Sunday Nights with Great Grains: Black Friday Survival Guide

Sunday, November 22, 2015

This post is sponsored by Great Grains
 As Thanksgiving approaches, so does..Black Friday! DUN DUN DUN!! Who partakes in such a showdown? Here's what I would need to survive such an event!

1) Great Grains Bar Undone. Nutritious, easy to store, and easy to gobble on the run (Get it? Gobble, gobble!.....deafening silence). They offer two delicious choices! Jon loves the Dark Chocolate Nut while I love the Cranberry, Nuts and Seeds. They are both healthy (8 and 9 grams of protein! Boo yeah!) tasty and great for on-the-run. Whether it be hunting for a good bargain or even a trip to the park, it is the perfect snack!

2) A roomy wristlet. I certainly dont want to be running around with a giant purse! I would just need room for methods of payment (debit/credit/cash) and my snack which would fit RIGHT in there!

3) Comfortable clothing. What is more comfortable than workout clothes? Ok, pajamas, but I do want some dignity left. Running around from store to store, dodging other humans means you may break a sweat! So breathable clothing it is!

The great thing about this survival guide is not only does it work for Black Friday, it is useful for everyday! I'm a simple gal who doesn't like to bring more than I need. This works perfectly in my book!

So are you partaking in the treacherous Black Friday? Sleeping in? I hope whatever choice you make, that you have a wonderful, joyous and safe Thanksgiving. XO

Mel's Morning Joe

Monday, November 16, 2015


I want to show you a few FREE Christmas pintables from some amazing bloggers today.
 First off, we have one of my favorite bloggers, Craftberry Bush, offering TWO adorable water color prints that I plan on downloading and having printed today! One is an adorable Wagoneer and the second is a beachy Seagull. The best of both worlds. Traditional Christmas colors and a beachy, seaside palette as well. Right up my alley!

Click HERE to download her FREE printables!
The next one is a bright and cheery printable from The Chronicles of Home. Pretty jewel tones to freshen up the space and a lovely floral print.
Click HERE to download her FREE printable!
There are so many cute and FREE pintables out there which helps not spending a fortune at Home Goods ;-) I generally use Shutterfly or even the local CVS or Walgreens to print them out! Which one do you like? Also getting all three!?

Sunday Nights with Great Grains: Banana Nut Crunch

Sunday, November 15, 2015

This post is sponsored by Great Grains

Hey there! We had a great weekend celebrating Mr. Jack's upcoming 5th birthday (picture sobbing and heavy breathing) with family and we finished off the weekend with some yummy banana cream pie! Working with Post Great Grains has been a blast since I get to work on my baking skills using exciting ingredients. This week, we worked with their Banana Nut Crunch and I instantly thought...Banana cream pie! boo yeah! We added the cereal to the top of the pie as well as on top of the banana in the pie itself. It added a delicious, crunchy texture to break up the mushiness of the pie.

Here's my recipe:

4 tbsp cornstarch
¼ tsp salt
6 large egg yolks, room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar + 2 tbsp granulated sugar
⅔ cup heavy cream
1½ cups whole milk
1 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tsp banana extract OR vanilla extract
2 large bananas (ripe but still firm)
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Graham cracker crust, prepared
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 -3 tbsp powdered sugar, depending on how sweet you want it
1 cup of Great Grains Banana Nut Crunch

Here's what to do
  1. Whisk together the corn starch, salt, egg yolks, and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine the heavy cream, whole milk, and half a cup of sugar in a medium, heavy bottomed, saucepan.
  3. Bring just to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring almost continuously. Turn heat to low.
  4. Vigorously whisk about one cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture. Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan and continue whisking for another 2 to 3 minutes until the custard thickens.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and extract until combined.
  6. Cut the bananas into one-quarter inch slices and toss with the lemon juice. Layer the banana slices over the bottom of the prepared crust. Add 1/2 cup of Great Grains Banana nut crunch over the banana layer.
  7. Spread the custard over the bananas and cereal layer and cover with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap needs to come in contact with the entire top of the custard so it doesn't form a skin. Just press on it gently.
  8. Refrigerate the pie for 3 to 4 hours.
  9. Whip the cream with the vanilla and powdered sugars until stiff peaks form. Spread the whipped cream onto the pie and top with 1/2 Great Grains banana nut crunch and fresh banana slices if desired
Mmmmm mmmm mmm! Delicious and will definitely be making this again! My whipped cream peaks weren't very pretty on top, but hey, not bad for my first try! I hope you all had a great weekend and check back tomorrow for my Holiday gift guide week! 

I'll take 57 of everything please

Saturday, November 14, 2015

My all time favorite blogger, Jenny Hobick of Everyday Occasions has an amaziiiiiiiiiing with an extra ZING shop online. Jenny's holiday collection premiered yesterday and I truly want everything. Jenny has impecible taste and knows just what her readers love. A bit of country with a modern twist. Incredible baking pieces and the lovliest collection of pillows and STOCKINGS! Check out her collection below!

We are off to the Museum of Science with the family for Jack's early birthday present! See you tomorrow with my second edition of Sunday Nights with Great Grains! And stay tuned this week because I will be sharing my holiday gift guides with you! xo 

Our Halloween 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

 Leave it to me to recap our Halloween in the second week of November! This was Marin's first Halloween and we had her dress up as Dorothy during the day and a warm, little lamb at night! The dress is for an 18 month old, but naturally our little piglet fit into it already!
 AND here is CAPTAIN AMERICA! BOOM! POW! BANG! Jack is so cool. I wish I was cool like he is.

 Doesn't this look like it could be a Captain American movie poster? No? Yes? Yes.
 We spent much of the day in costume, running around the yard, pretending to defeat Ultron? Ultron.

 Marin didn't have ruby slipper, but cute pink slip ons work just fine!
How was your halloween? Eat all your kids candy? I know I did! Muahahahahahaha

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