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Simple Chocolate Pretzel Bars

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Simple Chocolate Pretzel Bars

When I was expecting my last child, I promised myself that I would invest the time to take care of my body and mind after she was born. There is always so much mommy guilt when I try to do anything that takes me away from the kids. But, I wholeheartedly believe that I am a better mom when I take care of myself. I also believe that being physically active has a major impact on my emotional wellbeing. Once she made her arrival and we got into a good schedule, I started trying to keep that promise. I started out by eating better and eventually worked up the nerve to start going to the gym.

Part of my weight loss plan was to find alternatives for the unhealthy things in my diet, instead of trying to remove everything that I enjoyed. I found some cereal bars that were quick to grab, low in calories, and delicious. They became a part of my daily diet. As time went on, I realized there is more to eating healthy than looking at calories and I started trying to eat foods that were less processed. A big part of that included me learning to make some of my favorite snacks at home. I literally pulled my favorite cereal bar apart and tried to get an idea of the main ingredients. Then, I looked for the healthiest version of each ingredient and came up with a simple chocolate pretzel bar recipe.

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This recipe has four ingredients-cereal, pretzels, chocolate, and honey-that’s it!

  1. The prepackaged bar has cereal flakes as the base so I looked through all the options available and found sprouted grains cereal. When grains get to the point of sprouting, they release more nutrients. So, eating products that are made with sprouted grains is supposed to provide a higher concentration of nutrients. In addition, the sprouted grains cereal that I found is low in sugar and high in fiber.
  2. There is nothing special about the pretzels I chose, they’re in the recipe to provide some salty flavor and a little extra crunch.
  3. I used dark chocolate in this recipe instead of the milk chocolate that comes on the prepackaged bars. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and there is a lot of research available about other possible health benefits such as lower blood pressure and increased brain function.
  4. I chose raw, local honey as the sweetener and binder for my homemade bars. Raw honey is less processed than the white sugar you find at the store. In addition, there are some claims that using honey from local sources can provide some relief from pollen allergies. I do not struggle with pollen allergies so I cannot give a personal opinion about that claim. But, I love buying local ingredients whenever possible because it is beneficial to the local economy and I have an idea of where the food came from.

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Combine the cereal, pretzels, and honey in a bowl. As you mix, you can break up the cereal and pretzels into smaller bits. If the mixture does not seem to be sticking together enough, you can add more honey.

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Melt the chocolate in the microwave or double boiler. While it is melting, prepare your casserole dish by lining it with wax paper so it will be easier to remove and cut the bars when they’ve set. Once the chocolate is melted, pour it in the bottom of your prepared dish. Then, pour the cereal mixture on top of the chocolate and pack it down. Put it in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour to let the chocolate harden.

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Once the chocolate has had time to harden, remove the dish from the freezer, pull the entire piece out of the dish, and cut it into individual bars. They get crumbly if you let them sit out too long so I suggest wrapping the bars individually in wax paper and returning to the freezer until you’re ready to eat them. These can be eaten straight from the freezer and are easy to grab for a snack as you’re walking out the door.

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In addition to learning to make my own snacks, I decided to add multivitamins to my daily regimen. I’ve always thought multivitamins were important, but I hate taking pills! I know it’s not that difficult to grab a pill and a glass of water, but I never did it because of my general aversion to taking pills. But, I made a promise to myself so I started looking at all the multivitamin options.

I was excited to find that there are a ton of adult multivitamin options that do not include swallowing a pill! I found two chewable options from Centrum that are available at my local Walgreens, Vitamints and Multigummies. There are more than one flavor of Vitamints, but when I saw the raspberry I knew it was the one for me-I love the combo of mint+berry! The Vitamints are crunchy and minty while the Multigummies are chewy and tasty. It is simple for me to grab these vitamins, along with a bottle of water and midmorning snack (such as my simple chocolate pretzel bars), as I head out the door.

walgreens, store, vitamintsin store photo, walgreens, adEase of use and great taste are not the only benefits to Centrum Vitamints and Multigummies.  If you decide buy either type of vitamins at your local Walgreens, like I did, you will have the added benefit of giving back to people in need. Walgreens is partnering with Vitamin Angels which is an organization that provides vitamins to children and mothers in places where vitamin deficiencies are common.  Every time you make a vitamin purchase at Walgreens, they will make a donation to Vitamin Angels. You get to do something good for yourself and good for others at the same time!

