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Cars 3 Play Date

This post is sponsored by Mattel. All opinions are my own.

Reward your kids who do their chores by letting them pick out their favorite Disney-Pixar Cars toys at Walmart and a Cars 3 Play Date!

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What kid likes to do chores? My kids certainly do not. I definitively do not like chores either.

However, if someone were to offer me a lunch at my favorite restaurant or a massage to clean my room I would absolutely get my chores done! 

That concept of rewarding good behavior is exactly what I have done with my 6-year-old son Matthew this summer.

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Matty loves his toys and Matty loves to make a mess of his toys.  I suppose that’s true of all kids his age.  

However, I’m trying to also teach Matty the value of cleaning up, living in a home that isn’t messy and cluttered all the time, and being rewarded for good choices.  

There are a lot of ways to keep track of your kids chores.   

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I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel by creating a new chart, however the internet is already full of some really great charts and trackers.

This website has some great ideas.

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For Matty’s reward, he wanted to invite our new neighbor boys over for a Cars 3 Play Date! 

I called my neighbor Chelsea and we set a date for her two boys Grayson and Cohen to come over one morning.  

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Mattel supplied us with so many great Cars toys from Walmart that Matty wanted to share them with his friends. 

Each boy got to pick their favorite Cars toys to play with and keep.  

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The boy had so much fun shooting the cars out of the launcher! 

Cohen, the little guy, carried around Lightening Mcqueen like the car was his best friend.  So cute! 

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The incentive for new Cars toys from Walmart has really encouraged and excited Matty to get his chores done.  

Of course, there are days where I have to ask him over and over to pick up his toys… but on a whole, the reward system really worked! 

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I also made jumbo blueberry muffins for the kids to snack on.  Grayson and Cohen weren’t fans, but Matty and Chelsea loved them!  Get my bluebery muffin recipe here

So if you’re looking for a way to reward your kids for good behavior, make a chore chart and then head to Walmart to let your kids pick out some super fun Cars toys! 

Overnight Oats: Simple to make, these overnight oats are a healthy, delicious breakfast for any woman on the go! | The JavaCupcake Blog

Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar

Simple to make, this overnight oatmeal in a jar is a healthy, delicious breakfast that is easily customized for any taste for the busy woman who wants to fuel her body for a fantastically productive day!
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In my quest to live a healthier life in 2018, I enlisted the help of a health coach, Eleanor Duelley of Simple.Healthy.Well.   Eleanor is a military wife as well as a mom and entrepreneur so I instantly felt a connection with her.

The first thing Eleanor taught me was to change what I was eating for breakfast.  Starting my day with a high protein, low-sugar meal will set my body up for a day of success including more energy and feeling less hungry.

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So that’s exactly what I did.

Instead of eating greek yogurt or cereal packed full of sugar, I switched to overnight oatmeal in a jar packed full of protein.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to stick to making myself a breakfast every morning, but to be honest it’s been extremely easy to do for myself.  This overnight oatmeal in a jar is make-ahead so there are no excuses when it comes to breakfast.

Just grab it from the refrigerator and enjoy!

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After only a week, I noticed a difference.  A huge difference actually.  Instead of being hungry every 60-90 minutes, I was now going 2 1/2-3 hours before I needed to eat again.

I wasn’t feeling that crash and burn mid-day from eating sugar first thing in the morning anymore.  I can’t tell what a huge difference just eating the right thing for breakfast has done for my day!

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Some other things I like to add to my overnight oatmeal in a jar include:

  • 2 Tbsp all-natural peanut butter (I use Jif)
  • Banana slices
  • Cinnamon & nutmeg
  • Kiwi – helps the body oxidize fat during moderate-intensity exercise
  • Nuts (I don’t add these because I’m allergic, however they’re full of protein and great for you!)
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Dark chocolate – In moderation, a few pieces of chocolate can be a great addition to overnight oats
  • Peaches – perfect addition to your overnight oats in summer
  • Figs (my new favorite fruit!)
  • Hemp seeds – rich in amino acids and help build muscle
  • Raw coconut – helps lower cholesterol
  • Persimmons – rich in vitamins A and C and high in fiber

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The point is, oatmeal doesn’t have to be boring! With so many options to mix in to overnight oats, there’s no reason not to make it perfect for you.

Pick your favorite things and make sure to start your day fabulously happy with this overnight oatmeal in a jar – the food you fuel your body!

Photography by: Frenchly Photographly

Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar

Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used almond/cashew protein milk)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • berries

Instructions

  1. In a small jar with a lid, mix together oats, chia seeds, milk and honey.
  2. Put lid on the jar and place in refrigerator overnight.
  3. When ready to eat, remove the lid and top with berries.

 

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5 Minute Breakfast Sandwich

When you’ve only got 5 minutes in the morning to grab breakfast, this 5 Minute Breakfast Sandwich will do the trick!

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OXO provided me with these products, however the opinions are all mine. 

