We have been making these grilled pizza’s my whole life, so I am not really sure where the recipe came from! They are so easy and customizable, the whole family will be happy! These are also great for a party, whenever we get to have those again. 😝
Rhodes frozen dinner rolls
Toppings we enjoy…..
These frozen rolls make great pizza dough! I like to pull them out around lunch time to let them thaw. I usually do 3-4 for an adult pizza and I used 2-3 for Asher’s pizza. I set them on a plate and cover them with a piece of plastic wrap and leave them on the counter. By dinner time they are thawed and have risen. If you are in a rush you can also thaw these in the microwave, they just won’t have time to rise.
Now it’s time to make you pizza’s, the fun part is that everyone gets to make their own! Asher loves to help make his pizza. Heat your grill up to a medium-low heat. Dust your clean counter with some flour, and start to stretch your dough. The dough is very elastic and wants to spring back, so it may take a bit of effort to get it as big as you want. You can use your hands or a rolling pin. Once you have it stretched out coat the side that is going on the grill first with olive oil so it doesn’t stick to the grill. Put the oil side down on the grill and let the dough cook. Watch it carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn. It usually takes a couple minutes. Take the dough off the grill and coat the other side with oil.
On the grilled side of the pizza, add your toppings. Start with the sauce and then add whatever you want! When it’s ready, put the pizza back on the grill. Let the bottom of the dough cook, and the cheese melt. Remove from the grill, cut and enjoy!
Rhodes frozen dinner rolls
Toppings we enjoy…..
4-5 hours before you want to make the pizza’s, pull the dough out of the freezer. You want 3-4 rolls per adult pizza, 2-3 for a child size. Place the dough onto a plate and cover with plastic wrap and leave on the counter. They will thaw and rise by dinner time! If you are in a time crunch you can thaw these in the microwave, they just wont rise. They still make a good pizza!
Heat your BBQ to a medium low heat. Then dust your counter with flour and begin to stretch your dough. You can use your hands or roll them out with a rolling pin. The dough springs back so it might take a little effort to stretch it out. Coat one side in olive oil and place the pizza oil side down on the grill. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn. Pull it off when it seems about half cooked.
Coat the raw side with olive oil, and begin putting toppings on the cooked side of the pizza. (raw side down, cooked side up) Add your sauce and whatever toppings you enjoy!
Once you are satisfied with your toppings, place the raw side of the pizza back onto the grill. Allow the dough to finish cooking, and the cheese to melt. Once it’s done cut and serve!
I hope you enjoy this Barnes family classic! It is always a hit at our house. I’d love to hear from you if you try it out! Please like, share, and enjoy.
Shaving cream is a fun, messy, inexpensive, sensory thing to play with! It is so light and fluffy, and hides things great. It is fun to squish in your hands, scoop, and mix it all up. If your child has sensitive skin, these activities might not be for you. That being said, shaving cream is great for all kinds of things! Here are 4 activities to try!
Shaving Cream Squish Bag
Lets start with the only mess free option. Simply fill a ziplock with shaving cream and few drops of food coloring, squish all the air out and zip it up. Tape it to a window, the floor, a wall, or the table and have at it! It is so fun to squish all the colors around and watch them move and blend.
This is a great activity for talking about colors! For this activity I took 6 little cups and filled them with shaving cream. To each bowl I added a few drops of food coloring. 1st-red, 2nd- red and yellow, 3rd- yellow, 4th-green (or yellow and blue), 5th- blue, 6th- blue and red. Then I let Asher mix them with a spoon and see each color blend. He soon began to mix the colors from bowl to bowl, and eventually all over himself. I sat him up on top of our kitchen island to do this, but I would probably put him in the bathtub to do it again.
