Malt-O-Meal Cinnamon Toasters Coffee Cake

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Cinnamon Toasters Cinnamon

Do your kids eat cereal like it’s going out of style? Or maybe you have a husband that does? I know quite a few men who’ve been known to eat cereal out of larger kitchen bowls than a regular cereal bowl. I don’t know about you but we go through a lot of cereal in our house! It’s a permanent item on our store list just like milk and bread. Every time we go to the store we pick up a box or two. Recently, I was encouraged to branch out of my regular boxed cereal and try bagged cereal. I’ve never had anything against bagged cereal but I didn’t know how it would stay fresh without buying a plastic container to store it in. I sure don’t need another thing to store in my kitchen! However, these awesome bags I tried from Malt-O-Meal® have a small zip pouch built in. I love that about it!


Not only are Malt-O-Meal bagged cereals larger but they’re also more affordable. The large bags are a better value than similarly boxed cereals. Win-win! Moms who say, “We don’t buy that cereal because you’ll eat it all” can now buy the cereal their kids love because they can buy it in bulk and save money doing so!

Cinnamon Toasters Cereal

Malt-O-Meal bagged cereal comes in a slew of varieties too. They have 34 flavors (some listed below).

  • – Apple Zings
    – Berry Bunch Crunch
    – Berry Colossal Crunch
    – Blueberry Mini Spooners
    – Coco Dyno Bites
    – Coco Roos
    – Corn Burst
    – Corn Flakes
    – Frosted Flakes
    – Fruity Dyno-Bites
    – Honey Buzzers
    – Honey Graham Toasters
    – Peanut Butter Cups
    – Raisin Bran
    – Raisin Bran Clusters
    – Tootie Fruities

They have something that every member of the family will love.


Cinnamon Toasters is the first Malt-O-Meal bagged cereal that I’ve tried but I loved it and look forward to trying S’Mores and Golden Puffs. I loved how good it was dry! This will be a great little sweet snack for my daughter to take to school in her lunch.

malt-o-meal cinnamon toasters

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Did you know that not only does cereal make a tasty meal but it’s also great to serve as a dry snack for the kids and can be used in recipes. Check out this delicious coffee cake recipe.

Coffee Cake Recipe

Coffee Cake Recipe

Makes 16 servings


  • – 3 cups Malt-O-Meal Cinnamon Toasters Cereal, slightly crushed
  • – 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • – 1/2 cup pecans
  • – 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • – 1 package yellow cake mix
  • – 1/3 cup sour cream
  • – 3 eggs
  • – 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cereal, brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, prepare cake mix using water required on package; add sour cream and eggs.
  4. Pour ¼ batter into two greased 8-inch square pans.
  5. Cover batter in each pan with ¾ cup cereal mixture.
  6. Divide remaining batter between cake pans.
  7. Stir butter into remaining cereal mixture and spread over cake batter.
  8. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Enjoy!

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Mint Cake Squares

Mint Chocolate Cake Recipes

Every once in a while I find myself craving something with chocolate and mint. You know the super refreshing flavor combo that a lot of popular ice creams and cookies have. And every time I find myself with those cravings I whip up a batch of Mint Cake Squares.

Mint Cake Squares are one of the easiest desserts ever. You don’t need decorating skills, you don’t need to spend a lot of time mixing and prepping, and the ingredients are mostly things that you probably already have.

Chocolate Mint Cake

They are also a total crowd favorite, seriously friend! You’ll want to make a double batch of this just to make sure you have enough Mint Cake Squares for everyone and then enough leftovers. I seriously haven’t found the first person that doesn’t like them and every single person that tries them asks for the recipe. So you can be sure that this is a tried and true hit.

For me the secret is adding the mint only in the frosting, so you get the super chocolaty, super fudgy cake base, and then you get the cool and refreshing mint frosting. A couple of times I have added the mint extract in the cake as well but the result is not nearly as good so even if you are a mint aficionado, don’t go that route.

And then after yo have your cake done and frosted, top it off with some crunchy chocolate shavings, not only they are super cute and really help to decorate the cake (and cover any decorating mistakes) but they also provide another layer of flavor, which is pretty awesome as well.

You can serve it by itself, with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream (the bigger, the better) or even with some whipped cream and a couple of berries.

