Beary Good Snack

This was a Beary Good Snack.  A piece of wheat toast coated in Sunbutter, drizzled with honey and with a couple slices of banana and a few raisins…..viola!  A Bear!



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Garlicky Baked Shrimp

This was very yummy.  Quick meal, too!  I doubled the recipe and added a side salad 🙂


Garlicky Baked Shrimp:

1 lb. raw shrimp, deveined and peeled (I pull the tails off beforehand too)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. white wine
salt and pepper
1/4 cup (4 Tbsp.) melted butter
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. fresh Italian-leaf parsley, chopped
half of a lemon (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a bowl, combine the shrimp, garlic, and white wine.  Stir to combine, then pour into a baking dish.  Spread out evenly, and then season with salt and pepper.

In another bowl, use a fork to mix melted butter, Panko, and parsley until well combined.  With your fingers, sprinkle the mixture evenly in the baking dish over the shrimp.

Transfer dish to oven and bake until the shrimp are pink and opaque, about 15-18 minutes.

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Spider Web Shooting Game

Painting a room?…with kids?…..UUUGGHHHH!  Here is a little game we play to keep them out of the way and occupied for a bit:  Spider Web Shooting Game

Make a “web” in a door frame using painters’ tape.  Have the kids fill a large bowl with wadded up paper (this, in itself, kept them busy for a while).  We used pages from a magazine.  Then, let them toss the paper balls at the web and try to get all of them to stick! 



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Burger Variations

Tonight I had two pounds of ground turkey to use up.  I also had these cute little potato buns from Martins.  They weren’t quite slider size, but also no where near full burger size.  Anyway, between the turkey and these 100 calorie buns, we were looking pretty low-cal.  So, I decided to make a couple different versions and yes, we have a ton leftover, too.  Don’t forget to top ’em with a slice of cheese (naturally slender for us)!

Version 1:  Ground turkey, Italian seasoning, a little diced red onion

Version 2:  Ground turkey, chopped sun dried tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, and a little fresh baby spinach waiting on the bun

Version 3:  (SO SIMPLE, but our fave of the night)  Ground turkey with just a bit of pesto mixed though



Hope you can use some of these ideas when you are thinking of your next burger!

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Sausage and Spinach Rice Bowls

Super simple.  Healthy.  Fast. 



Sausage and Spinach Rice Bowls:

1 1/2 c cooked brown rice

1 tsp olive oil

1 lb hot Italian turkey sausage

1/2 onion chopped

5 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 c chopped roasted red peppers

1 1/2 c chopped fresh spinach

*  Heat olive oil in a skillet.  Cook the sausage and onion until crumbled and no longer pink.  Stir in the garlic and cook 2 more minutes.  Add the peppers and mix through.  Add spinach and cook until wilted.  Add in rice, mix well, and serve.

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Alphabet Hunt

Crazy weather!  This morning we made it to the park even though it was cool and windy.  I am glad we got out before the rain.  This afternoon, however, we had to keep ourselves busy indoors.  We did an alphabet hunt.  I placed letter cards A through Z on the floor and the boys “hunted” for items that began with each letter.  We had to get creative on a few, but we managed to find them all!


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Kettlebell Swing with Side Leg Raise

This is one of my favorite kettlebell moves.  Give it a try.  Your butt will thank you.



Kettlebell Swing with Side Leg Raise

Start in a half squat, holding the kettlebell between your knees, arms straight and chest up. Swing the weight overhead, arms straight, and raise your right leg straight out to the side. Return to start and repeat with the left leg. That’s one rep. Do 15.

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