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NO BAKE SUMMER RECIPE: MAGNOLIA’S BANANA PUDDING (WITH TOPPINGS)

They say necessity is the mother of invention – so we give it (and the magnolia bakery cookbook) all the credit for this recipe. I’ve been dying to make magnolia’s famous banana pudding but bananas are  a polarizing ingredient in our family and who wants to make a dessert that isn’t enjoyed by all? So instead of sticking to the traditional bananas we included a few other topping options and it turned out so, so good.

The recipe and some silly pics below — because cooking with kids is highly entertaining.

(Griffin’s v. appropriate banana shirt  from zara and on sale!)

Griffin LOVES to cook and be in the kitchen but is so funny and picky about food. He ended up being a fan, but instead of layering in a cup he would dip the wafers in the pudding to eat.

OUR VERSION of MAGNOLIA BAKERY’S FAMOUS BANANA PUDDING (adapted from this cookbook)

You’ll Need:

  • 1-14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 1-3.4 oz. box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1-12 oz. box nilla wafers (reserve some to crumble for topping)
  • TOPPINGS: sliced bananas, sliced strawberries (or other berries), crushed nilla wafers, sprinkles, chocolate chips, anything fun you have on hand!

Here’s How:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix sweetened condensed milk and water together. Add pudding mix and beat until well combined. Cover and chill for 4 hours or overnight.
  2. In another large mixing bowl, whip cream until peaks form.
  3. Remove pudding from refrigerator and add whip cream. Fold into the pudding until well combined.
  4. Spoon into individual cups or bowls and layer with nilla wafers, fruit and other toppings!

Two pics up — when everyone decided they needed a beater to lick but there’s only 2, ha! A familiar scene anytime we make dessert.

Whipping the cream was pretty funny because the kids kept dipping their finger into taste and were super confused by the lack of sweetness… whipped cream that tastes like fluffy milk? Weird.

It tastes so good. And rich. And the kids are already talking about what other versions we could make. I’m definitely saying yes to all the entertaining summer activities that we can do together, don’t require an oven and result in something edible.

What’s your favorite thing to whip up in the kitchen with kids?

Oh, and here’s another good banana recipe that’s perfect for summer!

Speaking of bananas, where does your family fall on the banana debate? Or pudding for that matter…?

I hadn’t had pudding since I was in the hospital after having Poppy… even the store-bought stuff tastes good when your starving and just gave birth, LOL.

xo, Rae

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FRESH PRODUCE + FRESH BUTTON DOWNS FOR SUMMER

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but my no. 1 mom tip for getting out of any kind of rut is to simply mix things up a bit…  So when league play for baseball ended last week, after a long rut-inducing 3 months, I decided to take my own advice and add a few new things to make our daily grind less grind-ish and more fun.

We started with a trip to the produce stand by our house where we spent $17 for a fridge full of local and organic produce!? This part always blows my mind and is a good enough reason to add it to our errands when possible. I also managed to throw on a button down (or is it button-up?) instead of a t-shirt and try two new dinner recipes! Feeling way less blah-ish as a result so am going to leave this post right here to remind myself of how simple it is… Lord knows I’m going to need it about halfway through summer when the kids start bickering and I’m tired of picking up alllllllll the wet towels and swimmers.

A few more pics from the produce stand and outfit details below. Oh, and I saved the new recipes to my “eat” highlight on Instagram if you’re interested!

Does this not make you want a giant fridge with glass doors so you can write where everything goes? And little notes like “don’t touch the whip cream!” or “but first, veggies!” or “save room for tacos”. And then also have enough room for ALL the drink options too?

A girl can dream. But then I should also dream of hiring someone that can keep it fully stocked and organized, LOL. It would be a full time job in our house!

Quick question. Mini carts… God-send or help me Jesus?

The strawberries were tiny but sooooo tasty!

