Nutella pancakes!! We did them with bananas and syrup and added a bit of Nutella in the center of the pancake when cooking!! Delicious!!
DIY Projects and Gift Ideas
Quinoa whole wheat pancakes made with greek yogurt. A healthy pancake option!I love quinoa. We thought these were pretty good. Served w/ choice of real maple syrup, black berries, walnuts, bananas and peanut butter for topping.Even the 10 yr old approved!
Pancake Pops - bite-sized pancakes on a stick. Dip them in maple syrup and have a little breakfast party. Fun for a play group brunch.
BEST PANCAKES EVER recipe ~ They are super tall, light and fluffy and yet they don't get all mushy when syrup is added, they are excellent!
"The Most Common Cooking Mistakes: I wasn't going to read them, but when I did, half of these tips I did not know!!"
What a cool idea.....mini pancake skewers....just stack mini pancakes (Eggo makes minis), add a blueberry or strawberry and put on skewer and drizzle maple syrup over them. Perfect.
pumpkin pancakes. I used almond milk & they were still delicious. I added a little extra milk to thin the batter a bit. This recipe made about 14 pancakes. I topped with candied pecans & powdered sugar.
Blueberry-Oatmeal Smoothie --- this smoothie is DELICIOUS! Had to add a little water in it because I did two bananas and it was really thick. Also added flax, chia and a blueberry muffin yogurt. But SO YUMMY!
SOUTHWEST PULLED CHICKEN  --- It was delicious, I added black beans & so glad I did, we ate ours with a bed of rice, lettuce,
A display we did with our youth group (7 - 11 yr olds) when we were looking at the story of Joseph and the coat of many colors. each quarter was made up of 6 puzzle pieces (so 24 in total). kids painted them individually and they were then stuck together. thinking was meant to be the dreams were a bit of a puzzle without God enabling Joseph to interpret them
Write the date & what you were doing on corks when you open a bottle of wine and display in vase. We did this and saved them up for the two
Lisa and David - Our photographers suggested we incorporate the sparklers and we are so glad that we did! They really added a "punch" to our night time pictures, and we were able to use them during our send away as well. - Limelight Photo Works
X-Ray Craft I drew a skeleton with white crayon on white card stock during "Xx" week, because all there is to talk about is x-rays and xylophones. Anyhow, I did 22 of those (OW!), then we had the kids do watercolors. Ours struggled a bit with the right ratio of water--too much and the color wasn't bright enough, to little and it covered up the crayon. But it was very cute to hear them get excited when they could see their bones!
Smoked Salmon Bisque - this was delicious. we had canned smoke salmon from friends in Alaska. added potatoes, used Veg broth instead of clam juice, fresh chopped tomatoes instead of canned. About doubled the amt of smoked salmon but did not use salmon filet. Also added extra spice. YUM.
Pork shanks - a delicious and less-costly alternative to veal shanks. This is probably how we would cook them--shallow pan in a very rich cooking liquid that includes wine or vinegar.
Busy Mom Puffins (Pancake Muffins) (my recipe adapted from these crazy blog moms who make them from scratch) Preheat oven to 350, mix 1 c pancake mix, 2/3 c water, 1/2 c syrup. Mix together, pour in greased muffin pan. Top with banana, blueberries, chocolate chips, pecans, sausage, bacon....etc. Bake for 12-14 minutes and serve. Easy, fast, delicious & no syrupy mess!!
Recipes I want to try
Simple Asian Soy-Peanut Noodles - we have made these TWICE this week - we can't get enough of them! The original recipe was a little too salty for me so we added extra honey and peanut butter ... SO Delicious!!
I ❤ crazy quilting, beading & embroidery . . . Tarnished Gold- The center fabric print has just the faintest hint of a lavender. I had added some tiny clear lavender flower beads to the silkie when I was embellishing it. I added the same lavender beads along the lace in the upper right then I took them & added them in the rose motif to bring the eye around & back down to the silkie. I also added a similar bead that is a champagne color to the tatting in the lower left. ~By Honey Bee's Bliss
Poopie diaper #babyshowergame. Cut out diapers from white felt and safety pin together. Smear one or two with a little bit of chocolate (I used nutella). Pass them out for guests to wear when they arrive. Have them check the diaper right before they leave. Whoever has "soiled" diaper wins a prize.
Bridal Shower Ideas
Tarissa and Tim - Since we had to wait for nightfall, the pictures we took with the sparklers were our final photographs from the wedding. So in essence, we truly did save the the best for last. The pictures turned out extraordinary and we were completely ecstatic when we received them from our photographer. - Two Birds Photography
Another pinned did this one but It gave me an idea. We should all make one of these for ourselves and put them all on one board together. Just saying the # of pills you take, hrs. of treatment, etc. By doing this we can share a little bit about ourselves, learn more about each other, and raise more awareness for cystic fibrosis. If you like this idea either like this post or let me know in the comments and I'll figure out a way to make it happen!
