Saturday, August 9, 2014

{Three Minute Hummus}

Hummus. It's a staple around our house. And the best part about this particular recipe? Is that it only takes a few minutes to whip up. 

Three Minute Hummus
2 tbsp lemon juice
¼ tsp salt
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
½ clove garlic, cut into small pieces
¼ cup chicken broth to thin {water works great, too}

Make It!
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend till smooth. Chill in a container or bowl for up to 5 days.

In our house though? It doesn't last that long. We devour this hummus like nobody's business. We use it as a side dish for dinner, we eat it as a snack, we use it as a dressing and spread it on our wraps, and sad but true, we've even served it as our dinner. Yup, hummus with a pile of veggies and a side of fruit has been a no-fuss-no-muss-dinner-in-a-pinch several times. 

So, there you go. Three minutes to some fresh hummus. Makes you feel healthy (and domesticated!) just thinking about making it! 

Linking Here:
Be Different, Act Norma
TaterTots And Jello
The Idea Room 
The Crafty Blog Stalker 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

{This Summer}

This summer, I took a different approach. Instead of worrying about seeing how much fun I can cram in to summer vacation and instead of making a summer list, I decided to change things up.

This summer, I decided that we are staying home more.
Finding our own fun.
And learning life skills.

We're learning to be a little more independent.
To entertain ourselves more.
And rely on others less.

We're learning how to catch minnows with our bare hands.
Bait our own hooks.
And how to take a fish off our hook.

We're learning how to wash our own clothes.
How to make better use of the ones we have.
And how to iron.

We're learning how to make our own lunches.
Even if it's just pouring ourselves a bowl of cold cereal.
And how to use the grill.

We're learning how to care for ourselves better.
Care for our things better.
And to clean up after ourselves more.

We're discovering new books. New authors. New genre's.
And building new appreciations for libraries, their atmosphere and their air conditioning.

We're discovering classic 80's movies.
New-to-us games like solitaire and Skip-Bo.
As well as dusting off the oldies but goodies like Sorry, Trouble and Chess.
And spending less time on our computers, iPhones and Xboxes.

We're learning how to have better attitudes.
How great life can be without schedules.
And how to conquer our fears.

We're adopting the phrase "choose the right."
And reminding ourselves of it often.

We're learning how to try new things.
To branch out.
And have open minds. 

We're learning how to better our golf swing.
How to throw a Frisbee.
And dusting off our rollerblades.

We're enjoying lots of good ol' fashioned popsicles.
And ice cream cones at home.
And going out for ice cream less.

We're learning how to climb up poles.
Scale park equipment.
And even climb rocks.

We're staying up late.
Sleeping in late.
And learning the joys of sidewalk chalk, skateboards and hanging at the beach at 9:00 at night.

We're learning how to do the monkey bars.
How to hang upside down by our knees.
And how to do penny drops.

We're discovering dog parks.
And skate parks.
And neighboring suburb's parks.

We're appreciating simple things like reading outside.
Cheap blow up pools.
The sounds of bullfrogs.
And picking wild daisies.

We're learning how get creative with what we have.
To figure out new uses for things.
Like strapping a car seat to our electric scooter with a bunch of bungee cords.
And enjoying the end result.

This summer. 
We're learning lots.
We're bone tired.
And the house is a mess.
But we are having tons of fun!

Linking Here:
Someday Crafts 
The Shabby Nest 
Sunny Simple Life

Thursday, July 3, 2014

{Easiest Dessert Ever}

Got a hankering for something sweet?? Got all crazy on yourself and volunteered to bring dessert?? Feel like being somewhat creative in the kitchen but don't want to spend two hours in the kitchen baking something?? Well look no further! Because this?? Has got to be the easiest, and most fool proof, dessert ever. And because I'm not a baker, or much of a dessert maker period, that's really saying something! Even better?  You quite possibly have all the ingredients on hand.  But if you don't, no worries, $5.00, and a quick run to your neighborhood convenience store will solve that problem.

Easiest Dessert Ever
1 stick of butter
1 cup of water
1 cup flour
4 eggs
2 small packages of instant vanilla pudding (chocolate works great, too!)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1 container of Cool Whip
Hershey's Syrup

Make It!
Combine butter and water in medium saucepan and bring to boil. Take off burner, stir in flour, then add the eggs one at a time-- mixing well between each egg. Spread on a jelly roll pan then bake for 20-30 minutes at 400 degrees. The crust will turn a light brown when it's done. Let the crust cool completely.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the pudding and milk and mix per package directions. Add in cream cheese and mix till blended. Spread mixture over cooled crust. Spread Cool Whip over top, then drizzle with Hershey's Syrup. Chill 30 minutes before serving. 

So there you go. A super, super easy dessert recipe that everyone, even your pickiest eater, is sure to love. (he did in my house, anyway!) And a super, super easy dessert recipe that you can whip up in no time, anytime you want.

