Sweet Meets Spicy with the New TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® Pods!

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I had my first chai latte in college. There was a place just off campus that started making them in the fall. Several of us music majors stopped in their one day between classes and saw a chai latte on the menu. I think I remember the barista raving about it, so we all decided to give it a try. Oh my goodness. It was heavenly. We called it “Christmas in a cup.” Any rough day could be cured by a chai latte with its perfect blend of sweet and spicy deliciousness. Cinnamon, cardamom, ginger…ahhh…

I’m sure there are many coffee shops that still make them, but I hadn’t had a chai latte in years. The memories of that first chai latte are still fresh in my mind (many, many years later!), so I was absolutely delighted to learn I could make one at home with my Keurig® and the new TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® Pods!

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Have you ever tried chai? Chai is a black tea blend known for its combination of sweet and spicy tones that originated in India. Mix that with the creaminess of milk and you have a drink that satisfies all your tastebuds!

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How do you make this delightful drink for yourself at home? It’s an easy two-step process with the TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® Pods:

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STEP 1: Pour the powdered milk packet into your favorite mug. You can choose from classic or vanilla caramel. Both are delicious!

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STEP 2: Place the mug under your Keurig® and brew theTAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pod into your mug.

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STEP 3: (Ok, yes, there is a third step) Stir well and enjoy!

I know you will enjoy the creamy, spicy, sweet taste of this made-at-home chai latte! It may be the middle of summer, but with the first sip I was thinking “Christmas in a cup” all over again. There were lots of happy sighs coming from this mama!

Adding to your wonderful chai latte experience,TAZO® has partnered with New York Times Bestselling author and host Padma Lakshmi to bring us some amazing recipes to pair with this delicious drink! Padma grew up with the flavors of tea and chai, so her recipes come from a lifetime of experience and memories and they are fabulous. The cinnamon tea cookies are my pick for an afternoon chai latte date with girlfriends!

TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods are popping up in stores now and you can find out what stores are carrying them by clicking here! Grab some and enjoy your own sweet, spicy, creamy, wonderful chai latte in the comfort of your home!

Which of Padma’s recipes would you love to try with your chai latte?

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A Chocolate Lover’s Toffee Blondie

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Nebraska Furniture Mart. I was compensated for this post, but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own.

I know most chocolate lovers would reach for a brownie before a blondie, but this one may change their mind! I am a die-hard chocolate lover and I am delighted to find chunks of delicious chocolate inside of a buttery cookie dough. While everyone else is going all death-by-chocolate with triple chocolate brownies (which I love as well), I want the chocolate to be the star, not the everything of my dessert.

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And let’s talk about toffee. Toffee is my love language. Well, actually gifts is my love language, but toffee is one of my favorite gifts, so there you go. If we’re talking about me feeling loved, chocolate and toffee are a good place to start.

Chopped Chocolate

Now, not just any chocolate will do. I love all kinds of chocolate – milk, dark, white, semisweet – equally, but different occasions call for particular kinds. For this season of love, I prefer dark chocolate by itself and milk chocolate in my dessert!

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Look at those glorious chunks of chocolate! Swoon…

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Nebraska Furniture Mart is in the mood for chocolate, too! They are partnering with Frigidaire Gallery and See’s Candies to give chocolate to YOU! From February 3rd thru the 16th, Nebraska Furniture Mart is offering a free box of See’s Chocolates with any Frigidaire Gallery purchase. Also during this time, NFM is offering 36-month financing for Frigidaire Gallery products, which are ALL on sale. New appliances + free chocolate = lots to love!

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With all this love going around, I have to share a dessert recipe to celebrate! And of course, it includes that yummy See’s Candies milk chocolate!

CHOCOLATE LOVER'S

A Chocolate Lover’s Toffee Blondie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 8-12 oz. See’s  Candies milk chocolate (4-6 bars), coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits

Directions

Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a 9 x 13 in. pan and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugars with the paddle attachment on your stand mixer or by hand. Add eggs and vanilla, scraping the bowl as needed to combine all ingredients. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and kosher salt. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. If mixing by hand, add the dry ingredients in several batches, mixing in between. Gently fold in the chocolate chunks and toffee bits.

