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Pancake Puffs

I’m at it again with another semi-homemade recipe the whole family will love! This recipe was born after a weekend cooped up in the house following a ton of rain. You know the kind of weather where you get bored and you just want eat everything and start inventing new recipes with what you have on hand?

Anyhow it was breakfast and we had no milk and we had eggs but I kinda wanted something a little more fun for the kids (and me!) And so, pancake puffs were born!

Its kinda a mix between a mini muffin, a pancake and a cake ball.

As usual, this is hardly a recipe. I literally used an easy pancake mix…..the just add water kind and prepared as per the directions on the box. I added a teaspoon of vanilla, because, why not? Then I got out my mini muffin pan.

I gotta tell you….I have made so many fun things in this pan….its perfect for making mini cookie or brownie bowls that you can fill with fruit or cheese cake or ice cream, or even savory appetizers like spinach dip with puff pastry that were a hit at my book club. Everything is better bite size! If you don’t have one, get one, ASAP!

This is the exact one I have!
Then I scooped filling into the tin, leaving a bit of room.

And here is where the magic happens! You can add any toppings or fillings you like!

I made some with blueberries, a cinnamon and brown sugar mixture, coconut and walnuts, chocolate chips, and of course, rainbow sprinkles! I even made some with chocolate chips AND sprinkles!

The kids can easily help with this, but I chose to surprise them, hoping the wow factor would entice them to eat more! ( It worked!)

I cooked them at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, but ovens vary so I’d keep an eye on them since they are so tiny! They are finished when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

I served with a ramekin of syrup I heated in the microwave for a couple of seconds to dunk in, but go figure, the kids preferred them plain!

Pancake Puffs

Ingredients

Any pancake mix

Desired toppings

Vanilla extract (Optional)

Directions

Prepare pancake mix according to box, spoon into mini muffin tin leaving room for toppings! I added a tsp of vanilla extract.

Top with desired toppings

Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes . Check at 5

Done when toothpick inserted come out clean.

Pop out of pan and enjoy!

Serve with syrup to dip in if desired.

Super easy pancake puffs breakfast fast kid friendly fun family
Super easy pancake puffs breakfast fast kid friendly fun family

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Craft, Crave, Love

Summer Storytime Series

My Storytime Series is designed to incite the love of reading in my kids (and yours too!)I love to do these special story times for the holidays as well, but summertime its extra important!

Have you heard of the Summer Slide? And no, it’s not a fun outdoor activity. It refers to the loss of academic skills and knowledge children experience as a result of being out of school foe the summer. So this is my tactic to try and prevent that!

I also use a reading log to keep track of those books. My kids have to submit reading logs/read for homework so I always keep a running log, especially since the first few weeks of school can be so hectic so I figure why not get ahead? Click below to check out a FREE printable reading log, as well as printable book marks and book ideas by category courtesy of Carrie Ellie!

Free Pretty Printable Bookmarks

Free Printable Reading Log

I try to do a few stories that are related- I love a theme! And then a craft or snack that relates. My kids beg for this, and all of them will sit (mostly) quietly and listen if even for just a few minutes!

Three Little Pigs

Coming soon:

Spaghetti night!

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Breakfast casserole
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Egg-stra Easy Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast casseroleEasy breakfast casserole

This recipe was originally given to me by my sister, although now, neither of us is exactly certain of its original origin anymore.

This is an ideal casserole if you have a large family, or have company coming, but can be made smaller if you wish. It can be made ahead and kept in the fridge and popped in the oven in the morning. It’s great for brunch or breakfast for dinner! In fact, this is our traditional family Christmas morning breakfast now. I make it ahead the night before, and when the kids get up (it was close to 6 am last year!) I pop it in the oven and it’s ready by the time we are finished opening presents!

The first thing I will say about this recipe is that it is more of a guideline… .it can be made for 2 or 10 and you can use any meat you like or none! It works awesome with peppers and mushrooms, but I would pre-cook them before adding to the casserole, just as with the meat. It can be made with or without the cheese, so it’s really customizable to you and your family.

So the first thing you get is the desired size casserole dish. You can use a disposable metal one or a glass or metal one. For the purposes of this recipe, I used a 9x 13 pan.

Next you spray it with desired cooking spray, bottom and sides. This ensures that it can be easily removed in nice squares, but you can chose to scoop it out with a spoon as well.

Now cover the bottom of the casserole dish with frozen tater tots. Any brand. I’ve even used crispy crowns but it will be less ‘potatoey’ if that makes sense. The most important thing here is that they are in a single layer.Breakfast casseroleBreakfast casserole

Next, crack about 12-18 large eggs into a bowl and beat them. I add a splash of milk here and a bit of salt and pepper as well. You made need more, depending on the size of your casserole dish. If you choose to use cheese, I would mix in about ½ cup here as well.Breakfast casserole

Then, pour the beaten eggs over the tater tots. They key here is that you want the egg mixture to cover the tater tots. So if they are sticking out, you will need to add more beaten eggs to cover.Breakfast casseroleBreakfast casserole

Now, add any meat or vegetables, etc that you want. In this example I didn’t have much of either, so I cooked about 6 frozen sausage links and 4 strips of bacon and added then both. I usually use a whole package of bacon, precooked and crumbled. I left it whole this time, as there wasn’t a lot of it.Breakfast casserole

Now, top with remaining 1 cup of desired shredded cheese. Cover with foil and crimp down over sides so that it has a good seal. Bake at 375 for 1 hour, or until eggs are fully cooked and center no longer jiggles. You can also insert a toothpick into the center and it’s down when the toothpick is removed clean. If you check it, make sure to cover it back tightly.Breakfast casserole

Now I broil it, with the oven open so I can watch, until the top is a bit browned, but you can skip this step if you want it more ‘melty’ looking.Breakfast casseroleBreakfast casserole

Cut into wedges or scoop and enjoy! Caution-it will be hot!

