Crank up the tunes, break out the snacks, it’s CARPOOL SEASON! We have transitioned into full swing spring and with 4 kids in sports, that means we are in the car a lot! That also means we are often out for hours at a time. Since my boys eat every 5 minutes, they are asking for snacks as soon as we leave the driveway. For those of you with boys with hollow legs, you know what I’m talking about. Snack Shack Packs are my solution. I take those handy plastic containers and label the lids with my kids’ names. In goes the snacks for the day:
Ideas for snack contents:
nuts, popcorn, apples, tangerines, orange slices, granola bars, applesauce, yogurts, go-gurts, fruit snacks, celery sticks with peanut butter, raisins, pretzels, dry cereal, protein bars, gatorades, chocolate covered almonds, beef jerky, beef sticks, cheese sticks, etc.
Download the template for the lids labels here. Well fed kids = happy kids!!
There is something so homey…. so warm…. so comforting about homemade granola. I’ve tried a dozen recipes, and finally landed on my own spin of this tried and true favorite. Layer it with yogurt to make a breakfast parfait, take it hiking on your next adventure, or keep in the car for the kids to eat out of the bag before soccer practice.
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. honey
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 1/4 cups sliced or chopped almonds
1 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 1/2 c. rice krispies cereal
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut (optional)
1/4 c. flax seed (optional)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (or use silicone mats). Stir together the oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla in a saucepan over low heat until blended and the sugar has dissolved. Keep warm. In large bowl, mix together the oats, cherries, almonds, krispies, and extras. Add the warm sauce mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to combine well. Spread the granola on the prepared pans and bake for 28-32 min., or until golden. Stir the mixture every 10 minutes. Cool completely then crumble.
Makes 8 cups