Spread the dough evenly into the greased pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the edges start to pull away from the sides. Cooking time will vary with oven and elevation. Let the bars cool completely in the pan before cutting. Makes 24 bars.

 

How do you like your chocolate this Valentine’s Day? What is your favorite chocolate dessert?

For lots of yummy chocolate treat recipes, check out the Gallery of Sweets here!

 

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3 Ways to Involve Your Kids in the Kitchen This Christmas!

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Confession: I love to eat.

Many of my fondest memories involve food. This especially holds true for the holidays. Christmas makes me think of my dad’s party mix, my mom’s plates of sweet treats, and big bowls of warm soup. The holidays have always included full days of baking in the kitchen with my mom and sister – measuring, mixing, baking, and decorating to share delicious food with family and friends.

I have three boys of my own now and I am so grateful they enjoy time in the kitchen as much as I do! Their involvement in holiday baking has evolved over the years based on their age and level of interest. My aim is always to make it fun for them AND productive for me with as little stress as possible. When I get started on my holiday baking list, I know they will want to join in, so I have several go-to ways to get them involved in the kitchen!

3 Ways to Involve Your Kids in the Kitchen this Christmas

Here are my three favorites:

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Reading the recipe

It might not seem like the most exciting job, but as soon as my boys could read, they couldn’t wait to tell me the ingredients, measurements, and directions. I think they might also enjoy it because they feel like they are in control! It is helpful to me because I can go about measuring and mixing while they tell me what to do.

When the kids are in the kitchen with me reading handwritten recipes passed down from my mom or grandma, we end up sharing lots of stories. Family history has been passed down from generation to generation in our kitchens and I want to keep that tradition going!

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Measuring the mix-ins

I usually measure out the messiest ingredients during our baking sessions – flour, oil, and so on. Those are also the ingredients that need to be the most precise, so maybe it’s a little about me being in control! I’m trying to hand over the measuring duties little by little and even our youngest can help measure mix-in type ingredients, such as chocolate chips, nuts, and dried fruit. These measurements don’t need to be quite as exact and I don’t mind if they sneak a few to snack on along the way!

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Cracking eggs

I know I just talked about control issues in the kitchen and this was probably the hardest for me to let the kids try. But here’s the truth: kids love cracking eggs. And egg cracking is a skill every person should learn at some point, so why not teach them early?

When the kids crack eggs, we follow a few simple rules. Eggs are cracked one at a time into a separate bowl, then added to the mixture. This prevents accidental egg shell pieces from ruining an entire batch of cookies! Hand washing is a must as soon as all eggs are cracked to prevent any cross-contamination. I’m all about preventing food-borne illness because there is already enough sickness going around this time of year!

On this particular day, we were making my grandma’s chocolate chip cookies, but holiday baking with kids could also involve frosting, sprinkles, rolling out dough, and lots of other fun!

And when the kids lose interest in the kitchen…

This happens all the time. The boys are so excited about baking with me, but after about 30 minutes, they lose interest. It pays to have a backup plan and I often choose a holiday movie for that plan. In keeping with the Christmas baking theme, check out A Fruitcake Christmas from the Hermie & Friends series by Tommy Nelson! There is fun, adventure, mystery, and all of it points to Christ, the true reason for Christmas.

I love to bake all year round, but there is something extra special about baking this time of year and I’m so glad my kids are a part of it! What is your favorite way to get the kids involved with holiday baking?

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5 Ways to Win the Day On a Snow Day!

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It’s going to happen. I just know it is. The boys are in school this year and we live in Nebraska, so we will have a snow day and I want to be prepared.

We used to homeschool, so a snow day meant a normal day of school for us, but all of that has changed this year. If the boys are home for a snow day, we won’t be doing any school work! Since snow days could pop up unexpectedly, I’m making a game plan right now so I’m not caught off guard looking for something fun to do!

