Sunday, January 25, 2015

FREE VALENTINE PRINTABLE: Starbust or Star Lollipop

I am just a valentine designing machine over here!
I grabbed these cute star lollipops from the dollar section at target,
but you could use starbursts or any other star treat! :)

Enjoy!


Attach the candy with hot glue - it will peel right off! :)





Friday, January 23, 2015

FREE PRINTABLE: You Make Me So Chappy Valentine

I found this cute ChapStick from dollar section at Target so I made a valentine for it! You can use any chapstick you want though! Lip Smackers would also be super cute!

I used this 3" paper punch from Consumer Crafts. It adds a little extra pizzazz to the valentines and it sure does make the project go fast! :)

Simply print, punch out the valentines, and attach the ChapStick with some hot glue. It will easily peel right off.

Enjoy!





Monday, January 19, 2015

FROZEN YOGURT BARK

Happy Monday!

So here is the story about this frozen yogurt Bark recipe - I had a giant container of Stonyfield vanilla yogurt that was about to expire, so I figured I better figure out how to use it without making smoothies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. :)



So here is how you do it:

1. Pour yogurt (greek, regular, whatever you have) on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.

2. Sprinkle on topings
IDEAS:
Berries (dried or regular) – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, cranberries, etc.
Nuts – pistachios, pecans, almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc.
Other ideas – cinnamon, shredded coconut, granola, dark chocolate, honey, etc.

3. Freeze

4. Once frozen, break apart and freeze in an air-tight container. 



Are you a fan of fast and easy? (ok, that is kind of a stupid question.)

You have to try THESE BLENDER MUFFINS I made last night. YUM!!!!!!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

FREE PRINTABLE: Glow Star Valentine Set

I told you I had a whole ton of these to share, so here is number two of the free valentine printables! I got the glow stars from the dollar section at Target, but you can buy them pretty much anywhere. I made four valentines out of one pack of stars - so that's only 25 cents per valentine! The bags I used were 4"x9", but as long as the bags you use are 4" in width, you should be good to go! 4" is a common size, so they should be easy to find. I had these ones just laying around the house. I believe they were from Michael's years ago.




How to:


And here are the ones I got from target in the dollar section:


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

FREE PRINTABLE: Mini Gel Pen Love Letter Valentines

I know it seems a bit early for a Valentine's Day post, but I have a whole ton of these FREE printable valentines to share, so I figured I better start now. :) I have worked up quite a few designs with items from the dollar section at Target and the Dollar Store. Valentine's Day is about a month away, so over the next few weeks I will be posting fun (and FREE) valentines designs!

So here we go with the first one...
I got a 6-pack of these adorable mini gel pens from the dollar section at Target for, you guessed it, a dollar! They have them right now, so go get 'em! If you need several packs, I would suggest calling ahead to see if they can hold a few for you or see when their next shipment is and if they can then hold you some. Unfortunately, they do not sell them online. :(

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE PRINTABLE FILE

Just cut them out and hot glue on the pens. (The glue will peel right off the pens.)



Friday, January 9, 2015

COCONUT RAISIN BRAN CEREAL (PALEO)

Cereal - I loooooooove it. I could eat it breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ellis and Logan love it too. We are just a bunch of cereal eating monsters over here.

I would have to say we have done a pretty decent job of cutting out processed foods in our home, but cereal just kind of stuck around. I have developed a bad habit of eating a bowl of cereal EVERY night before I go to bed and sometimes even in the middle of the night. (hello! nursing mom over here! I am always hungry, oh, and always up in the middle of the night... multiple times... like three times last night to be exact. ugg)

Anyways, I was determined to come up with a better solution, or I guess a substitute for our cereal addiction. Someone a while back (when I had tried eating paleo for like a day and it didn't stick what.so.ever) told me about toasting coconut flakes in place of cereal, so I gave it a go!

I loved it! Don't get me wrong, it isn't exactly like eating a bowl of raisin bran, but it sure is close! I eat mine with good ol' cow's milk, but you can eat it with nut milk if you are choosing to eat paleo. Not only is it good, it is SUPER easy to make.






Ingredients:
- Thick Cut Coconut Flakes
- Cinnamon
- Nuts (optional -I used slivered almonds)
- Raisins

Directions:
1. Preheat the over to 325°
2. Spread out your coconut flakes evenly on a rimmed baking sheet
3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nuts
4. Bake for about 6 minutes, mixing every two minutes. Make sure you watch them closely b/c they can burn fast. You will want to take them out when they are a toasty brown color.
5.Let cool
6. When cooled, transfer them to a sealed jar or container
7. Pour some in a bowl, add your raisins and milk of choice (coconut or almond milk if sticking with a paleo diet)

Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

SUPERFOOD SALAD (with salad base from Costco!)




I started making this salad this past summer and have continued to make it on a regular basis ever since. I used to make it with baby spinach base (which is fine and works just as well) until our little dinner party with Debbie. Debbie introduced me to the Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad from Costco. The Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Kit includes broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, chicory and comes with a packet of dried cranberries, roasted pumpkin seeds and poppyseed dressing! I love it because it is super crunchy!

Want an idea for a super fast dinner? Buy this salad from Costco, mix it all up with the packet of dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds, add some pieces of rotisserie chicken (also from Costco) and avocado, top with the packet of dressing (or any dressing) and you have dinner. I do this all the time. :)

Ok, now back to this salad. For this salad I discard the dressing and packet of dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds (though you could totally add them if you want), add in a few other things and make my own dressing.

For the Salad:
- Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad from Costco (or baby spinach or mixed greens)
- Cut up Avocado
- Fresh Blueberries
- Crumbled goat cheese (just a little - you do not need a lot)
- Cashews (I use unsalted and I buy a big canister of them from Costco)

For the poppyseed dressing:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup apple vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon poppy seed
- 1/4 cup chopped onion (I used a red onion which gave it the pink color)
- 1 cup canola salad oil
Stick it all in your blender and blend!

Enjoy!