Mint Cake Squares


  • – 1 Cup all-purpose flour
  • – 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • – ½ Cup cocoa powder
  • – 1/2 Cups dark chocolate, melted
  • – ½ Cup sugar
  • – 2 Eggs
  • – 1 Tbsps baking powder
  • – 2 Tsps vanilla extract
  • – 3 Tsps mint extract
  • – 1 Cup pecans, chopped
  • – 2 ½ Cups vanilla frosting
  • – 1 Drop green food coloring
  • – 1/4 Cup chocolate shavings


  • – Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a cake pan. Set aside.
  • – In a bowl, pour the melted chocolate, add the sugar, butter, and eggs and beat until incorporated (around 3 minutes).
  • – Continue whisking while adding flour, vanilla extract, pecans, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
  • – Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and take to the oven. bake for 35 minutes or until done.
  • – Remove from the oven, and let it cool until it’s no longer hot to the touch.
  • – In a bowl, place the frosting and mix with the mint extract and the green food coloring.
  • – Frost the cake and top with chocolate shavings.
  • – Cut into squares, serve and enjoy.

Chocolate Mint Cake Recipe

Drinkable Premama Prenatal Vitamins

Being pregnant changes a lot about a person.  Everything actually.  A woman’s world is totally rocked and now their focus is on the little baby inside them and no longer about themselves.

Pregnant Mama

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From the way we dress to the things we put in our body, we notice everything!  Germs seem to not exist in places that they never did before.  Second hand smoke used to just be annoying and now it’s deadly.  No longer is plastic safe to eat off of because it contains chemicals that may leach into food and into my baby.  Not to mention the number of foods that pregnant women are warned to avoid…and the ones that they need to eat to give their baby the best shot possible.  There’s so much for a new mama to take in!

With all the new stress a pregnant mama goes through (including trying not to stress because that’s bad for the baby!) there’s one thing they don’t need to feel guilty over.  Prenatal vitamins.  If you’re pregnant and struggling to survive the prenatal vitamins your doctor prescribed ask him about Premama products.

Premama Vitamin Drink Mix

Premama products are great for before pregnancy (Did you know you should take vitamins before you become pregnant?  It’s true!), during pregnancy (prenatals), or after your pregnancy (Their Premama Lactation is perfect for nursing mamas).  Premama vitamin drink mixes are delicious on their own or can be mixed in with your own favorite breakfast smoothie.  They are rich in folic acid with levels similar to many prescription prenatal vitamins, and equal to, or greater than most leading over the counter brands.  Premama products also have Omega-3 fatty acids and non-constipating iron (which are often found only in prescription prenatal multivitamins.)

Premama Drink Mix

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Slow Cooker Spinach Cauliflower Dip

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Spinach Cauliflower Dip

Slow Cooker Spinach Cauliflower Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip is one of those things that everyone loves! However, my heart goes with this Slow Cooker Spinach Cauliflower Dip, why? Well my friends, mainly because it gets done in your Crockpot while you are getting ready for your party, or gathering, or book club, or any other moment that requires a good dip.

So basically this is not only delicious but is as hands off as a homemade dip can possibly get, it’s also a delicious twist from the traditional recipe while keeping all the things that we already know and love.

For me, the reason why this is so delicious is because it’s creamy and velvety and just really jam packed with a ton of flavor, and there’s the fact that it has crispy bacon on top that just makes anything better.

Another great thin about this recipe? It’s a melty combo of cream cheese and mozzarella cheese and sour cream (seriously add the sour cream, it’s a game changer!) everything held together by bright spinach and uber flavorful and soft cauliflower. Man, just thinking about it is making me crave it again.

Now this is when the magic happens. Just throw everything into your slow cooker and let it work out for you. Seriously, it’s just a matter of measuring everything (or eyeballing it), throwing it in there and letting it sit for 2 hours. The only thing that you really need to cook, and that’s if you like it crispy (but who doesn’t?), is the bacon, but you could also throw it in there to get all the bacon flavor (sans the crispiness) and without cooking anything else.

Spinach Cauliflower Dip Recipe

Finally, serve it with crackers and bread or go healthy and serve it with a platter of crudites, or you know just eat it with a spoon, it can be our little secret.


  • – 6 Bacon strips
  • – 1 Cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • – 1 Cup sour cream
  • – ½ Cream cheese brick
  • – 1 Cup cauliflower florets
  • – 1 Cup spinach leaves
  • – ¼ Cup green onions
  • – 1 Tsp oregano
  • – Salt and pepper to taste


  • – Chop the cauliflower florets into small pieces and transfer to a slow cooker.
  • – Add the cream cheese, sour cream, mozzarella cheese, spinach, half the green onions, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • – Cook for 2 hours over high.
  • – Cut the bacon strips into small pieces and cook them until crispy in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • – Pour the mix into a serving bowl and top with the bacon and remaining green onions.
  • – Serve with crackers and enjoy.

