Shake Up Your Morning With Quaker Breakfast Shakes

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

Quaker Breakfast Shake

Do you need a convenient breakfast?  Do you find yourself grabbing a banana while on the way out the door?  If so, I have a solution for  you!  A delicious, creamy solution.  Quaker breakfast shakes!

Quaker Chocolate Shake

Quaker Breakfast Shakes are packed with protein and fiber to help you get going in the morning.  I don’t know how they are for your family but mornings are kind of hectic around here.  On mornings where we have to get everyone up, dressed, and fed before heading out the door I feel pulled in a dozen different directions and I usually skip breakfast.  Shame on me, I know!!  On mornings where my husband is the only one who leaves it’s a little calmer but still difficult to eat myself while also preparing food for a toddler and feeding a newborn.  With Quaker shakes I can sip as I multitask around the house or take it with me on the road.

How do they taste?  The chocolate is divine!  I’m a big fan of chocolate so a nutritious chocolate breakfast is right up my alley.  I’ve had my share of breakfast drinks and this is right up there at the top.  It’s thick, has a good consistency, no aftertaste, and it’s just plain yummy.  The strawberry on the other hand, I can’t speak as favorably of.  Keep in mind that I’ve never, ever liked any strawberry drinks/milks.  Not a one.  With that in mind, my opinion really shouldn’t count on the strawberry drinks.  Trust me though, you have to try the chocolate!

Quaker Chocolate Shakes

Doesn’t it look decadent in my fancy juice glass.  Sparkling grape juice glass to be specific. : )

Quaker Breakfast Shakes

Let me sum it up for you. 8 grams of whole grains. 10 grams of protein.  6 grams of fiber.  11 ounces of deliciousness.  Give it a try and see if it helps you squeeze in a bit of goodness into your mornings.  Here’s a $2 digital coupon to use!

Cheesy Bacon Breadsticks Recipe #BaconLove

Disclosure: This is a post written in partnership with Bi-Lo but all opinions remain my own.

Everybody Loves Bacon

Can I see a raise of hands for those who love bacon?  That’s right, most of you do…and for good reason, it’s ridiculously yummy!  Recently, Bi-Lo asked me to come up with my own recipe using bacon for their “Everybody Loves Bacon Event.”  I spent days and days thinking of a recipe that could be improved upon by the addition of bacon and I came to the conclusion, “What recipe couldn’t?”  {See my bacon chocolate chip cookie recipe}  After much deliberation and searching Pinterest to make sure my recipe wasn’t taken I decided on Cheesy Bacon Breadsticks!

Breadsticks are one my favorite foods to indulge in.  No, they’re not healthy and they don’t claim to be.  They’re just warm, cheesy sticks of goodness.

Cheesy Bacon Breadsticks

Don’t they make your mouth water?  Mmm, they sure do mine and I just finished off a small plate of these earlier tonight.  The best thing about these are is that you can use your favorite breadstick recipe and add bacon to the top.  You don’t have to learn a new recipe if you don’t want to.


cups warm water (about 115°F)
2 tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
½ cup non-fat dry milk
1 tbsp yeast
3 cups flour
½ cup melted butter (half for the bottom of the pan and half on top of the breadsticks)
8 oz package of mozzarella cheese
Sprinkle with crumbled fried bacon, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper (to taste)


Dissolve yeast in the warm water and let rest for 5 minutes. Add sugar, milk, salt, and enough flour to make a thin soup-like consistency.  Once blended add the rest of the flour, enough to form a moderately stiff dough. Knead the dough until smooth {by hand or with a KitchenAid dough hook}.  Roll the dough into the size and shape of your baking pan. Spread half of the butter onto the bottom of the pan and then place the dough into the pan. Allow dough to raise in a warm place for 15 minutes then spread the remaining butter on the top of the dough. Top dough with bacon crumbles and cheese.  You can also add garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.  Bake at 350°F for 20-25 or until golden brown. Cut into breadsticks and serve with your favorite marinara sauce {I’ll have to share my favorite marinara sauce recipe with you later.  Don’t let me forget!}.