As you get started on your journey to a healthier lifestyle, focus first on good things that you can add-like homemade snacks and multivitamins-so you do not feel like you are being deprived.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Simple Chocolate Pretzel Bars
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Serves: 6 to 8 bars
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 Cups Sprouted Grains Cereal
  • 1 Cup Pretzel Bits
  • 2 Tablespoons Raw Local Honey
  • 4 OZ Dark Chocolate
Instructions
  1. Combine the cereal, pretzel bits, and honey in a large bowl
  2. Line a medium casserole dish, such as 8×8, with wax paper
  3. Melt the chocolate using a double boiler or microwave
  4. Pour the melted chocolate in the casserole dish, on top of the wax paper
  5. Pour the cereal mixture on top of the melted chocolate and press down firmly
  6. Cover the dish and put it in the freezer to set for 30-60 minutes
  7. Once set, remove the entire cereal mixture and cut into six to eight bars
  8. Wrap the bars individually in wax paper and return to freezer until you’re ready to enjoy

 


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How to Decide if Your Child is Ready for Music Lessons (and how to inspire your child to practice)

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After high school band class one morning, I heard some girls talking about a cute saxophone player. I knew who they were talking about but that was the first day I really noticed him. Fifteen years later, that cute saxophone player is my husband and father to my three kids. It’s hard to believe that some of the most amazing parts of my life started with high school band class!

Taking music lessons, first piano and then guitar, has added so much to my life over the years. As a child and teenager, music helped me learn to set goals, work toward those goals and face the fear of performing in front of a group of people. The aspect of music I enjoyed the most as a young person was the relationships I developed. Some of my best friendships (and my marriage) were developed through the common interest of playing music. Beyond my personal experience, there is a large amount of research on the benefits of children learning music.

I want my kids to have the chance to experience the personal and relational benefits that being involved in music can bring to their lives. When my kids were infants and toddlers I focused on exposing them to music through singing and allowing them to play with kid friendly instruments. I have also always allowed them to play on the real piano, as long as they did not get too rough. With my oldest son I debated about when to start him in private music lessons. Here are a few things I learned about how to decide if your child is ready for music lessons and how to inspire your child to practice.

Let them get started with formal education before putting them in private lessons. My son did not go to daycare or preschool, so his first exposure to a structured learning environment was kindergarten. Even for kids who did go to preschool, kindergarten is a big adjustment. It is tiring because there are new things to get used to, so starting music lessons and kindergarten at the same time might be overwhelming. I also found that having some reading skills is very helpful for learning music. At the very least, it is important for children to be able to recognize and identify letters to help them in the process of learning to read music. I started my son in private piano lessons during his second semester of kindergarten and that worked for him. He was used to the idea and role of a teacher and he knew how to read on a basic level. I think that is the earliest a child should start, with few exceptions. I plan on starting my other two children a little later, in first or second grade.

Consider their emotional maturity before starting private lessons. Private music lessons can help children develop many important life skills such as discipline and goal setting. However, children need the ability to think ahead in order to realize the importance of practicing. When children are very young, they live completely in the moment and do not have the ability to understand that their actions now can impact things later. As they mature, children start to understand the concept of cause and effect to varying degrees. If children start private music lessons without fully understanding the benefits of practicing, getting in practices may become a battle.

My son is at the point now, in second grade, where he fully understands that practicing today is how he becomes a better piano player tomorrow. He likes piano lessons and he loves his teacher. However, there are weeks when he does not get in his four practices. He is the type of kid that likes to see evidence of his progress, so I have been trying to think of a way to give him a visual reminder of where he is on his practice schedule. I was recently in my local Brookshire’s  (I’m always in Brookshire’s trying to rack up YourPoints so I can save on gas) and I noticed that the bottle of Coca-Cola Zero™ I was about to buy had the song lyrics ‘takin’ care of business’ printed on it. The music notes reminded me of my son and got me thinking about ways I could get him to ‘takin’ care of’ his practices. I decided to make him a practice box to hold his music and prominently display his total practices for the week and inspire him to reach his practice goal.

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I asked my son to help make the practice box so it would be more meaningful to him. I wanted to use music written out in his handwriting to decorate the practice box. I drew out a staff for him and he filled in the time signature, notes and anything else he thought needed to be added.

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When he was done, I took the paper and scanned it into my computer as a photo. Once it was a photo on my computer, I was able to edit it like any other picture. I was inspired by the fun “Share a Coke and a Song” bottles to add a very colorful background. When I originally found the “Share a Coke and a Song” bottles, I couldn’t help but turn each bottle around and look at the different lyrics. On one of the bottles, I noticed some song lyrics I didn’t recognize, so I used my Shazam app on my phone to discover the song. Then, I went over to the Coca-Cola™ website to find out what other songs they were using on the bottles. I read that part of their goal in choosing lyrics was to be fun and uplifting. I love that sentiment and decided to use it as inspiration to use fun colors on the practice box.

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Once I got the music staff exactly how I wanted it, I gathered up my supplies so I could get to work. I bought a plain magazine file and printed off enough music staffs to cover it completely. I printed off six staffs on 11X14 paper. Other supplies I used include a small chalk board to display the practice number for the week, permanent mounting squares, chalk, chalk holder, scissors, adhesive, and a clear drying sealer.

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I cut out the staffs and started attaching them to the magazine file with the adhesive. I did not try to make the staffs meet up in any certain way or look uniform at all. I cut the pieces into different sizes and attached them to the file. Once the magazine file was covered, I put a coat of clear sealer over the entire practice box to protect the paper.

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Once the sealer was dry, I attached the chalkboard to the front of the practice box with permanent mounting squares. The chalkboard is there so my son can write down the number of times he has practiced for the current week. I put a little tin bucket full of chalk beside the practice box for easy access.

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Once everything was finished, I displayed the practice box on the piano. Now my son will easily see how many times he has practiced when he walks into the living room.

practice box, ad, brookshiresIf you’re looking for the fun Coke Zero “Share a Coke and a Song” bottles, I found them near the checkout of my local Brookshire’s. As I mentioned before, I couldn’t help but turn each bottle around to look at the different lyrics. It was fun and inspiring to see music used in such an unexpected way! Next time you’re in Brookshire’s, check out the new Coke Zero bottles and see how many of the songs you can identify-you can always use your Shazam app if you get stumped!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Protein Smoothie Freezer Packs

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After each child, I tried to give myself some grace and wait a couple months before thinking about dieting and exercising. All three times there was a part of me that hoped ALL the weight would fall off before I needed to start a serious diet and exercise program. Unfortunately, that NEVER happened! When my youngest was two months old, my weight loss stalled and I still had 40 pounds to lose! At that point, I knew it was time to jump back into a better eating and fitness plan.

My husband worked as a personal trainer in college and he taught me that a mix of cardio and weight lifting was the best way to go for long lasting results. Like a lot of women, I was intimidated by weight training and concerned that I would get bulky. The logic behind weight training for weight loss is that the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn at rest. Basically, by adding lean muscle you are increasing your metabolism. My husband convinced me to give it a chance and trust the process. I took his advice and started a weight training program.

Over the next year I consistently worked out, made better food choices, and dropped the weight. I quickly learned that one thing you MUST do when you start a workout program is give your body adequate fuel! Your body will need more nutrients to aid in recovery after intense workouts. One of the main nutrients you will need to increase is protein.

Smoothies can be a quick, easy and tasty way to add more protein to your day. I workout in the mornings before my kids go to school and husband heads out to work. When I get home from the gym, I need to get something in me fast so I can get everyone up and running. Through my weight loss journey, I have found that a little preparation makes good food choices easier and more likely. I prepare Protein Smoothie Freezer Packs ahead of time so I can throw everything in the blender and have a post-workout smoothie ready in seconds.

If you are ready to start your new workout program and need a quick post-workout snack, follow the steps below. You can have better-for-you Protein Smoothie Freezer Packs in your freezer and you will be ready to refuel after each workout.

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Gather up your ingredients and supplies. I used Oikos Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt and Jif Peanut Powder to provide a large dose of protein without added sugar. (This is not a low calorie food. We are refueling after an intense workout, so the focus is on getting protein in quickly after the workout.) This recipe also includes ground flax seed which adds a boost of fiber, omega-3, and protein. Adding a banana to the smoothie will also add fiber along with potassium and vitamin C. Cocoa is an optional ingredient that will add some chocolate flavor without additional sugar. You will also need two ice cube trays and quart sized freezer bags for the Protein Smoothie Freezer Packs. I suggest using ice cube trays that are silicone or have silicone bottoms like the one pictured. It can be tricky to get the yogurt cubes out of a traditional ice cube tray!

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Add the dry ingredients to the yogurt. This recipe is going to make enough yogurt mixture to fill two ice cube trays. Two trays of yogurt will make six Protein Smoothie Freezer Packs. That is enough to get you through the week with an extra if you decide to workout on the weekend. Always take at least one rest day per week, your body needs time to recover!

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Mix the Jif Peanut Powder, ground flax seed and cocoa powder (optional) with the Oikos Greek Yogurt until combined. It will have a mousse-like texture.

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Divide the yogurt mixture equally among two ice cube trays and then freeze. Slice six bananas, lay them flat, and freeze in freezer bags. Make sure you get as much air out of the bags as possible to keep the bananas from turning brown. Once everything is frozen, assemble the freezer packs. Each pack should contain four yogurt cubes and one banana. On serving day, all you have to do is pour the freezer pack and 1/2 a cup of milk or almond milk in the blender and blend! It is so simple to whip up one of these smoothies, even on a busy morning. Since these are single serving packs, you may not want to get your BIG blender dirty. If you’re like me, you are rushing around in the mornings to get everyone where they need to be on time. No time to wash extra dishes! You can check out the  Oster® Blend-N-Go® MyBlend® which is a great choice for making smoothies and the PERFECT size for a single serving smoothie.  You literally blend and then the blending cup turns into your drinking cup-just fill, blend and go! I’m always up for one less dish to wash in the morning!

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I made these better-for-you, protein packed smoothies for myself to refuel after intense workouts but my son couldn’t resist trying it out. I was happy to share!

Protein Smoothie Freezer Packs

32 oz Oikos Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt (Vanilla)

6 Tablespoons Jif Peanut Powder

2 Tablespoons Ground Flax

2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder (Optional)

6 Bananas, Sliced and Frozen

3 Cups Almond Milk or Skim Milk (Serving Day)

  • Mix all ingredients together, except bananas and almond milk, and divide evenly among two ice cube trays.
  • Once frozen, divide yogurt cubes and bananas evenly among six freezer bags. Each bag will contain four yogurt cubes and one banana.
  • On serving day, pour contents of one bag in blender along with 1/2 cup of almond milk or skim milk. Blend until smooth and enjoy!
  • Each smoothie contains about 18 grams of protein.

InStoreOikosInStoreJifOster My Blend, ad, protein freezer smoothie packsI found everything I needed to make the Protein Smoothie Freezer packs at my local Walmart. The Jif Peanut Powder is on the same aisle as the regular peanut butter. The Oikos is in the dairy section with the other yogurt. Do you have the Ibotta app on your smartphone? Check out this offer! You can get $1.50 cash back on the combination of Jif Peanut Powder and Oikos (Vanilla) Triple Zero Greek Yogurt OR $1.50 cash back on the combination of Jif Creamy Peanut Butter and Dannon Vanilla Yogurt!

The ice cube trays with silicon on the bottom that I mentioned previously, were at Walmart near the regular, plastic ice cube trays. I also saw ice cube trays made completely of silicon, which would work for this recipe. If you are interested in the Oster® Blend-N-Go® MyBlend® as an alternative to getting your big blender out each morning, it is also available at Walmart.  Everything you need to get started is at one store. Could it be any easier?? A little preparation today, and you will be ready to refuel your body after tomorrow’s workout!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Lunchbox Freezer Sandwiches

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My son is always hungry when I pick him up from school in the afternoon. He usually makes it to the house before getting a snack, but the other day he got in the car and immediately started searching for food. I asked him why he was so hungry and he said it was because I did not pack enough food in his lunch box. I felt so guilty! Like any mom, I cannot stand the thought of my kids going hungry. I apologized and promised to start packing more in his lunch. He suggested that I make another batch of the ‘tiny sandwiches.’ The tiny sandwiches he was talking about are Lunchbox Freezer Sandwiches.

I pack my son’s lunch every day because he is not interested in eating cafeteria food. Mornings can get crazy, so I created Lunchbox Freezer Sandwiches to have a quick and nutritious lunch ready in minutes. The sandwiches are easy to make and customizable to the preferences of your family. In addition to being great for school lunches, these sandwiches are a quick afternoon snack and a great addition to a picnic.

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I make two versions of this sandwich for my son, and there are an endless amount of possible combinations. This sandwich is barbeque turkey with Colby jack cheese on mini ciabatta rolls. The mini ciabatta rolls are an important part of this recipe. The ciabatta bread is more airy than typical loaf bread. The texture of the bread allows it to freeze well and keeps it from getting soggy when it is heated up or thawed. I get these mini ciabatta rolls in the bakery of my local big box grocery store. If you are unable to find the mini ciabatta rolls, you can get a loaf of ciabatta bread and slice it to size.

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All you have to do to assemble the sandwiches is spread barbeque sauce on one side of the bread and stack the turkey and cheese. Depending of the type of cheese and turkey you choose, you may need to cut them down to size for them to fit on the bread.

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Once the sandwiches are assembled, wrap each individually in plastic wrap. After they are wrapped individually, put the sandwiches in a gallon sized freezer bag and put the gallon bag in the freezer. I can fit nine of the sandwiches in one gallon freezer bag.

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My son has an early lunch at school, so I warm the sandwich up and wrap it in foil before packing it in his lunchbox. The sandwiches will thaw out on their own if your child has a later lunchtime. I usually pack one sandwich along with fruit, a side, and a treat for my second grader. Older kids may want two sandwiches in their lunch.

These Lunchbox Freezer Sandwiches make packing lunch everyday quick and easy. Give them a try!

Barbeque Turkey Freezer Sandwiches
Recipe Type: Freezer
Author: Darisse Kennedy
These barbeque turkey freezer sandwiches can be prepared ahead of time and are ideal for packing in school lunches.
Ingredients
  • 12 Mini Ciabatta Rolls
  • 1/2 lb Sliced Turkey
  • 1/2 Block Colby Jack Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Barbeque Sauce
Instructions
  1. Separate the top and bottom of the rolls
  2. Spread one side of each roll with barbeque sauce
  3. Cut the sliced turkey to size and distribute evenly among the rolls
  4. Slice the cheese to desired thickness and distribute evenly among the rolls
  5. Put the tops back on each roll
  6. Wrap each roll individually with plastic wrap
  7. Put the wrapped sandwiches in gallon freezer bag and freeze
  8. To serve, heat for 45 second in microwave or allow to thaw

 

 

 

 


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Mini Freezer Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Mini Freezer Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

My family loves cereal. Seriously, they LOVE cereal! When I buy a family sized box of cereal, I am lucky if it feeds us breakfast for two days. If I don’t watch them, my husband and children will eat cereal for breakfast, dinner and a late night snack! Part of the reason cereal is so popular at my house, especially in the mornings, is that it’s quick. My kids are HUNGRY when they wake up and do not want to wait for me to make a hot meal.

The last box of cereal I bought was gone in record time! I decided to find some recipes that I could make ahead and freeze for quick morning meals when we’re out of cereal or just want something hot. The donut shop drive thru is much more tempting when we do not have something quick to make at home!

I was inspired by a recipe on Once a Month Meals to make Mini Freezer Cinnamon Rolls. My family loves these tiny cinnamon rolls! It is simple to prepare a large batch to freeze. On busy mornings I can warm these up in less than two minutes.

Follow the steps below and find out how easy it is to make these Mini Freezer Cinnamon Rolls for your family.

Mini Freezer Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Gather up your ingredients and supplies. The cooking equipment you will need includes a 24-count mini muffin tin, pastry brush, medium bowl, whisk, wax paper, sharp knife, tablespoon, and teaspoon. For the cinnamon rolls, you will need refrigerated crescent rolls, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. The icing is made with powdered sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla.