Slow Cooker Spinach Cauliflower Dip

Living Boldly

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the J.M. Smucker company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

There have been many instances in my life when I felt that I was doing more than stepping out of my comfort zone, I was jumping out.  Maybe not jumping with excitement but jumping nonetheless.   Standing timidly as if on the top of a wooden platform that I just climbed 30 feet to get to.  The deep water was below me.  I couldn’t climb down, I had come too far.  It wasn’t a jump in the air.  It wasn’t with a squeal of excitement I jumped.  I just kind of stepped off.  Stepped off into deep and cold water.  After a while the water became comfortable and warm.

I find myself doing that time and time again in life.  It’s as if I nonchalantly meander further than I would ever feel comfortable only to realize what I’ve done, dread it, hold my breath and conquer my fears.  The jumping off the tower was more than an illustration, it is something that really happened to me at a leadership conference (of all places!) when I was in high school.  The teens I was with (more importantly the teen boys) were too scared to do it so I said I would.  What was I thinking?!  This happened again when I went to a college I had never properly visited and didn’t know a soul there.  And again when my class chose me to speak at our graduation and I agreed (I’m not a naturally gifted speaker!).  When I went to Ireland by myself to stay for three months with a family there.  When I accepted a job at a radio station (Not a quick witted speaker, remember?).  Time and time and time again I’ve put myself out there and I can’t remember a single time regretting it.  Even owning a blog where I share of myself feels bold.  It is bold because I have thin skin and the sometimes cruel emails I receive cut deep.

Living boldly is something I want to pass on to my kids.  It’s not about never being scared but about pushing through the fear.  It’s not a boastful, “look at me” type of boldness but a silent “I can be who I am without fear” type of boldness that I wish for my children.

School Pictures 2016!

My daughter had her first day with our new homeschool community this week.  She didn’t know anyone and she wasn’t scared a bit…or maybe she was but pushed through it like her mommy.  She beamed with excitement the whole day long but I’m sure I was beaming brighter.  My little girl was being bold, so beautifully bold.

Sprinkle Cup

For her first day I made her a special breakfast complete with sprinkles.  Sprinkles on the waffles.  Sprinkles on the glass of milk.  For myself, I enjoyed Dunkin Donut’s new Dunkin’ Dark® coffee with pumpkin spice biscotti.  I thought about throwing some sprinkles on top of that lovely foam but I figured they’d sink anyway.  One of my favorite parts about mornings…okay, one of the few things I enjoy at all in the mornings is my cup of coffee.  My coffee and my family’s smiles and hugs.  That’s it.  For life’s bold moments, Dunkin’ Dark® coffee provides coffee lovers with a bold, smooth, and never bitter taste to keep us inspired (and awake!) through the day.

Dunkin’ Dark®

Dunkin’ Dark® coffee is Brewed for the Bold.  It’s for coffee lovers who aren’t afraid to take risks.  Even if you’re going to add a lot of frothed milk to it, you can still be bold.  🙂  Maybe you’re thinking about pursuing a lifelong dream or maybe you just want to mix up your morning routine with a bold cup of joe.  Give Dunkin’ Dark® a try, it’s the perfect bold blend!  You can pick it up at any grocery store or order online at  Dunkin’ Dark® comes in K-Cup® Pods (10-ct or 16-ct) and 11-oz. and 18.4-oz. packages of ground coffee.  By choosing this 30% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee, you are directly supporting the Rainforest Alliance.  For more information on Dunkin’ Dark®, click here:  Dunkin’ Donuts® is proud to partner with Becky Hammon, the first female full-time assistant coach in the history of men’s professional basketball.  Check out Becky’s story and how she is bold she is!

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Savoring Mornings With Crunchy Pecan Cereal

This post is sponsored by Post but my opinions are my own.

The last few weeks have been very busy around our house.  School pictures, my daughter sang in a 9/11 tribute performance for local servicemen, a new cycle of Kids4Truth is starting, my daughter has had two trips to the doctor’s office for what looks like chicken pox or poison ivy (but the doctors don’t know what it is), my internet has been spotty, and we’ve started trying to take my youngest to the potty.  Wait, that wasn’t the last few weeks, that was last week alone!  Needless to say, things have been a little crazy here.  When things get crazy I do my best to simplify life.

