Sweet Corn Muffins with Blackberry Cream Cheese Filling

Sweet Corn Muffins with Blackberry Cream Cheese Filling by Foodtastic Mom

Today I present you with a muffin based on an ice cream flavor. But not just any ice cream flavor… Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream’s Sweet Corn and Black Raspberry flavor. You may need to have been living under a rock to not have heard of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams before. Her shops began in my home state of Ohio (Columbus to be exact) but her stores and pints of ice cream are quickly spreading across the country. 

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After School Snacks, Thanks to Bagel Bites

I’d like to thank Bagel Bites for the opportunity to expand the snack choices I am offering to my children this school year. I was compensated for this post by BlogHer, but as always all opinions are my own. See below for a fantastic $100 Visa gift card giveaway! After School Snacks thanks to Bagel Bites by Foodtastic Mom   Let’s talk after school snacking. Are everyone else’s children as ravenous as mine when they walk through the door after school? I pack both my children large lunches, but it does not seem to matter. Each and every week day, the chorus of “we’re hungry” greets me before I get to even ask them how their days went. And goodness, Caleb is only 9 years old and in the 4th grade now. He is on the swim team and easily eats as much as his father already, if not more. I cannot begin to imagine what our grocery bills will be like once he hits those teenage growth spurts! And Hannah is just as active and really just as hungry as he is when she gets home. She is 7 years old and in the 2nd grade.   Frankly, it used to drive me a bit nuts, scrambling to make them practically a second lunch each and every day after school, but I finally got smart and cleared a shelf in our food pantry just for them. I stock it with their favorite granola bars, pretzels, raisins, nuts, bananas and anything else they might be willing to eat. I keep some selections of cold stuff for them as well, in both the refrigerator and freezer, so when Bagel Bites offered me the chance to write about their product as an after school snack option, I was happy to do it. Both kids love pizza, so these bites are a perfect addition to their usual line-up of snack choices.   After School Snacks thanks to Bagel Bites by Foodtastic Mom   I’ve talked a lot before on my blog about how I fall somewhere in the middle of providing fresh foods and convenience foods and Bagel Bites really incorporate both. They use only REAL cheese (Mozzarella, Cheddar and Monterey Jack), make their tomato sauce from scratch, mix the bagel dough from scratch using high-quality ingredients and there are zero grams of trans fat per serving. They are baked not fried of course, so some Bagel Bites served along with some frozen grapes and milk are a very quick, nourishing and tasty snack that will satisfy both my children’s appetites until dinner time.   After School Snacks thanks to Bagel Bites by Foodtastic Mom   We really encourage independence in our household. Both kids have chore charts they are expected to complete each day. And while I do still pack their lunches and purchase the food choices for their snacks, they are on their own when it comes to fixing their actual snacks after school. They fill their cups with either ice water or milk and then choose from the five or six choices I have for them that week between the pantry, fridge and freezer. Bagel Bites are microwaveable, so they are able to satisfy that hunger quickly!   If my children’s happy faces aren’t enough to encourage you to try Bagel Bites in your own homes, perhaps the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card provided by Bagel Bites will be! To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below to tell us what YOUR favorite snack is!     Then visit Bagel Bites HERE to check out all the flavor varieties they offer. And be sure to click HERE for a valuable coupon toward your first purchase.  Sweepstakes Rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods: 1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post 2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post 3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post 4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 8/25-9/28. Be sure to visit the Bagel Bites brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

Veggie Curry Pizza

Veggie Curry Pizza by Foodtastic Mom

It’s been a long time since I posted a pizza recipe for you. That doesn’t mean we’re not still eating it. My kids love make our own pizza night. Our most recent venture was the night before school started and the toppings they requested were pepperoni, black olives and plenty of cheese… pretty basic. Hannah skipped the sauce this time and made a face on her pizza. Both Tom and Caleb loaded their crusts so much I was afraid they wouldn’t bake all the way through (they did, thanks to my pizza stone), and I added fresh green peppers to mine.

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Fiesta Lunch with Churro Baked Donuts

Fiesta Lunchbox by Foodtastic Mom

Fiestas should not be confined to Cinco de Mayo, especially when my kids are as fanatical as they are about Mexican food. And of course I use the term Mexican food loosely, as they are used to our Americanized version of it. But still, I’ve never met a burrito, taco, quesadilla, etc. that I didn’t like, so I’m happy to fix them often.

When I was thinking about back to school lunches, I knew both my kids would appreciate the “fixins” for burritos the first week back. I made things a little more nutritious by using whole wheat tortillas and ground turkey meat. Plenty of fresh fruit makes for a healthy lunch, so a churro baked donut as a treat for their school lunch “siestas” seemed like a great idea!

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Wedge Salad Burger

Wedge Salad Burger by Foodtastic Mom

I do love wedge salads. Though not because of Phil Dunphy. Any Modern Family fans out there? I have to say, ever since I saw the episode (216, Regrets Only – I looked it up) with Phil innocently asking, “Claire, can I recommend the wedge salad?”, I hear Phil’s voice every time I see a wedge salad on a menu. I do love Modern Family and their humorous look at marriage, so this is a happy association. In the show however, Claire blows up at Phil because she’d been trying to get him to try a wedge salad for YEARS, he ignored her, but then finally listened to one of his buddies and discovered that guess what, the wedge salad is fantastic! I will say, for all the selective hearing that goes on between my husband and I, he always listens to my food recommendations. Smart man, he is!

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Why I Read to my Children

Why I Read to my Children by Foodtastic Mom

So I created this printable for you to frame in your house. Just right click and save as. Then print at best quality on your printer at home. It’s sized as an 8.5×11 print, which can be trimmed to fit an 8×10 frame.

My children and I are in a serious Harry Potter phase currently. I’d previously gotten through book four with Caleb before he decided on his own that he wasn’t old enough to continue, bless him. And now this summer as I read books one and two to Hannah, he’s listened along with us. And when I say read, I mean I am reading the entire books aloud to them. It’s our nightly ritual before bed that we all look forward to.

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