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Cold oatmeal to go

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I feel like I start every post by saying,”I saw this online…” but, that is where I get my inspiration…and why lie, right?
So, I saw this recipe online, on pinterest actually, it was a recipe for refrigerator oatmeal using Greek yogurt, steel cut oats, and chia seeds. I don’t have any greek yogurt, couldn’t find any steel cut oats, and have no idea what chia seeds are, so I dug around in my fridge and found some instant oats, yogurt, dried cranberries, and a peach…

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So I mixed them all together in a mason jar… I didn’t really measure, but about 1/4 milk, 1/4 yogurt, 1/4 fruit, and 1/4 oats. It was a little watery or runny because of the milk.

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Then, I screwed the lids on and stuck them in the fridge overnight…By the morning, the oats had soaked up all of the milk, and it became nice and thick.

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They actually tasted really good! I had never even thought of eating cold oatmeal before, but with the weather getting hotter, and hotter, eating hot oatmeal just isn’t appealing.
I also love using the mason jars… They are a perfect size, safe, and easy to clean. I have brought them to work the past few days, and have used them as a mid morning snack. The oatmeal makes them really filling. Also, the kids picked a topping and kind of yogurt they like and made their own flavours.

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Secret message on a banana

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Here is a cute idea I saw on line…(where else) if you use a pin, you can scratch a message into a banana… The neat part is that it get darker with time, so when you scratch your message in the morning, you can barely see it, but by the time the kids open up their lunches, it will have turned almost black.
All you need is a pin, a banana, and an idea…

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Use the pin to scratch a message onto the banana….You don’t have to press too hard, just enough to scratch the surface…

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Then pop it into a lunch bag, and wait!

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Sam drew a picture on her banana…

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Then, I tried a fancy one…

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Update… Here is what it looked like a couple hours later!

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Satisfying my Nesting Instinct!

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I saw this little craft online (I know, surprise, surprise…me, spending time online looking for craft ideas…shocking). Anyways, I thought I would give it a try to hold my homemade Easter eggs. But, then I thought the nests could be used for a bunch of different Easter ideas.

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The nests I saw online were not made in muffin cups, but they are so flaky, I decided that they needed something to hold them together.
I bought the Kataifi dough at NoFrills, it was in the frozen department, beside the filo dough. It is basically shredded Filo pastry. I am not sure if Kataifi is the brand name, or the type of dough, but here is what the package looks like:

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The hardest part for me to make these, was to wait the two hours for the Kataifi dough to thaw! they are very easy!
After the dough finally thawed, I mixed a few tablespoons of melted butter, and about the same amount of sugar. I cut the dough into about three inch lengths and pulled it apart so it was one big tangle.

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Then I filled the muffin cups with a few pinches of the dough, and tossed the muffin pans into the oven at 375 degrees for about 6-7 minutes. I waited until the outsides were a golden brown to make sure the insides had cooked.

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And, that’s it! My nesting instincts have been satisfied! Now I have adorable, edible holders for my eggs!

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You could also fill these with store bought eggs, or plastic eggs, or even make little place card holders.

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Here is my photo collage summary…

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Caramel corn!!

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So it’s March break….yahoo!! John had to work today, so it’s me and the kids!
We have been making a list of things we want to do and make this week. Caramel corn is on our list!
I have had this recipe for years, but have never tried it… It reminds me of one of my best friends growing up… We used to make this when I slept over at her house…I really have to call her!
Here is the recipe:

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As the recipe says, we started by popping a big bowl of popcorn

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Then I had the kids measure out about five cups each onto cookie sheets.

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Then, we mixed together on medium heat 1/3 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of corn syrup and a pinch of salt. We cooked it, stirring constantly until it was boiling. Then I set the timer on the stove for two minutes, and let it boil for two more minutes.

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The next step was to drizzle the mixture over the popcorn.

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And finally, put the popcorn in the oven for ten minutes (at 300 degrees), take out and stir, then bake for ten more minutes.

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Then the only thing left to do is eat… I think I will be a good wife, and set aside a bowl for John when he gets home…because I know if I don’t, there’s not going to be any leftovers!
This was super easy and really really good!

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