School is right around the corner….

School is getting closer and the lazy days of summer will be over soon.  We are busy getting ready at our house.  We are ordering lunchboxes and getting backpacks monogrammed.  The Little Chick has a few to choose from this season.  Princess, Woodland Animals, Hello Kitty Kat and Firetrucks.  We can also order solid colors.  $24.95 without monogram and $29.95 with monogram…..and guess what, we ship too!  Order now before July 25th for August Delivery.  Contact us here and we will send you invoice information.

I’ve also been hard at work trying to find new and exciting ideas for my kiddos lunchbox so we aren’t stuck with the same old boring lunch everyday.  I found these adorable lunchbox printables from The Crafted Sparrow that I thought I would share as well.  I’ve already got mine printed and ready to go….

The Crafted Sparrow Printable Lunchbox Notes

 

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I mean how cute are these and there are a few weeks to choose from.  I’m working on clean-eating lunchbox ideas now so hopefully I will have some to share soon.

Happy Summer!

~Stacy

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Still Going…..

Still training….and actually starting to enjoy it.  WHAT?????  How did that happen.  It’s amazing what happens when you get off the sofa.  It took just that for me.  I was in Dillards shopping with my husband one evening and I was talking to the salesman while hubby was trying on shoes. He had said he just lost 20 lbs and; of course, as we all do….I asked, “How did you do it?”  He gave me the most amazing answer I have ever received.

He said, “I got up!”  Wow!  How crazy is that.  You know what,  I had been lazy in my training for the previous weeks and that one comment changed it around for me. I GOT UP!  and I’m enjoying it.

So for those of you out there who are on the edge and trying, but not really trying, I will say it to you as well.  I GOT UP!

I joined a training group and I’m getting it done. I’m actually so excited about running the Disney marathon in January that I signed up for the Little Rock Marathon in March.  Crazy, I know.

Here is the link for the Little Rock marathon training plan.

http://littlerockmarathon.com/wp-content/uploads/14trainingschedule_marathonofficial.pdf

I would love for you to join me and share your stories even if you aren’t signed up for a race.  Just make a change today and Get Up!

Happy Running!

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Yummy…Apple Pie Eggrolls

Okay…..I weighed myself the other day and immediately decided that I was going back on the diet. I think training for this marathon has made me just want to eat more…..burning calories….yada, yada, yada.

Unfortunately, I don’t always want to eat right.  I love egg rolls….period. I could eat them everyday.  So when I came across this recipe for dessert egg rolls from http://www.spoonforkbacon.com, I jumped on it.(How can you not love the name of this blog…..it has bacon in it).  I am going to share the gorgeous pics from http://www.chef-in-training.com where I originally found the recipe because frankly their’s look so much better than mine did, but the taste is divine.

Diet….did I say I was going on that.  Right, tomorrow….after my run.

Happy Cooking!

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apple pie eggrolls
Picture courtesy of chef-in-training.com

Baked Apple Pie Egg Rolls

Makes 16

Ingredients:
apple pie filling:
2 green apples (about 2 heaping cups), peeled and diced

1 lemon, juiced
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons instant tapioca pearls
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground all-spice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
16 egg roll wrappers
sweetened cardamom whipped cream:
3/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup superfine sugar (granulated is fine)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cardamom

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Place filling ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir together until well combined. Allow mixture to sit for about 10 minutes.
3. Lay 1 egg roll wrapper on a clean surface and brush edge with a 1 inch perimeter of egg wash.
4. Spread 3 tablespoons of the filling across one side of the prepared egg roll wrapper.
5. Fold the sides over and brush with egg wash. Carefully roll filling tightly in the wrapper and press gently to seal.
6. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and coat with a thin layer of cooking spray. Repeat until all the filling and wrappers have been used.
7. Bake egg rolls for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Serve immediately with sweet cardamom whipped cream (recipe follows).
8. sweet cardamom whipped cream: Place cream in a mixing bowl and whip with a hand mixer, on medium-high speed. As the mixture thickens, slowly add sugar until fully incorporated. Add vanilla and cardamom and continue to whip until medium to stiff peaks form. Serve with baked apple pie egg rolls.

*Tip: Don’t overstuff these things and make sure the filling is covered by two layers of wrapper. This will help keep the egg rolls from bursting and sticking.