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School Snacks & Storage: Make ahead for a week

Do you hate coming up with new snack ideas or figuring out how to store them?  Do you need some ideas to make school snacks for one week? Check out this video & website to find how we did it!

Hi Y’All,

We are so happy to see you here with us today.  Please grab a seat and your fav beverage (mine of course is decaf coffee with French vanilla creamer-Yum).  What will you have?  We are going to explore the world of snack making for younger kids.

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To Quiz or not to Quiz

Are you seriously ready to start making those snacks a week ahead?  Do you have ideas of what to start with?  How to package them so they stay fresh for a week?  Check out this quiz link below to see how ready you are.

Morning School Rushes

Don’t you just hate it when you are running late in the mornings and you have to pack up lunches and think or grab some snacks?  Sometimes you’ll strike gold and others will be a total flop because you forgot to go shopping?  snacks

For a sure fire way to be prepared we have compiled a few snack ideas below to help you on your way to becoming a snack pro.

NOTE: Remember you want your children to eat the snacks.  Healthy would be great, but you also know what they will and will not eat and it is important to keep that in mind when you work on creating snacks for a week.

School Snack Ideas

We found that the small condiment containers work best for children.  They are inexpensive, kids don’t have to worry about returning them home and best of all – they fit the little hands perfectly.  They can be found at most grocery stores in a variety of sizes. We used sandwich size zip locked baggies with the small condiment containers.  We also found that designating one spot in your refrigerator and pantry for school snacks using a container (shoe box, Rubbermaid, etc) helped cut time searching for the snacks when you need them.

**Note: Why do we only show you 4 snack ideas?  Because now it is time for you to create the 5th one to finish out your week.  We are confident that after reading this blog and viewing our video that you will be ready to start creating your own weeks worth of school snacks!

Apple Slices and Peanut Butter/Nutella etc

apple slices

To keep apple slices fresh for a week soak the apple slices in a strong lemon water and place them in the baggie along with the dip.  My granddaughter loves Nutella, but peanut butter is a big fan also. You can mix up the snacks with different types of apples (Gala, Fuji, Yellow Delicious, Macintosh) and the same goes for the dip (nut butter comes in many flavors, Nutella, Greek Yogurt).

Carrots and Ranch Dressing

Carrots

Carrots also come in different shapes already pre-cut (shredded, chunks, tiny baby or regular baby cuts) if you want to provide variety and save yourself some time. We used ranch dressing, but any dressing will work that are not too liquidy.  You can also use yogurt, humus, peanut butter, flavored cream cheeses.

Salad Cucumbers and Greek Yogurt Dill Dip

Salad Cucumbers

Salad cucumbers are nice as they can be held in the hand to dip.  A perfect size for a small fist.  But hey, don’t rule out regular cucumbers either.  They can be cut up into a variety of sizes and shapes to entice your child to eat them.  We paired these salad cucumbers with our very own Greek yogurt made in a crock pot. The dip is our very own recipe of adding some dill and lemon juice to taste (yum).  These salad cukes can also be paired with a variety of dips as well – previously listed above.

Pretzels and Humus

pretzels & humus

Our final suggestion here is pretzels and humus.  Pretzels come in many different sizes, shapes and flavors and paired with the perfect humus – even your little one will eat it.  Humus comes in a variety of flavors that can be found at your grocers.

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Perfection

No matter how you rated on the Quiz, perfection in the snack area comes with knowing your child, what they will and will not eat and yet challenging them to try different flavors, shapes and sizes.

We found that designation one container on the shelf in your pantry and one in your refrigerator will keep your snacks organized for the week.

So whether you have one child or several all you need to have your snacks ready for a whole week is  sandwich zip baggies, small condiment containers, dips and the main snack. For more ideas check out our School Snack Before & After School Pinterest board.

We’d love to hear your suggestions – what snacks do you find work best with your children?  Store bought? or Homemade?

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Psalm 18:32

 

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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QUICK AND EASY APRIL FOOL’S DAY PRANKS N’ TRICKS

 

Hi Y’all,

We are just having a huge laugh here at The Hard Hat Belles and we are glad you can join us.  Go get that cup-o-stuff that gets you through the day and grab a seat and let’s watch Wiebke at her April Fool’s Day pranking best.

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April Fool’s Day Prankster

Wiebke loves April Fool’s Day as it allows her to get even crazier than her normal fun loving crazy.  I was out of town last year, but I am sure she has something waiting for me this year.  So, I plan to be on the lookout!

I have to say that I feel for her husband, Kevin and her son, Sidney.

