Thursday, July 31, 2014

Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

I decided that I wanted to try something new for a crunchy snack... I feel like when I am trying to eat healthy I can't find anything that has that "crunchy" taste that I am looking for. Carrots, celery and so on just don't have the same effect. So, I thought that these sounded fabulous... . The calories are a little high for a snack for me, but they were super addicting and I ate half of the batch on my own! Watch them carefully when you are baking them, they tend to cook quickly and they are a bit like granola in the fact that they will crisp up more after you take them out of the oven.

Honey Cinnamon Roasted Garbanzo Beans
(recipe found at

1 (15 ounces) can garbanzo beans
4 teaspoons canola oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon honey

Preheat oven to 375. Drain garbanzo beans and rinse them under cold water until starch is removed. Place beans on a paper towel to dry. You can peel off the skins if you want. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, cinnamon and sugar. Place beans in a bowl and stir until all the beans are evenly coated. Spread out the beans on a large baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes or until beans are crunchy and no longer soft in the middle. Place hot, roasted beans in a small bowl and coat evenly with honey. Spread beans back out on baking sheet and allow to dry. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Peanut Butter Granola

Granola has gotten to be one of my kids favorite snacks... They are yogurt freaks, so they love being able to put something crunchy on top of it. They must get that from their mom! :) I have my quick go to granola recipe that we all really enjoy, but I wanted to try this recipe, mainly because I liked the sound of peanut butter! And every once in a while you need to switch it up a bit...

Peanut Butter Granola
(recipe found on pinterest via

4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

Preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with baking spray. In a large bowl, combine peanut butter and honey and microwave for about 30-45 seconds until the peanut butter and honey have all melted. Stir together and then add in cinnamon and vanilla. Add in oatmeal and stir until covered. Spread in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cocoa Banana Refrigerator Oatmeal

This wasn't one of my favorite refrigerator oatmeals, but it was still tasty. When you need a chocolate fix in the morning this would be a good option! :) Next time I make it, I might have to add some peanut butter to the recipe - peanut butter, banana and chocolate?? Now that would definitely be my type of combo!!

Cocoa Banana Refrigerator Oatmeal
(recipe found on pinterest via

1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned oameal
1/3 cup skim milk
1/4 cup low fat greek yogurt
1 1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener)
1/2 diced banana, or enough to fill jar

In a half pint jar, add oatmeal, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, cocoa powder and honey. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add bananas and stir until mixed. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dairy Queen Buster Bar Dessert

Every Sunday we head over to my mom's house for Sunday dinner. It is a crazy affair with 16 kids and 10 adults all gathered in one spot, but it is loud, obnoxious and tons of fun! While my mom makes all the meal, I like to contribute every once in a while with dessert - usually around the time of someone's birthday, but sometimes at other times too if there is a dessert that I have been dying to try! :) I hate having it lying around MY house... So, for my sisters' birthday, I asked them what type of dessert that they wanted. My one said "nothing with pure chocolate" and the other one was a little more specific... "ice cream, peanuts, some chocolate" ummm.... okay, I'll see what I come up with! :) Well, this is exactly what she described and every LOVED it! It is pretty rich so one pan goes quite far. Although not everyone chose to have dessert this served all of us that wanted it and a couple extra pieces for the birthday girls! :)

Dairy Queen Buster Bar Dessert
(recipe found on pinterest via

2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk (12 ounces can)
2/3 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound oreo cookies (crushed)
1/2 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cups spanish peanuts
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream (softened)

Mix powdered sugar, milk, chocolate chips, butter, and vanilla together in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil for 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool completely. Add melted butter to crushed oreos. Spread in a 9×13 cake pan. Refrigerate until set. Spread softened ice cream on top. Freeze until ice cream is firm. Top with cooled chocolate mixture and peanuts. Freeze overnight.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekly Line Up - 7/25-7/31

This week is going to ROCK!! For the month of July our school has been offering free lunches to the kids (while they have summer school going on) so this momma hasn't had to make lunch all month. Now pair that up with the fact that the kids have bible school this week where they also get to eat supper and I am one ecstatic momma!!! Top it with the fact that this year all four of my kids get to go to bible school and I am actually not helping with this one thing in their lives and that means I have some free time... I already warned the hubs that there will be no meal making around here this week - it is all cereal and eggs and toast for me and if he is actually home we might, JUST MIGHT go out for supper! Can you hear the excitement in my typing??? Anyhow, with all that going on I decided this week would be the perfect week to get a jump start on some of my freezer cooking for our vacation that is coming up... So, that is the line up that you are getting! Enjoy your week, I know that I am going to!

Friday - Hot Dogs
Saturday - Class Reunion
Sunday-Thursday - Vacation Bible School

Extras: *Pizza Log, *Grill Chicken for Quesadillas, Potato Bar Chili for the Camping Haystacks, Chocolate Sugar Cookies, Strawberry-Banana Jam, Strawberry Jam and Strawberry Shortcake

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blueberry Banana Refrigerator Oatmeal

This was another super easy oatmeal recipe! I didn't mash the fruit together like it was suggested because I like to have some chunks in my oatmeal - the whole texture thing and oatmeal! :) Again, the kids though that these were super delicious and wanted to have another one later in the day for snack... I can't keep these in my fridge, they are flying out like crazy!

Blueberry Banana Refrigerator Oatmeal
(recipe found on pinterest via

1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1/3 cup almond milk, slightly overflowing
1/2 banana
1/4 cup blueberries

Mash banana and blueberries together in a bowl until blended together. Stir in oats, yogurt, and milk. Cover, and refrigerate overnight. Top with additional blueberries and bananas in the morning, if desired.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Refrigerator Oatmeal

I had to try a few more flavors of refrigerator oatmeal since the kids are enjoying it as much as I am... Seriously, I made up about 6 of them and then ran out within 2 days because everyone was eating them!! So, I picked up the supplies to make a bunch of them and spent about a half an hour one day making up 12 new oatmeals, we'll see how long these last! :) My son tried the apple cinnamon first and after the initial bite was freaking out about how good it was. He wanted to eat the other one and was mad at me when I made him pick something else to eat with it. I swear, that kid is going to eat me out of house and home and he's ONLY 9!! This one is super simple to throw together and I usually have all the ingredients on hand... LOVE IT!

Apple Cinnamon Refrigerator Oatmeal
(recipe found on pinterest via

1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup skim milk
1/4 cup low fat Greek yogurt
1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, or enough to fill jar

In a half pint jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, cinnamon and honey. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add applesauce and stir until mixed. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.