Homemade Frozen Yogurt Popsicles





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.

Make a batch of these 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 treats, 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!


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Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: Asparagus Egg Bake Casserole





If you are hosting a Mother's Day get together at your house this year, plan your menu around easy make ahead brunch ideas so you can enjoy a fun day of munching, mingling and celebrating.

This delicious Asparagus Egg Breakfast Casserole is a crowd pleaser, and I promise it is really easy to make.

The best part of this dish is that you can prepare most of it the night before your party, so all you have to do is pop it in the oven in the morning!

An extra bonus: your guests are going to love the mouth-watering aroma as they walk in to your home.

Asparagus Egg Bake Casserole Recipe


(Makes About 12 servings)


Ingredients


  • 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


Optional Add-Ins


  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked ham (1/2 lb) 
  • Cooked Bacon or Sausage
  • Anything else you love!









Directions:


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

Blend the eggs, milk, sour cream, lemon-pepper seasoning salt and mustard with fork or wire whisk until well mixed.

Pour the egg mixture over potato mixture.  Cover the dish and 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.

Bake uncovered for another 30 to 35 minutes, or until a 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.

Let the casserole sit for about 15 minutes before serving.

A little champagne, fresh fruit, and croissants are perfect to serve with this breakfast casserole.

{Recipe from Betty Crocker}


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.