Shaving Cream Search and Find
This is the messiest activity in the bunch! In the bottom of the box I put little plastic animals, then covered them with shaving cream. I gave Asher a large paintbrush and a little bucket of water. Asher really enjoyed squishing his hands around in the shaving cream and he was SO EXCITED when he found animals in there. He washed them off and threw them back in the shaving cream. As you can see eventually he ended up completely covered in shaving cream. I would definitely do this in the bathtub next time for easy cleanup.
Shaving Cream Art
This activity is for older kids, I’d say 3+. You’ll need shaving cream, food coloring, paper, and toothpicks. Start by spreading shaving cream on a piece of paper. Then drop food coloring around the shaving cream where ever you’d like. Take a toothpick and gently swirl the colors together. Next, place another piece of paper on top and gently rub it so all the colors transfer. Remove the top paper and scrape off the remaining shaving cream. You’ll be left with a really cool piece of art! Let the paper dry and admire your work.
There you have it! 4 super fun shaving cream activities. I’d love to hear from you if you try these out. Please like, share, and enjoy!
As I was getting all the meal images together this week, I noticed every meal was served in a bowl. What can I say I enjoy a big comforting bowl of something delicious! This week was very international. We had Mexican, Italian, Mongolian, and American. Mixing up the flavors really excites me for a new dinner! I hope you enjoy them too.
A reminder of how this works. There will be 1- meal prepped lunch for grown ups, 3- dinners with the intention of leftovers every other night. On the 7th night we either have a family dinner, eat extra leftovers, or get takeout. One of the dinners will be vegetarian. It is one small way we are trying to improve our imprint on the world.
What’s on the menu….
Mexican Buddha Bowl (lunch)
Mongolian Beef and Broccoli Bowls
Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Tomato, Pesto and Gnocchi Traybake
Bellow you will find a complete shopping list with everything you’ll need to make all these meals. I have separated them by meal, so there will be duplicates of pantry staples with each meal.
Here we have another photo ready salad! I love a good burrito, so a bowl like this is right up my alley. The recipe above says it only makes TWO salads, but their ingredient quantities are kinda crazy. Like it calls for TWO red bell peppers…a whole pepper per salad seems a kinda bonkers. I will post bellow the quantities of the ingredients that I used to make 10 lunches. I also made the vegan chipotle mayo they have linked in the recipe, totally worth it! One batch was enough for all the salads. If you don’t want to bother making the cashew cream you could totally substitute it for regular mayo. As usual I also substituted quinoa for the rice.
We love this dinner, I have been cooking it for years! It is really quick to put together so that is always nice! Instead of making the broccoli rice, I make a cauliflower rice and quickly steam the broccoli so the meal is more satisfying. I roasted the cauliflower rice this time. I just put the rice in the oven at 400 degrees with some olive oil, salt, and pepper until it was golden. You can also cook your broccoli this way if you want. Asher loved this meal so much he had three bowls the first night.
This is also a family favorite! I make this all the time so you are likely to see it again! This is an instant-pot dinner, but if you don’t have one they do have stovetop instructions. The ingredients are simple, and it comes together quickly. Pressure cooking for only 10 minutes! This recipe has another cashew cream, which makes it so creamy and delicious! I also made my unbelievably easy homemade bread to go with this. You can skip it, or buy a store bought bread. You can find the recipe here…https://turtlelion.com/2021/03/20/unbelievably-easy-homemade-bread/
I did not realize the recipe above was only for two meals. It was plenty for the 3 of us, but would need to be doubled for leftovers. I loved the gnocchi traybake I made the other week so much I wanted to try another one! This one was not as magical since it has you boil the gnocchi first, but I thought the addition of the pesto really took this up a notch. I also added asparagus because I got it in my produce basket this week. I recommend adding some sort of veggie, otherwise it is just tomatoes and pasta.
I hope you enjoy this weeks international menu. I would love to hear from you if you try it out! Please like, share, and enjoy!!!
This week I ordered a produce basket and had lots of food to process. The trick to getting produce boxes like this is to get creative so no food goes to waste. I often turn extra fruits and veggies into snacks. Here is what is in our snack pack for the week!
