Category Archives: Breakfast

Chocolate Almond Granola

Chocolate Almond Granola

I know what you’re thinking, another granola recipe?! Yes, another granola recipe. What can I say, we LOVE our granola. What isn’t to love, salty, sweet, crunchy, nutty, oat goodness.

The boys have been scavenging for snacks lately and then it dawned on me. We didn’t have granola. I try to keep it around since they eat it all the time, yet somehow life got busy and we haven’t had any for a while. It was time to make a new flavor combining┬ámy beloved dark chocolate gingerbread granola and the boys’ favorite vanilla almond granola.

In our house granola is good any time of the day. It all starts at breakfast, either plain or with yogurt and fruit. Then for Sean’s second breakfast. Ya know, after big brothers have left for school and he’s hungry again before he goes to school.

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Homemade Chicken Sausage

Homemade Chicken Sausage

It seems as if the boys are slipping into a breakfast rut. They usually want toast or cereal. While I like that this is easy, it really doesn’t fill them up and fuel them up for the day.

Jack has been known to come home from school saying I didn’t pack enough lunch. What, how much more can I pack?? He barely finishes in his allotted time. Maybe if he had a better breakfast he would stay fuller. As it is now he wants several snacks when he gets home from school. Growth spurt maybe?! All I know is I can’t even fathom the teenage years!

So in an effort to fill the boys up in the morning I decided to make a batch of chicken sausage. I’ve made it in the past and enjoyed it, time to bring it back to the table. With all the news lately about processed and cured meats this is a great alternative to regular sausage, besides obviously being lower in fat.
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Pumpkin Cranberry Granola

Pumpkin Cranberry Granola
It’s still pumpkin season, yippee! My favorite time of year. We go through granola phases and I had an epiphany last time I roasted some pumpkins. I was going to roast the pumpkin seeds and then realized we were in need of granola. Gee, think maybe we could kill two birds with one stone and put the pumpkin seeds right in the granola and roast it all together?!

Sometimes I amaze myself! Okay, so maybe I’m not the first person to come up with this idea. It did save me from an extra set of dishes and two rounds of pans in the oven though. I’m all for that.
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Cardamom Orange Ricotta Toast with Dark Chocolate

Cardamom Orange Ricotta Toast with Dark Chocolate
The boys and I watched an episode of Giada in Italy over the weekend and were inspired. She shared a recipe for a ricotta toast her grandfather used to make her for breakfast growing up. My boys thought it looked good and immediately asked if we could make it.

Of course I wasn’t about to deny my boys a chance to experiment in the kitchen! I’ve made desserts with ricotta and put it on savory toast so the idea of a sweet ricotta toast was fun.
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Strawberry Mango Mint Smoothie

Strawberry Mango Mint Smoothie
It has been another crazy week. Once spring arrives things seem to take off at a high speed. The kids went back to school Monday and I have been swamped since. This week I’ve been trying to balance the PTO checkbook and spreadsheets. I took over the treasurer position in February and still haven’t gotten it done. It isn’t exactly easy being thrown into the middle of somebody else’s system, not even my mathematics and business background helped! The end is in sight though.

I’ve also been busy planning the school spring carnival which is just around the corner. Luckily I have an awesome committee and things are coming together.
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Chocolate Gingerbread Granola Orange Yogurt Parfait

Chocolate Gingerbread Granola Orange Yogurt Parfait
As a result of our scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner at The Biltmore Estate I have a new obsession, chocolate gingerbread with citrus. I had the most delicious chocolate gingerbread cake with a citrus cream sauce for dessert that day. I remember it fondly and have recreated those flavors a few times, the cake version to come soon once I make it again. Continue reading