Sunday, July 20, 2014

Simple Sunday: The Pond at the Wilderness Center

I took the kids for a hike at the Wilderness Center today & we spent quite a bit of time at this pond. There were dragonflies, damselflies, frogs, red eared slider turtles, huge snapping turtles & we even saw a mink!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Snacktastic Saturday: Peanut Butter Bread

I have been dying for some peanut butter bread lately, but July? Well, it usually doesn't happen. But seeing as how it's been in the mid 70's the past few days, I figured I might as well bake to my little heart's content!

This is a dense bread, but that's perfectly okay with me! (It means I'll eat one slice instead of one loaf per sitting.) But mine has to have jelly on it. Grape to be exact. But you could top it with any other flavor of jelly or preserves, butter or Nutella...oh, I never thought of that until now. I just may have to bake up another loaf while it's still cool (& double check to make sure I still have some Nutella in the cupboard).

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Peanut Butter Bread
  • 2 C. all purpose flour
  • 1/3 C. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C. milk
  • 3/4 C. creamy peanut butter
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder & salt. Using a hand mixer, carefully add the egg, milk & peanut butter until just combined. (Batter will be thick.)Pour batter & carefully spread into a greased loaf pan. (Mine was an 8x4in.)Bake at 350ยบ for 50-60 min. or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool for 10-15 min. before removing from pan to a wire rack to finish cooling. 
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 loaf

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fun Friday: Edible Kool-Aid Playdough

So the other day, I was digging through some recipes when I came across one for Edible Kool-Aid Playdough. I'm not sure where it came from, since it was scrawled down on a piece of scrap paper, but I decided I was going to make it since the temperature has cooled a bit & the kids have been coming inside earlier at night.

I have to say that when I was making this, it smelled amazing! So much so that I snuck a bite.Yea, it's edible. But it doesn't taste good. Which I guess is a good thing since you don't want to teach your kids that eating playdough is okay. After all, not everyone plays with edible playdough. Side note - My 8 yr. old told me that it tasted just like the playdough she ate when she was younger. That wasn't edible. *Sigh*

1C. flour (plus extra for kneading)
1/2C. salt
1 pkg. Kool-Aid
3Tbsp. vegetable oil
1C. boiling water

- In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt & Kool-Aid.
- Next add the oil & boiling water, stirring to combine thoroughly.
- On a floured work surface & adding more flour as needed, knead the dough until it becomes the perfect playdough consistency. 

*Store in an airtight container.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Work It Wednesday: Coffee Body Scrub

Anyone that knows me, can tell you how much I love my coffee. I love the taste, the aroma & the benefits of slathering it on my skin. Wait, what?! Yep, you read that right. Coffee makes an excellent body scrub for a couple of reasons...

•Ground coffee will act as an exfoliant to dead skin cells, which will leave your skin silky smooth. 

•The caffeine in coffee will draw water from your cells & help to constrict your blood vessels, leaving you with a smooth & even tone. Translation: Bye-bye cellulite. 

To make this Coffee Body Scrub, you just need three simple ingredients. 

•brown, white or raw sugar
•ground coffee (unused)
•coconut, jojoba or olive oil

For a thicker texture (like mine), use a 3:2:1 ratio of ingredients (in order given).

For a creamier texture, use a 3:2:2 or 3:2:3 ratio. 

But of course you can always alter the ratios to your liking. Or based on how much coffee you have in the house. Because let's face it, we all have those "oh crap" moments when we realize we only have enough left for one cup in the morning. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Messy Monday: How to Clean a Ceiling Fan

If there is one chore I despise the most, it would have to be cleaning the ceiling fans. They can be such a pain to clean, especially when you put it off for as long as you possibly can. But I'm glad that I finally have an easy way to clean them! 
Note: This is actually before I cleaned them again tonight (it was way too hot to turn them off, but I wanted to share this with you.)
So how easy could cleaning a ceiling fan be?
•In a spray bottle, make a 50/50 mixture of distilled vinegar & water.
•Spray the mixture on both sides of the fan blades.
•Using an old pillowcase, place fan blade inside, press firmly on both sides starting at the center of the fan & wipe down to the end.
 •Repeat on remaining fan blades. 
That's pretty simple! All of the dust will fall into the pillowcase. Just shake it out in the trash & wash it with your towels or your husbands dirty work clothes. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Simple Sunday: Getting Organized

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It's time to get organized! Every day, I make a huge list of things to do. On a big sheet of notebook paper, it doesn't seem like it should be that hard to accomplish. Who was I kidding?! I never get everything crossed off. Ever. So I decided it was time to print some blank calendars for the month, label them & assign tasks accordingly. And let me tell you, once I run out of room in the little box, that's it. There's no trying to cram more things to be done into them. Which means, hopefully, that I'll be able to stay on point much easier & actually get everything accomplished in a day.