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Friday, August 26, 2016

Fruit & Nut Trail Mix with Dark Chocolate


Are you ever in need of a pick me up snack?  I know I am.  I often get to this point in the afternoon when I'm hangry (hungry + angry).  And as a mom of 3 sometimes it's hard to get a good snack in during a busy day or diapers, stories, and breastfeeding, school drop off/pick up, etc, etc.  This trail mix has been my saving grace the last few weeks. I've had moments when the baby needs to eat and so do I.  This is the perfect snack to hold me over until I get a chance to eat.  My husband has also been enjoying it at work in the afternoon when his lunch is starting to wear off and it's not time to come home yet.  


And with school starting over the last 2 weeks it's been a great snack for my daughter that seems to hardly have any time to eat lunch at school. Does anyone else have kids that don't have enough time to eat?  I mean, I know my daughter is a socializer, but I think the need a few more minutes to be able to eat without snarfing. 

I grabbed a little cup of this trail mix to bring her when she got off the bus and she was really excited to munch on it as we chatted about her day on the walk home.  She hadn't ever had macadamia nuts and asked me what they were.  She liked them a lot - and I'd have to say I did too! It was a great little snack to tide her over until dinner was ready!   
 

We seriously have loved the flavor combo in this mix!!!! Like a lot! My husband and I have been talking about it all week!  It has the perfect amount of sweet to nut ratio with just a little salt (you can add more depending on which nuts you choose to be salted vs not).  And the bits of dark chocolate seriously take this over the top! I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.  

This mix consists of: pistachios, dark chocolate covered pumpkin seeds (found the bulk section of Sprout's Farmers Market - any dark chocolate chunk will do though), dried cranberries, dried mango chunks (I like to buy the unsweetened organic mango strips and then I cut them into chunks with kitchen shears. I really despise the preservative flavor on some dried fruit - so I always check the label to make sure it's just the fruit (sometimes only sugar added, but I prefer nothing)), macadamia nuts, raisins, cashews and pecans. 

{Find the printable recipe below}


Thank you Nuts.com for inviting us to create a trail mix in celebration of National Trail Mix day on August 31st!

Fruit & Nut Trail Mix with Dark Chocolate

Yield: 2 quarts 
Notes:

I am not a huge salt fan, but I like a little sweet and salty mix. Feel free to choose how much salt you want in your mix by choosing salted or unsalted nuts.  I only had salted pistachios and I thought it was great - although I might choose one more salted nut next time.  
Ingredients:

1 cup pistachio nuts, shelled (salted or unsalted)
1 cup macadamia nuts (salted or unsalted)
1 cup cashews (salted or unsalted)
1 cup pecans (salted or unsalted)
1 cup dried mango, cut into bite size chunks
1 cup dark chocolate covered pumpkin seeds (pepitas), or other dark chocolate chunks
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup raisins
Directions:

Mix the above ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl, stir to combine. Store in a cool dry place in 2 quart jars or a gallon size zip lock back.  It makes about 2 quarts of mix.  Scoop out ¼ cup or so for a serving. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Teriyaki Chicken


I'm always on the hunt for a quick and easy no-fuss meal that the family will enjoy! This Teriyaki Chicken is just that.  It come together in 30 minutes, and I always happen to have all the ingredients on hand. Maybe you do too!  My whole family raves over it too - and that's what I enjoy most. A peaceful quite meal.  Check out the full recipe with printable over at Or So She Says, where we are sharing the recipe today. 

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Triple Berry Blender Ice Cream {no ice cream maker needed}


Have you ever had an inkling to make homemade ice cream but don't have an ice cream maker?  This quick and easy blender ice cream is the closest thing I've found to recreating that yummy homemade soft serve kind of ice cream. I remember getting fresh berries from my grandpa's garden as a kid and my mom would make such yummy raspberry and strawberry ice cream! It was a favorite summer treat for sure.  

We're sharing this recipe on Or So She Says blog. Check it out for the full recipe and printable. 


Monday, August 8, 2016

Campfire Sliders


Summer is winding down, my daughter starts school next week!  I'm not looking forward to it.  But there is still time for another camp out or cookout up the canyon or in your back yard to celebrate a wonderful end of summer.  These Campfire Sliders are perfect! You can make them ahead of time and take them where ever you want to cook them.  In the oven, on the grill or on the coals of your fire. These are sure to be a easy, delicious dinner for the family to enjoy! Catch the recipe and printable of our favorite fillings on Rhodes Kids Baking Blog today. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Caprese Tortellini Salad


This salad just screams summer to me!  I will never tire of the caprese trio whether it's alone, in a grilled cheese sandwich, or in this pasta salad.  It's fast to throw together and you could serve it on its own or as a side...I'm thinking some grilled chicken would be perfect.  


If you have a basil plant or a garden with tomatoes, this is a fantastic way to use them up!  Linds has a favorite dressing (the tomato basil one from Sprout's) that is perfect in this recipe.  Or you can just use any balsamic vinaigrette or even just balsamic vinegar, olive oil, with some salt and pepper to keep things simple.  


It really is so simple with just a handful of ingredients, but it's definitely not lacking in flavor!


Caprese Tortellini Salad

Ingredients:


1 9 oz package refrigerated tortellini
1 dry pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on size
A few handfuls of fresh basil, thinly sliced--chiffonade style
1 cup fresh mozzarella balls, or fresh slices torn into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup tomato basil vinaigrette, optional
1 tablespoon + oilve oil*
1 tablespoon + balsamic vinegar*
salt and pepper, to taste
Directions:


Cook tortellini according to directions on package. Drain, and rinse in cold water.

Combine pasta, tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and vinaigrette (if desired), salt, and pepper. Pour over salad and toss to coat.

Refrigerate until chilled.  


Notes:



*If not using the vinaigrette, increase the amounts of balsamic vinegar and olive oil until the salad is moist.  

Thursday, July 21, 2016

BBQ Chicken Flatbreads

On the hunt for some no-oven summer meals?  These bbq chicken flatbreads fit the bill perfectly! You're going to want to make these ASAP. They can be made inside or out on the grill and are a definite favorite!  We are sharing the recipe over on the Rhodes Kids Baking blog today.  Head over to find the full recipe tutorial, and the printable.  


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Omelet-Style Breakfast Sandwich

These breakfast sandwiches are one of my favorite dinners! Some nights I just don't feel like cooking, but a bowl of cereal for dinner makes me feel a little depressed.  These are a simple solution since they come together so quickly, require no oven, and don't get complaints from my kids!  We're sharing the recipe at OSSS today.  Head on over for the printable!
Made with our favorite homemade English Muffins!