5 Ingredient Energy Bites

These five ingredient energy bites are so easy to throw together and the perfect snack for when you’re trying to hold off til the next meal but just need a little pick-me-up!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats (either old fashioned or steel cut quick oats is fine)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Roll into balls (about 1 inch in diameter) and place on lined baking sheet (makes about 30).
  • Pop the baking sheet into the freezer for about 30 minutes to allow the balls to firm up and hold their shape.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks (but they probably won’t last that long because they’re delish!).

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This recipe is not my own. See original recipe by I Heart Naptime here.

Smocked Polkadot

My favorite baby clothes are always those that are beautiful and unique, but also really comfortable. With an active three year old and a one year old who is into everything (and will be walking any day now), clothes that move with them and are appropriate for all kinds of outings are ideal and quite necessary.

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Smocked Polkadot offers timeless, beautiful baby clothes that are just as comfortable as they are cute and there is a huge selection of ever-changing items to choose from. Be sure to read about how the business got started and all about their amazing adoption foundation at the end of this post!

I love this polka dot knit twirl dress so much, I’m sure Harper will wear it out this summer! The ruffle detail and adorable tie in the back make it so dainty and feminine and I really just want one in my size if we’re being honest.

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This smocked pineapple dress is even cuter in person (if you can believe that!) and just perfect for summer! The colors are a match made in Heaven and I love the way the polka dot straps tie in the back.

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This little flamingo short set is so girly and fun and I love the flutter sleeves and ruffle detail on the matching shorts. In my opinion, this one runs a little big, so if your little one is between sizes and you’re wanting it for this summer, I would size down.

And, last but definitely not least, these yellow seersucker jon jons stole my heart from the moment I laid eyes on them. When Landon’s too big to wear things like this, I’ll cry like a baby. But for now, my handsome boy will be in walking shoes and jon jons every chance we get!

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About Smocked Polkadot

Ya’ll know by now that one of the things I’m very passionate about and so honored to do here at Coffee Date With Kate is share the stories behind the brands I help promote. It’s so fun to hear what inspired these businesses I’ve grown to love and serves as a sweet reminder that when you shop small and support businesses like this, you’re supporting someone’s dream, and in turn, their family.

Ashley, the founder of Smocked Polkadot, began this online children’s clothing line in 2014 after the birth of her second son. She wanted to stay home with her kiddos, but also wanted to work so, like many other Mama’s, she was torn on what to do. She’s always loved dressing her children in classic children’s clothing and having them match, but realized that it can be pretty expensive to do so. Then, Smocked Polkadot  happened! She wanted to be able to offer adorable and affordable classic clothing to other ladies and she has been enjoying designing these clothes ever since and now has an amazing team that works with her to make all of her dreams come to life.

This year she started the Seecaas Hope for Adoption Foundation. Two of her three children are adopted so adoption is something she and her husband hold very dear to their hearts. She says,

“We know that sometimes the cost involved will be the barrier that will stop someone from going through with the process.  So we brought our foundation to life so we could maybe help someone in the ways we have been blessed. A proceed from every item sold at Smocked Polkadot will be put into the foundation. As well as a proceed of every sale from our women’s shoe line Seecaas launching in November of 2019.  We are so excited with Smocked Polkadot and hopeful that it will allow us to be able to help someone else start their family. Our first recipient of the grant will be in November of 2019, which is National Adoption month.”

You can learn more about applying on their website under Seecaas Hope for Adoption Foundation

 

Thanks so much to Smocked Polkadot for providing the outfits featured in this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Chicken & Shrimp Pineapple Fried Rice

This dish is one of those summer meals that once you’ve had it, you’ll be craving it over and over and over again. It’s the perfect thing to make if you’re having company over and you’re going for the “wow!” factor, or it would be a great date-night-at-home meal to share with your honey! You can certainly leave out the shrimp or chicken if you wish (although I wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe).