  MY OUTFIT | top from J.Crew (on sale and comes in pink too), jeans (similar fit or similar wash), hat from Nordstrom, shoes are old but similar from urban outfitters

POPPY OUTFIT | top and shorts from J.Crew (she would live in this t-shirt), shoes from Target (they’re comfy too… no sore ankles of heels!)

How do you guys like to mix things up!?

I love turning pizza nights into picnics and adding yoga/mindfulness into our bedtime routine.

XO, Rae

PS – If there is anything that you need to stock up on for summer or vacay, everything at J.Crew is 30% off right now!

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MAY MEALS, TAKEOUT TIPS + SNACK IDEAS

We’ve been making these fun apple-almond (or peanut) butter monster mouths a lot lately, after my friend suggested it, and they are so, so good and fun to make! Although I found peanut butter smeared in random-ish places, the kids were able to put them together themselves for the most part and were completely occupied which is always a bonus. Just thought I’d pass the idea along if you’re looking for something creative to snack on.

Dinners, on the other hand, have looked a lot less creative which is why I didn’t share a menu last month. But with the start of May has come sunshine, a less hectic baseball schedule (no rainouts!), and less needy kids (yay outside playtime!). All of which are game changers, but lets be honest, whether your kids are little and needing hands-on attention, or older and in evening activities, there is no amount of sunshine or meal planning that will make dinnertime easy, so I’m still going to keep things pretty simple this month. Keep scrolling to find my best tips for getting takeout, picnic ideas, a list of v. easy dinners and our go-to filling snacks!

MONSTER MOUTHS | Spread favorite nut butter on one side of your apple slices. Line one apple slice with a row of marshmallows. Top with other slice. Use peanut butter to add candy eyes and eat!

TAKEOUT IDEAS

  • Tired of pizza and sandwiches for takeout? Try ordering from your favorite Thai, Sushi, Indian restaurant or that cute little Italian place down the street…
  • Look for specials on certain nights of the week — for instance, Monday’s are double points at Jersey Mike’s so that’s been our go-to… every other visit our order is half priced!
  • Do 1/2 and 1/2 — for example, make a big salad at home and order your favorite crab fritters (or whatever) to go!
  • Grab some grocery store takeout from the deli/coolers — Trader Joe’s has yummy stuff, but most places offer more than jo-jos and corndogs these days :)

PICNIC DINNERS

  • Copycat Starbucks Bistro Boxes
  • This caprese sandwich looks delish and very packable
  • Mediterranean chicken pasta salad (I use rotisserie chicken or salami in a pinch!)
  • Charcuterie platter
  • Sandwich or antipasto skewers
  • Any chopped salad (my fave), Goddess bowl or quinoa salad (this one looks yum) in a mason jar
  • Chicken fried rice is a picnic win for us. This recipe is similar to the one we use, but I usually swap out the peas for chopped broccoli or whatever else is in the fridge. It’s also a great way to use up leftover chicken breast or a rotisserie.
  • Favorite pizza
  • TIP: I usually pack things up in tupperware, but when I want to avoid them getting left at the field or in the car for too many days, THESE are handy, compostable containers. We’ve gotten THESE for parties before too and enjoy when we have extras to use. Definitely nice to have options!

REALLY EASY DINNERS

  • Anything in a bowl — goddess bowls, burrito bowls, etc.
  • French bread pizza
  • Tuna melts
  • Egg and sausage breakfast sandwiches — add pesto, avocado, basil, fancy cheeses (like the coconut gouda at TJ’s) to spice things up!
  • French dip sandwiches
  • These enchiladas are the best! Although they aren’t the easiest or fastest, they are easy to make ahead and the bake time helps with clean up.
  • Tomato pesto spaghetti florentine
  • Store-bought, ready to grill, kabobs
  • Quesadillas with black beans, avocado, etc.
  • The stuffed bell peppers from Costco
  • Baked potatoes
  • Nachos
  • Crockpot shredded chicken or pork for throwing together tacos, salads, soups, etc.

