Tuesday, February 26, 2013

53-Calorie Oatmeal Banana Cookies





No, I'm not joking. These cookies really only have 53 calories each. And you know what's even better? There's only 3 ingredients and NO sugar!

I have a confession: cookies (and baked goods in general) are my weakness:( Since the first of the year, my husband and I have really been working hard to cut out the sugar and other junk and we've been doing a great job. I still cheat from time to time, but recipes like this help the cause a lot. The bananas and honey are just sweet enough to handle the sugar craving and the oatmeal fills me up for a couple of hours. For some extra flavor, sometimes I'll add cinnamon or nutmeg. Yum!

For the basic recipe, here's what you need:

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas (220 calories)
1 c. quick oats (300 calories)
2 Tbsp honey (120 calories)
Optional: 1/2 tsp cinnamon or nutmeg

Yields 12 (53 calories each)


Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


Mash the bananas and mix together with oats and honey.




Spoon the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet.




Bake for 15 minutes. Cookies are ready to eat after they've cooled.






Did you make a New Year's resolution to get healthy this year? How's it going?




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Monday, February 25, 2013

{Easy} Three-Envelope Pot Roast




My Mother-in-law was the genius behind this pot roast recipe. Before, I always made mine with just onion soup, but adding the gravy and Ranch makes ALL the difference. No more measuring a million spices to try to get the right flavor. Just dump the envelopes and go. How easy is that?!


Ingredients

2 1/2- 3 lb chuck or rump roast
2 c. baby carrots
3 celery stalks, sliced into 2 inch pieces
1/2 vidalia onion, sliced
1 envelope brown gravy
1 envelope Ranch dressing
1 envelope onion soup
2 cups water
salt and pepper to taste


Directions


Prepare vegetables and place them in the bottom of the Crock Pot.





Place the roast on top of the vegetables and pour all three envelopes on top of the roast.





Pour the water over the roast and vegetables.





Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours.







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Friday, February 22, 2013

Tip of the Week--How to Prevent Colors from Bleeding






To keep colors from bleeding in the laundry, add 1/2 cup of salt to the wash cycle, or if you have a HE washer, put the salt in with the clothes. I love using this little trick on Sophie's bright colored clothes. It's also great for brand new clothing!








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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Crafts--Handprint Clover




Handprint clovers are a fun and easy craft to do with kids for St. Patrick's Day. It takes minutes to do and if your kids are anything like Sophie, they will love the idea of painting their hands! All it takes is a few inexpensive supplies and you're in business. Here's what you need:

Supplies
Green acrylic craft paint
Printer or construction paper
Paint brush or paint sponge

Directions

Generously apply green paint to your child's hands.





Have your child put their thumbs together and press down on the paper.





Flip the paper around, so the handprints are on the bottom, and repeat.





With a paint brush or paint sponge, fill in the white parts and create a stem.





Let dry and your clover is done!







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Monday, February 18, 2013

Fun Kid Drinks--Leprechaun Smoothie




St. Patrick's Day is the perfect opportunity to sneak some healthy greens into kids' diets. One of the ways I do it is with a Leprechaun Smoothie. The secret green ingredient--avocado.

Avocados are packed full of nutrients including vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, potassium, protein and fiber to name a few, so I love adding them to the menu any chance I get. And Sophie loves her new green treat!

So you're probably wondering---can you taste the avocado? Hardly at all. You'll notice some added texture, but that's about it. If it's too much texture for you, try using a jar of green baby food vegetables. Here's what you need:

Ingredients

1 avocado
1 banana
1 c. orange juice
1/4 c. vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp honey
2 c. ice




Directions

Mix all ingredients together in a blender.




Blend until smooth.




Pour into a glass and serve cold.




Enjoy!



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Friday, February 15, 2013

Tip of the Week--How to Open Plastic Packages





Plastic packaging is a PAIN to open, isn't it? No telling how many times I've cut myself trying to get something open. What I found to be the easiest way to get through plastic packaging is a can opener.

