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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Yogurt Banana Split


There are some mornings (birthdays, holidays, Saturdays) that deserve something extra special for breakfast. 

On those morning, for many years, we have made banana splits for breakfast.  No I do not give my kids ice cream and sugar.  I'm not that nice.  Replace the ice cream with yogurt.  It's that simple.  Really!  As long as your kids like yogurt, they will love it.

Simply take a banana and split it down the middle.  Top it with 2-3 flavors of yogurt (there are SO many choices!)  Then top with any variety of fruits (fresh or frozen), nuts, and granola.

I have found several other ways to do this, but this has been our favorite for years.  As the kids have gotten older, I have allowed them to make their own.  This just adds to the excitement.  I will often serve this when we have a guest over - highly impresses them, and instantly makes me the cool mom :)

Chop it all up and put it in a fancy glass - makes it seem almost royal

Monday, September 3, 2012

Bean Burrito

I really do NOT like refried beans.  I love Mexican food, but not refried beans.  I suppose it's because I know how much fat is in there.  That, and when you open a can it is full of squishy dog food looking, rotten smelling, stuff that barely resembles beans.

Well, I made a batch for a potluck I was going to.  I say I made them, but really I opened a few cans and heated up the mess inside.  I could barely handle the smell. 

My thought - If I don't like this stuff, then why am I bringing it?  I did an internet search and found a lot of ideas.  I had already been to the store 2 times today and I was NOT going to go back a third time.  Besides, I only had an hour left before I had to leave.  I had to make do with what was on hand.

What I ended up doing was this:

In a crock pot mix 2 cans refried beans
1-2 cups velveeta cheese
1/2 can rotel
2 packets taco seasoning
1/2 cup diced onion

They didn't taste too bad.  Not my favorite, but definitely a TON better than what came out of the can.  Now, what do I do with the left overs?  There's not a lot, but enough that I really don't want to be wasteful.

My oldest daughter has a thing for burritos right now.  I simply put that brown mess on a tortilla, add a few sides, and call it dinner.  I love quick dinners!

This won't be my go to on a busy night, but now I know what to do with the 3 cans of refried beans in the pantry.