After School Snack Ideas: Homemade Baked Doughnuts Recipe

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Fridays are pretty special around the Jolly household. Friday mornings typically start with Lucas jumping out of bed super-excited that it’s Friday. There are usually a few high fives and TGIF’s thrown around! Lucas loves Fridays because he gets to do a lot of art and the school day is much more relaxed. He also knows that mom and dad always bring him a special after school snack on Fridays. Sometimes that might be a Blizzard from Dairy Queen or sometimes it’s a homemade treat. No matter what though – he gets a special treat to celebrate the end of the school week. Friday nights are also family night – whether it’s playing video games or board games or going out to dinner or cuddling up on the couch to watch a movie – Friday nights are all about us.

This past week, we surprised Lucas with a new Friday treat – homemade Baked Doughnuts. This is a wonderful recipe that is easy to follow and results in an airy, light glazed doughnut. Just perfect. We topped a few with lightly crushed Kellogg’s Froot Loops, which was a big hit!

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Glazed Baked Doughnuts

recipe adapted from


  • 1 1/2 cups milk, scalded
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup All-Bran® Original
  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water (105 to 115°F)
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted


1. In large mixing bowl, pour hot milk over shortening. Stir in sugar, salt, spices and KELLOGG’S ALL-BRAN cereal. Cool to lukewarm.

2. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Let stand 5 minutes. Add to cereal mixture together with eggs. Mix well. Add flour and thoroughly combine. Cover and let stand in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

3. Turn dough out on well-floured board. Shape into a ball. (Dough will be very soft to handle.) Roll out lightly to about 1/2 inch of thickness. Be careful not to stretch dough. Cut with floured 3-inch doughnut cutter. Place about 2 inches apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Brush with melted butter and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 20 minutes.

4. Bake at 425° F about 10 minutes.

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Cream Cheese Glaze


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp hot water
  • (OPTIONAL) 1 cup Kellogg’s Froot Loops, lightly crushed

1. Using a mixer, beat together cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, salt, and hot water until smooth.

2. Dip tops of warm doughnuts into glaze.

3. Sprinkle with crushed Froot Loops or serve as-is. NOTE: If using Froot Loops, make sure to do this right before serving or else the cereal becomes soggy when stored for a long time.

Yield: 3 dozen (36) doughnuts

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After School Snack Ideas: Lucas’ Favorite Trail Mix Recipe

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One of the main things we focus on after school is reading. We encourage Lucas to pick out his own books. Books that really appeal to him. Sometimes those books are chapter books, sometimes he chooses comic books, or sometimes he will even choose Minecraft Tutorial Books. Honestly, it doesn’t matter to me as long as he is reading and more importantly – as long as he is developing the love for reading. The love for books. Because that is truly a gift. While he reads, it’s nice to have a crunchy snack that he can nibble on and trail mix is perfect. Lucas’ favorite combination is a little bit salty and a little bit sweet, but the great thing about this is that you can add whatever your child loves. What I personally love about trail mix is that in minutes, I can make a huge batch. Then, I can portion into small zip-top bags and now we have quick snacks that Lucas can grab on the way to baseball practice, while he is reading or doing homework, etc.

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Lucas’ Favorite Trail Mix

makes 16-18 servings


  • 4 cups Kellogg’s® Crispix® cereal
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup dry roasted lightly salted peanuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup M&Ms

1. In large bowl toss together all of the ingredients. Store in airtight container.

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After School Snack Ideas: Berry Banana Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

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There are usually 1-2 days during the week which Lucas doesn’t come straight home after school – sometimes it’s because either Mike or I (depends on who picks him up) has to run a few errands or we have an appointment. On those days, I like to send a portable snack that he can munch on in the car. One of our favorite on-the-go snacks are Berry Banana Peanut Butter Bars. OMG, you guys. YUM!!! These are better than any granola bar you can buy at the grocery store. They are loaded with lots of good for you ingredients – oats, almonds, peanut butter, honey, banana chips, dried berries, and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. If your child has a nut allergy, you can omit the nuts and add more dried fruit and replace the peanut butter with sunbutter.

