Simple Go-To Summer Breakfasts For the Family

Simple Go-To Summer Breakfasts For the Family

Anyone with kids knows, summer meals/snacks are no joke. My kids love to eat around the clock in the summer and are constantly requesting snacks all day long. One big way to help combat this is filling them up with a big breakfast, and one that doesn’t take me all morning to prepare! Here are some of my simple, summer go to breakfasts for the family!

Overnight Berry Croissant Bake

Casserole dish

Ingredients

  • 3 large croissants, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen berries
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×9 or 8×10 baking dish with cooking spray.

Add croissant pieces to baking dish. Sprinkle berries evenly over croissants.

Beat cream cheese for 30 seconds with electric mixer. Gradually add in sugar, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Continue to mix until well blended.

Pour cream cheese mixture over croissants and berries.

Let rest for at least 20 minutes or refrigerate overnight.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and set in center.

Serve warm with powdered sugar sprinkled on top

My big kiddo loves croissants, so when I saw some fresh baked croissants in our local bakery the other day, I grabbed them and decided to make this casserole. It was a huge hit with both kids, and would be great for entertaining too! Plus it literally takes just a few minutes to whip together & then simply pop in the oven in the morning. (Recipe via Happy Go Lucky)

 

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

Directions

Combine ingredients in the Instant Pot.

Close the lid and make sure the sealing valve is turned to the sealing position.

Press the “manual” button and make sure the Instant Pot is on medium pressure.

Adjust the time to 4 minutes

When the oatmeal is finished, use the quick pressure release method by carefully turning the sealing valve from the sealing position to the venting position. Make sure your face and hands are not over the valve when you do this.

When the pressure has released, serve and top as desired!

When we go to hotels my kids absolutely love the slow-cooker type oatmeal there. I am someone that never remembers to start a crockpot hours ahead of time – so the instant pot is truly my best friend. I can whip up oats that taste like they’ve been cooking for hours – in just a few minutes! This is a frequent go-to and it makes enough for leftovers to last a few days. I typically top ours with a little brown sugar, berries, and a few mini chocolate chips – but the possibilities are endless! I think banana, coconut & a little nut butter sounds amazing! (Recipe via Don’t Waste the Crumbs)

 

Smoothie bowls (and popsicles!)

Popsicle molds

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cup mixed frozen fruit of choice (our go-tos are mango, dragonfruit, açaí, blueberries, and strawberries)
  • One banana
  • One scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey (can also substitute Truvia or raw sugar)
  • 1 cup milk (can also sub soy or almond milk)
  • Optional additions: handful of spinach/kale, 1 tbsp chia seeds

Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup granola (we like bear naked berry)
  • Choice of toppings: Fresh berries, sliced bananas, chia seeds, coconut, cocoa nibs, goji berries, drizzle of honey

Directions

Place frozen fruit, banana, milk, protein powder, honey (and spinach/chia seeds if desired) in blender & mix on high. Add more milk in small increments if mixture is too thick to achieve desired consistency.

Place 1/4 cup of granola at bottom of bowl, pour smoothie mixture over top, then top with remaining 1/4 cup of granola. Top with choice of toppings.

Any remaining smoothie mix I place in popsicle molds and freeze for a few hours or until set. These make for a great afternoon snack!

When it is scorching hot out, this is the perfect breakfast. And the other great thing about this, is there are so many endless possibilities of flavors! My kids typically love mango/banana/dragonfruit – but we often experiment with different flavors. And we always freeze any leftovers in popsicle containers for an afternoon snack!

 

Breakfast Egg Muffins

Muffin tin

Ingredients

Eggs:

  • 10 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Egg Muffin Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ham diced
  • 2 green onions diced
  • 1 large slice red onion diced
  • 2 ounces cheddar jack cheese shredded or diced
  • 4 ounces cheddar/Monterey jack cheese shredded or diced

Directions

 Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 12 count muffin pan with non-stick spray.

Crack eggs into a medium sized mixing bowl, add spices and whisk to combine.

Begin layering ingredients in the prepared muffin pan, leaving a bit of the ingredients to top your egg muffin cups at the end. Carefully pour your whisked eggs into the muffin tins until they are about halfway full, let settle and add a bit more. You want your muffin tins filled almost all the way to the top. Once your muffin tins are filled, take a fork and lightly stir each of the muffin tins to mix everything together. Top with reserved ingredients and bake for 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let sit in the muffin tin for 1-2 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the muffin tins and gently remove from the pan, using the tip of the knife under the muffin to gently lift out.

