3 Ingredient Banana Oat Clusters

If your kids are banana lovers, or if you’re looking for a healthier cookie option, then this recipe is for you! With just 3 simple ingredients you can make some yummy banana oat cluster cookies!

What You Need

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1 cup Quick Oats, Dry
2 Bananas {the riper the better}
Chocolate Chips or Nuts

Fix it Fast

1. In a large bowl mix oats and bananas.

2. Once bananas are completely mashed add in chocolate chips. Mix well.

3. Spoon into “clumps” on a greased baking dish.

4. Bake at 350 for 12-15 min.

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Recipe yields 1 dozen cookies.

{#WDW} Magic Kindgom’s Best Table Service Restaurant: Plaza Restaurant

It seems like when families plan their Disney World vacation the biggest complaint is that there is not a good “sit down” restaurant inside Magic Kingdom. I know when we have booked dining reservations we tend use our table service credits for eateries outside of the park and several friends duck out to Wilderness Lodge’s Whispering Canyon Cafe or opt for a dinner show.However, we found a delicious restaurant right inside Magic Kingdom that is not to be missed. In our opinion it is one of the most overlooked and underrated spots in the parks!

The restaurant we are talking about is Plaza Restaurant.

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This quaint restaurant is right off Main Street and offers some filling, down home menu options. These entrees won’t break your bank either. So if you aren’t on a dining plan, don’t fret–it’s an inexpensive out-of-pocket option.

Our favorite entree of the night was the Meatloaf Meal. For dinner this couldn’t be beat! It was filling, flavorful, and hit the spot after being at Magic Kingdom all day. The Plaza Club was also really good. Other menu items included specialty burgers and salads. Prices range from $11-18/adult entree. The children’s menu is typical–burger, peanut butter sandwich, etc.

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{meatloaf and mashed potatoes}

The desserts were wonderful. Sundaes were a favorite for everybody!

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{Mickeylodeon-A kid favorite!}

There are several “pluses” to Plaza–location, price, and meal quality. The menu is not extensive, so if you’re looking for a lot of options this would not be the best spot. However, it’s a great place to grab a quick, delicious lunch and watch the parade or have a nice sit down dinner and watch passersby and view Cinderella’s Castle at night. We suggest making an Advance Dinner Reservation for this restaurant due to its smaller size.

One Pot Beef and Noodle Skillet Dinner

June 24, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Meals In Minutes

There are so many reason why this recipe is a big hit. Kids love it, it’s full of flavor, and it’s super easy to whip up on a busy night. You’re gonna want to bookmark this one for your recipe book!

One Pot Beef and Noodle Skillet Dinner

What You Need

1 lb. Ground Beef {we prefer lean}
1 pack beef flavor Ramen Noodles
1 small onion, chopped
2 cans Italian style diced tomatoes {drain one can, DO NOT drain the other}
1 can green beans, drained
1 cup water

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Fix it Fast

1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion together, until beef is brown. Drain excess fat.

2. Add in your diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, water, and only the contents of the seasoning pack from the Ramen Noodles. Bring to a boil.

3. Break up noodles. Add to skillet and continue to boil until noodles are tender.

4. Add green beans and reduce heat. Simmer for approx. 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve this dinner with hot rolls and salad. Happy cooking!

Deal Alert! Crazy8 Graphic Tees $3.99

June 18, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

Today, online only, shop some super cute graphic tees, for just $3.99 at Crazy8.com!

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This offer is only a web deal, not in stores.

Happy Shopping!

{Free Printable} A Book for Father’s Day

June 13, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

Need a last minute gift for Dad from the kids? This book is FREE to download and print and makes a wonderful keepsake! There is a page for drawing of Dad and other spots to note all of Dad’s great qualities.

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Other than you printed pages, here are the other things you’ll need:

• a cheap 4×6 photo book (you can find these at Walgreens, Target, etc.)
• washi tape, ribbon, or patterned paper
Bonus: There’s a free printable for Grandpa, too!
To download your Father’s Day book head over to eighteen25!

Monsters Inc Celebration Ideas {Crafts, Treats, and More!}

We’re getting very excited to see the upcoming Monsters Inc movie, Monsters University. To gear up for the show, we are going to have a “Monstrous Day of Fun” at our house complete with crafts and treats themed after the movie’s characters! Here are a few of the scaretastic ideas we’ve rounded up so far!

1. If you’re a Monster’s Inc fan, the you probably love Sully and Mike and we think these fun printable cut-outs via learnlovecreate.com are adorable! Get your FREE printable Sully and Mike here: Printable Sully OR Printable Mike

2. These Noise Maker add-ons are fun and inexpensive. Usually we get our party blowers at Wal-Mart or the Dollar Store and the price is always around $1-$2 per pack.

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3. We plan on watching the original Monster’s Inc movie and these slushies would be the perfect movie treat!

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Sully Slushie {via  http://thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com}

To make these tart drinks you’ll need one pack of blue kool-aid or Ice Blueberry Jello, ice, and 1/4 cup or less lemon juice. Just crush ice in the blender, add Kool Aid pack contents and lemon juice, and serve! {for more fun monster drinks visit here}

4. Love these fun Mike plates to use for meals and snacks (under $2/pack)!

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5. It’s summer and we love traditional smores, but how about these fun Smore Doors inspired by the movie–LOVE! All you’ll need are: graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, and Hershey bar pieces. {This genius idea via}

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6. This Pin-The-Eye-On-Mike game would make the perfect addition to your Monsters Inc party, but we might make it to just play at home!

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We also plan on attending this FREE event at our local Lowes!

We hope these ideas help you plan a spookerific day before you head to the theater!

FREE Lowe’s Build and Grow Kid’s Clinic: Monsters Inc. Theme!

June 10, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk, Kid Connection

Are your kids as excited as mine are about the new Monster’s Inc movie? We can’t wait to see it. Get your kids in a monstery mood with Lowe’s FREE kid’s clinic. The weekend of June 22 they will be offering a class specifically for little monsters where they will build their own Monsters University chest!

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This project is recommended for ages 5 and up. For full details, location participation, and registration click here!

Printable Coupon: $10 off ANY Step2 Wagon {In Stores Only}

June 10, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

Print this coupon and receive $10 off any Step2 wagon. This offer is good in stores at Toys R Us only!

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5 Fun and Easy Father’s Day Crafts for Kids

June 10, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

Father’s Day is coming up and we’ve found some really fun and easy crafts and treats you can make with your kids for that special dad in your life. Most of these ideas don’t require any store bought items–you can use things you might already have laying around at home!

1. Father’s Day Tie Banner

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2. Homemade Card for the Dad Who Likes Fishing

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3. Free Printable Questionnaire for Dad or Grandpa

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4. Homemade Coffee Mug

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5. Bake These Yummy King of the Grill Cupcake Brownies – The perfect dessert for your Father’s Day BBQ!

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