Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall's Flavors

At the change of any season I am always so thankful to live in Minnesota. While certain aspects of our climate leave little to be desired, there's something to be said about experiencing four distinct seasons. We Northerners rejoice in the little things: a Maple tree turned bright red, the quiet after the year's first snowfall, the sighting of a robin, long, luxurious days on the lake.

While summer will always remain my favorite of all the seasons, I do so enjoy the beginning of autumn if for one reason alone: the food!

When the days get cooler I find myself getting reacquainted with things like my stove, my oven, soups & stews, hot coffee instead of iced lattes and apple-baked anything.

Just last night, instead of my usual dessert choice of chocolate or ice cream, I treated myself to a hot mug of cider. And today I'm making pumpkin soup; a recipe I found years ago and still delight in pulling out every year. I kid you not when I say that Brian has been dreaming of this meal ever since I put it on our week's menu on Monday. Men really are so easy to please, aren't they?
Just in time for all these Fall flavors, Earth's Best sent me two packages of their new Happy Snax Cereal Snacks in apple cinnamon and graham.  These were a welcomed treat because, if I'm being honest, my kids weren't so in love with the veggie-flavored Pop Snax we received last month.  It's a curious thing because all my kids are actually really good vegetable-eaters.

But they are in love with the new Happy Snax flavors!  Both flavors come in fun happy face shapes.  And both flavors boast 12 grams of whole grains, 2 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber and 25% of the recommended Daily Value of vitamin C in each serving.

Every evening when the clock ticks past 5:00 Katherine gets feisty.  But Brian doesn't get home for our family dinner until 5:30 or after.  So lately I've been putting her in her booster seat and throwing a handful of these guys on her tray to keep her happy.  It turns out these things are irresistible as our entire family has been walking past Katherine's seat and sneaking a taste.

The other day Brian popped a couple in his mouth on his way in the door and upstairs to change out of his dress clothes.

"Holy crap!" He said.  "Have you tried these things?  They're awesome!"

Like I said, easy to please.

* This post was inspired by products I received in partnership with Earth's Best. All opinions are 100% my own.

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