THE BEST EVER Lemonade Recipe!

The title says it all! This recipe is truly the best lemonade I’ve ever had! It’s so easy to make that my 6 & 10 year old made it with ease. It’s a no-fail recipe. Here’s how:

What you’ll need:

  • 1.5 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 8 cups of water (1 cup set aside for simple syrup)
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar (give or take, depending on taste)

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, add 1 cup of your water and your sugar. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat and stir making sure the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Set your sugar mixture aside to let cool completely.
  3. Squeeze all of your lemons until you have about 1.5 cups. It was approximately 1 bag of lemons from the grocery store.
  4. Place your remaining 7 cups of water in a pitcher and add your lemon juice and sugar mixture.
  5. Stir and pour over ice.

Enjoy!!! Please be sure to share this blog post and/or video!

~Kelly~

EASY Homemade M&M Blondies!

Have you ever needed to whip up a delicious, homemade dessert/treat in a pinch? This is the recipe to have in your recipe box because it is so quick & easy & contains ingredients most people always have in their pantry anyway. You could even exchange the M&Ms for something else (chocolate chips, nuts, or even make a glaze to drizzle over the top out of simple ingredients). On occasion I use sprinkles instead to make my confetti blondies! The options are endless, so choose whatever you have or whatever you would enjoy the most!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups M&Ms (however many you want!)
  • 8×8 inch pan
  • Parchment paper

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Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat your butter until creamy and pale.

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One at a time add your sugar, vanilla, and eggs.

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Then slowly incorporate your dry ingredients.

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Fold in your M&Ms.

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Line your pan with parchment paper and spread out your mixture.

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Sprinkle more M&Ms on the top.

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Bake at 325 degrees for roughly 40 minutes.Cool before cutting into 16 squares. Enjoy!

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DIY: Photo Craft for Christmas Gift!

Today’s DIY is an awesome homemade Christmas gift! It’s photo coasters, and it’s yet another one from What’s Up Mom’s. Here’s how…

  1. You’ll need ceramic coasters (or tiles…I used coasters I picked up at Walmart, but tiles are a cheaper way to go). You’ll also need photos, mod podge, a paint brush, some paper towels to protect your work surface, a pencil, and scissors.
  2. Measure out your photo so it will fit on your coaster.
  3. Using your pencil, make a mark where you’ll make your cut.
  4. Cut off the excess and discard.
  5. Using your brush, apply a thin layer of mod podge to your tile/coaster.
  6. Place your photo on and immediately apply another thin coat of mod podge, ensuring you don’t miss any places.
  7. Allow to dry.

 

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We had so much fun making these! They’re so easy, but they are an amazing gift! They’re useful, beautiful, and thoughtful!

***EDITED*** Make sure you use mod podge with a MATTE finish and not glossy. I used glossy and there is such a terrible glare on it that you can’t see the photo unless looking directly at it. I ranto walmart and got matte finish and put a thin coat on tip of the glossy and it worked just fine! Looks much better! Here’s a photo:

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DIY: Christmas Ornament Decorating

This week we decorated our salt dough Christmas ornaments! We used acrylic paint, glue, and glitter.

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Alana using crafting ribbon to hang the ornaments on the tree!
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So my final conclusion is that it was fun. I would gladly do it again. More than anything, this will be a memory that will last a lifetime. It was a great bonding experience with my kids for 2 weekends in a row:)

DIY: Salt Dough Christmas Tree Ornaments

My kids and I wanted to make salt dough ornaments for their grandparents. It was really fun! I will share the final result after we decorate them, but here is how you make them…

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (you will need 1/2 to 1 cup more for kneading and rolling)
  • 1 cup of table salt
  • 1 cup of water
  1. Mix your ingredients in a bowl. If your mixture is too sticky (it likely will be), add more flour.
  2. Once it comes together to form a dough, turn it out onto a floured surface.
  3. Knead for a few minutes.
  4. Flour your surface and your rolling pin.
  5. Roll dough into a ball and then roll out with your rolling pin to about 1/2 inch thickness.
  6. Using either a knife to trace a circle or a bowl, cut out your circle in whichever size fits your little one(s) hand.
  7. Place cut-outs on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in fridge or freezer just to firm up slightly.
  8. Flour your child’s hand and press into your cut-out.
  9. Place your ornaments into an oven preheated to 265℉ for 30-40 minutes (possibly longer…just make sure it is no longer doughy).
  10. Let cool. Ornaments will harden as it cools.
  11. Once completely cool, decorate however you wish. You can paint the handprints, use glitter, etc.

Hope you enjoy! I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving!

How to Make Homemade Play Dough (DIY Recipe)

This recipe actually comes from Brooke at What’s Up Mom’s! They did a lot of experimenting to find the perfect recipe for play dough. I have tried a couple of recipes myself and nothing is as good as this one. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to make it!

Here is what you’ll need:

  • A mixing bowl
  • A nonstick skillet
  • A spoon for mixing
  • Zip lock bags for storage
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/4 C salt
  • 2 t cream of tartar
  • 1 C water
  • 1 T coconut oil (or vegetable)
  • Food coloring (optional)

20151104_143951Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add in your dry ingredients. 20151104_144025
  2. Add in your water and stir until combined. 20151104_144815
  3. Preheat your skillet and heat up your oil on medium heat. 20151104_144913
  4. Constantly stir until your mixture comes together (should take a few minutes). 20151104_14502020151104_145254
  5. Remove from heat and turn out onto some parchment paper.
  6. Knead your dough until smooth, roll into a ball, and then flatten into a disc. If you aren’t going to dye your dough, then place into an airtight container or zip lock bag and store at room temperature. 20151104_145501
  7. If you wish to dye it, divide your dough. I divided mine in 3 and dyed them red, blue, and green. If using liquid food coloring, you’ll need roughly 5-7 drops. Push the dough with the heel of your hand to stretch it and distribute the color. Fold and repeat until it is all one color. Store and have fun! 20151104_15024720151104_15023020151104_150620 20151104_150844 20151104_162441