Ingredients

About 12-18 eggs

I lb of desired meat, cooked and drained, or vegetables

About ½ bag of frozen tater tots

1 ½ cups of desired shredded cheese, divided

Optional:

Splash of milk

Salt and pepper

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 275 degrees. Spray bottom and sides of 13×9 casserole dish with cooking spray. Cover bottom of casserole dish with single layer of frozen tater tots. Crack and beat 12 eggs in separate bowl. Add a splash of mil and salt and pepper if desired. If using cheese, add ½ cup into egg mixture and stir. Pour over tater tots to cover, adding more beaten eggs as needed until tater tots are covered. Top with meat or vegetables, then sprinkle with remaining cup of cheese. Cover tightly with foil and bake covered for one hour. Casserole is done when the eggs are completed cook all the way through. If desired, broil for 2-3 minutes while watching to brown the top. Cut into squares or scoop with a large serving spoon to serve!

***To makes ahead prepare as above and cover and place in fridge overnight or until ready to bake.

Breakfast casserole

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Patriotic punch 4th of July
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Patriotic Punch

Patriotic Punch

With Memorial Day and then the 4th of July right around the corner, it’s great to have a cool refreshing drink on hand you can make easily. Here is South Florida, its already above 80 degrees most days! I love to whip up and easy drink and make it more fancy by adding a decorative element. This punch is a sparkling watermelon flavored beverage and can be made as a cocktail or a mocktail (no alcohol) for the kids, or anyone who doesn’t drink alcohol. Family friendly fun!

Family fun on the Fourth of July enjoying our Patriotic punch Cocktails and Mocktails!

Patriotic Punch

1 part juice (We love Ocean Spray Cranberry Mango or Cranberry Pineapple)

1 part Sparkling ICE brand strawberry watermelon

Lemon-lime soda

Optional-Vodka (1+ ounces)

Garnish

Skewers

Watermelon, sliced

Star cookie cutter

Blueberries

Directions

For the Garnish

Use a cookie cutter to cut out star shapes out of the watermelon. You can certainly cut up a whole watermelon, and serve what you don’t use, it won’t go to waste on a hot day! Or you can always buy pre-cut watermelon slices in the produce department. Thread blueberries on the top half of the skewers, leaving room for the stars. Top each skewer with a watermelon star. These can be premade and stored in the fridge/cooler.

For the cocktail/mocktail

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the juice and Sparkling ICE drink. Add a splash ( or more) of lemon-lime soda. Add vodka if desired. Stir. Serve with a fruit skewer. I usually add a lime to the adult versions.

Hooray for the red white and blue!

Fun Fact: fruit skewers can be made of any combination of fruit, and work wonders as “magic wands” for a healthy party snack!

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Unicorn Poop Popcorn
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Unicorn Poop Popcorn

This is a recipe for a fun candy filled popcorn that has been come to be known as unicorn poop popcorn in our family! I was making a batch of this for one of our movie nights a couple of years ago, (I think it was Trolls) and my husband commented “That looks like unicorn poop” of course the kids went crazy and hence the name stuck!

Most recently, I added this to the goodie boxes for the girls’s joint Unicorn themed party. My girls were born 6 days apart, so I hope they get used to that idea! It took a bit of work so decide on a theme they would both love but in the end we decided on unicorns!

This recipe is easy enough that kids can help, too. It’s good messy fun. Although you may end up with less finished popcorn!

Ok so this “recipe” if you could even call it that brings together 3 things that I LOVE dearly:

Popcorn, themes, and Simplicity!!

So popcorn is a go-to snack in our house. We love it and we love ALL kinds of it. And (bonus!) its whole grain!Themes, because this recipe can be customized to fit any theme or holiday!

And simplicity because as it is already easy, you can make it even easier!

Ingredients

1.Popcorn – I air pop mine but you can use pre-popped or microwavable. Most of those will have butter and or salt but it makes so a great salty sweet version.

2.Candy melts in coordinating colors

3.Sprinkles, cotton candy, rock candy, etc.

‘Recipe’

1.Lay the popped popcorn on a flat layer on a foil lines cookie sheet

(or for super easy clean up, grab disposable cookie sheets from Dollar Tree)

2.Melt candy melts via directions on the back in your microwave

3.Use a spood to drizzle the colors. I added the pink first, and then tossed the popcorn to give it a base color of pink, then frizzed on the other colors. Go crazy, you can’t mess this up, I promise!

4.Add toppings while candy melts are still wet so they adhere to the popcorn better.

5.Let it sit out to “dry” if you choose and Serve! I told you that was easy! Here’s the link for the popcorn maker we have!

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