This meal is even more delicious than it is impressive looking, and don’t even get me started on the flavors and texture. The perfect amount of creaminess, crunch, and sweetness. Drizzle with some shrimp sauce and cilantro and you’re good to go!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked jasmine ricefrom 1 1/2 cups uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 1/4 lb large peeled and deveined shrimpchopped into chunks
  • 2 large chicken breasts, chopped into chunks
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh pineapplediced (from 2 fresh)
  • 5 large scallionschopped
  • 3 cloves garlicminced
  • 1 jalepenochopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauceor more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • cilantro for garnish
  • teriyaki sauce to taste (about 1/2 cup)
  • shrimp sauce for garnish

Instructions:

  • Cook rice according to package directions and set aside to cool
  • Saute chicken until almost cooked through, add shrimp until just opaque (about 3 to 5 minutes), add teriyaki sauce, and set aside
  • For pineapple bowls, cut each pineapple in half and hollow out both halves to make 4 bowls, saving 1 1/2 cups for stuffing
  • Cut a piece off the bottom of the pineapple halves to create a flat base
  • Cut the reserved pineapple into small pieces and set aside
  • Heat a nonstick wok on high heat; then hot add oil
  • Add the scallions, chili, and garlic to the wok. Saute for about 1 minute, then add the rice and pineapple and stir a few times until just combined
  • Add cooked chicken and shrimp back to wok
  • Add soy sauce and fish sauce, stir to mix all the ingredients and cook for about another 30 seconds
  • Divide and transfer into the hollowed out pineapples and garnish with cilantro and shrimp sauce if desired

 

This recipe is not my own. It was adapted from Skinny Taste and you can see the original here.

Fin & Kate Apparel

This little farm outfit is so colorful and fun! I love the cheery farm animals and little red barns, but the back is the part that’s the real showstopper! The gingham bow that compliments the trim on the shorts is just too cute for words and I can hardly wait for Harper to wear this to the county fair and to the farm this Fall!

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Fin & Kate has so many adorable items available right now, and these are a few more of my favorites:

You might remember the adorable sweater romper I shared a few months ago. I have been so pleased with the quality of every item I’ve received and love the variety of unique pieces they offer!

 

Thanks so much to Fin & Kate for providing the outfit featured in this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls

Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve shared a recipe and I definitely want to change that! I’ve been in a bit of a rut of making the same things over and over again and I want to add some fun new summery dishes to my old faithfuls. I made these pimento cheese sausage balls for Landon’s birthday party last weekend (which was a Cowboy Breakfast, just in case you missed the post about it) and everyone loved them!

These are so easy to make and would be the perfect appetizer for your next get together or party! They only require three ingredients and I got about 50 balls out of this recipe. I rolled the balls out the night before (and I went ahead and placed them on a foil lined baking sheet covered with cling wrap in the fridge so all I had to do the next morning was uncover them and pop them in the oven).

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Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces of pimento cheese (any kind will work!)
  • 1 pound of breakfast sausage
  • 2 cups of Bisquick

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine ingredients well and roll into balls.
  • Place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Landon’s 3rd Birthday Party

For Landon’s third birthday party, we knew it had to be cowboy themed because our boy eats, sleeps, and breathes in his cowboy boots and hat. He loves Tweetsie Railroad, asks to watch Toy Story just about every day, and you can usually find him with his Cowboy Woody tucked under his arm. We have season passes to Tweetsie this year (a wonderful Christmas gift from GaGa), and we’ve already been twice this year!

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We thought he would love to go to Tweetsie after his party, so we did a “Cowboy Breakfast” at one of my favorite picnic areas on the Blue Ridge Parkway that we used to go to all the time when I was little. It was a simple, easy little party and we had a yummy mix of sweet and savory foods that I think everyone really loved.

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Landon had an absolute blast playing in the creek with his cousins, and it was really sweet for me because I played in that same creek when I was his age and I just love watching him run free and explore.

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My Mama made the cake, of course, and it was perfect. She puts her heart and soul into every cake she makes and it shows. I am so thankful for her and the way she gives her all and goes above and beyond to make everything so special for us!

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After the party, we went to Tweetsie Railroad and our cousins got to go with us. Kristen and I are six months apart and so are Landon and Briggs, so the two of them together is just about too much cuteness for us to handle. They had the time of their lives and I think it will be something they remember for years and years to come!

