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Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home Granola Snackers Party #BakingWithBunches

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I was so excited to have the opportunity to host a Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home Party on Sunday after church. This was a great way to have our family and friends over for brunch and to show off the New Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home products.

We had a far greater turnout than we expected. Thank goodness I am always over prepared for events. I tend to cook too much and buy too much but in the case of the Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home Party everything was just right! Not only did we eat well we had fun too!

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The Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home products are incredibly delicious and nutritious! They are perfect for on-the-go families like mine that craves a delicious breakfast that will fill you up and keep you going until your next meal.

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It seems like no one has time to actually sit down in the morning for breakfast but with Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home Granola Snackers you can have a semi-homemade breakfast that is not only delicious but it’s portable too. It’s something we can grab on the way out the door and eat on the go. I am sure your car doubles as a breakfast table too!

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One of our favorite ways to eat Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home Granola Snackers is for a snack. These snackers are delicious and so easy to grab for a quick and healthy snack. Like most parents we want our kids to eat something that will give them energy and keep them full. Most snacks these days are only sugar or fat and who wants that?

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With Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home Granola Snackers your family will get the best of all worlds, and they probably won’t even realize they are eating something healthy ….shhhh it will be our little secret.

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Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home Granola Snackers make a nice surprise in a lunch box or an after practice snack for your kid’s sports team. All I heard was CUPCAKES!!!! LOL Not exactly cupcakes but they were happy to have “cupcakes” even though they were having something nutritious instead. What they don’t know won’t hurt them right?! 

Each serving of Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home Granola Snackers is made with at least 11 grams of whole grain and includes things like wildflower honey and rolled oats.

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Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home Granola Snackers come in three varieties:

  • Honey Oats
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Cranberry Vanilla

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But don’t let these flavors be the end to your fun! You can do all kinds of fun things with your Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home Granola Snackers. At our Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home Party we added chocolate chips and pecans to our Honey Oat Snackers. To our Cranberry Vanilla Snackers we added a honey drizzle and to our Chocolate Chip Snackers we added walnuts and raisins. The majority ruled at our party and that’s what people wanted.

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Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home Granola Snackers can be mixed up and in the oven in as little as 5 minutes. Just prep your ingredients, mix, bake, and eat! Our party goers loved that in just a short amount of time our brunch was ready to eat! We had so much fun making our Snackers that I had a house full of people for hours just talking, baking, and eating. What a great way to spend a Sunday, hanging out with good people and baking and eating Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home Granola Snackers.

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Sadly at the end of our Honey Bunches of Oats Bake at Home Granola Snackers party there were no snackers left when our guest left. I had high hopes, but no luck. 

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Look for Honey Bunches of Oats ‘Bake at Home’ in the bar aisle near the granola bars in the following Walmart stores:

  • 2121 Highway 146 Bypass, Liberty, Texas 77575
  • 1521 Interstate 35 N, Bellmead, Texas 76705
  • 8923 W Military Dr, San Antonio, Texas 78245
  • 8030 Bandera Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78250
  • 4700 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, Texas 78665

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Menu Plan Monday 3/2-3/8/2015

 

Happy Monday Everyone!!

I hope you all had a nice weekend I wish I could say I did. I spent the entire weekend playing catch up in classes I was lagging behind in. I also had two test. I wish I could say this week was going to be better but sadly it won’t be any better at all. Bring on Spring Break! I am sooooo ready!

We are keeping the menu to the simplest it could possibly be! I mean seriously simple out of the freezer eating. I don’t have time to worry over dinner this we!!!

Here is our Menu Plan for the week! What’s on your menu?

  
Menu Plan Main Course Vegetables Side Dish
Monday   Chicken Fried Baked Potatoes    
Tuesday  Frito Pie    
Wednesday  Bacon Sandwiches    Fries
Thursday  Cheesy Chicken and Rice    
Friday  Spaghetti    Green beans
Saturday  Frozen Pizza    Salad
Sunday Chicken Stew    
 
 For More Menu Planning Ideas Visit www.OrgJunkie.com or Check Out Our Previous Menu Plans.

#Cube Review


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Have you ever heard of the cube? If not you have been missing out!! The cube is a extremely innovative, attractive, & easy-to-use wireless living photo canvas which showcases your favorite social photo & video stream. Now all of those cute pictures you have been posted on Facebook and Instagram will suddenly come alive with you cube. Have cute videos of your kids on youtube? Now you can watch them at only moment on your cube! It’s a great frame that let’s you see all that you have posted in your social media come alive right in your home. It’s like your picture frame has a different picture each time you look at it.

