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Savory + Sweet Nacho Bar: Recipes + Inspiration

I love a Nacho Bar! It’s such a fun food theme for summer nights when you have friends over, or even family nights at home that you want to make extra special!
June is National Dairy Month! The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) is igniting a healthy passion for refrigerated dairy foods, showing the delicious goodness that can come from the refrigerated dairy aisle. I’m joined in and shopped my refrigerated aisle to pull together my Nacho Bar! Enjoy the video!

I have a thing for white dishes haha. It’s my happy place. ;) Pulled out all my favorite pieces!
I used foil cake pans for the plates, the kids loved it. It’s fun and festive feeling.
You can use fresh produce to feed your family, but also to decorate the table!
I had a burlap runner and mini chalkboard easels from past parties that I threw on the table.
Layering different textures always makes the table come together…
so I used my woven placemats for more layers! Grab those succulents
from the kitchen counter and back patio table, and done!

Avocado Dip
(Avocado Mixed with Greek Yogurt)

2 Avocados
1/4 cup Cilantro, packed fresh leaves – finely chopped
1 Jalapeno – finely chopped (Optional)
1 tbsp Lime juice
1/2 tsp Salt, coarse
1 (6-oz) container Greek yogurt, non-fat plain

Blend/Stir Together
Queso Dip
(Soft American Cheese and milk)
1 Package of Velveeta Cheese
Can of Rotelle chopped tomatoes and chiles
Splash of milk for consistency
Pulled Pork
Crock pot.. barbecue sauce. amazingness.
(you could add in a can of chopped pineapple too!) from the amazing barbecue place a block away from your house.
because you are craving it. haha.


Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips
I just cut into fourths corn tortillas, pan fried briefly in canola oil
and then immediately dropped in cinnamon sugar and tossed around. super easy!

Maple Cream Cheese Topping
4 oz Package Softened or Whipped Cream Cheese
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Milk
Blend/Stir Together
Caramel Sauce (this is supposed to be super easy)

2 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup Coffee Mate Vanilla Natural Bliss Creamer
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Store bought chocolate Sauce.

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together
butter, brown sugar, creamer, and salt.
Bring to a boil (should take about 1 minute), then reduce heat.
Simmer for 5 minutes, whisking frequently.
Whisk in bourbon if using, stir, then remove from heat.
Pour caramel into a heatproof jar. Allow it to cool a few minutes before using.
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Fruit Party! – A New Start of Summer Tradition!

Yesterday afternoon we had to run to the grocery store for the basics. I am just getting over the worst part of a cold and was wanting all the healthy things! plus we had ZERO toilet paper. It was kind of a forced outing. ;) We were getting strawberries, when the girls started pointing out all these “cool fruits” we hadn’t had in forever. specifically the kiwi. or bikini as sienna kept calling them??
So I decided that we should have our very own FRUIT PARTY! The girls were FREAKING.
Include party.. and a food in the same sentence.. and they are pumped.
I think the produce guy restocking, thought we were ridiculous. haha. Party time!
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Things were busy as soon as we got home so the fruit party didn’t happen till after dinner. Sophia said it could be our dessert. Micah was a part of the fruit party..but spent most of it eating in his high chair. otherwise it would have been turned into a fruit throwing party aka timeout party. He’s wild and too many of these fruits look like balls. in his defense.
I put out our trusty tablecloth I got at target a few years back (it’s vinyl?? or something easy to clean up.) Then we put out the new crayons and “crayon holder” we snagged at target earlier that day. The tin is in the dollar bin ($3) and perfect for the kids craft time! I love to color…so we just colored away together looking at the fruits and trying to draw them. I’m not an artist..but I realized I said that once or twice and sophia corrected me like mom are you kidding me you’re amazing.. so.. note to self… never saying I’m not good at coloring in front of the kids again.
a little sophia life lesson in the middle of our fruit party. ;)
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And now for the main event of the FRUIT PARTY…
Cutting open the fruit. This was hilarious because every slice brought a “oooooo what’s going to be insideeeee ahhh!!” commentarty from my girls. every. single. fruit. haha.
They loved seeing the insides and I thought they were all so pretty.
I loved seeing the girls inspect the fruits and seeds and comparing and picking their favorites.
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Next up we served up a few slices of each fruit for the girls!
(.75 plates from target. ps not a target post I just don’t shop anywhere else these days.)
They LOVED sampling the fruits.. even though they’ve had all of these before at one point… they haven’t had them all together before and it was like an explosion of fruit amazingness to them.
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It was an after dinner thing. nothing too fancy. but too them, it was epic.
They said it was the best party idea ever. and that they wished daddy was here for it but that he could eat the fruit when he got home for work. hehe cuties.
When I tucked them in bed last night they both said we had to do this every year…
Mophia: “what day is it?? we need to remember to do this next year!!”
Me: “Why don’t we just do it at the start of summer.. it can be our little tradition”
Girls: “YESSSSSS.”
So it’s decided. A Fruit Party officially kicks off summer now.
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Coloring time continued… and I was surprised with this little masterpiece.
heart bursting. insert all the heart emojis here.
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I just fed the crew breakfast..and now my husband is braiding the girls’ hair while I post this… Hubby of the year. I think the girls love it even more when he does
it because they know how hard he tries. haha.
Hope you have a wonderful morning and consider
throwing your own FRUIT PARTY as we kick off summer! It’s a fun + tasty tradition.

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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You can learn more about Simply Juice Drinks by visiting their Facebook Page!
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

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