When coming up with a game plan to win the day on a snow day, consider your child’s interests and activities you find fun as well! Snow days are a chance for us to enjoy unexpected extra time with the kiddos and great memories can be made.

Here are five ways we’re planning to win the day on a snow day!

Snow Day

Get Outside

We’ve had a few snow days that were just too cold for outdoor play, but as long as the wind chill is not dangerous, we’ll be playing in the snow! Now is the time to make sure everyone has snow gear that fits, sleds are out of storage, and all the supplies for snowman building are on hand. I finally bought myself some real snow boots this year, so I’ll bundled up playing with my boys!

Warm Snacks

There is nothing better in this world than coming in from playing in the snow to enjoy hot chocolate and warm cookies. I feel all cozy and happy just thinking about it right now! Stock your pantry with hot chocolate packets and make some cookie dough to keep in the freezer – this will leave more time for fun when that snow day arrives.
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Art, Art, Art

Our kids love to draw, paint, color – just about anything artistic! They could spend hours being creative and that sounds like a perfect (mostly) quiet activity for a snow day. Before the cold and snow arrive, I’m checking our art supplies to make sure we have plenty of paper, paint, crayons, etc. We also have several great drawing books, like this one from Ed Emberley, that I save for days like this as something special to do. Art time can be for Mom, too! Adult coloring books are fun and relaxing – this is one of my favorites!

Movie Time

We are a family who loves to watch movies together. We often snuggle up on the couch, turn on the fireplace, pop some popcorn, and enjoy a good movie. This sounds like the perfect snow day activity to me! And sometimes we pair movie time with an…

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Indoor Picnic

Our boys get super excited when we put a blanket down in the living room and have an indoor picnic. It’s a simple thing, but they love it so much! They also love pizza, so I have my freezer stocked with Jack’s Pizza to pull out for a snow day picnic in the living room.

Jack's Pizza Snow Day

Jack’s Pizza is a great choice for a snow day because it is easy to make, delicious, and a great value – what more could you want?!

Jack's Pizza Snow Day Pizza

It is made in the Midwest with 100% real Wisconsin cheese and a preservative-free crust, so you can feel good about gathering around a few Jack’s Pizzas on a cold, snowy day!

I’m not crazy about ice, wind chills, and dangerous roads, but these ideas still have me excited for our first snow day of the year! We will be ready for family fun as the snow accumulates!

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Snow day or not, our lives as moms are BUSY. Even getting food on the table for dinner can be a challenge. This week, I’ll be talking with Jack’s Pizza for a Twitter party to share an easy way moms can win the day. Join us for the fun and you could win! Here are the details:

  • When: Wednesday, November 11 at 1 p.m. CT
  • Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #RealCheeseRealLife hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite: http://vite.io/themotherhoodchats
  • Hashtag: #RealCheeseRealLife
  • Prizes: We will be giving away four prizes to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa gift card. Prizes limited to U.S. participants only. See official rules.
  • Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TMChatHost, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Hope to see you at the party – maybe you’ll be one of the big winners!

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Winning the Day with Jack’s Pizza!

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Let’s talk about football game day. We are football family, through and through. I enjoy watching the game as much as any guy and I actually want to WATCH the game.

Our kids enjoy football, but they aren’t glued to the TV when a game is on. They usually want to play some football. And eat. They want to eat all the time.

Here is our most common game day situation: Mom wants to watch the game and the kiddos want to eat. How do we make this work? What can I make them to eat quickly that will make both them and I happy?

Enter Jack’s Pizza.

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Jack’s Pizza has been a staple in the frozen food aisle of our local grocery store since 1960. Jack’s is made with Midwestern pride and 100% real Wisconsin cheese. We picked out an original, preservative-free thin crust – another reason to love Jack’s!

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Did you know you can grill Jack’s Pizza? Our last game day was a warm one and I didn’t feel like heating up the oven, so we just set the pepperoni pizza right on the gas grill and it cooked up beautifully with a nice crispy crust! And all of it was ready in just 12 minutes – perfect for making during halftime! We served it up with apple slices + chocolate milk – a little something fun for game day!