Is it just me or do these not look amazing?  And another thing, why hasn’t Papa Johns or Pizza Hut thought of these before me?  I’m quite positive I’m on to something amazing and maybe they’ll take my idea and give me free pizza for life! …on second thought, maybe that’s not such a good thing to hope for.


No matter if you use my recipe or not, you absolutely must try and make Cheesy Bacon Breadsticks.  They are so good!  Don’t forget to shop Bi-Lo for a wonderful selection of fine bacon products at an affordable price!


Do you have a favorite dish you’ve added bacon to to make it even better?

Cans Get You Cooking – Delicious Meals Using Canned Foods! #CansGetYouCooking

I’m excited to participate in this sponsored Mom it Forward Blogger Campaign.  This “Cans Get You Cooking” program is dedicated to spreading the message that the ironclad technology of cans seals in freshness, flavor, nutrition, and goodness so that you can create meals you feel good about serving and that your family will love.


I’ve personally cooked with cans for years for the convenience but only recently have I found out how nutritious canned food is.  The canning process locks in food’s freshness, flavor, and nutrients at the peak of ripeness, just hours after picking.  According to a University of California, Davis study, many canned fruits and vegetables have the same nutrients as their fresh or frozen counterparts.  I love that!   That means that I can serve canned foods anytime and with confidence that my family is eating nutritious fruits and veggies.  Plus, I don’t know about you but I often throw away spoiled fruits and vegetables.  I hate it and I don’t mean to but time gets away from me.  With cans I don’t have to worry about food spoiling near as quickly!

When you think of cooking with cans what comes to mind first?  Is it the number of soups that start with Libby’s mixed vegetables?  What about your favorite pumpkin pie that begins with Libby’s Pumpkin Pie filling?  Maybe it’s the numerous casseroles that start with Campbell’s Cream of… cans.  I can think of many recipes that begins with cans and I’m going to share one of my favorite ones with you.

This Sweet Potato Banana Nut Muffin recipe is sweet and very moist.  I hope your family will enjoy it as much as mine does!

Sweet Potato Banana Nut Muffin Recipe

Sweet Potato Banana Nut Muffin


  • 1/2 (15 oz) can Princella or Sugary Sam Cut Sweet Potatoes, drained and mashed
  • 1 1/2  cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup sugarprincella-sugarysam
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • Handful of unchopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Spray pan with non-stick spray (or use cupcake liners).
  3. Combine the sweet potatoes, bananas, egg, butter, and milk.
  4. In another bowl combine the whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Combine the dry and wet ingredients together and mix in the walnuts. Spoon into the prepared muffin pan till each cup is ¾ full. Drop the unchopped walnuts on top and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

What about you?  Do cans get you cooking too?  If so, what are some of your favorite meals using canned foods?

If you have a love for cooking with cans like I do take a moment to “Like” the Cans Get You Cooking Facebook page, Pin delicious recipes from the Cans Get You Cooking Pinterest page, and visit the Cans Get You Cooking YouTube page for cooking with cans inspiration.

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Recipe makes 5 dozen cookies.



  • 6 slices bacon {thick cut works best}
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, divided
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips




  • Arrange bacon slices side by side on a baking sheet.  I recommend lining it with foil first!
  • Sprinkle 1/2 cup of brown sugar over the bacon.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until crispy, turning after 10 minutes of baking.
  • Remove crispy bacon and allow to cool.
  • Once cooled, chop finely.
  • In a small bowl sift flour and baking soda.
  • In a medium bowl {or stand mixer} cream butter and remaining sugars.
  • Mix in vanilla, egg, and egg yolk and beat until light and creamy.
  • Slowly mix in flour mixture.
  • Fold in chopped bacon and chocolate chips.
  • Spoon small balls of dough onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 325 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, until edges begin to brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on pan for 5 minutes before moving to wire rack to completely cool.


Enjoy!  Please let me know how you like this recipe.


