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Apple Buttermilk Pancakes | alidaskitchen.com

Apple Buttermilk Pancakes

Apple Buttermilk Pancakes are a traditional, fluffy buttermilk pancake recipe with the addition of fresh apples, applesauce and cinnamon for a delicious breakfast. Thank you to the FoodSaver® Brand for sponsoring this post.

Apple Buttermilk Pancakes | alidaskitchen.com

One of the best things about fall, besides pumpkin everything of course,…is apple season!  We visited the local pumpkin patch over the weekend and were greeted by huge bags of apples. The kids get excited for apples to go with their lunches, and I get excited for apple recipes….

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Unwind with Chobani Flips! | alidaskitchen.com

Unwind with Chobani Flip Greek Yogurt!

Unwind with Chobani Flips! | alidaskitchen.com

After a busy day on-the-go, making sure my kids get to where they need to be, getting my 10,000 steps for the day and everything else in between, I am ready to unwind.  After the kids are in bed, if I have not hit my step goal for the day, I walk around the neighborhood…without my phone!  While it is hard to unplug, the quiet time during that walk is a great time to focus on other things than Facebook or email. …

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After School Snacking with Bagel Bites | alidaskitchen.com

Snacking with Bagel Bites

After School Snacking with Bagel Bites | alidaskitchen.com I would love to be a fly on a wall at Adam’s school. He is there for hours every day, and it is like pulling teeth to get any details about what he does at school. Every day I ask, “What did you do at school today?”  And every day the first answer is “I don’t know.”  Sound familiar?  It seems every mom I talk to experiences the same thing.  I have started to get more creative and specific with my questions, like: “Who did you sit next to during circle time?”  Only to be met with: “Mama, I don’t remember all the way back to circle time!” says the kid with a photographic memory.

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Graze Box | alidaskitchen.com

Graze Box + Promo Code

This post brought to you by Graze.com. All opinions are 100% mine.

Snacking just got a lot more fun!  If you’re every day snacks could use a little upgrade, then a Graze box is for you!  At the end of this post, there is a promo code for you to try a Graze snack box for FREE!

Graze Box at graze.com | alidaskitchen.com

Let’s just say that snacking has become a lot more interesting in the Alida’s Kitchen household!  I recently signed up with Graze.com, which means I get different nutritious and yummy snacks delivered to my door each week….

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Nature Valley™ Protein Granola | alidaskitchen.com

Nature Valley™ Protein Granola


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nature Valley™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select.  While I was compensated to write a post about Nature Valley™ Protein Granola, all opinions are my own.

Nature Valley™ Protein Granola | alidaskitchen.com

We definitely have our favorite breakfast foods, but from time to time it is fun to try something new and different.  We recently tried new Nature Valley™ Protein Granola, which is a granola inspired by Nature Valley’s™ popular granola bars. We had the Oats ‘n Honey flavor, which tasted just like my childhood favorite granola bar.  While we enjoyed a bowl of granola for a delicious, nutritious breakfast, we found that Nature Valley™ Protein Granola can be used throughout the day for so much more!   …

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STARBURST Strawberry Sorbet Bars | alidaskitchen.com #StarburstSorbet #CGC

STARBURST Strawberry Sorbet Bars + #Giveaway!

Around mid-summer, when the weather gets really hot and humid, I always get ambitions about making my own ice cream or homemade frozen fruit bars.  While my intentions are good, then I find new and delicious frozen treats to try at the store and have to try them.  Like these STARBURST Strawberry Sorbet Bars that I just discovered.  They are a total flashback to a childhood favorite candy and are just so fun!

STARBURST Strawberry Sorbet Bars | alidaskitchen.com #StarburstSorbet #CGC

First I will tell you a little about the STARBURST Strawberry Sorbet Bars and then I will tell you how you can enter to win a full-value coupon to try a box for free! …

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Fruttare Frozen Fruit Bars #ItsAllGood #FruttareCGC #Sponsor - Alida's Kitchen

It’s All Good with Fruttare!

