WIAW: Pumpkin Waffle French Toast

If you’ve ever been pregnant I hope you will support me when I say PREGNANCY BRAIN IS REAL.  I feel like a total airhead.  I could have sworn that I published this post yesterday.  I thought I was going to be super awesome and post super early for a change, so everyone could drool over my delicious breakfast recipe…  But that never happened because I never hit “Publish.”  Face palm.


Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!



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breakfast: frozen berries {great way to save $$$!}, turkey bacon, & Pumpkin Waffle French Toast with peanut butter chips


mid-morning snack: peppermint tea, Blue Diamond Almonds, & a pear


lunch: an orange, cooked peas + carrots, an avocado + turkey wrap, & baked chips


afternoon snack: an apple & Clif Mojo Trail Mix Bar {salty + sweet = heaven}



stressful day = a trip to Target for nursing bras & junk food



dinner: after spending 2+ hours at Target, dinner at 9PM was burrito night {Monday} leftovers & a couple of Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies + cookie dough ice cream




Coat a medium skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat.

Toast waffles in toaster until crispy – you don’t want soggy french toast.  While waffles are toasting, whisk all of the ingredients together in a medium, shallow bowl.  Dip waffles into batter to coat each side.  Use a fork to poke holes into the waffles so they can absorb as much batter as possible.

Cook waffles for approximately 2 minutes on each side or until light brown.  Serve with a little butter and syrup or Trader Joe’s peanut butter chips for maximum deliciousness!

Question:  Do you believe in pregnancy brain?

Question:  Waffle french toast.  What?!

— Allison


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Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!













P.S.  The shelves at Trader Joe’s are bursting with pumpkin treats!  If you haven’t shopped already, hurry before they’re all gone!




Question: Pumpkin – yay or nay?

Question:  What’s your favorite pumpkin product from Trader Joe’s?

— Allison


Applegate HALF TIME Review & Giveaway

Do y’all remember those infamous lunches that came in rectangular plastic containers?  You peeled back the plastic cover to find separate compartments containing all of the ingredients to assemble your lunch {plus a sugary treat and sometimes a drink}?  Oftentimes moms packed them as a treat and the other children were envious of whoever had one.


I distinctly remember enjoying the turkey + cheese cracker sandwiches, cheese pizzas, and nachos.  Nowadays, the thought of them make me cringe.  I haven’t taken the time to read their ingredient lists, but I’m willing to bet there’s a little bit of cardboard in the pizza crusts and rubber in the cheese.

As an elementary school teacher and a soon-to-be mom, I feel as if it’s one of my responsibilities to help educate children about their food choices.  I’m not saying that kids should eat fruits and veggies all day {they’re kids!}, but they should be informed and have the opportunity to learn about making healthier choices.

Applegate HALF TIME Products

Applegate partnered with Stonyfield and Annie’s to create HALF TIME™ – the first pre-packed lunch kit with natural and organic ingredients.  Moms nationwide now don’t have to compromise between convenience and quality…  And they can enjoy a few extra minutes of sleep every morning because it takes less than 10 seconds to throw a HALF TIME™ kit into their child’s backpack!

HALF TIME™ lunch kits come in three kid-approved varieties: Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese, Bologna & Cheese.  Each kit includes:

  • Applegate All-Natural Meats and Cheeses which contain no artificial ingredients, no preservatives, and antibiotic-free, and are hormone-free
  • Annie’s Buttery Rich crackers™
  • Annie’s Organic Berry Patch Fruit Snacks™ or Annie’s Friends Bunny Grahams™
  • Stonyfield Organic YoKids® Squeezers® yogurt

Since I don’t have any children of my own yet, I shared my treats with Ryan {he’ll always be a kid at heart} and my students.  Ryan tried the Turkey & Cheese and said that it was tasty.  We frequently buy Applegate and Annie’s products so I wasn’t surprised.  The real question was, what would my picky elementary students think?


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All of my students gave the HALF TIME™ lunch kits two thumbs up and said would ask their parents to buy them for their lunches!  One kid even said that the cracker sandwiches were better than any sandwich his mom has ever packed him…  Shhh, I won’t share that at Back-to-School Night tomorrow.

Sound appealing?  The lunch kits are available nationwide at food retailers such as Target, BJ’s, and Safeway for a suggested retail price of $4.99.  The price tag is a little steep, but you’re paying for the quality of ingredients over quantity.  Also, a product locator can be found here.

And now for the fun part…  Applegate would like to send one reader a HALF TIME™ lunch kit!  There multiple ways to enter {please leave a separate comment for each entry}.  The giveaway will be open until 12PM Tuesday, September 23rd and I’ll announce a winner on Wednesday, September 24th.

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Disclaimer: Applegate sent me complimentary HALF TIME™ lunch kits in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions.

— Allison