Cereal and Bug Prank
Wiebke literally put bugs in and resealed the bag and box

Wiebke has told me about some of her past antics and it just cracks me up.  The one I love the best is the amazingly look alike dog poop prank she found on Pinterest.  Wiebke and

Cereal and bugs galore
Poor Sidney

her sister, Burni took cardboard toilet paper inserts and made them to look like dog poop.  They preformed this maniacal act the night before while all in the house were safely (or so they thought) tucked in bed.  As they created their magic dog poop prank in the quiet of

Eggs and vegetables made with a few simple ingredients
Eggs and vegetables made with a few simple ingredients

the night there were no witnesses to be found as to why they constantly snickered.

After creating their devious magic dog poop and adding some water for extra effect, they placed it right next to the refrigerator.  Wiebke (April Fool’s prankster #1) knew her husband’s routine so well – so she placed the evidence where he wouldn’t quite notice it, but where it would be within his foot traffic.

A Family Breakfast
Family meal of fake  chicken wings, baby carrots and celery

When Kevin got up for work the next morning and went to the refrigerator ……. yep………he stepped in it.  Well, let’s just say that their poor dog got the first brunt of his reaction (verbally), while Wiebke laid in bed rolling with laughter.

Over the years she has pulled her April Fool’s Day pranks on her family and any susceptible victims she could and can find.

This year we wanted to share this very quick and easy fake bacon and egg meal with you.  This is guaranteed to be a hit with your family after you prank them with it!

VeeBee and Ddenine eating fake eggs

April Fool’s Day Fake Egg Prank Recipes

For the white chocolate miniature eggs you need:

White chocolate egg
Miniature white chocolate and yellow M&M Peanut egg

White chocolate candy melts or bark, yellow M&M’s (we used the peanut M&M’s, but they now have these really big over sized M&M’s), spoon, wax paper or parchment paper, baking sheet, microwavable bowl, and  a microwave oven.

  • Cover a baking sheet with wax paper.
  • Add ½ cup white chocolate melts (or bark) to a microwavable glass bowl.
  • Next, stick the bowl into the microwave for 30 seconds on high, stir and repeat at 20 second intervals until all chocolate has melted – you want it to be a very liquid texture (warning – be careful not to overcook it).
  • With a spoon, apply a mound of white chocolate onto the wax paper. Making sure it is shaped like a fried egg.  We swirled the white chocolate to shape (as no egg is perfectly centered-or at least not mine).White chocolate egg white
  • Add a yellow M& M for the yolk slightly off to the side pressing lightly.

Place M & M into Fake egg white chocolateWhite Chocolate Fake Egg Prank

  • Wait for the chocolate and M&M to get firm then remove carefully.April Fool's Day Prank removing fake egg

For VeeBee’s healthy April Fool’s egg you need:

Yogurt & apricot egg
ŒYogurt & apricot egg

A plate, a spoon, some Greek yogurt, and canned apricot halves.

  • Spoon the Greek yogurt onto a plate, shaping it into a fried egg white shape.
  • Place the apricot half on the “egg white” shape.  You will want to look for the best “egg yolk” looking apricot half.

Special Bonus: Fake Bacon Recipe

You will need:

Caramels and mini Tootsie Rolls (adapted from Pinterest pin-stop in here to get the link – they have awesome step-by-step pictures to show you).

  • Take one caramel and one Tootsie Roll.
  • You can warm them up or let your hands do the job.
  • Place the caramel on top of the Tootsie Roll.
  • Roll them together.
  • Slice them lengthwise.
  • Place them together side by side
  • Roll them one final time
  • Form them to look like bacon.

April Fool's Day Prank with fake bacon

Extra Special Bonus: Miniature Fake Egg Recipe for Peonie

A super small skillet or plate (or even put them on cupcakes!), a spoon, some Greek yogurt, and mini yellow M & M’s.

  • Spoon the Greek yogurt onto a skillet or plate, shaping it into a fried egg white shape.
  • Place the the mini yellow M & M on the “egg white” shape slightly off to the side for a real look.

Fake egg with M & M's and Greek yogurtPeonie's April Fool's Day Prank fake egg

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Whether you plan to trick, prank or just have fun with your family and friends (big, little, or super little), these recipes are sure to be a hit once they get over the fits of laughter.

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Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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Super Easy Greek Yogurt in a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker

Greek Yogurt Verse Psalm 128:2

Hi Y’all!

Come join us, we are so glad you are here! We are simply blessed that you decided to spend a few of your precious minutes with us today at The Hard Hat Belles.  Grab that cup of tea, coffee or whatever you enjoy and sit your sweet self down for another episode of what we have been up to.