FILLING SNACKS

Yesterday while looking for meal ideas, I stumbled upon a few recipe cards given to me by a family friend during my kitchen themed bridal shower. They read:

 

“AH-SO ON THE GO”

1) enter your favorite chinese takeout phone number here _____________.

2) Call.

“DOUGH ON A ROLL”

1) Enter favorite pizza joint phone number here _____________.

2) Call.

and

“IF YOU MUST, CHICKEN BUST”

1) Chicken breasts.

2) Favorite bottle of BBQ sauce, put on chicken

3) BBQ until done.

I loved finding these cards among all the trusted, handed down and detailed recipes. It reminded me not to be so “all or nothing” when it comes to feeding the fam and that on those nights or seasons when life is crazy or I just don’t want to cook, there are other options and no need to feel guilty about it. Just hope all the lists above help a little!

XO, Rae

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BREAKFAST CLUB: STEEL CUT OATS + ICE CREAM

If you’ve followed along with us over on Instagram for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed that we’re big ice cream junkies. So leave it to us to find away to eat it for breakfast! Scooped over a warm bowl of steel cut oats, is a favorite around here.  The ice cream melts perfectly (like it does over a warm brownie) so you get a little bit with each bite.

The kids love that their bowl of oatmeal looks more like an ice cream sundae and I love that it’s easy to make yet feels kinda fancy and is perfect for a special school day or weekend morning.

The meal hardly requires a recipe, but I find that some sort of list and instructions are helpful anytime I try something new.  So, I wrote out more details for you below… keep scrollin’!

Her face says it all… Ice cream for breakkie? YAAAS PUH-LEEZE!

STEEL CUT OATS + ICE CREAM

You’ll Need:

  • favorite oatmeal
  • favorite ice cream (halo top is a good option for breakkie!)
  • favorite toppings (ideas: shaved almonds, berries, bananas, coconut flakes, sprinkles, etc.)

Here’s How:

Prepare oatmeal like you normally would or according to package directions. Steel cut is our go-to but old fashioned oats work too. When the oatmeal is almost done, set out any toppings you have on hand and your ice cream choices. Halo Top (not an ad, just a fan) is a good option because it’s lower in sugar, higher in protein and so delicious. When the oats are done, scoop into bowls. For the kids or if you don’t want your ice cream melting too fast, let sit for a minute. Add a small scoop of ice cream and toppings to each and then eat up!

It’s a really fun way to start the day and a good way to get a picky eater to try oatmeal. Plus, your basically swapping out the traditional brown sugar and milk for a scoop of ice cream, and I could be totally wrong, but it feels like an even trade! Especially with a healthier ice cream choice. But I guess it all comes down to the scoop size, LOL :)

(our waffle cone bowls are no longer available, but I thought THIS SET OF 4 or THIS neutral one was super cute!)

Things get a bit messy when the boys start to dish :) And I guess, when your limited to a certain amount of ice cream you load up on sprinkles (below)!

The only downside to ice cream for breakfast is that the kids might start requesting it for all meals, ha! Last night at dinner Poppy said, “My tummy says I’m only hungry for ice cream. So I’m not hungry for chicken.” She kills me.

Let me know if you end up trying it, or if this is something you already serve for breakkie! Also let me know if you have any fun breakfast recipes we should try this weekend. Bonus points if they’re quick to make.

Happy Friday friends!

xo, Rae

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LITTLE BITES: ESPEN’S BUENO GUACAMOLE RECIPE

Poppy’s mantra — feed me and tell me I’m pretty. So it’s no surprise she’s 100% smitten with Espen in this pic, who just finished making guacamole for them to snack on. And I kinda think she’s onto something because there is nothing cuter than a guy (big or small) that knows his way around the kitchen! Allllll the kisses for the cook!

Todays recipe is courtesy of our Latina friend Maria (who we love so much!). It’s the best guac I’ve ever tasted and is perfect for little helpers! Espen (11) and Tilly (9) are able to make it themselves (with supervision) which is kinda nice and fun to watch. And the younger kids enjoy smashing the avocados, adding things to the food processor and pushing the buttons. So you’re basically just there to make sure the lid get’s put on before any buttons are pushed :)

Recipe below!

