Day 1

Ingredients:

  • 3 leftover slices of pizza
  • 1 prepackaged Lunchable
  • 1 bowl of Frosted Flakes
  • 1 c. milk

Directions:

Cut one slice of pizza into bite-sized pieces. Present to toddler to throw on the floor. Tell the oldest kid to grab a lunchable out of the fridge. He’s 10. He can mostly take care of himself. Pour 1 c. of milk over the Frosted Flakes and try not to lose your shit when the five-year-old says she wanted it in a cup, not on her cereal. Sit down and inhale remaining two slices of pizza before toddler starts screaming bloody murder. Try not to dislocate jaw on microwaved pizza crust.

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The NFL’s Little Problem

To say that the NFL has had a rough week would be a bit of an understatement. On Monday, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee in the face. On Friday, double whammy: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adrian Peterson was indicted by a grand jury for negligent injury to a child when he used a switch to discipline his 4-year-old son; and it became known that Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is appealing a guilty verdict that he strangled his then-girlfriend, dragged her by her hair, and threatened to kill her. And finally (hopefully), on Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers allowed defensive end Ray McDonald to start the game in spite of a pending investigation that he got into a physical altercation with his pregnant girlfriend.

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Life Changes

Remember the last time I posted? No? Me, neither. Let’s all refresh

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Spoiler Alert

I was going to wait until Sunday to post this, just so it would have been exactly two months since my last post, but since I spend Sundays screaming at my TV (yay! Football is back!), I figured I’d tantalize you with my words two days early. (You know, since I have nothing better to do. I’ll get to that.) So without further adieu…

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GART, Days 14-15

NOTE: This is the eleventh of a multi-part series recapping the ever-popular GART as seen on my Facebook page. Here, GART stands for Great American Road Trip, and chronicles the adventures my family had on our cross-country move from San Diego, CA to Quantico, VA.

Day 14: Phelps (Big Sand Lake), WI –> Gaylord, MI. 322 miles, 5 hours, 45 minutes

Day 15: Gaylord, MI –> Toronto, ON. Google Maps tells me that it’s 7 hours and 655 kilometers. So I clearly have no idea how far we drove.

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GART, Day 13

NOTE: This is the tenth of a multi-part series recapping the ever-popular GART as seen on my Facebook page. Here, GART stands for Great American Road Trip, and chronicles the adventures my family had on our cross-country move from San Diego, CA to Quantico, VA.

GART, Day 13: Big Sand Lake (Phelps), WI

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Estela Drops Some Beats

Whilst The Ginger is back to enjoying the magic of the open road, Estela of The Weekly Bite is here to save the day. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, Estela also has the (somewhat dubious) honor of being a fellow MilSpouse and all-around good time. My favorite memory of Estela is when she threw a fantastic Christmas party for our group of fellow MilSpouses, and really raised the bar and put on an incredible spread of food and beverages. Later in the week, I emailed her, demanding to know her recipe for the spanakopita she served, since, in my mind it rivaled that of my husband’s Greek  family’s recipe. She sheepishly admitted it came from the frozen food section of Costco, and any credibility that I might have claimed as the spouse of a Greek descendant was immediately revoked. #winning. Anyway, check out her guest post here, and then venture on over to The Weekly Bite for more delicious recipes that totally put yours to shame. 

Back to School Treat: Brown Rice Crispy Ballsbrown rice crispy balls2 (1)

Hello Ginger, Snapped fans! I am Estela and blog over at Weekly Bite about Food, Life, & Mommyhood. I was so excited when Bree asked me to guest post on her fantastic blog!

It may be a little early to be talking about back-to-school treats, but with July coming to an end and August rapidly approaching, I figured it’s time to face the reality of school starting up again.

I’ve been wanting to make some sort of “healthy” treats for my two girls (and me) to eat. After playing around the kitchen… I came up with these Brown Rice Crispy Balls. They are so easy to make!! And so good! Bonus is they are perfect for a lunch box or after school treat.

The ingredients are simple:

  • 2 1/2 cups Brown Rice Crispy’s
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Rice Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seed Butter (or any nut butter)

In a small sauce pan, combine brown rice syrup and nut butter, and stir over medium-low heat just until mixture is combined and smooth.

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Pour nut butter sauce over rice crispy’s and chia seeds. Stir until combined.

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Roll into 1 inch balls. I used a melon ball scooper. It worked perfectly. Let cool before serving.

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These can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week. Enjoy!!

Off the Grid (again)

Hi folks, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my family’s adventures across the US. But, to be honest, we haven’t quite had our fill. The road keeps calling us back, and we must answer.

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GART, Days 11-12

NOTE: This is the ninth of a multi-part series recapping the ever-popular GART as seen on my Facebook page. Here, GART stands for Great American Road Trip, and chronicles the adventures my family had on our cross-country move from San Diego, CA to Quantico, VA.

GART, Day 11: Big Sand Lake (Phelps), WI

GART, Day 12: Big Sand Lake (Phelps), WI

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GART, Day 10

NOTE: This is the eighth of a multi-part series recapping the ever-popular GART as seen on my Facebook page. Here, GART stands for Great American Road Trip, and chronicles the adventures my family had on our cross-country move from San Diego, CA to Quantico, VA.

GART, Day 10: Chicago, IL –> Phelps, WI (Big Sand Lake). 346 miles, 6 hours.

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