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Christmas Morning Breakfast: Healthy and Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones

These healthy and gluten free cranberry orange scones are full of sweet orange flavors and tangy cranberries leaving you wanting more!  Take a look!

Christmas Morning Breakfast:

Healthy and Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones

These scrumptious scones are ready in just a quick 30 minutes!  Make them in addition to your Christmas brunch recipes or healthy brunch recipes all year long.

Ingredients: Makes 8 scones

  • 1 ½ cups (180g) white whole wheat flour or gluten-free* flour (measured like this)
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp (7g) orange zest (about 1 large orange)
  • 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • ½ cup (120g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp (45mL) honey
  • 3 tbsp (45mL) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (82g) fresh cranberries, diced
  • 2 tsp nonfat milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F, and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk in the orange zest. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or the back of a fork until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in the Greek yogurt, honey, orange juice, and vanilla. Fold in the diced cranberries with a spatula.
  3. Using a spatula, shape the dough into a ¾” tall circle on the prepared baking sheet, and brush with the milk. Slice the circle into 8 triangular segments with a sharp knife. Bake at 425°F for 18-21 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes.

Notes: Whole wheat pastry flour, regular whole wheat flour, or all-purpose flour may be substituted for the white whole wheat flour.

For a gluten-free version: 1 cup (120g) millet flour, ¼ cup (30g) tapioca flour, ¼ cup (30g) brown rice flour, and 1 teaspoon xanthan gum. Most store-bought gluten-free flour blends will work as well, if they’re measured like this. And any milk will work in place of the nonfat milk.  Pure maple syrup or agave may be substituted in place of the honey.

Coconut oil may be substituted for the butter, but the texture of the scones may be affected. Cold butter is required to achieve the tender texture, and since coconut oil melts at a much lower temperature, the results will not be the same.

It’s important to dice the cranberries finely or use frozen and thawed cranberries to ensure that the scones bake evenly. You are sure to be left with a scrumptious breakfast treat to share with your friends and family for your Christmas morning breakfast!

Enjoy!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 


Simple Comfort Food Recipes for the Healthy Soul

You don’t have to sacrifice your health or extra holiday calories to have scrumptious comfort food all season long!  Liz shares 3 of her favorite curl up and cozy soup recipes which are perfect for those chili evenings.  Easy to prep, great for leftovers, perfect to freeze for later and easy on the waistline!  Take a look at these simple comfort food recipes for the healthy soul…

comfort food recipes

Simple Comfort Food Recipes for the Healthy Soul

I am certainly in the spirit of curling up in big sweaters, holiday smells and hearty comfort food.

There is nothing I enjoy more this time of year than walking in my house with soup in the crockpot and that amazing smell that one may think I spent the entire day in the kitchen.  With a baby and toddler at home I need to make my life as simple as can be, especially when it comes to meals so I’ve got some easy recipes to share with you today.

Just substituting a couple ingredients will give you a healthier version of these traditional comfort soups without losing any flavor! Enjoy!

potato soup

SKINNY LOADED POTATO SOUP

Ingredients: Serves 6-8

  • 6 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 40 ounces low-fat chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 6 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon parisien bonnes herb, or a blend of chives, French tarragon, basil and dill
  • 1 ½ cups of fat-free half and half
  • 1 ½ cups low-fat cheese, cheddar works well
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped

For Garnish:

  • Low-fat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1-pound turnkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Green onions, thinly sliced or chives, chopped

Spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray and set your temperature to HIGH. Add in diced potatoes, chicken stock, salt, pepper and red pepper.

Sauté sliced carrots in 2-3 tablespoons olive oil for 3 minutes.  Add diced onions to the carrots and cook on medium-high until onion is translucent.  Add minced garlic and sauté 30 more seconds.  Add sautéed carrots, onion and garlic to the potato broth mixture.

Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or until potatoes have softened. Using a potato masher, mash part of the cooked vegetables while they are still in the slow cooker. Only mash down on the vegetables 3-4 times.  Add herbs, half-and-half, cheese and chives. Mix well.  Once cheese has melted, ladle soup into bowls and garnish with sour cream, turkey bacon, extra cheese and chives.

turkey chili

TURKEY CHILI

Ingredients: 6 servings

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey or chicken (99%)
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 (15 oz) cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can sweet corn, rinsed and drained

For topping: cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro and plain greek yogurt (healthier version of sour cream)

ON THE STOVETOP:

Place oil in a large pot and place over medium high heat. Add in onion, garlic and red pepper and saute for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. Next add in ground turkey and break up the meat; cooking until no longer pink. Next add in chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper and salt; stir for about 20 seconds.

Next add in tomatoes, chicken broth, kidney beans and corn. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until chili thickens and flavors come together. Taste and adjust seasonings and salt as necessary. Garnish with anything you’d like.

CROCKPOT:

Reduce the chicken broth to 1/2 cup and brown the turkey and onions before adding to the slow cooker. This is an awesome tailgating or football party recipe!

 

chicken noodle

EASY CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Ingredients:  6 servings

  • 1 ½ lbs., cubed chicken breast
  • 3 carrots peeled and diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 teaspoon, dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon, dried thyme
  • 4-6 cups, low sodium organic chicken or vegetable broth
  • Handful of fresh parsley chopped
  • 8 ounces of egg noodles

Dump all ingredients except the parsley and noodles into crock pot, cook on low for 6 hours. Cook noodles according to directions, add noodles and parsley to crockpot about 20 minutes or so before serving. Turn crockpot off to avoid overcooked or mushy noodles.

Enjoy!

From iFamily to Yours,


4 Fun Family Recipes to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

In celebration of National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, take a look at these 4 yummy recipes from Bridgette!

national peanut butter lovers month

4 Fun Family Recipes to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Now, if there is one celebration I can get behind… it’s the celebration of peanut butter! I personally am a peanut butter lover (as are most Americans), and if there is a way that I can sneak some good old p.b. in a recipe, I’m game!

Peanut butter may be loved by many but, sadly, not all can enjoy it due to allergies. So, keep in mind all of these recipes can be substituted for other nut butters. According to peanutbutterlovers.com, Americans will consume more the 65 million pounds of peanut butter this month. That is A LOT of peanut butter! So, in honor of National Peanut Butter month, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite (and easy) peanut butter recipes!

 

#1 Peanut Butter Sushi 

Peanut Butter SUSHI?! It’s not what you think! My kids love this and it is such a fun snack or lunch idea! All you need is whole wheat bread, peanut butter, bananas and honey (optional).

  • Cut crust off two slices of bread. Lay edge of one slice on top of the other. Using a rolling pin, flatten the two pieces of bread.
  • Spread peanut butter evenly across the bread
  • Place one peeled banana at top and roll tightly.
  • Slice banana into “sushi rolls”

 

#2 Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies can really be enjoyed ANY time of day. These are one of our go to snacks especially when we need to use up some bananas! All you need is oatmeal, bananas, peanut butter and chocolate chips.

  • 2 cups of oatmeal
  • 4 really ripe bananas
  • 3 tbsp. of peanut butter
  • Chocolate chips

Mash bananas until there are minimal lumps. Then add in oatmeal in parts to while mixing to make sure all the oats are covered. Add peanut butter and chocolate chips into the mixture. Spoon “cookie mix” onto baking sheet and press to even out. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes. I recommend making as many as you can because these will go… FAST!

 

#3 Peanut Butter Smoothie 

One smoothie that is every peanut butter lover’s dream!

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 serving chocolate protein powder
  • Ice

In a mixer, add 1 serving of protein powder (usually 1 scoop), 1 cup of almond milk, peanut butter and ice. Blend until smooth. If you want to change the consistency, you can add ½ banana (for thicker) or more almond milk (thinner)to your smoothie.

