breakfast

Sweet Potato Waffles

Sweet Potatoes, it seems you either love them or hate them. I love them and always have. My husband, on the other hand, used to hate them but now loves them. He will eat them any way I serve them now which I love and have started experimenting some more. Our current sweet potato creation we have fallen for are Sweet Potato Waffles.

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Peanut Butter Monster Rice Cakes

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I have to tell you something about my family, they are peanut butter monsters. Each and every one of them. It is insane the amount of peanut butter my family goes through in a month. I sometimes wonder if my family has peanut butter running through their veins they eat so much of it. With eating the quantities that we do there are always debates. Like the basic Creamy, Crunchy or both? Regular peanut butter or honey peanut butter? Which peanut butter is the best peanut butter? My husband and I have seriously stood in the aisle comparing labels for a good twenty minutes trying to figure that last one out. Then I discovered a new peanut butter, Peter Pan Simply Ground Honey Roast at Walmart.

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I fell in love with it. I shared some with Lil Miss and Mr Great when we made Peanut Butter Monster Rice Cakes but I want to keep the rest to myself. Would it be that bad if I hid it for myself?

So what makes this peanut butter so special? Peter Pan Simply Ground Honey Roast is “creamy with a BIT OF CRUNCH.” It’s not smooth but at the same time it is not a traditional crunchy peanut butter. It is similar to the texture of freshly ground peanut butter. I really like the texture. It is perfect just spread on a rice cake, my go to pre- long run breakfast to just dipping some Honeycrisp apple slices in.

Thinking about my favorite things to eat with peanut butter with I came up with a great snack idea for my kids, Peanut Butter Rice Cake Monsters. When my boy’s were younger I was always trying to come up with cute snack ideas for school. By the time it is my daughters turn most of these ideas are old news and she wants something different. Halloween is coming up so I knew I had to get to work for her class halloween party so I started brainstorming and came up with an idea that combines some of my favorite things and lets her play with her food. To top it off it is a healthy snack. Can you say win-win?

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 These monsters are somee of the easiest things to make. All you need is Peter Pan Simply Ground Original Honey Roast, Rice Cakes and your favorite food. Raisins, chocolate chips, nuts and pretzels could be used also if desired. Get creative with it!

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Step one, prepare your fruit. If you will not be eating your monsters right away and will be using apples remember to add some lemon juice to help prevent the apples from browning.

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Next open up your peanut butter, doesn’t that peanut butter look delicious!Peanut Butter Rice Cake Monsters | Country Girl Gourmet

Spread 2 (or more) tablespoons of peanut butter on a rice cake. If you add more I won’t judge. Peter Pan Simply Ground Honey Roast is good stuff!

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Once your peanut butter is evenly spread across your rice cake it is time to play with your food and create your monster.

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My daughter loved this part!

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I thought my monster was pretty cute!

Peanut Butter Rice Cake Monsters | Country Girl GourmetOk so both of our monsters were pretty cute!

Peanut Butter Rice Cake Monsters | Country Girl GourmetAll that is left now is to eat. My daughter loved her snack!

Peanut Butter Rice Cake Monsters | Country Girl GourmetShe keeps asking me when she can make another one! I have to say this was a definite win! I am looking forward to sharing these Peanut Butter Rice Cake Monsters with her friends for Halloween!

What is your favorite Peanut Butter combination?

Peanut Butter Monster Rice Cakes
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 Rice Cake
  • 2 TablespoonsPeter Pan Simply Ground Original Honey Roast (or more depending on your taste)
  • your favorite sliced fruit, berries, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Prepare fruit for topping rice cake. If using apples, toss with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  2. Evenly spread 2 Tablespoons (or more) of peanut butter on a rice cake.
  3. Create monster faces with your favorite fruit, berries, nuts, dried fruit and chocolate chips.
  4. Enjoy and devour your monster!

Brightening Days with Cheerios™ and the Give a Box Promotion

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One of the many things that my kids do that makes me beam inside with proudness is when my kids show the world how caring they are. They do this in a multitude of ways from simply being helpful and nice to each other to helping out friends and others. It is one of the many ways I know that I must be doing something right.  The day I watched my oldest son buy something for his friend (without asking me for money, if he could or should) was an eye opening moment. Maybe it shouldn’t have been because kids learn by example and I have tried to be a good one for my kids. They have always known that mommy volunteers and is a helper. It is how I try to make the world a better place. Whether it be a random act of kindness to giving a friend a surprise gift, you never know how your action may be that one thing that turns their no good, horrible day around. I know personally, I love those random gifts that say hey I’m thinking of you! Seriously, who doesn’t like receiving a gift?


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Right now if you head over to Walmart you will find some extra special boxes of Cheerios™.

