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How to Survive Your Kids Summer Vacation {+ Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Recipe}

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How to Survive Your Kids Summer Vacation

{+ Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Recipe}

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My kids are officially on summer vacation and after 2 weeks spent in Orlando, we are back in the real world. Two kids against one stressed out and tired mommy. Moms, I don’t want you curled up on your closet floor in the dark to escape the chaos. The countdown to the first day of school has begun but I have tips for you today on how to survive your kids summer vacation!

Needless to say, my #1 tip is coffee! I found a fantastic new product available at Walmart from Starbucks® called Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew pitcher packs and I have a great recipe for a Coconut Cold Brew Coffee that you can easily make at home.

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How to Survive Your Kids Summer Vacation

  1. Create a sippable moment daily. What does this mean? Take a moment for to pour yourself a Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew and sip your coffee in peace. Even if you can only make 5 minutes a day for yourself. Get up a few minutes early if you have to so you can just sit on porch and drink your coffee before the hectic day offically begins. Maybe your kids still take naps and you can get your sippable moment during naptime. P.S. I am sincerely jealous if your children take naps!
  2. Keep your kids busy with activities. Activities don’t have to be expensive or grand. Here are a few ideas to fill in those Summer days:
    • Parks, lakes, creeks, nature trails or anything outdoors. Find an outdoor space where the kids can run around and explore the outdoors. We like to go to the creek to catch frogs and get messy.
    • Zoo or Aquarium. Get a membership to at least one and make sure to get a schedule of events. Many Zoos host member events like outdoor concerts.
    • The movies. Cool off in air conditioning and let the kids pick a movie at the theater. My local theater has a free movie played every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Check your local theaters to see what events are taking place.
    • Amusement Parks. I understand not everyone lives near an Amusement Park but if you do, it is worth the annual fees to spend a few hours during the week riding roller coasters and running around.
    • Museums. History, Aviation, Art, Science… the possibilities are endless. Museums are great because most are air conditioned and it is educational. If you are on a tight budget, many museums offer free days so check your local museums to see what they offer.
    • Let the kids create a piece of artwork on your driveway with chalk.
    • The pool. What kid does not love the pool? Sunscreen everyone up and head out to the neighborhood pool. Bonus is that swimming is tiring! Pool day equals daytime naptime. Fingers crossed.
    • Arts and craft projects. Go to your local hobby store. Let the kids pick out some crafts to do over the summer.
    • Let the kids build a fort inside the house with blankets.
    • Walk or ride bikes around the neighborhood.
  3. Take time for yourself weekly. Get a babysitter so you can relax at the spa with a pedicure, grab dinner with a friend, browse the mall, or whatever you enjoy doing to take at least an hour every week without the kids to recharge. Sometimes even just having the husband take care of the kids while I go grocery shopping with a coffee in hand seems like a mini vacation. You deserve at least an hour every single week to clear your head with a little bit of quiet time.
  4. Schedule your life. During the school year, we are on a tight schedule. Kids actually respond very well to a set schedule. Continue to wake everyone up by a certain time, eat breakfast together, have bath time at a set time, read every night before bed and so on. Create a schedule that works for your family and stick to it. I have found it helps to also schedule  the daily activities so Monday is craft day, Tuesday is spent at the pool, Wednesday is movies, Thursday is outdoor fun and Friday the kids spend half a day at the babysitter so I can unwind. You can only hear, “what are we doing today?” so many times before you want to rip your hair out. Just being honest. Write the schedule down weekly on a big board where everyone can see it. You will still hear “what are we doing today?” at least 5 times a day still but it is better than 40 times.

Coconut Cold Brew

Let’s get back to what’s really important : COFFEE.

I am making a delicious Coconut Cold Brew with Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew. Keep an eye out for these pitcher packs at your local Walmart so you can make some fantastic cold brew at home.

You will find Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew on the coffee aisle in a simple brown box. Inside will be a foil packet with 2 pitcher packets. Drop both the packets into 4 cups of water, let steep for 24 hours, add in another 3 cups of water and pour over ice with our homemade coconut creamer. Easy peasy. Now, time to find your sippable moment and seize the summer!

