Wednesday, May 30, 2012
#4. If you have young children (girls especially) keep a small training potty in the back of your car. This has come in handy MANY times when we are in the middle of nowhere and Kaylee needs to go. I could post a pic of her on the tailgate, but I wouldn't embarass her like that. We'll wait until she is dating.
#5. Organization! These seat organizers have been wonderful! I need to make new ones as these have been worn pretty well, but it saves me from having to hand things to the kids in the back over and over.
#6. Entertainment. Of course we have DVD players for movies, but we also bring books on tape, CDs to listen to, play the "ABC" game as we are driving down the road and check out library books. It's a great time for family bonding although after a long day we all feel like zoning out in front of a movie. So those are good too ;)
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Monday, May 28, 2012
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To create this you will need:
1 seedless watermelon
sharp paring knife
We used the directions found at Sun Scholars for putting it together!
This post brought to you by Florida Orange Juice. All opinions are 100% mine.
Morning routines vary so much from home to home, but here is ours:
7:10 wake up.
7:20 make breakfast and pack lunches
7:40 Dallin's bus comes
7:45 Take shower and try no to wake up Ruby
8:00 Get the girls dressed for the day
8:30 Aaron's bus comes
As you can see, a lot happens in that first hour of the day. I'm usually busy getting ready for the day and skip breakfast. Then 10 or 11 rolls around and I am too hungry to wait for lunch so I grab some sort of snack to tide me over. I am much more conscious, however, with what my kids eat. Breaskfast, every day, and milk, water, or 100% juices with their meals. Saving sugary sodas and drinks for rare occasions.
And not all 100% juices are the same. Take, for example, Florida Orange Juice.
Did you Know...
One 8‐ounce serving of 100 percent orange juice is a good source of potassium and folate and an excellent source of vitamin C.
o These are three important nutrients that are under consumed in the United States, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
· One serving of 100 percent orange juice is more nutrient dense than many commonly-consumed 100 percent fruit juices.
o A refreshing glass of 100 percent orange juice has no added sugars or artificial sweeteners, which may be found in many fruit juice cocktails and sports drinks.
It isn’t easy to always find a quick and easy food/beverage that will jump start our day. These points make Florida Orange Juice a perfect choice for a morning beverage.
For more ideas on how to make smart food choices, check out the following tips from Kathleen zelman, MPH, RD. Also check out Florida Orange Juice on Facebook for expert tips and recipes.
· Jumpstart your morning with a nutritious meal that includes protein, fruit and energizing nutrient-dense carbs.
o Think you don’t have time for a complete breakfast? Blend your favorite fruit with 100 percent Florida orange juice and low-fat yogurt for a convenient, on-the-go smoothie.
o Want to jazz up your weekend breakfast? Substitute 100 percent Florida orange juice for water in your pancake batter to give your meal a zesty, new taste.
· When looking for a snack, think outside the box before trying to satisfy your cravings from roadside convenience stores or airport kiosks.
o Plan ahead and take a cooler with portable, smart snacks that fit your on-the-go lifestyle like nuts, hummus with veggies, granola bars and 8-ounce cartons of 100 percent orange juice that will help give you the energy and nutrients you need to get through your travel day.
· Outdoor grilling and dining is a great way for your family and friends to enjoy the warmer weather.
o Protein is a vital part of your daily diet, as it provides nutrients and may help satisfy hunger longer than most fats or carbohydrates.
o Choose leaner cuts of beef, pork, and poultry to grill and pair your protein with other nutrient-rich foods, such as high-fiber fruit, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. Add 100 percent Florida orange juice to marinades for poultry and pork for a refreshing citrus zing and pour a glass of 100 percent orange juice to accompany your meal.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
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(2) Pin a pic of your pool bag showing Huggies Little Swimmers and all of your other summer essentials, using the hash tag #PoolBagPeek.*One lucky winner will receive a $500 Walmart Gift Card!I still can't believe that summer is already here. Time goes by so fast, so don't let this summer get away from you! Go out and enjoy the beautiful weather that we are being blessed with. These 2 months will fly by just as fast.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
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2 lbs. potatoes (5 to 6 medium), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
- 1 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp. vinegar
- 1-1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 cup thinly sliced celery
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped (optional)
- Cover potatoes with water in 4-quart saucepot; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain and cool slightly.
- Combine Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, sugar and pepper in large bowl. Add potatoes, celery, onion and eggs and toss gently. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
- Also terrific with Hellmann's ® or Best Foods ® Light or Canola Cholesterol Free Mayonnaise.
Cost per recipe*: $3.09
Cost per serving*: $0.39
*Based on average retail prices at national supermarkets.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Lemon Curd Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
24 cupcakes made with a box of white cake mix (you can make them from scratch, but most of the flavor comes from the lemon curd, so boxed works GREAT and is quicker!)
Filling cupcakes is easy. You just use a frosting bag and fill it with your favorite pudding, jam, or in this case, lemon curd. Attach a round or star tip and insert your tip into your cupcake. Squeeze until you see the cupcake just start to rise. Then stop. You don't want to over-fill the cupcakes or they will crack.
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
source Homemade by Holman
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 T lemon juice
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
Beat together butter, cream cheese and lemon juice on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating on low speed until incorporated. Add lemon zest and increase speed to medium-high and beat until smooth.
Frost cupcakes with a large star tip. Begin on the edges and swirl around until you reach the center. Top with a lemon slice and a raspberry for garnish.
Homemade Lemon Curd
source Homemade by Holman
Lemon curd is so simple and inexpensive to make. It is so delicious, I could eat it with a spoon!
4 egg yolks
Zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup plus 1 T lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
5 T unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
Combine everything but the butter in a sauce pan and whisk together. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, scraping the sides of the pan often until thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 8 - 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat and add butter, 1 piece at a time, stirring until incorporated. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the lemon curd and cover with a lid. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before using.
Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes
source Annie's Eats
1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
3 tbsp. sugar
For the raspberry swirl:
6 oz. fresh raspberries
2 tbsp. sugar
For the filling:
2 lbs. cream cheese, at room temperature
1½ cups sugar
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 large eggs, at room temperature
Preheat the oven to 325˚ F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Stir together with a fork until well blended and all the dry ingredients are moistened. Press 1 tablespoon of the mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner.