Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Caramel Butter

Ok – I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret…I’m not the best baker. I can cook pretty well. But baking? Not my forte. Too much exact science, measuring, and worrying about altitude and weather. That’s all way too complicated for this #lazymom! But since I’ve had kids, I’ve had lots of practice making muffins. For some reason, muffins aren’t as intimidating to me. And my kid’s absolutely love muffins, so we try to make them at least once a week. Muffins are also the perfect snack to bring to playdates, or send in to a preschool bake sale. These whole wheat apple cinnamon muffins with caramel butter are a fall favorite in our house, and we can pretend they’re healthy since they include whole wheat flour, ground flax, and apples!

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Tasty Treats to Whip Up When a Friend Comes Over

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There’s nothing better than eating good food with good friends, am I right? Before kids, Josh and I were always entertaining! We loved throwing dinner parties, cocktail hours, and seasonal parties. One year, my best friend Lauren and I threw an epic scary movie night for Halloween. These days, I mostly just host play dates and small groups from church. But I still love planning out snacks for my guests. If you’re looking for a few good recipes that will show your friends you care, here are a few ideas for tasty treats to whip up when a friend comes over. 

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3 Easy Ways To Make A Nutritious and Delicious Packed Lunch

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I don’t know about you, but I hate packing lunches! We all want our kids to be eating a balanced diet, but constantly coming up with new, healthy, and exciting lunches is no easy feat. In fact, Frodo’s march on Mordor was probably a more desirable challenge. Ha! It isn’t just because our imagination is lacking or time is short, but also because most of us can’t imagine our kids would be happy to open up a lunch box full of edamame beans, kale, and spinach.

So if you’re stuck in a rut with your kid’s lunches, check out some of the tips below. I’ve got some “simple to make” and “scrumptious to eat” ideas that can take your lunch boxes out of the realm of dull and unhealthy, and into the world of delicious and nutritious!

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5 Thoughts I Had While Spending 2 Hours at Chick-fil-A

I love Chick-fil-A. They have some tasty, tasty food, decent coffee, and great customer service. And those milkshakes? Oh yeah!! But best of all, they have an indoor, climate controlled play area where my wild children can burn some energy while I sit and take a much needed mom-break.

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But there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing. On Tuesday, we spent 2 hours at Chick-fil-A. I took the kids to play and have dinner since Dada was traveling for work. And I have to say, that 2 hours is too long to spend at any restaurant with kids, even Chick-fil-A.

5 Thoughts I Had While Spending 2 Hours at Chick-fil-A:

1. Chick-fil-A is the only place where it’s socially acceptable to let a bunch of young children run around a restaurant barefoot. And go to the bathroom barefoot. #gross

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2. When another parent walks into the tiny, enclosed play area that smells of toddler sweat, bare feet, and dirty diapers, and has at least 5 ice-cream-high-induced monkeys…er…kids running around, jumping, and screaming, I want to say to them, “Welcome to Hell.”

3. Forget frosted coffee and lemonade. What we really need up in here is some frosty alcoholic beverages.

Me: “Can I get a margarita?”

Chick-fil-a employee: “Of course! My pleasure!”

4. Is that my kid licking the slide? OMG she is!!! “Stop!!! Don’t lick the slide!!” Gag me.

5. When I get to the point in my life where I don’t have to stop, mid-bite, into my spicy chicken sandwich to hop up and go wipe someone else’s butt…that will be a good day.

 

So I learned my lesson. 2 hours is too much at Chick-fil-A. Unless they really do start serving margaritas…

Do you think that the cows would tell us to eat more chicken AND drink more tequila? Because I’d be all about that.

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Exploring Helen, Georgia with Kids

I’ve been visiting Helen, Georgia, a replica Bavarian Alps town in North Georgia, for longer than I can remember. My parent’s have a timeshare at a beautiful resort right on the river, and we’ve spent so many weeks relaxing and exploring the small town.

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Now that I have my own kiddos, it’s been so fun going back and doing all the things I grew up doing. Some of them are just as wonderful and fun as I remember, and some seem a little strange now that I’m older. (Like watching the birth of a baby doll out of a cabbage…)

But if you live in the South East, you may want to put Helen, Georgia on your travel bucket list. The town is cozy and quaint, and you can find some great eats and some amazing outdoor views and adventures!

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