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MuffinsIn an effort to get a little more fiber in our lives, Hannah and I made Raisin Bran Muffins today. They are deliciously amazing & healthy. Bonus: I got to get rid of the rest of the Raisin Bran I had in my pantry that I was tired of eating for breakfast.

I created my own recipe after being inspired by this one.  I was trying to use what I had at home plus add in the flavors we really like.  I think they turned out great so try this recipe or use it as inspiration for your own!

Raisin Bran Muffins–Holly & Hannah style


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup prune puree’
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Omega 3 brand eggs
  • 1 c. buttermilk (I never have buttermilk on hand so I make my own by putting 1 T. white vinegar in a measuring cup and then filling with milk to make 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 c. Raisin Bran cereal
  • 1/2 c. Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1/4 c. raisins
  • 1 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Mix in order and bake in muffin tin at 400 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes (mine took 12).  Let cool for 10 minutes then pop out of pan and enjoy with a little butter!  A little butter never hurt anyone, right?  This recipe made 12 muffins for me.  I filled the muffin cups 3/4 of the way full.

*This post linked up at New Nostalgia*


If you missed my previous post on Hannah’s pinterest habit you can click here 🙂  Hannah was “pinspired” by this pin so today we made our own version.  Here is Hannah making her “owl face” as she calls it holding her owl creation:
 The pin Hannah saw used fabrics I think but we used a much more 4-year-old friendly material: construction paper.  This creation is now proudly hanging on the window portion of our back door.  Hannah says our next project is a Thanksgiving door hanger so I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Linked up at: New Nostalgia and Women Living Well

English: Red Pinterest logo

English: Red Pinterest logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just started doing the Pinterest thing a few months ago yet my 4 year old daughter has already caught on to the trend and now has her very own board.

This all started when our nightly “snuggle time” turned into “let’s look at stuff on pinterest” because my pinterest page was open one evening and Hannah was very curious about all the images she saw (our computer sits on a little desk near the spot where we snuggle on the couch).  Well, last night it went a step further when the hubby suggested Hannah have her own board so she could pin all her special finds there.  Of course Hannah LOVED this idea and she had such funny things to say about each of her pins that I put those thoughts in quotations below each pin.  So, when you need a good laugh you can view her board here.

I posted this on facebook and got quite the response–her board has more followers than any of mine do I’m pretty sure.  So, if you want to keep tabs on H’s nightly Pinterest finds, follow her board and the laughs shall continue.

I leave you with a recent photo of Pinterest’s newest 4 year old pinner:

Hannah and her trophy at her first Blastball Awards Presentation last Saturday

Let be noted that I never ask Hannah to pose for these pictures…this is just her own “fabulousness” that comes out during photo time 🙂

Linked up at:
*Women Living Well
*New Nostalgia

Well, Hannah got a plain (gasp!) sandwich on Tuesday because we’ve been having issues with her behaving at dinner time and Monday night was the final straw.  I wanted to find some way to get through to her and let her know I was serious about her attitude/behavior.  So, I decided to take away something that she REALLY likes, the “creative lunch” as she calls it.  It worked.

Since then she has done much better at mealtimes and with her attitude at home so tomorrow, fun lunch is back.  They are studying the letter “E” this week so in honor of that:

As a parent of a very “spirited” 4 year old, you have to get creative not just with lunch but with discipline too sometimes.  Between Hannah and my 6 month old not sleeping well this week, I am worn out.  They are only young once (thank God).  Goodnight!

I’ve been posting pictures of the fun lunches I’ve been sending with Hannah to Pre-K.  Through trial and error as well as great websites like this one, I’ve learned a few tricks for how to create fun lunches and keep them together until lunchtime:

  • Use a shallow container for your creation
  • Put other lunch items beneath whatever your main piece is (character, face, animals, etc) to keep it from shifting or falling apart by lunchtime.
  • Some items I’ve used to get the main piece high enough are a ziplock baggie filled with goldfish and craisins or raw veggies, pieces of ham or turkey and cheese rolled up together or a slice of bread.
  • There are a few common kitchen tools that are helpful in making creative lunches: an x-acto knife, various cookie cutter shapes, and an apple corer (the round end is great for making perfect circles  out of foods like cheese slices)
  • I have found that there are some foods that are common in most of the lunches I have made so these are good to have on hand: cheese sticks & raisins (great for eyes), Nori (roasted, salted seaweed–good for anything that is black/dark like eyelashes), bread, American Cheese, turkey, ham, goldfish, gummies/fruit snacks & craisins.
  • You might think Nori is an odd product but the roasted and slated variety tastes similar to a chip and my 4 year old loves it.  It also sticks very well to cheese, especially if you put a little drop of water on it before you stick it to the cheese.

So, if you ever want to make a fun lunch for your preschooler, I hope these tips help!  I leave you with the guy who lives in a pineapple under the sea….


I’m still doing fun lunches for Hannah so I thought I’d post the last 3.  Sean asked how long I’m going to keep this up and I told him until I run out of ideas or Hannah stops behaving well.  I will not admit to tell her she’ll get a PLAIN sandwich if she gets yellow or red at school.  So, here are the penguins, love bugs and letter “B” lunches:

March of the Penguins

In honor of studying the letter “B” this week at school

So I realize I have no posts about our youngest, Leia, on here.  Isn’t that how it always goes with the 2nd child?  I don’t know–I’m an only child but I have heard this and now experienced it with our 2nd born. You just don’t have the time that you did when you only had one baby, you’re slower, you’re older.  You get the idea.

But little Leia is such a cutie pie and that must not go unnoticed.  She is now 5 months old in all her chubby cheek, gummy smile glory.  It’s fun to see her little personality start to shine.  She is much more laid back than Hannah was as a baby.  She likes to sit and observe but when you have a 4 year old, chatty, high-energy sister to entertain you, who needs to do more than just sit?

So, the most important part–pictures.  Here are some of her latest:

5 month old birthday pic (9.6.11)

Watching Wonder Pets w/ big sis

Also a Ranger’s fan like her sister & Daddy