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Can you tell how much they enjoyed their pizza? Jack’s is a favorite for families because everyone in the family loves it! We’re a pepperoni household, but we also have the cheese variety in our freezer to mix it up.

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I’m giving Jack’s Pizza a thumbs up with Double J because the price is low (just a few bucks) and the quality is high!

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I was totally winning this game day because the kids loved their food and I didn’t miss much of the game! Thank you, Jack’s Pizza!

What kind of Jack’s Pizza is the favorite in your house?

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Friday Favorites

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I haven’t done a Friday Favorites in a while, so I have all sorts of stuff stored up in my head to share with you! And my friend, Crystal, does the most fun Friday Favorites every single week, so you should check hers out. We often agree on our favorite things. We’re cool like that.

Crossway Trio

Everything I’ve read from Crossway Books

I’ve read three books published by Crossway this year and I can’t get enough of them. I’m going to be writing a review on each one, but I just need to give you a heads up that these books need to be on your list. The absolute best part about books from Crossway is how they pack a TON of wisdom and grace into a small amount of pages. I pick up a Crossway book and think, “As a busy mom, I can handle a book this size.” And then I end up underlining half the book because they have each been THAT. GOOD. The three I’ve read so far are Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, Blind Spots, and Women of the Word. I already have two more in line to read. Yes, Im addicted.

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Corn Salsa

Speaking of addictions, this corn salsa is super duper easy to make and I’ve been eating it for days on everything. I mixed it in with BBQ grilled chicken and quinoa for lunch yesterday. I used it to top a turkey burger. And, it may sound strange, but I’m loving using romaine leaves as “chips” and scooping up the corn salsa as a dip. Make some this weekend.

COS Beach Sale

Summer Accessories on Sale

Sunglasses, sandals, kimonos… So, I don’t own a kimono yet, but Cents of Style is totally tempting me with their summer accessories sale today. I want grab all their fun beach items and head to the ocean. Too bad I’m in the middle of the country. So here’s the great beach sale today: Get 40% off + free shipping on all the items you need to look fabulous at the beach with the code BEACHREADY at checkout! Kimonos are just $11.97! You can also get great deals on sandals, swimsuit coverups, and more! If you spend $20 or more, you will also get three sheets of fun metallic temporary tattoos for FREE!

DaySpring Fathers Day Flash Sale

Flash Sale for Father’s Day!

DaySpring is helping you get ready for Father’s Day this weekend with a flash sale on these amazing sets for dads! There are two gift sets available, each at the super low price of $19.99! AND you can use the code THANKYOU to get an extra 25% off as part of the Customer Appreciation Sale! These sets are on sale through the weekend and they are an amazing way to bless the man in your life for Father’s Day! If you’re not shopping for Dad, you can still use the THANKYOU code to get 25% off your DaySpring order!

We have a fun-packed weekend ahead of us – I can’t wait to fill you in on Monday! Enjoy your weekend!

 

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Making Meals with NOW Foods!

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It has been my pleasure over the last week to be adding some amazing NOW Foods products into my daily life! I had no idea the breadth of products available from NOW Foods before becoming a blogger ambassador, so it’s been fun to try these high quality, natural, and affordable products that meet the stringent quality standards set forth by NOW Foods!

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Look at that haul we get to try! So many amazing products – food, personal care, sports nutrition, and supplements! I’m not a patient person, so I’ve been diving in to try everything these past two weeks!

My focus this week: making meals with NOW Foods!

NOW Foods Meals

One of our current obsessions is grain bowls. We’ve been trying different kinds of rice and quinoa mixed with meat and veggie combos, so the Living Now® Gluten-Free Organic Tri-Color Quinoa was a perfect fit for us!

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This tri-color quinoa is not only delicious, but also beautiful! I prepared the quinoa based on the package instructions, using chicken broth as the liquid. Quinoa is even easier to cook than rice and it doesn’t come out sticky! I also love that quinoa adds extra protein and iron to my meal.

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To partner with the tri-color quinoa, I baked chicken breasts in Ellyndale Organics™ Coconut Infusions™ Garlic Flavor. I also stir-fried the veggies for our bowl in the same oil. The subtle garlic flavor added by this oil was scrumptious!

