Sweet and Spicy Road Trip Snack Mix

We recently got home from our big road trip and the snacks were dwindling the last few days. With 3 kids individual snacks don’t always break down evenly, and when they do it seems my husband or I break the “even”. This means we end up with an extra this and that, and the same was true for our road trip. We finished up the odds and ends and leftover cereal with a Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix. Don’t worry. You don’t have to go on a road trip to enjoy this snack because it also makes a great and easy back to school snack.

sweet and spicy snack mix

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Healthy Homemade Chicken Fries

**This post has been sponsored by Food Should Taste Good. Recipe and opinions are my original thoughts and opinions.**

I have to say that I believe the resurgence of fast food chicken fries hasn’t been so great. I tasted them. I remember I use to love chicken fries. I’m not sure how much the quality and recipe changed in the last 6 or 7 years since I had them but yuck! They were not so good. In fact, after having homemade chicken fries I am not sure how those drive thru chicken fries can qualify as chicken at all. Plus the amount of fat and sodium they held was not so pleasant. Homemade chicken fries are fast, easy, and most of all, healthy.

The Best Homemade Chicken Fries ~ gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free from Heather | Real: The Kitchen and Beyond

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Eating Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Dumplings All Day Wong

No, it’s not a typo. I could seriously eat these brussels sprouts and bacon dumplings all day long. So, I am not the world’s greatest TV follower. In fact, I am woefully unprepared to talk about the latest it show. Once upon a time, when we had TV service, Food Network was the channel of choice. We watched cooking shows every day, and tuned into every episode of Top Chef. Even my then four year old would watch DVR’ed episodes of it and cheer for his favorite.

brussels sprouts and bacon dumplings

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Tips for Fast Food Meals from the Grocery Store

This is Barb from A Life in Balance back with tips for fast dinner meals from the grocery store. Take out food is great for a fast dinner meal, but not so great for the budget. As a family of 7, we easily spend about $35 to $40 if we do take out for dinner. I always think about how much of a week’s worth of groceries that $35 could buy.

What if we headed to the grocery store instead? You can create a simple dinner meal in about 15 minutes at the grocery store if you walk in with a plan. If you have no plan, give yourself an extra 5 minutes to scan the store’s flyer for ideas for quick meals. Focus on the frozen food section and the deli for deals on frozen meals like pizzas and lasagnas or rotisserie chicken.


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