I’ve been taking time to intentionally talk and connect with my family.  My husband took my daughter out to the mall (he bought her the cutest little purse at Gymboree), out for ice cream, and then bowling.  Impromptu daddy/daughter date after a doctor visit.  This gave me a lot of time to connect with my son who I found out is quite chatty when his older sister isn’t around.  I love one on one time with my kids.

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I’ve also tried to simplify meals and snacks.  Nothing fancy will be served until things calm down a bit.  Frozen pizzas are okay every now and then, right?  I think so.  I’ve also tried to pack in protein in every meal.  For breakfast we’ve recently been enjoying Great Grains® cereal.  Have you tried it before?  There are four varieties to choose from but so far I’ve only tried the Crunchy Pecans.  It was delicious!  A little sweet but not too sweet.  I love pecans and this is the first time that I’ve seen them in a cereal.  Each box of Great Grains has 5-7 grams of fiber per serving.  I love cereal for breakfast and I never get tired of it!  Sure, I’ll make fancier breakfasts sometimes but it never feels like I’m being shortchanged when I just pour of bowl of cereal to simplify life a little.

Great Grains

The other delicious Great Grains varieties are Cranberry Almond Crunch, Banana Nut Crunch, and Raisins, Dates, & Pecans.

Great Grains Crunchy Pecan

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What do you do to try and slow down when life starts going a speed you’re not comfortable with?  How do you calmly put on the brakes without throwing everyone in your family for a loop?

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

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Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

Muffins are delicious and I seriously consider them one of my favorite breakfast options. From time to time, I find myself making them for dessert and grabbing one or two as a snack. These cinnamon sugar pumpkin muffins are my favorite muffins, and that comes from a gal that has made a ton of different muffins over the years.

Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffin

This is one of those incredibly good and mouthwatering recipes. It’s also really easy to make and it’s perfect for this season! I like to make them with store bought pumpkin puree but I once made them with pumpkin puree made from scratch and the result was just as good!

What I love the most about this recipe is how incredibly easy it is to whip up. There aren’t a lot of complicated steps or difficult ingredients. Just the tried and true ones you probably already have in your pantry.

The only thing that’s a bit out of the ordinary is the oat flour but you can make it yourself grinding oats in your food processor until fine. It takes around 40 seconds top and it makes the Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins even more filling which makes them an incredibly good option for breakfast.

And then there’s the topping. Oh my, the topping that coats the muffins tastes delicious. It’s sweet, it’s a bit crunchy, and it’s a total crowd pleaser. I just mix some milk, powdered sugar, and a pinch of vanilla extract and then is just a matter of filling a piping bag and decorating.

I sometimes skip the topping to keep the muffins healthier or if I’m a real hurry because they are delicious by themselves, but the topping really makes this a total crowd favorite recipe.  It’s one of those recipes that people ask me for after they try them.



  • – 1 ½ Cup all-purpose flour
  • – ½ Cup oatmeal flour
  • – 1 Cup pumpkin puree
  • – 1 Cup milk
  • – ½ Cup butter
  • – ½ Cup sugar
  • – 1 Egg
  • – 2 Tsps vanilla extract
  • – 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • – 1 Tsp baking powder



  • – Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • – In a bowl, mix the mashed pumpkin with the sugar, milk, vanilla, butter, egg, and ground cinnamon.
  • – Add the all-purpose flour, oatmeal flour, and baking powder into the bowl. Stir repeatedly until the batter has no lumps left.
  • – Set a cupcake tray with paper cupcake liners and fill them.
  • – Bake for 20 minutes or until done.
  • – For the glaze, mix milk, sugar, and vanilla extract until getting a thick mixture.
  • – Remove the tray from the oven and let them cool down.
  • – Drizzle the muffins with the glaze.
  • – Serve and enjoy.

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

Spiced Roasted Figs With Hazelnuts and Vanilla Ice Cream

This post brought to you by Breyers. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Embracing Homemaking.