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Berry Banana Peanut Butter Bars

recipe adapted from


  • 1 1/2 cups dry old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried berries
  • 1/2 cup dried banana chips, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

1. In large bowl stir together oats, almonds, KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal and dried berries and banana chips.

2. In small saucepan combine peanut butter, honey and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

3. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture. Stir to combine. Press into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool completely. Cut into thirty-two 2 x 1 1/2-inch rectangles.

Berry Banana Peanut Butter Bars

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After School Snack Ideas: Cinnamon Raisin Stuffed Apples Recipe

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Now that the weather is getting cooler, it’s nice to have a warm and comforting after school snack for Lucas. This is especially true on baseball practice days. Some warm food in his belly helps get him through practice until dinner. One of his favorites snacks (and one the entire family loves) are Cinnamon Raisin Stuffed Apples – it is the perfect fall treat! The Kellogg’s Mini Wheats, raisins,  cinnamon, and apple juice meld with the softened, warm apple to produce what really almost resembles an apple pie or apple crisp. Sometimes we like to serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or a bit of vanilla yogurt. The bonus is that while it tastes like dessert – it is actually very low calorie, healthy and nutritious. A+ in my book!

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Cinnamon Raisin Stuffed Apples

recipe from


  • 4 medium baking apples
  • 1 cup Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites® Original cereal
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup 100% apple juice

1. Core apples. Peel strip about 1 inch wide around middle of each apple. Place upright in 1 1/2-quart microwave-safe casserole.

2. In small bowl combine cereal, raisins and cinnamon. Pack cereal mixture into centers of apples.

3. Pour apple juice over apples and into casserole dish. Microwave, covered, at high for 6 to 12 minutes* or until apples are tender. Turn casserole dish and baste apples with juice every 3 minutes.

4. Before serving, spoon juice over apples again. Serve warm.

Note: These Kellogg cereals may be substituted for 1 cup Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites cereal

  • 5 biscuits Frosted Mini-Wheats Big Bite cereal
  • 1 cup Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size cereal
  • 1 cup Frosted Mini-Wheats Maple & Brown Sugar cereal

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After School Snack Ideas: Almond Cocoa Muffins Recipe

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I always like to have a nice snack ready for Lucas when he gets home from school. He usually comes home famished – partly because he spends most of his lunch time socializing rather than eating and partly because he is a growing boy. He needs to have something nutritious in his body to get him through homework, reading, baseball practice, etc. But also? I want him to feel that home = love, comfort, and warmth. Having a yummy snack that he enjoys is part of that. It’s home. So every day this week I will be sharing after school snack ideas that Lucas loves.

First up are Almond Cocoa Muffins – they are packed with protein from the almonds, whole grains and fiber from the white-wheat flour and Kellogg’s All-Bran cereal, and a little indulgence from the cocoa and chocolate chips. Paired with a glass of milk and fruit, it is the perfect treat for a child to enjoy while he does his homework after a long Monday at school. I like to whip up a batch, freeze, and then thaw on the counter an hour before Lucas will be home or just pop into the microwave for a few seconds.

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Almond Cocoa Muffins

recipe adapted from


  • 1.5 cups white wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups All-Bran® Original
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Stir together flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder and cinnamon. Set aside.

2. In large mixing bowl, combine Kellogg’s® All-Bran® cereal and milk. Let stand 2 minutes or until cereal softens. Add egg whites, oil and almonds. Beat well.

3. Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Portion evenly into twelve muffin-pan cups coated with cooking spray.

