Bagel Bites and $100 Visa Giveaway!


Are your kids big eaters?  I have a couple friends whose children eat so little that when they are at my house, I feel a bit out of my element.  You see, I’m the Mom with all the good food.  You come to Casa Jones and you know there will be great food, and large quantities of it.  It’s almost as if I don’t know how to communicate with these odd children who only want a couple grapes as an after school snack. All 6 of my minions love to eat, just like their Mom, and providing them with great food is one the aspects of being a Mom I love best.  I guess that is my Italian heritage peeking through… I love you, therefore I shall feed you large amounts of marvelous food. DSC_0007
Since all my kids arrive home from school within a few minutes of each other, the after school devour-everything-you-can-find-time is always loud and stressful.  The fact that I am one of those horrible Moms who has a specific list of snack foods they can choose from, only adds to the frantic atmosphere.  Each of them wants to be sure they get to the “best” snack option before their brother or sister! My acceptable snack list always includes fruits, vegetables, cheese, yogurt and nuts, but I will often toss in a fun surprise that is still good for them as well. When these Bagel Bites were waiting for them after school last week, they were so excited!  Especially my teenage son who ate more than all his other siblings combined.  Can someone please explain the science behind how teenage boys make all that food fit into their stomachs? DSC_0018

All my little rascals loved the Bagel Bites and I appreciated how quick they were to prepare and that they are a quality baked snack. I’m sure they will be requesting them again soon for an after-school snack surprise.  Next time though, I need to remember to print this great coupon first.

To help share the love, Bagel Bites has generously offered my readers a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card, provided by Bagel Bites!  To enter to win, all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your favorite snack food is!  Good luck!

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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Sweet Korean BBQ Beef


This is my very sweet, very puffy faced 7-year-old son.  A few weeks ago, I learned something new about Jones Child #5….he is highly allergic to kitty cats.  After loving on a friend’s cat, he looked like this for days.  He was so miserable and barely half conscious from the amounts of children’s allergy medication he had to take.  My poor little guy was in tears much of the time, but not because of how much his eyes hurt or because he couldn’t keep them open without using his fingers, but because he understood that he would have to keep his distance from Rascal the Cat from now on.

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Of course, my fellow Mamas out there understand what these days of a swollen child were like for me.  When your kiddos are sick or otherwise afflicted, everything else in your life comes to a screeching halt.  Work deadline?  Another child’s volleyball game?  Church responsibilities?  Mountain of dirty laundry?  Kiss them all goodbye because little ones only want love and attention from Mom when life isn’t quite right.  Dads and older siblings are good for playing games and wrestling on the living room floor, but only Mom will fill the prescription for love, snuggles and attention.

Sweet Korean BBQ Beef

Luckily for me, during this kitty cat allergy crisis, I was in the midst of trying out Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces for the first time.  Apparently, Campbell’s has impeccable timing as well as great products because this Sweet Korean BBQ Beef honestly took me less than 5 minutes to prep in the crock pot.  I just tossed in the beef chuck roast into the slow cooker, added the sauce….DONE!  Back to the couch to snuggle with my puffy boy and to endure endless amounts of annoying kids shows.

Sweet Korean BBQ Beef

This was the first time I had ever tried Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces and was so excited to see the Sweet Korean BBQ because that flavor profile is one of my all time favorites!  There were quite a few flavor varieties to choose from at my local store but I was pumped to give this one a try.

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There are also a couple different timing options for this recipe, which gives you some great flexibility in your dinner prep.  You can either cook the beef on low for 7-8 hours if you are going to be gone all day, or on high for 4-5 hours.  No matter which timing you choose, your house will smell like a Korean food truck has parked outside your house :)  Yum!

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Now one of my rock star readers will have a chance to win a $100 Target Gift Card! To enter, all you have to do is leave me a comment answering the following question:   What is your favorite slow cooker meal to prepare when life is too crazy?

