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Walnut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

Walnut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars 5  Imperial-1

Walnut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars; great for snacks, breakfast, or even lunch box treats!

I hope that everyone had an great weekend.  We spent the weekend with some wonderful friends.  My husband’s college roommate and his wife was in town.  We hadn’t seen them in over 3 years, so it was great to spend 2 full days with them.  We ate way too much food, but it was worth it.  Today they leave, and another friend shows up for a visit.  It is a jam packed week!  This afternoon we also get to go meet the teacher day at school.  I can’t believe I am going to have a 4th grader tomorrow.  Time is just going by way too fast!

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Blueberry French Toast Bake

Blueberry French Toast Bake - the perfect make ahead breakfast

Blueberry French Toast Bake - the perfect make ahead breakfast

With the 4th of July coming up in just over a week, I figure it is time for a comforting make ahead breakfast recipe.  You might have house guests, or were up late the night before and don’t want to deal with having to feed the kids the next day.  Or you might be traveling, and want something you can make on the road (assuming you have a kitchen).  There is a good chance we will have a house full of people over 4th of July weekend, so I have a good feeling we will be doing this again.  But I might switch it up with a strawberry version.

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins

Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

We may be on summer break around here, but somehow our mornings are no less busy than during the school year.  My 9 year old is doing a science type camp this week, that starts at 8am!  That is an hour earlier than his school started.  Next week he is doing an outdoor survival type came with a bunch of his friends.  This one also starts at 8am.  So yeah, sleeping in is not happening around here anytime soon!  But he is having fun, learning new things, and getting to enjoy time outside, so it is all worth it in the end.

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Brownie Batter Pancakes

Brownie Batter Pancakes | Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

Brownie Batter Pancakes | Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

We had my 9 year olds birthday party with his friends yesterday.  Nothing like letting 8 third grade boys loose in an ice cream shop.  They had such a great time.  They were able to make homemade ice cream, sample a few different kinds, decorate t-shirts, and have a special ice cream cake.  At least the party ended at 5:00, so the sugar high had time to wear off before bed time.  Eating an actual dinner, now that I can not make any promises on.  If you live near a Ben & Jerry’s, I definitely suggest you check it out.  Something different and fun for the kids to do. Plus, you don’t have to worry about them running crazy around your house!

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Breakfast Sausage Egg Bake

Breakfast Sausage and Egg Bake, perfect for brunch | Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts

Breakfast Sausage and Egg Bake, perfect for brunch | Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts

We are about a week away from Mother’s Day.  What do you do to celebrate?  I know brunches are a very popular choice, so I am here to help you out.  I say every year, that I don’t need presents for Mother’s Day.  I just want to not have to cook and clean for the day.  Last year my husband planned for us to go up into the mountains for the day, and that was perfect.  We hiked, went out to lunch, and then came home to relax.  Knowing that he thought of me and planned something is exactly what I think Mother’s Day should be.

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Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

My son has started football practice.  They have a fall and spring flag football season in our town, and he loves that he gets to play it twice a year.  He has almost all the same kids on his team, and the same coaches, which is really nice.  But now we have to worry about having practices during the the week, and games on the weekends.  Sometimes just one game, sometimes two.  I get used to the winter and having our weekends free.  Not anymore, we go from football right into baseball, so we can have free weekends again at the end of July.

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S’mores Pancakes

S'mores Pancakes

S'mores Pancakes

I love having lazy weekends with a big breakfast.  It does not happen often around here, but I wish it did.  Usually I can not justify all the calories in a big breakfast, so it is a once in awhile treat.  Today though, I was up and leaving the house by 6:15.  My 8 year old and I are heading up to the mountains to go skiing.  The weather is supposed to be in the 30′s up there, so hopefully it will be a great day of skiing.  After today, I think I will have definitely earned this stack of pancakes!

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Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins #LittleChanges

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins #LittleChanges

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins #LittleChanges

This post is written on behalf of the US Highbush Blueberry Council and Mom It Forward

We spent this past weekend up in the mountains with my family.  My parents were in town, so we rented a house to celebrate Christmas.  My brother and SIL met us up there as well.  It was so much fun, and so relaxing.  We brought tons of food, so we could cook and just relax.  Traditionally we have French Toast for our Christmas breakfast, so that was on the menu for sure.  My brother wanted to add his favorite blueberry smoothie to breakfast as well.  Blueberries are known to help with memory, so there was joking all weekend about making sure we got enough blueberries in our diet.

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Gingerbread Pancakes and $500 Amazon Giveaway

Gingerbread Pancakes

Gingerbread Pancakes

What would you do with $500 at Amazon?  My wish list is about a mile long there, so I would go crazy!  Well, today you can enter to win a $500 gift card from Amazon.  How you use it is up to you.  You can buy Christmas presents for family and friends, or you buy a few things for yourself.  I promise I won’t tell!

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Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins #chocolateparty

Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins 3

Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins

I am late to the #ChocolateParty this month, but I am still here!  How could I miss out on an excuse to make something with chocolate?  This month the challenge was to pair chocolate with buttermilk.  I love baking with buttermilk, it gives a great flavor and leaves everything so tender and moist.  Muffins are always a hit here, and my freezer was actually empty of them, so I decided to do a chocolate chip muffin using buttermilk.

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