Power Up Your Morning With a Good Breakfast & Giveaway

Power Up Your Morning Routine

Our mornings are so busy, especially on week days, since I’ve got to supervise five kids getting ready for school while also getting myself ready for work. I drop the kids off at the bus stop in the morning then go straight from there to the office so we all have to be dressed, fed and ready to walk out the door at the same time.

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Delicious Fall Pumpkin Parfait Recipe

Delicious Pumpkin Parfait Recipe

We all love yogurt in our house and there is nothing better than a delicious yogurt parfait for breakfast or for dessert and this pumpkin parfait recipe is perfect for fall.  Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite fall treats so I absolutely love this unique use for all those lovely pie pumpkins that are on sale this season.

Pumpkin Parfait Recipe

This pumpkin parfait recipe is so easy to make and the presentation is beautiful so you can serve it to guests if you’d like but your family is sure to love it as well!

Delicious Fall Pumpkin Parfait Recipe
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Serves: 3 Parfaits
  • 2 cups Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 tbs honey
  • ½ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice)
  • Granola
  • 1 can Extra Creamy Reddi Whip
  1. In a mixing bowl combine 1 cup vanilla yogurt, prepared pumpkin, honey and pumpkin pie spice, reserving the other cup of vanilla yogurt.
  2. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
  3. In a mini trifle or parfait glass place your vanilla yogurt.
  4. Top the vanilla yogurt with granola.
  5. Next layer on the pumpkin yogurt.
  6. Top with a dollop of whipped cream.
  7. Serve immediately.

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Celebrate Every Day with El Monterey and #MomWins

El Monterey Breakfast Burritos

If you’re like most moms (and dads!) you don’t have nearly enough time to do everything you’d like to do and of course feeding the family always comes first. With five kids and three jobs – I have a full-time job that I love plus I teach college courses online and I work hard on this blog – time is my most valuable commodity and anything I can do to save time is a major deal for me. If I can save time while making my family happy then I feel like a winner!

The kids all love these egg, sausage and cheese breakfast burritos from El Monterey and they only take a minute and a half to prepare in the microwave. My dad even sneaked one off the breakfast table but I caught him in the act and he said I needed to get some more just for him. They are made from delicious scrambled eggs, pork sausage and all natural cheddar cheese in an oven baked flour tortilla. Not only are they a fast and yummy breakfast, but they’re also great for taking on the road with us on those days that we’re running late for school. Now you can save money as well as time with this coupon for $1 off any El Monterey Breakfast or Signature Multipack Burrito or Chimi.


Ruiz Foods’ line of El Monterey Signature breakfast burritos are packed with real ingredients like scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and sausage wrapped in fresh-baked flour tortillas. They are available in four flavors like egg, bacon and salsa, Mexican style skillet burritos, and jalapeno, egg and cheese in addition to our favorite egg, sausage and cheese,  and a variety of sizes, including single-serve, 4-count and 12-count. You can find them in the freezer aisles at major retailers nationwide, including Publix, Winn Dixie, Walmart, Kroger, Hy-Vee, Meijer and many more.

Visit the El Monterey Facebook page and Twitter feed to keep up with specials and promotions and check out their Pinterest page for some fabulous meal ideas! Plus don’t forget your coupon for $1 off any El Monterey Breakfast or Signature Multipack Burrito or Chimi.


Heart Healthy Breakfast & $15 PayPal Cash Giveaway

Thanks to Three New Breakfast and Snack Items from General Mills at Publix– Cheerios™ +Ancient Grains, Gluten Free Chex™ Granola Mix, and Nature Valley® Nut Crisp Bars for sponsoring today’s discussion.

Heart Healthy Breakfast

This is National Heart Health Month and I wanted to share with you how easy it is to put together a delicious heart healthy breakfast. I have a full time job and five young kids to get ready and dropped off at their bus stop before I head into work in the morning so I have to grab breakfast in a hurry and Nature Valley makes that easy with these Nut Crisp Bars – my favorites are the Almond Dark Chocolate ones but I’m also wanting to try the Salted Caramel Peanut flavor. Pair a Nature Valley Nut Crisp Bar with a banana and yogurt for breakfast and I’m ready to meet the day head on!

Heart Healthy Breakfast

On other days I like to grab a bowl of Cheerios +Ancient Grains and I also enjoy throwing a handful of the cereal into my yogurt. The kids really enjoy having a bowl of Cheerios +Ancient Grains for an after school snack, or they’ll grab some Chex Granola Mix and either option makes me happy since they are both heart healthy snacks. Print some of the coupons below and you can get a great deal of heart healthy snacks for your family!

Printable coupons:

Save 75¢ when you buy ONE BOX Cheerios™ Ancient Grains cereal.
Save 50¢ on Nature Valley Nut Crisp Bar.

I’m thrilled to be able to giveaway $15 PayPal cash so one lucky reader can buy some Cheerios +Ancient Grains and Nature Valley Nut Crisp Bars of their own. To enter to win just do any or all of the things listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway will end at midnight on Sunday, February 22nd.

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Join Me for Quaker’s Twitter Party on Thursday 4/3

Disclosure – This post was created in partnership with Quaker. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Quaker Twitter Party

Join us for a chat discussing how you manage your on-the-go lifestyle! Sponsored by @Quaker

Join us for Quaker’s Twitter Party, which is all about how you manage your on the go lifestyle! We will be giving away SIX $25 Walmart gift cards to participants 🙂

The Twitter Party will take place at 8pm EST on Thursday, April 3rd. Share with other Quaker friends and fans how you manage your hectic mornings while keeping up the energy to get through the day!  Join us for fun, special offers and deals brought to you by Quaker!

RSVP today! I’m excited to be one of the hosts for this event so please follow me on Twitter @sdenise while you’re at it!


Tasty Tuesday: Better With Blueberries

The blueberries have been plentiful this year and they started coming in early so we even have a bunch in the freezer.  Blueberries keep very well in the freezer and we like to pop’m out and eat them by the handful just as they are, but there are also so many yummy blueberry recipes available that I put together this roundup of a variety of different things to make with them.

1) Simple Blueberry Cobbler

This Simple Blueberry Cobbler recipe is my own guest post at $5 Dinners and it’s my go to dessert during blueberry season.  It’s delicious and very easy to make!

2) Blueberry Hand Pies

These Blueberry Hand Pies from Camille Styles look absolutely scrumptious and are great for creating individual servings or for eating on the go.

3) Blueberry Coffee Cake

Coffee cake is one of my all time favorite desserts and I can’t wait to try out this Blueberry Coffee Cake version from Joy of Baking.

4) Blueberry Marshmallows

You can buy gourmet flavored marshmallows online for about $1 a piece so I searched and found this fabulous Blueberry Marshmallow recipe from YumSugar.

5) Blueberry Sorbet

For the summer months especially I think this Blueberry Sorbet from Easy Paleo is a wonderful and tasty treat!  I know the kids are going to love this stuff!

6) Blueberry Power Smoothie

Beloved Green’s Blueberry Power Smoothie is a fabulous way to start any day!  What a perfect way to get up and go.

7) Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

I could eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch or supper and these Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes look absolutely delicious!  I searched and found a recipe from Giada de Laurentiis at Food Network that I simply must try.

Check out my Better With Blueberries board on Pinterest and let us know about your favorite ways to eat blueberries!

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.


Enjoying Our Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls

Have you seen the new Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls yet? We just recently had a chance to try them out and I can't wait to tell you all about them!

One of my favorite budget saving tricks is to plan a breakfast for dinner meal once a week. Breakfast entrees are typically much cheaper than traditional dinner entrees because the meat or protein portion of the meal – sausage, ham, bacon, eggs – is generally less expensive. Not only is it good for the budget, but the kids really enjoy getting breakfast for supper once a week and they think it's lots of fun!

I hadn't heard of the Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls but they looked really yummy and I jumped at the chance to give them a taste test. We went to Sam's Club and bought a big box for $9.68. They're available in both sausage, egg and cheese and bacon, egg and cheese varieties, however my store only had the sausage variety in stock so that's the kind that we tried.

This big box has six individual packages inside, each containing two bread bowls. That was a little confusing for me because I thought that meant that two bread bowls would be a serving, but a serving size is just one bread bowl and it really will fill you up!

You parents out there will understand that the big test is waiting to see if the kids will eat the stuff we put in front of them! I was a little nervous about that with these because they look different than what the kids are used to being served, but my boys all loved them right away!

My two girls were a little more standoffish, they really just wanted to play at the table until they saw the boys wolfing them down. Once the girls realized that their brothers liked them, they started eating theirs too! We actually all really liked them, and I thoroughly enjoyed the ease of putting a nice hot dinner on the table in just a few minutes using the microwave. We gave the kids forks but they weren't necessary as the bread bowls, similar to a breakfast biscuit, are really easy to hold and even eat on the run! My family gives them 14 thumbs up!

You can find out more about the Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls here, and you can keep up with the latest Tyson Foods news on Twitter or Facebook.

Disclosure – This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and #TysonBreakfast. All thoughts and opinions are my own!


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