post featuring an Almond Coconut Granola recipe is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Almond Coconut Granola Recipe

Over the years I’ve found that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. So that means that choices made at breakfast need to be smart ones.

Something I always need in the mornings is a good protein packed fuel to get me going for the day.

But that doesn’t mean I want to eat eggs and breakfast meat everyday so I’ve been searching for some other healthy alternatives to keep me satisfied. Quick to prepare is an added bonus! [Read more…]

Sharing A Morning With Friends and Coffee-Mate + a Healthy Berry Muffin Recipe

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop featuring Coffee-Mate and a healthy berry muffin recipe in support of #CMSalutingHeroes has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser.

Healthy Berry Muffin Recipe

Living in San Diego, we’re surrounded by the men and women who serve our country in the military. When I was growing up, my step-father was in the Navy and now my Brother In Law is in the Coast Guard.

Both grandpas and an uncle served as well. So while military life isn’t my life, it’s been with me since I was small. Now that I have children of my own and run a playgroup, I’m constantly meeting the wives of men serving in the military (some who have served themselves).

One very special military wife, my friend Nadia, is someone I hold dear. Not only does she keep me sane but she’s someone I’d call a true friend. The dedication and support she shows for her husband as well as the great way she’s raising her kids both awes and inspires me to do more. [Read more…]

Bigelow Vanilla Chai Banana Bread: The Perfect Mommy Time Out Snack

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Bigelow Vanilla Chai Banana Bread The Perfect Mommy Time Out Snack

When the kids are asleep and the house is all quiet I feel like I finally have a little mommy time-out to relax, reset, and take a little time for myself after working and caring for the kids all day. Whether that time is spent sipping a cup of Bigelow vanilla chai tea or (if my husband is home) a walk around the neighborhood, I find essential to take advantage of this downtime.

Naptime has become my time over the past few years and I take full advantage of it. I take this time to prep dinner, get some laundry in, catch up on work, or make some goodies to enjoy after naptime. And sometimes? I even get to read. Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve actually finished a book? It’s been a while.

As I recognize this opportunity for my own mommy time-out during naptime, I’ve been leaning more towards spending this time for myself instead of the endless list of chores and work that’ll be there after naptime.

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On-The-Go Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings

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On-The-Go Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings stonyfield organic yotoddler yogurt pouches

Mornings can be pretty hectic in our home but with a good routine in place I’ve come to learn how to make things smoother. By planning ahead and utilizing some great on the go breakfast ideas for busy mornings, the hassle of figuring out what to prepare in the mornings has lessened.

Recently I was asked to check out Stonyfield’s new products – YoBaby, YoToddler, and YoKid yogurt pouches. These are the first refrigerated organic yogurt pouch available in stores and come in a variety of flavors.

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20+ Delicious Casserole Recipes to Feed a Crowd

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20+ Delicious Casserole Recipes to Feed a Crowd

Have you watched Delivery Man yet? If not, definitely pick up a copy! This compilation of 20+ delicious casserole recipes to feed a crowd is inspired by this recipe. And the 533 kids underachiever David Wozniak fathered via donations made twenty years earlier!

This heartwarming comedy about a man who discovers that the shock of his life might just be the best thing that’s ever happened to him. Along the way he discovers not only his true self, but also the father he could become.

So whip up one of these casserole dishes for the family, pop in the Delivery Man Blu-Ray, and enjoy a great family night with Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders & Chris Pratt. It’s one the whole family will enjoy. [Read more…]

Sausage Pancake Bites Featured on Someday I’ll Learn

Sausage Pancake Bites - kid-friendly breakfast ideas

We love quick and kid-friendly breakfast ideas in this house. So these sausage pancake bites featured on Someday I’ll Learn are the perfect solution as a bake-ahead breakfast option that we can just pop in the toaster oven, heat up, and go.

If you’re looking for more easy-to-make or make-ahead breakfast ideas, here are a few great options:

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Heart Healthy Breakfast Ideas with Naked Juice

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Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the US. And heart disease runs in my family. Knowing this means that I need to stay proactive and make sure I’m doing everything I can to ensure that I keep my heart healthy. And that means waking up to heart healthy breakfast ideas whenever I can.