4. Bake at 350°F about 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.

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How To Keep Your Family Active & Healthy This School Year

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The summer is officially winding down and kids are headed back to school. Lucas actually started the 2nd grade a few weeks ago and already things are super busy. It’s back to early mornings, getting breakfast on the table, rushing out the door to get Lucas to school on time, homework, after school activities, dinner, etc. Craziness! When things get busy, it’s so easy for some of the important things like eating healthy and leading an active lifestyle to fall by the wayside. It’s definitely easier and quicker to skip breakfast or go through a drive-thru for dinner! So today I thought I’d share with you a few tips on how to keep your family active and healthy even when things get busy this school year.

Active Family Checklist

Start the day with a healthy breakfast. This is important for EVERYONE in the family. Yes, including YOU. A healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Fresh fruit, whole grain cereal, and milk is easy, delicious and quick!

Have easy and nutritious snacks ready for kids to choose from after school. A few ideas include: fresh fruit that’s set out in a bowl, string cheese, milk, yogurt, and whole grain crackers. The key is to let your kids know what they can and can’t have and have these snacks easily accessible to them.

Enroll your kids in active after school activities. Sports are always great, of course! Lucas plays baseball so three nights out of the week, we are at the ball park for practice or games. I even use part of this time to be active myself by taking the baby for a walk around the park in her stroller or hitting the playground while Lucas is at practice.

Even if it’s only for 20 minutes – go outside as a family! This could be a trip to the local park or a walk around your neighborhood or even head out to your backyard to throw a ball, play hopscotch, or jump rope. Not only is it good for you to be active, but the entire family gets to unwind after a long day at school and work and you get to spend quality time together. It’s a win-win!

Limit screen time. This includes TV, iPads, iPods, video games, computers…all of it. If kids have limits set on their electronic usage then they WILL find other, more active things to do. I like to keep a list of activity ideas for Lucas so that when he says “I’m borrrred. I don’t know what to dooooooo” – I can just hand him the list of ideas. The list includes everything from ride your bike to build a fort to chores.

Plan your dinner menu ahead of time. This way you can plan around after school activities and ensure that even on those nights you can still have a healthy, home cooked meal. For example, we try to plan meals that will have leftovers during the week. Then on nights that Lucas has baseball we can eat leftovers. Many times we will repurpose leftovers meaning that last night’s roast will turn into hot roast beef sandwiches and a salad tonight. Keeps leftovers from getting boring!

Get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is important for all of us. We need to refuel our bodies every night with the proper amount of sleep so that the next day we have the energy to make healthy and active choices.

This conversation is sponsored by Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

Back-to-School Style & Trends Guide

I am a huge fan of Carter’s. Pretty much all of Amelia’s clothes are exclusively from Carter’s. The salespeople at my local store pretty much know me lol. I love how they offer stylish clothing for babies and kids that is comfortable, cute and age-appropriate. I’ll be honest though – I haven’t really thought to shop at an OshKosh B’gosh. I think the perception (at least for me) was that OshKosh B’gosh is all about denim and overalls. Oh, how wrong I was!! While OshKosh B’gosh does do the cutest and best overalls…

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They offer so much more. Their Fall line is fabulous. It’s fashionable and on-trend while still remaining timeless, wearable and comfortable. We pretty much stocked both Amelia’s and Lucas’ closets for Fall at OshKosh B’gosh! Love, love, love everything we got…even accessories for baby! <3

Every little girl has to have accessories, right?

Every little girl has to have accessories, right?

And…guess what Lucas wore on his first day of 2nd grade this week? Yep…my little Genius sporting his cool OshKosh B’gosh graphic tee…


“OshKosh offers stylish clothing grounded in an authentic American heritage and the belief that kids have fun being kids.”

I got the inside scoop directly from the fabulous OshKosh B’gosh style team about all of the latest trends in kid’s fashion this back-to-school season!

