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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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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Here lately, Huff the Babe has been suffering from a very persistent (and very nasty) diaper rash. I mean, I have never seen diaper rash this bad. So after telling myself I was a terrible mother and then realizing he was cutting teeth which caused diarrhea, which produced very acidic poo’s, which means a red tushie.

With Huff the Babe, I used Desitin for all of her rashes. It healed it fairly quickly but it meant for about two days we had to put her in disposable diapers (Desitin is no bueno for cloth diapers) and we were trying to be strictly CDs for a hot minute. Now that I’m not working full-time (outside of the home) we’ve been trying to use cloth diapers as much as possible with Huff the Babe because it saves us moolah (and its good for the environment). So Huff the Babe’s diaper rash has been driving me a little batty. Mostly because I hate seeing that he’s in pain (he was wailing every time we’d change his diaper) and also because I wanted to get back to strictly cloth diapering.

I told my aunt about this over the weekend while at a family function and she told me about coconut oil. She said it heals diaper rash quickly and its safe for cloth diapers! I decided to give it a try!

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Luckily, Huff the Hubs had some coconut oil on hand, so I slathered it on Huff the Babe every time I changed his diaper. Y’all, I could see MAJOR results after just ONE diaper change! This stuff is UH-MAY-ZING! It has TONS of uses and not just for diaper rash!

Have you ever tried coconut oil? What did you use it for? Did you like it? Share in the comments below!

 

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Last week, a friend of mine sent me a picture of a dessert she made. I immediately wanted to eat all of it, it looked so tasty! She graciously sent me the recipe from Pinterest and I whipped it up last night!

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Nummy-looking, right?! Here’s what you need:

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~Pineapple tidbits

~Corn starch

~Cream cheese

~Any fruit you’d like to add! I used bananas, kiwis, and frozen blueberries/strawberries (mostly because that’s what I had on hand and thought I’d save some cash by using what I already had)

~Granulated sugar (not pictured)

First, light your oven to 350 (or 375, depending on what cookie sheet you use–i.e., non-stick, dark, light, etc.) Then, unroll your crescent rolls onto a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet and bake 9-12 minutes.

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While the crust cools, strain and drain the pineapple tidbits and save the juice.

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In a bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the pineapple juice, the cream cheese, and 1/2 cup of sugar.

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Then, spread it onto the cooled crust.

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Next, add your fruit! After you’ve added your fruit, take the remaining pineapple juice and pour it into a small pot. Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until the mixture thickens up.

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Then, drizzle it over your fruit pizza and voila! 

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OMG, y’all. I seriously could’ve eaten the entire thing! It was DELISH! I think next time we go to a family function where I have to bring food, I’m totally bringing this!

 

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

 

 

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Hey y’all! I have been sooooooooooooooo behind on my Try Its! Things have just been CA-RA-ZEE around the Huffman Homestead. But, I am back with a fun Try It that anyone can do!

 

I was scrolling through Pinterest the other night (trying to fall asleep, but unable to because of the horrible “morning sickness” that hits me right after dinner) and saw this:

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Immediately I wanted to try it!

And I did.

And failed.

The picture and instructions were a little hard to follow. So I did what anyone would do, I consulted YouTube. Then, I found this instructional video:

 

So I tried it out!

Here’s the before shot of my apple:

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And the after:

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Yeah, I couldn’t do it. After about four tries, I got mad and just ate it. In my defense though, I just finished my strength training workout so I was a little shaky. But still, I’m super bummed I couldn’t do it!

 

Have any of you tried this before? Do you have a special technique that works? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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Y’all, being a mom can really change your appearance. We all know that pregnancy totally changes your shape (and center of gravity) and you can also get lovely stretch marks the punctuate your thighs, butt, and boobs. But another trademark sign of a mom (or a teacher, ha!) are those black circles under our eyes.

I’ve been looking for a way to get rid of them–very unsuccessfully. Concealer isn’t the best cover up and my foundation still lets some circles peep through. I came across a very interesting video with an unconventional way to reduce dark circles:

I wanted to see if it worked, so I thought I’d try it out!

Here’s my before pic:

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Hashtag, no filter. And no makeup.

I used NYC lipstick in Ruby (I didn’t choose this for any particular reason; it was cheap and red. I wasn’t about to drop a crazy amount of cash on a lipstick I may not use more than once).

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First, I applied some lipstick under my eyes:

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Not gonna lie. I felt a little like William Wallace. It made me want to give a battle cry in a Scottish brogue. Anyway, moving on…

Next, I blended it in with a foundation brush:

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After that, I went through my makeup routine, as per ush. (Which includes this concealer, this foundation, and this bronzer.)

When I finished, I looked like this:

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True, my under eyes are a little puffy, but that’s from weight fluctuations. But I think the dark circles were pretty covered! What do you think? Here’s a side-by-side for a better comparison:

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Have you ever tried anything like this? What were your results? Did you like it? Do you have any tips for cover under eye circles?

Try It Tuesday

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The other night after Huff the Hubs gave Huff the Babe a bath, he called me into the bathroom. “Look!” he said, disgusted, pointing to the bathtub. There were little black blobs floating in the water.

“What is that?!” I asked.

“I think its mold,” HtH replied.

I really hated to throw these away because HtB LURVES them SO much. Completely grossed out, I went to Pinterest to look for a way to clean up my kid’s bath toys. Evidently, this is not an uncommon thing. Thankfully, I found a pin that had some helpful tips:

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Here’s what you need:

~A large bowl (or sink)

~Vinegar

~Bleach

First, I looked for the toys that had the little holes that water could enter into. As you can see, the holes were black, indicating mold:

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I filled my bathroom sink up with hot water and about 1/2 cup of vinegar (I cleaned the sink beforehand; very important) and dropped in the toys. I made sure to squeeze vinegar water into the toys and swish the mixture around to break up the mold:

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I let the toys soak for about 2 hours and then rinsed them out. By the time I was finished with the toys, the water looked like this:

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Disgusting, right?

What was more disgusting was the fact that I could still SEE mold in the toys. I decided to pull no punches and grabbed the bleach. I soaked the toys again, in the kitchen sink, using a hot water and Clorox concoction. I soaked the toys for another hour and then rinsed them. Here’s what Hermione’s favorite unicorn puked up:

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So. Flipping. Gross.

BUT, I am happy to report that Eunice the Unicorn had a shimmering white mouth AND we couldn’t see any buildup of mold through her belly–yay! The story was not the same, however, for one of the cupcakes. We could literally see the mold through the plastic. Huff the Hubs decided we should just call it and toss the tiny cake. I agreed, but asked that he cut it open first:

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Try not to vomit.

After I rinsed and dried the other toys, I got the hot glue gun and closed up any of the squirter holes in the toys. Hopefully this will help keep the mold at bay. And, if all else fails, we’ll just toss the toys. Although that will make bath time a very dull affair.

Have you ever cleaned your kids’ bath toys? What did you do?