The coconut creamer is really simple to make. Make a batch when you make your cold brew pitcher and you will have Coconut Cold Brew ready for the week. In a sealable container, add one can of coconut milk, 4 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Give a good mix and set into fridge to use as needed. Shake well before each use. You may also add a pinch of sugar if you like your coffee extra sweet. Yum

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Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew pitcher pack
  • toasted coconut to garnish
  • 13 ounce can coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Brew your Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew pitcher packs : In a pitcher, add 4 cups water, open one foil pouch, drop in both pitcher packs, cover, set in fridge for 24 hours. Add 3 cups cold water after 24 hour steep time.
  2. Mix the coconut creamer. In a container, add one can coconut milk, 4 tablespoons honey and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Mix well.
  3. Garnish a glass with toasted coconut. Add ice, Fill ¾ full of Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew, top with desired amount of coconut creamer.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Find your sippable moment!

 

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18 Avocado Recipes

18 Avocado Recipes

18 Avocado Recipes

We have an awesome round up of recipes from around the web today with these 18 Avocado Recipes! I have to admit. I have somewhat of an obsession with avocados. Avocado everything! Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Smoothies, tacos, desserts, sauces, dressings, pasta, sandwiches. If it has avocado, I will eat it!

Avocados are a super healthy food loaded with potassium, healthy fats, fiber and no cholesterol or sodium. Some people are wary of avocado because of the high fat content. However, monounsaturated fatty acids is heart healthy, reduces inflammation and maybe reduce your risk of cancer.  Here are some great recipes to help you incorporate avocado into your diet.

 

BLT Stuffed Avocado from Wholesome Yum. A remix of your favorite BLTA dish.

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BLT Stuffed Avocado

Chocolate Avocado Brownies from The Shirley Journey. These brownies look so fudgy and delicious with only a few basic ingredients needed.

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Chocolate Avocado Brownie recipe

 

Garlic Avocado Pasta from Bless Her Heart Ya’ll.  Pasta, garlic and avocado…. my favorites rolled into one dish.

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Garlic Avocado Pasta

 

Creamy Avocado Bomb Sauce from Simply Made Recipes. The avocado sauce for everything!

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creamy avocado sauce

 

Avocado Egg Rolls from Savory Tooth. Fried, crispy and delicious appetizer.

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avocado egg rolls

 

Zucchini and Avocado Grilled Cheese from Stacey Homemaker. I’m drooling over this one!

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Zucchini and Avocado Grilled Cheese

Get more great Avocado Recipes

 

Avocado Pasta Salad from Spend with Pennies.

Mexican Corn Avocado Tomato Salad from Fancy Shanty.

Avocado Pesto without a blender from Rhian’s Recipes.

Avocado Tacos with Boom Boom Sauce from Simply Made Recipes.

Strawberry Avocado Smoothie from Mama Likes to Cook.

Sundried Tomato and Avocado Roll Ups from The Starving Chef.

Greek Grilled Avocados from Tammilee Tips.

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream Frosting from Leave No Leftovers.

Spicy Avocado Quinoa Stack from Stacey Homemaker.

Easy Avocado Salsa from My Montana Kitchen.

Avocado Margarita Recipe from Tammilee Tips.

Avocado Deviled Eggs from Courtney’s Sweets.

 

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Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Frosting time! I love peanut butter. Love, love, love it. There is no better combination than chocolate and peanut butter in a dessert.

Peanut Butter Frosting

This frosting is so simple to make. The only trick to making this frosting, or really any frosting, is to make sure you use room temperature butter. This helps get that smooth and creamy texture perfect for frosting cupcakes or cakes.

Peanut Butter Frosting

For frosting cupcakes or cakes, I always use a large tip. Any of the Wiltons large tip set will work.  To frost a cupcake, make a small dollop in the middle and then make a swirl starting at the edges and going towards the center. Sprinkle some fun chocolate chips or sprinkles and done. Easy as that.

Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut butter and chocolate is basically perfect together. For these chocolate cupcakes, I used a cake box mix and added an extra egg, swapped vegetable oil with butter and used milk. Plus, I like to add a packet of instant chocolate pudding for an extra chocolate taste. Add the peanut butter frosting and you have one heck of a dessert. You can also try a cake like this one from Simply Made Recipes, Triple Chocolate Cake with peanut Butter Frosting. You are seeing that correctly, triple chocolate. Yummy.

Peanut Butter Frosting

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Peanut Butter Frosting
 
Simple peanut butter frosting for cupcakes and cakes.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • ½cup heaving cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1.5 cups creamy peanut butter, creamy
Instructions
  1. Gather ingredients, hand or stand mixer, frosting bag and tip, measuring cups and a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add room temperature butter to your mixing bowl with peanut butter. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add in a cup of confectioners sugar and .5 cup heavy cream and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the remaining confectioners sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and mix again until you have a creamy, smooth frosting.
  5. Place into your frosting bag with tip and frost away!

