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Simply Juice Drinks $$ Giveaway + My Pregnancy Cravings

I’m excited to be teaming up with Simply Juice Drinks for a fun giveaway!
Their e-mail couldn’t have come at a better time. 8 weeks pregnant and their new juice drink line is exactly what I’m craving! We always have their orange juice in our fridge, but I took a look at the new drinks they offer and they looked so yummy! I grabbed up the Simply Mixed Berry and it’s delicious! Simply Juice Drinks is giving away a fun prize pack including
a $50 gift card to one of you! More details on how to enter below!THEBUSYBUDGETINGMAMA-SIMPLY

The juice drinks are made with simple, all-natural ingredients including real fruit juice!
There are no added preservatives, colors or artificial flavors.
The launch of their new Juice Drink line includes three flavors:
Simply Fruit Punch, Simply Tropical + Simply Mixed Berry.

The winner will receive
+5 Simply Juice Drink Coupons
+1 Glass Juice Carafe
+1 Set of Essential Highball Glassware
+$50 Amex Gift Card


Give me all the fruit!
Especially oranges! That is my current pregnancy craving.
I  love sweet and juicy…but also salty! (fried chicken, fried cheese and popcorn.)
Does anyone ever crave pickles and ice cream??? I have never heard of that except in books and movies. I like pickles..but with ice cream? no thanks. ;)
I have been wanting juice drinks and water all day long. I was drinking orange juice before, but now I’m stuck on the Simply Mixed Berry! so fresh and yummy!
ps. I might have had 3 oranges today. That’s all that sounded good!
Looking at these pictures make me want another one! ;)
With this being pregnancy #4, I’ve learned to give myself grace. That it’s ok to eat the burgers and pizza and not feel horrible about it. Staying active and loading up on the good stuff too is important! The first trimester is rough to begin with…exhaustion and nausea.
So when something sounds good eat it! You’ll have time in the months ahead
to be a little more conscious of your meals! I’m thankful my cravings
are part junk part healthy food right now!
This baby loves the fruit!

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Thank you to Simply Beverages for Sponsoring this Post and Giveaway.
As always the thoughts expressed in the post are my own.

My Mama’s Banana Bread Recipe

I’ve shared this banana bread recipe in the past. But the photos didn’t do it justice.
It’s SO DELICIOUS. My mom gave me this recipe and it’s one you need to
have in your recipe box (or pinned to your Pinterest recipe board!!)
My kids love it.. I love it.. and I’m always so glad I made it the next morning
so we can have it first thing! We’ve made this recipe as mini muffins too. My girls loved that.
Would be great for lunch boxes or after school snacks.

We love bananas in our house but sometimes we end up with them turning brown before we eat them. I learned from my mom to toss them in the freezer for when we want to make banana bread! I remember my husband as SO CONFUSED the first few times. haha.
I share an easy trick to how to use the frozen ripe bananas below!

First things first.. pull out the ripe frozen bananas!
I was doubling the recipe so I used 6 frozen bananas in all.
(3 bananas or 1 cup is the normal!)

Place the frozen bananas on a plate and microwave them just long enough
to soften them up a bit. You still want them a little frozen.
bananabread-thebusybudgetingmama6Then snip the end off and squeeze out the banana into your measuring cup! Easy as that! They mush up so easily and you don’t waste those bananas that
turned brown too quick to eat!bananabread-thebusybudgetingmama4

½ cup butter or margarine
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
3 Tablespoons sour cream (2 Tbs. milk and 1 Tbs. lemon juice or orange juice)
2 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe banana
Grated rind of 1 orange (optional)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
“Cream softened (but not melted) butter or margarine.
Add sugar, creaming until well blended.  Add sour cream.
Stir eggs into creamed mixture.  Add orange rind (optional).
Mix together the dry ingredients and add them to the creamed mixture alternately
with the mashed bananas.  Fold in nuts. 
Pour into a well-greased loaf pan and bake in a medium oven (350 degrees)
about 50 to 60 minutes (usually about 10 minutes longer),
or until knife stuck in the center comes out clean.
Cool only a couple of minutes, just until you’re barely able to stand the heat,
and run a knife around the edges.  Holding the pan with a hot pad,
quickly pop the loaf out onto a piece of foil.  Immediately wrap up
the loaf, air-tight, and let it set overnight.  If you skip this step and
let it cool before you wrap it up, it will be too dry and not even seem like the usual recipe.
In the morning, slice the loaf into ½ inch slices and then cut them down the middle.
Eat a lot because it’s good for you.
Happy baking!
Love you lots, Mom


