Momma Mel

What am I going to do with all this candy?

November 1, 2013
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Happy Day After Halloween! Today is the day that my kids sleep in (well, until 7. That’s sleeping in for them) and I am struck by the fact that we have a TON of candy. So what can I do so we don’t still have Halloween candy by the time Easter rolls around? Well, this morning Kid Two and I made Leftover Candy Pancakes.

We made our normal pancake mix, with a little extra vanilla (Kid Two is not quite three, so baking with him is NOT an exact science). Then he peeled the wrappers off four or five Three Musketeers fun size candy bars. I chopped them up- just a rough chop, nothing fancy.


Into the mix they went! Kid two is a very enthusiastic stirrer, so after cleaning up the coffee maker and can opener, I put some pancakes on the griddle.


Delicious! By the time the pancakes were done, picky eater Kid One was awake- and devoured two of them. Success! The melty, chocolatey goodness hit the spot this morning.

Now, as for the rest of the candy, we may be turning some of them into ‘Thank You’ bags and delivering them to people we encounter while on our errands- cashiers, baggers, sales associates, police men, pastors, teachers- the list goes on! I try to teach my kids thankfulness year round, but really emphasize putting their thoughts into action during this season.

What will you do with the extra candy you have this year? Other than eat it, of course!


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Pinterest Recipes

February 9, 2013
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I recently decided to actually use something I found on Pinterest instead of just sitting on my rear and drooling on my keyboard. I decided on ‘8 Can Taco Soup’- which can be found here because what’s easier than dumping eight cans into a pot and heating it up? I did switch it up a bit- I added a can of refried beans instead if the cream of whatever soup due to my dairy issues, added about a half cup of salsa, and only drained the chicken.

Everyone loved this soup! The people ok with dairy added shredded cheese to theirs, and we all added some torn pieces of tortilla in also- delicious! And the best part is it took about two minutes to toss in a pot, and about 5 minutes to get to serving temperature.

I highly recommend this recipe!



Just seeing the pics makes me want to make it again! In fact, I might just run to the store…

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The Fudge Brownie Experiment

January 22, 2013
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As many of you know, due to gallbladder issues plus pregnancy, I am on a very low fat diet. Desserts are hard to come buy that are low fat. Today, I am craving sweets- MUST HAVE SWEETS! I scrounged around the pantry looking for something, ANYTHING sweet, that wasn’t crazy high in fat and going to send me into a gallbladder attack. I found a Betty Crocker Low Fat Fudge Brownie mix and a can of pumpkin puree. So, here is my experiment to create a low fat brownie!

What you need:

Betty Crocker Low Fat Fudge Brownie Mix

1 Can of Pumpkin Puree (I used a can that was just pumpkin- no salt or anything added.)

1 Medium Banana (a mushy ripe one that no one would eat- the best kind for baking)

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I stirred the baking mix and the pumpkin puree with a spoon. Then taste tested it. This concotion did NOT taste sweet. So I got out the hand mixer and mashed and blended a banana in to the mix.

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Taste test? Yum!

I baked it in a 9×13 baking dish that I sprayed with Pam at 350 degrees for roughly 20 minutes, or until a knife came out clean. I let it cool, then cut it into 35 pieces- I made the pieces small since I have little people around and don’t really want them eating a big piece- the box said it made 18 squares, but these are just a perfect bite size sweet.

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You ready for the best part?

Nutritional Information per Serving

(I entered the ingredients into myfitnesspal)

74 Calories

16 Carbs

1 Gram of Fat

This doesn’t even take into consideration the additional vitamins and nutrients¬†from the pumpkin and banana! One can of pumpkin has 280% of the Vitamin A you need per day! I’m not saying eat the whole baking pan, but that’s got to count for something, right?

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This recipe has been kid approved – the picky eater says: I don’t like it. I LOVE it!

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A little bit about me- I am a Mom and a Wife as my full time job. We are a homeschooling family with four kids. I love Jesus, reading, crafting, tea, and nerdy stuff.