In addition to my addiction to delicious oatmeal combinations (like the banana nut oatmeal recipe below), I’ve also found the ease and convenience of adding Naked Juice to my morning routine a heart healthy way to keep me full in the morning and pack in the daily fruits and veggies I need! [Read more…]

How to Make Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker

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I absolutely love multi-purpose kitchen gadgets. If it doesn’t do more than one thing, I don’t want it in my kitchen taking up space! When I was asked to check out the latest Zojirushi rice cooker and see how it fared compared to my smaller rice cooker I knew i wanted to find more ways to test it out than just make rice. So I figured out how to make oatmeal in a rice cooker. And I have to say… I’m pretty impressed!

I already loved the Zojirushi brand and own one of their bread machines (all the way back from when my husband and I first got married) and the smaller rice cooker so including this larger capacity rice cooker into our home was perfect. The Zojirushi NL-AAC10 is a great multi-use rice cooker. And I’ve not only made rice and oatmeal in it, but I’ve also used it to steam things as well. Hello delicious dumplings and pot stickers!

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Making oatmeal in a rice cooker is a piece of cake! As simple as dumping the ingredients in, adjusting the settings for porridge, and letting it cook. The rice cooker does all of the work. Wait… did I just give that all away in the beginning of the post? Well let me just show you the pretty pictures and talk about this awesome machine.

Aided by microcomputer technology, this category of rice cooker takes having rice on your menu from “occasional” to “serious”. Basically, the microchip does all the thinking for you, as far as adjusting cooking times and temperatures according to the type of rice you are cooking, and timing the pre-soaking of the raw grains and the final “wait” period during steaming.

That means you’re left with perfectly cooked food that every family member will love! No more burnt rice on the bottom. And it also means that you can make a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner using the same rice cooker.

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How to Make Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker

1. Add 2 cups of old fashioned oats into the rice cooker*. Then add in 3 cups of water (or milk if you prefer a creamier oatmeal). Add any mix ins or flavors and stir together to combine. I added 1 diced apple, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and a tablespoon of brown sugar.

*For this recipe I consulted my rice cooker’s manual to see if there was a minimum amount of oats I needed to use for this rice cooker. I also wanted to make sure I was using the correct amount of liquid. If you’re using steel cut oats, double check the manual to see what the minimum amount is as well as what the liquid level should be.

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2. Using the menu button, set rice cooker to porridge setting (bottom right). Once the setting is selected, hit the start button. A melody should play letting you know that the rice cooker has started the cooking process. Sit back and relax as your food cooks.

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3. When the rice cooker is done cooking the oatmeal it will play a melody again. Don’t worry if you aren’t immediately available – the rice cooker will go to the warm setting after it’s done cooking. When you’re ready to eat, open the lid carefully and scoop out your oatmeal.

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This 5-1/2-cup rice cooker and warmer makes 10 cups of cooked rice and includes a variety of cooking functions including white rice/sushi, mixed rice, porridge, sweet, brown, steam, and quick cooking.

If you’re looking for a great rice cooker to add to your kitchen definitely check out the great line of Zojirushi rice cookers.

What would you love to make in a rice cooker?

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Green Monster Protein Smoothie {6 WW+}

Green Monster Protein SmoothieThere’s one thing I’ve been obsessed about for months. Something that’s healthy for me that I actually crave at times. And you’ll think I’m crazy, but they really are good. What am I talking about? This green monster protein smoothie.

No, seriously… this protein-packed green machine is something I blend up in the morning and enjoy sipping until the very end. I have to thank the frozen banana and teaspoon of PB2 for that.

Haven’t heard of PB2? Well it’s basically powdered peanut butter and is much more calorie friendly than your typical jar of Skippy or Jif. You can find it on Amazon or on select store shelves. You can also find another version from Just Great Stuff that tastes very similar. And? It also comes in chocolate peanut butter form too!

I’ve spotted the Just Great Stuff brand at Target and Whole Foods but there are specialty stores around town that carry PB2 as well. And the protein powder? I pick up the Whole Foods generic brand, 365. It was recommended by a few people and I enjoy the taste.

Oh, and this whole huge 24oz cup? 6 WW+ points! How awesome is that? Definitely a breakfast I can dig before a workout. Then, when I have more time at lunch, I enjoy some scrambled eggs after my workouts. [Read more…]



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