 

#4 Peanut Butter Treats 

We all know and love the classic Rice Krispy Treats! They are a staple treat for every childhood, picnic and sweet tooth. But for all my peanut butter lovers out there, this is a peanut buttery twist on a classic!

  • 1 Bag of marshmallows
  • 1 box of FROSTED Rice Krispies
  • 4 tbs of butter
  • ½ cup of peanut butter

Heat butter and marshmallows in pan until melted. Add peanut butter and stir until smooth. Add in 4 cups of Rice Krispies and stir until covered. Lightly spray cake pan with cooking spray and add the mixture. Smooth out mixture until even. Allow treats to cool before cutting and serving.

Well there you have it! My absolute favorite peanut butter recipes! What are your family’s favorite peanut butter recipes? Let us know so we can try them! Looking for more fun on the go?! Connect with iFamilyKC for family fun, recipes and ideas, and more!

From iFamily to Yours,


Five Fall Flavors Better than Pumpkin Spice

When the leaves start turning what’s better than a nice warm pumpkin spice drink from your local coffee shop?  Gabrielle shares a few of her non-pumpkin spice faves for fall.  Give them a try!

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Five Fall Flavors Better than Pumpkin Spice

Everybody waits for that first bit of chill in the air, so they can run to their favorite coffee shop and order that first pumpkin spice latte of the year.  I had my first one last week, and it was delicious, as always.  People go nuts over pumpkin spice.  You can get it in pie form, or donuts, and of course, in coffee.  Starbucks has a whole marketing campaign advertising the arrival of this seasonal favorite.  But, there are other fall flavors I enjoy more than pumpkin.  Here are my top 5:

Honeycrisp Apples

Autumn is pique apple-picking season.  Apples of almost every variety are available in your local grocery store. Take your pick. My favorite variety has always been the honeycrisp apple.  They are the perfect combination of sweet and tart. They are delicious as a stand-alone snack, but they also are great dipped in peanut butter or caramel.  If raw apples are not your thing, bake them up in a pie, or if you are like me, you can saute’ them up in butter, and use them to top a sundae.

Chai

If you love pumpkin spice, I implore you to try a chai latte.  The cinnamon and cardamom of chai are as comforting as your favorite winter blanket.  You can usually order a cup of chai at your local barista, or you can buy a box of tea at the grocery store as well.  You will not be disappointed.

Eggnog

I know what you are thinking.  Eggnog is a winter flavor.  But grocery stores start stocking the shelves with this delicious holiday staple just before Halloween.  Eggnog by itself is delicious, but there are recipes out there for eggnog french toast, or you can use it as a creamer in your coffee.

Spice cake

When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for those Little Debbie’s spice cakes to come out.  They are rare now, but if I find them, I always buy (and hide) a couple boxes for myself.  This delicious dessert takes all the warmest, most comforting spices, and bakes them into cake form.  What is there not to love?  And to kick it up a notch, some people throw in rum and make it a spiced rum cake.  Never had it?  Think carrot cake without the carrots.

Chili dogs

Nothing signifies the start of fall to me more than a big bowl of steaming hot chili.  Sure, you can top chili with whatever you like.  I like cheese and guacamole.  The kids like theirs covered in corn chips and served with a cinnamon roll.  But there is no better way to enjoy the flavors of chili, than atop a hotdog, covered with cheese and mustard.  (The chili replaces the ketchup.  No need to double up on the tomato flavor…unless of course, that’s your thing.)

So, there you have it.  The best flavors of fall, and the most magnificent thing about this list is that almost all of them can be paired with a slice of pumpkin pie, if you just have to have your pumpkin spice fix.

Happy eating!

