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Are you into basketball? My boys are obsessed. I don’t even know where they got it because I’m totally not into basketball. Unless we’re talking about food. I’m all about a game time snack. You already know this about me. 

I have the perfect recipe for you if you are looking for something to serve for the games this week. 

Baked Cheddar Ranch Onion Rings!

Yep, baked onion rings. That are crispy! The secret? I covered them in Cheez-Its. 

During one of my many recent Target trips, I swung by the cracker aisle and picked up the Cheez-It Grooves in Cheddar Ranch and White Cheddar. Have you tried these yet? They’re thin and crispy and delicious!

I used the Cheddar Ranch in this recipe but you could totally use White Cheddar or the one I didn’t pick up, Original Cheddar. 

They worked perfectly as coating for my baked onion rings!

Baked onion rings are kind of my nemesis because – and I don’t care what anyone tells you – they just don’t get crisp enough. And you know I don’t have it in me to fry onion rings every time the craving strikes. 

So the fact that I can get crispy baked onion rings WITH a cheddar ranch flavor is making me all sorts of happy right now. 

Make sure you check out the Most Valuable Cheese contest, taking place until April 2015. You can vote for your favorite of 6 popular Cheez-It flavors and play games for a chance to win $10,000.

Also, Cheez-Its are on sale 3/$8 at Target right now and you can use your Cartwheel app to save an additional 35% off! 

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Happy Sunday! Tomorrow my kids go back to school after 9 days off so we’re living it up with Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes! And probably a trip to the park to fly some kites that I found in the back of my closet while packing. 

My kids are total cereal connoisseurs so they were pretty impressed by these cupcakes. They were, however, more impressed with the Skylanders Skystones game that came in the box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Do you remember being a kid and being SO EXCITED when there was a toy in the box? I can remember standing in the cereal aisle and asking my mom for a specific kind just because it had a toy. And lucky me, I was an only child so I didn’t even have to fight anyone for the toy!

But anyway, the Skylanders Skystones games are hidden inside specially marked Big G cereals. You get the box of cards and then the gameboard is on the back of the box. 

My oldest got his first Skylanders Playstation game for his birthday last month and since then all 3 of my boys have become obsessed with Skylanders. They Skystones game that comes in the cereal is so fun and I love that it fuels development through imaginative and cognitive play. And each Skystones game comes with a downloadable code to unlock characters in the popular mobile game. 

Participating Big G Cereals include: Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios, Reese’s Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Lucky Charms, Trix and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. 

Basically all my favorites. 

Also, be sure to look out for special offers and free prizes inside Big G cereals all year long!

About the cupcakes?!

The cake part tastes like French toast except better because, well, cake. And then for the frosting, I used crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch instead of sugar. 

It. is. amazing.

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Today is day 4 of Spring Break and I have slept past 7 am exactly zero days.

What is wrong with me?!

I did take 2 naps yesterday, though, which was pretty awesome. Also, it snowed yesterday and that is SO not okay. 

Anyway, we’re continuing to clean out the freezer and things are getting desperate. I’ve finally made it through the mountains of salmon I had in there and now I’ve got a tiny mountain of tilapia to deal with.

I will never eat fish again after this.

Buuuut, I’ve finally figured out how I like salmon. I always thought I didn’t like it but it turns out that I just don’t like it hot. So I’ve been cooking it, letting it cool to room temp, an then loving it.

This Maple Pecan Salmon is my current favorite way to have it. It’s really easy and the best thing about fish is how fast it cooks. This is ready in about 20  minutes! And, like I mentioned, I’ve been letting it cool and then I put it over spinach with some veggies and my beloved Newman’s Own Lite Honey Mustard Dressing – so good! 

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Hot Cross Buns - my favorite Easter tradition! So delicious!

I think Easter’s my favorite holiday.

And yes, I realize that I say that for literally every holiday but I’m serious this time. I think Easter’s my fave.

I mean, Easter candy is most definitely the best candy. Plus you get to decorate with fun, bright colors and dye eggs. And you get to watch Hop as many times as you want and no one can judge you for it.

That’s what the kids and I do. We watch it over and over and over again. It’s our fave.

And finally, Easter food! I love the ham and the salads and, most important, the Hot Cross Buns!

I’ve teamed up with In The Raw this year ot bring you a series of awesome recipes and the first one I’m sharing is… yep, Hot Cross Buns. Because I am obsessed.

I used the Sugar In The Raw Organic White® to make these buns. Sugar In The Raw Organic White® is from the maker of Sugar In The Raw® and is part of the In The Raw® family of sweeteners, which also includes zero-calorie Stevia In The Raw® and Monk Fruit In The Raw®, and Agave In The Raw®.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with how the Sugar In The Raw Organic White® worked in these Hot Cross Buns. It is perfect for baking! And I love how eco-friendly the brand is. Sugar In The Raw Organic White is eco-social certified, Non-GMO certified, USDA Organic and comes in recyclable packaging.​

So Hot Cross Buns! They are sweet rolls studded with raisins and the topped with icing in the shape of a cross. I love making these every year because I think they’re so pretty and my kids love that I make them every year because they are delicious!

If you are interested in the Sugar In The Raw Organic White®, click here to find a retailer near you.

Hot Cross Buns - my favorite Easter tradition! So delicious!

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Sesame Chicken - better than takeout! And so easy!

Happy Tuesday! 

Moving day is fast approaching. We have less than a week left in our current house which is exciting and terrifying. Exciting because, well, moving is exciting. Terrifying because we’re less than a week out and we still don’t have movers scheduled. Like, we have carpet cleaners scheduled and all our stuff has to be out by that day but the dang Army is totally dragging you-know-what on their part in this.

Also, yesterday my husband was randomly all, “Maybe we should live on post” after YEARS of complaining about living on post here in Colorado. 

So we have no movers and are currently undecided on where to live. 

But the kids have been withdrawn from school (they’ll still be going until the day we leave though), the house has been purged of all crap, and we’re almost out of here. For real. 

I’ve been trying to work my way through the food in the freezer and pantry but it’s sooo hard. There’s only so much you can do with a container of oats, some frozen salmon, and a 3 bags of Cheetos. But I’m trying. 

I did have all the ingredients for my favorite Chinese takeout: Sesame Chicken! This recipe is a favorite of all 3 of the kids and we never have even a single bite of chicken left over. And it’s really easy! There’s no batter, no deep frying, just a simple chicken recipe! 

Sesame Chicken - better than takeout! And so easy!

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