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She {hearts} Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July! What does your family have planned to celebrate? I think we’re just going to hang close to home this year. With the 4th falling on a Wednesday and having to work Tuesday and Thursday, it makes it difficult to celebrate on the actual 4th! We will however be celebrating with friends and family this weekend!

The photo to the right shows what our calendar that hangs on our refrigerator looks like for this month. Allie Grace made this calendar at her pre-school for her Daddy for Father’s Day. Each month has her hand print but her hand is decorated based on a theme/holiday from that month. To replicate this artwork you’ll need blue and red finger paint. Paint your child’s palm blue and their fingers red before pressing their hand down on white paper. Once the hand print has dried you can draw stars on the paper in the blue area with darker blue marker. If you have a white-out pen, that makes even better stars too!

I did go to the grocery store yesterday to pick up some things to make a simple everyday dessert, just a little more festive, for us to have after dinner tonight! Star Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches (photo & recipe from Disney Family Fun) All you need are cupcake liners, popsicle sticks, mini ice cream sandwiches and red, white, and blue sprinkles! First skewer the sandwiches onto the popsicle sticks. Next, press the exposed filling onto a plate full of sprinkles and place sandwiches into cupcake liners to help keep the mess to a minimum! It’s that easy!

 

Need something to wash it down with? Try this Patriotic “Mocktail” for the Kids! (Image and recipe from Baby Center)

4th of July Kiddie Mocktails
Adapted from Family Fun. Makes 1 12-ounce (tall) glass.

3 oz fruit punch
3 oz blue Gatorade (not sugar-free)
3 oz diet 7-Up or Sprite (must be sugar-free; so diet only)
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Fill glass 1/3 full with ice cubes. Pour fruit punch almost (but not quite) to top of ice cubes. Fill another 1/3 with ice cubes and slowly pour blue Gatorade almost to top of cubes. Fill final 1/3 ice cubes and slowly pour sugar-free Sprite. Add straw and voila! How does it work? The drink with the highest sugar content stays on the bottom… super fun 4th of July drink!

I have an entire board on Pinterest devoted just to 4th of July recipes, crafts, decor, etc.

 You can follow all of my boards here.

 

She {hearts} Real {Fast} Food

Preparing traditional whole foods meals for our family can be challenging some days. I admit that I will often cut corners and we don’t eat as healthy as I would like to. It all just takes time to prepare, and sometimes I just don’t have that time, or I’m just too lazy to put in the effort.

I recently stumbled upon a fabulous blog, written by Trina Holden, called All That Is Good.  She’s really a breath of fresh air, and she has written an excellent eBook called Real {Fast} Food.  This eBook is full of great tips and tricks on how to incorporate healthy whole foods into your diet, without spending all day in the kitchen.  She shares her family recipes as well, several of which we have tried and enjoyed.

I’ve got my list of things I want to try posted in my kitchen and I’ll continue working through it.  I’m just really thankful to have found a way to save some time and still eat the way I want to.

Watch this cute promo video made by Trina and her son for more information on Real {Fast} Food.

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Real {Fast} Food is available for just $6.

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Trina is offering a free copy of her eBook to 2 lucky readers!

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She {hearts} Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream Icing

I had been scouring the internet and pinterest for just the right recipe to make these. I had Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream Icing at Church. They were delicious but I never could get the recipe. I must also point out that I had NEVER made homemade cake or icing, I always used the box and the can of icing.

I do have to say for my first time, the cupcakes and icing turned out delicious! Everyone that has tried them agree, so if I can make this so can you. I do want to add a mini reese cup in the middle of the cupcake next time, that would be so yummy!

 

Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients
(makes 24-27 standard sized cupcakes)

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

  • Line muffin pan with liners or grease the muffin pan. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for one minute.
  • Stir in boiling water (the batter will be very thin, but that is right).
  • Fill liners 2/3 full with batter.
  • Bake cupcakes for approximately 22-24 minutes.
  • Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.

Peanut Butter Buttercream Icing Ingredients

1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups (approx. 1 lb.) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
4-6 tablespoons milk

  • Cream shortening and butter with electric mixer.
  • Add peanut butter and vanilla.
  • Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry.
  • Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Re-whip before using.
Cupcake Recipe came from Glorious Treats. Icing Recipe came from Wilton.

