Birthday FRUIT “cake”!

 

FRUIT cake! yum!

I got the idea from pinterest to make a birthday cake for myself completely out of fruit!

 

It was pretty fun!  Although, you have to put it together just hours before the party so that the fruit doesn’t start looking weird. haha.

Well, there is no real “recipe” for this.  There are a myriad of different fruits you can use to decorate the outside, though the main part should probably always be a watermelon… just because they are so big.   Here is what I made mine with.

Real Fruit “Cake”

1 large watermelon
1 c. green grapes
2 oranges (cut up with the skin off)
1 lb. strawberries
4 kiwis
2 peaches

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Steel cut oatmeal – easy and healthy breakfast!

apple cinnamon oatmeal 🙂

I think I may have mentioned this before, but we don’t eat cereal.  I decided to cut it out of our lives in favor of healthier breakfasts (and not so much wasted milk).  So, we have to get pretty creative with our breakfasts.  It can be hard at first to think up new and tasty breakfast ideas… especially ones that don’t take a lot of time.   This breakfast is the one that is our go-to FAST breakfast.  It is also great that my boys both LOVE oatmeal! (my  husband hates it, so we usually have it on weekday mornings).

Oatmeal is great because it is so versatile, you can add most fruits or nuts to it and it tastes great!  The combo we had this morning was Apples, cinnamon, and molasses.

The thing about this oatmeal that makes it so easy, is that you soak it overnight.   Steel cut oats take a really long time to cook, so it’s definitely not something I’m going to try to throw together in the morning.  Soaking them overnight makes it so easy!
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Easy Homemade Fruit Roll-ups!!

all rolled up and ready to go!

There’s just something about summer that makes me think of dried fruit. Probably because my mom would always buy huge cases of fruit in the summer from local farmers and then we would can and dehydrate the fruit.  This summer I have been making a lot of fruit strips.  The kids love them, and my husband likes to take them in his lunch for work.

My kids go crazy for fruit, and of course they LOVE fruit snacks and fruit roll ups.  I am not a fan of those and I don’t like to give them the kind from the store because generally they are full of sugar or fruit juice.  Not that fruit juice is horrible, but if I can make my own fruit roll ups at home without any added sugar or fruit juice?  Um, yeah!  awesome!
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Minty Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – gluten free and egg free!

Minty Chocolate Crinkle Cookies!

Okay, so I had a weak moment at the store today and I bought some Andes baking chips. Oh my gosh, they are so YUMMY! I am a sucker for mint and chocolate, it is one of the best combinations. After eating about half the bag (shh, don’t tell), I decided to make a yummy recipe with them.

I am so excited about how awesome these cookies turned out! They are so yummy, and the Andes chips are basically the only unhealthy ingredient… and you could substitute the baking chips of your choice in there. Also, it would be pretty easy to make these vegan and dairy free (just sub more coconut oil for the butter). A great thing about egg-free recipes is that you can eat the batter with no guilt!! yeah! I used that to my advantage, spoon and bowl licking.
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