Back-to-School Trends for this Year:

  • Denim
  • Activewear
  • Essential Woven Shirts
  • Camo
Cool camo for boys

Cool camo for boys


The cutest of camo prints for the babies too

The cutest of camo prints for the babies too

10 Must-Haves from OshKosh B’gosh this Back-to-School Season:

1. Denim


• Heritage of the OshKosh brand
• Overalls up to size 12
• For girls, denim skirts, shirts and jackets
• For boys, new skinny jeans or classic fit denim pants

2. Girls TLC – Tunics & Leggings Collection


• Easy outfitting, mix and match, print and pattern
• Soft and comfortable, 100% cotton

3. Uniform

• Built fashion collections around the uniforms to show fun, fashion flair while kids are still in school uniforms

4. OKO (OshKosh Original) Tees

For the bacon lover!

For the bacon lover!

• Designed by designers in the New York office – colorful, comfortable and collectible tees in new graphics, prints and patterns

5. Girls Activewear

• Just this year, expanded the line to offer skirts and tees
• Inspirational messaging, pops of neon, glitter and a fun attitude

6. Boys Triple Jumper Pant

• Elastic waist with functional drawstring, ankle zipper and lined with jersey
• Same great comfort and durability with a new level of style
• Lined with jersey – comfortable
• Basic colors like navy, or pops of color with red, orange or even camo

7. Shoes



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• All shoes pair with the different clothing collections so your kids’ outfits can be head-to-toe

8. Boys Fleece Pant

Fleece pant paired with denim shirt

Fleece pant paired with denim shirt

• Staple in boys’ wardrobe
• Pair with denim or other unexpected items

9. Outerwear


• Necessary to keep warm with going back to school, but also fashionable to layer!
• Layers for boys is a fashion trend this year

10. Essential Wovens




• Button-down comfortable shirts for both boys and girls
• For boys, it’s a “Borrowed from Dad” look
• Shirt shop for boys to shop in stores, easy way for moms to find shirts for boys
• Great way to dress up or dress down outfits for both girls and boys

This back-to-school season, OshKosh will kick off the B’gosh Jeanius Campaign!

OshKosh is partnering with KIDS and to help local kids, teachers and schools thrive. Donate a new pair of jeans or make a cash donation for a great cause. OshKosh will match all denim donations with another item of clothing. All cash donations will be matched, up to $50k!

Visit to find a local store near you or for additional information and make sure to print the coupon below to get 25% off your purchase!

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Don’t Wait for a Back-to-School “Sale”. Shop Year Round and Save BIG at Marshalls & TJ Maxx!

Since trends come and go, it’s probably best to avoid buying all of your child’s school clothes at once. What your tween or teen thinks is cool today will probably change within a couple of months! By buying throughout the year, you’ll be able to get the best bang for your buck and your kids will be thrilled. That’s what I love about TJ Maxx and Marshalls–they provide me with name brands at sale prices every. single. day. of. the. year. There’s no sale to wait for. You just shop whenever you want and you know that you’re getting a great deal on designer brands. And, with over 10,000 new items delivered each week to every store and over 85% of available merchandise being current season–you also get variety and what’s in style now. Not last year.


TJ Maxx and Marshalls recently sent me a gift card to shop their stores for back-to-school items and as always–they rocked! The truth is that I regularly shop at both stores and have been doing that for years–way before I was a blogger! Check out some of the great finds and deals on back-to-school clothing right now:


Plus, for those of you with kids in college–you have to check out their campus gear–SUPER COOL!


When you shop at either store, you also know you are getting quality!

At T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, value isn’t just about price. Off-price buyers are trained to recognize that true value is a combination of:
• Fashion – It must be a fashion classic or an on-trend, current season style.
• Quality – It must be first quality. We never compromise, ever.
• Brand – It must be a designer or brand name that customers know, trust and desire.
• Price – It must be negotiated to sell for up to 60 percent less than customers will find in a department or specialty store.

All must be present in order for an item to be sold at T.J. Maxx or Marshalls.

In addition to the great fashions in stores this season, T.J.Maxx is also cenebrating its 26 year partnership with Save the Children. Ech store is selling specially designed reusable tote bags, featuring original children’s artwork. Each bag is $0.99 and T.J.Maxx will donate all profits from the sale of these bags to Save the Children’s U.S. programs.

