Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Other Sneaky Moms

Calling all sneaky moms!!!

Aren't we all sneaky moms when it comes right down to it? Whether it is getting our kids (and husbands) to healthier foods, turning boring chores into games to entice a toddler or sneaking in 15 minutes to take a power nap or catch up on reading other blogs, er, I mean polish my toenails or should I say empty the dishwasher.

Have you tried any of the blogs that are on the left of my blog text? Well, these next two recipes will give that opportunity.

First, I found this tasty granola bar recipe at Cents to Get Debt Free. This mama has lots of great ideas for frugal living as well as lots of recipes and ideas for other homemade items such as laundry soap and fabric softener.

While I was visiting Cents to Get Debt Free I saw her post for Meal Plan Monday and a recipe for oatmeal pancakes which was from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures. This mama has tons of wholesome and delicious recipes that might inspire you, too.

These granola bars were super easy to throw together and took no special skills to make them stick together. I baked them for about 25 minutes and will probably bake the next batch just a smidge longer as they were pretty chewy. But, Seth loved them and so did I. Sure beats those prepackaged "granola bars" with mystery ingredients. Plus, if you check on the math on the cost of the ingredients listed here they are much, much cheaper than the prepackaged bars. Plus, these are made with love and you know exactly what is in them.

I have been trying to make the oatmeal pancakes for about two weeks now, but kept putting it off. Silly me! WOW, these were great! They got the super tasty seal of approval from everyone in my household! PLEASE NOTE: the recipe is for a pancake mix that can be kept on hand for quick pancakes in the morning, BUT you will need to plan ahead a little as the mix needs to sit in buttermilk for about 20 minutes before cooking. To simplify even more, when I make my next batch I will make a double or triple batch and store in the freezer for a really quick breakfast. I even took a picture of what my pancake mix looks like for you.

I will also place links to these recipes in my recipes section for quick reference for you.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Puree Party

What's a puree party you ask?
Well, let me show you!
We took all of this beautiful, nutritious food and . . .

made these convenient bags of puree to use in "sneaky" recipes for our families.

We boiled,

(bonus, steam facial)

we steamed,

we processed,

we scooped,

and scooped,

we drank (these refreshing smoothies),

we bagged,

we counted,

and this is the "fruit" of our labor.

All of these bags of puree are able to be frozen and used at a moment's notice to add sneaky nutrition to any meal.
We also ate. What's a party without food? I made lots of samples of my sneaky recipes to share. Unfortunately, I was too busy eating to take any pictures of this part.
Sound like fun?
Wanna host your own puree party?
Let me know if you have any questions about hosting your own party. I would love to help. You can either leave a question in the comments section or email me at
Wanna come to one of my puree parties?
Keep checking back here as I am trying to schedule some more parties and will link the sign-up form to my blog.
Did I mention that we had FUN!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sticks

I am a big, no, HUGE fan of bacon, eggs and cheese almost as much as I am a fanatic about having a healthy breakfast. I am not such a big fan of the fat and calories associated with the above-mentioned foods, but know that in moderation I can enjoy and relish! So, this recipe is a great way to have my bacon, egg and cheese and sneak some healthy and convenient in along the way.

I found the recipe in the Sneaky Chef to the Rescue and tried it several months ago, but the outcome was dry and bland and I would not have recommended it to you as I made it then. But, after a little modification this recipe just won its place as one of my favorites. It even got the approval of my Mommy & Me aerobics class today. Still waiting on the husband and kid stamp of approval as I made this after our breakfast today. I will post the original recipe and my modifications. Some changes were made deliberately. Others were made out of convenience, such as I did not have buttermilk in the house, but used plain yogurt as a substitute.

These refrigerate for several days and can be frozen to enjoy as a hearty, healthy breakfast at a later date.