Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Recipe:Skillet Apples

I thought that this would be a great opportunity to officially welcome in fall and the beginning of October. Skillet apples are a warm and wonderful treat that is very adaptable to either a dinner side dish, breakfast topping, or a dessert or dessert topping. My kids love them and they seem to be their go to side when we go to the restaurants that serve them, so recently, because of an abundance of apples, I attempted them and was very happy with the results...The sweet sauce paired well with the slight tart flavor of the apples. They were tender, with a little bit of crunch still left in the center, and coated with the oh so good, gooey goodness of the cinnamon sauce that they are cooked in. It is a really simple process that doesn't take long...that is if you don't include the time of peeling, coring, and chopping the apples.

Here's what you need: 

8-10 Apples, peeled and chopped
1 stick of butter
1 cup of brown sugar
Cinnamon to taste
2 tsp ground nutmeg


 In a large skillet add the butter and begin to let it melt. Add the apples and let them cook for a couple of minutes. Add the cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Continue to cook the mixture until the sugar is completely melted and the sauce thickens. Cook until the apples are as tender as you would like them. Be sure to stir the apples the whole time to make sure that they don't burn. Let them cool and serve them as they are, on pancakes, waffles, biscuits, ice cream, pound cake or anything else that cinnamon butter smothered apples sound good on.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: Kupp

The kupp’ was created by Kate Oliver, the founder of  Katesplace. She came up with the kupp as a tool to help her young boys learn accountability and responsibility. Each of her children their very own glass in a different color and put them in charge of their cup and all of the responsibilities that came with it, including setting the table, washing, and putting it away. She quickly discovered that she had a cleaner kitchen and her family consumed less plastic. As a result, the Kupp’ was is a six-ounce glass with a colorful silicone sleeve designed just for kids.
The Facts

  • The kupp’ is a six-ounce glass outfitted with a colorful silicone sleeve. It’s designed for kids ages 3-10.
  • The firm grip and silicon sleeve helps to protect the glass from damage while providing a safe, toxic free vessel to drink from.
  • The kupp’ comes in four vibrant colors that represent the environment: blue for water, green for earth, orange for the sun, and red for warmth.
  • The kupp’ is the perfect serving size for children, and allows them to become more conscious of waste and consumption.
  • The kupp’ is made in the USA using imported glass, and all materials are sourced from environmentally friendly manufacturers that adhere to EU and US regulations.
  • All glass is recyclable, certified lead and cadmium free, and is made from a pure soda-lime formula. It is also dishwasher safe!
  • The grip-friendly silicon sleeve is BPA/BPS free and made with medical and food grade silicon to prevent damage. The sleeve does not have to be removed when washing, which makes cleaning your Kupp’ very simple.
  • The adorable kupp’ is designed to resemble a smile so kids are naturally attracted to it!
  • The retail price of the kupp’ is $16.99 each.

The Review

We were given the opportunity to test out kupp Brand cups Through Moms Meet. These are really cute little glass cups with a silicone wrapper on the outside. Upon opening the shipping box, there was a whole bunch of excitement and squeals...the kids loved them, and could not wait to try them out!
They each chose out the color that they wanted, we sat down and I explained that these were their cups, they were to take responsibility for them, use them, keep them clean, and make sure that they were put either in a safe area on the kitchen counter or put away when not in use. I have to say at first glance these made me a little nervous to hand over to my children.  I understand the concept and the idea of responsibility and independent growth, but to hand over glass to my wild bunch was a little daunting to me. I hovered for a day or two especially with my four year old, but even she has really been very good at making sure that her cup is put away safely.

It has been just over a week, and I am happy and proud to say that we have not lost one cup so far. Even though they are glass, they have held up to my children...I am almost sure that at least two have fallen on the floor and not broken. The children have been extra careful to make sure that they are not left around where the toddler can reach it.

It really has helped with many of the concepts that Kate has created these cups for. The kids are not wasting water bottles meant for car trips and outings, we have eliminated the use of disposable cups, they have taken responsibility for their own cup and have taken very good care of it because they love them. Instead of constantly asking me to get them something to drink they have taken the initive to find their own cup and get their own water and sometimes milk or juice. These little glasses are a great tool to begin fostering some responsibility and independence in your little one.

We have really enjoyed trying these kupp cups out and highly recommend them if you are ready for your little ones to begin to grow into big kids. They are so much easier to clean than all the sippy cups with the lids, stoppers, straws, and other parts that seem to never get completely cleaned...and the kids can clean these up themselves, which is an even bigger bonus.

Disclosure: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet Blogger. I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my Blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Moms Meet, May Media Group LLC, or the manufacturer.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Birthday: Jacob, Seven Years Old

Today is Jacob's 7th Birthday. He is our third child and our third boy. He doesn't give up or give in when he truly believes what he wants is what he needs; he can be very driven, strong willed, and stubborn. Determination and strength of spirit are two very dominate parts of his personality...he has the heart of a warrior, and yet, he is very kind-hearted, gentle, has a very generous spirit and is a very sweet boy. 
He is a very active and adventurous, loves to explore and investigate his world, always ready to find something new to investigate, discover, and learn. His imagination is immense and he can make up cute imaginative stories. He doesn't ever meet a stranger and one look into those beautiful eyes, and one smile could melt even the most grumpy of people. It doesn't matter where we go Jacob always finds, talks to and befriends someone new. 

Happy Birthday my sweet little man! May you continue to grow strong, smart and steadfast as you grow into a man. Love you always!