Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe

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Mardi Gras King Cake

  Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe There are a few things that I miss about living in Louisiana.  One of them is King Cake at Mardi Gras time.  Now that I have moved to Phoenix, I have had to learn to make them for myself.  I have been working on my recipe over the past 3 years to get it to where I know we will LOVE it every time. The basics of King Cake are pretty simple, you are {Read More}

Easy Oven Fried Chicken

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  Easy Oven Fried Chicken Oven Fried Chicken is a great way to have a favorite dish yet avoid not only all the mess, but a lot of calories too!  By using boneless chicken, you cut the time it takes to make this favorite in half at least, making it perfect for weeknights or a quick weekend dinner when you’re busy.  I keep the ingredients for Oven Fried Chicken handy for nights that I need something fast that my family {Read More}

10 Benefits of Cinnamon

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  The Benefits of Cinnamon The simple spice, cinnamon, comes from the bark of trees of the genus Cinnamomum.  It is dried and ground into the wonderfully aromatic powder that seasons so many foods and beverages.  What we tend to neglect, however, is all the wonderful ways that cinnamon can benefit us in our daily lives.  Here are 10 ways we can use cinnamon to give us a boost or help us heal. Cinnamon is an Anti-Inflammatory: Cinnamon is high {Read More}

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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  Chocolate Covered Strawberries The one thing I ask from Jerome each Valentine’s Day is Chocolate Covered Strawberries.  I love them, and they make me feel happy just eating them.  They are really, really easy to make, so I have stopped asking for Jerome to buy them.  Instead, now, we just buy the best strawberries we can afford and a couple of trays of almond bark.  (one Milk Chocolate and one White Chocolate). Would you believe that my girls made {Read More}

Repurpose Your Stockpile: Wine Cork Stamp Valentines

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Wine Cork Stamp Valentines

  Valentine’s Day is on its way, and what could be better than handmade wine cork stamp valentines? I have a jar on my counter that I drop caps and corks into, with the promise of remembering the occasions that they celebrated, and a future craft that may happen.  Every once in a while, a neat idea comes up that I just have to try.  And if you don’t have any wine corks, stop by the nut and bolt section of {Read More}

14 Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes All Rounded Up!

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I am so excited about Thanksgiving this year!!!!  I will be taking the day off to relax and recharge.  I  will be spending the day with my mom, husband and kiddos.  What could be better?  I don’t know…maybe the fact that I am getting a TURKEY this year!  My mom is making the turkey.  Which means, we will have LOTS of leftovers.  I am not sure what I am more excited about, the Turkey or the leftovers. Well, here is {Read More}

Crispy Ramen Noodle Pancake

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Crispy Ramen Noodle Pancake This is AMAZING!  I can hardly believe this Crispy Ramen Noodle Pancake side dish costs around 10c (depending on the sale you find on Ramen Noodles).  You can use almost any flavor.  I use Beef flavored Ramen Noodles when serving it along with steak and use pork or chicken flavor when serving it along with chicken. This recipe makes (1) 6″ Pancake.  That is enough for 2 side dishes.  If you are looking to feed 4 or {Read More}

Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub

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It’s getting warmer outside!  That means that soon it will be swimsuit season.  What to do about all that dry skin from the harsh winter?  Well, make your own Vanilla mint Sugar scrub would work wonders on that skin. The few ingredients you need can be found at a bulk food shop or even your local Walmart. 1 1/4 C raw sugar 1/3 C Honey 3/4 C carrier oil, such as Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Avocado, or a light Olive Oil {Read More}

Easy Kitchen Substitutions

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  Creating Kitchen Substitutions on the Fly Every once in a while, I think I have an ingredient, and when I go to get it out, realize that someone has used up the last of it.  Drat!  Now what?  Well, I head for my handy dandy list of kitchen substitutions!  There’s a lot you can do to make up for missing ingredients.  Check out these simple kitchen substitutions for the most common ingredients. Dairy Substitutions 1 C buttermilk = 1 T lemon {Read More}

Easter Crafts and Treats Round Up

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  Easter is soon going to be here and I have your quick guide to some easy crafts and ways to decorate your Easter eggs.  I even included my easy peasy way to bake your eggs hard instead of boiling them!  Surprise your kids with easy crafts they can help you with, and treat them with some Peeps Jello Cups!  There are so many fun things you can do at Easter. 1.  Hard Baked Eggs – Don’t boil those eggs! {Read More}

Candy Filled Yarn Eggs ~ Easter Perfection!

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  Candy Filled Yarn Eggs are a delight for children, who wonder at how the candy could possibly be inside such a pretty treasure.  Adults love figuring out how you made them, but love getting the candy out as well.  Your secret is how easy they are to make! Candy Filled Yarn Eggs ~ Simple and Beautiful With a few simple items, you can make Candy Filled Yarn Eggs for your Easter celebration.  They are a great way to use {Read More}

Tie Dyed Easter Eggs ~ A Great Holiday Craft for the Family

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Tie Dyed Easter Eggs ~ Bring Out the Shaving Cream! I love coloring eggs, not only at Easter, but year round.  It’s a fun craft to do with kids, and now, it’s even more fun with shaving cream!  Why color eggs with just one color when you can make Tie Dyed Easter Eggs?  They are simple and fun, and a bit messy, which makes them all the more fun. A Few Tips and Tricks for Tie Dyed Easter Eggs Instead {Read More}

Adorable Easter Chick Cupcakes

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  Adorable Easter Chick Cupcakes are Easy These adorable Easter Chick Cupcakes are an easy way to bring smiles to faces. Cute little chicks made from candies are a great topper to your favorite frosted cupcakes.  You can even cheat if you like and buy frosted cupcakes at the store and add these little chicks.  Easter Chick Cupcakes are a great dessert for Easter or just to celebrate the return of spring and they make an adorable centerpiece, placed on {Read More}

Baking Soda Dyed Easter Eggs

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  Baking Soda Dyed Easter Eggs Looking for another way to dye Easter eggs, I ran across the idea of making Baking Soda Dyed Easter Eggs.  This sounded FUN, messy, but fun.  The best part about the entire project was that I had everything already in my pantry.  No more buying those FUNKY kits and waiting for the little tablet to dissolve (which I never waited for anyway, so I would always have funky looking eggs). So, here is what {Read More}

Adorable Egg Diorama Craft

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Adorable Egg Diorama

Adorable Egg Diorama Crafts for Everyone Easter crafts are fun not only to make, but also to give as gifts to family, friends, and neighbors. All you need is a quick trip to the dollar or craft store, and you’ll have everything you need to make an Adorable Egg Diorama.  I picked up some paper mache eggs (which surprisingly had a plastic interior) and foam Easter stickers for this craft.  I had some acrylic paints at home, as well as {Read More}

DIY: Pretty Little Butterfly Snacks

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Pretty Little Butterfly Snacks for Spring Pretty Little Butterfly Snacks are the perfect spring gift for your little ones!  With simple things like a plastic zipper bag, chenille stems, and the snack or candy of your choice, you’ll have these Pretty Little Butterfly Snacks done in a jiffy!  They make a great takeaway at parties or a cute item tucked in a school lunch with an encouraging note. You can put any small item in these too.  Raisins, fruits, crackers, {Read More}

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