One breakfast my family is known for making on road trips is breakfast sandwiches.  My husband typically cooks them while the girls are getting ready and has them wrapped up and ready as we hit the road.  However, road trips aren’t the only time that we want breakfast sandwiches.

My teenage daughter hates making breakfast in the morning.  Unless I’ve got something quick for her to eat in the morning, she’d rather go without.  When OXO asked if I wanted to try out some of their products to make breakfast easier, I jumped on the chance to recreate our favorite breakfast sandwich for her!

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To make this 5 Minute Breakfast Sandwich, you’ll need the following OXO products:

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First up is the egg for the sandwich.   We love eggs and salsa in our family, so I whipped up 2 eggs, salt, pepper, milk and salsa together in the OXO Microwave Egg Cooker.  The Cooker has a wide opening for whisking scrambled eggs in the bowl and a removable base to easily transfer your eggs to the muffin.  Super easy to use!

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As the eggs are in the microwave cooking, I prep the bacon.  I cut a few thick slices in half, season them with pepper, and lay them on the OXO Microwave Bacon Crisper.  The adjustable kickstand allows grease to drain into the built-in reservoir for healthier, crispier bacon in minutes.

As soon as the eggs have finished cooking, I pop a slice of cheese on top, close the Cooker lid and put the bacon in the microwave to cook.

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While the bacon is cooking, I get the hot tea ready.  I fill the OXO Adjustable Temperature Kettle with hot water and set it to 200F degrees and scoop some black tea into the OXO Twisting Tea Ball.

The Kettle is cordless when removed from the base, with a silicone surface so you can bring it to the table without worrying about damaging surfaces.  The Twisting Tea Ball makes it easy to scoop up the desired amount of loose leaf tea, and the twisting feature ensures the leaves stay in the ball.

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And in 5 minutes, I’ve got a delicious breakfast sandwich and a hot cup of tea ready for my daughter to enjoy before school.

Wait… who am I kidding?  I don’t get up that early for my 17-year-old!  She’s making this all on her own!  Yes! These OXO products make it easy for my daughter to make her own hot, delicious 5 Minute Breakfast Sandwich and Tea anytime she wants!

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5 Minute Breakfast Sandwich

5 Minute Breakfast Sandwich

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

Breakfast Sandwich1 English muffin

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 slice of cheese
  • 2 Tbsp salsa
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 slices thick cut bacon

Tea

  • loose leaf tea
  • water

Supples

  • OXO Microwave Bacon Crisper
  • OXO Microwave Egg Cooker
  • OXO Clarity Adjustable Temperature Kettle
  • OXO Twisting Tea Ball

Instructions

Breakfast Sandwich

  1. Remove cheese, eggs, and milk from the fridge.
  2. Fill OXO Clarity Adjustable Temperature Kettle with water and set to desired temperature to turn on.
  3. Split English muffin in half and start toasting it in your toaster.
  4. Lay 2 pieces of bacon onto the OXO Microwave Bacon Crisper and generously pepper both sides. Set crisper aside.
  5. Crack 2 eggs into the OXO Microwave Egg Cooker and add the milk, 1 Tbsp salsa and salt/pepper to taste. Mix together with a fork until combined. Cook in microwave according to directions on the OXO packaging. Once the egg is fully cooked, remove the cooker from the microwave and place a piece of cheese on top of the egg. Put the lid down so that the heat stays inside and the cheese melts.
  6. Cook the bacon on the crisper in the microwave according to the directions on the OXO packaging. Carefully remove the crisper from the microwave once the bacon has reached your desired crispness.

Assembly

  1. Open the English muffin onto your plate and place the egg/cheese on one half. Layer the bacon on and finish off with another Tbsp of salsa. Put the second half of the muffin on top.

Tea

  1. Once the hot water has reached the desired temperature, use the OXO Twisting Tea Ball to scoop the loose leaf tea.
  2. Pour the hot water into a mug and place the tea ball in the hot water. Wait a few minutes and remove the ball from the hot water.

Serve

  1. Serve your 5 Minute Breakfast Sandwich with a side of fruit and hot tea for a complete, simple, delicious breakfast!

Notes

OXO provided me with these products, however the opinions are all mine.

 

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola

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Back to school season is in full swing and I know Mom’s everywhere are stressing out about what to feed the kids for breakfast!  My recipe for homemade peanut butter and jelly granola made with Bob’s Red Mill oats is perfect for those busy school day mornings!

When we lived in Germany, granola and yogurt was our go to staple breakfast because a good muesli was easy to come across in Europe.  The muesli typically contained oats as well as other mix ins like nuts, chocolate, dried fruit, seeds and almost anything else you could think of.

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My personal favorite was the muesli that had berries and chocolate in it, so when Bob’s Red Mill asked if I’d like to come up with a back to school breakfast idea, I knew I wanted to try to recreate my beloved muesli from Germany.

Since I’m actually allergic to nuts, I wanted to make this granola with peanut butter (not actually a nut) to bind it all together.  I used cinnamon peanut butter & honey for sweetness to bind the granola together.