Now that it’s summer, we have been having fun under the sun and finding ways to beat the heat.  We have been riding bikes, swinging at the park, visits to the local splash pad and treating ourselves with Fruttare Frozen Fruit Bars.

Fruttare Frozen Fruit Bars #ItsAllGood #FruttareCGC #Sponsor - Alida's Kitchen

We discovered Fruttare Frozen Fruit Bars last summer (you can read about that here).  Fruttare Frozen Fruit Bars have quickly become a summertime household staple!   Now that it’s ‘fruit bar season’ (as Adam calls it), we get to enjoy one of our favorite special moments – sitting on the front step and talking about our day while enjoying a Fruttare Frozen Fruit Bar….

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Lean Cuisine Honestly Good

Honestly Good Meals

 This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Lean Cuisine, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #HonestlyGood #ad http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

Lean Cuisine Honestly Good

With Fall schedules in full swing, between school and activities for Adam, and Greta’s new favorite hobby of walking all over the place (with assistance, but yikes!), life is bizzzzy!  Add in Mike traveling for work, and it can be downright exhausting.  By the end of the day, sometimes it is hard to muster up the energy to cook a dinner for one.  While I have a long list of quick and easy dinner recipes, it seems like a lot of work to cook for just me (especially since Mike typically does the dishes).  It is important to set a healthy example for the kids, however, so frozen pizza (or just ice cream!) just won’t do.

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For my latest dinner for one, I was standing in the frozen foods section at Target trying to find something quick and easy, but healthy too.  One of my friends recommended Lean Cuisine’s new collection of Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals.  Having been underwhelmed by frozen meals before, I admit I was skeptical.  But I was willing to take her word for it.  Since they are full of 100% all natural, wholesome ingredients with a sauce you add yourself, it was worth a try!

There are six different varieties to choose from:   Honey Citrus Chicken, Lemongrass Salmon, Pineapple Black Pepper Beef, Plum Ginger Grain-Crusted Fish, Pomegranate Chicken, Roasted Red Pepper Chicken.

I chose Roasted Red Pepper Chicken, and in just 5 easy minutes, I had…well look at the picture first, then I will tell you about it….

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Land ‘o Lakes Eggs

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program with Land ‘o Lakes, I was the lucky recipient of coupons for 2 dozen free Land ‘o Lakes eggs.  We use so many Land ‘o Lakes products, from cottage cheese to light butter to ice cream, I was definitely excited for the opportunity to use their eggs.  The Land ‘o Lakes website has a wealth of information about their eggs, including the Egg Essentials Brochure, which details their different types of eggs, as well as their benefits.  I chose the Omega 3 eggs.  Since I don’t eat any fish, I’m always looking to get my good fats from other sources.

I used the eggs in several recipes, including Cottage Cheese Pancakes, Skinny Pumpkin Pie, Peanut  Butter Surprise Muffins, Easy Spinach and Cheese Lasagna, and here are a couple pictures of others that will be posted in the coming weeks.  I absolutely love these eggs, but something happened that makes me love Land ‘o Lakes even more.
 One night I was making Pumpkin Banana Pancakes.  I opened the refrigerator to grab the eggs, and then SMACK!  The egg carton slipped out of the fridge and onto the ceramic floor.  Oh NO!  This happened once before, with a different brand of eggs (full carton, mind you) and I lost them ALL.  Now Mike was gone, Adam was asleep, I had partial pancake batter, thought I lost the rest of my eggs, and was dreading the mess.  It was 10pm, and I was tired.  I reluctantly picked up the carton, looked through the clear packaging, and….I saw only one little crack.  Could it be?  I opened the carton, picked each one up and indeed…I only lost ONE egg.  Whoever created the packaging for the Land ‘o Lakes eggs is pure genius!  It saved my eggs from a potential disaster.  Premium quality eggs, premium quality packaging, Land ‘o Lakes eggs rock!

Tomorrow I will share with you the recipe for the Pumpkin Banana Pancakes.  Adam absolutely LOVED them and so did we!