From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle


Make The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner With These 5 Great Apps

Thanksgiving is nearly here!  Which means plenty of cooking, entertaining and spending time with loved ones.  Here are 5 Great Apps that will help you prepare a Thanksgiving Feast that will knock everyone’s socks off!  Take a look…

thanksgiving dinner

Make The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner With These 5 Great Apps

Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is almost here, which means Christmas and all of the other holiday seasons are just around the corner. I’m excited, aren’t you?  It also means it’s to get your pots, pans and ingredients together get ready to dig in and spend hours of cooking to create a Thanksgiving banquet that everyone will enjoy. I love to cook but the challenge with Thanksgiving meals is that it is so much work and it is always a challenge to come up with different meal ideas because frankly turkey and stuffing can just be boring.  This year, consider turning to cooking apps.  The Internet is full of them and many can help you plan your meal, create shopping lists and help you find new recipes to try.  Not sure where to start? Check out my five favorites:

#1 Yummly

Looking for Thanksgiving meal to fit your lifestyle eating habits, Yummly has your back. You have a ton of recipes to choose from, but Yummly allows you to customize your food searches so you can prepare a meal that fits your family’s dietary needs. Doesn’t matter if you have food allergies, are on a diet or want to plan a vegetarian meal, Yummly will make it happen. The added bonus is Yummly will learn what types of foods you like and make recommendations based on that.

#2 Butterball Cookbook Plus

I think most of us who is eating turkey for Thanksgiving will be eating a Butterball. In addition to that great turkey is a pretty awesome app that offers hundreds of recipes based around … you guessed it turkey.  The app great ideas of how to cook ole Tom Turkey in addition to tips how to create a feast fit for a king or queen. If you struggle with what to do with all of that leftover turkey, Cookbook Plus has a ton of recipes that will help you create meals that won’t have you burned out on Turkey after the holiday has passed.

#3 AnyList

Getting organized is important to make sure your Thanksgiving meal goes off without a hitch. That’s where AnyList comes in. This useful app allows you to easily make shopping lists and helps you organize your recipes. You can import recipes from popular food web sites and you can share your shopping lists and recipes with family and friends.

#4 Epicurious 

This app has been offering online recipes since 1995. Geared for those who love to cook at home, Epicurious makes it easy for you to find Thanksgiving themed recipes, cooking tips and videos that you can pull up on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

#5 BigOven

Offering 350,000 recipes, BigOven not only allows you to find recipes for Thanksgiving.  You can also use the app and web site to create grocery lists, map out your Thanksgiving meal with the meal planner, and find ways to turn those leftovers into great meals.

Is your Thanksgiving Feast planned?  What processes do you use to create a Thanksgiving meal experience your family and friends will love and remember? Drop me a line, I would love to know.

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

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Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com

 


Thanksgiving TO GO in Kansas City: The Only Way To Go!

Don’t let the pressures of the holiday season overwhelm you!  Kansas City has some great Thanksgiving To-Go options that will give you some peace of mind and your family some full bellies!  Take a look…

Thanksgiving Meals TO GO in Kansas City: The Only Way to Go.

I always thought the day I hosted Thanksgiving dinner was the day I’d become a real, certified adult. To be honest, it’s the sole reason I registered for china when we got married. Well, spoiler alert, I still don’t qualify for my official Adult Card. Place settings, stuffing a turkey, double ovens going around the clock, real cranberries, homemade pies? Let’s face it, I’m never going to be an adult.

Of course, the downside is, if I don’t cook, I don’t have any leftovers. Wait, is that good or bad? I suppose that’s why I always have 4 servings of mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving every year so I’ll be so stuffed I won’t want them again for another year.

Regardless, if you’re looking to get your adult card the easy way (CHEATER!!!) or you want leftovers without any of the hassle, here are some places in KC offering turkey dinners to go:

Fritz’s Meats & Superior Sausage

10326 Stateline Rd, Leawood KS  66209

913-381-4618

Home of the smoked turkey. This place always has a line wrapped around the parking lot the Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving, so you know it’s good.

French Market

6947 Tomahawk Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208

913-362-0803

This isn’t your grandmother’s Thanksgiving meal (no offense, grannies). This place is packing up dishes even Martha Stewart would salivate over. Creamy butternut squash with Hazelnuts and Sage, anyone?