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Peanut Butter Frosting

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10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

{+ Cupcake Recipe}

My daughter is turning 2 years old and we are throwing a party and sharing 10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party !

#1 ) Have your child pick a theme and colors! We are focusing on Minnie Mouse today because my daughter is literally obsessed with all things Minnie. Where do these obsessions come from? She saw a Minnie Mouse one day in the store and for the past 4 months, everything from shoes, shirts to stuffed animals and toys have to be Minnie Mouse. Minnie Mouse was an obvious theme for this year and so we had to pick colors. Pinks, black, and white were some nice complimentary colors to go with. Pick at least 3 colors. One dark, one light and one bright for contrast and fun. Some great places to go for party supplies are Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby and Target. Amazon is also a great place to search for ideas and grab fun items.

#2 ) Meal plan. I think a lot of people go over board in this department. Kids are pretty simple. Pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers work perfectly. We did some hot dogs on the grill for our guests with ketchup and mustard on the side. Cheap, simple, and all the kids are happy. Don’t feel like you have to feed everyone a big meal either. Maybe just have some snacks spread out and put your money and focus on other areas.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#3 ) Snacks are a must. If you do a meal or not, you need some snacks. Kids get hungry and the adults get bored but everyone can agree on eating. We did some popcorn in cute bags and a plate of watermelon. Popcorn is filling and healthier than other options and it is always nice to offer something fresh so shoot for a fruit or vegetable. Remember to buy some plates, napkins and utensils.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#4 ) Add special touches. I enjoy crafts so I made everything myself but even if you don’t have a crafty bone in your body, there are a lot of great party packs that are ready to go. Once you have a color and theme picked out, just search for what you need. You may end up spending more money doing this, especially if you want Minnie Mouse on everything. The little things go a long way though! I made this Minnie Mouse head below from Styrofoam balls. I spray painted the round Styrofoam and a stick, used toothpicks to assemble and poured some confetti in a vas. Really simple to do but so much fun to make and for our guests to look at.

Also, I had Minnie Mouse cut outs for everything. I used the felt with a sticky back and a cookie cutter in the shape of Mickey to use as my template. A hand drew a little bow as my template for all those.  I made the banner, cups, and popcorn bags with the Minnie Mouse felt cut outs to add a pop of Minnie and  to make the party table cohesive. I also used this cookie cutter for the watermelon cut outs.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#5 ) Let the kids dress up. Invite the kids to dress up as Mickey or Minnie or make your own mouse ears like I did. Having a theme and purpose to the party is important and going beyond that to play dress up adds a memorable experience and prompts bonding between children. You can buy mouse ears but this gets expensive! I found ones for under $2 a piece… these were about 50 cents to make. Big difference when you have 20 kids running around. All you need is cheap head bands, scissors, felt, glue, bobby pins to hold the ears in place until dry, and bows. I got lucky with these bows because they were on clearance so search around for a good priced bow or even make your own.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#6 ) Drinks! Refreshments are always on the party list.  A pink lemonade was a great choice with the theme and colors. We also had a cooler filled with caffeine free sodas and waters. If alcohol is acceptable for the adults, you can let them know to BYOB in the invite. Don’t forget the cups.

#7 ) Never underestimate the power of a balloon. Seriously. Throw a bunch of blown up balloons on the floor and it looks neat, plus the kids have a blast with them. Bonus! They are cheap.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#8 ) Have a craft and activities planned out.  I bought some wooden beads and ribbon so we could all sit in a  circle and do an activity together as a group. Pick at least one group activity. Pin the bow on Minnie would be fun. Cut out and paint a Minnie Mouse and a bunch of bows to see who can come the closest to pinning the bow in the right place, make a necklace or bracelet, paint, color, use stencils, or whatever you can think of. Try and pick an activity that is fun for all ages that will get a lot of participation.