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Grayson and I are so thankful for everyone who came from near and far to help celebrate our sweet  boy. He is so loved by so many and it just blesses our hearts to see him surrounded by such wonderful family and friends! He had a great birthday weekend in the mountains and we were blessed with beautiful weather!

Letters to Landon: Three

My little Landon,

You’re THREE today! How in the world has time passed so quickly? I’m learning more and more as you grow that time really is a thief. It seems like just yesterday, we were bringing you home from the hospital in the same little pale yellow suit that your Daddy and Papa wore home from the hospital when they were born.

I remember studying you as a newborn. Memorizing the way your eyes fluttered in and out of sleep, the curve of your little nose, your tiny fingers and toes, the way your blonde hair sparkled in the sun (even then, and much more so now), and the way your little chest rose and fell as you breathed while snuggled up close to me. It is the honor of a lifetime to have watched you grow and develop a little personality. I still study you everyday and I’ll never stop getting to know you.

It’s like from day one, you and I have just “fit.” Two peas in a pod. Made for each other. My boy. The one who first called me “Mama,” the one who captured my heart and brought the kind of peace to my soul that I didn’t know was possible. I’ll never get over the fact that Jesus chose your Daddy and me to be your parents. It’s the hardest, but undoubtably the most rewarding and joyful job I have ever had or will ever have. We are only three years into this journey called Parenthood and I know we’re still only just getting started. Thank you so much for being so patient with us as we learn to parent in the way that the Lord would have us parent. Thank you for all the times (already) that you’ve been so quick to forgive after I’ve lost my cool and had to apologize to you. Sometimes I feel like you can see deep into my heart, almost deeper than anyone ever has before, and just understand far more than any little boy your age could possibly comprehend.

You are so special, Landon. There are so many stories I could tell. I could literally write a book (and I might one day) just telling about funny or impactful things you’ve said or done.

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I love your mischievous personality. You peek around corners or hold toys behind your back with the same look in your eye that I can imagine my Paw giving his own Mama (not in a sneaky way, per-say, but with a sheepish, playful grin that literally leaves my heart in a puddle every single time). I love your tender spirit. You remember things we’ve talked about and ask me about them later. You are so concerned anytime someone is hurt and you have a gentleness that really shows such strength. When an ambulance or firetruck passes with sirens blaring, you ask if we can stop and pray. You prayed over me when I was sick just recently, and that was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. I will never forget the times you’ve taken my face in your hands and said, “I am so glad you are my Mommy.” MELT MY HEART! You have such a joyful spirit. My Mama always said that when I was little, she could never punish me by sending me to time out because if she did, I’d be having a ball in time out, in my own little world. It’s the exact same way with you, little love. You love any place we go; you have fun doing whatever it is we do. To me, it’s more than just a carefree personality, it’s a contentment and peace in your spirit that just shines through in the sweetest way.

You love to eat, love to throw on your apron and chef hat and help me and Daddy in the kitchen, you love music and sing all the time, and you would stay outside from the time the sun comes up until the time it goes down if we’d let you (and some days, we just about do). I love watching you as a big brother. You stepped into the role with such sweetness and I hope that the two of you will always be close. Your little sister truly thinks you hung the moon and she’s the luckiest girl in the world to have you as her big brother. You’re a snuggler, especially with me, and I savor every minute of you reaching to me for comfort because I know one day you’ll be grown and won’t do it anymore. You say the funniest things and I have a running list of the most hilarious things you call everyday objects (for instance, doughnuts are “nonuts,” band aids are “daids,” umbrellas are “rainbrellas,” and your beloved cowboy boots are “cowboots.”). You love your little red tricycle from Grammy and Grumps, your big red firetruck and grand piano from GaGa, and your red barn and horses from Mimi and Papa. You love playing in the pool in our backyard. Your Papa just recently fixed up your Daddy’s first bike with training wheels and you learned to ride it in no time at all and my heart is still a puddle in the floor over it. There is such redeeming love in you and your Papa’s relationship and I’ll never stop thanking Jesus for it. You look so big riding a big boy bike and it’s hard to imagine you teaching your own little boy to ride it someday, but that’s what I pray for. I’ve prayed for the woman you’ll marry someday and the kind of Daddy you’ll be since before you were born, and it’s my heart’s greatest desire that you will choose to follow Jesus every day of your life and live your life to honor Him.