Stroud’s

8301 W. 135th, OP, KS 66223

(913) 499-0135

For those who think turkey is overrated, Stroud’s is taking orders for just the sides like, mac and cheese, chicken or turkey gravy, yams, corn and cranberry fruit salad. Yes, their famous mashed potatoes, too. Duh!

Hen House

Turkey (or Ham), traditional sides, rolls and a Tippin’s pie to boot, starting at just $59.

Hyvee

Get even more bang for your buck with Hyvee’s affordable turkey, ham or prime rib Thanksgiving dinners to go. Although their 4-person meal only comes with “one small-size of mashed potatoes” which would not be something I would be willing to share with others.

Sprouts

For those looking for a healthier option, Sprouts has natural turkey dinner with sides like creamed Kale & Spinach for 6-8 starting at $69.99.

Whole Foods

A little something to please everyone on this menu, including your vegan cousin Fred— like vegan pumpkin pie and Rutabaga-Potato Mash.

Williams Sonoma

Ok, for the ultimate cheat, you don’t even have to leave your house because you can get your (supposedly “world’s best Willie Bird”) turkey and all the fixings delivered right to your door. I mean, even I can do that.

From iFamily to Yours,

Becky Ervin is a creative director, mother of three and blogs at PartyBoxKC.com/blog


Thanksgiving Dinner Dine In and Take Out Options in KC

Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and the bustle of the holiday is rearing its giant turkey head. As many of the population are out shopping for their perfect meal, some of us don’t have the time, space or energy to prepare a meal with our busy lives. Fortunately, there are several restaurants in the area that are opening their doors for the likes of us on this Thanksgiving November 23, 2017.  Ruth, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad, has taken some time to seek out some options in the area to save you some time and searching!  Take a look…

Thanksgiving Dinner

Places to Eat

Seasons 52

340 Ward Parkway Kansas City, MO 64112

Advertises a traditional meal including traditional herb stuffing and Yukon mashed potatoes, and mini pumpkin pies. Prices are not available yet but you can call (816) 531-0052 for details and reservations.

McCormick and Schmicks 

448 West 47th Street Kansas City, MO 64112

Advertises a roasted turkey dinner along with the standard menu. You can call (816) 531-6800 for a reservation.

Ophelia’s

201 N. Main, Independence, MO 64050

Advertises Thanksgiving Day buffet, 10:30am-4pm.Adults, $25, children $12. You can call 816.461.4525 for reservations.

J Gilberts

8901 Metcalf Overland Park , KS 66212

Offers a four course meal from 11am-7pm. You can call (913)642-8070 to make a reservation and details.

Grand Street Café 

8815 Renner Rd., Lenexa, KS; and 4740 Grand Ave., Kansas City, MO

Advertising a delicious Thanksgiving dinner buffet from 12pm-4pm complete with turkey, ham and even Prime Rib! Sides include, sweet potatoes, garlic whipped potatoes, homemade gravy, honey glazed carrots, sugar snap peas, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing a variety of salads and desserts. Yum! Pricing is listed as $27.95 for adults while children are $12.95 for ages 10 and under. To make a reservation you can call Lenexa: 913-601-3500  or Kansas City: 816-516-8000.

Stroud’s 

4200 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS

8301 W. 135th Street, Overland Park, KS

Offering a buffet with a unique pricing plan per child. Children under 12 are 99 cents plus their age and adults are $27.99 for the full buffet. Reservations are required by calling, Fairway, KS (913-262-8500) and Overland Park, KS (913-499-0135).

June’s Cottage

614 Pottawatomie Street Leavenworth KS 66048

Offers a full Thanksgiving dinner buffet with a variety of traditional and unique items to choose from. Beverages include sodas, tea, water and a yummy champagne fountain. Adult Buffet is $21.99, children’s pricing is based on age. This buffet is delicious, I might add! Specific details have not been shared yet but you can call them make a reservation at 913-651-7000.

Take out

 

Stroud’s 

4200 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS

8301 W. 135th Street, Overland Park, KS

You can order in advance a selection of fully cooked sides to pick-up and heated at home to compliment your prepared turkey. Items available are stuffing, yams, and cranberry fruit salad by the half gallon ($12.99) or gallon ($22.99).

