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Happy Tuesday, Tryers! This weekend was Easter and let me tell ya, so many tasty treats were demolished. I’m talking mountains of Reese’s Eggs and handfuls of Peeps. Along with the candy, I made a sweet–and super easy–dessert that is sure to please any crowd! (Shout out to theblondcook.com and Pinterest for helpin’ a sistah out!) I made these delicious morsels:

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Here’s what you need:

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¼ cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon apple pie spice, and additional apple pie spice (about ¼ teaspoon) for sprinkling on top of crescent rolls

3 tablespoons butter, melted

⅓ cup chopped pecans (I didn’t use these because we have folks with nut allergies)

2 small Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into 8 (1/2-inch) slices

2 (8-ounce) can Pillsbury Original crescent rolls (I thought I had bought original crescent rolls. Turns out I bought crescent rounds. Ugh. But I was able to make them work!)

 

First, preheat your oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, melt your butter and toss the apple slices around in it.

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After that, lay out the crescent rolls on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the brown sugar and spice mixture evenly onto each roll. Then, if you’re using nuts, add those to each roll as well. Next, place apple slices on each roll, starting at the widest end, and roll up.

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Brush the crescent rolls with the remaining butter, sprinkle with sugar and spices, and pop them in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

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When they’re done, let them cool and dig in!

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These were soooooo good, y’all! They would’ve been even better with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream on them! I think I’ll be making these A LOT from now on!

 

Have you ever tried this recipe before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

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I’ve been seeing a lot of DIY sensory play in my Pinterest feed lately (probably because of the glitter bottles I made a few weeks back. Which, by the way, worked like a charm!) so I decided to try another one!

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Its homemade silly putty! Here’s what you need:

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~Yogurt

~Corn starch

 

That’s it! Oh, and a willing assistant to test said putty. Which, I had on hand:

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Start with a cup of yogurt and 3/4 cup corn starch. Mix together. If its still sticky, keep adding corn starch. If its too grainy, add more yogurt. Keep doing this until you reach the desired consistency.

I wasn’t able to take any pictures of the process because corn starch is the devil and it gets everywhere and makes you lose your mind because of its ability to cling to clothes/hands/the floor/everything within a 2-mile radius until your home looks like Tony Montana’s desk in Scarface.

But, finally, I got the consistency I wanted!

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It kept my little assistant busy for a hot minute while I unloaded/re-loaded the dishwasher. She really enjoyed it when I got out a few cookie cutters.

 

When she lost interest, I put it into a gallon sized Ziploc bag. THEN it was enjoyable for Momma. Mostly because it felt like a stress ball, lol. That’s when I thought, “Hey! This might be a good sensory play-type thing for kids! They can squish this together and keep their little hands busy!”

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All in all, it wasn’t my favorite Try It, but definitely not my least favorite! Have you ever tried this? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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My Pinterest feed has been saturated with today’s Try It for so long that I thought it was time to finally see what all the fuss was with these things:

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I won’t lie, I’m a little skeptical as to how these will work, no matter what some folks may say. But, I’m willing to try it out. I have a few kiddos I work with that I think will benefit from this (if it works) as well as Huff the Tot.

Here’s what I used:

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~ 2 Smart Water water bottles

~ Glitter glue

~Glitter

~Sequins

~Hair gel

 

First, I took the label off of the bottles. Goo Gone really helped get all the sticky gunk off.

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After that, I squirted some glitter glue and gel into one of the bottles. Then, I added different colored sequins:

 

Next, I added some warm water (every site I read was very specific–the water MUST be warm to break up the glitter glue and gel), food coloring, and shook it all up!

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Pretty, huh?

I decided to make a few more and even made a smaller one based on this sensory bottle, complete with glow-in-the-dark stars.

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I didn’t add as much gel to the golden bottle because the pink one seemed too “gel-y”, e.g., the sequins just kind of hovered instead of floating for a second and then falling. You want more of a “snow globe” feel to your bottle.

I still have my doubts as to whether or not these will help some of the kids in my class to calm down, but I’m willing to give it a go! I’ll also be sure to update the blog after I’ve tested them out!

Have you ever made these before? Have you tried them in your classroom or with your own kiddos? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Does anyone else feel like they are just suffocated by all of their junk or is it just me? I feel as though our house is chock full of crap WE DO NOT NEED. Especially the kids. There are days I just want to go through the entire house and bag up everything and just get rid of it all. But I don’t. Because that takes A LOT of effort and I barely have time to go to the bathroom by myself. Plus, I’m not ready for all the emotional meltdowns that would follow.

But seriously. SO. MUCH. STUFF.

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(That’s not my house. It just feels like it.)

I figured one way I could make our home less burdensome is by attacking the areas that have the most accumulation: the kids’ rooms. Some days I got to Huff the Tot’s room and find toys and think, “I don’t even remember the last time I saw her play with that” or “Has she even looked at that book?” Huff the Tot has so many books that they are scattered everywhere. There are toys in the hall, toys in the kitchen, toys in the bathroom. TOYS EVERYWHERE.

I was searching for some help and ideas on Pinterest when I came across the concept of toy rotation. The gist is this: gather all the toys, separate them in to different categories of toys, organize. I’d like to try it, it just seems a tad overwhelming. I’m also wondering if it would be worth it. So I’m looking to you, reader. Have you done toy rotations? What did you think? Is it easy to keep up with? Got any tips? Basically what I’m saying is…

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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!

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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?