For a savory breakfast you can make ahead, and have perfectly sized portions to grab throughout the week – it doesn’t get better than this! You can also customize these however you like – I think they would be great with turkey bacon, or an all veggie one! (Recipe via A Wicked Whisk)

 

Kodiak Protein Waffles

Kodiak Frozen Protein Waffles

I can’t exactly count these as a recipe – but they are such a great, quick option I can’t not list them! My kids also love the Kodiak Protein Pancakes, but for a morning when I just want to get something together quickly (and don’t even want to turn on the stove!) these are winners. I feel like I’m feeding my kids something a little healthier than a typical freezer waffle, and yet it’s still a sweet (and protein filled) breakfast my kids love. There are multiple flavors to choose from, but my kids’ favorite is the Buttermilk and Vanilla. I will typically jazz them up a bit with a dusting of powdered sugar, a few mini chocolate chips, some berries, and Trader Joe’s vanilla bean infused maple syrup. I typically buy these at our local Albertsons, but Target carries them as well! (Check to see if your local Target carries them here)

Signature

Life Lately

Life Lately

(Summer day on the Boise river)

This probably wasn’t one of my better ideas, but I signed Cole up for summer camp last week. It wasn’t that the camp that wasn’t fun (he attended a really neat STEM camp and had a blast!), it was scheduling it for the week after the 4th of July weekend. After a fun filled holiday weekend with some super late nights, it was ROUGH getting up and out the door early. We are all still feeling pretty tired, but it did make us start going to bed at a more reasonable hour. Evan is going to camp this week, which has been a bit easier on us now that we’ve had some time to adjust.

(No I didn’t plan to dress them alike – and we were all laughing at them being dressed like twins when we picked Cole up from camp the other day!)

Cole’s shirt/shorts  —  Evan’s shirt/shorts/sandals (sold out, similar)

Aside from camp, we also took our first few floats down the Boise river this summer! Some friends of ours who moved to Australia were in town for a few weeks and we were able to get together to catch up and go for a float with them a few days ago. Floating the river is a Boise tradition and is a must do every summer. The kids always have a blast and it was even more fun for them with getting to spend some time with friends.

My swimsuit (J Crew, old – similar) // Cole’s suit // Evan’s suit

We’ve continued to bike quite a bit and have been going for longer evening rides. Although he loves riding on it, Evan gets pretty uncomfortable going longer distances on the co-pilot bike trailer – so we got him a bike cart he can ride in for longer rides. I wasn’t looking to spend a whole lot as I’m sure it won’t be too long before he’s riding his own bike, and I found this one at a great price! So far we’ve been really happy with it.

Bike Trailer

I’ve been working on a few house projects that I’ve been majorly procrastinating on for months. I’m not sure what it is about summer (maybe it is that we are home more) but I start feeling motivated to decorate and organize. One project I’ve finally gotten around to (after planning to get to it for the past year) was updating my desk area and adding a gallery wall. I’m not quite completely finished with the space, but here’s a peek at the completed gallery!

Gallery frames

We also added a loveseat to our living room! We have a large sectional in our bonus room/kids play room – but it seems we always end up gravitating more towards the living room and I decided it was time to add some more seating. I had been eyeing this one from West Elm – but after reading a lot of great reviews about Amazon’s in-house furniture lines Rivet and Stone & Beam, I decided to give Amazon a shot as the price was pretty dang impressive. And I have to say the quality really surprised me! The loveseat easily looks and feels like a much more expensive piece – and it is super comfortable too.

Loveseat // Fiddle Leaf Tree // Similar basket // Pillows (1,2) // Throw blanket (HomeGoods, similar) // Rug (Pottery Barn, old – similar)

I survived shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and Amazon Prime Day! Nordstrom was…interesting this year. It’s still a bit of a mystery as to what I will actually receive as several things in my order were canceled and a number of things still haven’t shipped (that are all sold out). Prime day was a much better experience and I’m happy I was able to get a head start on Christmas shopping! I bought each of the boys a new Osmo game as Amazon was having amazing deals on Osmo products during the sale (I got Detective Agency for Cole and Hot Wheels for Evan). I’m really liking this move that retailers are making to start offering deep discounts months before the holidays as I tend to procrastinate my Christmas shopping most years. (I would love to be one of those people who is done months in advance!) This week has been kind of fun with so many retailers having these Christmas in July specials along with Hallmark having their annual Christmas in July movies.

Hope you are having a great week!

Signature

Amazon Prime Day Picks

Today is Prime day! So many great deals to be had for home/kitchen items, toys/kids gear, clothing, and shoes. Almost all of the items I’m sharing are items that I have and love and are all included in the sale!

Prime1Prime2Prime3

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine // Ten // Eleven // Twelve // Thirteen // Fourteen // Fifteen // Sixteen // Seventeen // Eighteen (the double is also included!)

Happy shopping!

Signature

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Today is the day!!! Early access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be opening at 12:30 ET today and there are some great things this year. I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces from the sale in each category I’ll be shopping this year.

Sweaters

NordSaleSweaters

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six  // Seven  // Eight // Nine // Ten

Jeans

NordSaleJeans

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Dresses

NordSaleDresses

One // Two // Three // Four // Five

Shoes

NordSaleShoes

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine

Outerwear/Jackets

NordSaleJackets

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine // Ten // Eleven

Activewear

NordSaleActiveWear

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

Pajamas/Lingerie

NordSalePJs

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Beauty

NordSaleBeauty

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

Home

NordSaleHome

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Kids

NordSaleKids

One // Two // Three // Four (I bought Ev this last year & it’s darling!) // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

I’m narrowing down my final selections and can’t wait to place my order! I’ll also be sharing some fit pics and reviews once everything arrives 🙂

Happy shopping!