Gotta love a bikini clad audience! Ha! She changes outfits a few times a day when we’re home and there is often either a swimsuit or a princess dress involved. (Gingham bikini from our fave Olivia + Ocean)

NOTE: If you like your guac smooth, add everything to the food processor and chop (don’t puree). If you like it with more texture, mash the avos by hand. 

MARIA’S GUACAMOLE RECIPE

You’ll Need:

  • 2 avocados, halved with pits removed
  • 1/4 onion
  • 3 roma tomatoes, rinsed and cut in half (seeds removed if desired)
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, rinsed and non-leafy stems removed
  • fresh juice from 1 lemon (or more to taste)
  • salt to taste
  • garlic salt to taste

To Make:

  1. ADULT, Prep ingredients and spoon small amounts of the salt and garlic salt into small prep bowls. Get the food processor ready.
  2. KIDS, In a small mixing bowl, scoop avocados out of the skins and mash with the bottom of a glass or a fork. Set aside.
  3. KIDS (supervised), Add onion, tomatoes, and cilantro to food processor and chop. Scoop chopped tomato mix to the mashed avocado and stir until combined. Squeeze juice from the lemon into the mixing bowl and sprinkle with salt and garlic salt. Taste test and add more if needed.
  4. KIDS, serve with quesadillas, tortilla chips or nachos OR as a topping for tacos, sandwiches, toast, burrito bowls, etc.

We’re ready for ya, Taco Tuesday!!!!

I have a feeling we’ll be making a lot of this next week on vacay!

What’s your favorite thing to eat (or drink) on taco night?

XO, Rae

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COSTCO HAUL… (OUR FAVORITE THINGS TO BUY AT COSTCO)

You guys know I’m all about a good meal plan and shopping list but there are certain times, months and weeks during the year when simply having a stocked kitchen and a generous list of easy, fun and mostly healthy meals and snacks is the best option. To do this, it’s more about the shopping than it is the plan and I think we would all agree Costco and Trader Joe’s are the best places to accomplish this. Since I’m still a newbie at Trader Joe’s, thought I’d start by sharing our Costco must-haves. Because we all know the way to a happy home is through everyones bellies. Case in point, below.

A Pocky little Poppy :)

Feed me mama! Ha! Yet her half of the hot dog, minus the mustard, is sitting on the table. I swear my kids always assume that whatever I’m eating is somehow better than what they have?

There’s my little birdie again, waiting for a bite!

Now for a loooong list of things we mostly keep stocked from Costco… Some of my pics didn’t turn out (sorry) so there is a lot of stuff listed that isn’t pictured, but hopefully it still helps!

PRODUCE: 

  • mini cucumbers (so yummy and convenient. easy to pack up and dip in hummus too!)
  • mini bell peppers (also so good and easy for packing and dipping)
  • the salad kits (i’m a sucker for just about any “chopped” salad, and we only use half of the dressing on each one. top with chicken, steak or sandwich meat and you have an easy dinner)
  • spinach or power greens (great with fried eggs or in smoothies!)
  • berries (for snacking, adding to yogurt, oatmeal or protein pancakes in the morning or packing up for a dinner side)
  • kiwis
  • grapefruit
  • limes/lemons
  • watermelon (when in season)
  • apples, bananas, grapes, cuties :)

FRIDGE:

  • carne asada (pictured below & it’s soooo good. thank you to our friends for introducing it to us!)
  • organic chicken breast
  • flautas (usually served as a hearty snack or if someone needs to leave for a game/practice and dinner isn’t quite done.)
  • chicken meatballs (the kids aren’t crazy about them but Johan and I love them and they are already cooked so make dinner prep quick!)
  • pesto (for pasta night, breakfast sandwiches – that we often serve for dinner – paninis and THIS SALAD)
  • jack’s organic salsa (my personal favorite but i don’t like the spicy stuff. aside from snack and taco/quesadilla/nacho/burrito bowl night, i add it to my eggs in the morning.)
  • guacamole cups
  • hummus and hummus cups
  • half + half + milk
  • eggs (organic free range)
  • string cheese or babybel’s
  • almond milk
  • ground turkey

