Apr 16, 2016

Make Your Kids Day With These Yogurt Popsicles

Betty Crocker

Summer is fast approaching, bringing warm days and those sweet endless evenings. But you don't need to wait until the first official day of summer to enjoy frozen treats. Just make a batch of frozen yogurt popsicles today to get your kids smiling like it is the first day of summer vacation already. And while you are whipping up these icy delights, why not try this recipe for drinkable yogurt as well?

Yogurt Popsicles


To make about six popsicles, you will need 2 containers of vanilla yogurt (6 ounces each).

Add in your family's favorite fruit like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwi, melon, bananas, peaches and oranges. Make sure to cut the fruit you use into small pieces that will blend easily.

Combine the fruit and yogurt in your blender. Cover and blend until you get a smooth creamy consistency. Pour the yogurt into six small paper cups, cover with foil and insert a craft stick into the center.

Freeze the yogurt popsicles about overnight or at least six hours, and then watch the smiles as your kids slurp away!

Apr 5, 2016

Plan Ahead Mother's Day Brunch Asparagus Egg Bake Casserole

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Moms everywhere will celebrate their special Sunday in May by...drum-roll.....COOKING. If you are lucky enough to be celebrating this year somewhere else than in your kitchen, enjoy you lucky duck! However, if you are hosting a family gathering at your house, plan ahead so you too enjoy an easy day of munching, mingling and celebrating. You might want to start with an easy make ahead dish, like this Mother's Day Brunch Asparagus Egg Bake Casserole.

You can make this dish the night before your gathering and refrigerate 8 hours overnight. This is a pretty simple recipe - no crazy ingredients that you need to shop all over town to find. Plus, you can easily create your own variations. Asparagus not a popular food in your house? You could try broccoli. Vegetarian coming to brunch? Skip the ham. 

An extra bonus: your guests will walk in to your home wondering what that delicious aroma is coming from your kitchen! 

Ingredients for Asparagus Egg Bake Casserole

(This should serve about 12 guests)

1 1/2 cups chopped cooked ham (1/2 lb) (optional, of course)
1 lb fresh asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch pieces 
1 bag (30 oz) frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup) 
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (about 8 oz)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Dozen eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
1 container (8 oz) sour cream
2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning salt
1 cup corn-flake crumbs (also optional)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

Directions:


Spray a 13 x 9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In large bowl, lightly mix the ham, asparagus, potatoes, onion and cheeses. Spoon mixture into baking dish.

Blend eggs, milk, sour cream, lemon-pepper seasoning salt and mustard with fork or wire whisk until well mixed. Pour egg mixture over potato mixture.  Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

In the morning, heat oven to 325°F. Uncover baking dish and bake 35 minutes. Meanwhile, in small bowl, toss corn-flake crumbs and butter.

Take casserole out of the oven and sprinkle corn-flake mixture over the top. Put the dish back in the oven and continue baking, uncovered, for  30 to 35 minutes longer or until knife inserted in center comes out clean and thermometer inserted in center reads 160°F. (If you decide not to use the corn-flake mixture, you might want to cover the casserole for the last half-hour of baking so it will not dry out.)

Remove from oven; let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Pour champagne, put out some fresh fruit, croissants and enjoy your day!


Apr 4, 2016

What Special Mementos Are You Saving For Your Kids?


Moms save everything. EVERYTHING that our kids precious little hands have created, from those very first school-made drawings to every one of those amazing handmade Mother's Day gifts gets saved (along with a tear or two as we put these things away for safe keeping, right?)

Okay, maybe not Everything. But I am sure somewhere in your house there are things. Things you can't bear to part with, even though you really don't know where to put them. Things that make you get teary-eyed when you happen to come across them as you clean out a cupboard, drawer or closet. We all have those things, right?

But what are you saving to give to your kids when they are grown-up (one day, far, far, far away from now, of course.) What special mementos from yesteryear will you pass lovingly down to your children?

