Fruit and Granola Trail Mix



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Fruit and Granola Trail Mix



We are nature people.  If we don't get out for at least a short hike every week, we all start to go a little stir crazy.  I'm not sure what it is about tromping about in the woods that melts my stress away, but it just works.  Even with five little hobgoblins following along.  What I have learned though, is that there's nothing worse than getting 2 miles into the trail and hearing a chorus of, "we're soooooo hungry, Mom!" "We're STARRRRVING!"  That zaps the zen right out of my day.



Fruit and Granola Trail Mix



So, we've perfected the art of snack packing, and my favorite hiking snack by far is a good old fashioned trail mix.  A little sweet, a little salty, a little savory, a little something for everyone.  You just can't go wrong.  


Fruit and Granola Trail Mix

Fruit and Granola Trail Mix



For this Fruit and Granola Trail Mix, I grabbed the kiddos and hit Walmart. (Yes, I really took all five grocery shopping).  My kids are cereal junkies, so I let them pick two Quaker® cereals, and then I rounded things out with dried fruit, nuts, and just a smidgen of chocolate.  We mixed it all up when we got home, and did just a wee bit of sampling before hitting the trails.  


Fruit and Granola Trail Mix



And hey, if you're only into the outdoors to the extent that you'll drink coffee on the patio, no sweat! This trail mix is awesome mixed with yogurt or as an ice cream topping!


Fruit and Granola Trail Mix, Ingredients:

(use your preferred ingredient ratio)


Fruit and Granola Trail Mix, Directions:

  1. Mix everything up and store in an air tight container.
  2. Enjoy!




Fruit and Granola Trail Mix

Fruit and Granola Trail Mix

Fruit and Granola Trail Mix

Fruit and Granola Trail Mix

Fruit and Granola Trail Mix

Fruit and Granola Trail Mix

Fruit and Granola Trail Mix

Fruit and Granola Trail Mix

Fruit and Granola Trail Mix

Fruit and Granola Trail Mix

Fruit and Granola Trail Mix

Fruit and Granola Trail Mix

Fruit and Granola Trail Mix

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Surviving Crazy Mornings with Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches and Coffee for Everyone!




This 'Surviving Crazy Mornings with Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches and Coffee for Everyone!'  article was developed for Collective Bias and Keurig 2.0 (available at Walmart).  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work.  All variety of opinions and recipes are mine alone. #Keurig400 #CollectiveBias


Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches


My oldest son was 6 years old when my fifth child was born (he's 8 now). My husband and I run our own businesses, and I homeschool our three "big" kids while juggling the little ones.  To say our mornings are crazy would maybe be an understatement.  Our mornings are other-worldly.  

And while I wouldn't have it any other way (okay, maybe if someone wanted to throw a nanny in the mix, I wouldn't complain), we have definitely adopted some shortcuts to make things run a little smoother.  To that end, I firmly believe the Keurig is one of the best inventions ever invented by inventors, ever.

If you've been following me a while you'll recall that I *begged* the husband for a Keurig over the course of several holidays when they first became popular.  After much exaggerated (and exasperated!) hint dropping, my dreams finally came true.  Over the past four years, my Keurig Elite has brewed like a champ every. single. morning.  My only issue, ever, was that I've had to hold on to my old coffee maker for when we entertain (which we do a LOT), and I wanted to make more than a single cup at a time.


Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches



So, you can imagine my glee when the opportunity to work with Keurig and talk about the Keurig 2.0 came along.  Pure glee, people.  GLEE.

The Keurig 2.0 still takes the regular K-Cup packs, but also accepts larger K-Carafe packs, allowing you to brew either a single cup, OR a four cup carafe of coffee.  It's like Keurig flew into my brain and read my mind with this one.  Also, the new Keurig 2.0, available at Walmart, features Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology™, which reads each lid to deliver a perfect beverage every time. Which is saying a lot since Keurig offers 400 beverage varieties from 60 brands.

I use my Keurig to make a single cup of decaf for myself every morning, and hot chocolate or cider for the kids if they want it.  When my brother-in-law is in town, he helps himself to the dark roast - and my mother-in-law is a half-caf kind of gal.  I'm thrilled that the Keurig 2.0 lets me choose the size of my coffee, as well as the strength.  AND I'm finally able to ditch my old coffee pot that's taking up valuable pantry space!


Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches



But the Keurig's not the only way to streamline your mornings.  We also like to do make-ahead breakfasts!  These are so easy and incredibly versatile.  Making for a vegetarian?  Skip the meat and add peppers to your eggs.  Making for a grain-free eater? Sub the bread for Sweet Potato Rounds.  There's just no limit to the variations!  You can stash these guys in the fridge all week, or make enough for a month (or two!) and keep them in the deep freeze.  Heat up in the microwave or toaster oven, grab your coffee, and off you go!


Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches



Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwich, Ingredients:

(everything is optional!)
  • buns (I used english muffins in my example, but you could use bagels, sweet potato rounds, or even tortillas!)
  • cheese (I used American, but pick your favorite!)
  • eggs (I generally use one egg per sandwich)
  • bacon (I generally use 1/2 piece per sandwich)
  • sausage (I used pre-cooked from the freezer section)



Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwich, Directions:

  1. Lay your bacon pieces in a baking pan and place in a cold oven, set to 375 degrees.
  2. While the oven is coming to temperature, give your eggs a whir in the blender (I added some whole milk to mine too), and pour them into a parchment lined baking pan.  
  3. Put the eggs in with the bacon and cook for 7 - 10 minutes, or until done to your liking.  Remove from the oven and slice with a knife (or pizza cutter!)
  4. When the bacon is done (about 30 minutes for super crispy), assemble your sandwiches and wrap in tin foil.
  5. Store in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for a few months.  Reheat in the microwave (without foil) or toaster oven. 
  6. And, ENJOY!


Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches


Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches


The Keurig 2.0 would make the perfect holiday present for a coffee lover in your life, and I'm so lucky to be able to gift one to my friend Jessica, The Unemployed Mom.  She's been such an inspiration to me this past year and was super encouraging when I told her I wanted to grow my blog.   She even took me to a blogging event at Disney! She doesn't know it's coming yet, so feel free to hop over and say "hi" but don't spoil my surprise!


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Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches


Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches


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Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup.




Remember the eighties when every single restaurant ever had Vegetable Beef Soup on the menu?  Our favorite throw-back steak house still offers it.  Along with wood paneling and a "Six Pound Challenge."  Well, anyway, this is that soup.  But made easy with a slow cooker! Mmmmmm.


slow cooker vegetable beef soup


Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup, Ingredients:


  • 6 cups diced russet potatoes, not peeled
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes (canned is fine)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 cups kernel corn
  • 2 cups chopped green beans
  • 2-3 pounds stew meat, chopped bite size
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 4 cups beef broth (or 4 cups hot water + 2 bullion cubes)


Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup, Directions:


  1. Add everything to the slow cooker (I used my 7 quart cooker) and cook high 6 hours or low 10 hours.
  2. Serve with crunchy french bread and enjoy!



slow cooker vegetable beef soup

slow cooker vegetable beef soup

slow cooker vegetable beef soup

slow cooker vegetable beef soup

slow cooker vegetable beef soup

slow cooker vegetable beef soup

slow cooker vegetable beef soup

slow cooker vegetable beef soup

slow cooker vegetable beef soup

slow cooker vegetable beef soup

slow cooker vegetable beef soup

slow cooker vegetable beef soup

slow cooker vegetable beef soup

slow cooker vegetable beef soup







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