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Here is the end result – garlic baked chicken, tri-color quinoa, zucchini, red pepper, and onion! We both wanted two bowls because it was so delicious! We refrained and I’m glad we did, because the leftover quinoa was the perfect side for our grilled chicken and vegetables lunch over the weekend.

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Doesn’t this look like the perfect light, healthy summer meal?! The tri-color quinoa has quickly become a favorite in our household!

Another favorite summer lunch for me is a protein smoothie! 

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Protein smoothies are cool, refreshing, filling, and quick to make! My favorite combo is unsweetened vanilla almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, frozen banana, PB2, and chocolate protein powder. I was thrilled to find the  NOW® Sports Sprouted Brown Rice Protein – Chocolate in my package because it was perfect for this smoothie! One tablespoon of this protein powder is just 30 calories and 4g of protein, and it is soy-free + dairy-free – so great for those with food allergies.

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One last meal idea for you today – a giant salad. The Hubby and I love big salads topped with lots of veggies, a little bacon, and something crunchy. NOW Real Food® Organic Toasted Hemp Seeds are a fabulous salad topper! They lightly sea-salted (yum) and are a valuable source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. One serving also packs 5g of protein! My mind is already thinking up new ways to use these nutritious, delicious seeds!

If you think these NOW Foods products sounds fabulous, you’re right, and I have SO much more to share! Look for another post next week highlighting the great personal care products I’ve been trying!

Which of these NOW Foods products would you like to try? How would you use them in a meal?

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A Yummy #TasteAndBelieve Challenge!

I participated in a In-Home Party Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Any reason to get together with friends is a good reason, am I right? When that reason involves the words “salted caramel” and “brownie,” I’m all in. Girlfriends and chocolate go hand-in-hand perfectly.

I got together with a few friends from my bible study this week to treat them to some decadent sweet and salty indulgences…but I had a little surprise for them! I had sampled one (or a few!) of these little bites of heaven before our little get-together and I couldn’t wait for them to give them a try AND let them guess just which company was behind their yumminess! See what I did with that twist there?!

Besides my favorite pairing of salted caramel and chocolate, I love adding fruit to the mix when chocolate is involved, so I set out a cute little tray of the brownie bliss treats and strawberries and made sure all signs of packaging were out of sight.

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These treats are not only yummy, they are also adorable and look great on a platter, don’t you think?! They wouldn’t last long though!

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As we chit-chatted, everybody grabbed their sweets and took their first bite…and nobody could stop there because YUM. My favorite part was watching everyone try to figure out the company of origin for the brownies – it was a good excuse to take just one more bite…or many!

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After all the guesses were submitted, I finally revealed that these yummy salted caramel brownie bliss treats were made by…

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Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods! Surprise! I wish I could have passed them off as my own creations, but it was fun to reveal that each treat was just 90 calories and 2 points for Weight Watchers PointsPlus!

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Did you know there is a whole Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods line? It includes yummy treats such as Triple Chocolate Brownie Bliss, Mint Chocolate Brownie Bliss, Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss, Chocolate Crème Cake, Lemon Crème Cake, Red Velvet Crème Cake, Carrot Crème Cake, Chocolate Brownie, Coffee Cake, and Cookies! WOWZERS.

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If you’ve been wanting to give one of these treats a try, NOW is the time because you can be a part of the Tasting is Believing Challenge! Until May 31, 2015, buy any Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods product, try it, and if you don’t love it, get your money back! Find these treats at your local store for a suggested retail price of just $3.29 per box!

The #TasteAndBelieve Challenge has me convinced! Which of these Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods will you try as part of this yummy challenge?!

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Sensible Portions Puffs: Snacks for the Whole Family!

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I know I’m not the only mom who has kiddos CONSTANTLY asking for things to eat, right?! I’m always on the look out for better-for-you snacks to feed the whole family when they need to munch on something. The boys have found a new favorite in Sensible Portions Puffs from Hain Celestials!

