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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

10 Best Trader Joe's Toddler Foods

I have a confession....I'm a Trader Joe's fanatic. I love shopping at Trader Joe's because they manage to make it feel more like a shopping trip (who doesn't need a little retail therapy every once in a while?!) and less like another day at the grocery store.

I love trying new things and Trader Joe's has an excellent seasonal selection. If I'm honest, my favorite things to buy there are pre-cut veggies. I like to eat healthy, but ain't nobody got time to prepare everything from scratch with work and a little human on the loose. 

My little human is all about finger foods. Purees are a thing of the past so I'm always on a mission to find healthy finger foods that are baby and mommy approved. Today I'm sharing some of our absolute must-have Trader Joe's foods for (you guessed it) toddlers!

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In case you missed it, also check out my 25 favorite (adult) Trader Joe's foods.

1. Cauliflower and Broccoli Vegetable Patties

These patties are best prepared in the oven or even the toaster oven. My son can be finicky about steamed cauliflower and broccoli, but when it's made into a pattie, he gobbles it right up. These patties are easy to cook and store well in the refrigerator. I like to make the whole box (pack of 4) and pack them in his lunch the next few days.

2. Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet Potato Wedges can be found in the refrigerated section near the other pre-cut veggies. This item is perfect for little hands and easy to pack for lunches or serve for dinner. Even better, no cooking required! These wedges can be served hot or cold, but we usually opt for cold. I've even stolen a few of these for myself before (I love these with quinoa, grilled chicken, and a bit of guacamole!). 

3. Butternut Squash

This one is a family favorite. Again, with the pre-cut veggie, this veggie comes in a bag in the refrigerated section. Simply toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper and bake for about 30 minutes. My husband and I are huge fans of this food as well. It makes a great side dish with pretty much anything.

4. Turkey Burgers

Head over to the freezer section and load up on these pre-made burgers. They can be grilled or cooked in a skillet. My son can usually eat 1/2 of a turkey burger in a sitting, so I cut it in half and save the rest for the next day. 

5. Turkey Meatballs

Turkey meatballs are another good source of protein for your little human. These are best prepared by baking. If you microwave them, be very careful because the plate may be hot. My favorite way to bake meatballs is using a muffin pan. I spray the inside of each tin and put them in the oven (then you never have to worry about a run away meatball).

6. Black Bean Taquitos

Taquitos are easy to cook (microwave or toaster oven) and are the perfect size for my son's hands. They're another option to the ever popular chicken nugget. 

7. Joe's O's

These are just like Cheerios, but they do come in some different flavors. I like to buy the Whole Grain Oats or Fruity O's Multi-grain Cereal. My son LOVES using the Munchkin Snack Catcher and these are the perfect filler.

8. Peach Halves in White Grape Juice

My son will gobble these right up, but who doesn't love a tasty peach?! This is a great fruit option to store in the pantry and pull out when you've already eaten all of the fresh fruit for the week. 

9. Bananas

I'm convinced Trader Joe's has the best deal on bananas. At 0.19 cents a piece their price just can't be beat. My son is a huge banana fan and I love them in my smoothies. On a normal week we buy about 10 bananas for our family of 3 (maybe we're part monkey?). 

10. String Cheese

Who could forget the kid favorite, string cheese? My husband is a cheese enthusiast and my son didn't miss the gene. I buy the Low-Fat Mozzarella for my tiny human. They're perfect for his lunch box or as an afternoon snack.

What are your favorite Trader Joe's products for kiddos? I love suggestions!


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How to Make Lavender Iced Coffee With a Keurig

Spring has sprung and we are heading into Summer. The perfect time to have a nice refreshing beverage! I'm a huge coffee drinker, but when the weather turns warm, iced coffee is the way to go. 

Lavender has such a soothing scent that takes me into mental relaxation. When mixed with coffee it is positively delightful!

Making lavender simple syrup is very easy and can be used for a variety of beverages. Also try it with lemonade or tea.

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Here's what you need to make the Lavender Simple Syrup:

Bring one cup of water and one cup of sugar to a boil. Boil until sugar is dissolved. Pour simple syrup into a container that can be refrigerated. I put mine into a large mason jar. I also doubled this recipe so that I could give some to my mom (so I used 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar, and 2 tbsp. lavender buds). 