These apple cookies were so easy, and are totally guilt free. The recipe only makes 9 cookies so I doubled it because I had A LOT of apples to go through. They are soft and a little chewy. Right after they’d cooled out of the oven were also slightly crisp on the bottom. Asher has really enjoyed these, he’s so excited to get a cookie. 😂
I have made this salsa a few times because there are often pineapples in my produce baskets. One time I got TWO!!! This recipe calls for 4 jalapeños AND 2 habanero’s! I honestly don’t even mess with the habanero’s. I roast 3 jalapeños and add them one at a time, and it is plenty spicy for me. It is slightly sweet slightly spicy, delicious!
Cooked Apples and Pears
This weeks box had so many apples and pears in it! Neither Kyle or I are big fruit eaters, so it is up to Asher to go through these. He is not a big fan of raw apples or pears though. So I usually just peel and chop up a big batch and cook them. Then I put these glass baby food jars in the freezer. I’ll pull a couple out at a time and they are great for a quick snack, added to pancake batter or just as part of his lunch.
I hope you enjoy these snack ideas! If you do please like, share, and enjoy!
Oobleck is such a fun and MESSY activity! So easy to put together only needing 2 ingredients, you are bound to have some messy fun! Why I say yes to mess…. Creating a space to be messy allows your child to have a full sensory experience, and explore their creativity. If Asher wants to smear it all over his belly, I say have at it! Also messy activities help teach your child that cleanup is a part of play. With the oobleck you’ll see I often put Asher in the bathtub. Easy cleanup, and after he’s done playing there is no running through the house before a bath. That being said I try to dump most of the mixture into the garbage and not down the drain. In small quantities I’m sure it is fine but I wouldn’t want to dump it all. I hope you enjoy these activities and give them a try!
Food coloring (optional)
Simply combine the ingredients in a 2:1 ratio. So if you do 1 cup of corn starch, then add 1/2 a cup of water.
A quick little science fact about the oobleck! It is what is called a non-Newtonian liquid. Which means that it’s viscosity changes as it is put under “stress” So you will see when you play with it that as you run your hand through it you can scoop it up and create what seems to be a solid ball, then once it can rest, it will melt through your fingers as a liquid! If you had a big pool of it, you could literally run across the top. Pretty cool huh?!
The first one is pretty simple… just put it together and let your child go wild! Here I gave Asher a couple cups to play with, but he mostly flung it all over. Look how happy that little face is 😍
Animal Washing Station
For this activity I made a oobleck “mud” Using 1 cup corn starch, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, and 1/2 cup of water. I then used a few bath toys and coated them in the mud. I also got Asher some warm soapy water and a couple brushes for scrubbing. This is great sensory and fine motor skill work, but is also some good practice for grooming.
Oobleck Search and Find
For this activity I chose a deeper bowl so that it would more easily cover the things I put in the bowl. Asher loved using this slotted spoon to reveal the animals I hid in the oobleck. He really was looking for somewhere to put them once he’d found them, so I got him a little container with water to dump them into. He loved finding them, dumping them in the water, and then putting them back in to be found again. I mostly hid these little plastic animals, but I also put in some other random things like a blender bottle ball, an old binky, a spoon. You can use whatever you want, you just want it to be easily washable.
I hope you enjoy these messy fun activities! If you give them a try I’d love to hear about it! Please like, share, and play!
This week has flown by, I’m not entirely sure what has happened. One thing I do know, is that we ate yummy food. Asher is so busy it is really keeping me on my toes! I’m a little lost for words this week so I’m going to get right to it.
A quick recap on how this meal plan works. There will be 1 meal prepped lunch for grown ups, 3 dinners with leftovers every other night. One of the dinners will be vegetarian/ vegan. This is a tiny step we are taking to try and lower our impact on the planet.
What’s on the menu…..
