Try It Tuesday

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I love cookies. And cake. Basically anything sweet, I’m all about it! Something I don’t love? Baking.

I don’t like gathering countless ingredients, making a giant mess, and then having to clean it all up. So yeah, I can be a giant bummer when Huff the Tot wants to make cookies. However, all that changed this week when I saw this recipe:

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A chocolate chip cookie recipe that requires minimal ingredients? YES, PLEASE!

Here’s what you need:

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1 box Betty Crocker Butter Recipe Yellow Cake Mix

1 bag Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Morsels

½ cup Canola or Vegetable Oil (I used EVOO; I don’t know if it makes a difference or not)

2 eggs

 

First, mix up the cake mix, eggs, and oil. The batter will be THICK. So thick that your beaters may get stuck and fall out of your handheld mixer…

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Next, stir in the chocolate chips and refrigerate for one hour:

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After an hour, preheat your oven to 350. Roll the dough into small balls and place the dough on lined cookie sheets:

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Bake for 7-9 minutes, let cool, and enjoy!

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These were really good! They’re not a permanent substitute for homemade chocolate chip cookies, but they are REALLY tasty and the batter made a ton of cookies!

Have you ever made these before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Her’s Day Thursday

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Y’all, today’s BAMF is absolutely amazing! I’m just going to jump right in because I am so excited to share her story with you!

Lyudmila Pavlichenko (whom I will refer to here on out as “Mila”) was born on July 12, 1916 in Bila Tserkva, Russia. When she was 14 years old, she moved to Kyiv and joined a shooting club. She became an amateur sharpshooter while she worked at the Kyiv Arsenal Factory. Mila went through university and eventually graduated with a Master’s Degree in history in 1937.

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Mila continued her education at the Kyiv University and, in June 1941, was aghast when Germany began its invasion of the Soviet Union and bombed her beloved school. She was one of the first volunteers to step inside a recruiting office, requesting to join the infantry. First, she was offered a position as a nurse, but she turned it down. Soon, however, she was assigned to the Red Army’s 25th Rifle Division.

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She was one of 2,000 female snipers in the Red Army, though only 500 or so survived the war. Mila was sent all over, racking up a total of 309 kills, which included 36 enemy snipers! In 1942, Mila was wounded by mortar fire and taken off the front lines. She was gaining much notoriety and the leaders of the Red Army were afraid for her safety.

She spent much of her time after that visiting Allied countries and was invited to the White House (the first Soviet to ever be received by an American president) by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She met Eleanor Roosevelt and the two formed a great friendship.

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While in the U.S., Mila was shocked by the questions she received by journalists. She is quoted as saying, “One reporter even criticized the length of the skirt of my uniform, saying that in America women wear shorter skirts and besides my uniform made me look fat.” During a speaking engagement in Chicago, Mila decided she had had enough. She said, ““Gentlemen, I am 25 years old and I have killed 309 fascist invaders by now. Don’t you think, gentlemen, that you have been hiding behind my back for too long?” (Tell ‘em, girl!)

Mila eventually went back to the Soviet Union, where she earned the rank of Major. She never saw combat but trained snipers until the end of the war. Mila was awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union, got her picture on a postage stamp, and was even written about in song by Woody Guthrie!

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Mila proved that it didn’t matter that she was a woman; she was tough as nails and could fight fascism just as well (or even better!) than anyone else!

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Try It Tuesday

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This Sunday was “Waffle Home” at church (this is basically when you invite a friend to your Lifegroup and also bring food! Because, we Baptists love our potlucks). I wanted something easy and tasty. Then I remembered a dear family friend made a yummy dish at our annual New Year’s Eve  party, and I searched the interwebs for the recipe! I found it super quick–thanks, Pinterest!

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Here’s what you need:

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1 lb. sausage (pork or turkey–whichever you like!)

1 (8 oz.) pkg cream cheese

2 pkgs crescent rolls

Salt and pepper (just a dash or so)

 

 

First, brown the sausage and drain. Sprinkle a dash of salt and pepper. Then, add in the cream cheese and stir until the cheese is melted.

 

After that, unroll one package of crescent rolls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure to push the seams of the rolls together to seal them. Next, spread the sausage mixture evenly over the crescent roll dough. Leave about a 1/2-inch border around the sides.

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Finally, unroll the other crescents on top of the sausage mixture, pressing the edges together to seal.

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Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until crescent roll dough is golden brown. Then, cut into small squares and enjoy! I used a pizza cutter and it worked wonders!

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OH. EM. GEE. This was soooooo good! I’m pretty sure I ate about six little squares and could’ve eaten more if I didn’t have to share with my Lifegroup-ha! I will absolutely, definitely be making these again!

 

Have you ever made these before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

Mommy Monday

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Anytime I get on Pinterest to find some sort of fitness pin, I see all kinds of workouts that are designed to help people get into shape while watching their favorite shows/movies. Like this one:

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So I started thinking: “What if there was a workout like this but for moms?” I couldn’t find one, so I thought up a few exercises to help you mommas out there add some fitness to your day!

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Sound familiar?

 

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, y’all! My newsfeed is a buzzin’ with pictures, sound bites, and opinions (oh, lawd, the opinions!) about today’s inauguration. Both sides of the aisle are speaking their minds and, while I don’t really want to get into a political debate, I thought I’d bring some humor to the table with some elephant- and donkey-friendly finds!

 

Maybe you’re a single person, out on the town, and you meet someone you think could be “the one”. Then, you’re horrified to find that they are not the same color state as you, forcing your martini to make a reverse trip. No worries, Perpetual Kid has your back!