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Made with organic corn and no fillers, Sensible Portions Puffs are baked and deliciously seasoned bite-size poppable treats for the entire family to enjoy! Sensible Portions Puffs are made with the belief that an after-school snack, or a movie-watching treat, can be fun and delicious while also being a better-for-you, smarter snacking option.

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The boys take after me and like something a little salty for an afternoon snack along with some fruit or string cheese. I don’t want them to fill up on junk, especially with dinner right around the corner. Sensible Portions Puffs satisfy that salty craving with their four yummy flavors: Veggie, Cheddar, Tomato Basil, and Sour Cream & Onion.

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The boys loved all four flavors, but the Cheddar were definitely a favorite! The Hubby enjoyed all of the flavors as well, while I had a strong preference for the Veggie Puffs! These really are the perfect thing to snack on – low-calorie and without any nasty fillers! You can grab your own at WalMart stores for just $2.88 a bag!

I want your family to be able to give Sensible Portions Puffs a try, so we’re giving one of you four bags – one of each flavor! To enter, just tell me about your favorite better-for-you snacks for your family! For an extra entry, tweet this and come back to leave a separate comment telling me you did:

Tweet: Enter to win 4 bags of #SensiblePortionsPuffs from @homewiththeboys! http://ctt.ec/3dJF1+ #giveaway

Leave your comments by Monday, May 11th at 8PM CST to be entered!

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Heavenly Soft Breadsticks (Bread Machine Recipe)

I love carb-loading. The Hubby and I look forward to Thursdays + Fridays each week because we get to stock up on carbs for our weekend long runs. It might be my favorite part of race training.

Carb-loading is tricky business. It is not adding a whole bunch of carb calories to what you’re already eating those days. Carb-loading is upping the ratio of carbs in your diet on those two days leading up to a long run.

Our favorite way to carb-load: heavenly soft breadsticks.

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Oh my. We already have every Friday designated as homemade pizza night, so adding breadsticks to the menu makes sense. These breadsticks are SUPER easy to make and absolutely delicious! We’ve been making them for years and they never, ever disappoint!

After seeing these pictures, I’m sure you’ll be ready to down some of these carbs yourself, so I’ll share the recipe.

You’re welcome.

The best part of this recipe for me is the use of the bread machine to make the dough! God bless bread machines. I love throwing everything in the machine and letting it do all the work of mixing and rising and kneading!

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A few notes since I’ve made these a gazillion times:

You’ll need to start the process about 2 – 2 1/2 hours before you plan to eat to allow for the bread machine time, extra rising after they are cut into sticks, and baking.

I have had this (affiliate link) Oster Breadmaker since we got married 12 years ago and it still works perfectly! I mostly use it for the dough setting because I still like baking bread in the oven.

Breadsticks Pizza Cutter

A pizza cutter works like a dream for cutting the strips from the dough! I wish I would have figured this out years ago! SO EASY!

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The recipe calls for bread flour, but all-purpose flour works just as well. I have always used extra virgin olive oil, so I can’t tell you how other oils would work. If you try another oil in the recipe, let me know how it turns out!

Who is ready to make some breadsticks?!

Heavenly Soft

Bread Machine Soft Breadsticks

  • Yield: 24 breadsticks
  • Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup oil (I use extra virgin olive oil)
  • 3 cups bread flour (all-purpose flour will also work)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed, making a well in the flour for the yeast. Select “Dough” setting. Push start. (don’t skip that last part)
  2. Read a book, watch some TV, go for a run – let the bread machine do the work!
  3. When the dough is completed, roll it out on to a floured surface into a 10×12 inch rectangle.
  4. Cut into strips about 3/4 inch wide. (I would also cut them in half as they ended up very long.)
  5. Give each strip a twist and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  6. Preheat oven to 375º.
  7. Let breadstick dough rise for at least 20 minutes or more if you have time.
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Brush with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt and/or Parmesan cheese.

I think I may need to try these as dessert breadsticks next time! A little cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top instead of garlic or cheese?! Yum!

How would you eat these delightful bits of heaven?

 

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