Not Your Grandma's Snack: Mandarin Granola Parfait

Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe
Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe
Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe

This post is sponsored by Wonderful Halos. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Psst. Hey. Hey you mom. You want in on a secret? These fancy-schmancy-looking parfaits took about one minute each to make. And my kids love them. Like, deeply love these things. I’m not sure if it’s the fancy cup, or the tiny spoon, or the fact that they’re filled with Wonderful Halos, but my children practically inhale these treats. And that’s awesome, because every bit of them is something that I feel good about serving to those little munchkins of mine.  As far as snacks go, I feel like I’m a middle-of-the-road mom most of the time. I really strive to stay away from sugary stuff and we do pretty well there, but sometimes we just get bored with the same old thing. So when I can come up with something (like these mandarin granola parfaits) that my kids love and that are packed with healthy ingredients, I seriously feel like I should hang a medal around my neck.
And not for nothing, but presentation is key, right?! Give a kid a fancy cup and a tiny spoon and they’re on top of the world. So this is like the icing on the cake. What really matters is what’s inside. Those pretty layers of Greek yogurt and granola are a perfect combination with the Wonderful Halos. The sweet, seedless, and easy to peel Halos mandarins provide a fun, colorful, and healthy pop to finish it all off!
Ingredients

  • Wonderful Halos mandarins
  • vanilla Greek yogurt (or your favorite flavor)
  • granola
  • optional: mint sprig
  • clear cups for serving

Start by spreading a layer of yogurt at the bottom of your cup. If you’re serving from an individual portion of yogurt, I like to use about half the container. If you’re using a larger container, spread about a third of a cup.
On top of the yogurt, sprinkle a layer of granola. I like to use a granola that’s not too tough to chew, in case you’re serving to little ones with budding teeth. Spread about a quarter cup of granola.
Peel a Wonderful Halos mandarin and split in half. Slice the halves a couple of times so that once you separate the mandarin wedges, you have small chunks of fruit. Sprinkle the mandarin chunks over the granola.

Top it all off with another dollop of yogurt — either finish off your single-serve container or use another third of a cup.
Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe
Garnish with a dusting of granola, a couple of mandarin wedges, and a sprig of mint for fun.
Can you imagine if you showed up with these for a school snack or birthday celebration? Kids and moms alike would be in heaven. It’s a perfect idea for snack duty because they’re so simple and fast to make (especially if you do it assembly line-style), but are healthy and bursting with Pure Goodness. High fives all around! xoxo
Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe
Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe
Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe
Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe

Make Bunny Pancakes for Easter!

How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
This year on Valentine’s Day, I set up a little surprise party for our family in the studio and made pancakes in the shape of x’s and o’s. My kids went nuts. So I’m keeping a good thing going for Easter! Apparently I’m pretty handy with a holiday pancake. Who knew?! But I definitely think you should join me and make bunny pancakes for Easter.
Half the fun, of course, is eating them in your jammies. And all of my over-the-top Easter morning dreams came true in the form of these bunny jams. There’s just something that gives you all the heart eyes to see your little family in matching jams, right down to the baby in a onesie. So. Cute. These are the Rabbit Rider jammies from Hanna Andersson (and if you’ve never had Hanna jams, they’re realllly comfy — soft and smooth and just so good).
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
So once you’ve got your jammie game on point, get your pancake game rocking! I learned a few things with my XO pancakes that helped the bunnies go pretty nicely.
Step 1: Mix up your favorite pancake batter from scratch or from a box. We don’t judge! But either way, the key is to get out alllll the lumps. No lumps allowed. I used a whisk and then an immersion blender to really smooth it out.
Step 2: Fill an icing bottle with the batter and attach a regular round tip. Be sure there’s a wide enough opening for the batter to squeeze out fairly quickly. We used an 1/8″ tip.
Step 3: Heat up a griddle or pan. I like to cook these on a lower heat because they cook really quickly.
Step 4: Working quickly, squeeze out a circle and fill it in. Then squeeze two ears that connect to the circle. You have to move swiftly so it all cooks evenly. You’ll probably need to flip it after only 10-20 seconds or so.
Step 5: Flip the pancake to cook on the other side, remove from heat, and make more bunnies!
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
I garnished ours with some fresh fruit and the kids just thought it was the fanciest thing. They were jumping around the studio and having the best time. We always, always sit at the table for meals, so the fact that we weren’t making them sit down to eat had them totally over the moon. I love doing these special little things to make holiday memories! I think bunny pancakes are going to be in the picture for lots of Easters to come. Matching jammies and jumping on the couch included. 😉
Do you have any Easter traditions? And more importantly, are there any matching pajamas in your future? I’m kind of already planning our Christmas jammies and I’m wondering just how long I can get away with making us all match before the kids catch on… Ha! xoxo
This post is sponsored by Hanna Andersson. All ideas and opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter

Make Your Own Baby Photo Book

Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book

Opinion expressed by paid consultant. This post is sponsored by Brother. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Is it just my kids, or do all kids love looking at photos of themselves? Maggie is fascinated by it! Henry, too, and it’s funny to see him look at an old photo and try to figure out whether the kid is himself or his sister (there are some striking similarities!). I’ve started making little photo books for each of them, so that they have their own record of their lives and the milestones that they’ve hit. Can you imagine being the star of your own book when you’re 2 or 3?! Best thing ever.
When I started putting the books together, I wanted a super simple way to do it so that it didn’t take a ton of time or scrapbooking skills, but would look fun and colorful. (Side note: I’ve always admired scrapbookers and paper crafters, but I just was not built with the patience to do it. I like my DIY projects to be a little more “instant gratification.” Blame it on my short attention span.) So it hit me: label and ribbon printer! Duh. I used the P-touch Embellish to really quickly and easily label photos, or put dates or fun little sayings, and it all came together perfectly. It prints onto tape in a few seconds, and the different colors or patterns of tape cartridges are so fun to play with for this particular project. Here’s how you do it!
Materials

  • Brother P-touch Embellish and tape cartridges of your choosing
  • plain notebook
  • baby photos
  • patterned paper for decoration
  • glue stick
  • scissors

Make Time: 20 Minutes
Step 1: Start by covering the front of your book. Apply glue stick all over the front cover. Adhere some patterned paper to the front, aligning it with two edges. With the notebook closed, apply glue stick to the back cover and wrap the paper around, adhering it to the back. Trim all excess edges of paper.
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Step 2: Decide on your front cover photo. If you like, choose a contrasting scrap of paper and cut it out to act as a photo backing.
Step 3: Use the P-touch Embellish to print out your child’s name. We used the white tape with little red hearts for the front of Maggie’s book. Take some time and decide on one of the many fonts, styles, and sizes that are available. (I love that part!). Once you’ve got your name typed out, print the tape. We used three different pieces of tape for Maggie’s name — first, middle, and last. We also printed out the date of her birth.
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Step 4: Once all of your tapes are printed, use them to attach the photo and decorative paper to the page. I love this step because it skips having to glue the photos down. The tape serves as adhesive and decoration, all in one step. Makes things super fast and simple.
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Step 5: Keep going! We worked through Maggie’s first year chronologically, including various milestones or family trips. Each page had a different patterned paper on it and we used varying tapes (pastel pink, pastel blue, and the white with hearts) with the P-touch Embellish to label photos, dates, or ages.
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
She loves flipping through this little book! And I’m loving adding a page every so often. The book is about half full, so as she grows we can add photos. If you want to make one for your kiddos or your family, you can get the P-touch Embellish at Michaels — it really speeds up the process of putting together a little photo book like this. It would be perfect for labeling pages in a store-bought baby book too. And I’m sure any mom out there would agree that any time-saving tricks when it comes to documenting those babies are well worth it! Have fun! xoxo
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book

The Only Treat You Need to Make This Easter: Pink Bunny Rice Krispies Pops

How to make bunny Rice Krispies Treats for Easter
How to make bunny Rice Krispies Treats for Easter
How to make bunny Rice Krispies Treats for Easter
Henry and I have been diving deep into the world of Rice Krispies Treats these days. It’s kind of a fun project to do with kids because you can’t mess it up, it’s super fast, and there’s lots of pouring. You can put that kid in charge of pouring cups of Rice Krispies until his heart is full to bursting. And he’s absolutely certain that he’s “cooking.” So we put our heads together and decided to make you guys some RKT’s (that’s Rice Krispies Treats, duh) for Easter, in case you need a project to do. And we alllll need projects to do.
Materials and Ingredients

