Sunday, July 5, 2015

Menu Planning Monday 2015-07-06

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I know that we had a blast on our long weekend: we went to a large local park for some hiking (not on the mountain that we originally planned because of the weather, but still fun!). Then we had loads of fun with water slides, dinner, and fireworks at a friends house, and then celebrating my birthday at home! Yay!! But now we need to plan for another week of work and summer weather.

Here's the meal plan for the week:



Monday: Meatball Sandwiches (using these meatballs), broccoli and cheese, salad



Tuesday: Chicken Enchiladas, Grapes
Wednesday: Chicken Nuggets and French Fries, Salad
Thursday: Tacos (with easy cheesy taco meat)


Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Hamburgers, Salad, Fruit
Sunday: Rotisserie Chicken in the Crockpot, Corn on the Cob, Bread, Salad



What are you eating this week?

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July 2015

I just wanted to wish all of you a very Happy Fourth of July!


Over the past few weeks, We've seen a lot of division and heartache in the U.S. through various events covered in the media. Please take the time today to remember that no matter what our backgrounds, beliefs, or lifestyles, if you are an United States Citizen, you have been blessed in one way or another by the opportunities in this country as penned by the founding fathers of this country:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

I'm not saying that the country is perfect. I'm just saying that we should take this one day to appreciate and celebrate the blessings that we have here. So many people in this world do not enjoy the privileges we take for granted.


Enjoy your Independence Day...be safe and remember that little ones and our furry friends may not enjoy the pyrotechnic displays. Have fun grilling and hanging out with friends and family! And keep in mind a lesson that I had to teach my children last year: sparklers stay hot even after extinguished :-( My kids are still talking about that one....)

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pops

I have to say that I'm pretty much in love with banana-based popsicles. Bananas give pops a sweet taste without being overwhelming - they are a simple base that I can add all kinds of flavors to! A couple of days ago, I was inspired to try a peanut butter cup inspired popsicle with the banana base. And if you know that the banana is there, you might miss it - in fact, when my daughters had these popsicles for dessert, one of my girls kept asking where the bananas were! All they could taste was the peanut butter and chocolate!


Here's what you need:


2 bananas
1 tablespoon cocoa
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Puree bananas until smooth. I used a mini food processor. Mix in the cocoa and peanut butter - make sure you mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips. Spoon into popsicle molds and freeze overnight. I use Ikea popsicle molds - this recipe made 6 popsicles.


I mean, look at this luciousness! I can hardly believe that there's bananas in there!


Enjoy!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Easy Painted Stepstool

I think a lot of people – especially a lot of women – are afraid of DIY projects. What if the project doesn't turn out? What if I don't have the tools? What if I wasted money? I have a simple tip that will make all of those DIY fears go away: start small. And even if you are an experienced DIY-er, embrace the small, simple projects, because there are times when you don't want to be in the middle of a renovation/large room redesign/big project. And if you are in the middle of a large project, sometimes just taking one simple part and just getting it done helps.


So if you're looking to start with a small project, this one may be for you. Take an Ikea Bekvam step stool – the unfinished one is only $14.99. One of the best things about Ikea is that many times, all you need is the allen wrench inside the package to assemble the project. This is one of those times!! But wait—don't assemble this quite yet!



First, you need to decide on your finishes. I decided to stain the 2 steps (because they will be receiving most of the abuse) and paint the rest. I selected a medium dark stain (Minwax Brazilian Rosewood Gel Stain) and a light aqua paint (Clark and Kensington Sweet Retreat). I also used clear and brown wax, as well as paintbrushes to apply the paint and stain, and an old rag.

Apply the paint and stain to all the pieces before you assemble the stool. Allow to dry, then assemble according to the lovely diagrams that Ikea gives you. I then coated the whole thing with clear wax to give an extra layer of protection. I wanted to make the stain justa hair darker, so I applied some brown wax all over the stained portion. After the wax was dry, I buffed it to a low gloss.



This project took less than a day, including drying time. It's amazing how completing one little project makes you want to be so much more productive!

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