She {hearts} Candy Cottages

 

Does your family have a tradition of decorating Gingerbread Houses during the Christmas season? I love the idea and even before I had Allie Grace I decorated them each year in my class with my students and then again with my 4-Hers. However, actually assembling the graham crackers into the frame of the house was so time consuming. Not to mention that as we’d began to spread on the icing the sides of our houses sometimes came tubling down! Then I made a discovery!

Two years ago I discovered The Candy Cottage at a Christmas Show and ended up purchasing one for most of the kiddos on my Christmas list. Candy Cottages snap together in just seconds and is sturdy so it won’t collapse like other kits will. The best part is that its reusable. Just wash it off and decorate it time and time again.

 

The best part is that you can think outside the box and decorate your cottage, not only for the Christmas holidays, but for any time of the year!

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Any day can be a Candy Cottage day. From traditional Christmas houses, to Easter houses, Valentine’s houses, Birthday Houses or just fun houses, the only limit is your imagination, and that of your children and family. Start making memories!

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The Candy Cottage is giving away one cottage to TWO very lucky She {hearts} It readers. Click over to The Candy Cottage and check out their fun decorating ideas.  Then come back here and leave a comment telling us what your favorite cottage design is!

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Congrats to our Winners, Mandi & Ashley!

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She {hearts} Everything Kitchens


PhotobucketMy husband and I both enjoy a good cup of tea. That would be hot tea, not the cold tea that my southern friends enjoy! We live in shivery Canada… which incidently is quite warm this winter.

Anyway, on a dark, cold winter evening, there is nothing better than a cup of hot tea. I’ve been looking at French Presses for a while, and not certain that we would love it. But after trying my new Freiling French Press from Everything Kitchens, we are hooked!

But not exactly the way I thought we would be. I figured we would mostly use it for loose tea. Instead, we use it for coffee. I’ve never had better coffee than from a French Press.

I’m not a coffee fan. I drink it maybe once per week. But when I do, I prefer it made in the Freiling. It’s just so much smoother, not bitter, and I don’t need nearly as much cream and sugar when I prepare it this way. Bonus!

The Freiling is also insulated, so it keep coffee or tea hot for a long time.

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Everything Kitchens is an amazing online store for absolutely everything you would want in your kitchen!  From Bosch Universal Mixers, to dishes, pot & pans, etc, you will find it all there.

Free shipping is offered for most items as well, making this a great one stop shop.

 

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She {Hearts} Boddler Bites

As my daughter has transitioned from being fully breastfed to eating solid foods, I have sometimes been at a loss as to what to feed her! I’ve wanted to avoid over-processed foods marketed to children yet loaded with unhealthy ingredients. I discovered these Food in a Flash cards by Boddler Bites, and now I have plenty of ideas!

The Food in a Flash cards go through the alphabet and list healthy foods appropriate for babies and toddlers (“boddlers”). They are designed to help your child learn their ABCs, discover new foods, and provide you with creative solutions to your mealtimes. The back of each colorful card gives easy recipes and cooking directions for each food listed on the front.

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Boddler Bites Food in a Flash cards help you discover creative and healthy food to feed your child.  Cards are just $19.95.

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Boddler Bites is giving away one set of Food in a Flash cards to one of our readers!

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Comment on this post telling us your child(ren)’s favorite food(s).

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Giveaway open to U.S./Canada.

Winner Selected: Congratulations, Jobina!

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She {hearts} Kids Konserve

My daughter likes packing up her own lunch, a snack, a picnic…pretty much anything that has to do with gathering food. She likes each item to have its own special place/container. Unfortunately this would often mean finding plastic baggies (with food) in backpacks and purses all over the home. I decided it was time to find a lunch set for her. Something she could pack herself and that we would all know contained food. A bonus would be that I wouldn’t need to purchase “refills.”

Kids Konserve fulfills our requirements, allowing my daughter to easily pack up her lunch, while including everything you’d need for lunch time, even a napkin. Each item is reusable, so it’s ready for you anytime. In fact the only consumable thing you need to pack is your food.

Kids Konserve is committed to encouraging our children (and their parents) to go waste-free, so take up the challenge beginning with your lunch!

Psst. Today is the last day to use the 20% discount.

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Kids Konserve products are priced $3-$45 besides everything you’d need for a waste free lunch they also have natural cleaning products available.

 

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Use coupon code: forearth for a 20% discount on Kids Konserve products (good through April 30th, 2011)

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Kids Konserve is giving away one (1) Snak Pak. Giveaway open to US residents only.

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Leave a comment with your favorite Kids Konserve product.

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