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On the wax paper, roll out the crescents. Pinch the rolls together at the perforations until it is a sheet of dough.

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Brush the dough with melted butter. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar onto the dough.

Mini Freezer Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Roll the dough into a log. Be careful to close any gaps that may open up in the dough as you roll it up.

Mini Freezer Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Cut the log into twelve cinnamon rolls. Place the cinnamon rolls into the greased mini muffin tin. Repeat the steps with the second container of crescent rolls.

Mini Freezer Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Cook the cinnamon rolls at 425 for 10-12 minutes. They will be finished when they are slightly browned on the top and edges. Prepare the icing according to the recipe directions and drizzle onto the cinnamon rolls.

Mini Freezer Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Place the cooled cinnamon rolls on a cookie rack or sheet and put them in the freezer. Once they have hardened, usually within a couple hours, take them out and place them in a gallon freezer bag. When you are ready to serve the cinnamon rolls, remove the desired amount out of the freezer bag and heat them in the microwave until warm.

When I prepare a batch of Mini Freezer Cinnamon Rolls, I also cook and freeze a batch of turkey sausage. In the mornings I heat up the cinnamon rolls and turkey sausage and add in some fresh fruit for a complete meal that my kids love.

Icing

¾ Cup powdered sugar

1 Teaspoon vanilla

2 Teaspoons butter, melted

2 Teaspoons milk

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
  • If necessary, whisk in more powdered sugar one tablespoon at a time until desired texture is achieved.
  • Drizzle icing on top of cinnamon rolls.
  • Flash freeze the cinnamon rolls and then transfer to a gallon freezer bag. Store in the freezer.
  • To serve, reheat in the microwave until warm.

Mini Freezer Cinnamon Rolls

2 Containers crescent rolls

2 Tablespoons of butter, melted

4 Tablespoons of brown sugar

4 Teaspoons of cinnamon

  • Roll out one container of crescent roll dough onto wax paper.
  • Press the dough together so it makes a sheet of dough.
  • Brush half of the melted butter onto the dough.
  • Sprinkle two tablespoon of brown sugar on the dough.
  • Sprinkle two teaspoons of cinnamon on the dough.
  • Roll the dough into a log.
  • Once rolled, cut the log into twelve even pieces.
  • Place each cinnamon roll into greased mini muffin tin.
  • Roll out second container of crescent roll dough and repeat.
  • Cook cinnamon rolls at 425 for 10-12 minutes.
  • Drizzle icing on top of cinnamon rolls.
  • Flash freeze the cinnamon rolls and then transfer to a gallon freezer bag. Store in the freezer.
  • To serve, reheat in the microwave until warm.

Want another delicious and easy breakfast recipe? Check out this recipe for Perfectly Easy Fancy French Toast!


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How To Save Money by Giving Haircuts at Home

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I love a fresh haircut on little boys! They always look so nice with a new haircut. I like for my boys to get their hair cut once every four to six weeks. The last time my husband and sons went for a professional haircut it was over $50.00 plus a tip. Three haircuts for a little over $50.00 does not sound too bad, especially when women usually spend more than that for an individual cut. However, I have been looking for ways to save my family money and I decided that haircuts at home are a great way to cut costs! It takes a little practice to become proficient but I think it is worth the effort. See the tutorial below to start learning how to give haircuts at home.

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Freezer Meals: Getting Started

 

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A few years ago I started having trouble getting dinner on the table. My oldest child was getting involved in extra-curricular activities and my other two children were still very small. Between school pick-up, practices, and games I was having difficulty fitting in meal preparation and cooking time. We turned to eating out and premade/processed foods on a more regular basis. I realized that type of eating was quickly taking a toll on our health and our wallet. I started looking for a way to feed my family healthy, homemade food even on the nights when I was short on time. That is when I discovered freezer cooking and everything changed!

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About me: Darisse

I am a wife and a mom and those jobs are two of my greatest joys. My formal education is in psychology and counseling. My husband likes to tell people that I would be a professional student if that was an option! I do love to learn and read as much as possible on a variety of topics. Some of my favorite topics to learn about include personal finance, fitness, home and furniture restoration and cooking.

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