Sweepstakes Rules:
No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 9/24/2014-10/30/2014.
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Avocado & Bacon Grilled Cheese

As a momma to six kiddos, I am sharing my tips, recipes and anecdotes related to bringing out every kid’s culinary potential.

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Kids in the Kitchen

Every Saturday for the past few months, this little guy has made lunch for himself and his little sister, at his own request to do so.  The whole time he is doing it, the pride is radiating from his little being.  Especially when his little sister thanks him for making her lunch.  I love this age because kids get so excited as they master new skills that helps them become more independent.

Of course, now that two of my babies are all grown up and have deserted me, I understand that this growing independence eventually results in them leaving to begin lives of their own.  I’m not a fan.  I like having our big family of 8 all together under one roof.

DSC_0009My gap-toothed dude’s lunch of choice is always a sandwich of some type.  PB&J is his most frequent creation, but I have been getting him to expand his sandwich dictionary to include some more exciting options.  This weekend, it was this phenomenal Avocado & Bacon Grilled Cheese.  He wasn’t so sure about putting “whac-a-mole” on his grilled cheese, but he loved it, as did both of his sisters.

Avocado and Bacon Grilled CheeseFeel free to use prepared guacamole or make your own from a fresh avocado, as we did.  I also used precooked bacon pieces….the REAL stuff only here my friend!  No fakin’ bacon bits allowed in this heavenly sandwich!

Avocado & Bacon Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • Sliced sourdough bread
  • Guacamole
  • Bacon slices or pieces, cooked
  • Colby-jack cheese, sliced
  • Butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Spread the guacamole on one slice of bread, top with the cooked bacon and a couple slices of cheese. Top with the second piece of bread and butter the top of the bread.
  2. Place on the grill, butter side down and grill until golden brown. Before flipping to cook the other side, don't forget to butter that side of the sandwich! Serve hot.
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Peach Crisp in a Jar

I’m excited to welcome back Debbie from Made From Pinterest to guest post for me today!

Is it fall yet where y’all live? Autumn is definitely here in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains of Utah. I love this season. It is my all-time favorite time of the year. I am lucky enough to live in an area where you can see and feel each of the four seasons.

In addition to loving fall, I also happen love quotes. So sufficeth to say I definitely love quotes about fall! Here are three of my favorites:

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile” William Cullen Bryant

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Peach Crisp in a Jar.  So cute!

And lastly, “I am so glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L.M. Montgomery

So if you are like me and you love fall, you are going to LOVE this Peach Crisp in a Jar dessert recipe! Just the perfect portion after a big Sunday dinner. But if you have room for just a tiny bit more, add some ice cream and you now have heaven in a jar.

Peach Crisp in a Jar. Warm, cinnamony and so fallish!

A big thank you to Carole for letting me come and visit from Made From Pinterest today. Put on your sweater, take a walk in some fall foliage, then come home to some warm Peach Crisp. Happy Fall Everyone!

Peach Crisp in a Jar Dessert

  • 6 fresh peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • Juice from one lemon (or two teaspoons bottled)
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 16 graham crackers crushed (whole cracker – one whole package)
  • 6 TBL melted butter
  • 2 TBL sugar
  • Crumbly Topping:
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter (one stick) melted
  • 12 glass jelly jars (with lids if desired. These make great gifts to give away!)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel and cut peaches.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the peach filling ingredients together and then add peaches making sure the peaches are well coated. Set aside.
  4. Crush the graham crackers, (I just put mine in a ziploc bag and crushed them in there) Add melted butter and sugar to the crushed graham crackers and mix thoroughly. Put 3-4 tablespoons of the mixture into each jar and press down into the jar.
  5. Add your peach filling into the jars. Don’t fill all the way to the top because you need to leave a little room for the crumbly topping.
  6. Mix ingredients for the crumbly topping using a fork or a whisk. Spoon crumbly mixture on top of peach filling. If you are going to give these away as a gift and are going to put a lid on these, do not overfill as they will rise a little.
  7. On the low oven rack, place jars on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Recipe adapted from Intimate Weddings

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