Apple Breakfast Bars

One of the hardest meals these days is breakfast!! Getting three girls up+dressed+packed for school + fed+bathroomed and out the door ONTIME is quite the feat! I feel that some days I am amazed we got anything done😅. Breakfast is so important.  Especially since Liesel only gets lunch and zero (that’s right 0) snacks at school!!  

I wish I had it all together and was cooking them eggs or making them porridge (what the girls call steel cuts) everyday.  But, let’s be honest, some days there.just.isnt.enough.time.  So when I came across an amazing recipe for protein packed and zero refined sugar-filled bars I was ecstatic! 

I whipped them up Sunday evening once the girls were in bed and they were cooked and ready to go in the am🙌. The girls loved them (well 2/3)-Moira ate them but then said “these are not my favwite.  Tomorrow I want granola again.”   Liesel however reported “those were amazing!!”  The bars lasted the whole week and made for one happy (and less drained) momma!!

Enjoy!!

Ingredients

* 3/4c skim milk

* 1/2c peanut butter

* 1 tsp vanilla 

* 1/4c applesauce 

* 1/4c honey

* 1c grated Apple (squeeze water out)

* 1 egg

* 1.5c rolled oats

* 1/4c white whole wheat flour

* 1 tsp baking soda

* 1 tsp cinnamon 


Mix the first seven ingredients in a mixing bowl until blended.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir until just moistened.   

 

Spoon into a 9×9 pan and cook at 350 for about 30 minutes.  Or until golden brown on the top.


Allow bars to cool completely before cutting and eating. 

 
I hope they make your mornings easier too!!

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Fall Days

Now that both Moira and Liesel are in school, we are officially a family with school days.  The worst part is that school days are more common than home days😭. It has definitely been an adjustment for us all!

Just before Labor Day, Moira had her first day of preschool.  Since signing her up last February, Moira has been dreading this day.   Much different from Liesels first day two years ago.  Moira is my Momma girl/ home body.  I adore this about her.  She is also extremely cautious and a huge thinker and worrier.  The whole preschool thing had her “a little noivous” as she put it.  School was Liesels thing and I think she would have liked to keep it that way. However, we knew she would love it and she was more than ready to start.   After a few short tears on her first day she was off! And I’m happy to report she LOVED every minute!  She talks to us often about her best friends and can recount her entire days back to us without hesitation!  What a joy it has been to see her blossom into a big preschooler! 

    
 And here we are in October.  School is our new norm.  Although I miss the old days, more than I could express,  we are cruising along and getting in a new groove.  Lunches packed each night, outfits laid out on the dresser, morning walks to the bus followed by preschool drop off with only two littles in tow…life sure changes fast!  
But despite all the changes, we still have been able enjoy our favorite fall pastimes!  

Apple picking at Tuttles Orchard 

    
 

Hayrides+games +pumpkins at Stoneycreek Farms  

   
Lots of fall baking

And our annual autumn trip to Michgan 

    
 

I’m sure we will still squeeze in a few more trips to the orchard, as well as hit up Conner Prairier and the Children’s Museum before the season commences.   What are some of your fall must dos? Id love to add them to our list!!