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Minion Inspired Banana Snack Idea (perfect for after school!)

Here's a fun after-school snack - banana peanut butter cracker sandwiches!

I decided to make lunch a little more exciting today!  The kids love having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a banana on the side.  Even when I try to fix something else, they insist on the same ol’ thing.  So I thought I’d have some fun and change it up at least a little bit, with a minion inspired idea!

So my kids have only seen Despicable Me once and have not yet seen the new Minions movie but they’re still obsessed with minions.  We were at the doctor’s office last week and my 2 1/2 year old saw a commercial and yelled “Minions!” for everyone around to hear.  It was adorable how excited he was.  I can see it though – those little cute yellow guys are hard not to love!


What fun!  A healthy Minion inspired snack for kids (and adults!)


So here’s the recipe!  Try not to forget.. it’s a hard one to remember ;)  No, but really, I know we all need ideas once in a while, so remember to Pin this for later!


What you’ll need:

  • Crackers
  • Banana – sliced
  • Peanut Butter
  • Fruity Pebble cereal or sprinkles


How to make it:

It’s pretty simple and only takes a couple of minutes.  The kids could even make it themselves!

1) Spread peanut butter on flat side of crackers

2) Add 1 slice of banana per cracker

3) Sprinkle Fruity Pebbles on top



Add jelly between the peanut butter and banana

Skip the fruity pebbles and sprinkles and add chia seeds on top

Sandwich a cracker on top but keep the bananas separate

For those with peanut allergies, use yogurt instead of peanut butter


Remember to pin this fun Minion snack idea for all the other parents out there when they’re struggling to come up with an after-school snack!

Got a Case of the Mondays? Fix it with Sundaes! #SundaeFundae

The J. M. Smucker Company asked me to write about my experience with Smucker’s Ice Cream Toppings found at Kroger.  This is a sponsored post, and all opinions are honest and those of our own.  


When you've got a case of the Mondays, make it a Sundae Fundae!


Ever have one of those days?  One of those days where everything seems to be a little off?  We all have days like that.  We woke up late, the kids won’t cooperate getting ready, someone’s teething, someone else is sick, and nothing seems to go smoothly at all.  It’s no wonder that grumpy orange cat hates Mondays so much!  Finding a small routine for your family to enjoy together can relieve a lot of that stress.  For our family, one of our routines is turning any day into a Sundae!

Instead of just scooping out a little ice cream and handing it out, or going to the ice cream shop, we keep a collection of toppings in the pantry.  When it’s time for some family fun, and we’re in the mood for a treat, we pull out our favorite toppings and every flavor of ice cream we have to make a tasty frozen buffet!  The kids love being able to choose what goes in, even if it’s a little unconventional!  Small spoonfuls of each type of ice cream, gummy bears or candy pieces, sprinkles, peanut butter… Or more conventional and delicious toppings like Smucker’s Marshmallow, Caramel, and Fudge toppings!


In my house, anything's a go as an ice cream topping.  What's your favorite topping?


On our most recent Sundae, the kids worked together and got two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream topped with Smucker’s Marshmallow topping and colorful candies.  One of their simpler creations, and they loved it!  Mommy couldn’t wait to join in and made a Hot Fudge sundae with cookie crumbles!  No worries about jealousy either – we had a taste test of everyone’s sundae so we all get to experience the new flavors, and sometimes even vote for whose was the best, most creative, most strange, and other awards.  We make sure to have at least one award for everyone, so none of the kids are left out or feeling bad about their ice cream choices.  There’s no wrong way to ice cream, right?!


I could go for a fudge sundae any day!  Mmmm..


If you are in need of a new routine the family can enjoy to fix a case of the Mondays, how about Sundaes?  Head over to Kroger for all your sundae needs, from ice creams to Smucker’s toppings, even cookies, brownies, sprinkles, and anything else you might enjoy!

Healthy After School Snacks Your Kids Will Love!

Great list of healthy after school snacks for your kids - pin to save for later!


I can’t believe it, the new school year is here already!  With school comes preparing lunches and after school snacks.  My oldest is in his second year of preschool this year so we only have to worry about the latter, but I’m sure you can relate – it is a challenge most days to come up with something new.  It’s time to change it up and give the kids something new after school!

You may remember from previous posts that my boys have never been crazy about food.  They started with strong oral aversions as they were introduced to foods and it took 2-3 years for them to work past that.  Unfortunately they still have a major lack of interest in food and would rather go play than eat.  So I’ve asked some of my blogger friends to send me their best after-school recipes to include in this post.  Some are twists on classics, some are brand new, and some are just plain ol’ fun!  We even have a snack inspired by the Minions! Check out the list below and let me know which one you and your kids are most excited to try this year!  Do you have a fun, tasty, new idea I could add to the list?  Please share!

And before you leave, take a look at our list of Free Back to School Printables, including our own Writing Practice for Preschoolers/Kindergarteners!



Minion Inspired Banana Snack

Apple Cars and Apple Peanut Butter Toast

Peach Pinwheels

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Fruit Pizza

Apple Cinnamon Roll Ups

Cucumber Bite Snacks

Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Banana Spiders

Baked Apple Cinnamon Chips

Oatmeal Banana Cookie Bites

Apple Peanut Butter Smoothies

Dehydrated Pears

Apple Sandwiches

Butterfly Snack Bags

Peanut Butter Banana Roll Ups

Ladybug Apples

Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie

Apple Peanut Butter Teeth 

Watermelon Ice Pops

Dragonfruit Parfait

Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana Bites

Homemade Fruit Snacks

Melon Caprese Skewers with Herb Oil



Veggie Popsicles

Green Smoothie Popsicles

Cucumber Chips

Carrot Chips

Paleo Delicata Squash Brownies

Ants on a Log  (classic)

Ants on a Log 2.0 (new recipe) 

Super Slimy Snail Snacks (Ants on a Log with Apples)

Sweet Potato and Kale Veggie Chips

Oven Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

Tuna Carrot Bites


Granola, Bars, and Bites

No Bake Maple Walnut Oatmeal Snack Bites

No Bake Energy Bites

Fruity Granola Bites

3 Ingredient Homemade Larabars

Lemon Coconut Bars

Chia Fruit and Nug Bars

Peanut Butter Chip Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Puff Granola

Whole Wheat Fig Bites


Yogurts and Dips

Frozen Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Dots

“Chocolate Covered Strawberry” Frozen Greek Yogurt Bites


Fruity Pebbles Parfait

Nutella Greek Yogurt Dip

Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Dip

Garlic Kale Hummus

Avocado Hummus

Red, White & Blue Parfait


And More… 

Peanut Butter, Honey, and Chia Toast

Healthier Microwave Popcorn

Stovetop Popcorn

Italian Paper Bag Popcorn

Peanut Popcorn Balls

Homemade Cheez-Its

Quinoa and Cranberry Muffins

Berry Muffins

Blueberry Orange Muffins

Gluten-Free Roasted Pumpkin Oat Muffins

Turkey Pepperoni Chips

Homemade Jello with Fruit Juice

Roasted Chickpeas

Pizza Kabobs

Ham and Cheese Roll Ups

Snack Time Made Easy (more ideas!)



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