You are a big helper and do lots of chores, like bringing me the bathroom trash cans when it’s time to take the trash out, helping us carry in groceries, helping me move the clothes from the washer to the dryer, cleaning up toys, bringing me diapers and wipes for your sister, and feeding Kai Kai every morning. You learned three Bible verses before your third birthday, starting with the first Bible verse I memorized as a child:

“When you are cheerful, you feel good.” Proverbs 17:22

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

“A friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17:17

I am so proud of you, Little Bear, and I am so glad I’m your Mommy. Your Daddy and I love all 32 pounds of you more than you’ll ever know! Happy Birthday!

I’ll love you forever, and always more than the day before.

Love,

Mama

Olive and Threads Co. Bows

Olive and Threads Co. bows are so beautiful and they are the perfect combination of trendy and fun with timeless and classic style. The “pinwheel bow” is beautifully hand-tied and comes in the most beautiful fabric choices you could ever imagine, and the “school girl” bow is just as lovely (and a bit smaller). You have the option to choose a nylon headband (in nude, black, white, or peach) or alligator clip.

These are a few of my favorites currently available on the Olive and Threads Co. website:

Emily, the owner and creator of Olive and Threads Co., is absolutely precious and her young business  (just est. in 2019) is named after her daughter, Olive. Her grandmother is one of her biggest inspirations, and because she such sweet memories of the handmade dresses and quilts she made for her as a child, she says that she never sits down at her sewing machine without thinking of her.  I think it’s important to remember that when you shop small, you’re helping support someone’s dream, and in turn – their family. Not to mention, the quality of mass produced products absolutely can not compare to items that are made with love from small shops!

 

Thanks so much to Olive and Threads Co. for providing the bows featured in this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Ruby Lou Bags

Ruby Lou Bags is a little hobby that turned into a small business. The name is in honor of the owner’s grandmother, Ruby, who she lovingly remembers as a kind, giving, selfless woman of God. It was her grandmother who taught her to sew, so it’s very fitting that she pay tribute to her by naming her business after her. “Lou” is a nod to the St. Louis region, where you can find Ruby Lou Bags in five different boutiques, all ran by local women.

Miranda (the owner and creative behind this business) is a believer, wife, and mother of three boys. She is passionate about shopping small and supporting local artisans and she works from home part-time and stays busy creating new, beautiful bags for Ruby Lou Bags.

I love this floral crossbody. It features an adjustable strap and outer pockets and it’s just the right size. Bags like this are so perfect for Mamas who need to have their hands free!

You can find all kinds of beautiful bags of all shapes and sizes on Instagram (@ruby.lou.bags) and just direct message to order. If you don’t use Instagram and would prefer to order via email, you can reach the owner at MCcreations@mail.com.

 

Thanks so much to Ruby Lou Bags for providing the bag featured in this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

 

 

Matching Swimsuits // Eyelet & Ivy

Eyelet and Ivy has really outdone themselves with this year’s swimsuit collection. I am completely in love with the popsicle print and can’t wait for Landon and Harper to wear their matching suits at the beach this summer. For now, the blow up kiddie pool in the back yard and Friday nights at the YMCA pool will have to do!

The colors are just so sweet and the ruffle detail on Harper’s suit (Popsicle Bubble Swimsuit) takes the cuteness to a whole new level.

Landon’s little trunks (Boys Popsicle Swim Trunks) with matching swim shirt (Light Blue Rashguard Shirt) are just adorable and would be so cute monogrammed!

Other swimsuits from Eyelet and Ivy’s Swim Collection that I love:

See this post about some really cute looks from the Eyelet and Ivy Spring Collection and be sure to subscribe to their newsletter and follow along on Instagram to be kept up to date about the latest promotions!

Thanks so much to Eyelet and Ivy for providing the swimsuits featured in this post. As always, all opinions are my own.