Asian peanut grain bowl (lunch)
Herb turkey burgers and sweet potato fries
Mexican cauliflower rice
Chicken brunswick stew
Bellow you will find a complete shopping list for everything on the menu. I have separated everything by recipe, so there are a few duplicates of pantry staples.
This weeks salad was so pretty! A little rainbow in a bowl. The recipe above says it only makes 2 lunches so I will share what I did to beef it up to 10. I didn’t have any peanuts for the top, but I had some leftover pistachios from last week. To make this a bit more peanut-y, I did add some peanutbutter to the dressing. It also calls for sprouted grains, but that sounded like a lot of work so I just used a mixture of wild rice and quinoa, and I left out the cauliflower because I don’t like raw cauliflower.
I am so excited to have another one of my own recipes a part of this weeks meal plan! The first night Asher only ate his pea’s. So the second night I made him a burger bowl instead and he ate every bite. I think he has outgrown his separated plates and wants his food all mingling together. All that being said this is a household favorite, and you will be happy you tried it out!
This admittedly was not the prettiest meal, but it was tasty. The recipe calls for chorizo, but offers vegan options. I typically avoid meat replacement products, but I have been curious about the Beyond Meat line. I got a spicy breakfast sausage, and a apple sausage. Both were vegan and soy free. This meal was super easy to make, a great mid-week meal!
This recipe did not disappoint! It has so much stuff in it and was very satisfying. I used a sugar free bbq sauce, which was surprisingly sweet. They don’t provide instructions on how to cook the chicken so I will share how I did it. Did you know that you can cook from frozen in your pressure cooker? I put my FROZEN chicken with a cup of water in my ninja foodi (could use an instant-pot) and set it on high for 25 minutes. And it was fully cooked and ready to shred when it came out! We are big bbq lovers, so we will definitely have this one again. I served Asher’s with a little cheese and mine with some hot sauce.
I hope you enjoy this weeks meal plan. I’d love to hear from you if you tried it out! Please like, share, and enjoy!
These herb turkey burgers have become such a staple in our house. So much so that I always double the recipe and freeze half for an easy dinner down the line. When we first started making them we just did the burgers, then we added bacon, then the sriracha aioli, and then an egg. We even have added homemade onion rings. I will include our typical add ons, but feel free to dress these up however you choose!
Sweet Potato Fries
To start, dice up your onion. In a hot pan, add olive oil, diced onions, honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir so they are all coated in the honey. Let them cook for several minutes without stirring. You want them to be a bit golden and crispy. Once that has been accomplished turn off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
Next combine turkey, cooked onions, thyme, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper.
Next form your burger patties. With 1 lb of turkey I made 4 adult patties, and 2 mini patties for Asher. Also at this point because I doubled this recipe, I packaged half of the mixture I made to go into the freezer. I always try to freeze things flat because they defrost much faster.
Next I work on the sweet potato fries. Usually I’d use orange sweet potatoes but they were out at the store. So these are golden sweet potatoes. I don’t peel them because the peel contains more nutrients than the rest of the potato. You can peel it if you prefer that. Set the oven to 400 degrees, slice your potato into fries, coat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes, then turn the potatoes and cook for anther 15 minutes. The potatoes should be golden and slightly crisp.
After I’ve put the sweet potatoes in the oven I start my sauce. Simply combine mayonnaise, sriracha, garlic powder, salt and pepper. At this point I also cook the bacon.
After turning your fries, it is time to cook your burgers. I reserve about 2 TBSP of bacon grease to cook the burgers in. You could also use olive oil. The burgers cook for about 7 minutes per side. I always use a meat thermometer to check that they have reached 165 degrees. If they are taking to long to get up to temperature, you can always add a little broth or water to the pan and cover it with a lid for a few minutes. The steam really helps speed it up. Last thing if you want is to fry up an egg!
