Sunny Tot Bites

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If you've been hanging around here for any length of time, you know that we're big fans of all sorts of healthy snack foods.  

But recently, I wanted to have something on hand that would do double-duty:  something easy to grab for a quick snack, but also decent enough to be a meal if I was in an even-lazier-than-normal mood and just wanted to make a ginormous salad for dinner and nothing else.

Now, Gv will eat all sorts of things you wouldn't expect a preschooler to consume, but raw lettuce is not one of the items on that list.

That means that my lazy-salad-only nights end up not quite as lazy as I'd like, since I still have to figure out something different to fix for our little anti-greens gal.

Ha!  But I've got a new secret weapon - these Sunny Tot Bites!

They're ridiculously simple to make, freeze easily in a zippered bag, and heat up in no time flat in the toaster oven (you have managed to get yourself a toaster oven by now, haven't you?)

I usually make a mixture of mini- and regular-sized tots so that I can use them for both snacks and dinners, but you might prefer to keep all the same size of tots on hand at your house instead.

5 After 5, Road Trip Edition

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 guilty-pleasure television shows and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is now a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 of your favorite road trip memories 


Whether it's memories of being squeezed into the back of the station wagon with your siblings growing up, crazy marathon drives in college, or listening to shouts of "Are we there yet?" or "He hit me!" from the backseat today, you're bound to have a few favorite road trip memories to share.

I've taken quite a few epic road trips in my life - and here are five of my favorites:


Friday Frivolity, Childhood Edition

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At last week's party, we had a laugh as we shared some silly cow memes.

This week, we're harking back to our childhoods and thinking about some of the funniest things that kids say, do, or (probably) think:  



A Year of Read-Aloud Classics

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Back when I was in the classroom, I was given what every teacher nowadays dreams of:  30 minutes a day to enrich her students in a manner that wasn't dictated by the district, state, or federal government.

Teaching my gifted students came with its own set of unique challenges, but I loved this little pocket of time each day that we were given to really explore something special as a class.

And what did I focus our attention on?

Monthly Crafting Book Club - Camping Edition

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My bloggy pal Hilary over at Raising Fairies and Knights started a fun new Monthly Crafting Book Club this year - a challenge to create activities to go along with some of the most beloved children's books.

We're halfway through the year and so far, have really had some great fun:


January Animal Action Dice Game for the book Barnyard Dance.
February Cause & Effect Box for If You Give a Moose a Muffin.
March an alphabetical scavenger hunt for Dr. Seuss's ABC.
April handwashing fun to go along with The Piggy in the Puddle.
May 5 Little Monkeys Fold 'Em Up for Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.
June - pinecone princess & Cozy Sweater Warrior Paper Dolls for The Princess and the Pony.

Now it's July, and instead of choosing a specific book for the month, the group went with any book related to camping.


Hmmm, camping.


There's a topic we know a little something about. {wink}



5 After 5, Guilty-Pleasure Television Shows Edition

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 kitchen appliances you can't live without and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is now a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 guilty-pleasure television shows you love to watch


We got rid of tv back when Gv was born and now just have a single monitor hanging on the wall hooked up to a DVD player and the computer, so pretty much all of my trashy-television binge-watching sessions have ceased.

However, if I were ever stuck sitting off in a hotel room by myself or something, I know I could easily get sucked back into these, if any of them are still on:


Friday Frivolity, Cow Edition

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At last week's party, we remembered some of the stand-out commercials that have made us laugh over the years.

Tomorrow is cow appreciation day, so we're sharing some silly cow memes:  



Fantastic FREE Books You Can Download Right Now

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Did you see my post last week about great reading incentive programs for kids?

Hopefully you found one that worked for your family and your children are well on their way to earning some fun rewards (and you're enjoying some much-needed relaxation time of your own!)

We're lucky to have a library just two miles down the road from us, but if yours isn't so convenient (or that great) and you're already running out of things to read around your house, then check out this list of books you can get for free over at Project Gutenberg:

OMW (Oh My Word!) Sweet Potato Waffles

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Last week, I shared my own special version of Chicken and Waffles with you.

That meal is absolutely delicious just as it is, but we try not to eat regular potatoes very often around here and instead try to go with a healthier sweet potato option.

So of course, I had to make the same meal again the next week, but substitute sweet potato waffles for the plain ones.

Oh. My. Word.

I never would have dreamed that these would be even more delicious than already delicious mashed potatoes, but they were.

Ooohhh, they so were:

5 After 5, Kitchen Appliances You Can't Live Without

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 summer traditions and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is now a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 kitchen appliances you can't live without


Okay, "can't live without" might sound a wee bit extreme, but I actually would rather live without things like a microwave, oven, stove, and dishwasher than go without these little handy helpers: