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Easy Valentine Cookies

by heather
Last night we got together with friends and I thought I would bring a fun treat. I thought I would make Strawberry Cablams in honor of Valentine's Day, but decided to pinch the circle in hearts. Just 1 cake mix, 2 eggs, & 1/3 cup oil, white chocolate chips: bake for 11 minutes @ 350. Fun and easy. Read more [...]

Trick for Hanging a Photo Collage

by heather
A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend about what was going on in my house (redecorating the living room), and she gave me a fantastic tip for hanging a photo collage and making sure that what you picture in your head is what you see on the wall (Without measuring and leveling and putting a ton of holes in your wall). 1. Arrange your photo frames on the floor in your desired configuration. 2. Flip all frames directly over.3. Next spread long strips of wax paper over the frames, making Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Cafe Rio Style Black Beans-CopyCat recipe

by heather
Recently I was on a church committee to help with a dinner for the women in our neighborhood aka the Relief Society Birthday Dinner, which we're not allowed to call a birthday dinner anymore. Don't ask why, I don't know. We decided on chicken taco salads. We decided to purchase pre-seasoned and cooked black beans in #10 cans. One of my assignments was to bring said cans of beans in my crock pot. The night before my friend brought the beans to my house. Apparently our local Costco does not carry pre-seasoned Read more [...]

Easy Dairy-Free Ice Cream

by heather
Ice cream is a big comfort food for me, and unfortunately with baby's reflux I can't have it. My husband who loves me found a recipe for dairy free ice cream on the internet. Then I improved it. I have to say this stuff is pretty darn good. It doesn't give you the "full" feeling that a bowl of ice cream and chocolate give you, but it sure tastes like ice cream, which is good enough for me. It is also significantly better for you than regular ice cream, but you do have to plan for it at least a few Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Banana Bread

by heather
This recipe is based loosely off of one from 101 Things to Do with a Cake Mix. (Which by the way I love.) There are probably banana bread recipes out there that are more wholesome and more strongly food storage based, but this one is so yummy and so easy. When we lived closer to my sister-in-law, she would baby-sit our kids in exchange for this banana bread.Banana BreadFood Storage Ingredients:1 cup oatmeal 1 yellow cake mix1 small box banana or vanilla pudding1/4 cup oil1/4 cup applesauce (I used Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Chicken and Easy Fresh Pesto

by heather
Last Saturday when I got my fresh herb pack from Bountiful Baskets, I knew that I needed to make some fresh pesto, and as I was eating it I thought 'Why haven't I blogged about this before?' It's so easy and delicious. Enjoy.Chicken, Pasta and PestoFood Storage Ingredients:10 oz pasta, prepared al dente1/2 cup olive oil2 Tablespoons almonds, toasted1/2 cup Italian dressingFresh Ingredients: 2 lbs of chicken2 loosely packed cups fresh basil2 cloves fresh garlic1/2 cup grated Parmesandash of lemon Read more [...]

Dinosaur Birthday Cake

by heather
So Thing 2's birthday was awhile ago and I decided on a dinosaur birthday cake. (Mostly because this cake only required one cake mix, and I was not interested in my family of four eating birthday cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week.) And my son who usually does not eat cake was so excited that it was shaped like a dinosaur, that he actually ate some.First you bake the cake of your desired flavor in two 8" round pans.I used basic yellow. After the cakes have cooled, cut them as shown below.Discard Read more [...]

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

by heather
When I was in 8th grade, my US History teacher gave a research assignment. We were to make a portfolio about anything that we wanted, but the point was to teach us how to research. I chose The Beatles, but more importantly my classmate Liz Munk chose peanut butter. When presentation day came she made this peanut butter pie and peanut butter soup. The soup was meh, but the pie was amazing. I make it at least once a year, and to me it tastes like comfort food. (Of course I made a few changes to make Read more [...]

Easy Lemon Cake Truffles

by heather
I'm not going to pretend that these are healthy, but they are really fun, easy and tasty. It's the kind of project that is great to do with your kids. Just have them pull a stool up to the counter and dig in. My neighbor Charlie taught me how to make these a couple weeks ago. She makes them with neighbors, grandkids and kids in the daycare she works at. She used chocolate cake and frosting, but I have a general aversion to chocolate frosting and a serious weakness for lemon desserts. And as Read more [...]

Book Review: 101 Things to Do With Yogurt

by heather
101 Things Things to Do With Yogurt by Geneva Stringham is another fun book that I snagged a deal on recently. I honestly had no idea that there were so many things that you could do with yogurt. This book also teaches you how to make your own yogurt, if you're feeling ambitious. I would say this is a new favorite and I will be using it again. Eating yogurt on a regular basis improves your digestive health and helps to prevent illness. It has a fish taco recipe that doesn't involve frying, so I thought Read more [...]

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