Bits of Sweetness

Easy Instagram View Hack!



Are you doing this on your Instagram page? I hope so!

I can't tell you how many times I have seen an Instagram photo posted to Facebook without the text changed to easily direct the reader to the link. So often it says "See link in profile" except- that doesn't work on Facebook.


Here's the hack. It's really simple!

When you post a photo, deselect sharing to Facebook and other social media sites.

Share it only to Instagram.



Once saved, go back and select "Edit."

Edit the text for social media to include either the direct link or a bit.ly link. Be sure to give sponsored credit if appropriate.

Tada. Boost your views! It works! People on Facebook or Twitter don't know where to look on your profile for your "link in profile" because often there isn't one like there is in the profile on IG.

Save the hassle and boost your views! And, just a hint- once you share it, go back so it doesn't save the edit on Instagram.  Win/win all around!


Roasted Honey Mustard Pan Vegetables {Easy Brunch under $10!}



Every now and then, a fancy breakfast sounds like what would make the perfect morning. I don't know about you, but I rarely have time to actually put something elegant or time-consuming together (at least not during the week!) so, in creating this dish, I knew it had to fall under easy, tasty, and a little bit fancy. The honey mustard really hits the spot and kicks it up a notch! I don't normally think of that flavor as being a breakfast one, but it is delectable and perfect for brunch!

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I go to a wonderful mom's group (MOPS!) It happened to be our table's week to bring food for the twice-monthly meeting. I picked up some donut holes but felt in the mood for something a little more substantial (and fancy!) I'd heard Grocery Outlet had expanded their organic NOSH section and decided to check it out since I needed a few things for my dish to bring. Consensus? It's an impressive size and has so many brands we already buy (and some new favorites!)

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Probably my best score was a huge bag of frozen butternut squash for $4.99 versus at least twice that much. I tend to meal plan like I pick outfits for photos- select one main ingredient and build something around it. They had a lot of organic frozen veggies on sale for $2.99 & this week, KIND bars Oats & Honey with Coconut flavor are on sale for $1.99! I know I would have paid twice that at my other favorite store. These were my final picks for main ingredients in the recipe I was creating (on the spot- fun yet challenging!) Total cost? Under $10!

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Final verdict? Having an excuse to make some delicious food is always good for the soul. Also friendships. We had a wonderful talk about counter-cultural living and what things actually bring happiness. (Hint: contentment. It is one of the biggest factors in true happiness and joy.)

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I have a nice little problem on my hands now- I have a lot of butternut squash leftover! What are some of your favorite ways to use it? I think I might roast it with butter and cinnamon for some healthier snack options in the remaining ten weeks of pregnancy.

Do you shop at Grocery Outlet? My 5-year old has their little jingle memorized from the radio. I don't think I'll ever forget it now! Highly recommend stopping by sometime and checking out both their selection and prices on their NOSH section. It would make for some awesome easy lunchbox add-ins or the makings of a tasty brunch dish like this!

Roasted Honey Mustard Pan Vegetables

Ingredients
2 cups butternut squash, cubed
1 sweet potato cubed
1 potato cubed
1 cup quartered brussel sprouts
3 Morning Star patties crumbled
1 TBS EVOO
S & P to taste
2 TBS honey mustard

Preheat oven to 400 F

Lay all ingredients (minus the patties) on a baking dish or pan. 
Bake for 20 minutes, then broil for 10 minutes.
Add in crumbles. Serve. Enjoy!