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Homemade Granola with Pumpkin Seeds, Honey & Cranberries

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Honey Pumpkin Seed Granola {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Homemade Granola with Pumpkin Seeds, Honey & Cranberries – homemade crunchy granola made with honey, brown sugar, pecans, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and chocolate chips.  Breakfast just got a whole lot better!

Homemade Granola with Pumpkin Seeds, Honey & Cranberries - homemade crunchy granola made with honey, brown sugar, pecans, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and chocolate chips.  Breakfast just got a whole lot better!

What do you eat for breakfast during the week?  Breakfast is really not my favorite meal, so I struggle almost every day.  I get bored easily too, so even when I do find something I like, I can only go a few days before I want to switch it up.  English muffins with peanut butter, Mint Cliff Bars, and a protein shake are about the 3 things I rotate between.  I am relatively new to liking yogurt, so recently I started adding yogurt and granola into the mix.  So if you have any great quick and easy ideas that are still good for you, let me know!

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Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins - a lightened up (but you would never know it) banana muffin with chocolate chips. They freeze well, so you can always have them on hand for quick breakfasts.

Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – a lightened up (but you would never know it) banana muffin with chocolate chips. They freeze well, so you can always have them on hand for quick breakfasts.

Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins - a lightened up (but you would never know it) banana muffin with chocolate chips. They freeze well, so you can always have them on hand for quick breakfasts.

Spring is officially here!  Is the weather spring like where you are?  We had a really mild winter, aside from a few weeks, that I really can’t complain.  Most of January was in the 50’s.  When the weather did decide to return to close to normal, it was hard to deal with!  Snow, in February, how dare you!  Amazing how we get so used to, and spoiled by a good thing, we only complain and see the negative when things return to normal.  Well, now that April is only 2 days awhile, hopefully things will stay nice from now on!

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Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

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Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake - A light and fluffy coffee cake with a layer of chocolate chip streusel in the middle and on top!

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake – A light and fluffy coffee cake with a layer of chocolate chip streusel in the middle and on top!

  Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake - A light and fluffy coffee cake with a layer of chocolate chip streusel in the middle and on top!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful and relaxing weekend.  We celebrated my husband’s birthday, and he got to do whatever he wanted.  After traveling for work, and being busy, he didn’t want to do much.  But to be able to sit around, guilt-free, is worth something!  We did get some stuff done around the house, so that was at least productive.  I still can not figure out why there is always so much do to around the house.  I mean, we pick up and clean up after ourselves daily, but at the end of the week the house is a mess and there is so much to do.  I think I just need to have a live in housekeeper!  If anyone wants to fund that, just let me know!

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Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

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Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls - quick and easy cinnamon rolls that are perfect for the holidays. Eggnog are both in the dough and in the glaze!

Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls – quick and easy cinnamon rolls that are perfect for the holidays.  Eggnog are both in the dough and in the glaze!

Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls - quick and easy cinnamon rolls that are perfect for the holidays.  Eggnog are both in the dough and in the glaze!

Welcome to Day Three of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

I hope you are enjoying Christmas Week – so many great recipes!!  Chocolate Saltine Toffee and Chewy Molasses Cookies so far, and even more to come!

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Eggnog French Toast

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Eggnog French Toast is the perfect breakfast for any holiday morning. All the great flavors of eggnog in a delicious breakfast.

Eggnog French Toast is the perfect breakfast for any holiday morning.  All the great flavors of eggnog in a delicious breakfast.  

Eggnog French Toast is the perfect breakfast for any holiday morning.  All the great flavors of eggnog in a delicious breakfast.

Do you have a family tradition for Christmas morning?  When I was growing up we ALWAYS had French Toast for breakfast.  Even now, when we celebrate with my parents and my brother in January, we will have French Toast for breakfast.  The same recipe every year as well.  So when I had my own little family, I decided we would try something different.  My son is obsessed with anything cinnamon, so we have cinnamon rolls.  I wish I could say I make them from scratch each year, but I don’t.  I buy the frozen ones, so I don’t have to do any work on Christmas morning.  This year when we celebrate with my family, I am going to try my best to see if I can get them to try a new recipe for French Toast. This Eggnog French Toast needs to become a tradition!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze

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Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze are a great treat to have around for breakfast, lunch box treats, or after school snacks.

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze

My son has a 4 day weekend this weekend.  They have Thursday and Friday off for conferences.  My in-laws are coming to visit, so he is going to have lots of time with them. Often times when family comes to visit he has to go to school, and misses out on seeing them more than just the weekend.  Not this time!  And he is beyond excited.  Saturday my husband and I are headed to Denver for time to ourselves.  Not sure what we are going to do yet, but we haven’t had a night away in forever, so it will be a nice break.

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Apple Pumpkin Coffee Cake

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Apple Pumpkin Coffee Cake - a great fall coffee cake

Apple Pumpkin Coffee Cake - a great fall coffee cake

I hope that you are having a great weekend.  My parents are in town, so we are getting to spend time with them, and my brother.  Considering my brother lives less than an hour away, we don’t really see him that often.  Everyone works, our son has activities, and they live downtown (read small apartment, with no parking), so it doesn’t always work out.  They are in the process of building a house in a suburb of Denver though, so hopefully that means we will get to see them more often.  So when you have a house full of people in the morning, what do you make for breakfast?  Personally, I love something easy and fun, and my son wants something with cinnamon.  So apple pumpkin coffee cake it is!

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Walnut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

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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

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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

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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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