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It’s actually starting to get colder outside and well–my heart is a little sad, but a little happy because I think we’re officially welcoming winter here. I have mixed feelings about winter. I love the hot chocolate, fireplace, chunky sweaters and looking at the snow from inside my warm house…but I hate driving in the snow, don’t really like being cold and well my active little one year old can’t quite get outside as often as she would like. So you see? Mixed feelings. However, with the colder weather it’s meant thinking of more things to do inside. I’ve been trying really hard to spend more quality time with Blake everyday. Not necessarily more time, but focusing on just her and only her; meaning no phone, no work distraction, just uninterrupted Mommy/Blake time. It might sound totally silly, but if I’m being honest I really don’t get this time as often as I would like. I work quite a bit and don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my job, but being a Mom is just the best feeling in the world. So this past weekend taking time to just cook and bake with my little one was the greatest. Plus–it’s Thanksgiving week y’all and this entire week will be filled with just that!!
This past weekend we practiced all the Thanksgiving recipes and ate way too much food. This is my first year hosting Thanksgiving so I wanted things to be perfect–which meant Marcus and Blake were my little test bunnies 😉 HA! We had a whole lot of errors, but three REALLY good recipes using fairlife and I’m going to share them with you today. fairlife was an important ingredient for me because one, it’s friggin’ delicious–like so good and two, it has the best of nutrients which means we’re eating good food but getting the nutrition we need! I’ve included a good snack recipe (you know, to eat while you’re waiting to eat ;)), a main course recipe and a leftover breakfast casserole for the next morning because we all know there’s going to be a TON of leftovers.
Recipe #1: fairlife Cheesy Potatoes
- 8-10 Potatoes (depending on size)
- ½ fairlife whole or fat free milk (you choose)
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 cups cheddar cheese
- ¼ Salted Butter
- Cook potatoes at 400° for about an hour. This is the longest part, so make sure you do this early. You can also put them in the crock pot, wrapped in foil, on high for 4 hours if that’s easier.
- Once fully cooked and soft, mash all the potatoes up in a large mixing bowl. You can take off the peels (that’s what I do) or leave them on, it really doesn’t matter.
- After they’re mashed pretty well, mix in butter until melted, then add ½ a cup of fairlife milk and sour cream. Mix. You can add a little more fairlife depending on how thick you want them, just eyeball this.
- Place potatoes in a baking pan and spread them out until they’re flat.
- Sprinkle cheese over the top of it and bake at 350° for about 5-6 minutes or until golden on top.
- EAT UP!
Recipe #2: fairlife Snack Mix
- 3 cups Rice Chex
- 3 cups Cheerios
- 3 cups of pretzels
- ¼ cup fairlife whole milk (you can also use chocolate, if you want a little kick!)
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup butter
- ½ cup corn syrup
- ½ sugar
- ⅓ cup honey
- Set wax paper on a baking sheet, then set to side.
- Combine the rice chex, cheerios, pretzels and coconut in a large mixing bowl and hand stir until mixed together.
- Mix together the butter, fairlife milk, corn syrup, sugar and honey in a sauce pan on the stove with medium heat. This one requires continuous stirring. Stir until it has a smooth texture and stop right before it gets to a boil.
- Pour fairlife, butter mixture over cereal, then quickly lay on wax paper and flatten.
- Let cool for 10-15 minutes, then serve!
Recipe #3: fairlife Breakfast Casserole
- 6 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup fairlife milk (your choice)
- 2 Cups leftover potatoes
- 3 Cups leftover stuffing
- 2 cups leftover Turkey (diced)
- ½ Cup Cheddar Cheese
- 1 TBSP Butter
- Garlic/Onion Powder
- Mix together the eggs and fairlife milk to begin, then add in all the leftovers (ie; potatoes, stuffing and turkey).
- Pour into a greased baking pan, top with 2-3 shakes of garlic and onion powder, add slice butter throughout (to melt), top with cheese and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes.
- Let cool and serve with fairlife chocolate milk!
What are your favorite fairlife milk recipes?!
This weekend made my heart happy y’all and I can’t wait for more this week and all the family time. Isn’t that what the holidays are all about?! Let me tell you balancing everything ain’t easy and I think quite honestly I am going to be trying to figure it out forever, but it’s worth it. Watching her laugh and smile while spilling chocolate milk and feed her dogs all the leftovers made my heart melt, even if the OCD in me died a little inside…She’s got the sweetest little personality and though sassy, she’s the cutest and definitely has a tiny sense of humor. When I was pregnant I knew Motherhood would change me, but I had no idea it would bring me the sense of joy it does. I mean, I had an idea–but experiencing it first hand is on an entirely new level. It’s the best job in the world and I hope she sees that I’m trying my best everyday to make her happy and balance it all. Here’s to Thanksgiving, delicious fairlife milk recipes and all the family time!
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Why do we love fairlife so much?
Well, let me tell you! One, it’s absolutely delicious and I mean that–the best milk I have ever had, especially the chocolate. Two, they do it right! Meaning they use a one-of-a kind cold-filtration process boosting nutrients like the natural protein and calcium found in milk creating even more nutritious milk. The entire process is pretty amazing and their farms are top notch. You can read all about it, here. But trust me when I say it’s the best and you should just go buy some so you can see it for yourself.