Linking Here:
Someday Crafts
Ginger Snap Crafts
The Shabby Nest 
The Idea Room 
30 Handmade Days 
Tatertots And Jello 
Be Different Act Normal 
Not Just A Housewife 
The Crafty Blog Stalker 
A Bowl Full Of Lemons

Friday, June 6, 2014

{A Mom's Funner Summer}

Because today is the first official day of summer for us, and because I think Mom's should have a fun summer too, I present my very own personal summer fun list.....

*Wear Suntan Oil Just For The Smell Of It!
*Make Iced Coffee--  A LOT!!
*Get Up And Walk The Dog Early One Morning
*Get Up And Go For A Run Before The Kids Wake Up
*Sleep In!
*Go Through The DQ Drive Thru
*Paint My Toenails A Fun New Color 
*Find A New Author To Read
*Find A New Salad Recipe To Try
*Go To A Movie By Myself
*Read: The Fault In Our Stars
*Make SweetTea
*Do a Sudoku Book From Cover To Cover
*Make Homemade Lemonade
*Spend A Day Reading Magazines Outside
*Go To A Vineyard
*Read Janette Oke's: Once Upon A Summer
*Try A New Wine
*Drive Through McDonalds For An Iced Tea
*Buy A Homestyle Lemonade From Wendy's
*Watch A Movie On My iPad/Laptop In Bed 
*Make A Smoothie
*Drink My Morning Coffee On The Patio
*Make Monster Cookies Just For Fun
*Make Fruit Pizza
*Walk Through A Garden Center Just For Some Inspiration
*Go To The Driving Range And Shoot A Bucket Of Balls
*Make Shish-ka-bobs
*Plot A New Running Route
*Drink A Glass Of Wine On The Patio One Night
*Sit Outside Caribou And Read
*Read: Divergent
*Try A New Grilling Recipe
*Watch Season 3 Of Parenthood
*Buy A Summery Scented Shower Gel
*Try A New Workout Video
*Watch Season 1 Of Arrested Development
*Rent A Redbox Movie And Actually Watch It!
*Follow Eagle Brook's Bible Reading Plan For The Summer
*Read: The Book Thief
*Go To McDonalds For A 49 Cent Cone
*Make A Pitcher Of Sun Tea
*Find A New Color Of Nail Polish
*Go For A Walk Early One Morning While The Kids Are Still Sleeping
*Buy Flowers At The Farmer's Market
*Wash And Vacuum My Car By Hand
*Go To McDonalds For A Chocolate Dipped Cone
*Watch One Of My Favorite Movies From The 80's
*Stay Up Extra Late One Night
*Open The Windows As Often As Possible!
*Listen To Summery Music {Starbucks Sampler, The Beach Boys, She And Him}
*Make BLT'S For Dinner
*Make Fruit Kebabs
*Buy Ice Cream Treats And Eat Them!
*Make A Strawberry Pie
*Read: The Hiding Place
*Buy A Strawberry Lemonade From Wendy's
*Buy A Pair Of White Skinnies
*Play Solitaire With A Deck Of Cards
*Go For A Drive Down Back Roads With The Windows Open
*Learn How To Use The Grill And Grill Hamburgers
*Buy A New Lipgloss
*Make A Flag Cake
*Grill Steak For Dinner
*Bike On The Bike Trail One Morning While The Kids Are Sleeping
*Make A Dinner Entirely Out Of Farmers Market Food
*Read Kristin Hannah's: Summer Island 
*Eat My Lunch Outside
*Go To A Twins Game
*Try A Waffle Cone Blizzard From Dairy Queen
*Buy A Pair Of White Shorts
*Make Fresh Strawberry Topped Waffles For A Snack One Afternoon
*Buy A Dress

Admittedly, I doubt I'll get around to doing everything that's on this list, but then again, so many of them I can combine like reading a book or doing a Sudoku Puzzle while I drink an iced coffee, or going for a nice long drive while I listen to Starbucks Summer Sampler or She and Him, so I guess you never know, I maybe could.  Either way though?? I'm thinking I'll sure have a rockin' summer trying!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

{Summer Bucket Time}

Today is the last day of school for my kids, so per our last day of school tradition, the kids were met with chocolate donuts and their 2014 Summer Buckets when they sat down for breakfast. 

Noah was a bit tough this year. Not quite a kid, so beach toys weren't going to cut it. But not quite a teen either, so teen things weren't going to cut it. In the end I opted for a water bomb football, a package of water balloons, a new water bottle, a new sketch book and the book Enders Game.

Meghan, who even at the age of 16 still gets super excited about her Summer Bucket, got a new sustainable cup, a new journal, a fresh bottle of suntan oil, a bottle of ICE water, and some new nail polish.

And Addison got chalk, a new bottle of bubbles, a blow up beach ball, a new jump rope, a new sand scoop, and a new purple water bottle because that's what she likes.

All three got a movie theater size box of Starbursts, a package of Mamba's, (yum!) a new pair of flip flops (because you can never have too many pairs of flops!) and some Mr Freeze's.

So, with chocolate donuts in their bellies and some summer goodies packed in buckets, I think the three of them are ready for summer vacation! And if they aren't, I certainly am!