But, here's the reason: after school snacks make me a little crazy. Sometimes it just blows my mind how hungry they are, and there's just a lot of...needs.
I liked having a plan. I felt less stressed, and the girls looked forward to seeing what they were having. As you'll see, the snacks aren't high end or complicated, because I just don't have time for that!
Monday: We had M&M cookies (recipe below). The girls loved them, and I thought they were great, too! I only had 1, because I made a couple of meals for people this week, and they got the cookies!
Tuesday: We had Tea on Tuesday! We had Lemon Ginger tea which the girls liked better than the Good Earth Originals Sweet and Spicy tea from the previous week. I made these shortbread cookies but also added some almond extract. They were very delicious! We put jam on them, too!
Wednesday: Wheat Thin Wednesday! We had Wheat Thins with sliced co-jack cheese.
Thursday: We had these yummy smoothies for Thirsty Thursdays! They may be my favorite smoothie and taste a lot like McDonald's Mango Pineapple smoothie (which is a treat we get after the girls go to the doctor).
Friday: Fruit on Friday! I told Maggie and Gracie that we were going to have apple pizzas, and they freaked out...as in they didn't want to eat it at all. I tried to explain it, but I decided to just make it and not give it a cute title :) I just cut apple slices (in a circle, through the core) and cut out the hard core middle bits. I melted some peanut butter in the microwave until it was pour-able. I drizzled the peanut butter on to the apples and sprinkled some mini chocolate chips on. Most of the chocolate chips fell off, though :)
Here's the recipe for the M&M cookies that I got from my friend, Mandy. She is the queen of all things M&Ms, so I knew she'd have a great recipe! The only change I made was to use butter instead of margarine.
2 sticks butter at room temperature (this is 1 cup)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
small box instant pudding (I used vanilla, but Mandy says the chocolate kinds are good)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup M&Ms (be generous!)
Cream together the butter, sugar, and pudding. Add eggs until well combined. Mix in baking soda and flour. Stir in M&Ms. Scoop the dough, about a tablespoon at a time onto baking sheet (I literally always use a silpat or parchment paper).
Now, if you want to make sure you have pretty M&Ms on top, put them on your dough ball.
When it bakes down, the M&Ms will be on top!
Bake at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes!
Enjoy...without without a cute little friend :)
Have a great day!