Time to assemble your burger! We almost never have buns, but this burger is delicious on a bun! I had burger on the bottom, aioli, bacon then egg. With fries on the side and a pre-packaged salad mix. Time to eat!
Herb Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
1 lb ground turkey
1 large onion diced
2 TBSP honey
2 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP fresh thyme minced
1 TBSP fresh rosemary minced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 strips bacon (optional)
4 eggs (optional)
Sweet Potato Fries
2 large sweet potatoes
2-3 TBSP olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2-3 TBSP sriracha
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Then in a hot pan add olive oil, onion, honey, salt and pepper. Stir to coat everything then let sit in the pan for several minutes without touching. You want the onions to be golden and slightly crispy. Once this is achieved, turn off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
In a large bowl combine turkey, cooked onions, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. Once mixed form into burger patties. I made 4 adult patties, and 2 mini patties for Asher.
Cut up your sweet potatoes, coat in olive oil, salt and pepper. Then put into the hot oven for 15 minutes. Then turn the potatoes and return to the oven for another 15 minutes. When they are done they should be golden and slightly crispy.
While the potatoes are in the oven, cook your bacon if using, and make your sauce. To make the sauce mix the mayonnaise, sriracha, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
After you’ve turned the potatoes you’ll want to start cooking the burgers. I like to reserve about 2 TBSP of bacon grease to cook the burgers in but you could use olive oil. Add the burgers to the hot pan and cook for about 7 minutes on each side. Watch the heat carefully because they do burn easily. You want them to come up to a temperature of 165 degrees. If you are finding they are taking to long to come up to temp, add some water or broth to the pan and cover with a lid. The steam will help to cook them faster.
The final step is to fry an egg if using, and assemble!
Time to eat!
I hope you enjoy these delicious turkey burgers and fries. I’d love to hear what you think! Please eat, share, and enjoy!!!
Did you know that you can make a “clay” out of baking soda and water?! This is great for babies first science experiment AND a great science activity for older kids. Even as an adult I love the bubbling of a baking soda volcano, why not turn that into a little bubbling egg with a surprise inside!
Plastic Easter eggs, silicone ice cube molds, or whatever you’d like to mold it in. You could also go free form.
Little plastic animals, or whatever your child might like to hide inside.
Food coloring (optional)
I hope you enjoy this little science activity! Asher thought it was so much fun. If you try it out I’d love to hear from you! Please like, share, and play!
Welcome back for another great week of meals! This week Kyle and I were trying to get back into a workout routine, so I was trying to watch our carbs a little bit more closely. I HATE to count carbs, instead I focus on nutrition, and work in some tricks I know that keeps the carbs low. Don’t worry we still had a “pasta” dinner and potatoes. We have tried just about every diet, paleo, Mediterranean, keto, and a gut health diet. Now I feel like I look for foods more in the paleo or mediterranean style. These diets are the most sustainable long term, are the least restricting, and feel healthy while you are eating them. I look at fitness and diet more through the eyes of how I feel, rather than my weight. The scale can be very misleading, so if I eat well, feel good, then what else can I ask for.
A quick reminder of how the meal plan works. There will be 1 meal prepped lunch for the week, 3 dinners intended to have leftovers every other night, the 7th night we either have extra leftovers, a family meal, or take out. 1 dinner will be vegetarian/ vegan, it is a small step we are taking to try and reduce our impact on the planet. Another thing to note is that I am only cooking for a family of 3 so you may need to adjust portions for a larger family.
What’s on the menu…..
Crunchy lentil salad (lunch)
Pasta and meatballs
Sheet pan shrimp boil
Sweet potato & black bean burrito bowl
The shopping list…..
