Crunchy Mama D’s Oatmeal

Now that we have two kiddos under 3 and I’m back to work part-time (back full-time in January), I have been trying really hard to make my mornings easy and as stress-free as possible, while maximizing sleep! One way I have been doing that is making a week’s worth of oatmeal and dividing it up for the work week on Sunday. Having a delicious and pretty healthy breakfast is a must-have for busy mamas (whether you’re working or not!). The great thing about oatmeal is that you can mix in pretty much anything, and, it’s TASTY! I keep mine pretty simple with just some raisins, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Check out my recipe and add-in ideas below for a filling and simple breakfast all week!

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Fun Halloween Treats!

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Halloween-time is full of sugary sweets and not-so-healthy snacks! I have SUCH a sweet tooth, but, I am trying to limit my daughter’s sugar intake, even on holidays! Moderation is key, but, that rule is typically ignored during Halloween! Did you know that 4% of all candy eaten in the U.S. occurs on Halloween night, making the average trick-or-treater’s bag of candy equivalent to 4,800 calories and 3 cups of sugar!? Yikes. 

Thankfully, there are ways to still indulge with some healthier snacks AND minimal candy without going overboard. No one wants to deal with upset bellies, right!?

Check out these super cute and healthier Halloween treats from Chef Anthony Stewart!

Candy Corn Fruit Cup
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 cups mango cubes

2 cups clementine segments

2 cups fat-free, plain Greek yogurt

Assemble ingredients in a dessert or drink glass with mango on the bottom, clementines next, and Greek yogurt on top

Top with zest of clementine

Pritikin Candy Corn Fruit Cup

 

Chocolate Jack O’Lantern
*I swapped out the Splenda sweetener for Stevia since I can’t tolerate Splenda- you can use whatever sweetener you choose!*

Ingredients:

1/4 cup water cold

1/2 cup cocoa powder unsweetened

1/4 cup *Stevia granulated

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

12 ounces tofu silken, extra-firm

Instructions:

In a medium saucepan, add water and warm over low heat, bringing to a low simmer.

Add cocoa powder to saucepan, stirring constantly until the mixture becomes a fudge-like consistency.

Remove from heat.

Add Stevia to fudge, mixing well. Add vanilla extract, mixing well.

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, add tofu and chocolate fudge mixture. Process until mixture is smooth and creamy.

Pritikin Pumpkin Chocolate Mouse

Halloween Kabobs

Simply skewer cantaloupe cubes and blackberries. These are SO easy for the kiddos to pick up and snack on!

(We’re not guaranteeing they’ll forget the sugary treats in their bags, but these colorful kabobs just may do the trick.)

Pritikin Halloween Kabobs

How do you limit your kiddos sugar intake on Halloween? Tell me your best tip! :)

 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Fall has officially arrived! When I think of Fall, I think of changing leaves, chilly mornings and nights, burning firewood, apple picking, and…PUMPKIN

Pumpkin seems to be everyone’s favorite Fall smell and taste! You can incorporate pumpkin in to so many things, and, REAL pumpkin is SO good for you! Of course, if you’re only using it in cookies, pies, cakes, sugary beverages, and the such, you’re losing most of the nutritional aspects. However, a tasty pumpkin sweet treat here and there is just perfect! :)

I was craving something sweet with pumpkin and didn’t want to have to pick up anything from the store! I found this awesome, and, incredibly easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Uh, YUM. Pumpkin AND chocolate? I’m there! I only had milk chocolate chips on hand (blame it on the husband who got the wrong kind at the store ;) ), but, they still turned out so good!

This recipe is perfect for a quick weekend treat and it makes a bunch- which is good, because, it’s hard to stop eating them…oops.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 2
A quick and easy Fall pumpkin cookie- perfect for kids and adults alike! Yum!
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Cook Time
12 min
Cook Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 c. pumpkin purée
  2. 3/4 c sugar
  3. 1/2 c oil (I use canola)
  4. 1 egg
  5. 2 c all-purpose flour
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
  10. 1 tsp milk
  11. 1 c chocolate chips
  12. 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, stir together pumpkin purée, sugar, oil and eggs.
  2. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Add flour, baking powder & soda, cinnamon, salt, stirring until well mixed.
  4. Stir in vanilla and milk.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Drop by heaping teaspoonful onto your cookie sheet or baking stone. You can place them fairly close together because they don’t spread. They just puff up.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Notes
  1. I doubled the batch and it was oh so worth it :)
Adapted from Happy Hooligans
Adapted from Happy Hooligans
http://crunchyontheweekend.com/

What are your favorite pumpkin recipes? Do you have any other favorite Fall recipes? Tell me below! :)

 

 

 

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DIY Fabric Softener- Cheap & Easy!

In our effort to simplify our household, I’ve started making a lot of our own cleaning and household products! One of my favorites so far is the homemade fabric softener! Before finding this “recipe”, I would typically use dryer sheets (sometimes liquid softener). Not only do dryer sheets create more unnecessary waste for your household, the residue can begin to clog up your dryer- not ideal. Store bought liquid softener is usually full of chemicals or weird ingredients you can’t pronounce. For me, I want to use as many natural products as I can which is why this DIY Fabric Softener is my laundry’s new best friend :)

Laundry

Taken from An Organic Wife (unfortunately, she is no longer blogging but you can find her on Facebook!)

Homemade Fabric Softener

3 cups distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
15-20 drops of essential oil (I use lavender, but, you could use lemon, orange, tea tree etc.- anything fresh and appealing to you!)
Glass container (I use a mason jar)

Pour 3 cups white vinegar into your container. Next, add your essential oil drops and shake well. Lastly, add in 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol and shake well again. You’re done! :)

For small loads, I use 1/4 cup of the mixture and fill the rest of my dispenser with water. For larger loads, I use 1/2 cup and fill the rest of my dispenser with water. 

It is seriously THAT easy and quick. Another upside to this version is it lasts for a good amount of time before you need to make more. You can also experiment with each batch’s scent by trying different essential oils. Just remember to use something that you won’t mind being on your laundry- the scent isn’t strong at all, but, some oils are stronger than others!

Side note: make sure you label your fabric softener so no one mistakes what it is! 

What are your favorite DIY household products? Let me know below! :)

 

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