I was compensated by PARTNERS, A Tasteful Choice Company, for my time in creating this post. All opinions are my own.
It’s funny. There are days when my kids magically know how to be on their best behavior, without me telling them or any ice cream bribes. It was a Wednesday and I was visiting my aesthetician (yes, I have a skin care person. As I’ve gotten older, I need more help! If you’re in Madison and need one, let me know. Katie is fabulous) and had to bring the girls with me. Whenever I have errands like this and they have to come with me, I bring the bag.
Some of you parents might be familiar with this. The bag is my huge tote bag with snacks, bandaids, coloring books, crayons, bubbles, books and more snacks. Oh, and water and maybe some toys for Madeline. Yes, I’m always prepared. Or I try to be.
On this day, of course, nothing in the bag kept them busy and they were getting up every 5 minutes, knocking on the door and happily going in and out of the room I was in. Fortunately, Katie is the sweetest and wasn’t bothered by the every 5 minute interruptions and the gal in the lobby behind the front desk was also trying to keep them busy. As we were leaving, I was apologizing but they kept saying, “No worries at all! We loved your girls! At least they are happy kids!”
There was no whining. No, “I’m bored, when are we going home?” They weren’t exactly on their best behavior but they did pretty good for the time that we were there and they were polite. And again, there was no whining. Which, for me, is huge! At times like this, when we get compliments from other people regarding our children, as a parent, it kinda makes you smile and laugh at the same time. Because we know what they can really be like at home.
We are officially a little more than a week away from the first day of school. I’m excited to get back into our routine and to get the girls back in school and learning! We’ve had a great summer and I have loved the outings and moments we’ve spent with each other.
Every year I look forward to catching up with the girls when they get home from school and hearing about their days. I always have snacks ready to go at 3pm and we sit down together, and catch up on things before homework time. There are, of course, some days where I still have some work to do and I’ve learned that as long as I have the good snacks out, they will sit and munch away happily and will let me finish up some last minute emails in peace.
Lately, we’ve been munching on these PARTNERS Free For All Kitchen crackers. We love to dip these crackers in hummus, salsa, almond butter and this Texas Caviar!
These crackers are gluten-free and corn, soy and rice-free! They are made with cassava root flour and a blend of five ancient grains: amaranth, quinoa, millet, sorghum and teff. Honestly, my kids loved these. I was actually kind of surprised because these are crackers I would normally like and buy for myself, but they honestly loved these crackers!
Distribution of Free for All Kitchen products is expanding across the country, with products appearing in many new stores across the East and West Coasts. For a full list of stores carrying PARTNERS products, visit their website.
Have y’all tried Texas Caviar?
I was born and raised in Texas and didn’t have this until my adult years. My sister first made this for me and it’s quite addicting. Texas caviar is a salad of black-eyed peas lightly pickled in a vinaigrette-style dressing. It’s so easy to make and tastes better after it’s been in the fridge for a few hours, so make some in the morning and enjoy this with your kids for an afternoon snack!
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 medium garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 (15-ounce) can golden sweet whole kernel corn, no salt added, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15-ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
- ½ cup green bell pepper, diced
- 1 small red onion, peeled and diced
- 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro or parsley, finely chopped
- Serve with crackers or chips
- Combine the vinegar, garlic, salt and cumin in a small bowl. While whisking constantly, slowly pour in the olive oil until completely incorporated. Set aside.
- Using a large mixing bowl, add in the corn, black-eyed peas, tomato, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion and cilantro or parsley. Mix together and pour dressing over the top. Gently mix together again and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.
My kids also love the gluten free Brownie Thins. The Brownie Thins are the newest addition to the Free for All Kitchen product line. You get all the same goodness in a sweet brownie thin cracker! These are great to satisfy those sweet taste buds!
To learn more about PARTNERS crackers, visit their Facebook page! I hope you enjoy!
Disclosure: I was compensated by PARTNERS, A Tasteful Choice Company, for my time in creating this post. All opinions are my own.