Once you have put your hot liquid into a mason jar, add 1 tbsp. lavender buds. Allow mixture to sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

For a smoother taste, strain out your lavender buds using a metal mesh strainer. Store lavender simple syrup in the refrigerator for up to a month in a sealed container

Now for the fun part...

Here's what you need to make Lavender Iced Coffee:

  • 6 oz. iced coffee
  • 1 tbsp. lavender simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup ice

When making iced coffee it's best to use a more concentrated cup of coffee so that when you add the milk you will still have a strong coffee flavor. I have a Keurig K55 Single Serve Coffee Maker with three different brewing options. When I make a normal cup of coffee I typically select the medium option. When I make iced coffee I like to select the smallest option for a more concentrated cup of joe. This creates about 6 oz. of coffee.

After brewing your favorite pod (I purchase Kirkland's Breakfast Blend from Costco) refrigerate your coffee until cool. If you're in a rush you can make it immediately, just be aware that this may cause your ice to melt and water down your drink a bit. 

Now, pour your 6 oz. of coffee, 1 tbsp. of lavender simple syrup, and 1/4 cup milk of your choice over 1 cup of ice. I personally like almond milk, but any kind with work. Find your favorite nook to sip this sweet concoction or put the lid on your Tervis and head out the door! 

What are your favorite Spring/Summer beverages?! 


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Chocolate Pound Cake

Another of my mother's classic recipes is chocolate pound cake. It's not a fancy recipe, just straight forward chocolate comfort food! A slice is perfect with a cup of coffee or channel your inner child and have it with a glass of milk.

There's just something about making a recipe that has been passed down generation to generation, that makes it THAT much better. It is truly special knowing that I'm eating the same cake my mom and her mom before her enjoyed.

You know a recipe is good when it's hand written!

Chocolate pound cake is the perfect remedy for a sweet tooth. This
 cake is rich, decadent, and sure to be a party pleaser. This cake is best served with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Because if you're gonna splurge, why not go all the way?

To get started, pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees and generously grease a bundt pan. You don't want any of that chocolate goodness to get stuck on the side so lather that pan up.

Next blend the sugar, margarine, butter, and vegetable shortening. In a separate bowl mix the sifted flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder together. 

Add eggs one at a time to sugar mixture. Add half each of milk and flour mixture. Blend. Add remaining flour mixture and milk. Add vanilla. Spread in pan. Bake one hour and twenty minutes.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats

One of my favorite hobbies it concocting new dishes in the kitchen. I also love making dishes that are healthy and good for my body. Overnight oats don't disappoint. Oats are known to lower cholesterol and decrease risk of heart disease. Add these flakes to your morning meal for a good source of fiber.

One of my biggest struggles is finding breakfast foods that keep me full and don't leave me starving at 9AM. Greek yogurt, almonds, and chia seeds are the perfect partners in crime for staking out hunger.

This dish is wholesome with a twinge of sweet from the blueberries and agave (or maple syrup). If this dish doesn't hit the spot you can add a sweetener of your choice, such as Equal or Splenda

If you like the idea of overnight oats, but craze a little chocolate and peanut butter action you can also check out our post:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats



    1. Combine all ingredients into jar.
    2. Stir and refrigerate over night.
    3. Your Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats are ready to enjoy!

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    Thursday, January 12, 2017

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

    I'm always looking for new recipes to try and I've recently been on a kick of experimenting with overnight oats. With this recipe the options are endless and you can easily customize the flavors to highlight your favorite ingredients. 

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    I get tired of having the same ole thing for breakfast so I love the idea of overnight oats. This recipe is really easy. All you have to do is throw the ingredients into a jar, stir or shake, and leave in the fridge overnight. In the morning your concoction is ready to serve!

    Take this mixture on-the-go or enjoy in your morning nook. Sometimes mornings are really busy at our house, trying to get out the door with my little. I can easily grab this pre-made breakfast dish and eat it later.

    One of my favorite overnight oats recipes will remind you of a Reese's! How much more magical does it get? 

    I really like to put my overnight oats into a mason jar for easy transport, but my husband calls me a hipster when I fix it up. You can put overnight oats into any container you see fit.



    1. Combine all ingredients into jar.
    2. Stir and refrigerate over night.
    3. Your Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are ready to enjoy!

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