A big trick to having the super moist banana bread is the part my
mom mentioned about immediately wrapping the bread in foil!
As soon as it’s cooled down enough to drop out of the pan.. wrap it up!
My mom did that since I was a kid and it always softened up the
bread and made it even more delicious.bananabread-thebusybudgetingmama2

Make this! You will thank my mom later.
Now I think I’m going to get a slice.
writing this post made me hungry again. ;)bananabread-thebusybudgetingmama7

Haluski + Kielbasa

I married a cute Polish boy and gained an amazing mother in law who is kind and loving and amazing in the kitchen! She passed on this recipe to me…This is not word for word. This is phone translated ;) This is how I ended up making it since she first told me how… it’s SOO delicious. Simple budget friendly ingredients… this recipe comes together very easily!
I usually keep some of the egg noodles aside for my “selectively picky” eaters. ;)

This is one of my favorite meals to make.
and eat.
and the leftovers are even better!haluski-thebusybudgetingmama

1 Cabbage
1 Pack of Kielbasa (found near hot dogs/sausage)
(You can use full pack or half. However much you like!)
1 Small Onion
1 Bag Egg Noodles
Olive Oil
Salt + Pepper

+Boil water and while cooking up the egg noodles start cutting the veggies.)
+Slice Cabbage so you get long strips. (I slice in half then turn on it’s side and slice again)
+Slice onion into long strips as well. (I usually slice them shorter than the cabbage)
+Heat a large pan. Pour some oil and melt a stick of butter.
+Toss in the Cabbage and Onion.
+Slice the Kielbasa into pieces + brown a bit in a separate pan
+Once the egg noodles are cooked, drain and pour into the cabbage
and onions that are softening up in your big pan.

+Add the kielbasa to the pan of cabbage and onions or leave separate.
+Salt and Pepper to taste.

Tag me on INSTAGRAM you make this!!
It’s so delicious I know you’ll love it!

My Childhood Applecrisp Recipe – Perfected

My all time favorite dessert is Apple Crisp!!
We’ve been making apple crisp since I was a kid. It’s a childhood favorite.
I’ve shared this recipe back in 2011 when we only had sophia…
but now that I’m 7 years into marriage and 3 babies in, I’ve made this recipe
in my own kitchen A LOT and have figured out EXACTLY how we like it!
I’ve tweaked it to perfection! ;)
It’s… amazing. You are going to want to pin, bookmark,
print and laminate this baby. You’re welcome.

This weekend we went apple picking.
What else do you do on a rainy morning??? haha.
Luckily no rain drops while we picked, just some good ol’ puddles to jump in!
We went with some friends and it was so fun.
Lots of giggles and reallyyyy messy kids..and parents.

Micah thought it was the most awesome place he had ever seen.
So many red and green balls to throw!! He doesn’t know how to put on the brakes.
#longgone #watchoutflyingmushyappleapplecrisp-thebusybudgetingmama

I want to go back. just with someone to carry the huge bag of apples for me again. haha.applecrisp-thebusybudgetingmama2

2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Oats
2 Cups Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Sticks Margarine
3 Tablespoons Water

5 Apples
1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Water


The best part about this’s EASY.
You have a bowl of apples.. a bowl of topping.. and a pan to cook it in.thebusybudgetingmama-applecrisp8

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Wash, Peel + Cut up the apples. Eat a few.
Have kids come over and beg for a taste test.
give in. because it’s APPLES.
Save the topping taste testing for you. It’s too good to share.thebusybudgetingmama-applecrisp7

In a bowl, Mix the dry topping ingredients together.
2 cups Flour. 2 cups Brown Sugar. 2 cups oats.
You could do this in your sleep girl!thebusybudgetingmama-applecrisp10

Melt 1 1/5 sticks margarine (or butter.) Pour onto dry mixture.
o ya. It’s going down.thebusybudgetingmama-applecrisp11

Use a fork to mix the topping mixture.
Add 3 TB water to make sure all the white flour is mixed in.
Sneak a taste or two. job well done.

Grease(I use the spray kind) a Casserole pan. (use any size really..2 small ones work too!)
Pour apples in.
(we accidentally ate more of our cut up apples than we should have. continuing on.)
On top of apples sprinkle 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon and 1/4 cup water.

I wash and then use my hands to mix up the apples. It’s just the easiest.

Pour Topping Crumb Mixture over the apples and pop in the preheated oven!
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden.

Serve the apple crisp warm or cold with vanilla ice cream and ENJOY!
I feel like I’m sharing my childhood with all of you with this recipe… it’s a good one!


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