I know I have my mom's china, some of her jewelry, and pictures of my parent's wedding safely secure and ready to hand to my daughter one day. I have special school work for each of my kids to present to them one day that I imagine them laughing about and being so happy I saved it for them. I like to think they will be happy with those essays written when they were young, their first tests that proudly displayed 100% on them, and even report cards with teacher messages handwritten on them.

If you are trying to decide what things to save to give to your kids one day, or need ideas for things you could save for your children, Huffington Post has some awesome thoughts on the matter! Here their list of 10 special mementos you might consider tucking away now to save to give to your children one day.

(And guess what? Grandma's china is not one of them. On the other hand, old report cards did make the list.)

1. Your First Passport

2. Military Discharge Papers (If you have any)

3. A Real Printed Picture of Your Wedding (One of my favorites because there is nothing that compares to actually holding a picture in your hand, am I right?)

4. Something Belonging to the Oldest Living Relative that Your Kids Actually Know.

5. A sentimental piece of jewelry (Meaning not necessarily expensive.)

6. This one touched my heart the most: Dog Tags Worn by Their Childhood Pets. (teary-eyed about now, right?)

7. A Receipt With a Date on It. (Because who is not going to enjoy seeing how much eggs cost back in the day?)

8. A Picture of the Very First Time You Held Your Baby. (nothing need be said here.)

9. A Collection of Your Favorite Music (downloaded fro iTunes if possible.)

10. Highlights of their Childhood (This is where report cards come in. Trophies not so so much.)

What special things are you saving to give to your sweet kids one day? 

Kristen Bell's Kids Don't Make Their Mom Coffee in The Morning

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Kristen Bell chatted about her family life with Ellen DeGeneres on Monday. The actress shared some funny notes on what it is like at her home with her two small children, lamenting the fact that her kids wake up 'screaming' every morning.

"Like, why don’t they tell you that? Like, ‘they’re going to wake up screaming for, like, four years.’ You wake up — the moment you wake up, you’re in, like, a horror movie, because everyone in the house is screaming bloody murder!"

Bell, who is mom to two daughters, Lincoln, 3, and 15-month-old Delta, joked that she is disappointed her daughters don't make coffee in the mornings for their mom, telling Ellen ' I kind of thought maybe they would.'

What is the busy makes - her - own - Cup - Of - Joe - every - morning mom of two interested in these days?  Her health (kudos!) “I’m so into health food and just just healthy living that my girlfriends and my friends, I feel like, are a little bit over it,” says the actress.

Mar 28, 2016

No Muss, So Little Fuss: Incredible Homemade Desserts Made With Two Ingredients Only


When getting dinner on the table every night is challenging enough, what is one to do when the family is begging asking you politely for a fresh homemade dessert? One can google easy-peasy desserts of course, or check out these awesome two ingredient homemade desserts that you can make in a jiffy (almost.)

Ready?

1. First up is a recipe for a Flourless Nutella Cake. And here are the ingredients (you don't even need to write this down!!)


1. Nutella
2. Eggs

That is all. Really. Get the how to's and stuff at Kirbie's Cravings.

2. Next, you will want to make this Homemade Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream. Yes, homemade. Yes, two ingredients. No, neither ingredient is cream, milk, eggs, or sugar. Nope.


1. Bananas
2. Peanut Butter.

That is all you need to make your very own delicious ice cream. Really.

Don't believe me? Go see for this recipe in action yourself over at Two Peas and Their Pod.

3. Now, how about some Warm Oatmeal Cookies made with 2 ingredients. Only two, promise. Nope, no flour. Nope, no sugar. Ready?


1. Bananas
2. Oats (quick or regular...either type works)

These cookies sound too easy and healthy to be true, I know. Go on, get the details at The Burlap Bag. Then come back and let me know what you think!!

4. Last, but certainly not least, these Delectable Lemon Bars Made With Two Ingredients is super easy fast dessert that is moist, delicious and a must try.

Here is your shopping list:

1. Angel Food Cake Mix (the kind that you just add water)
2. Lemon Pie Filling (one 22 oz. can)

This is pretty much a mix and bake recipe. But you can get the finer details if you like over at DailyDishRecipes.