2-Ingredient Desserts That Are Simple and Delicious (and Easy on the Budget)

2 Ingredient Desserts

If you are anything like me, then you know how challenging it is to come up with creative cheap dinners every night, let alone adding a dessert to the dinner menu.

The good news is that there are lots of quick simple desserts you can make, even when the pantry is a little on the bare side and you find yourself wondering what to bake with limited ingredients.

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Do a search for two ingredient cake recipes, and you will find all kinds of ideas, like this Flourless Nutella Cake from Kirbie's Cravings. You really need just two things to make this cake, Nutella and eggs. That's it! Forget about flour, sugar and baking soda.

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Two Peas and Their Pod has an amazing Homemade Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream you can easily whip up. If you have bananas and peanut butter, you have ice cream! Unbelievable, right?  Seriously, you must try this recipe.

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Make sure to save some of those bananas though. You will need them, along with a cup of oats (quick or regular, either type works) to make these 2-ingredient Oatmeal Cookies. Get the recipe at The Burlap Bag. Then please come back and let me know what you think!!

These easy 2 Ingredient Lemon Bars are so good, and so simple to make! I love having one or two  with a cup of coffee in the morning. (don't judge me, my sweet tooth makes me do it.)

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These bars are my absolute favorite and not just because they taste so darn good. This dessert is easy on the old food budget. All you need is a package of angel food cake mix (the kind that just needs water) and lemon pie filling (22 oz. can.) And if you like, some powdered sugar to sprinkle on top. (don't worry, they taste wonderful without the sugar too!)

Two ingredient desserts are perfect for those crazy hectic days when you simply do not have energy left to make a multi-step dessert, but really want to treat everyone to a delicious sweet treat!

Hand-Crafted Easter Baskets and Party Favors For Your Holiday Gathering

 Adorable party favors and hand-crafted Easter baskets bring a personal feeling to your celebrations. Here are 4 no muss and little fuss creations that are sure to delight everyone at your holiday gathering.

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1. Mini Easter Baskets Make Awesome Table Decorations

Oh my gosh, what guests would not ooh and aah over these adorable hand-made Easter baskets? Surprisingly easy to make, these little baskets stuffed with candy treats are perfect to add to your table, or to hand out as party favors. Get the step by step directions from At Home On The Bay.

2. Three-Tiered Easter Basket Centerpiece

Create an awesome centerpiece for your Easter table that will make everyone smile. You will need empty yogurt cartons, Easter basket trimmings and orchard-style baskets in three different sizes. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

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3. Hand-Crafted Edible Easter Basket

This is one Easter basket that you do not have to worry about storing somewhere after Easter is over because the kids will eat the whole thing! Easy Step by Step instructions can be found at The Krazy Coupon Lady.

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4. Flower Pot Easter Baskets 

This is such a unique yet easy idea for an Easter gift, especially for people who love to garden. After you decorate a flower pot for Easter, fill it with gardening tools and flower seeds! You can also use hand decorated mini-flower pots to create perfect spring-time party favors to gift your guests.

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need Every Night?

If you feel lucky to be getting 5-6 hours of sleep every night, you may be surprised to learn that you really need to sleep more than six hours every night. Yep, more than six, ladies and gentlemen.

The recommended amount of sleep for most adults is actually 7-8 hours every night.

So What Happens If We Don't Sleep More Than Six Hours Every Night?

The short answer: Nothing good. While you might think everything is fine and dandy after a good 6 hours of sleep a night, it really isn't.

In fact, researchers say it is actually just like getting no sleep at all. 

How Can That Be, You Ask? 

After all, chances are you are plugging along everyday just like always, right? You get up like you always do, and make it through the day just like you always do. Simple, say researchers. We are in denial when it comes to not getting enough sleep. Apparently that is how we cope.

So How Did This Study Work?

The study lasted 14 days. During that time, participants were divided into 4 groups. One group slept 8 hours a night, one slept 6 hours nightly, and one that slept only 4 hours at night. They were only allowed to sleep at night - no napping during the day, in other words!

The people in the unlucky 4th group were not allowed to sleep for 3 days. 

Researchers tested their cognitive functions every two hours. The group that slept for eight hours performed the highest. And the group that slept for six hours did okay -  until day 10 of the two-week study.

Turns out that by day 10, the six-hour a night sleepers were performing just like the people who had no sleep.

So even though you may feel like you are doing just fine on your six hours of sleep every night, your body and mind might just disagree with you.

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), recently issued new sleep recommendations for adults and children. According to NSF, Adults aged 26-64 need to sleep between 7-9 hours every night, while school aged children should now be getting 9-11 hours sleep at night.

Getting enough sleep can help you from getting sick, make periods less painful, and help you lose weight. We really do feel better, have more patience and tend to be much more positive as we make our way through another day. Want more reasons why we need to sleep more than six hours every night? Cosmopolitan has 15 ways more sleep is a good thing for us all.

And if you like a bed-time snack before heading to bed, here are some sleep-friendly snacks to try.

The Amazing Benefit This Company is About to Offer Women

There is a British company that is planning an giving their female employees an amazing benefit soon.

Coexist, an education non-profit, will allow female employees to take time off for their periods, similar to sick days.

Research studies have shown that two per cent of 400 women have ‘severe’ period pain, or dysmenorrhea, while in another study,14 per cent said they were unable to go to work because of it.

It is because of these women that Coexist is planning on implementing the menstrual leave policy.

"I have managed many female members of staff over the years and I have seen women at work who are bent over double because of the pain caused by their periods, says Bex Baxter, one of the company's directors.

Despite this, they feel they cannot go home because they do not class themselves as unwell. And this is unfair," she adds. "At Coexist we are very understanding. If someone is in pain—no matter what kind—they are encouraged to go home."

However, she is quick to point out that women do not have to take time off during their periods - it is not mandatory, rather just a helpful option that offers flexibility in work schedules if needed.

Talk about awesome bosses and amazing company benefits.