“SNOWBALL” Granola Bites

Snowballs

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be doing themes during daycare again!  We started last school year doing a new theme each week.  That worked, for awhile, but then we added a newborn AND I got pregnant.  Two infants plus early pregnancy ≠ a good combination for a more structured program.  But I was gung-ho about starting up again after maternity leave in January – switching to monthly versus weekly themes.  That way we can really explore the topic and it provides me with plenty of time to get through the activities and crafts planned while still being flexible to the needs of everyone, especially Baby Girl.

The first theme was Snow(men).  We did LOTS of fun stuff – I hope to (but don’t promise:) to summarize soon.  For the last “Friday Fun Food” – i.e. Friday afternoon snack…always a dessert, typically the kids help me make them – I decided to make SNOWBALLS.  Actual snowball cookies weren’t what I was wanting – this girl needed some chocolate on a Friday afternoon!  I remembered these No-Bake Energy Bites I’d repinned from my sister-in-law and decided that was a good starting point – with my own tweaks, of course, plus a powdered sugar coating.  

The result is a delish little nugget of chocolaty goodness!

Snowball Close-Up

Want to print the recipe?  Just click on the image below and it should print nicely on 8 x 11 paper.

Snowball Recipe

Only “problem” with these is they are a bit messy – especially with 7 kids needing to be cleaned up after – but the kids and I all loved them.  Poor Baby Girl, who’s often in the baby carrier, suffered an unfortunate side-effect…

Snowy Baby Girl

As for Little Man, he was rocking the cowboy boots, a dusting of powdered sugar, and a super-chocolaty smile:)

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The big girls managed to eat these without getting messy so I think these will make a great little treat for their packed lunches next year.

Thanks for taking a look!  As always, let me know if you give it a try.

Blue Skies & Blessings, Lindsey

A Minnesota Winter Dilemma

Ridiculously cold temperatures?  Check!

Super-bundled (and VERY tired) preschooler?  Check!

Mini-van ride with the heat cranked up?  Check!

So Sleepy

Carrying in a sleeping Little Man and having him not wake up AT.  ALL. {even when I bonked his head on the door frame – whoops!}: BEYOND CUTE!

He managed to sleep for 40 minutes like that.  Just screams comfy, huh?

Here’s my dilemma – over-bundle so that they don’t’ freeze on the walk to the van OR under-bundle so they don’t overheat on the road?  Of course on long trips under-bundling is the way to go but running errands around town with lots of in-and-outs – I lean towards over-bundling.  ESPECIALLY during one recent Polar Vortex – although admittedly I barely left the house on the days when it was stupid cold out!

Added to that dilemma is the sheer hassle that results from kids taking off hats and mittens between stops (and sometimes boots, ugh!) that results in additional time this momma has to spend standing in the cold putting the winter gear BACK ON.  I’m not one of those people who dislikes winter.  In fact I enjoy it for the most part even with the bitter cold but hauling 4 kiddos including an infant during the cold months?  Definitely not my favorite:)

Oh, and don’t even get me started on what the he*# kids can do with their mittens!  They’re the socks of winter, don’t you think?!?

Blue Skies & Blessings,

Lindsey