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On specially marked  boxes they have a special “Give a Box” peelie. Boxes with this peelie allow you to buy your box and share another box with someone you care about by entering the special code on the peelie. Isn’t that awesome

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After all who doesn’t love Cheerios ™?  It was the first finger food of many kids. I know I fed my kiddos the wholesome goodness of Cheerios ™ and always had a baggie full in my diaper bag for them for while we were out and about. Heck, I think my kids sometimes survived on them. They loved them! My kids didn’t just eat them though. They were perfect for potty training to give my boys some potty time target practice.They were perfect for working on fine motor skills and we would make necklaces with them looped on. When learning letters we even glued them onto paper in the shapes of different letters. The things you could do with them were endless!

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Once I had gone to Walmart and bought my box, I needed to decide who to give my special code to.  I decided to give my code to Brandy from Glue Sticks, a fellow Social Fabric blogger. I hope she likes the gift and it brightens her day a little bit! With a big family like mine I have a feeling it might. I know cereal never lasts that long around my house. My boys, especially my oldest, can polish off a single box in one sitting if we aren’t watching!

A bowl of cereal on school days is a rarity around my house though. Breakfast tends to be grab something quick and go. Making sure my daughter gets to elementary school, my other son middle and the oldest to high school can be a juggling act some mornings so I have gotten creative in the kitchen. I created Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Cheerios ™ Bars. They have the wholesome goodness of Cheerios ™ with the added protein of almonds and a bit of sweetness. They have become my kids new, on the go favorite breakfast!

The recipe is pretty simple. I mix Honey Nut Cheerios ™ with sliced almonds, chia seed and dried cherries and set it aside while I cook the mix that holds the bars together.

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The glue that holds the bars together is a combination of honey, brown sugar, almond butter and vanilla extract. You cook the honey and brown sugar together until the brown sugar has dissolved. Then you remove from the heat and add the almond butter and vanilla and combine well.

Carefully pour the hot almond butter mix into the cereal mix and stir well, making sure everything is well coated.

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Pour into a prepared pan and evenly spread out.

Top with melted dark chocolate.

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Place pan in the refrigerator and allow to cool 1-2 hours. When cool  remove from pan and cut into bars. I typically can get 12 bars.

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My kids now have a grown up way of eating Cheerios™ that they love! I have made them several times now with and without chocolate to the same reaction, “can I have more?” I am planning on making up some more real soon. I think they would be perfect as a gift in a care package! It would be another  great way to brighten someone’s day with Cheerios™.

How would you brighten someone’s day? Who would you give a box of Cheerios™ too?

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Cheerios ™ Bars
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups Cheerios
  • ½ cup Dried Cherries
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seed
  • ½ cup Honey
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Almond Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla paste (or extract)
  • 1 10oz bag of Dark Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Line 8x8 square pain and cover with foil. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Mix Honey Nut Cheerios ™ with sliced almonds, chia seed and dried cherries and set aside.
  3. Cook the honey and brown sugar together until the brown sugar has dissolved.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the almond butter and vanilla and combine well.
  5. Carefully pour the hot almond butter mix into the cereal mix and stir well, making sure everything is well coated.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and evenly spread out.
  7. Melt Chocolate chips in the Microwave in a microwave safe boil. Stirring every minute until melted.
  8. Top cereal mixture with melted dark chocolate.
  9. Place pan in the refrigerator and allow to cool 1-2 hours. When cool remove from pan and cut into bars.

 

As you may have heard, some select boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced over two weeks in July at the Lodi, California plant, have been recalled due to a wheat allergen. This recall only affects consumers with Celiac disease or a gluten-sensitivity. To learn more about the recall, and if your product is affected please go to: http://blog.generalmills.com

Crockpot Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

I am a mom of 4, add on to that a mom of special needs kids so…. mornings in my house can be hectic and down right crazy but there is one thing we need every morning, a good breakfast.
I love giving my kids a good healthy hot breakfast and this recipe fit the bill along with being easy to make. French toast casserole in the crockpot! Who would have thought. I whipped this up way after my kids were asleep so no mommy I need this or that while i’m trying to create breakfast. I did wake up several times during the night to the yummy aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. That may have been the hardest part. Then in the morning voila, breakfast was ready as soon as we woke up.

Try it for yourself!

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Crockpot Pumpkin French Toast Casserole
 
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No need to worry about not having enough time in the morning to make breakfast. Make breakfast in the crockpot and let it cook while you sleep.
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf sandwich bread (white or wheat), diced
  • 1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cloves
Instructions
  1. Place cubed bread in a large bowl
  2. In another bowl, whisk eggs and then mix in milk. pumpkin puree, brown sugar, vanilla and spices until well combined.
  3. Pour egg mixture over bread and mix until bread is well coated
  4. Pour bread mix into a well sprayed crockpot
  5. Cook on low 6-8 hours/ overnight.
  6. If needed allow to sit uncovered for up to 30minutes before serving if too moist (I live in the desert so I did not do this)
  7. Serve and enjoy. Top with maple syrup, whipped cream or powdered sugar
  8. Note- Some great add in's to this recipe would be chocolate chips or pecans;) I did not do this do to one kid with a chocolate allergy and my kid’s aren’t a big fan of nuts in cookies/muffins etc. they prefer to eat them plain.