Fun Lunches Are A Must – Add Fruitshooters For The Win!

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*Today’s post was sponsored by Fruitshoot.  All opinions and lunch ideas are my own. I have this special treat I love to do for my girls. I don’t do it as often as I should, but then it’s not a treat, is it? I like to make bento-style lunches for them. I create sushi rolls out of sandwhiches, or just the meat and cheese.  I add in vegetables and fruits, and the best part?  They are so excited by the fun take on the food, that they happily eat all the healthy food I can pack into the meal…and even better?  They eat more than they would if I just offered them a sandwich. Today we’re heading out on an adventure for our first day of spring break. For my new job (more on that later), we’re heading out to a farm to check out the baby animals.  The girls are so excited, but I’m going to surprise them with their favorite kind of lunches. I’ve got all their favorites in there.  Tomatoes, cheese, carrots, bologna, craisins, strawberry’s, yogurt covered raisins, and hard boiled eggs. I rolled the bologna and cheese into sushi-like rolls, and then made the  out of them, too. I went with a “round” theme with the carrots to match the rest of the fruits, and mixed all the fruits, dried and fresh, together for them. All of that is topped off with their (and my) newest favorite drink.  Apple Fruitshooter’s!!  They love the tasty drink, and that they can open them themselves (that whole independent streak they’ve got going) – and I love that handy little note at the top of the label “No Sugar Added”. It’s a fun and easy way for us to all get what we want…and it’s a great way to get a drink into their lunches. So how do you like to fun-up your kids lunches? *~* Like Fruitshoot on Facebook *~* *Today’s post was sponsored by Fruitshoot.  All opinions and lunch ideas are my own.   Read more »


by Sarah Cass

Multi-published author. Mom of 3 special needs kids. Wife to 1 good man.
Redefining Perfect every day.


De-Clutter my Life: Photo Update

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A couple weeks back I mentioned that I’d be de-cluttering my photos, and my house, and etc. I haven’t been dedicated to doing it every single day, because it’s a huge job.  However, I’ve gone through quite a few folders.  I’ve started with the least overwhelming-the non-family pictures, and I haven’t touched any of my “pre-2010″ folders yet. Still, I started with 29,428 files. I’ve added about 120 photos that I’ve taken on excursions. Even with the added photos, my numbers are down to 24,660. Calculated out, that’s 4,880 photos deleted in two weeks. They need far better organization and some editing, but the doubles are deleted, the blurry shots are gone, and my files are definitely trimmer. I’m going to keep going, and hopefully in two weeks when I check back in, I’ll have an even bigger drop to report (or more organization, whatever I tackle this go-round). *~* In other news – I’ve started working on de-cluttering the house, too. I dove head-first into my kitchen today and made huge leaps with that. My house is a far bigger prospect that’s going to take many weeks and lots of baby steps. It’s nice to get something accomplished, though. Read more »


by Sarah Cass

Multi-published author. Mom of 3 special needs kids. Wife to 1 good man.
Redefining Perfect every day.


Pinterest Challenge – Mini Red Velvet Cheesecake

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I’m a Pinterest junkie. I pin everything and anything, really. I even have a tendency to make probably 5% of all I pin, that’s capable of being made. Usually food items first, but a craft or two slips in. I want to be more active so I’ve decided to try to do two a month, one food, one craft. I’m starting with these Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes (from Sally’s Baking Addiction). I’m a sucker for Red Velvet, and for cheesecake, so what better, right? First off, I only have one mini-cupcake pan, so I made regular size cupcakes. The final product looked identical to the mini ones pictured on the original site. I managed to make the cupcakes in about an hour with little mess. I was even able to wash my mixer while the cookie base baked. The recipe was easy to follow, and I loved the addition of yogurt in the cheesecake. Of course, the proof is in the final product.  The cupcakes came out beautifully. Just stunning. I could hardly wait the appropriate cool-down period to dive in. The cheesecake tasted amazing. The red velvet was good, but too much. Because it’s a dense “cookie” form instead of a light cupcake sort, there was too much cookie to cheesecake in the ratio. My end result? A definite YAY ~ with a sidebar. Next time I make it, I’ll adjust the recipe and make half the cookie recipe, and double the cheesecake. In my opinion that would make perfection!! (and that is just my opinion, the teen is scarfing them down like nobody’s business) And no, I’m not going to put the recipe here, I made no adjustments, just followed it exactly.  So head on over to Sally’s Baking Addiction to get the recipe. It’s delicious. Read more »


by Sarah Cass

Multi-published author. Mom of 3 special needs kids. Wife to 1 good man.
Redefining Perfect every day.