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Today we are going to make some super easy homemade Greek Yogurt that only takes three ingredients and would you believe we are going to make it in a CROCK POT – you heard me right – a crock pot! Wiebke calls it a crock pot, but personally I prefer slow cooker – don’t you?

It seems that every morning Wiebke and I  get together (and she still does) she has this wonderful big bowl of Greek Yogurt for breakfast.  I began to wonder if she knew there were other breakfast choices out there.  Seriously, for 99.9% of the time she has this every – single –morning!

Eating Greek Yogurt

So one day I decided I couldn’t take it anymore and asked her WHY? Why does she eat this every morning?  Isn’t it boring?  Being the good friend she is she told me her story.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN WIEBKE LAND

Once upon a time a long time ago in Wiebkeland, Wiebke visited her family doctor for a regular appointment. She was told that her cholesterol was getting a little too high and she really did not like hearing that news.  So she clapped her hands over her ears (or she would have liked to if it would have solved her high cholesterol so easily).

Wiebke knew right then and there that she needed to make some changes in her lifestyle and fast. So she got on her white steed White Steedand rode in the direction she knew would lead her to taking charge of her life.

She proceeded to investigate on how she could get her cholesterol under control and an idea came to her.Light bulb

She needed to make some changes in her diet and exercise. Diet and Exercise

Although the exercise was fairly easy to get started she ran into some problems with the diet part.

Wellllllll, the change in diet was a little rough to keep to as she simply could not find anything that would sustain her throughout the morning. She would end up hungry Stomachand we all know where that story ends (listening to your stomach and eating the wrong things).

Finally, after trying many foods she found that the Greek Yogurt would satisfy her hunger and keep her from being hungry all morning.  However, Greek Yogurt, the really good healthy and yummy kind was quite expensive for her frugal little heart to come to terms with. So she got back onto her white steed White Steedand rode to save her day once again.

She did some more research and found a recipe that is made with only three ingredients, yes three.  This Greek yogurt had  turned out amazing in flavor, was very easy to make and made her frugal little heart happy (happy dance).

Now we come to the happily ever after part of the story where we decided that she just could not keep this recipe to herself any longer and that we really needed to share it with our followers.

THE END (not really)

GREEK YOGURT WIEBKE STYLE

 YOU WILL NEED

GY ingredients

** IMPORTANT: You need to use glass or plastic items otherwise it will interfere with the “yoguing” process.

Step 1: Pour the milk into the crock pot and add one cup of dry milk. (The dry milk helps to make the yogurt thicker and creamier). Stir using only a plastic utensil as metal may interfere with the bacterial growth.

Step 2: Cover the mixture and then turn on the crock pot to a high setting for about 4-6 hours.  Get that thermometer and insert it into the crock pot to check the temperature. We want the temperature to reach about 180 degrees to make sure all the unwanted beasties are killed, otherwise the yogurt might spoil.

Step 3: Make sure to turn off the crock pot. The milk mixture has to cool off to around 115 degrees. Wiebke likes to use a fan to blow on the crock pot to cool it down quicker – which will only take the milk mixture about 45 minutes then. Remember check that temperature and make sure it comes down to around 115 degrees.

Step 4: Once the milk mixture has cooled to around 115 degrees you will need to remove the skin that formed off of it. You will be able to see it floating on top of the milk mixture, just skim it off.

Step 5: Add 1 cup of Greek yogurt to a glass bowl and ladle some of the milk mixture into the bowl with the yogurt to temper the yogurt (this slowly gets the Greek yogurt used to the warmer milk mixture).

Step 6: Pour the yogurt mix into the milk mixture that is left in the crock pot and give it a good stir.

Step 7: Cover the crock pot with the yogurt mixture with aluminum foil and stick it into a preheated 100 degree (or the warm setting) oven. Wiebke leaves her Greek yogurt in the oven overnight. This allows plenty of time for the Greek yogurt to yogue and become tarter and thicker.

Step 8: When you pull the Greek yogurt out of the oven and lift the aluminum foil it will look runny. Greek Yogurt WheyWhen you drain the extra whey this makes the yogurt extra creamy and not as runny.  You will need to place a plastic colander (in a plastic bowl large enough to hold the yogurt and allow the whey to drip off) and place a cotton or linen towel over the colander.  Greek Yogurt in colander in bowlCarefully scoop the Greek yogurt mixture onto the towel.  Cover the yogurt and then place the bowl into the refrigerator while the whey drains off.  This will take 1-2 hours.Put Greek Yogurt into refrigerator

Step 9: Once the whey is drained off, place the Greek yogurt into a covered glass bowl and leave in the refrigerator until cold and enjoy!

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You can see us make this yummy Crock Pot Greek Yogurt on YouTube here.

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Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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