Just line it up to the edge of the package and use it like you would if you were opening a can. It cuts through the plastic without cutting up your hands and fingers!




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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day--Dave Ramsey Style


I hope everyone is having an AWESOME Valentine's Day this year! Ours was a little different than it has been before. First because so much was going on today, we celebrated yesterday.

But the biggest change this year was our budget. We've been doing Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover since last summer and are KILLING it! We've already paid off a ton of debt and didn't want to slow our momentum by going too big on Valentine's Day.

So Ryan and I decided to spend a max of $25 on each other for Valentine's Day. To make things interesting, there were a few rules: no candy, no stuffed animals and no flowers. We could have combined our funds to go out on a date, but we opted for gifts instead. Here's what we came up with:

I made Ryan what he LOVES the most...one of his favorite meals, hot and ready for him when he walked in from work.




And Ryan bought me three seasons of my favorite show...Dallas. Yay!!!




We didn't leave Sophie out! Sophie and I made Valentine's Day treats and then we spent some quality family time together watching Princess and the Frog.




And you know what? Even though we didn't do anything big, this was my favorite Valentine's Day ever. We all got something we loved, we stayed within budget, and we spent some much needed quality time together in the process. What more could I ask for?


So how about you...how are you spending Valentine's Day? Anyone else doing the Total Money Makeover?



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Monday, February 11, 2013

10 Last Minute Valentine's Day Ideas

Thursday is Valentine's Day so if you're still in need of some cute and crafty Valentine ideas that won't take long to make, you're in luck! I've found 10 that you're going to love. Links are below the pictures!




Valentine Candy Corn Mason Jar Gift by Shaken Together






DIY Valentine's Day Treat Bag Toppers by Makoodle






Tic Tac Toe Valentines by Teal and Lime





Marshmallow Valentine's Day Pops by Mess for Less







Valentine Tin Box by Crafts Unleashed






Valentine Jello Cubes by Sweet and Lovely Crafts






Secret Message in a Bottle Valentine by My Sister's Suitcase






Confetti Valentines by Design Improvised






Kaleidoscope Valentines by Random Thoughts of a Supermom






Chocolate Dipped Valentine Pretzels and DIY Treat Bag by Love Pomegranate House





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Friday, February 8, 2013

Tip of the Week--Wall Magnets





Because drywall corner bead is metal, it's also magnetic! So when Christmas cards and birthday cards come in, I just use magnets to display them around the door frame instead of tape.

I also use magnets on the wall for permission slips, appointment cards and any other important piece of paper that would get lost on the kitchen counter.





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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Fish Foam Cleaner Review and GIVEAWAY

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There aren't many products on the market today that "wow" me, especially window cleaners. It seems like no matter what window cleaner I use, whether it be the spray, wipes, foam or whatever, I always end up with a streaky mess.

So when Fish Foam contacted me about reviewing their Foaming Glass Cleaner, I was eager to try it but wasn't expecting anything phenomenal to happen. Boy, was I wrong.

Fish Foam is by far, the best glass cleaning product I have ever used. Just spray a little of the Fish Foam on the area, and it wipes up quickly and easily with NO streaking.


Here is the before and after of my window:

























But I didn't stop there. I wanted to see if Fish Foam could meet the challenge of other messes around the house, so I put it to the test.


Take a look at what Fish Foam did to the spatter mess on my cabinet:

























And the sticky food residue on my countertop:




I even tried Fish Foam on my hardwood floors. 
























And look, I didn't use a scrubber or even a rag. I just sprayed, wiped with a paper towel and it was clean.























Awesome, right? Fish Foam isn't just an amazing window cleaner, it's an amazing all-purpose cleaner and I'm so excited to be able to give away a bottle to one lucky winner!


To enter, you must be a US mainland resident. Fish Foam cannot ship to PO boxes.


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The winner will be announced on Saturday, February 9, 2013 so be sure to check back!!




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