FREEZER:

  • pot stickers
  • mango chunks (for smoothies)
  • blueberries (for smoothies)
  • berry mix (for smoothies)
  • edamame
  • french fries
  • spinach raviolis

DRINKS:

  • la croix
  • honest juice
  • izze sodas (every once in awhile)
  • bai juices (also every once in awhile)
  • beeeeer :) (also every once in awhile, but especially in the summer)
  • stumptown cold brew coffee (was available the last time i went but they don’t usually have it)

PANTRY:

  • quinoa and brown rice packets by seeds of change (these pouches will change your life. warm up in the microwave and add to a burrito bowl, goddess bowl, breakfast burrito or THIS SALAD
  • cans of black beans
  • canned chicken for salad, chicken melts or to eat with crackers/cucumber slices
  • canned diced tomatos (for pasta al fresco, soups or chilis)
  • chicken stock
  • corn + flour tortillas
  • mike’s killer or good seed bread
  • coconut oil
  • olive oil
  • raw almonds
  • organic spaghetti
  • mixed berry or raspberry jam
  • ALL THE NUT BUTTERS – adams peanutbutter, organic creamy peanut butter, almond butter
  • kodiak protein pancake mix
  • pretzels
  • late july sea salt multi-grain chips
  • pirate booty
  • organic tortilla chips
  • pocky biscuit sticks (bought these on a whim just before valentine’s day so now the kids request them every time i go — oops — but i think they are less expensive at winco)
  • Kirkland coffee pods
  • fruit leathers
  • applesauce or go-go squeeze fruit pouches
  • chia seed pouches
  • fig bars
  • zbars
  • baobab superfruit powder (for smoothies)
  • ground flaxseed and chia seeds OR antioxidant blend with flax, coconut, acerola, açaí, and camu-camu (for smoothies, energy bites and oatmeal)
  • gold standard protein powder (our favorite kind because it’s not chalky tasting. costco doesn’t always carry it but last time it was there the price was $15 less than amazon)

BAKERY:

  • muffins (ftw, always. perfect for busy mornings because the kids love them as much as crepes so they hurry down for breakfast, but i don’t have to cook :) — we usually serve them with scrambled eggs or a protein shake and fruit)
  • dinner rolls (sometimes we grab them for sliders, meatball subs or pulled pork sandwiches and then use the rest for lunches. they are the perfect size for the kids… but is also white bread so feels like a treat to the kids.)
  • pretzel buns (if we plan on feeding chili to a crowd!)

Is there anything sexier than a trunk filled with Costco goods? I think not! ha! When Johan and I first got married, our weekly grocery budget was approx. $50 so you better believe I feel so incredibly blessed every time I get to stock up on food for my family.

Do you guys geek out as much as I do over groceries and stores? Please say yes (lol) and tell me what your favorite part or place is!?

XO, Rae

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MARCH DINNERS + ARTICHOKES

So many reasons to be excited for March — spring break, baseball season, + daylight savings (!), to name a few — but at the top of my list is all the spring produce that’s been popping up at the store. Last week I grabbed artichokes to serve for happy hour with a glass of wine and it was such a fun treat. Especially since most of the kids don’t eat them and there is obviously no sharing wine, so it felt almost like a mini date for Johan and me.

I have always boiled our artichokes and serve with butter and mayo with lemon juice for dipping, but would love to try roasting them too! How do you guys like to cook artichokes?

More links and ideas for March meals below!

16 DINNERS TO MAKE IN MARCH

EASY

MAKE AHEAD OR BAKED

30-60 MINUTES

BREAKFAST, LUNCH + SNACK IDEAS

Lots of packable and “heat + eat” meals for all the baseball practices and games in our future.

