It has been so much fun making more time for family mealtime this year. The kids role in family mealtime is so important and it has been a pleasure partnering with Barilla this year on their Share The Table initiative.
Those that know us know that we like to have fun together. Having three boys makes for non-stop activity in our home.
I have witnessed a big change in our boys’ attitude towards sitting together at dinner. We all look forward to gathering around the table to talk. It’s been so much fun to see how much more my boys will open up to my husband and me. They know that we are interested in even the little things that happen each day.
One of our goals this year was to have the boys help more in preparing dinner. I will say that they don’t help for every meal, but I have tried to make it a point to get them more involved with dinner so they feel a part of the whole process. They also seem to be more motivated to eat the dinner they helped with. That’s always a plus
Another goal we had was to have the boys help with the cleanup after dinner. No more dashing away from the table when they are done. They know now that they bring their plate into the kitchen and help clear the table. I am so glad we started this. They are learning more responsibility and a respect of the work that goes into mealtime.
There’s no doubt that we will continue focusing on family mealtime every week. We may not be 100% but we are doing better than we’ve ever done. I love connecting and laughing with our silly family of boys over dinner. A huge thanks to Barilla for promoting the importance of family mealtime and Sharing The Table.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barilla, however, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Barilla or their products.
Tags: apples, chocolate, Marshmallows, peanut butter, pizza, s'mores
This Apple Peanut Butter S’mores Pizza is great for an after school snack or for a fun dessert! The kids love helping in the kitchen with this one too!
I am thrilled to be partnering with Pillsbury today to bring you a new pizza night idea! I wanted to use family friendly ingredients that you are likely to have on hand. My boys love these flavors and this pizza is so simple to prepare that they get to help with every step.
Makes for a really fun family night!
I love using Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust. You literally unroll and it’s ready to be layered with toppings. It comes out of the can in a rectangle shape, but it was very easy to press into a round if you’d like to do what I did with mine.
Drizzle some warmed peanut butter over your pressed pizza dough. It’s easier to spread the peanut butter when it’s warmed just a touch.
Sprinkle a thin layer of graham crackers over the peanut butter layer.
I used 3 large apples and sliced them nice and thin for the next layer.
Everything is better with a layer of chocolate chips
Top with some mini marshmallows and it’s time to bake!
The marshmallows get slightly golden and fabulous. Drizzle warm peanut butter over the top and serve warm.
Apple Peanut Butter S’mores Pizza
Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 30 min
- 1 roll Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter, warmed so has a thin consistency
- 1/2 cup finely crushed graham crackers
- 3 large apples, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, warmed so has a thin consistency
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a pizza pan with parchment paper if desired.
- Unroll pizza dough from package and form into a round. Spread evenly with warmed peanut butter, leaving a 1 inch border around edges. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs then layer with apple slices. Top with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until baked through and marshmallows turn slightly golden. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Drizzle warm peanut butter over top of pizza and serve warm.
Makes 8 Servings
Be sure to visit my friends for more great pizza ideas!
Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza- The Girl Who Ate Everything
Roasted Garlic White Pizza- I Heart Nap Time
Create Your Own Slice Family Pizza Night- The Baker Mama
BBQ Beef Pizza- Taste and Tell
This post is in partnership with Pillsbury however thoughts and opinions are my own.
This healthy Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake is great any time of the day!
Is there anything better than a guilt-free delicious shake? I think not I’ve got a great recipe and new cookbook to share with you today that I think you are going to love!
Sep 28, 2014 | Tags: beans, cheese, mexican, pizza, quick fix meal, weeknight dinner
This Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe is such a fun weeknight dinner idea. The kids love this twist on traditional bean and cheese burritos.
I’ve got a new weeknight dinner idea for you today! My boys love having bean and cheese burritos on a regular basis so I thought it would be fun to create a pizza calzone with one of their favorite dinners.
With school in session and activities in full force, it’s so nice to have quick fix dinner ideas for the family. I’m all about keeping it simple!
So grateful for my sister retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ last weekend. Sunshine, good food and total relaxation.
Last weekend my sister and I had a stay cation at the beautiful Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ. When I want to get away, there is no other place I’d rather be. So many fun memories made with my sister over the weekend. Grateful for every minute!
We had breakfast at one of my favorite restaurants, Proof. It has the most lovely breakfast spread. Pretty much anything you’d want for breakfast, they’ve got it.
These Southwest Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice Bowls are the perfect weeknight dinner for busy nights.
Dinner can be so tricky when there’s so much going on during our busy weeknights. Between homework and the many kids activities it seems like there is no time to get dinner on the kitchen table. I am partnering with Green Giant™ this month to bring you simple weeknight dinners with added vegetables that the whole family will enjoy.
Instead of our usual brown rice bowls with just chicken and salsa, I added Green Giant™ Honey Roasted Corn Steamer for a fun twist and more vegetables. I used precooked brown rice that is microwavable as well as precooked chicken breast that I chopped. Simple and flavorful weeknight dinner that is a breeze to add to your menu plan.
Be sure to enter Green Giant™ Sweepstake to win a week of free dinners prepared by a professional chef by posting your dinner ideas on your social media pages with the hashtag #ReinventWeeknights
Sep 19, 2014 | Tags: black beans, cheddar cheese, chicken, feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, quesadillas, southwest
My Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese Quesadilla makes the perfect quick and simple weeknight dinner or lunch!
There’s nothing more that I love than a hot buttery crisp quesadilla right off of the skillet. I have developed a Southwest style quesadilla with some of my favorite ingredients.
I prepared a salsa verde shredded chicken that’s layered with 3 cheeses and black beans stuffed inside buttery tortillas.
Sep 16, 2014 | Tags: apples, honey, Marshmallows, nutella, peanut butter, pepperoni, pizza, snacks
I’ve got three great Snacking with Ritz recipes for you today that will have the family jumping for joy
My boys come running through the door after school starving. Apparently they rush so fast through their lunch so they can have more time to play at recess. I put together some fun bite size snacks that the whole family will enjoy using Ritz Fresh Stack Crackers.
First up are these fun Pepperoni Pizza Stackers. I layered pepperoni, sliced cheese sticks and a dollop of pizza sauce over Ritz Fresh Stack Everything Crackers with onion, poppyseed, garlic and sea salt. The boys went nuts for these!
Sep 14, 2014 | Tags: dinner, pasta, sausage, weeknight dinner
My Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta makes dinner stress-free and delicious!
Pasta is such a great weeknight dinner choice. You can dress it up in so many different ways, which is probably why it makes an appearance a couple times each week in our house. I developed a new pasta recipe for you today that literally only has a few ingredients which makes it so great for weeknight cooking! I had so much fun sitting back and watching my boys devour this pasta recipe.