Fiesta Lunch with Churro Baked Donuts

Fiesta Lunchbox by Foodtastic Mom

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

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

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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Back to School 2014

Back to School 2014

Back to School 2014

Backpacks are washed and ready. School supply lists are printed and checked off. But wait, the school desk I created for my children last year… I just cleaned the top last week and craft supplies are littering it again! And I just pinned a fabulous DIY organization station to get our kids to maybe, just maybe hang-up their backpacks consistently when they get home from school each day and contain the paper trail… but I’ve got less than a week now to put it together. Oh and I haven’t even started to clear out a shelf yet in the pantry to get ready for after-school snacks.

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Slow Cooker Summer Chowder

Slow Cooker Summer Chowder by Foodtastic Mom

Slow Cooker Summer Chowder by Foodtastic Mom

I got an iPhone this week. This is probably ho-hum news to many of you, but for me it’s happy-dance exciting. The cover is even the same color blue as the border on my blog. I geek-out over little things like this, so don’t mind me. I’ve spent the last day and a half playing with my new phone, researching phone apps, updating contacts, etc. I actually just ran across an article that looks particularly helpful in recommending apps for taking better photos as I was scrolling through my Instagram feed. Click HERE to be taken to the tutorial over at Mom Advice.

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Apple Bran Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze

Apple Bran Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze by Foodtastic Mom

Apple Bran Muffins with Brown Butter Glaze by Foodtastic Mom

My kiddos and I had a full day of back-to-school shopping yesterday. They are incredibly lucky because they have two sets of grandparents and a great aunt who volunteer to take them shopping and pick out new clothes. Yesterday, we went with my parents and aunt to our Kenwood Towne Center, Target and IKEA (to name a few of our stops) and in-between ate lunch at the food court and dinner at Steak-n-Shake. New shoes, new clothes and even a new office chair for me, yay! It was a very good day and now it’s back to work. I’m in over-drive planning meals for Fall. Did I mention it’s my favorite

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