The Perfect Winter Family Vacation at Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos

Looking for the perfect winter family vacation – a vacation that has something for everyone?  Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos is the answer!  With the completion of phase 2 in March 2017, it will be home to America’s largest indoor waterpark and so much more!

Kalahari Resorts Poconos

A couple years ago, my fiance, son and I took a vacation to the Poconos.  It’s only a short drive for us so it’s the perfect vacation destination!  My fiance is an avid snowboarder and my son had never been before so I thought it would be a fun trip!

Poconos winter family Vacation

Poconos Winter Family Vacation

My son was instantly bit by the snowboarding bug.  Me, not so much, although I will admit that the snow tubing was a blast.  Thankfully, my best friend and her fiance (now husband) were there as well so she and I hung out in the lodge most of the day.  6-degree temperatures are not my thing either.

Fast forward to today.  We now have two kids (my best friend has a baby now too!) one of which is too young for snowboarding.  That doesn’t stop my fiance and oldest son from wanting to head to the mountains every winter for a family vacation, though!

So, what do you do when half the family loves winter sports, and the other half doesn’t or are incapable of participating??

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions

Enter Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Poconos!

Kalahari Resorts Poconos

Kalahari Resorts Poconos

This is most definitely where we will be staying on our vacation this year!  The resort has nearly 1,000 guest rooms, a workout center, and a luxury spa!  There are also 3 on-site dining options!

Kalahari Resorts Poconos

Kalahari Resorts has plenty of activities to keep everyone happy and busy all day long!  There is a huge family entertainment area where you can play miniature golf, laser tag, and arcade games or you can spend a few hours at the Gorilla Grove Treetop Outdoor Aerial Adventure Park!  But the amenity that I’m looking forward to the most is the indoor water park!

Kalahari Resorts Poconos

The second phase of Kalahari Resorts Waterpark will open in March this year, making it America’s largest indoor waterpark!  They will have 8 new slides, an addition to the wave pool, an island cabana, and even a swim up bar!

Check out these photos of some of the phase 2 attractions that are coming in March!  From thrilling new slides, to relaxing wave pools and lazy rivers, everyone in the family will love this water park!

Kalahari Resorts Poconos

Kalahari Resorts Poconos

Kalahari Resorts Poconos

Even though the older boys love snowboarding, I have a feeling they will be spending more days at the resort than on the mountains this year!  I think it will also be a lot easier to convince some other friends and their families to vacation there with us too!

Kalahari Resorts Poconos

You can get all the details about Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Poconos and the new expansion on their website.  They also have locations in Sandusky, Ohio and Wisconsin Dells and will be opening a new location in Rock Round, Texas soon!

Maybe we will see you there this winter too!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter & Jelly Waffles

This Gluten Free Peanut Butter Jelly & Waffles recipe will make you forget you’re eating gluten free!  This recipe will give you fluffy waffles full of yummy peanut butter and jelly flavors!

This is seriously the best gluten free waffle recipe I have ever made. Even my non-gluten free son wants these every day now! They are fluffy and have tons of peanut butter flavor! And you can't help but love the classic peanut butter and jelly flavor!

When I told my 9-year-old son, Jaxon, that  I  needed to create an original recipe using peanut butter and jelly, he said, “You can leave this one up to me!”  He’s probably the only person on the planet who loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches more than I do!

Unfortunately, his first idea was not going to work out like he thought it would.  After a little trial and error and some tweaking here and there, he finally decided on the winning recipe: Peanut Butter & Jelly Waffles!  I tweaked his idea a little more and we decided on making Gluten Free Peanut Butter & Jelly Waffles.

Shopping for Ingredients

We headed over to Target to get everything we would need.  Target is my favorite store for home decor, office supplies, and clothing.  Being able to buy groceries there as well is a huge bonus!  It’s also the only store I can drag Jaxon to without hearing any complaining!  They really do have something for everyone and I am totally that person who goes in needing a few things and coming out with ten times as much!

Jif and Smuckers at Target

We ended up buying a huge jar of Jaxon’s favorite, Jif Creamy Peanut Butter, and Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Fruit Spread.  Right now you can save 5% on Jif and Smucker’s products when you use the Target Cartwheel app!