#9 ) Cake! Save money by making your own cupcakes or cupcakes. Cupcakes are a lot easier to bake and decorate so I made these cute Minnie Mouse Cupcakes for the party. All you need is a box of chocolate or vanilla cake mix, mini Oreos, butter, vanilla extract, milk, confectioners sugar, eggs, cupcake liners, instant pudding, pink chocolate melts and a chocolate bow mold.
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Minnie Mouse Cupcakes
 
Super simple Minnie Mouse Cupcakes for birthday celebrations!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate or vanilla cake mix
  • 1 box chocolate or vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk, + 2 tablespoons for frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • .5 pound pink chocolate melts
  • bag of mini Oreos
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. You need a hand or stand mixer, muffin pan, cupcake liners, chocolate bow mold, measuring cups, mixing bowls and a glass bowl for chocolate, frosting tip and bag.
  3. Place cupcake liners into muffin pan.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add box of cake mix, 1 cup milk, .5 cup room temperature butter, and 4 eggs.
  5. Use your hand or stand mix to blend well.
  6. Pour mix into the cupcake liners filling ¾ full.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool.
  9. Make the chocolate bows. In a small glass bowl, microwave chocolate according to package directions. This should take about 1 minute. Stir well and use a spoon to fill each mold. Let the chocolate set before removing and repeat until you have enough bows.
  10. Begin your frosting. In a large bowl, add .5 cup of room temperature butter and mix until smooth. Add the 2 tablespoons of milk and vanilla extract and half the confectioners sugar. Mix well and add the remaining confectioners sugar until blended completely.
  11. Place the frosting into the pastry bag with a large tip. Frost each cupcake.
  12. Set 2 mini Oreos on each cupcake with a chocolate bow in the center.

 

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party#10 ) Lay out all your plans in the invitation. Let your guests know what to wear, what foods you will be serving, that there will be crafts, and of course put the time and date. Also, have a phone number and email for RSVP. If you know who is coming, you can save money across the board by not buying too much!

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Cupcake Basket {+ Lavendar Frosting Recipe}

Cupcake Basket

 

Cupcake Basket is a fun gift idea for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or birthdays. A simple, affordable gift that makes a big impact! Today, I made a simple vanilla cupcake with a special lavender frosting and set the cupcakes into this basket.

 

Cupcake Basket

What you need for a Cupcake Basket:

  • A medium sized basket
  • foam block
  • green cupcake liners
  • green tissue paper
  • cupcake ingredients
  • toothpicks
  • Wilton tip 2D
  • frosting bags
  • small fresh flowers to weave in (optional)

Cupcake Basket

Step one is to cook your cupcakes in the green liners. Use a box cake mix or your own special recipe of choice. I like to use a basic box cake mix, add an extra egg, swap oil for butter and add an instant pudding packet. This gives a simple box cake, more of a gourmet cupcake taste.

Once the cupcakes cool, make your lavender frosting recipe and decorate with Wilton tip 2D. To make the rose look, start in the middle and spiral around until the cupcake is covered.

Cupcake Basket

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Lavender Frosting Recipe
 
Cupcake Basket made with a simple but beautiful lavender frosting.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoon lavender extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 2 drops blue food coloring
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add lavender extract, confectioners sugar and butter.
  2. use a hand or stand mixer to blend until smooth.
  3. Add the food coloring and mix.
  4. Place frosting into frosting bag with 2D tip and frost each individual cupcake. Begin in the center and spiral out.

 

Cupcake Basket

Once the cupcakes are completely frosted, place in the freezer. You will want to do this to put the bouquet together in the basket or else the cupcakes are too soft and everything will fall apart. As the cupcakes freeze, build your basket. Start with an empty basket of choice and add a foam square in the bottom. I cut my foam block today and stacked the smaller piece on top of the larger to add more volume inside. Use your toothpicks to hold it all together.

Cupcake BasketYou can see I used 2 toothpicks per cupcake to hold it in. Place a green cupcake liner to mark all your spots. Tear some of the green tissue paper and weave it between the cupcake liners to add more color and volume. This doesn’t need a lot of tissue paper, I only used about half a sheet.

Once the cupcakes are frozen enough that the cake that a toothpick smoothly goes in without any bending in the cake, place all your cupcakes. You may need to use a few extra toothpicks to hold all the cupcakes exactly where you want them. A single toothpick being used as a support on the bottom of the cupcake can really help some of those side angled cupcakes.

Once all the cupcakes are placed and steady, fill in any open spots in the bouquet with tissue paper or you can weave in some small flowers.

Cupcake Basket

 


What do you all think about this cute Cupcake Basket with lavender frosting? Would you love receiving this as a gift or creating one for someone in your life?

 

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Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa with fresh pineapple, red onion, lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Perfect for tortilla chips or on top of salmon or pork.

Pineapple Salsa

I love this salsa. It is so crazy easy to make and the fresh taste is unbelievably delicious.  This pineapple salsa pairs best with salty items like chips or pork so get that sweet and salty flavor combo that makes your taste buds do a little happy dance.

