All Posts by Keeley McGuire

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Kiwi Crate: Hands-On Fun, Delivered to Your Door!

I know this is typically a food blog, but we recently received a fun crafty box, and we instantly thought we had to share how much fun our kids had playing with this new idea. If you are anything like me—on the not-so-crafty-side—then you’ll appreciate someone else putting together a box-of-craftiness ready for you.

I like crafts, but I don’t always have all the supplies on hand to make a project. I also live 20 minutes away from the nearest craft supply store, so it’s not like I can whip something up by going down the street.

Kiwi Crates are designed around fun themes and filled with all of the materials and inspiration for hands-on projects.  You and your family get to explore with arts and crafts, science activities, imaginative play, and more! Designed for kids ages 3-7.

Through Kiwi Crate’s subscription plan, each month I receive a box delivered to our doorstep, and I get to look like a super mom! The box is filled with all the materials and instructions you’ll need in order to create and play—I love that.

Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the craft store to shop for crafts, but I end up spending more money than I need, and things are not always sold in the quantities I want.

My daughter spent part of last fall and early winter learning about the solar system at school, so she was ecstatic to see our box was all about Space Exploration. The kit included two crafts: My Rocket & My Space Mobile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After her hard work and concentration, we whipped up a fun space-themed plate to eat—MOMables style of course.

Overall, I was impressed with the quality of the crafts, instructions, and materials in our Kiwi Crate box. I didn’t feel like a fool not being able to follow “kid-directions” that are obviously too complicated. As you can see, my 6 year old enjoyed making her rocket and mobile craft.

 

 

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Easy Crockpot Cheesy Potato Soup

This cheesy crockpot potato soup is one of those one-pot wonder soups that hits the spot! Bonus: the whole family will love it!In many parts of the country, springtime is full of rain and fluctuating weather. One day it’s 70 degrees, the next it can be in the 40s.

On those cool, rainy days, there’s nothing we love more at our house than a bowl of soup. Especially when I can cook it in my beloved crockpot!

Slow-cooker meals are my favorite—there’s something so great about being able to throw the ingredients in, walk away for a few hours, and BAM! Dinner is served.

What else is convenient about soup? It packages great for lunch in a thermos! The MOMables™ lunch plans have many—although they are mostly in the winter months.

Related: Top 5 Thermos Containers We’ve Tested

Below is an easy crockpot recipe for this cheesy potato soup. Ditch the canned stuff, and let’s get real!  You can jazz it up by adding real bacon bits and chives (or dill as pictured).

Easy Crockpot Cheesy Potato Soup

5 from 1 reviews

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  • Cuisine: Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 32-ounce bag Southern-style potatoes (diced potatoes), thawed
  • 32 ounces low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced (about 2 ribs)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Optional garnishes: real bacon bits, chives, dill, or green onion

Instructions

  1. Coat the crockpot with cooking spray.
  2. Add in the potatoes, chicken stock, water, onion, and celery.
  3. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  4. One hour prior to serving, in a small bowl, mix together the flour and milk. Whisk until blended, then add to the pot, and stir.
  5. Change the crockpot temperature to high, and let it thicken for 20 to 30 minutes. It will look cloudy. After the 20- to 30-minute period, the soup should be thickening.
  6. Return the temperature to a low setting. Add the Cheddar, and stir into the pot.
  7. Let the soup cook for an additional 20 minutes. The cheese will melt, and the soup will continue to thicken.
  8. Serve hot, and top with garnishes, if using.

 

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Gluten- and Nut-Free Applesauce Bread

I’ve been making applesauce bread for years. It’s a favorite of my Little Miss! Whether it’s baked in a bread loaf or in a muffin tin, she loves devouring pieces for breakfast, in her lunch box, or packed as a snack.

Since she loves the bread so much, I decided to make a gluten-free version that she could now enjoy. It turned out scrumptious! She was so happy to not only help make it but enjoy something that’s been a favorite for years and not feel like her new diet has changed a food she loves so much.