Which ones of us hasn’t had a favorite picture that we have taken with our phones but have never bothered to have it printed? With the cube your pictures can always been in a frame ready to show off to family and friends to visit your home.693809fed5d04b2a576c805b0111b12666aa0a2f

#Cube™ speaks to the enormous popularity of photo-sharing sites such as Instagram by enabling the socially connected to enlarge their viewing experience of photos and videos, from the smaller confines of a smart device. It is an extremely innovative, attractive, & easy-to-use wireless living photo canvas which showcases your favorite social photo & video streams.

Among the immensely appealing features of #Cube™ are:

  • A large 8” square LCD touch screen display, giving the retro-inspired #Cube™ a modern touch.
  • Real-time and instant continuous delivery of a stream of photos and video clips, enabling users to enjoy and display real-time social network images from friends, family, and favorite celebrities.
  • Rechargeability and built-in Wi-Fi as well as free wireless software updates that enable new features & application support.

Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle Review

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I recently received a Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle and I have to tell you that I really love this bottle. It’s incredible! First, it’s nice a heavy! I like a good heavy bottle and this bottle fits the bill. To me heavy says quality and this bottle is all quality. Quality is number one!

I love that the Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle is BPA free toxic free because that is a must for me. I think the size is just perfect too 16 ounces which means you can carry a large bottle with you!! The bigger the better!

The Glasstic bottle comes completely apart which means you can clean it super easy. It’s double walled so you don’t have to worry about sweat from your cold water which would normally makes a bottle slippery. It comes with a flip top leak proof lid so you can feel safe in having the bottle in your gym bag.

If you are like me you will love the cute designs and great colors this bottle comes in. There is something to fit everyone’s taste! You have to love that!

For more information visit http://www.glassticwaterbottle.com/

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Meatball Sub Casserole

 
 
We loved this recipe. One of our guest even said wow this taste like a meatball sub. In my head I went Duh! I told you it was a meatball sub casserole lol OK whatever. This recipe really was delicious! We all loved it and it was super-super easy and painless!
 

*My only complaint is that the bread on the bottom turned to rubber bread. Next time I am planning on taking the bread and spreading some garlic butter on it them toasting it. Then cutting it into bite size pieces. Another idea would be to take pizza dough, roll it into small 1 inch balls, place it in the bottom of the pan and bake it until the dough is cooked through, then proceed with the recipe.*

 
Ingredients: 
  • 1 loaf Italian bread, cut into 1-inch thick slices
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1-lb. pkg. fully cooked frozen meatballs, thawed
  • 1 (28 oz.) jar pasta sauce

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Arrange bread slices in a single layer in an ungreased 9×13 baking dish (see notes below).
  3. Fill in any gaps with smaller bits of bread.
  4. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise and seasonings.
  5. Spread mixture over bread slices.
  6. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
  7. Gently mix together spaghetti sauce and meatballs.
  8. Spoon over cheese.
  9. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  10. Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes.

Original Recipe Source

Beef Meatball Nirvana

  
I have to say I love the name of these meatballs almost as much as I love these meatballs. They turned out fantastic! I was actually able to get 20 1oz meatballs out of this recipe. Yes, I measured them all on my scale! I am anal about a few things and things like this are when anal Colie takes over!  I wasn’t sure what to expect with these meatball but I loved them so much.
 
Talk about easy I stuck everything in my KitchenAid Mixing bowl turned it on and BOOM they were ready to be rolled! LOVE that! I highly recommend giving these a try. The next time I make them I am going to make meatball subs with them. I know they will be fantastic!
 
Ingredients: 
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
Directions: 
  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Place the beef into a mixing bowl, and season with salt, onion, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, oregano, red pepper flakes, hot pepper sauce, and Worcestershire sauce; mix well. Add the milk, Parmesan cheese, and bread crumbs. Mix until evenly blended, then form into 1 1/2-inch meatballs, and place onto a baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes. 
  4. If you are making a sauce like I did just stick them in the sauce, but don’t stir them for 20 minutes so that the meatballs can set (if you stir them before they start firming up they will break to pieces). After 20 minutes you can stir them, then they should be completely cooked within another 10-15 minutes.

