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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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Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars - chewy granola bars with coconut and chocolate chips. Super easy to make, and great to have one hand for snacks, lunches or even breakfasts!

Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars – chewy granola bars with coconut and chocolate chips.  Super easy to make, and great to have one hand for snacks, lunches or even breakfasts!

Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars - chewy granola bars with coconut and chocolate chips.  Super easy to make, and great to have one hand for snacks, lunches or even breakfasts!

Do you do girls/guys night on a regular basis?  Everyone talks about how important it is to go out and make time for your spouse.  I completely agree with that, family is by far the most important thing in my life.  But going out with my girlfriends is sometimes almost as important.  A few nights ago a group of us went out to a local restaurant.  There were 16 of us total, and it was one of the best nights I have had in a long time.  So much laughing, yummy food, and such a great time.  I came home totally relaxed and ready to take on the world the next day.  Something that we really do need to make happen more often.

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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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Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread & Blendtec Giveaway

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Blendtec Giveaway

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread is the perfect gift or treat this holiday season. A quick bread with tons of cinnamon flavor, chocolate chips and topped with a chocolate glaze.

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread - a great treat this holiday season.  Make as gifts, or keep it for yourself!

Have I got a treat for you today!  You have the chance to win a Blendtec blender.  I have one and absolutely love it.  I actually wrote about it when I made White Chocolate Almond Butter.  A year later, and I still love it!

Today I am sharing a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread over at Your Homebased Mom.  All November long Leigh Ann has been a co-host of Bake Craft Sew. Your Homebased Mom is the site for all kinds of edible gifts,  Mique from  Thirty Handmade Days, is about all things crafting, and Cindy of Skip to My Lou is doing a whole month of sewing ideas.

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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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Brownie Batter Pancakes

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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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Butterscotch Pudding Triple Chip Cookies #SundaySupper

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Today for #SundaySupper we are getting together to #BakeForACure.  I did a whole week of Breast Cancer Awareness around here last week, had some great friends help out, and even have a giveaway going on.  This is the perfect way to end the week.  I didn’t go pink, I just went with some of the best cookies I have had in awhile.

I have only added pudding to cookies one other time, not sure why it has taken me so long to do it again.  They make for the softest and chewiest cookies around.  My husband is a huge butterscotch fan, so I as soon as I saw these, I knew I had to make them.  And, they did not disappoint!  Butterscotch in the background, and then white chocolate, butterscotch, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.  A party in your mouth!

Don’t wait to make these, they will be loved by all.  It does make quite a bit though, so bring these your local hospital or cancer center.  What a great way to say thank you to the medical professionals who selflessly give a part of them self every day to help others.  Or you could reach out to someone who has struggled with cancer.  A nice way to show what an inspiration they have been, or just to show you care.

 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins #SundaySupper

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

The #SundaySupper event went Orange today.  Pam, from The Meltaways, is hosting this great “All Things Orange” Event.  There are all kinds of great fall foods that are orange; pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots and more.  But I am sure you could have guess what I would have picked, even before you read the title of this post.  Pumpkin!!  I am kind of obsessed lately.

So not only could you have guessed pumpkin, but knowing me you probably could have guessed muffins too.  I am realizing that I am kind of predictable.  But this is a healthy muffins recipe (relatively speaking).  There is less than 2 Tbls of oil in this whole thing, and I used whole wheat flour!  So you don’t have to feel guilty about having one of these little guys for breakfast or a snack.

Muffins always go over well with my 7 year old.  But he is obsessed with pumpkin just as much as I am, so he loved these.  I still have some in the freezer, which makes for a great treat after school.  Plus, you can never go wrong when you add chocolate chips.  If you wanted to skip the chocolate, walnuts or pecans would be great.  Even raisins would go well in here, so have fun!

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No Bake Chewy Granola Bars

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No Bake Chewy Granola Bars | Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts

I hope you all had a great weekend, and are ready for Monday.  I can’t say I am ready for Monday this week, but who is ever really ready for it.  It was a beautiful weekend here.  We went hiking to a waterfall on Saturday.  Sunday, I went running with my 6 year old.  He went his furthest ever, 2 miles!  He wants to work up to a 5k this summer.  Then he topped of Sunday night by eating an enchilada for dinner.  He is a very picky eater, so you have to understand how huge this was for us!  Now if he would just eat some vegetables….

Today I have for you a super easy recipe for granola bars.  They taste very similar to a chewy kind you can buy at the store.  These have just a few ingredients, and come together in under 10 minutes.  So much healthier and cheaper than the grocery store alternative.  Plus you could mix in whatever you want!  Raisins, peanut butter, marshmallows, cranberries, nuts, coconut etc.  This recipe made about 12 bars for me, but it is all about how thin or thick you like them.

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Cookie Dough Baked Oatmeal

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I do not like oatmeal.  Wait, don’t leave yet!  I know oatmeal is good for you, and I really have been trying to add more of it to my diet lately.  I know those instant packets are not the way to go, so I have been experimenting with different flavors to try to find something I like.  Katie over at Chocolate Covered Katie has a great site full of Vegan treats.  I am not Vegan, and never will be, but it is a great starting point to get ideas from.  Katie has quite a few different oatmeal recipes, all of which are pretty healthy and full of flavor.  If you are a fan of oatmeal, I am pretty sure you will love this!  If you aren’t a fan of oatmeal, like me, give it a try.  It has started to change my mind on oatmeal :)  Next time instead of peanut butter I am going to try coconut oil!

Katie is starting a cookbook, so I can’t share the recipe directly with you :(  But you can click this link and get the recipe.  Note:  I used skim milk, 1-2 Tbls Peanut butter, and Splenda as my sweetner.  Katie has all sorts of other suggestions for variations on this.  I haven’t tried them yet, but I will soon!