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Solution for Measuring Sticky Substances

Simple Solution for Measuring a Sticky Substance


Before you pour your sticky substances into a measuring cup, first fill it with hot water. Empty out the hot water but don’t dry cup. Then add your sticky ingredient, such as peanut butter or honey, and watch how easily it comes right out.


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Kellogg’s Start Simple, Start Right Cereals

Kelloggs Cereal

Recently my family was asked to participate in Kellogg’s “Start Simple, Start Right” Campaign.  We’re big fans of Kellogg’s so we gladly accepted!  Kelloggs sent us five boxes of cereal.  One of each of the following cereals:



Our family was eating all of these cereals anyway…well, with the exception of the Gluten Free Rice Krispies.




My Morning Routine   Each morning I drag myself out of bed, take my meds, and we all scurry downstairs.  My little girl eats her cereal and I pour myself a bowl of cereal.  I’m not a morning person. At all.  I would love to say that I make my family whatever they want for breakfast but that’s far from the truth.  I know moms that do that and take orders from each family member but I just can’t bring myself to.  That’s terrific that they can but it’s not for me.


Cereal is the simplest breakfast I can throw together but it’s also a very nutritious one one so I don’t feel too guilty.  I love that I can feed myself and my family a quick, wholesome meal and give them a great start to their day!  I know how important eating breakfast can be for their body and even concentration.  It took a while but I even have my husband eating breakfast before he heads out the door.  I don’t want my family to feel hungry before lunch and end up distracted or snacking on something unhealthy.  Feeding them cereals that I know are nutritious guarantees that they’ll be fuller longer.


Not all cereals are created equal!  Some brands have a ton of added sugars {some have on the upwards of 40% sugar!}!  Not to mention all of the words that I can’t pronounce.  Kellogg’s has reintroduced a line of cereals that are as simple as can be!  They are made from well-known ingredients like wheat, rice, corn, and other grains and are made with only a handful of simple ingredients.  Isn’t that awesome!  I feel confident feeding my family a cereal where I can read every ingredient in my food.  Don’t you love simplicity?


You can show your family these short videos about the food they are eating:


Follow Kellogg’s process on how they take grains from Seed-To-Spoon. Here’s a great infographic that explains it all:

Seed to Spoon Infographic


What’s your favorite Kellogg’s cereal?


“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kellogg’s. I received sample products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.”

Papa John’s: 50% Off a Regular Menu Priced Order (Ends 8/26)

Papa Johns


If you’re craving pizza, like I often do, you’ll enjoy this sweet deal from Papa John’s!  Through 8/26, you can get 50% off your regular priced order when you order online and use the coupon code MLB100 at checkout. This coupon is good on any regularly priced menu item.  For instance, you can get a large pepperoni pizza for just $6.74 + tax!  This doesn’t include delivery fees.


papa johns


Please Note: This code will not work on any special offers shown on the site. Also, this code may not work in all areas of the country.


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Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day is Today, 7/13

Cow Appreciation Day


Today happens to be both Friday the 13th and Chick-Fil-A’s famous Cow Appreciation Day!


Today you can get a free meal during Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day when you dress like a cow.  If I remember correctly you’ll get a free entree meal if you’re dressed like a cow from head to hoof and only a sandwich if you’re partially dressed like a cow.  Visit for more information and to get your printable cow costume starter kit.  Valid at participating locations.  Enjoy!


Just for fun, if you want to add your cow photos to Facebook and tag us (@Beauty4Moms) we would love to see! : )


$1/1 Post Shredded Wheat Coupon = Free at Walgreens!

shredded wheat


Hurry now and print this high value $1/1 Post Shredded Wheat coupon.


My local Walgreens sells the smaller boxes of Shredded Wheat for $1 and if your store is like mine (and fellow reader Amy’s) you can pick one up for free after this coupon!


Thanks, reader Amy!

$3/1 Boston Market Coupon

Boston Market

Enter your zip code to see if you qualify to sign up for a $3 off Boston Market coupon.  You have to enter your zipcode to see if it’s available in your area.  I didn’t qualify so I’m not sure the details of the coupon.  All I know is that if you qualify you’ll receive a printable Boston Market coupon via email for $3 off your next visit.