Make Time: 30 Minutes
Step 1: Melt your butter in a pot. Once melted, add the bag of marshmallows and melt those as well, stirring frequently.
Step 2: Once the marshmallow mixture is smooth and melted, turn heat to low. Add 5-6 drops of neon pink food coloring and stir until the color is even.
Step 3: Pour in cereal and mix until covered with the melted marshmallow. Spread into the pan and smooth out the top with a spatula that has been sprayed with the cooking spray.
Step 4: Use the cookie cutter to cut out bunnies.
Step 5: Melt your white chocolate according to the instructions on the packaging. (You won’t need much; we used about 10 wafers total.) Spoon the melted chocolate into a small ziploc baggie.
Step 6: Snip just a bit of the tip off of one corner of the baggie, and pipe the white chocolate onto each bunny ear. Allow to cool and harden.
If you like, turn them into pops by inserting a little candy stick into the bottom of each bunny. These are so fun, and both of the kids thought it was such a treat to munch on them. Mags particularly loved that they’re pink. Once I started styling them for the photos and used my favorite sprinkles, I realized that the bunnies would be extra cute with some fun sprinkles on top too. We’ll have to try that next time. I think if you sprinkled as soon as you spread them in the pan they would stick nicely.
Have fun! xoxo
How to make bunny Rice Krispies Treats for Easter
How to make bunny Rice Krispies Treats for Easter
How to make bunny Rice Krispies Treats for Easter
How to make bunny Rice Krispies Treats for Easter

Sweet & Healthy Easter Bunny Snacks

Healthy Easter snacks for kids
Healthy Easter snacks for kids
Healthy Easter snacks for kids
Healthy Easter snacks for kids
My kids inherited my sweet tooth. So we’re always searching for snacks that they love and are great alternatives to sugary food, especially around the holidays. I mean, what kid doesn’t walk through the aisles at the grocery store and want to grab all of the adorable Easter candy?! So I’m beating my kids at their own game and making one of their favorite snacks even more adorable — it’s a win-win. These little bunnies are made with Wonderful Halos mandarins (which we pretty much always have around our home when they’re in season from October through May), and they’re a perfect healthy treat during the Easter season.
What You’ll Need:

Make Time: 5 Minutes (for a whole batch of bunnies!)
Healthy Easter snacks for kids
Healthy Easter snacks for kids
Healthy Easter snacks for kids
Healthy Easter snacks for kids
Step 1: Cut out your paper shapes. You’ll need two white ears, two pink inner ears, and a little rectangle for whiskers on each bunny.
Step 2: Use a glue stick to attach the pink inner ears to the white ears. Cut out little notches at the bottom of each ear to create a small tab that will insert into the mandarin.
Step 3: Use a clean knife to cut two small slits in the peel of the mandarin. Insert the bunny ears into the slits.
Step 4: Use a glue dot to attach a white pompom tail to the back of the Halos mandarin.
Step 5: Cut fringe on either side of the rectangle that you’ll use for the whiskers. After we cut ours, we fanned out the fringe a little bit to look more “whiskery.” 😉 Attach a small pink pompom to the center of the whiskers with a glue dot. Then attach the whiskers to the front of the mandarin with another glue dot.
That’s it! These little bunny snacks are ready to hop onto your kiddo’s snack plate! These would be the perfect thing to bring if you’re a mom on snack duty at school or on a playdate. They’re sweet, seedless, and the Halos are always easy for little hands to peel. I can just imagine these at a school Easter or spring party, and I have a feeling the kiddos would go crazy for them. I always feel like a supermom when I bring a healthy snack that the kids also love. It’s nice to know that you’re teaching and encouraging children to take control of their health and make good choices that will last a lifetime. Happy snacking! xoxo
This post is sponsored by Wonderful Halos. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!
Healthy Easter snacks for kids
Healthy Easter snacks for kids
Healthy Easter snacks for kids