Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Wooden Scrapbook Paper Jewelry

Easy fun craft that can be made for adults, tweens, or kids :)

wooden circles from craft store
large popsicle sticks
scrapbook paper
modge podge
earring hooks and rings
glass mason jars
blow dryer, optional

Earrings: Cut out piece of scrapbook paper slightly larger than the circle. Glue on with modge podge, let dry, Cut the excess off. Put layer of modge podge on top and let dry (can use blow dryer to speed up the process). Drill hole near top and attach ring and earring hook,

Bracelets: Boil popsicle sticks in a saucepan for 30 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for 30 minutes. Bend into mouth of mason jar, pulling tight to form smooth arched shape, and let dry in the jar overnight. Trace the paper with a flat popsicle stick, cut out, and modge podge on trimming away any excess. Let dry and modge podge the top. Glue ribbons on to tie, optional.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Good Morning Granola

Easy and adaptable to whatever nuts or fruits you prefer! The best and easiest granola recipe I've found and it's made with natural sweeteners! Wake up to this for breakfast and it will definitely be a good morning :)

3 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups chopped nuts (pistachio, sliced almonds, pecans, cashews, peanuts)
1 cup dried shredded coconut
¼ cup flax seed or chia seed
1/2-3/4 cup coconut oil (*see note)
2 T honey
2 T real maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

½-1 cup raisins or other dried fruit (craisins, cherries)

Stir ingredients (except dried fruit) together in a large bowl. Spread onto a large baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper.  Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Stir in raisins. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool to form clusters. Store in an airtight container. 

*If you want it a little less oily, use 1/2 cup. It won't cluster as much with 1/2 cup but it's still excellent and crispy!

Slightly adapted from https://pinchofyum.com/coconut-oil-granola-remix

Monday, March 30, 2020

DIY Foaming Dish Soap Refill

We've been saving soap since we got married, 12 years before it was cool ;) We actually got this exact foaming soap pump, Dawn brand I believe, as a wedding gift in a basket we received from a family friend. We've since removed the label and have refilled it with our own foaming soap for 12 years now and it still looks brand new! Haha! We buy the biggest bottle of dish soap from Dollar Tree, fill up the bottom, about .5-1 inch or so, and then fill the rest with water. The Dollar Tree soap isn't super strong and but just fine for most dishes that we hand wash. We keep a small bottle of the real stuff in case we need it for an extra greasy dish. We saved millions of dollars and reduced a lot of soap waste over the years. I'm sure most of you already know this, but just thought I'd share since soap is a hot commodity right now :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Yay We Can't Go Anywhere Daily Schedule!

This is what I made for my kids for the next 2 weeks or more to try and survive while literally every activity in town is cancelled :( We probably won't stick to it, but it's a start ;) We put ours in a plastic sleeve on the fridge and will fill in activities daily with an extra fine point dry erase marker (I found them at Dollar Tree) or you can print it out daily and write on it!

Download the Free PDF HERE!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Rainbow Topped Birthday Cake

I used this recipe for the cake and this recipe for the frosting with blue food coloring. One batch of the frosting just barely covered the cake and the middle layer and did the clouds. I made the rainbow out of jolly ranchers. See picture below. I shaped foil into a thin rectangle with sides folded up to prevent spreadinng and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Lined up jolly ranchers lengthwise, 3 rows. Cooked in oven on cookie sheet at 350 for 5-10 minutes until candy was melted. Remove from oven and let cool a little but not get hard, just pliable. Cover a large food can with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Wrap candy around the foiled can to form rainbow and press to smooth and shape. Let cool until hard. Store in an airtight container until just before using. I wrapped mine in bubble wrap to make sure it didn't crack if bumped. Used 2-8 inch cake pans.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Crispy Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

I tried making these about 10 years ago when they were all the rage and they turned out terrible, grainy and soft! Unfortunately I had no idea that it was just a bad recipe and I never tried them again. Fast forward and a few months ago I had them at book club when a friend made them for our discussion of “A Place for Us”. I was hesitant to taste them because I knew I didn’t like them. I did anyway and was pleasantly surprised! They were a lot smaller and crunchier than I remembered from years ago.

After a little internet research I was thrilled to come across this technique. It worked like a charm and resulted in savory crispy crunchy chickpeas. The seasoning options are endless! They are so addictive with absolutely no guilt. Basically a super healthy copycat of corn nuts :) Which sadly I remember eating along with starbursts while on road trips as a kid … eeek! It’s amazing what you can eat when you are young :) These make the perfect salty snack, party appetizer, or salad topping! Note: you can double this recipe and two cans will fit on a large cookie sheet.

1 - 15oz can chickpeas*, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon olive oil
seasonings of choice

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
2. Spread the chickpeas in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. It's ok if they are still a bit wet, they will dry out in the oven. Bake 30 minutes, stopping to shake the pan every 10 minutes.
3. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl and stir in oil and seasonings of choice.
4. Spread the chickpeas back onto the pan and bake for another 10-15 until golden and crunchy. Let cool before serving and store in an airtight container. 

*Note: I have only tried the canned chickpeas from Aldi. Different lots or brands may vary in how crispy they turn out. They may need to be dried with a towel before baking or cover with foil after the suggested cooking time, to prevent burning, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Seasoning Ideas:
ranch seasoning
all purpose seasoned salt (like Lawry’s)
Italian seasoning
garlic salt
dried parmesan cheese
cumin and chili powder and dried cilantro

Friday, January 10, 2020

Any Month Meal Plan Calendar with Themes

This calendar can be used for any month of the year and you can use the themes that I use or fill in your own. You can download a free pdf printable here that includes both forms and an example calendar with meals written in. Enjoy and happy meal planning!

Download a free pdf printable here!