Our new family organizational system. Magnetic wipe off boards from Walmart $2 a piece. Used vinyl machine to add names and the words to do and done. Took pictures of the chores we have at our house and added a magnetic to the back. Mail slots and Menu board are from Walmart too. I just added the vinyl wording to them. So nice to have a spot for the kids to put the mail when they bring it in.
Bully-proofing your kids - Starting when their son was 3, psychologist Tammy Hughes and her school psychologist husband started teaching him. At night, they'd say, "Tell me three good things that happened to you today." This helped him make the distinction between events and his feelings about them. Once he had that mastered, they added, "Tell me three good things that happened to someone else (lesson: the world includes me and other people, their feelings and actions)." Next they asked, "Tell me something you did that worked out well. Now, tell me something that someone else did that worked out well for someone else." "These simple questions help children differentiate themselves and others, and (teach them) cause and effect. If you can connect these ideas and feelings, then it helps children to prepare to identify bullying -- negative versus positive behaviors -- and who did what to cause the outcome"
Lotus Root A favorite of mine, but an unusual ingredient to find in most stores. When most of us think "lotus," we may think of the beautiful aquatic flower or the yoga position. But did you know that the rhizome of the lotus plant is edible? On the outside it looks like a long cylindrical brown tuber, but slice one crosswise, and you'll be rewarded with beautiful, lace-like slices of a crunchy and delicious vegetable.
Flourless Zucchini Brownies - These were FANTASTIC! It's been ages since I've been able to indulge in anything brownie-like since becoming gluten free. These were moist, chocolaty and totally hit the spot. Not your typical fudge brownie, more like a cross between zucchini bread and a brownie but we really enjoyed them. I did leave out the nutmeg (didn't have any on hand) and also added 2 Tbs. of Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa powder to up the chocolate factor. Yummy!
italian black truffle almond set: Always a sure sign of decadence, the black truffle meets an unexpected, yet delicious, friend in the almond. In a spin that's never been spun before, we take aromatic black summer truffles that are hand-harvested in Northern Italy and grind them into sea salt and merry them with California almonds. And just when you thought black truffles couldn't get any better. $59.95
Baby Sock Snowman Ornament DIY Tutorial @Just a little Creativity: When my daughter was about four (she's 14 now) she and I made baby sock Snowman Ornaments. Each year, we pull them out of the ornament box and we reminisce for a bit about making them. This year, Little Man was fascinated by them, so I decided to make a few with him and Joshua. They're cute, easy, inexpensive, and each little snowman has it's own personality (just like my silly kiddos).
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Success! These brownies were awesome! Friends at our bbq even said they preferred them to the regular brownies we made for everyone else. I used the recipe at the bottom of the page, but added 1/4 tsp of baking pwdr. Used 1/2 cup white rice flour, 2 Tbsp sorghum, and 2 Tbsp coconut flour. They were just a little bit gritty. I'd like to experiment again and use 1/2 cup sorghum and 1/4 cup coconut. I also used margarine. I'll try next time with the shortening or vegan butter.
TO BE DESTROYED 06/30/13 Manhattan Center MURPHY A0969913 male white/black jack russ terr mix 11 YRS According to his former owner he is good w/ dogs likes cats and is friendly with strangers! Because he growled a bit when the plastic hand approached his food bowl, he's been classified as "Rescue Only" which means you will need a New Hope Partner in order to save him. Please advocate for Murphy ..for tonight, we are his family and it's up to us to do right by him
Too Good To Eat
All of the sudden I'm the asshole walking around saying things like: nope she doesn't watch that, she doesn't eat that, she doesn't play with those, we don't sing Hannah Montana songs, she doesn't eat candy for breakfast. It goes on and on. The things going on the shelves in America marketed to kids is creating a bitterness inside me that I can't quite control. I wanted to write this post so I could let off some steam and have a laugh and all it did was get me discouraged. I hate that as parents we are put in the position to look like assholes for saying no to things that just aren't good for them. I don't want my daughter to resent me because I didn't let her drink sugar water with red dye in it, or let her wear makeup when she is 4, or dress up like a princess because it's her job to be pretty. When the kids are outside playing in the pool, or fishing at the lake, or outside in general just rolling around in grass or splashing in puddles I feel like they can just be kids. I feel like we are all happiest. None of this requires toys, or an appropriate color scheme or movie theme, it's just fun. They get to just play. So I suppose we will stay outside.