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To continue with the pb&j theme, I added dried blueberries & strawberries for added sweetness and flavor.  Finally, honey roasted peanuts and chocolate chips for crunch.

The main star of this granola is Bob’s Red Mill oats! I used both rolled oats and steel cut oats because oats are an incredibly versatile whole grain.Homemade Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.com

The difference between rolled and steel cut oats is in the processing. Rolled oats are rolled flat to produce those flakes you know and love. Steel cut oats are chopped into several pieces for a chewier oatmeal.

For back to school breakfast, it’s easy for my kids to put together their own parfait featuring this delicious peanut butter and jelly granola!

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In a mason jar, they’ll spoon in Greek yogurt and give it a drizzle with honey.  Next, they’ll spoon on the homemade granola then top it all off with fresh berries and more honey!

Sometimes, we even throw a lid on the jar if we’re in a rush so the kids can eat it on the way to school.

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This recipe makes about 6 cups of granola which in my house lasts about 2 weeks.  You can easily substitute any nuts, fruit or other mix ins to make it your own.  Simply follow the basic ratios for the wet and dry ingredients and have fun!

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola

Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Bob's Red Mill rolled oats
  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dehydrated strawberries
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium pot, melt together the peanut butter, honey and vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, and blueberries,
  4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and toss together until completely coated.
  5. Spread the mixture out onto the prepared sheet until it's about 1/2 in flat.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes then gently toss the granola. Bake an additional 5-8 minutes or until it's light and golden brown. BE CAREFUL the granola will burn quickly.
  7. Allow to cool completely then toss in the chocolate chips and strawberries.
  8. Store is a container with a lid.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Fresh Peach Coffee Cake

Ripe, juicy peaches, crumbly topping and sweet icing make this Fresh Peach Coffee Cake the perfect summer breakfast treat!

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I really had no other reason to make this fresh peach coffee cake than I just wanted to.  It’s peach season, the sun is shining, and I wanted a delicious breakfast cake to have in the morning at work!

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Do I really need any more reason than that?

Nope.  Sure don’t.

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So this coffee cake is subtle in flavor in the cake, but the peaches pack a huge flavor punch!  I  honestly don’t know which part I like more, the juicy peaches inside or the crumbly goodness on top.

Both.

Yup… both.

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And let’s be honest here, I don’t always eat a lot of what I bake… but I didn’t share more than one piece of this peach coffee cake with my family!

In fact, I put a big DO NOT EAT sign on it so they’d stay out and I could enjoy a piece every morning until it was gone.

*sigh*

I’m still dreaming about this cake…

Maybe I should make another one.

Nah.

Ha!

Happy Baking!

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake

Yield: 1 cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Coffee Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups fresh peaches, peeled and diced + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

Crumb Topping

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp unsatled butter, melted

Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp whole milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease and flour a springform pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the sugar and butter until light in color, about 3 minutes.
  4. One at a time, add the eggs and beat until combined. Mix in the vanilla. Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is incorporated.
  5. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk to the wet mixture making sure to beat well after each addition.
  6. Toss the peaches in the 2 Tbsp of flour and fold into the batter.
  7. Pour batter in to prepared pan and smooth out until level.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes. til
  9. Sprinkle the topping over the top of the cake until covered then bake an additional 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  10. Once the cake has cooled, drizzle the icing over the top.

Topping

  1. Combine sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Add butter and mix incorporated. It will look like wet sand.

Icing

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and milk until smooth.

Notes

Recipe originally from Barbara Bakes.

 

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Key Lime Scones

Sweet, tangy Key Lime Scones come together with just a few ingredients and are perfect with tea!

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Hey all! Nancy here from The Bitter Side of Sweet! So glad to be here helping out Betsy! I have followed Betsy for a long time and her recipes! She  has so many great ones like these lucky charms cupcakes or this frozen nutter butter pie. So I was super excited to get a chance to come here and be with you today!

So let’s talk key limes. I really haven’t had much involvement with them in my lifetime but have heard of the traditional key lime pie.

I was in my local grocery store and I saw a 2 pound bag of them for .22 cents! Uh hello! How can you pass up a deal like that? Well you can’t which is why I have 2 pounds of key limes and that is why I ended up making these key limes scones.

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I’ve been somewhat obsessed with scones lately so I thought I would put my key limes to good use to add a little spring into my day! My family loved them and I hope you do too! Want to find more of my recipes you can follow me on Facebook |Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

Key Lime Scones

Key Lime Scones

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Sweet, tangy Key Limes Scones come together with just a few ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 2¾ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • ½ stick cold butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons key lime juice
  • zest of 2 key limes

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 415 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar and butter until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Add eggs, milk and key lime juice and continue to mix until combined.
  4. Stir in zest.
  5. Dump mixture out onto parchment paper.
  6. Shape into round disk.
  7. Cut into 8 equal pieces.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Pull out and recut your scones. Turn heat up to 450 degrees and cook for 7 more minutes.
  10. Cool and ENJOY!

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