My best friend lives in New York and there is this cookie place called Schmakary’s that has this oatmeal scotchie that is just to die for! Every time we visit, I have to go get one, and you will have to do the same when you go! It’s perfectly chewy, and the best combination of flavors and because I love butterscotch, there have been few cookies to ever top it for me! I don’t know why it has taken me so long to try and recreate a healthier version at home, but the good news is, I finally did it! My healthier oatmeal scotchies are perfect for after school treats, or just to have around when you sweet tooth comes knocking!
Whoa, what a week last week! If you followed along with me on Instagram, you will know that we talked about everything back to school and had a week full of giveaways and more! It was such a great week, but this week we are back to talking about easy dinners, because at this time of year, we need those easy meals more than ever! Am I right? You may have seen my Top 10 Easy Weeknight Meal post by now, but in addition to meals that are ready in under 30 minutes, at this time of year slow cooker meals come in very handy too! My Slow Cooker Sticky Asian Ribs are so easy to make up any day of the week and your whole family is going to love them!
Back to school is in full swing and this week I am all about making your life easier as a parent when it comes to lunch boxes and after school snacks that are healthy and kid-approved! I know it can get old packing the same old lunch boxes every single week and I know that your kids get tired of those same lunch boxes too! I am hosting a back to school series over on my Instagram throughout the whole week to provide recipes, tips, and tricks on how to get your child to actually eat the good food that you pack them that will keep them nourished and energized throughout their day! I have also rounded up my top 25 lunch box and after school snack ideas that are perfect for meal prepping, healthy, and they are kid-tested and approved!
Hold the pumpkin, summer isn't over yet! While I am all on board for the weather changing slightly (we have a bit to go here in Texas still), I am still eating up all the summer fruits and I'm just not quite ready to say goodbye. Labor Day is a few days away and with the long weekend ahead, I am planning out our menus for each day and you bet that includes cocktails, because what holiday weekend is complete without a good cocktail? My watermelon mint slush is a drink I have been making all summer long and will continue to make until watermelons have seen their better days for the year.
Almost everyone I know is in full back to school mode and almost everyone I know is feeling a little more tired than usual this week (us included). Between new schedules, earlier rise times, and having to pack lunch boxes I know that getting dinner on the table can sometimes seem like more of a chore than ever! Easy dinners that everyone will love, that you can prep in advance, and that can be on the table in 30 minutes are essential for survival if you ask me! My easy lentil meatballs with homemade marinara are just the kind of meal that you will have the energy to make on even the busiest of days!
Somewhere along the way, my kiddo decided that he HAD to have a donut every time we were at the grocery store. I mean, I am all about a donut every now and then but y'all...I go to the grocery about 2 or 3 times a week! That is too many donuts for anyone in one week, especially because I try to limit the amount of sugar we get! So because of his new obsession with this very unhealthy food item, I decided to make us a healthier version at home! I love creating my own version of foods that are indulgent right in my own kitchen because I can control the ingredients! My healthy carrot cake donuts are perfect to make in advance for all week long and you can feel good about your family eating them!