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21 September 2020

Fall 2020 * Trying to Get Back to Real Normal* Kitchen Faves



I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s no perfect time to share this. 2020 has just been 😒. Just when I thought we were making the turn to a teeny tiny bit of normalcy...forest fires, whole town fires, evacuation, postponing school, smoke for days, and then more postponing school... it’s just been rough and sad and not normal in any way. 

I am hoping that I can just will some normal bits into place by trying to get back to our normal as much as we can. Usually over the summer I have purged and made sure we have all the things we need in good condition. One area I’ve needed to replace stuff and do some shopping for, is the kitchen. We had a TINY kitchen before and sacrificed having utensils and convenient items that took up space. 

I'm also going to get started on our Fall Cleaning this week, starting in the kitchen. Now is a good time to address needs/wants, space and value before buying anything.  That will FEEL normal to me, even if nothing else does. The end of September is our normal deep cleaning. 

Now we have an abundance of room but I want to be mindful and stick to useful items. I’m sharing my top 9, most used, kitchen must haves for our busy family of 6.  There are a few things I still want to add, like an airfryer, I need to make sure we have room for it. 

  1. Instant Pot 
We have 2. And use at least 1 a day. It’s so versatile, yes it takes up a good chunk of space but it is SO worth it! 

  1. Butter Bell
There are so many to choose from and really do keep butter soft and fresh! 

  1. Immersion Blender
It’s been my favorite for sneaking in a TON of veggies to soups, it doesn’t take up much space. 

  1. E-Cloths 
Worth the money, they truly get our stainless sparkling with just water, and I don't love to have, or use a bunch of icky cleaning products. 

  1. Dutch Oven 
Especially for Fall. I feel like slow cooking is just so much better in a Dutch Oven. The versatility of stove top to oven makes it worth the space for me. 

Seriously, the best! They are so weird, I don't know how they work but I love em! No scratching, safe on the counters and easily scrubs off dirty dishes. 

They are just cute! And I like that they don't take up a lot of room when not in use, they stand up when in use so I can line them up in the fridge or pantry easily. 

These stack nicely, I don't worry about them changing temperature and breaking. And, no dishes. That's a win.

These are the perfect size for kid snacks, and they don't look babyish. There are all kinds of shapes but these hexagon ones are so cute!  



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17 July 2020

Baked Oatmeal Oatmeal Bites


Baked Oatmeal 





I really love this, it was SO tasty and easy to throw together, there’s about a hundred different ways to make it different. Dried fruits, nuts, chocolate chips. 

All you do is dump it all in a bowl and mix it up. Then pour into a greased 8x8 pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Alternatively you can fill about 15 cupcake liners 1/2-3/4 full and bake for the same time. I prefer the cupcake liner method.  I love these silicone liners. The colors are 😍. 




1 1/2 C Quick Oats 
3/4 C Milk (of your choice) 
1/2 C Brown Sugar 
1 Egg
1/4 C Butter Melted 
1/2 Cup Nut Butter melted ish. Enough that you can stir it in. 
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla 
1/2 tsp Salt 
1 tsp Baking Powder



That’s it! Let them cool a little bit and eat right away or completely cool and they are simple to cut, and easy to grab and go.  With the muffin version, I let cool then flash froze and tossed in a gallon bag for quick breakfast on the go. They thaw pretty quick! 

Once you make them you can see what consistency they start at and go from there with adding different stuff.
 I added chocolate chips to ours and made them muffin style the last time I made them. 
I want to use coconut and coconut milk on a batch too with some pecans maybe. 
Cranberry and dried apple is one of my favorite combos. 
Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla protein, dried peaches or strawberry, some jam (maybe reduce the sugar a bit)  so many possibilities! 



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Breakfast Prep Rotation Schedule



Breakfast Schedules/Rotation. I love/hate them. We don’t do this is in the summer because everyone gets up and eats at different times and does their own thing. But during school, it’s something that feels like it makes our mornings run a little smoother. We had a couple years where our kids ate breakfast in class so this hasn’t been a thing at our house for a while!  I like it because I don’t have to answer questions about breakfast, there’s plenty of days where it’s not on me to make breakfast because I can prep most of it ahead of time.  It still leaves weekends for more elaborate breakfasts and special treats. I feel like it helps the budget too! 

Pancakes/Pancake Muffins~ I Make ahead = very little dishes for Monday morning 
Yogurt Bowls~ I can use these and make ahead from the big containers or buy the small containers if I find a deal. We add fruit and granola
Oatmeal~Instant Pot Oatmeal the night before and it’s done, or if I am slacking, we have instant oatmeal and I am not going to feel bad about it 
Egg Bites/Burritos ~Both made ahead and both very little clean up. Win/win 🙌🏻 
On Friday we have other options too, waffles, bagels, sausage etc

Do you do something like this too? Maybe it’s just 1 or 2 days a week where you don’t have to think about it? 



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15 July 2020

Instant Pot Egg Bites Starbucks Dupe

I was super intimidated by these, glad I tried try em! And because this is a real life blog, they don’t LOOK perfect every time. But they taste just right and freeze/reheat super easily. 


The recipe I used was 
9 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
Little 1/2 1/2
Salt Pepper

Add ins varied
I did spinach, bacon, cheese, mushrooms

I just whipped em in a bowl although I’ve seen some people use a blender, and some people add cottage cheese and other things. There’s no right or wrong way. Try what you like!

I used bacon fat instead of spray in our molds and it worked fine
I struggle with filling them the right amount. I’m guessing about 1/2 way makes the right size.
Then pop the lids on the molds and set on rack in IP with about 1c water in bottom and steam setting for 8 minutes! I did quick release and popped them onto a tray to freeze.


See, some are really ugly 🤭



To reheat just cover with a paper towel in the microwave for about 45 seconds, depending on your microwave. Or let them thaw a little and use the toaster oven.  



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