Hyvee 

Locations in Kansas and Missouri

You can pre-order a holiday meal pack with option to serve 4-20 guests. You can choose from turkey, ham or prime rib dinners with as many choices of sides that you need to feed your party.

Mcgonigals Market

1307 W. 79th St. KC, MO 66227

Offering a healthier option with turkeys that are minimally processed with no additives or preservatives added at the time of processing. You can order a whole turkey, sliced turkey or even order the entire meal with all the trimmings! Pick up is either Nov. 21 or 22 and your meal will be ready and packaged for reheating at home. Meals can be prepared for anywhere from 4-14 people based upon the options that you choose.

Bob Evan’s 

You can order online and choose from three different feasts turkey and ham, turkey or ham. Each feast serves 4-8 people and comes with a few traditional sides. Ordering options and prices are based upon location.

Keep an eye out for other options that pop up during the next couple weeks and be sure to get your reservations in early!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 


Spice Up Your Coffee Break With These 5 Tips!

Tis the season for warm drinks!  Treat yourself to a little coffee break fun with these 5 tips from Ruth!

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Spice Up Your Coffee Break With These 5 Tips!

Anyone who knows, understands that coffee is probably one of my best friends. As a full time teacher, parent of three, a puppy and a hubby; coffee seems to be an essential part of my daily routine. If you are a coffee lover like me then you might appreciate this fun list of ideas to spice up your coffee time. Aside from the obvious…flavored coffee and the pumpkin related coffee trend there are plenty of other ways to enjoy your regular cup of brew. The best thing about coffee is that you can take it or get it almost anywhere. The fun part is when you get a little creative about your coffee time.

Drink it at the park

Whether you like the changing leaves, a blanket or a park bench; a cup in the park can make for a relaxing way to enjoy your morning. You may need to get up a little earlier or take the kids with you to a playground. You can even enjoy it alone after you promptly drop them off at school. J

Have a coffee house party

This past school year my kids and I got into the new Gilmore Girls series on Netflix. We decided to watch all of the old episodes and then the new series. When we finished all the episodes we decided to create our own coffee house party at the park. We set up a coffee pot with mugs and table decorations to mirror Luke’s Diner. We even ordered Gilmore Girls coffee off of Boca Java with some accessories. This was a fun party and the kids all enjoyed hot chocolate.  A friend of our brought some pastries to share as well. It was a great time. You could create your own coffee party with your family or friends.

Take a hike

Gather your friends, grab a cup of joe and take a hike on a nearby trail or park. Coffee is always better with friends. There are several nice trails in the area such as Rozarks Nature Trail, Parkville Nature Sanctuary, Cave Spring Park, Overland Park Arboretum and Lowenstein Park to name a few.

Save your coffee grounds

Not that you need an excuse to enjoy coffee, but you can save the used grounds and use them to fertilize your garden. Adding coffee to your compost pile can help your garden prepare for next spring. Other uses for coffee grounds include using it to keep slugs and snails away from plants. Read more at Gardening Know How: Composting With Coffee Grounds.

Have a coffee Halloween fun

Grab those paper to go cups and let your kids decorate them with stickers or draw spooky characters on them. Add in some Halloween themed breakfast items such as ghost bananas, monster breakfast sandwiches and don’t forget the bagels with scream cheese! (Hotel Transylvania) Add simple homemade decorations and you have the perfect recipe for some spooky fun!

Anyway you brew it, you can have a great coffee morning!

From iFamily to Yours,


22 Places Kids Eat FREE on Halloween in KC!

iFamilyKC is proud to give you the scoop on Kids Eat FREE spots all across Kansas City each month on our website; But, did you know, there are some restaurants where your family can eat FREE (or super cheap) specifically on Halloween?! We’ve got the details for you RIGHT HERE on the blog. Take a look…

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 Places Kids Eat FREE on Halloween in KC!