What’s on your schedule this month? What are you most looking forward to?

XOXO, Rae

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LITTLE BITES: HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BALLS (NO BAKE!)

If I had a personal chef or the discipline/organizational abilities to meal prep once a week, these energy bites would for sure be on the menu every time. They’re homemade (read: guilt-free), easy to grab and go, loaded with healthy stuff, tasty enough to satisfy a sweet tooth, and loved by (almost — because there’s always that one…) everyone in the fam bam. They’re also really fun to package up and share with friends. Even better when we’ve just made a fresh batch and the kids have buddies over!

I’ve always wanted to be the house with the best snack food for all the kids, without feeding them too much junk, and even though I fall short often, mixing these up makes me feel like I’m winning just a little :)

Peep the recipe below!

NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE CHIP ENERGY BITES, makes approx. 2 dozen

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (like quaker), uncooked
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup favorite nut butter (I like to use almond butter but usually use adam’s peanut butter)
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup favorite chocolate chips (I like to use the mini kind!)
  • 1/4 cup honey (agave works too)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chia seeds, optional

Here’s How:

  1. Using a hand or stand mixer, combine and mix ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  2. Using your hands (and cookie scooper if you have one!), roll into 1 to 2 inch balls. Eat right away or chill first.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week…. But I promise they won’t last that long, LOL.

Happy Tuesday Loves!

xo, Rae

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FEBRUARY DINNERS

HOORAY, we made it to the end of Jan-u-ar(a)y! LOL. Did it feel as long to you as it did to me? I guess it doesn’t really stand a chance to the few months and holidays that come before it, huh? However, it does feel good to have the first month of the year under my belt… and seeing as how we ate and netflixed our way through January, I mean that literally too. Is a “cheat month” a thing? (Asking for a friend :)

Anywho, I’ve rounded up a few recipes I’ve tried and loved or want to try in February. Half of them either look delicious or would be perfect for Valentine’s Day (can you say fondue, pasta and tomato bisque with grilled cheese, please!?) while the other half are gluten free and paleo. It’s all about balance, right?

13 DINNERS TO MAKE IN FEBRUARY

EASY

MAKE AHEAD OR BAKED

30-60 MINUTES

BREAKFAST, LUNCH + SNACK IDEAS

  • bananas + peanut butter pinwheels
  • monster mouths (with marshmallows or nuts for teeth)
  • egg + cheese tacos or omelettes
  • mango protein shake (frozen mango + pineapple, almond or coconut milk, ice and vanilla protein (this is our favorite kind — not chalky!)
  • raviolis
  • edamame
  • french toast + fruit kabobs (perfect for Valentines Day!)
  • chicken salad pitas or lettuce cups
  • fresh veggies with tzatziki dip!

Which recipe looks most appealing to you? I’m kinda curious about the chicken bowl with cauliflower rice.

Feel free to add more recipe ideas in the comments…

Love you guys!

xo, Rae

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DINNER TONIGHT: HEALTHY TURKEY EMPANADAS

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Empanadas are tasty hand pies common all over Latin America. Today, I’m excited to be teaming up with Foster Farms® to share a version you’ll want to make ASAP for a few really good reasons 1. It only requires a handful of ingredients 2. We’ve used organic ground turkey for a healthy twist and 3. They’re easy and fun to eat on game or movie night, or take with you for a picnic or snow day!

However, there are no excuses necessary for throwing these cutie (hand) pies together. Take a peek at the recipe and step-by-step pics below!

Making and rolling dough is usually one of my least favorite tasks in the kitchen, but this recipe comes together in under 10 minutes and is so easy to work with!

FOR THE DOUGH, YOU’LL NEED:

  1. 1 cup water
  2. 3/4 cup shortening
  3. 2-3/4 cups flour (plus more for rolling)
  4. 2 teaspoons kosher salt

HERE’S HOW:

  1. Add water and shortening to a saucepan and heat over medium until shortening has melted (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk flour and salt together. Using a measuring cup, make a well in the center of flour mix.