Pineapple Salsa

Not only is this salsa crazy good and simple but you can make it so fun for a party or get together by making a pineapple bowl! I’m thinking tacos and margaritas on the patio with friends this summer.

For the pineapple bowl,  cut your pineapple down the center. Cut around the sides and make slices in the middle. Scoop out the fresh pineapple and use for the salsa while leaving a perfect bowl to dump all your pineapple salsa ingredients into.

Pineapple Salsa

With the simple recipes like this pineapple salsa here, there isn’t a whole lot to say about it! Just make sure to buy all fresh ingredients and finely dice the onion and jalapeno. Salt is not in this recipe although, feel free to add a pinch. I find it doesn’t need it though and why add extra sodium when it’s not necessary?

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Pineapple Salsa
 
Pineapple Salsa with fresh pineapple, red onion, lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup fresh diced red onion
  • 1 diced tomato
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • .5 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeno
Instructions
  1. Dice 1 cup of fresh pineapple, tomato, bell pepper and cilantro.
  2. Finely dice 1 jalapeno and ¼ cup worth red onion.
  3. Add all ingredients in a bowl and squeeze 1 lime into mix.
  4. Stir and serve.

 

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Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad is a simple cold pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese pearls, balsamic vinaigrette, and a pesto. Perfect for the upcoming warm weather family grill outs or for lunches.

Pesto Pasta Salad

I am a huge fan of pasta salad. I love to make a big batch on Sunday afternoon for the family to eat for lunches throughout the week making it a healthier and more affordable option. Plus, it is so darn simple. Pasta salad is always, always, always a safe bet to bring to any gathering from neighborhood grill out to a work pot luck.

Pesto Pasta Salad

What kind of pesto should you use for Pesto Pasta Salad?

You can use whatever pesto you enjoy. If that is a store bought one to make this dish super convenient or if you make your own. Try the Kale Pesto recipe from our blog made with kale, almonds, olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese. Click HERE for recipe.

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Pesto Pasta Salad
 
Simple cold pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, balsamic vinaigrette, and pesto.
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Ingredients
  • I box bow tie pasta
  • ⅓ cup pesto
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 8 ounce container mozzarella pearls
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook bow tie pasta according to package directions.
  2. Chop the fresh basil and cut cherry tomatoes in halves.
  3. In a small bowl, add olive oil, pesto, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well with a whisk.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add drained pasta, pesto mixture, drained mozzarella pearls, basil and tomatoes. Stir.
  5. Place in fridge for 2 hours and serve.

 

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Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups are a chocolaty, fun, child approved treat perfect for Easter celebrations.

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

I really wanted to create a fun treat that kids can help make that was simple, time efficient and delicious! Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups hit the mark with a neat spin off from worms in dirt dessert. We layered Oreos, chocolate pudding, coconut, sprinkles with a Easter bunny Peep and candy Robin Eggs.

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

To make these, crush a sleeve of Oreos and sprinkle some in the bottom of a clear cup. Have the kids help whip up some instant chocolate pudding and fill the cup half full and then layer more crushed Oreos, followed by another layer of chocolate pudding. Let the kids finish decorating their Easter Bunny Dirt Cups with a few more Oreo crumbs, colored coconut, a bunny Peep and a few Robin Eggs. I had some Easter sprinkles laying around so we added a bit of those too. All there is to do now is dip a spoon in and enjoy!

Dessert doesn’t have to be complicated. Easter for me is all about spending time with my family and doing some creative projects like egg decorating and baking goodies. These Easter Bunny Dirt Cups are such a simple, fun, family friendly Easter Day treat for everyone to dig into and participate in.

How is everyone spending their Easter this year? Do you have any fun treat recipes that you love to make that the kids help out with?

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Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups
 
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Simple, fun Easter desserts with chocolate pudding, oreos, coconut and Easter bunny.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding
  • 10 Oreos
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 5-10 drops green food coloring
  • 15 chocolate mini Robin Egg candies
  • 5 bunny Peeps
  • Easter sprinkles (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare your grass with 1 cup of shredded coconut with 5-10 drops green food coloring mixed in a small bowl.
  2. Chop your Oreos into crumbs. Either use a food processor, knife, or paddle in a Ziploc bag. I prefer to just finely chop the cookies. Place crumbs in a small bowl.
  3. Prepare your chocolate pudding according to package directions. All you do is add milk and whisk.
  4. Assemble the Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups. Place Oreo crumbs on the bottom of a cup, add a layer of pudding, some more Oreo crumbs, and a second layer of pudding.
  5. Decorate! Add more Oreos crumbs, green coconut, a bunny Peep, 3 Robin Eggs and some fun sprinkles.
  6. Enjoy!

