Thursday, April 16, 2015

Minty Pineapple Fruit Pops (only 2 ingredients!)

When it is warm outside, one of my favorite desserts is popsicles. It's a good thing my kids love popsicles even more than I do. What makes it even better to this mama is when I can make homemade popsicles out of fruit and herbs and then pass off a healthy fruit as a dessert to my kids—with no sugar added! A little bit of mint adds a freshness to the taste of these pineapple popsicles and makes them a little more special.


And if you use canned pineapple like I did, you can prep these in only 5 minutes! Freeze them overnight and get ready to keep cool on hot days.

Ingredients:
1 20 oz can of chunk pineapple in juice
1/4 cup fresh mint, loosely packed.


Place pineapple with juice into blender. Add mint. Puree until smooth (add a little water if you need to create a pourable mixture). Pour into a popsicle mold and freeze overnight. Makes 10-12 popsicles, depending on the size of the molds.




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Monday, April 13, 2015

Personalizing Kids Stuff without Names

Does anyone else have issues with putting their kids' names on stuff where strangers can see them? I do. I really don't mind personalizing their stuff--and honestly, with 3 little girls, I have a lot of pink stuff that needs labels to keep the fighting to a minimum. But I really don't want people I don't know being able to call my kids by name (not that the twins don't ask all kinds of random people their names and volunteer their own...but that's a different story. But I've come up with an easy solution that works perfectly for our kids: put an animal on it.


So when I bought 3 matching sketch books for them that looked like this, I knew that I would simply put an animal on it so that my kids would know without a shadow of a doubt whose sketch book they had.
It actually was very simple once I broke out my silhouette portrait!

I found some simple animal shapes online and used the trace function in the Silhouette software to get the outline of each animal: an elephant, a lion and a swan.


Then I cut the animals out of outdoor vinyl with my silhouette portrait and weeded out the image. The outdoor vinyl was important because I wanted the image to be as permanent as possible on the sketchbook...that's important when you have kids.


Then all you have to do is press the vinyl onto the sketchbook, and all of a sudden, the sketchbooks are easily distinguishable without shouting my kids' names to the random people we meet on vacation when they are sketching.



Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects for kids on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

DVD Case Coloring KitPersonalizing Kids Stuff without Names"Tiny Dancer" Dance BagDIY Future Mr. Darcy OnesieExtraCared for OnesieDIY Burp Cloths with AppliquesAdorable DIY Baby Onesies!DIY 3D SpongeBob InvitationsPersonalized Potty Chair & Potty Training Targets: Ready, Aim, FIRE!baby gift ideas using your Silhouette Machine
1. unOriginal Mom // 2. Architecture of a Mom // 3. Crafty Bonds // 4. Simply Kelly Designs // 5. Weekend Craft // 6. Cutesy Crafts // 7. DIYJustCuz // 8. My Paper Craze // 9. Where The Smiles Have Been // 10. From Whine to Whine


Enjoy!

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Menu Planning Monday 2015-04-12

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying spring weather where you are at! We've been working hard in our yard, ripping up and mulching and trimming all kinds of stuff. It's been the perfect weather for that! But with school back in session this week, it's time to really get down and dirty and plan a menu for the week that will get us through another week and that much closer to summer time! but in the midst of that, we've also got a birthday party to plan, and soccer still continues.



Here's the plan:

Monday: Naan Mexican Pizza


Tuesday:Hawaiian Chicken, Rice, Salad (we didn't have it last week)


Wednesday:  Easy Cheesy Tacos, Salad, Fruit


Thursday: Hot dogs, Fruit, Carrots
Friday: picnic at soccer practice
Saturday: Pizza Noodle Bake, Salad, and "Frozen" Birthday cakes
Sunday: Leftovers

What are you eating this week?

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Turnip Pasta - A Vegan, Low Carb Recipe



I've always been interested in introducing new veggies to my family and serving them in new ways. So when I was contacted by Tuttorosso to try to incorporate veggies in creative ways, I was on board. The vegetable I decided to try: turnips. (Just so you know, I wasn't paid for my opinion--I just got a couple of cans of tomatoes to experiment with--and Tuttorosso is a brand I cook with already). I've been interesting in trying noodles made out of vegetables for a time, but honestly, it sounds like a lot of work to use my vegetable peeler to make noodles. And you know, I was right. I made this dish with my vegetable peeler...and it took a long time. I think that if you have a tool specifically for making "noodles"--like a mandoline or the new inspiralizer--would make things a lot easier--but this recipe is totally doable with a vegetable peeler--it just takes longer!


This recipe was based on one at the Inspiralize Spring website:

4 medium turnips
2 tbsp olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon onion & garlic seasoning
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
28 oz crushed tomatoes with basil

Peel your turnips. Using a vegetable peeler (or a more specialized tool), make flat "noodles" with the turnips.

Heat your oil over medium heat. Add the spices and cook them for 2 minutes. Add the turnip noodles and cook for about 5 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and simmer for 15-20 minutes more.

And the verdict? I liked it, but the turnip flavor was a little too sharp for the kids. I think this recipe is one we can try again, but perhaps with other flavors that could counteract the turnips--maybe some sweet peppers to sweeten things up. I liked it--but my kids took that sharp taste as "spicy."


If you're interested in more recipes like this one, check out Inspiralize Spring!
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