May 27, 2015

Snack Tray

It's been awhile since I posted one of Penelope's snack boxes. I have been keeping busy working in the lunch room at school, volunteering in the classroom, running around to all Penelope's extracurricular activities and trying to make sure everyone gets fed, and the house stays clean. Here is a snack tray I made for Penelope over the weekend.

Crushed wheat sourdough bread, Oreo lemon cookies, berry medley, turkey roll ups, olives, smoked salmon and cheese cubes. Yum Yum

May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!!!

April 29, 2015


Do you have a duvet comforter? Do you find it's a hassle to get the cover over your comforter without it bunching up and driving you crazy? I did and I did...until Chris sent me this genius video on the "Duvet Roll". Amazing! Chris and I no longer fight about who is going to put the freshly washed duvet back on. Check it out!

April 27, 2015

Children's Book Review and Giveaway: Candy and the Cankersaur

 Now that Penelope is reading on her own I am always searching for new and fun books that I think she would enjoy, to add to her growing book collection. Recently I was introduced to children's book author Jason Sandberg. Jason Sandberg is a Fine Artist but aside from that his desire is to also produce books that children will love. The books that were "missing from his childhood" and "the books he wished he'd had."

One of these books is called Candy and the Cankersaur. I received a Kindle version of Candy and the Cankersaur for Penelope and I to review.

This is the sweet and funny tale of a young girl named Candy and her Cankersaurus Rex! Candy receives a dinosaur as a gift and is determined to train him to be a good pet. This playful homage to Syd Hoff will make all dinosaur-crazy boys and girls happy!

As a bedtime story book this is perfect for a parent to read to their 3-6 year old. As a read-alone book it is great for 6-9 year olds. Penelope is 7 and she had no problem reading this book on her own. The illustrations which are also by Sandberg are very kid friendly. They are colorful and reminiscent of bygone childhood cartoons. I love this sort of artwork for children's books. It reminds me of the innocence of being a kid. The story itself is very easy to follow and entertaining as well. It is the story of a little girl who receives the biggest surprise from her father...a pet dinosaur! Despite the fact that dinosaurs are extinct of course. It also has some lessons on jealousy, honesty and responsibility. I enjoyed this book and know that as a child this would have been one I read again and again. So what did the expert think about this book? In Penelope's words " I love this book. I wish I had a pet dinosaur!" Which got to her thinking about different names she would call her dinosaur and imagining different things they would do together. Which is another thing I love, books that stir a child's imagination! You can purchase a kindle version of this book via Amazon. Penelope and I are also looking forward to checking out The New Crown and Baby Julia Feeds the Moon, also authored by Jason Sandberg.

Want to win a Kindle version of Candy and the Cankersaur to enjoy with your child? I am giving away a FREE Kindle version to 10 of my readers.

To Enter: Leave me a comment telling me who this book is for. You can get extra entries by liking author Jason Sandberg on Facebook and following him on Goodreads.

This giveaway will end on May 11, 2015. I will choose the winner using Please leave a valid email address if it is not visible in your profile.

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.

April 26, 2015

Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

4 Skin-on, bone-in chicken leg quarters
Butter ( I used Finlandia)
Garlic powder
Lemon pepper

Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking pan with foil. Place a few thin pats of butter in the bottom of pan. Season leg quarters liberally with garlic powder, lemon pepper and salt. Place leg quarters in pan skin side up. Top each leg quarter with a couple of thin pats of butter. Roast in oven for 45 minutes. Open oven and spoon melted butter over the leg quarters. Raise temperature to 400 degrees and then put chicken back in for another 30 minutes. When finished skin will be crisp and the chicken will remain juicy and delicious. Serve over rice with some of the pan drippings.

Munk Pack Review

Munk Pack has created the first ready-to-eat oatmeal fruit squeeze for adults. A mix of whole grain rolled oats, flax and all natural fruit conveniently packaged for an easy and fiber filled on the go snack.

These look like your child's lunchbox apple sauce but they are more. They provide the energy adults need whether you are running errands or running for exercise. Made with real ingredients and no added sugar these make a healthy treat for an active lifestyle.

Power Your Workouts: From running, spinning and yoga, to sculpting at the gym, swap out dry, sugary bars and recharge your batteries with real, whole foods instead.

Quick & Healthy Breakfast: Before work, the gym or on-the-go, power your mornings with clean energy from hearty oatmeal with real fruit and flax—even while on-the-go!

Keep Your Brain Smart: Need a boost? Munk Pack contains brain-healthy Omega-3s and is a good source of fiber.

Easy to Digest: Gluten-free, vegan and made with real fruit, you will never find any artificial flavors, fillers or preservatives in Munk Pack products.

I received a package filled with each flavor of Munk Pack Fruit Squeeze.

Apple Quinoa Cinnamon
Blueberry Acai Flax
Raspberry Coconut

Munk Pack is targeted towards adults but I still wanted to see what Penelope thought of them. Just like I thought, she did not enjoy these. These are not your pureed down sauces that the kiddos are used to. These have substance to them, they contain oatmeal so they are chunkier, more filling. I was actually pretty pleased that Penelope wasn't going to steal these from me because I did enjoy them. They are great for a quick on the go breakfast or healthy snack when you feel the need to munch on something. I tried them both at room temperature and chilled but preferred mine refrigerated. This made them so they were not only satisfying but refreshing as well. My favorite flavor of the bunch was Raspberry Coconut. These are a little tart which I prefer. They have just a hint of coconut. The one negative thing I will say about these is that I wish the packs contained more then they do. Still each 4.2oz. pack contains 100 calories which is the perfect size for an in between meal snack.

You can purchase Munk Pack online on Amazon.

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.

April 20, 2015

Pesto Pasta Salad

I made a delicious pesto pasta salad today, super easy and even Penelope liked it.

Pesto Pasta Salad

Elbow macaroni
Pesto sauce
Grape tomatoes halved
Black olives halved
Shredded mozzarella cheese.

Cook macaroni and let cool to room temperature. Add pesto sauce, I used store bought refrigerated sauce but you can make your own. Add the tomatoes and olives and the cheese and stir everything together. Season with a little salt and pepper . Enjoy!

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