Classic Baked Spaghetti

If you are in a pinch for time or money this recipe fills the bill. When I make a meat spaghetti sauce I save what’s left over an keep it in the freezer. When time or money are running short this makes a great meal in just a short amount of time. It may not be very visually appealing, but the taste is great!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces thin spaghetti
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 (26 ounce) can spaghetti sauce (I used 4 cheese sauce)
  • 2 cups finely shredded Italian Blend
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cook noodles in boiling water; drain.
  3. Meanwhile, brown ground beef and garlic over medium heat; drain.
  4. Combine browned ground beef, spaghetti sauce, and oregano.
  5. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.
  6. Place 1/3 of noodles in bottom of dish.
  7. Top with 1/3 of spaghetti sauce mixture, and 1/3 of cheese.
  8. Repeat twice, ending with cheddar cheese.
  9. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes

Mississippi Roast with Au Jus

This has quickly become a family favorite. I can’t even begin to tell you just how great this recipe really is. First off its super easy to make because you are simple dropping everything in the crock pot and letting it do all of the work. Second this recipe is do die for! The flavor of the meat along with the sauce it produces is something special. I had a feeling it would be good, but I had no idea it would be this GOOD. 
 
I was a rock star with my family that night. I don’t think I have ever gotten that many compliments. I ended up serving the roast on toasted white bread then I served the au jus on the side for dipping the sandwich in. My husband said it was the best French dip sandwich he had ever had in his life. I know this recipe has been passed around a few times so I don’t really know who the original poster is, but I do know who I got it from and that is “A perfectly lovely ordinary day.”  If you don’t make this recipe you are truly missing out.
 
This story does have a heartbreaking end though…. That night after dinner my husband and I were already dreaming of the leftovers for lunch when all of the sudden a 5lb. block of mozzarella cheese hit the covered container containing our delectable dinner and shot it across the kitchen and it broke up and splattered all over the place. I don’t know what made me want to cry more the loss of the fantastic roast, the money that was wasted, the fact that my lunch for the next day the eat was scarfing down as fast as her mouth would move, or the fact that it was going to take me an hour to clean up the mess. *SIGH* I guess we will just HAVE to make it again ;-)
 
Ingredients: 
  • Chuck Roast (I used a 4 pound roast any size will work)
  • Hidden Valley ranch dressing
  • McCormick Au Jus mix
  • 1 stick of butter (I used margarine)
  • 5 pepperoncini peppers
Directions:
  1. Add Chuck Roast to the crock pot
  2. Sprinkle Hidden Valley ranch dressing on top of the roast
  3. Sprinkle McCormick Au Jus mix on top of the ranch
  4. Put a stick of butter on top of the au jus
  5. Put about 5 pepperoncini peppers on top. (Find in the pickle section of the store)
  6. Do NOT add water.
  7. Cook in crock pot on low for about 8 hours. (Mine was done in 6 on low) 
Take Note: You can discard the pepperoncini peppers when the roast is done if you would like. My husband ate them on his sandwich and loved them. 
*The pepperoncini peppers really do send this dish over the top so don’t skip them*
 
 
I forgot to add the peppers before I took the picture
 

Not So…Wordless Wednesday: My Old Home Burned Down…

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It was shocking to see the old home I lived in for 17 Years burn to the ground. When I found out it was on fire I flew over to see what was happening. I couldn’t believe a home that housed so many memories for me was burning before my very eyes. It was burning fast and hard. Three alarms to be exact!

That was the last home I lived in with my Dad before he passed away. I lived there the first time I went out on a date with my husband, he asked me to marry him right there by that top left window during hurricane Rita. I was living there the day I was married, the day I found out I was having a baby girl, the day hurricane Ike tried to take half of the house with it, I lived there the day I lost my baby girl, and the day I found out my Dad had left this earth for heaven. Seeing it in flames was a shock to my system.

I watched the ghosts of that home burn with it. It was bitter sweet I must admit. As sad as I was to see it all go, in some ways maybe it was best, at least for my own piece of mind.

Yes, I lost my Dad there, and I lost my baby girl there too, but I gained so much there also! I will never forget the memories housed there, but more than feeling sad for myself I feel sorry for the people who lived there and lost it all. May God bless them and provide them more than they had living there. The memories will never fade!

Island Breeze Rum Freeze

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This recipe is fantastic and strong. I love the flavors that all come together to make a light and delicious drink. When I say light I mean as in not heavy not light as in liquor because believe me these drinks are strong but well worth making!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 large cans coconut water
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1-1/2  cups rum

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl or pitcher.
  2. Mix well and freeze 6-8 hours stirring every hour to insure your concoction comes out in a slushy form. The rum will help prevent the drink from completely freeing for a while but if you leave it overnight in most freezers it will freeze solid. This happened to be but a few minutes in the microwave and it was ready to drink. Enjoy because this recipe is delicious!