Spiced Roasted Figs with HazelnutsBreyers is celebrating its 150th birthday and to celebrate they have enlisted the help of celebrity chef Curtis Stone and his beautiful wife, Lindsay Price Stone, to create delicious recipes featuring Breyers Natural Vanilla.  They’ve created 12 recipes, each one is inspired by a different month of the year.  This way families can celebrate birthdays, back-to-school days, and other special occasions with Breyers all year long.  Even if there isn’t a holiday that month, this gives us all a good excuse to create our own special occasion! Breyers Natural Vanilla Is it any surprise that Breyers Natural Vanilla is America’s No. 1 vanilla ice cream?  I think not!  It’s anything but boring vanilla.  Breyers is now sourcing their milk and cream from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones* and all Breyers vanilla is real and from sustainably farmed, Rainforest Alliance Certified™ vanilla beans.  It’s the little things like this that make a big difference in what I serve my family.  I only want to give them things that I feel good about.  That’s a great start to any great ice cream dessert! Fig Ice Cream My family and I tried the recipe for August, the Spice Roasted Figs with Hazelnuts and Vanilla Ice Cream recipe and it was delicious!  I’ve embarrassed to say that I’ve never had figs before but they were delicious.  We celebrated the beginning of school with this delicious treat!  The figs were delicious and not too overly sweet and paired perfectly with the nuts and the vanilla ice cream.  My while family loved it even my daughter! Serves: 4 / Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cook Time: 4 minutes Make-Ahead: Figs are best served warm with ice cream. Ingredients:

  • –  2 tbs. sugar
  • –  1/2 tsp. each ground cinnamon, ground ginger
  • –  1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • –  8 ripe figs, halved lengthwise
  • –  1 1/3 cups Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream
  • –  1/4 cup blanched hazelnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped


  1. Position broiler rack 6 inches from heat source and preheat broiler. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix sugar and spices. One at a time, dip figs, cut side down, in sugar mixture to coat. Then coat figs a second time with sugar mixture and arrange cut side up on baking sheet. Broil figs, watching closely, for about 4 minutes, or until sugar melts and begins to caramelize and figs soften slightly and begin to ooze their juice.
  3. Divide figs among 4 bowls. Spoon 1/3 cup of Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream into each bowl and sprinkle with hazelnuts.

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#CRAVEFREELY with Balance Bar

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With school starting back almost everyone is adjusting their schedules.  Their lives.  What will soon be their new normal.  We’re adding homeschool to our lives this year along with piano lessons for my daughter and a homeschool community meet up once a week.  Plus, we’re almost finished remodeling our kitchen.  I can’t wait till I can say that it’s finished!  Life has been a whirlwind lately.  We have something to do nearly everyday and it’s a constant struggle to balance everything.  To balance priorities, balance housework verses fun, and balance take out to home cooked meals.  Okay, the home cooked meals to take out has been terribly off balance lately but I’m hopeful that with our new shiny kitchen sink installed that we can help fix that.  In the mean time, one indulgent treat has helped me keep my protein up without overdoing when I get snacky.

Like most people, women especially, I go through snacking phases.  Binges maybe.  Instead of stuffing myself with greasy chips or chewing celery till my jaw hurts I usually go for the sugary treats.  Ice cream, donuts, cookies, sigh.  It’s not good.  Without overloading my body in a deluge of sugar I can partake in a chocolatey, protein filled snack.

That snack?

Balance Bars

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Sandwich Sushi for Kids

This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Buddig. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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Over the summer I’ve tried a lot of creative lunches for my kids and I’ve shared a few of them with you already here and here.  Today’s idea incorporates one of my kid’s favorite food items…the tortilla.  I love tortilla as much as the next person but my kids have a unhealthy fascination with this bread product.  They would eat it as a snack all day long if I let them.  Just this morning I caught my daughter sneaking a tortilla from the fridge this morning to eat with her breakfast. (Who does that? lol)

Not only does this lunch include their favorite things tortilla, Buddig Premium Deli meat, blueberries, Craisins, and peanuts but it’s also fabulous because the kids can make their own lunch themselves!  My kids still need a little supervision, especially with the cutting part, but it’s exciting to watch them make their own creations.  I’ve watched this time and time again, when my daughter helps prepare a meal she seems to takes ownership of it and will eat it better than if I prepared it myself.

This creation is a smiley face.  The sandwich sushi rolls are the eyes and nose.  The blueberries and Craisins make up the smile.  The peanuts make the hair.
Sandwich Sushi

Check out our amateur stop action how to video:

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Totally doable and fun, right?  Spinach leaves or lettuce could easily be added as ears.  Ranch dressing could be earrings.  The sky is the limit!

Summer of Smiles:

Buddig not only makes great tasting and affordable lunch meat but they’re offering a fun contest this summer.  The summer of smiles! 🙂  There are so many reasons this time of year that make us smile – warm weather, sunny days, picnic lunches, family vacations & more.  Consumers are asked to post a picture of their family enjoying summer and flashing their biggest smiles on Facebook using the #BuddigSmiles.

Every week from June 16 – August 18 Buddig will randomly select 12 entries to receive a $25 American Express gift card – that’s 108 total winners and a whole lot of smiles! 🙂