A Huge Announcement (and pleas for help!)

So I’m going to keep this short and sweet, but I wanted to pass on the awesome news! (sorry mom, I’m not pregnant)

We’re moving!

oooh….deep breaths now, as we prepare to move our family of 6 (+ 1 oafy Boxer) out to the country.  We’re going to be living on the first 2 floors and helping my in-laws (who live in the basement) with basic cooking and cleaning, as some health concerns have left them exhausted yet willing to welcome 4 noisy kids into their barnhouse.  Yep, a barnhouse! It sets up on a mound and was constructed to look like an old Indiana barn, complete with stone silo.  Pictures will be coming soon as we prepare for this crazy adventure and we move our brood out to acres of open space.

Hence my 2-fold plea for help…

First, moving tips.  We’ve been in this house for 8 years and have since added two kids and the oafy Boxer.  The thought of living amongst piles and boxes all while homeschooling and cooking and laundry….oh, laundry.  Rapid heart palpitations, I tell ya.  How do you do this without losing your mind and living off of caffeine?

And second….for the first time, we’ll have a dedicated homeschool room and I need ideas!  It’s a decent sized room, but I need to decide in the next week or so what all I want to have in it and what furniture it still needs, as we’re having an auction and I need to choose what I’m keeping and what’s going – from both my house and my inlaws. So, for those that have a dedicated room, what do you love? Hate? Wish that you had? Don’t use? etc. I have 4 kids, 3 of which are school age, one of which is a monkey.

My pinterest boards are coming along quite nicely, but message me, leave me a comment here – whatever works –  and tell me what you would do if you could design your school room from scratch!

Better yet, if you have pictures on instagram that you’d think I’d like, tag me (@kelsirea) – I’d love to see what you use, how you have your room set up, your ideas – throw it at me!

 

 

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No Bake Breakfast Cookie Bars

 

This recipe is my apology, part 2.

I’m appealing to your desire for easy mornings, simple recipes, nutritious food and most of all, chocolate.

Truly, this is so easy to make, my daughters typically make several batches a week, by themselves, for snacking and breakfasts when mornings are busy (or mommy was up too late and the coffee just hasn’t kicked in. C’mon. You know what I’m talking about.)

Some of the additional ingredients are optional – so you can make the basic version, which is still incredibly filling and contains healthy fats to keep your little ones (and you) full all morning.  However, throw in those few extra add-ins if you have them on hand and this recipe goes from “ooh, that looks yummy and nutritious” to “Holy Nutritional Overload Batman”.

ok, you get the point.

So, to conclude my apologies for being absent so long, I give to you my No Bake Breakfast Cookie Bars

 

 

this is linked to Allergy Free Thursdays

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A nutritious snack or breakfast bar that whips up quickly!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (except chocolate chips) - oats, coconut, salt and any optional ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a sauce pan, combine the peanut butter and coconut oil and stir over low heat until coconut oil melts and peanut butter softens.
  3. Remove from the heat and add in raw honey and the vanilla and stir to combine.
  4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour your dough into a 9x13 pan and spread evenly, but don't press down yet.
  6. Once it's distributed evenly, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and then press the dough down firmly with the back of a spoon, smooshing the chips onto the top.
  7. Refrigerate one hour and then cut into 24 bars (or whatever size your munchkins will eat! They will look small, but they're filling!)
Recipe Notes

These will remain soft if left on the counter, but store nicely in the fridge or freezer.

enjoy!

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No Bake Breakfast Cookie Bars

This recipe is my apology, part 2.

I’m appealing to your desire for easy mornings, simple recipes, nutritious food and most of all, chocolate.

Truly, this is so easy to make, my daughters typically make several batches a week, by themselves, for snacking and breakfasts when mornings are busy (or mommy was up too late and the coffee just hasn’t kicked in. C’mon. You know what I’m talking about.)

Some of the additional ingredients are optional – so you can make the basic version, which is still incredibly filling and contains healthy fats to keep your little ones (and you) full all morning.  However, throw in those few extra add-ins if you have them on hand and this recipe goes from “ooh, that looks yummy and nutritious” to “Holy Nutritional Overload Batman”.

ok, you get the point.

So, to conclude my apologies for being absent so long, I give to you my No Bake Breakfast Cookie Bars

No Bake Breakfast Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 c raw peanut butter
  • 1 c coconut oil
  • 1 c raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanillla
  • 4.5 c old fashioned oats
  • 2 c unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • optional:
  • 1 Tb collagen
  • 1/2 c nuts or seeds (we love sunflower or pumpkin)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (except chocolate chips) - oats, coconut, salt and any optional ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a sauce pan, combine the peanut butter and coconut oil and stir over low heat until coconut oil melts and peanut butter softens.
  3. Remove from the heat and add in raw honey and the vanilla and stir to combine.
  4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour your dough into a 9x13 pan and spread evenly, but don't press down yet.
  6. Once it's distributed evenly, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and then press the dough down firmly with the back of a spoon, smooshing the chips onto the top.
  7. Refrigerate one hour and then cut into 24 bars (or whatever size your munchkins will eat! They will look small, but they're filling!)
http://www.vintagekidsmodernworld.com/2016/12/no-bake-cookie-bars/

this is linked to Allergy Free Thursdays

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