Below you will find a full shopping list for everything you’ll need to make all these meals. I separated the groceries by recipe so there are repeat ingredients. So obviously don’t buy a bottle of olive oil for every meal
This lentil salad is simple, fresh, and yes…crunchy. I love the grapes in it and the simple lemon dressing is delicious. I did not peel my cucumber, I like to leave the skins on all my fruits and veggies if possible. The skin on foods is PACKED with nutrients and we just peel that off and put it in the trash. Not in my house! The recipe says it makes 12, but that seems way off to me. I doubled it to make 10 lunches. I felt like the portion sizes on this was great, but this salad is definitely light. I recommend adding some fat to make it a bit more sustainable. Kyle added some feta to his, and I added some avocado to mine.
So excited to be able to have one of my own recipes for the meal plan this week! Who doesn’t love pasta and meatballs! In this recipe I’ll show you how to simply spice up a store bought sauce, a low carb pasta option, and the meatballs are super easy. This meal is always a hit.
I love creole food, and I’ll call this creole light. I picked this dinner specifically because Asher loves shrimp, but for whatever reason in his little toddler world this week he wasn’t having it. The second night I served his dinner all mixed in a bowl and he still pulled the shrimp out, but he did eat a few bites. It is normal for your toddler to love a food one day and hate it the next. Tiny little monsters 😜. You’ll also notice that I didn’t serve him any sausage. The andouille sausage is pretty spicy so I left that off. You could substitute it for a mild Italian sausage or a kielbasa. I also made my own creole spice, as store bought can be spicy. I just gave a nice sprinkle of onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil, thyme, paprika, salt, and pepper. If you’d like a more structured recipe I will post one bellow, leave out the cayenne pepper if worried about spice.
This vegan bowl has simple ingredients and was colorful and yummy. We are big fans of sweet potatoes, they are rated as the MOST nutritious vegetable! Most people peel them, but again you are peeling away valuable nutrition, so I leave the skins on. The recipe above calls for a cilantro lime cauliflower rice, but I made a coconut lime rice. I will post the recipe bellow. I made the tahini sauce the recipe has listed and it was delicious, they also have a link for a vegan cashew queso that sounds amazing! I will for sure be trying it later on.
Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice
1 head of cauliflower
3/4 can of full fat coconut milk
1 lime + zest of 1 lime
Salt and peper to taste
2 TBSP olive oil
Roughly chop cauliflower, then pulse in the blender until a “rice” like texture is achieved
Heat olive oil in a large pan, add cauliflower, and coconut milk. Bring the milk up to a boil and then allow to simmer until the liquid has reduced and the cauliflower has softened.
Add the lime juice, zest, salt, and pepper.
I hope you enjoy this weeks meals! I’d love to hear from you if you tried it out. Please like, share, and enjoy!
Asher has become a puzzle maniac! So I am always looking for a way to keep his little puzzle brain moving. This project was definitely an effort, but the results were great and it’s an activity we can keep doing over and over. I will probably throw them into a bag and keep them with the busy bags. I got this idea from Learning from Play, she made the cutest little Easter egg puzzle. Seriously she has the cutest idea’s, and amazing printable learning activities for kids/ toddlers. Check out her website here……… https://learningfromplaying.com/
For each puzzle you will need two equal sized pieces in whatever shape you want.
On the back of one square draw your design. I chose to leave 1/2″ edge around each puzzle.
Next, carefully use your boxcutter/ razor to cut out the design.
Next, glue your two squares together.
Cut the center piece into your desired puzzle shapes. At this point I trimmed down each piece so they fit easily into the puzzle frames. About 1/8″ or less around the pieces.
Then I traced the shapes into the puzzle frame.
Paint the pieces and the place it fits in the frame so they match. This would be a great time to have your little one help if they are old enough. Let dry and they are ready to play!
These are the 4 puzzles I made, but the possibilities are endless!
This activity was a little advanced for Asher, and he needs a little help. It’s a good challenge for him though and I’m sure he’ll have these down soon. You could easily make these more complicated for older kids, or even make a simple shape matching puzzle for younger kids.
I hope you enjoyed this activity and give it a try! Please like, share, and play!