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~

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

A friend of mine gave me this recipe to try out, so this was my first time trying it. It is AMAZING! The best part of it all is that it’s pretty guilt-free. When I tried it I really felt like I was eating something unhealthy. You have got to give this one a try. I put it all together in my Nutri Ninja, so the cleanup was super easy. Please let me know if you try this one!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I used vanilla bean paste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp (a pinch) of salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped semi or bittersweet chocolate (or chocolate chips)

Throw all of your ingredients into your blender, food processor, or Nutri Ninja (bullet) & blend until smooth. Fold in your chopped chocolate (or chocolate chips) & fill up your muffin tins 3/4 of the way full. Bake at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes for mini muffins or 16-18 minutes for standard size muffins.

 

Mother’s Day Fruit Pizza – EASY Recipe!

Looking for an easy & delicious recipe for mom on Mother’s Day? Look no further; this dessert has it all! It’s a sugar cookie, it has sweet cream cheese icing, & it’s topped with delicious fruit! Not only is it so yummy & so easy to make, but it really is beautiful, too! Here’s how to make it! Also, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube page! Click HERE to subscribe!

Mother’s Day Fruit Pizza

For the dough:

  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 2/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • The zest of a half of a lemon
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the icing:

  • 1 8-oz pkg of softened cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • The zest of half of a lemon

For the topping (feel free to use your favorite fruit):

  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 blueberries
  • 1/4 cup raspberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray your 12.5 inch pizza pan with cooking spray.
  2. In your stand mixer (fitted with a paddle attachment), cream together your butter & sugar until smooth. Mix in your egg, vanilla, & the zest of half of a lemon.
  3. whisk together your dry ingredients in a separate bowl & slowly add to your mixture while on low speed. Careful not to over-mix your dough.
  4. Press your dough into your prepared pizza pan.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through and lightly browned. Place on a wire rack to cook completely.
  5. While your cookie crust bakes, beat your softened cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Add your sugars, vanilla, lemon juice, & the zest of half of a lemon. Spread your icing mixture onto your cooled cookie crust using an offset spatula.
  6. Top with your berries in whichever arrangement you wish. Keep covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

 

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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How to Make Santa’s Favorite Cookies!

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I heard once that Santa’s favorite cookies are M&M cookies! So we make them for him each and every year. I wanted to share with you all! Here’s how…

You’ll need:

22 1/4 cups all purpose flour

31 tsp salt

41 tsp baking soda

52 sticks (1 cup) butter

71/2 cup granulated sugar

61 cup firmly packed brown sugar

102 large eggs

111 tsp pure vanilla extract

123/4 cup chocolate chips & 3/4 cup M&Ms

13Reserve some M&Ms to put on top of cookie.

 

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375° F.

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Sift together your dry ingredients and set aside.

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Cream together your butter, sugars, vanilla, and eggs.

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18Slowly add in your sifted dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
25Add your chocolate chips and M&Ms.26After everything is combined, use a cookie scoop to put identical size scoops of dough 1 to 2 inches part on an ungreased cookie sheet. Add a couple of christmas colored M&Ms on the top of cookie so they all look the same.
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30Bake cookies for approximately 9-10 minutes. Times will vary depending on your oven.31

32Cool on cooling rack and put out for Santa Claus!
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Merry Christmas!

Gingerbread Man Recipe

This week’s video is a recipe and demonstration for my gingerbread man cookies!

Here is the recipe:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter (1.5 sticks)

Mix dry ingredients and set aside. In a standing mixer, beat your room temperature butter, add your brown sugar, molasses, and then your egg. Slowly add your dry ingredients and beat until incorporated. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and work until a ball. Flatten into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour (or freezer for 20 minutes). Again on a floured surface, knead your dough and roll into a ball. Coat your rolling pin in flour because this dough is sticky. Roll put to 1/4 inch and then cut out your men with your cookie cutters. Bake for 10 minutes on 350 degrees. Place on a rack to cool completely.

To make the royal icing:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Using your whisk attachment on your stand mixer, beat your egg whites until frothy and begin to slowly incorporate your sugar. Whip for a few minutes until smooth and has a shiny appearance. Add food coloring if desired. Spoon icing into a piping bag and snip just a bit off the tip. Decorate cookies.

Bad Mommy Confessions!

  1. Sometimes I hide in the bathroom just for some alone time!
  2. I am 14 months post partum and I still wear maternity pants because I refuse to buy bigger jeans…and, er, I like to be comfy!
  3. I do everything with my phone in my hand…I even mop the floor sometimes with my phone in my hand…which is just sad!
  4. I open drinks, snacks, and even children’s Tylenol and use it before paying every time I go shopping. The children’s Tylenol thing has happened twice recently.
  5. I regularly take my 14 month old out wearing pajamas.
  6. I got all the way to Target before noticing my baby wasn’t buckled into his car seat! This is one I have a hard time admitting, but most of us have done it once in a lifetime and this kind of thing doesn’t happen twice! Scary!
  7. I’ve never taken my kids on a real vacation because that is a luxury for two income families.
  8. When I don’t have anywhere to go, I don’t even look in the mirror. My hair remains unbrushed, jammies stay on, and yesterday’s mascara more than likely is smeared under my eyes…but I don’t care, so I don’t look!
  9. I have no self control when it comes to ice cream so I can’t keep it in my house.
  10. We have one night a week that we call ‘fend for ourselves night’. On these nights we are, for the most part, on our own. The big kids can make a sandwich for themselves, or we eat leftovers, or…GASP…even a microwave dinner! However, the other six nights of the week I do cook well balanced meals!

Well there it is folks! I got it off my chest! Lol what are YOUR confessions?

Wet Socks to Break a Fever?

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Yesterday I took my nine year old daughter to the pediatrician for a persistent high fever. She was already being treated for strep throat and had been on antibiotics the entire time. I was desperate for her fever to break and for her to feel like herself again. Her doctor gave us a really strange suggestion…wet sock treatment. I know what you are thinking…it sounds extremely bizarre! At this point I was ready to try anything!

Wet sock treatment is recognized by top physicians and hospitals (University of Maryland for example), so I knew it must be an effective treatment if doctors are actually endorsing it. The instructions are to take a pair of thin cotton socks and wet them with room temperature water. Wring out all of the excess water so that they are just damp, and then put them on your feet. Over top of the damp socks put on a pair of thick wool socks and go to sleep.

The purpose of a fever is to increase your metabolism so that your body will fight off the source of infection; however, a prolonged high fever can be dangerous. Physiologically what happens during the treatment is this: in response to having wet feet, your body sends blood and lymphatic fluid circulating through your body. What this does is boosts your immune system and allows your body to rest and heal. You can actually do this treatment for five nights in a row, and then take two nights off before starting again.

I can only speak for my own experience. I was so worried for my daughter with a fever of around 104 for days on end. We did the wet sock treatment exactly as directed by our physician. I checked my daughter’s temperature one last time before bed and it was 102.6 at that moment (this is while on Motrin). When she awoke this morning the socks were dry and her fever gone! There is no doubt in my mind that the wet sock treatment is what broke her fever.

I absolutely recommend this treatment. It is so simple and harmless. I honestly can’t imagine how any harm could come from trying this, but I believe you should always ask your doctor first before trying home remedies. This is definitely one to add to your repertoire. We definitely have!