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Garlic Ginger Chicken

Garlic Ginger Chicken

Garlic Ginger Chicken is a perfect weeknight chicken marinade recipe to pair with some rice and vegetables.  It has a strong ginger taste flavor and the garlic and soy sauce pull the marinade all together. How do you describe ginger? A little bit woody, lemony, spicy? It is interesting but so delish.

 

Garlic Ginger Chicken

 

Perhaps you don’t love ginger and if you would like to calm the ginger flavor down a pinch, that is fine. Go with .5 tablespoons minced ginger in the recipe, just cutting it in half. Garlic Ginger Chicken can be prepared in advance too. You just need 30 minutes of marinade time but you can prep in the morning or night before and just let the chicken rest in the fridge so you can just throw it in the oven at dinner time and have it on the table within 35 minutes. We love those “throw it in the oven for 30 minute” meals, don’t we mamas?

 

Garlic Ginger Chicken

 

Recently, my family has switched to buying organic chicken. While, I’m not here to talk you into spending the extra cash on organic products because I know what it is like to budget every penny, I do want to just tell you all why we decided to go with organic chicken.

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To be able to make the organic grade, chickens must not be given antibiotics or use fertilizer, plus are fed an organic diet. I really believe 100% that organic chicken tastes better, it is better for the environment and healthier. Plus, buying organic chickens helps support smaller farms a lot of the time so pay attention to packaging and try and buy local and organic. Price is much higher, yes, but this is one area that I think the benefits win. Decide on what is best for your family and do some research into it to make a choice for your family.

 

Garlic Ginger Chicken

 

This recipe has been featured on the Weekly Meal Plans for Making Motherhood Matter.

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Garlic Ginger Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cilantro to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Grab ingredients, cutting board, knife, large Ziploc bag, grater/garlic press, baking sheet, foil and measuring cups.
  2. In the large Ziplock bag, add ¼ cup soy sauce, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Mince a tablespoon of both garlic and ginger into bag. Add chicken and seal letting it marinate for 30 minutes minimum.
  3. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Place foil over baking sheet and set marinated chicken on top.
  5. Place chicken in oven for 30 minutes or fully cooked. Large chicken breasts may take longer.
  6. As the chicken cooks, wash and chop some fresh cilantro. Just need a tablespoon or two worth.
  7. Remove chicken from oven and sprinkle with cilantro.
  8. Serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 ounces Calories: 218 Fat: 10 Carbohydrates: 3 Sodium: 692 Protein: 38

 

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Kale Pesto

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Kale Pesto made with loads of kale, almonds, parmesan cheese, olive oil and garlic. Perfect for pasta, pizza or sandwiches.

 

kale pesto

 

Kale is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Vitamin A. Has no fat and low calories and lots of flavor for a leafy green. Perfect food to get your family eating healthier. Almonds serve as a healthy protein source and olive oil has healthy fats. The parmesan is… well… mostly for the great flavor, however still a great source of calcium and Vitamin D.

 

 

For a simple dinner idea: add 2 tablespoons of Kale Pesto on chicken breasts, place some sliced Roma tomatoes on top with some extra shredded parmesan. Cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes on 375 degrees.  There is something about pesto and tomatoes together that works so perfectly.

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Kale Pesto
 
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Kale Pesto with almonds, garlic, olive oil, parmesan cheese and kale. Perfect for pizzas, pasta and sandwiches.
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¾ cup almonds, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • .5 bunch of kale
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Wash kale well.
  2. Shred parmesan cheese and mince the garlic cloves.
  3. Place the olive oil, kale, almonds, garlic, salt and shredded parmesan cheese into food processor.
  4. Blend until smooth. This only takes around 3 minutes.
  5. Taste test. Pesto may need more salt.
  6. Blend another minute. Consistency should be paste like but still somewhat creamy. You may need to add a dab more olive oil at this point also.
  7. Store in a sealed container in the fridge if not consumed immediately.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 235 Fat: 22 Carbohydrates: 4 Sugar: 1 Sodium: 225 Protein: 7

 

Try other variations of pesto. Swap kale for basil, almonds for pine nuts or parmesan for romano.  Delish!

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