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Perhaps you’ve just washed your hands of both parties and want a new contender. One that won’t let you down, won’t argue with your platforms, and won’t pull you into a debate. I’ve got just the thing!

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Now THIS is a political party I can get down with!

 

Maybe you’re ready to make some changes starting in your immediate circle. Or, maybe you’ve got big ambitions and want to affect change on a larger scale. Record your plans in this!
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Etsy shop Elevate and Fly channels Pinky and The Brain with this inspiring journal!

 

It could be that you just want to be done with errybody because, well, that’s just where you’re at. Tote your fave sauvignon blanc or chardonnay in this!

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Lady In Purple Jewelry on Etsy has lots of fun finds–like this wine tote–as well as necklaces, earrings, and much more!

 

Happy Fangirling!

Try It Tuesday

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With me trying to eat healthier I just can’t bring myself to do a Try It that involves a yummy dish (at least until I lose some more pounds) so today I’m working on something from my favorite fandom! 

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That’s right! I’m making a Howler (sans Mrs. Weasley’s scolding)! 

Here’s what you need: 

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~Red piece of paper, 16 cm x 8 cm

~White piece of paper, 11 cm x 5.5

~Red piece of paper, 1 cm x 6 cm

And here are the instructions: 

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Y’all. I don’t think I’m cut out for origami. I was getting crazy frustrated. 

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But, I eventually finished it. It turned out…okay, I guess. I’m not 100% pleased. 

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Have you ever made this? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, peeps! Being “iced in” has had its perks! I’ve been able to find some awesomely nerdy nifties and news to brighten your frigid Friday and make this ice-pocalypse just a little more bearable!

 

Eighties ladies, rejoice! I’ve found some some adorable shoes to fill your heart with nostalgia and your closet with glee!

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These cute, Care Bear ballet flats from ModCloth are 100% vegan (i.e., no animal parts whatsoever–all man-made materials!) and come in FIVE different colors!

 

Looking to redecorate your home in 2017 but have NO idea how to use a nail and hammer and also want to keep your nerd cred? Opt for EverBlocks!

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These Lego-like blocks aren’t just fun, they’re functional too! According to their site, EverBlock was “…conceived to allow designers, decorators, and inventors everywhere to economically build their dream objects.” I think we need these in the Huffman Homestead!

 

Pokemon Go was HUGE in 2016 (it was the most downloaded app last year, according to Apple). And, with the major updates coming for 2017, I’m thinking its going to explode again! Get your gaming pals together and celebrate with this!

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“I chews you, Pikachu!” will be the rally cry of all Poke trainers as you devour a delicious slice of this cake, fueling you for more battles in between Pokestops!

 

Anyone else over winter? Because I am. Express your exasperation with this sun-less season with this snarky necklace from Hot Topic10854471_hi

I’ll wear this thing ALL. YEAR. ROUND, yo.

 

Happy fangirling!

 

Found something out on the interwebs YOU want featured on FGF? Hit me up on Twitter: @thehuffmanpost!

Try It Tuesday

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For Christmas, I got Huff the Hubs a cookbook. He’s hoping to cook his way through it this year (a la, Julie and Julia) and last night he made asparagus soup. It turned out great! However, he left the burner on a little too high and, well…

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It turned the bottom of my big pot a lovely shade of black.

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He perused the interwebs to find a way to get the tar off and I said, “Wait! I want to watch–this can be a Try It Tuesday!” (Because, one, I didn’t have anything prepped for today and two, well… that’s about it.)  He found this site and set to work.

Here’s what he used:

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  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 cup of water

 

Fill your pot (or pan) with enough water to create a layer on the bottom. Then add 1 cup of vinegar and bring it to a boil.

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As it boiled, I could already see some of the burnt part coming off!

 

After the vinegar reaches a full, rolling boil remove it from heat and add in the baking soda. (Huff the Hubs did this part in the sink just in case the fizz bubbled over!)

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Sorry; the pics are a little blurry because of the steam. After the bubbles settle down, swish the contents of the pot/pan around. Then, get to scrubbing. After about 10 minutes, here’s what the pot looked like:

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Better, but not great.

 

The website said for more stubborn stains, sprinkle baking soda into the pot/pan and add a little water to create a paste:

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HtH let it set until after dinner (about an hour or two) and rinsed and scrubbed some more.

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It looks MUCH better. Not back to normal, but pretty close! I think this would’ve worked better if we had a Brillo pad or something comparable. All we had was a scrub brush. Have you ever tried this before? Did you try something different? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Before Huff the Hubs and I got married, I was very much an early bird. There was a time in my life which I would get up at 4:30 a.m. and run 2-3 miles, everyday, with my sister. We had to wake up that early so both of us could shower (we were still living with Mom and Dad) and be out in the door in time to be at work by 7:30. I did that for a solid two years.

Now?

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Seriously though. With Huff the Babe not sleeping through the night for the better part of last year, there was no way in Hades I’d be able to get up at 4:30 (though, chances were I’d already be up anyhow) and workout.

But once we FINALLY got that little turkey on a sleep schedule, life became much more manageable. One of my goals this year is to wake up an hour before the kids get up so I can workout, eat breakfast, and get myself ready for the day. I’m only a week in and I’ve got to tell you, it has made a WORLD of difference.

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I’ve found I feel much more ready to face the day when I’ve had a chance to get stuff done before the kids wake. Not only that, but I feel like I’ve been spending more quality time with the kiddos because I’m not distracted by trying to get a million things accomplished. And, best of all, I can nap while the kids nap in the afternoon!

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This season of life is tough, but this change (waking up early) definitely makes it much more manageable.

Try it for a week–I guarantee you’ll see a difference!