Wanting to keep things healthier for all of my exciting, life-changing New Year’s resolutions, I decided to make this recipe gluten-free and lower in carbs than tradition waffle recipes by using a combination of tapioca flour and coconut flour.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Waffles

The results were far beyond my expectations and Jaxon has requested that I make a batch every week so he can have one before school every morning!  I am totally on board with giving him a healthy breakfast he loves before he hops on the bus!  I hope you love them just as much!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter & Jelly Waffles

Here is a video on how to make these Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Waffles!  The printable recipe is listed at the bottom of this post as well.

 

How to Use the Target Cartwheel App

The first time I ever used the Target Cartwheel app, I did it all wrong, so I wanted to include a quick tutorial on how to use it so you can be sure to get your savings!

  1.  Download the Target Cartwheel app and create an account.
  2. Browse the offers and select the one’s you want.  The app will add the offers you select to the “My List” section for easy reference. Target Cartwheel App
  3. At checkout, open your app and select “Checkout” from the menu at the bottom. Have the cashier scan the barcode on your Target Cartwheel app BEFORE scanning your items. Target Cartwheel App
  4. You save instantly!

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Waffles

Jaxon and I will be thrilled if you decide to try out our Gluten Free Peanut Butter & Jelly Waffles recipe!  Pick up some Jif and Smucker’s at Target (be sure to use the Target Cartwheel app!) and let us know if you love them as much as we do!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Waffles
Gluten Free Peanut Butter & Jelly Waffles
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Gluten Free Peanut Butter & Jelly Waffles
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  1. Preheat your waffle iron (I use setting 4 on mine).
  2. In a medium bowl combine the tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix. Add the almond milk, eggs, butter, and peanut butter. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Pour mixture into the preheated waffle iron (working in batches, if necessary). Cook until waffles are cooked through and edges are just crispy, about 4 minutes.
  4. Top with the Smucker's Fruit Spread of your choice and enjoy!
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Parmesan Lemon Risotto Recipe with Roasted Butternut Squash

This Parmesan Lemon Risotto recipe will definitely satisfy your taste buds!  The addition of roasted butternut squash just makes it all that much better!

Parmesan Lemon Risotto

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Parmesan Lemon Risotto

I pretty much love anything with cheese and being that I’m Italian, it would be odd if I didn’t love risotto as much as I do!  I’ve never had a risotto I didn’t like, but this Parmesan Lemon Risotto recipe I just put together, is my current favorite…ever.

I started off planning to make a butternut squash risotto, then somehow decided it would be a Parmesan Lemon risotto instead.  Finally, I decided at the last minute to cube and roast the squash (that I had bought to make risotto with anyway!) and mix it into my Parmesan Lemon Risotto (yes, I am your typical mind-changing female).

Parmesan Lemon Risotto Recipe

I was a little worried it wasn’t going to work out.  I really had no idea it was going to turn out amazing, but it did!  Not gonna lie…I didn’t share. I didn’t even tell anyone I made it – ha!

Parmesan Lemon Risotto Recipe

In my recipe post for Pumpkin Risotto, I mentioned how risotto has this reputation of being difficult to make.  It’s intimidating, I get it.  I was there too.  But, I can honestly tell you – it’s not hard!  Just be sure to use arborio rice and be prepared to stir, stir, and stir some more.

I was literally stirring with one hand, cleaning up the mess I had made with the other, and trying to feed the baby bits of turkey and cheese all at once and mine still turned out just fine!  You can do it!

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Obviously, this Parmesan Lemon Risotto Recipe with Roasted Butternut Squash is delicious on its own, but I think it would be a great side dish as well.  I’m planning to serve it at Thanksgiving this year!

Have you been afraid to make your own risotto?  If so, don’t be!  Give this recipe a try!  I think you’ll be surprised….and full!

Enjoy!

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  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Mix the butternut squash and olive oil in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Spread onto a baking sheet and roast until just caramelized, about 30 minutes.
  2. In a large, deep skillet, or dutch oven, add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and shallot and cook until soft, about 3-4 minutes. Mix in the rice and lemon zest, then add the wine. Cook until the wine is absorbed.
  3. Add 3 cups of the stock in one cup at a time, letting each cup absorb fully before adding the next, then add the last cup of stock 1/4 Cup at a time until rice is cooked as desired (I used about a 1/2 cup).
  4. Once all the stock is absorbed, remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice, butter, and Parmesan cheese and stir to combine.
  5. Fold in the butternut squash and serve immediately.
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