Try It Tuesday

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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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With my kids’ picky pallets, its hard to get them to eat fruits and veggies (unless they come in a pouch!) so I have to get creative. I usually drink a spinach smoothie every morning so I thought I’d try to see what else I could sneak the leafy greens into to help my kids have more nutritionally sound meals. Thankfully, Pinterest has my back! I found an awesome spinach pancake recipe and decided to try it out on the kiddos!

Here’s what I used:

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  • 2 Cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk

 

First, I mixed up the spinach and milk in a blender:

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Then, I added the spinach/milk mixture and the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and mixed well:

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After that, I poured the batter onto a pre-heated skillet and cooked as normal. Next came the hard part, getting the kids to eat them!

 

I don’t think Huff the Babe actually ate any. Pretty sure he just picked up the bits I gave him and threw them on the floor until I gave him his banana. Sigh. 

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Huff the Tot refused to eat green pancakes because, and I quote: “Mommy, its not Saint Patrick’s Day. I only eat pink pancakes.” Double sigh. I had to add pink food coloring to get her to eat them (sidebar: because pink and green don’t mix well, the pancakes ended up looking like off-brand bologna, lol.)

 

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But, whatever. it got her to eat them! She ate three pancakes! Mommy had two–ha! I even had some batter left over so I can reheat them in the morning. I honestly couldn’t tell that the pancakes had spinach in them. To be quite honest, I think you could probably just mix spinach and milk together and then add your normal pancake mix and it’d be okay, too.

Have you ever tried this? Have you snuck veggies into another dish? 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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Y’all know I’m trying to eat healthier and also find ways to get veggies into Huff the Tot. Her diet mainly consists of chicken nuggets, crackers, yogurt, and Pop-Tarts. I’m not kidding. I’m constantly trying to find ways to get her to try new foods or even sneak veggies and fruit onto her plate without her realizing. So when a family friend told my mom about a new product, I HAD to try it!

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Apparently a lot of other moms had the same idea I did because every Walmart I went to was COMPLETELY sold out! My mom saw them at a grocery store and grabbed the second to last bag for me!

These cauliflower tots contain a full serving of cauliflower in 6 tots, are made with no artificial flavors or preservatives, and seem like a great replacement to tater tots!

I preheated my oven to 425 and popped these bad boys in for about 25 minutes (I waited until they were a teensy bit brown before taking them out. I like my tots crispy!) Then, I took them out of the oven and tried them.

Y’all, these were REALLY good! I sprinkled some sea salt on top and they were nummy! I honestly couldn’t tell a big difference between these and regular tots!

Green Giant makes two other flavors in the Veggie Tots: Broccoli and Broccoli and Cheese! I feel like these were a loooooong time coming and I don’t see why they haven’t released them before now! They’re awesome!

Have you tried these? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

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One of my New Year’s Goals for 2017 was to try out new hobbies. I use the term “new” lightly because, as a mom, I don’t really have time for hobbies.

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One of the hobbies I wanted to try out was woodworking. My dad is a master craftsman and has made some pretty incredible things:

 

So I knew he could show me the ropes. I’ve been wanting to build something that could show off mine and Huff the Hubs’ Lego minifigure collection. Right now they’re balancing haphazardly on the bookshelf–in prime range of a toddler who will not be named–and are constantly being found on the floor with several limbs missing. To save the Lego men and women from this disastrous fate, I called upon my dad to help a girl out!

 

I had a really great time learning what all of the tools’ names were, what they did, and how to use them. I also enjoyed when Dad cut most of the wood so I would not lose any fingers, haha!

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After we planned, measured, measured again, cut, nailed, stapled, painted, and covered the display, it was finally finished!

 

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(Yes, the shelves are level; its just the fabric. It got a little stretched, lol.)

 

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And no, that is not the extent of our minifig collection, they’re just a few of my faves! I definitely think I will be doing some more projects with my dad–I really enjoyed this one! Now, if I can get it hung up without it falling off the wall, THAT will be an accomplishment!

 

Are you working on any projects? Have you made a goal to try out a new hobby this year? Share in the comments below!

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We all know I love trying new products, especially if they can help me (somewhat) stay on track with my healthy eating/weight loss goals. I found two new goodies this week at the grocery store and I can’t wait to share them with you!

I’ve actually talked about one of these before. Sargento has a great line of snacks, Balanced Breaks, that have a small serving of cheese along with nuts and berries. But NOW the company has launched a spinoff with–oh yes–CHOCOLATE! They’re called Sweet Breaks and they come in a variety of flavors. This is the one I chose:

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I really like the original and the new one did NOT disappoint! It was nice to have something sweet to offset the savory of the cheese and, at only 170 calories, it makes a great snack! These get an A+!

 

I know I’ve told you before that my all-time favorite dessert is cheesecake. I firmly believe that cheesecake was brought to this world as a gift from the heavens. Seriously. The only drawback is that it has so many calories. Womp, womp. That’s why when I saw this, I was SO. FREAKING. EXCITED.

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These cheesecake cups come in at only 170 calories and there are no artificial flavors or dyes used in any of the four flavors! I couldn’t wait to give this a try!

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This was…okay. I mean, it wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t the same as a piece of cheesecake (that would’ve been a miracle, actually). But it still satisfied my sweet tooth and kept me from pigging out on something else! I think next time I’ll crumble up a reduced fat graham cracker on top!

 

Have you tried either of these? What were your thoughts? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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Ever since I caught wind of the new subscription box craze, I have wanted to start up a subscription. The problem was, there are so many and some can be crazy-expensive. Plus, I’m not really into makeup and I don’t collect anything (except Sonic straw wrappers, but that’s just under my driver’s seat–hey oh!) so I didn’t think I needed a subscription. If I spent a lot of money on something I didn’t use, I would just feel immense guilt that I wasted money. Then I heard Walmart did subscription boxes for $5! Ya girl was excited.

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I subscribed on the website  and my first box came a few days ago! The boxes are sent once a season (every three months) and are filled with different beauty products (aka, not just makeup). Here’s what I got in my “winter” box:

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My favorite thing (besides the coupons–what, what!) has to be the Curel lotion. My hands are hella-dry because I wash them about fifty times a day (because, diaper changes) and I don’t like to moisturize because my hands always feel slimy. But the Curel is great because it doesn’t feel greasy! It dries in seconds and my hands still feel smooth.

I also really like having trial size stuff around because, in Oklahoma, spring is a crazy time around here (see: tornadoes). My parents–thankfully–live only a 3-minute drive from us and have a storm cellar (we don’t). I like to have a “go bag” ready in ‘nader season, just in case we’re hunkered down for the night at my parents’ or, should things get really dicey, not have a place to come home to. Enter: trial size toiletries.

Have you ever done a subscription box? Which one did you choose? Share in the comments below!