Mini Yogurt Parfaits (using Baby Food Jars and Yulu Yogurt)

Mini Yogurt Parfaits with Baby Food Jars and Yulu Yogurt


Having a baby in the house means that we have a boatload of baby food jars (especially being the third child, I have totally failed at my homemade-baby-food-making plans).  Rather than throwing them in the recycling bin, we decided to repurpose them to make a kid-sized family favorite:  mini yogurt parfaits using Yulu yogurt!


Yulu is a brand-new Aussie-style yogurt that we have fallen in love with.  It has all the benefits of Greek yogurt (hello protein!) without the sour taste that I dislike so much.  Australian yogurt is smoothed twice, so it is so much creamier than its Greek counterpart!


Yulu offers a total of five flavors:  Vanilla Bean, Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, and Honey.  We have tried both the strawberry and vanilla flavors and they are both sensational (Little Brother and I prefer vanilla while Big Brother and Daddy are of the strawberry persuasion).  Either way, you can’t go wrong!


You should be able to find Yulu in most grocery and superstores.  It was located in the organic section of our local grocery store, but I have seen it with the regular yogurt elsewhere.




Here’s what you’ll need to make your parfaits:  baby food jars, Yulu yogurt, granola, and craisins (or any other topping).  Fresh fruit would also be delicious!  



 Layer the jar with yogurt and granola.  Repeat.




 Top with craisins.  Place the lid on the top and refrigerate until ready to serve.




You can even add a seasonal sticker to the front of the parfait…or just a symbol to let your kiddos know how much you love them!




 Little Brother asked, “Can I have this every morning for breakfast?”  He is a big fan of our Yulu yogurt parfaits!



 How does your family enjoy eating yogurt?  



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Elf Munch with White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S®

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S®. All opinions are 100% mine.

Christmas is just around the corner!  Although Santa may love cookies, his elves sure do love this Elf Munch.  :)  The recipe is super simple and will take less than 10 minutes to throw together!  Make some with your kiddos and package in a Glad Holiday Storage Container (available at Target only) for Santa to take back to the most underappreciated characters of Christmas!  After all, they are the ones who do all the work!  :)

Here are the ingredients:  Unbuttered Popcorn, Marshmallows, Butter, brown sugar (not pictured), White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S® (available at Target only), and Glad Holiday Storage containers.



1.  Melt 3 cups of miniature marshmallows with 2 tablespoons of butter.  I put mine in a microwave-safe bowl and microwaved for 2 minutes and then stirred.  You could also do it over the stove.



2.  Add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar to the mixture, stir well, and microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir well and continue microwaving for 30-second increments until the mixture is smooth.  Make sure not to burn the brown sugar as you are microwaving.

The mixture should be slightly golden brown and smooth.

3.  Pop a bag of unbuttered microwave popcorn according to package instructions and remove all the remaining kernels.

4.  Add a generous amount of White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S® and mix well (admittedly, we used most of the bag).  :)

5.  Spread out the mixture onto a piece of waxed paper into small clumps and let “dry” until it is no longer super sticky to the touch.

 The recipe is similar to a popcorn ball…but those are way too awkward to eat, in my opinion.  :)  The White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S® make it perfectly delicious with a hint of peppermint!



Use Glad Holiday Storage Products to store as well as give to friends, neighbors, and elves!

…and be sure to keep some around for your family as well!  :)

Glad Holiday Storage Containers are also great for other goodies…like these M&M’s Chocolate Cookie Espresso Bites.  The recipe can be found on the package of the storage containers!

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10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Christmas Morning

10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Christmas Morning


Everyone wants to have a delicious breakfast on Christmas morning, but no one wants to spend precious moments cooking when you could be watching the utter delight on your children’s faces!  Make these AMAZING dishes ahead of time and then pop them in the oven so you don’t miss a thing!


Make Ahead Christmas Breakfast Ideas

1.  Overnight Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting from Lovely Little Kitchen:  This pictures is making my mouth water!