 

#1 IHOP {Kids eat FREE on Halloween}

kids eat free on halloween

Start your Halloween off with a big treat from your local IHOP restaurant! Starting at 7am on Halloween day ONLY, kids 12 & under get a FREE spooky-face pancake that includes candy corn, whipped topping, mini-oreos, and strawberries! All you have to do, is ask for the free pancake!

#2 Noodles & Company {Kids eat FREE 10/26-10/31}

With the purchase of an adult regular bowl, your kids will eat FREE at Noodles & Company from October 26th thru the 31st!

#3 Outback Steakhouse {FREE Oreo Parfait on Halloween}

On Tuesday, October 31st $2.99 kids meal with a FREE Oreo Parfait at your local Outback Steakhouse!

#4 Bob Evans {Kids eat FREE on Tuesday 10/31}

Stop by your local Bob Evans location where kids eat FREE on Tuesdays for a special Halloween treat! Dine in only after 4pm.

#5 Krispy Kreme {Kids get FREE donuts on Halloween}

When you show up in costume on Hallowee, Krispy Kreme will give you a FREE donut of your choice!

#6 McAlisters Deli {Kids eat FREE on Halloween day}

McAlister’s Deli is getting in on the fun this Halloween! On Tuesday, October 31, McAlister’s is offering up free kids meals to costumed guests ages 12 and under. Their kids menu selection includes turkey and cheese, ham and cheese, nachos, and salad.

Cheap Eats & Other Halloween Treats

#7 Chipotle’s BOOritos {$3 burritos for kids & adults on Halloween}

$3/each on Halloween day when you show up in costume at your local, participating restaurant. Find the scoop online and be prepared for delicious fare for kids and adults!

#8 Sonic {.50 CENT Corn Dogs on Halloween}

50 cent corn dogs have become a family favorite in most households. Get fed for cheap before you head out for trick or treating this year at your local Sonic drive in!

#9 Baskin Robins {$1.31 ice cream cones on Halloween}

Enjoy sweet treats with dollar-thirty-one ice cream this upcoming Tuesday, the 31st!

#10 Pizza Street {$1.99 kid’s meal for ages 4-9 from 5-8pm on Tuesday}

Tuesday Specials Across the Metro:

#11 Cinzetti’s:

7201 w. 91st, Overland Park, 913-642-0101. Mon & Tues, 5pm – 9 pm, ages 4 thru 12, 2 free kids meals for each adult meal purchased, 3 & under eat free every day! Drinks not included.

#12 Denny’s:

All locations, 4:00-10:00 pm. 2 free kids meals per adult meal

#13 Fazoli’s:

Kids Night every Tuesday night from 5pm-8pm where kids meals are .99 with adult purchase & arts/crafts for the kids!

#14 Jumpin Catfish:

Free kids meal with one adult purchase. 834 SW Blue Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-3474. 1861 S Ridgeview Rd, Olathe, KS 66062 (913) 829-3474

#15 LoneStar:

Legends Shopping Mall, 1501 Village West Pkwy. Kansas City, KS, 913-334-9995. 12 & Under. 1 free kids meal with each adult meal.

#16 Perkins:

All locations. Kids eat free with every adult entree, 4:00 pm to close.

#17 Pizza Ranch:

4-9pm Free kids buffet with purchase of adult buffet, all metro locations:Liberty, Indep, KC North

#18 Pizza Street:

All locations. Buy child drink and child eats free, one child per parent, valid 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

#19 Red Robin:

FREE SHAKE ONLY at 8657 W. 135th St. Overland Park, KS. Kids 10 & under eat free at 20155 W. 153rd. Olathe, KS 66061. 4:00pm – CLOSE, Two free kids meal per paying adult.

#20 Rockstar Burgers:

5:00 – 9:00 pm, Kids 10 & under eat free. Two free kids meal per paying adult. 1611 Genessee St. KCMO

#21 Salty Iguana:

17717 E. 40 Hwy., Independence, MO, 816-350-8003. 8228 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, KS, 913-381-3888, 8420 W. 135th St. Overland Park, KS 913-402-0200. Kids eat free all day with purchase of adult entree.