Slowly stir shortening and water into the mixing bowl until dough forms. Knead mixture with your hands until dough is well combined and has a smooth texture (about 1 to 2 minutes). Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let chill for 2 hours.

While the dough finishes chilling, it’s time to make the filling. And apparently rhyme too! Ha!

FOR THE FILLING, YOU’LL NEED:

  1. 1 large bell pepper (or 1-1/2 small peppers), finely chopped
  2. 1 large sweet onion (or 1-1/2 small ones), finely chopped
  3. 1/3 cup coconut oil (or olive oil)
  4. 1 lb. Foster Farms® Organic Ground Turkey
  5. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  6. 2 teaspoons paprika
  7. salt and pepper to taste

HERE’S HOW:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add peppers and onions to pan and sauté until golden brown. Add spices and cook for an additional couple minutes or until fragrant. Transfer to a medium sized mixing bowl. Add meat to pan, season with salt and pepper and cook until browned. Add to mixing bowl and let cool while doing the next step.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper (optional). Divide dough into 12, 2-inch balls (see pic below). On a lightly floured surface, roll dough balls into 5-inch circles.

Scoop 1/4 cup of filling into the center of each rolled dough. Fold in half and press edges together with your fingers and then a fork. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

My little kitchen helper and taste tester!

Once you get comfortable making the dough, the filling combinations are endless! Poppy wasn’t a fan of the bell peppers so next time I might swap them out for a veggie she enjoys or allow all the kids to make their own fillings. With so many people and varying taste buds in our family, I love a recipes that can be customized!

Which is also one of the things I appreciate about Foster Farms®. We’ve been cooking up and serving their products in our kitchen for a long time and love that they have such a great selection of organic meats. The Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey we used is USDA Certified Organic with No Antibiotics Ever!

Makes it easy to switch up our favorite recipes or use ingredients that we already have on hand while also knowing we’re feeding our family the best!

XO, Rae

P.S. — A big thank you to Foster Farms® for inspiring this post and to you guys for supporting the brands that make blogging possible! As you guys already know, I don’t do many sponsored posts so you know that when I do, it’s because it’s with a brand I already know, trust and love!

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(One more pic of Poppy helping grab all of our fresh ingredients at Safeway ;)

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms®.

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UNICORN HOT COCOA + A KID CHARCUTERIE PLATTER

With the majority of winter and lots of time cooped up at home still ahead of us, we’re staying cozy and having fun while whipping up some unicorn and narwhal hot cocoa. Watch the video below to see how we make it!

Did you watch long enough to see the “cutie” platter at the end? It’s my favorite way to feed a crowd without actually having to cook or clean!

Most of the fixings got eaten before I could snap a picture for this post, so I thought I would try and put one together today and share on Instagram Stories. Come say “HI!” if you get a chance! I’ll also add it to an “eat” collection below my bio for safe keeping. For now, here’s the hot cocoa recipe…

UNICORN or NARWHAL HOT COCOA

You’ll Need:

  • whole milk (or milk of your choice)
  • powdered white mocha  powder and/or white mocha syrup (you can use both or just one)
  • 1/4 teaspoon all natural powdered food coloring (I like this kind!), or a drop of liquid food coloring
  • toppings of choice: whip cream, sprinkles, marshmallows, paper straws, etc.

Here’s How:

Over the stove or in the microwave, heat your milk. Stir in powder mix and/or syrup. Add food coloring. Once the milk has cooled enough for little ones to drink, add your toppings and enjoy!

*If you’re having the kids help you, make sure the milk isn’t scolding… spills tend to happen when kids are involved and I would hate for someone to get a burn!

Don’t forget the marshmallows and whip… Even if just for entertainment value ;)

Extra props to Johan for figuring out how to piece together the video… it was not an easy one!

Are there any videos you’d like to see in the future?

XO, Rae

PS — See you over on Instagram later today!

PPS — More unicorn fun –> HERE and HERE.

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