2.  Omelette Muffins from  Make these ahead and then warm them up in the oven!

3.  Freezer Breakfast Burritos from Skip to My Lou:  Sausage, egg, and cheese wrapped in a tortilla?  Yes, please!

Make Ahead Breakfast Casseroles

4.  French Toast Bake from Lil Luna:  This one is slightly different than ours, but looks equally delicious!

5.  Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole from the Deen Brothers:  This rich and flavorful casserole is packed with ham, swiss cheese, toast, red and yellow peppers, and eggs.  Make it the night before and throw it in the oven in the morning.

6.  Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole from Six Sisters’ Stuff:  Casserole in the crockpot?  Awesomeness.

Breakfast ideas to make ahead

7.  Freezer-Friendly Baked Oatmeal from Money Saving Mom:  Make this WAY ahead of time and pop in the freezer!

8.  Bacon and Hash Brown Egg Bake from Yummly:  My bacon-loving boys would LOVE this casserole!

9.  Blueberry Breakfast Cake from Alexandra Cooks:  This looks simply amazing!

10.  Overnight French Toast Casserole:  Make the night before, refrigerate, and pop it in the oven in the morning.  Doesn’t get much easier!  (This is our family’s FAVORITE and my personal favorite because you don’t have to tear or cut the bread!

Breakfast Ideas for Christmas Morning- make them ahead of time

What is your favorite breakfast for Christmas morning?  




Freezer-Friendly Crock Pot Turkey Curry Chili

Freezer-friendly Crock Pot Turkey Curry Chili


I am just dipping my toes into the world of curry, thanks to this recipe from my mom.  It is delicious, can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd, and is only 185 calories per serving!!!!  Oh, and did I mention it is freezer-friendly and it goes in the crock pot?  THIS. IS. A. WINNER.


Crock Pot Turkey Curry Chili

Serves 4-6

1 lb. ground turkey
1 cup grated/shredded carrots
1 can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 can tomato soup
1/4 cup lite coconut milk (canned)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
2 1/2- 3 tablespoons curry powder
Shredded coconut for a garnish.

*You can add garbanzo beans and/or chickpeas as well

Serve over coconut rice and/or with naan bread.  I think these sautéed sugar snap peas go well with it also!

(print the recipe here)



1.  Brown the ground turkey over medium heat until cooked through.



2.  Grate 1 cup’s worth of carrots.



3.  Add your diced tomatoes and tomato soup (I didn’t have any tomato soup on hand, so I used tomato sauce and it turned out just fine–tomato soup is just slightly sweeter).



4.  Add your curry powder.  If you are making it for your family with young children, I would err on the side of less spice (1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons, perhaps).  You can always add a little more at the end if it isn’t spicy enough.



 5.  Add 1/4 cup of coconut milk (save the rest to make coconut rice to serve it with).




6.  Now that everything is in your crockpot, stir it all together.



7.  Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.



Spoon over a bed of coconut rice, sprinkle with a little coconut, and prepare for the deliciousness!  One of my children accidentally switched my crock pot to “boil” at some point during the cooking time (which I didn’t even know it could do)…so it turned out slightly thicker than it normally would.


To freeze:  Brown ground turkey until cooked through.  Add remaining ingredients and mix in a gallon size freezer bag.  Freeze.  When ready to cook, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then toss in the crockpot in the  morning!  


Check out more of our favorite recipes here and on our Pinterest board.

Edible Peanut Butter Playdough

peanut butter playdough


This fun peanut butter playdough recipe can double as a snack or dessert.  Not only is it super fun to play with, it really is delicious (believe me, I should know…I ate about half of it)!   I shared this edible playdough recipe a couple years ago when we were learning about butterflies (and used it to demonstrate the phases of a butterfly’s life), but I thought it was worthy of sharing again as we recently made some more to play with.



Here’s what you’ll need:  Nonfat dry milk, peanut butter, and honey!  








 1.  Mix 1 cup of peanut butter, 3/4 cup nonfat dry milk, and 3 tablespoons of honey.




2.  Mix until mostly smooth and no longer sticky to touch.  Add more dry milk if it continues to stick to your hands.




 3.  Have your kiddos wash their hands and then let them have fun molding the playdough on a clean surface…we broke out our alphabet cookie cutters to make letters as well.

















Check out more fun snack ideas here.