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MINI BITES: BEDTIME POPSICLES

Oh bedtimes. Such a sweet, snuggly, and often bananas time of day to unwind, have precious conversations (or answer a million random questions), read books, pray and give 100% attention to the kids. But we all know its one thing to get kids tucked in and another to get them to sleep.

A couple of our babes are particularly challenged (like their mama) in this area so about a year ago, after doing plenty of research (aka, calling my mom + googling), I started giving them and myself small doses of Melatonin – an au naturel supplement that helps you fall asleep. And it’s a God send. Seriously. Except that it’s not meant to take every night. Since we’re trying to ease our way back into a schedule before school starts, I’ve been looking for other ways to naturally help them get sleepy at night and discovered that there are several sleep inducing foods out there.

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Bananas, yogurt, almonds, oats, cherries and honey all have nutrients that help you sleep and they all taste delicious together. Or course, piling your favorite ingredients into a snack size parfait before bed would be delish but blending them up and freezing into popsicles would be way more fun!

BEDTIME POPSICLES

  • 1 banana (or a little less)
  • 1/2 cup pitted cherries (we used frozen)
  • 3/4 cup favorite vanilla yogurt (coconut milk yogurt for dairy-free)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • Honey to taste
  • Granola to top
  1. Add first four ingredients into a blender and mix together. Add Honey to taste.
  2. Pour into popsicle mold (this is our fave) and sprinkle granola over the top. Place in freezer for a few hours until frozen.
  3. To make the layered popsicle, blend banana, yogurt, almond milk and honey. Fill molds a little over halfway and freeze. Then blend cherries with a little yogurt, almond milk and honey and add to the molds. Top with granola and freeze. (*makes about 10 large popsicles)

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We ate them on kind of a wild night that lacked any routine so they didn’t (and I doubt they will) work as well as Melatonin, but I do think the right kind of snack right before bed makes a big difference!

Have any bedtime tricks up your sleeve, friend?

XO, Rae

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a smorgasbord of S’MORES!

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one of my favorite parts of summer is when we light up the fire pit and breakout the s’mores fixings. not because it’s an insanely yummy treat (i mostly pick at the chocolate bars), but because it’s the perfect way to fill a summer night with family time or entertain a larger group. in fact, i’m pretty sure it’s impossible to not have fun while roasting mallows with kids… (having wet wipes handy helps too)! to keep s’mores nights spontaneous and special i grabbed this camp stove by poppytalk at target (for nights when johan isn’t home – i leave fire building to the fireman of the house) and thought it would be fun to put together a smorgasbord of s’mores options for the kids to choose from.

Some S’more Fixings Ideas

  • Classic s’more with sprinkles
  • Chocolate grahams, mallow and sliced strawberry or banana
  • Graham cracker, chocolate, shaved coconut, nutbutter
  • Graham cracker, cookies and cream chocolate bar or peanut butter cup and mallow

some of those square chocolates with mint or caramel fillings would be a nice addition too as would some chocolate petite ecolier cookies by LU (double the chocolate!) at the store but no luck this time.

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and there is the pure happiness i was talking about!

what do you guys like to do on summer nights with the fam?!

or maybe you have a fave s’more combo?

xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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ASPARAGUS SOUP with BLT’s and avocado

asparagus-soup-and-blta-recipethis soup may be green, but it’s 100% kid approved in our home… i could hardly believe my ears when they raved about how yummy it was the first time they tasted it (and every time since). if your still nervous about giving it a try, go heavy on the salt – it helps!

for the soup, YOU’LL NEED:

(serves 4 to 6 / takes 30 minutes)

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, chopped
  • kosher salt & ground black pepper
  • sour cream to top
  • basil leaves to garnish
  • an immersion blender, food processor or blender (i highly recommend getting an immersion blender if you don’t have one already and are a soup person like me! so much easier and less messy than letting the soup cool and blending in batches)
  1. in a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter and add onion. stir constantly until softened (about 4 minutes).
  2. add asparagus, basil and broth and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until asparagus is tender.
  4. remove from heat and blend soup until smooth using an immersion blender or in patches using a food process or blender.
  5. season to taste with salt and pepper. ladle into bowls and top with sour cream and basil.

for the BLT’s, YOU’LL NEED:

(serves 4 to 6 / takes 15 minutes)

  • 8 to 12 slices of country bread
  • 8 to 12 slices favorite bacon, cooked (i used turkey)
  • 2 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large ripe tomato, sliced
  • favorite lettuce
  • 2 to taste salt and pepper
  • mayonnaise
  1. cook bacon and toast bread to your liking.
  2. meanwhile, prep fixings.
  3. build sandwiches by layering mayo, avocado, bacon, lettuce and tomato in-between slices of bread.

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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