Signature

My Pantry Reveal: Before and After

My Pantry Reveal: Before and After

This project has been on my to-do list since we moved last summer. And between now and then I’ve spent tons of time looking at Pinterest inspo and dreaming of one day having an organized pantry. I came to realize a few things which finally motivated me to get in gear and get this finished: one – we waste a ton of food. When the pantry is stuffed to the brim and things are crammed in there, we can’t see what we really have and we end up buying too much, or things expire and go to waste because they are lost in the black hole. And two – my kids constantly seem to be whining they are hungry and wanting snacks, and have difficulty finding things on their own. Again because of things hiding in boxes crammed behind other things. I really wanted my pantry to become a beautiful space that was functional – with everything clearly visible in clear containers. I really couldn’t be happier how everything came together and am absolutely loving this new functional pantry!

For a bit of perspective – here is my before pic. And this isn’t the worst of it (I really should have taken a true before!). This was after a bit of organizing to get a sense of what organization containers I wanted to buy/figure out how many I needed. Believe it or not, it actually looked quite a bit worse than this. And it was impossible to find anything!

My search started at The Container Store. I was on the hunt for clear bins in various sizes to sort kids snacks, chips, bread, etc. They have the best prices for simple, clear bins which is exactly what I wanted! I also ordered some of their stacking bins for canned goods, vitamins/medicine, and paper towels/toilet paper.

img_3163

Clear bins // Stacking baskets

My kids love cereal, and I wanted to facilitate them being able to get themselves a quick breakfast. I found this cereal dispenser and knew it was a must have! I put a few favorites in the dispenser, with a few other options in clear bins below. I also wanted to keep all of the kids snacks all together at a low height where Evan can reach, so the bottom two shelves are full of bins of individual packaged snacks, and jars of dried snacks (popcorn, crackers, snack mix, etc)!

img_3166img_3165img_3169

Cereal dispenser // Cereal containers // Jars

I found these canisters for all of my dried goods (like pasta, rice, popcorn, oats, etc), and I absolutely love having everything in clear, labeled containers! I can now see exactly what we have, and when we are running low.

img_3167

Dried goods containers

Getting coffee in the morning is SO much easier now with our organized coffee station. Prior to this (embarrassingly) we had all of our Kureg cups thrown into a big box – and my husband & I were constantly digging through it to each find our coffee we like. And this cute cookie jar has literally been collecting dust for a few years – it is actually being put to use now! (And full of cookies!). I also got a few baskets to keep miscellaneous things like sodas, garbage bags, and my popcorn popper.

img_3164img_3168

Kureg pod stand // Cookie jar // Baskets

Signature

Red White and Blue M&M Blondies

Red White and Blue M&M Blondies

I’ve been making these every year for the 4th of July for the past 6 or 7 years now. They are delicious, simple to make, and great for packing in a picnic. If you are looking for a simple & crowd pleasing desert for that 4th of July gathering, look no further!

Red White & Blue M&M Blondies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup M&Ms + 1/2 cup M&Ms for topping

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13″ x 9″ pan with non stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl mix together melted butter with the brown sugar and stir until combined. Stir in vanilla and the eggs.

In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Fold the flour mixture into the sugar mixture and stir until combined. Stir in 1 cup of the M&Ms.

Spread the dough into the baking pan and smooth the top using a spatula. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/2 cup of M&Ms.

Bake for 27-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out slightly moist with small crumbs.

Let the blondies cool completely and then cut into large squares. Store in a tightly covered container.

Wishing you a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Signature

4th of July Tablescape Under $50

4th of July Tablescape Under $50

While out and about shopping the other day, I was grabbing a few last minute things to get ready for the 4th of July and stumbled upon these darling star plates for $1.50 each! They are reusable plastic so they would be perfect for an outdoor BBQ or picnic as well. And since I won’t exactly be using star plates very often, the price is really perfect! I found these in the 4th of July section at Target & unfortunately they aren’t available online (check your local store!), but I’m going to link some really similar ones below as well! I decided to put together a cute and festive tablescape for our family’s annual afternoon 4th of July BBQ & I love how it came together. I love using silver accents & galvanized serving trays for the 4th (it feels very Americana!) and I thought milk bottles for drinks added to the classic feel. I also plan to serve berries and pie with our meal – which will be pretty sitting on the table too. Everything is super affordable, and you can easily create this tablescape for under $50!

Plates (Target – similar options herehere and these are a bit more expensive but so cute and on sale // Chargers (you can also get a similar look with these or these for less) // Napkins // Milk bottles // Straws // Galvanized tray and I also have this one that is only $8  // Towel // Flag garland (Similar) // Mini flag

My silver pitcher is vintage Arthur Court (Similar), but here are a few other similar and super budget friendly options! (Option 1, Option 2, Option 3) I purchased my flowers at Trader Joe’s for around $15 (they have the best prices for flowers!) – but Costco has great deals too!

End chairs // Dining chairs // Similar table

Signature