TJ Maxx & Marshalls sent me a gift card to check out their back-to-school fashions. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone. Please refer to this site’s Terms of Use for more information.

Weekly Back-to-School Deals & Sales Roundup!


There are some awesome back-to-school deals this week! You can even get FREE BACKPACKS at Office Depot this week so make sure to get out there and take advantage of the deals this week!
Penway #2 Pencils 10-pk $.09
PaperMate color highlighters 6-pk $.19
Penway 1 Subject Notebook $.29
Corner Office 3×5 index cards 100-ct $.29
Sharpie Permanent Marker singles 2/$1 (with insert coupon)
School Boxes $.59 (with insert coupon)
Penway cap erasers 15-ct or pink erasers 2-ct $.29 (with insert coupon)
Acco paper clips 100-ct $.29 (with insert coupon)
Corner Office legal pads 50-sheet 3/$1 (with insert coupon)
Penway 2-pocket folders with prongs 6/$1 (with insert coupon)
Fiskars Kids scissors blunt or pointed $.79 (with insert coupon)
Penway ruler, highlighters or 8-pk jumbo crayons $.19 (with insert coupon)

Crayola Washable Markers 8-pk Classic or 20-pk Super Tip $3
-$3 RR
Final Price: FREE

Crayola Crayons 24-pk $1
-$1 RR
Final Price: FREE

Pencil Sharpener: $0.20
Pink Erasers (2 ct): $0.20
Plastic Ruler: $0.20
RoseArt Washable Glue (4 oz): $0.20
Mead Notebook (90 sheet): $0.50
Index Cards (4×6″, 100 ct): $0.50
Crayola Markers (8 ct): $2
Ticonderoga Yellow-Barrel Wood Pencils (12 ct): $2
Paper Portfolio: $0.10
Get FREE RoseArt Crayons (24 ct) when you buy RoseArt Colored Pencils (12 ct) for $0.50.

Avery Glue Sticks (3 pk.): $1
BIC Great Erase Dry-Erase Markers Fine (4 pk.): $1
BIC Wite-Out Quick Dry Correction Fluid (2 pk.): $1
Kodak Premium 4×6 Photo Paper (100 pk.): $1 after Easy Rebate
Pentel R.S.V.P. Ballpoint Pens (5 pk.): $1
Staedtler 6″ Protractor: $1
Staples Dry-Erase Board Eraser: $1
Staples Gold Paper Clips: $1
Staples Pink Erasers (3 pk.): $1
Stretch Pencil Box: $1

Office Depot:
FREE BACKPACK with a $10 minimum purchase. Limit 2. Selections vary by store.

Office Depot Protractor: $0.05
Office Depot 2-pocket Portfolio Folders, $0.25
Office Depot Ballpoint Pens (10 pk.): $0.25
Office Depot 12″ Wood Rulers: $0.50
Scholastic Standard Crayons (24 pk.): $0.69
Office Depot Erasers: $0.79
Office Depot #2 Pencils (12 pk.): $0.99
Space Saver Pencil Case: $0.99
Fashion Portfolio Folders: $0.99
Scholastic Glue Sticks: $0.99
Schoolworks Children’s Scissors: $0.99
Fashion Notebooks: $0.99
Composition Books: $0.99
Binders & Portfolios: $0.99
Memo Books: $0.99
Pencil Pouches: $0.99

Office Max
12″ Wood Ruler: $0.05 (Limit 6)
OfficeMax #2 Pencils (12 pk. Limit 3): $0.10
Paper Mate Ballpoint Pens (10 pk. Limit 3): $0.10
OfficeMax Filler Notebook Paper (100 ct. Limit 6:) $0.20
Schoolio 1″ or 1.5″ Poly Binders (Limit 6): $0.30
Subzero Stainless Steel Water Bottles: $4.00