Living with the In-laws and a Birthday Party

Yes… I have been on yet another hiatus. This time it wasn’t all my fault. 🙂

Long story short, we had a sewage flood in the home that we were renting that caused massive contamination of the third floor of the home. Considering the conditions and the fact that we have a toddler, the hubby and I decided it was best if we just call it quits at that location. We are in the process of building a new home, but it is not quite ready yet. So, in the mean-time, we are living with the in-laws, in the bonus room, above their garage……… down by the river. No, seriously, the Flint River. 🙂 (Hey, gotta make light of the situation any chance I get!) All jokes aside, we are very thankful that we have this option.

Our nephew, Clayton, loves Star Wars and just turned 6. So guess what?! He had a Star Wars Party! And I got to help out! Here are a few pictures from the celebration.


Crock-pot Caramel

Caramel is my chocolate. If it has caramel on it, in it, or near it, I will try it….well, there are a few exceptions to that rule.

Anywho…caramel dip can get expensive or time consuming when you have to unwrap all of those individual squares. Or, if you are like me, you eat more that you end up with at the end…

Here is an easier and cheap way to indulge yourself in yummy caramel.

 (Note – This will take 8 hrs, so if you are a fiend for caramel, this may not be the way to go, just saying)

Massive Menu Monday: Recipe Edition – New Orleans Shrimp and Peppers

I love shrimp. I can eat it cooked almost anyway…

However, this shrimp dish has become my most recent favorite.

Doesn’t that look yummy?

Next time I may toss it over some long grain rice or couscous….oh, the options!

Check out the recipe here.


Jell-O and Oreos

I have never really been a HUGE fan of Oreos. However, my husband loves them. I found an Oreo Pudding made by Jell-O on the shelf at the store and I thought that I would give it a try for dessert one night. It was pretty good. Then, as I was throwing away the packaging, I noticed a pie recipe on the box. It sounded YUMMY! … and that it was!

Doesn’t it look delicious?

 This guy thought so!


Definitely a dessert worth trying that calls for little effort and less than five bucks!

Check out the recipe here!

Everything in your baking pantry Muffin Mix

My extremely kind-of-sort-of, sweet child prefers a granola bar for breakfast…over anything else. I can open a packaged wrapper in the kitchen and you will hear little pitter patters of feet running around the corner to see if he is getting a peanut butter or chocolate chip bar, only to find out that it is NOT a granola bar at all, but a boring, old strawberry pop-tart. The first time I tricked changed it up on him, his poor face changed dramatically from all cheeks and teeth to a little pouty, disappointed smirk when he saw the pop-tart.

I then decided I would make my own granola bars…which would be a little healthier for him and somewhat cheaper for us. I attempted…and that was that. My yummy peanut butter, cranberry and chocolate chip granola bars did not pass the “touch test.” (All things that enter my toddler’s mouth most be dry, hard and well…boring.)

Back to square one…

I have roamed and roamed the World Wide Web looking for breakfast recipes that allow me to hide include healthy ingredients that he normally wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.  I have found several that I would like, but each, for whatever single reason, would not work for Mister Easton.  So, I decided to combine 2-3 recipes and concoct something of my own.

Now, on to the recipe…

Coconut, Banana, Oats, and Chocolate Chip Muffins

(a.k.a Everything in your baking pantry Muffins)

What I used:

  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking powder
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1-2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

How I made them:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mash bananas.
  3. Mix all ingredients except the chocolate chips.
  4. Spray a muffin pan and/or liners with non-stick spray.
  5. Stir the chocolate chips into the batter.
  6. Divide batter into muffin cups.
  7. Bake 20-30 minutes until you see the edges just starting to brown. They will be firm to the touch.
  8. Let cool completely before removing from tin/liner. If not, they will stick.


Have a Pepperplate account? View the recipe here.

And, just so you know… the end result on the Will-Easton-Eat-This-O-Meter…a BIG FAT ZERO! But, the hubby and I sure do like them, especially warm! Also, go ahead and make a little extra, as these work great as freezer food!

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