#22 Tony’s Restaurant:

711 S. 7 Hwy Blue Springs, MO 64014. Kids 10 & under Eat Free 5:00 to close, one free kid meal with each adult meal purchased. 816-622-8134

For an extensive list of where kids can eat free, or really, really cheap ALL year long, be sure to check out our website!

From iFamily to Yours,

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10 Festive Fall Drinks

Hey KC! The weather has been getting colder and the leaves are changing! And, if you haven’t noticed, Pumpkin Spice has been popping up everywhere!  Bridgette, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad, is here to share some of her favorite festive fall drink recipes with us!

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10 Festive Fall Drinks

That’s right, fall is in full swing throughout the metro area and I, for one, am loving it! Not only am I stocking up on pumpkins but I am already planning my Thanksgiving menu!

Normally, during the Fall and Thanksgiving season, I devour apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes like nobody’s business! While I am not quite ready to kick my PSL habit, I’m definitely going to add a few of these to my lineup! So, whether you want to warm up, cool down, or just get in the Fall spirit, try these delicious family friendly Fall Drinks!

Hot Pumpkin Nog 

1 1/2 cups Silk Vanilla Soy Milk

1 large egg + 1 yolk

3 tbs sugar

1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp Kosher salt

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup pumpkin puree (canned is fine)

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Hot Salted Caramel Apple Cider 

¼ cup Dark Brown Sugar

½ cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

4 cups apple cider

½ teaspoon of coarse salt

Cool Whip or any whipped topping, thawed (optional) as garnish

Caramel Syrup (optional) as garnish

Cinnamon Stick (optional) as garnish

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Non Alcoholic Apple Cider Sangria 

1 granny smith apple

1 honey crisp apple

1 orange

1 pear

1 pomegranate

750 ml nonalcoholic apple cider

500 ml sparkling water [I used lemon lime canada dry sparkling seltzer water]

1-2 tablespoons sugar (optional)

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Thanksgiving Punch 

2 Gallons Apple Cider, not spiced

1 12.2 oz. bottle caramel syrup

1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

Cinnamon Sticks (optional)

Sliced Apples (optional)

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Non Alcoholic Apple Pie Punch 

4 Cups Apple Cider

1 Cup Pear Nectar Can substitute with White Grape Juice if you cannot find any.

3 Cups Ginger Ale

1 Apple Cortland, Spartan, Empire, and Gala work well!, diced

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Festive Sparkling Cider

4 Cups Fresh Apple Cider

3 Cups Cranberry Soda *(1)

2 Cups Sparkling Cider

1 Cups White Grape Juice

3 Tablespoons Sugar

1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon All Spice

Diced Apples *(2)

3 Cinnamon Sticks – Optional

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Apple Cider Floats

Sparkling Apple Cider

Fresh Local Apple Cider

French Vanilla Ice Cream

Whipped Cream – Optional

Apple Slice – Optional

Ground Cinnamon – Optional

Cinnamon Stick – Optional

Caramel Sauce – Optional

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Apple Harvest Punch 

1/2 C butter (super soft or melted)

3/4 packed brown sugar

1/3 C Mott’s Apple Sauce

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

dash of salt (1/8 teaspoon works)

1 1/4 C flour

1/3 C M&Ms

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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

2 cups 2% milk

2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (plus some extra to sprinkle on top, if desired)

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

Whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired

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Pumpkin Apple Smoothie

¼ cup plus 2 tbsp. old-fashioned oats

¼ cup canned pumpkin

¾ cup Greek yogurt

1 medium apple, cut into pieces (I used honey crisp and left the skin on)

½ banana, sliced and frozen

½ cup milk (almond, soy, cow’s, etc. – whatever you prefer)

⅛ tsp. pumpkin pie spice

6 ice cubes

 

From iFamily to Yours, Enjoy!