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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!

 

Fruit 

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

 

Veggies

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

DIY “GO GURT”

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!)

 

 

Sundae Fundae with Smucker’s Toppings from Kroger #ad

The J.M. Smucker Company has sponsored this post and have asked me to share my honest experience with their products. Enjoy! 

I’ve got two tiny little boys and a husband recovering from a heart attack so the hot and humid summer days can really take a toll on our family!  Thankfully, we all share something that cools us down and cheers us up: a love for good ice cream!  We have always kept a container or two in the house, varying flavors constantly to try new and wonderful tastes.

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Then my husband had go gluten free and must limit his fat intake for medication; he’s pretty much limited to a low fat or fat free vanilla.  When looking around for alternatives, we stumbled on to Smucker’s ice cream toppings at Kroger!  His options widened with flavors and add-ins, and the whole family got some delicious toppings to sweeten the deal.  Our local Kroger store has a wide variety of syrups and toppings, including multiple flavors that are fat free, some sugar free, even gluten free!  For families with different needs, currently many are free of peanuts, dairy, and soy as well!  We are always keeping an eye out for us and for friends and family who have allergies or dietary restrictions, and it seems Smucker’s is keeping an eye out for us too.

 

My kids love picking out ice cream toppings!

 

My husband’s favorite toppings are Smucker’s Butterscotch Syrup and the Pineapple Spoonable Topping.  I’m not crazy about pineapple, but I love the Funfetti Vanilla Cake Magic Shell.  The shell hardens as it cools on your ice cream, making a delicious crunchy coating that can’t be beat.  The kids tried a little bit and really liked the Marshmallow Spoonable Topping.

 

What is your favorite ice cream topping from Smucker's?

 

We finally have a reason to get out the adorable ice cream cups we found a couple years ago, for just this kind of occasion.  I’m going to go make a Marshmallow Hot Fudge shake, while you head on over to Kroger to pick up your new favorite toppings for #SundaeFundae!

Stay tuned for a drool-worthy sundae recipe in a couple weeks!

Hawaiian Inspired Recipe: Kalua Chicken

I was provided complimentary chicken from Zaycon Fresh to facilitate this review, however all opinions and photos are that of our own.  

 

Kalua Chicken with rice and pineapple - an easy alternative to the Hawaiian Kalua Pig recipe my family brought back to the mainland!

Remember that time you bought a package of food and absolutely LOVED it, so you get a craving and rush out to buy another package?  You get home, get everything put away, sit down to enjoy your food… and it’s nowhere near as good as the first time!  This has happened to me all too often, so I am grateful when I find a brand with good taste AND consistent quality like Zaycon Fresh.

 

40 lbs of chicken and the most convenient pick-up ever!

 

I wrote a review of Zaycon Foods’ chicken breasts last year, and decided to try them again to see how consistent our local products actually are.  While they may have changed their name, the products are still the same…and as great as ever!  The chicken came as quick and easy as before, taking less than three minutes to pick up from the delivery truck.  Very convenient – I was able to stop by the event after picking my son up from Pre-K.  The chicken breasts were very large, clean, and well packaged.  Suffice to say the quality is amazing, some of the best chicken we’ve ever had and for a pretty great price.  Since the quality and price hasn’t changed since my last review, I’m going to focus on one of our favorite recipes for the chicken!

Kalua Chicken with rice and pineapple - an easy alternative to the Hawaiian Kalua Pig recipe my family brought back to the mainland!

 

My husband’s family has a long history with Hawaii, and he loves Kalua Pig.  So with forty pounds of chicken, and no pork on hand, he made some Kalua Chicken!  Chicken requires a different method than the pork, and the recipe is simple, but the taste is amazing.

 

What you’ll need:

4-6 chicken breasts
1-2tbsp coarse sea salt (preferably pink)
1-2tsp liquid smoke

 

Kalua Chicken recipe (easy to make!)

 

 

Recipe preparation:

Put the chicken breasts in a slow cooker, cover with water, and cook on high for 6-8 hours until the breasts fall apart easily when you try to lift them out of the crock pot.

Remove the chicken and use a fork to gently pull the chicken apart in strips.  Follow the ‘grain’ of the meat to get long strips.

Drain the crock pot, then add the chicken back in.  Add the salt and liquid smoke, mix in gently.

Cook on low for 30 minutes.

Serve!

 

Variations:

My husband likes to mix his with sticky Calrose rice, veggies, chopped pineapple, and a hint of teriyaki or shoyu sauce.  I prefer to keep the chicken and rice separate, with pineapple on the side.  The best part is if you get tired of the leftovers, just add barbecue and stir to get barbecued pulled chicken!

What’s your go-to simple chicken recipe?  Let me know in the comments then head over to check out the Zaycon events in your area!

 

Kalua Chicken with rice and pineapple - an easy alternative to the Hawaiian Kalua Pig recipe my family brought back to the mainland!

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