Malibu Beach

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Beach Life

We spent many a day at the beach in Malibu.  Just to sit on the sand and soak up some salt air and sunshine was such a wonderful treat.  The boys had a wonderful time, as was expected, and my sister and I enjoyed our picnic lunches and some time in the water as well.  We also tried our hand at paddle boarding which is amazing!  No pictures of us on the paddle boards though as my camera is not waterproof and I hadn’t thought ahead to purchase a disposable waterproof camera. ­čÖü






Boys enjoying the surf!  Nothing better than being a kid at the beach.

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My sister made the most delicious picnic lunch on our last day at the beach.  We had a few uninvited guests try to sneak in on the feast.  Three of the most brash party crashers are pictured above.  

Anyway, back to the food…..fresh salsa & chips (the boys favorite), turkey sandwiches with a yummy chipotle mayo – cut into quarters, and a broccoli salad.  Everything was completely wonderful.  I will post the recipe for the chipotle mayo – it had just enough zing that even Morgan (my youngest) was able to eat it.  He usually does not like spicy food, or green food, the list goes on and on.  It is actually quite a challenge to get him to eat anything beyond mashed potatoes, chicken nuggets *shudder*, plain hamburgers or chips & salsa.  I am hopeful that he will outgrow this soon.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week of good summer weather and you have a chance to get outside to explore and soak up some of the beauty all around us!

Cereal Cupcakes for Kids

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The beauty of these is that they require no actual baking! 

Cereal Cupcakes
Yields 12
These are fun little cupcakes that my kids eat on the fly when running late for the bus or a quick snack after school on our way to sports practice.
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
  1. 7 tbsp. unsalted butter
  2. 3/8 cup honey
  3. 1 3/4 cups oatmeal
  4. 1 cup rice krispies cereal
  5. 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  6. 3 1/2 ounces of dried fruit, chopped.
  7. 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  1. Melt the butter and honey in a small pan over low heat.
  2. Mix your oatmeal, rice krispies, sesame seeds, chopped dried fruit and chopped pecans together in a bowl and add the melted butter/honey mixture. Stir well to combine.
  3. Spoon mixture into a cupcake pan, lined with cupcake papers, and press down well on each one. Let the cupcake pan, with each cup filled, chill in the fridge 6 hours before serving.
  1. ** chill for 6 hours in the fridge before serving.** I have never let them go that long and have had no complaints from my kids. A few hours in the fridge for the cupcakes to set up is fine but you test the recipe and let me know what you think. Enjoy!
Adapted from Healthy Cooking for Kids
Adapted from Healthy Cooking for Kids
Two Traveling Sisters

At The Beach

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I spent this past Sunday at the beach with my two youngest boys.  It was one of those beautiful hot days with just enough breeze to keep you from overheating.  My boys had a great time swimming out to the dock, playing on boogie boards and just general horsing around in the water whilst I relaxed in the shade with a book, my camera and some ice cold lemon water.

I spied a kayaker on the lake and at first I wasn’t sure but upon closer inspection, through my camera lens, I could see that he had his dog in the kayak with him. ┬áDoggy had a life vest all his own! ┬áCompletely adorable.

Yep, just one of those perfect spring days. ┬áNot quite summer but you can feel it in the air….soon it will be time for catching fireflies, sticky popsicle faces, flashlight tag and cookouts in the backyard.

I can hardly wait!

Our kayaks are in there somewhere.

Our kayaks are in there somewhere.

I can fly!

I can fly!

Just a man and his dog

Just a man and his dog