Gluten- and Nut-Free Applesauce Bread

4 from 1 reviews

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. In a large bowl, blend the butter, egg, and sugar. Then add the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. After it starts to form a crumbly dough, pour in the applesauce, and mix together.
  2. Coat a bread loaf pan with cooking spray, and pour the batter evenly inside (or use muffin tins, if you prefer).
  3. Bake at 350F for about 40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. One of my favorite parts is the smell while they’re in the oven—mmm, makes the whole house smell delish!
  5. Perfectly moist with just the right amount of spice! Delish.

*Check out this great tip on oat flour!

8 Breakfast spirals - MOMables.com

Gluten-Free Breakfast Spirals

Breakfast spirals - MOMables.comMy daughter, Little Miss, has a severe peanut allergy. Making healthy and fun school lunches has always been a priority; so much so, that I started a personal blog to document my journey.

Recently, we began a gluten-free diet, and a month into it, I could already see an amazing difference in her health!

 

 

I have always loved making breakfast for my family. This recipe in particular is fabulous, because it’s not only been one of her favorites for quite some time but it’s gluten-free as well. I am beyond thrilled to share this with my MOMables family!

 

 

Gluten-Free Breakfast Spirals

Breakfast spirals - MOMables.com

5 from 1 reviews

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  • Cuisine: Baking

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free, multi-purpose flour
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 8 slices nitrate- and gluten-free ham
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Line the bottom of a baking sheet with parchment paper, leaving at least a 1-inch lip, and lightly grease with oil. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, blend together the cream cheeses and enough milk to make it smooth. Add the flour and the remaining milk, blending once more.
  3. Slowly beat in the eggs, and mix well.
  4. Pour onto the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven, and top with the cheese, spinach, and ham, and add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Roll up, starting with the short side. Then return to the oven for a few minutes, until the cheese melts.
  8. Place on a serving dish, and slice.

Notes

Note: Not a fan of ham and spinach? You could also do sautéed vegetables of choice or bacon.

 

 

This recipe is my kid version of this recipe.  The ingredients have been changed to adjust to my daughter’s preferences.

 

 

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LunchBots: Sturdy, Fun, and Versatile

For someone who packs lunches daily for a household of three, using waste-free materials is important to me. They need to be sturdy enough to stand the abuse of a six year old, aesthetically pleasing so that the fella won’t think they’re too “cutesy” to carry at work, convenient for packing healthy foods, and easy to clean. Especially since I am my family’s dishwasher! 

LunchBots has four stainless steel containers that meet all those needs and my family loves. Combine their compartmentalized convenience plus one of the MOMables lunch menus, and I can pack lunch for the entire family by just changing the portion size!

BPA–free and made from food-grade stainless steel, LunchBots are 100% reusable and 100% recyclable.  I also love all the fun color options there are for the lids! A great way to express your personality through your lunch box.  Whether you use an Uno, Duo, Trio, or Quad, the possibilities are endless for great lunches for the entire family.

The Trio and Quad, specifically, are great for kids’ lunches because it allows you to divide your food into three or four compartments. You can easily pack Bento-style lunches without the tediousness of cutting food into cute shapes. They give you more capabilities to be creative, and to keep food from touching for those picky eaters in your family!

Each space provides enough room to pack nutritious fruits, vegetables, protein, and more. Different size containers for different size appetites—perfect!  LunchBots also come in handy for keeping dinner leftovers in. With their spacious sections, you can easily store tonight’s dinner in them to enjoy for lunch the next day or even to use as ingredients in your next meal.

Avoid the use of wasteful baggies, foil, and plastic wraps! Instead, start packing in these Bots that will keep your food not only from getting squished, but are environmentally friendly as well. Did I mention they are sturdy? The ones in our MOMables test kitchen are 3 years old and still feel and function like new!

 

Updated: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

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