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Everyday dose of Reality

There are times that you have to dare to be different or in my case wake my family up when they raid the fridge.  I went to bake something the other day and my eggs were all gone, so I took matters into my own hands.  Funny how a Sharpie marker can change a person’s life and egg count.

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We have been making these Jolly Rancher suckers for years, and if you have little ones they will love making a rainbow.  These are super easy to make and very cool looking.

What you will need:

a bag of Jolly Rancher candies

sucker sticks or coffee stir sticks(that is what we used)

Doing the deed:

Pulled out a cookie sheet, cover it with parchment. Unwrap your Jolly Ranchers and lay 3 in a line.  Mix your colors and flavors some, don’t be shy. Put in and oven on 200 F for 10 minutes or so. They will melt into a stripped pool. Remove from the oven and then lay your stick in each pool.  let them cool completely and enjoy!

A tastey rainbow on a stick.

A tasty rainbow on a stick.

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Next time you make some double chocolate chip muffins, make them mint.  With your normal muffin mix/recipe, add 1/2 teaspoon of whatever flavoring you would like.  Here is my tried and true double chocolate chip muffin recipe, I make this every week for the kids to have before heading off to school.  To mix it up I added Creme de’ Menthe and they are to die for.

What you will need:

1 & 3/4c. flour

1/2c. sugar

1/4c. coca

1T. baking powder

1/2t. salt

1/2c. chocolate chips

2 eggs

1/2c. veggie or canola oil

1c. milk

1t. of vanilla or any other flavoring you would like

My family all loves the raspberry.

Doing the deed:

Dump everything in a bowl and mix it up until it is smooth and creamy.  Add the chocolate chips last so they don’t all sink to the bottom.  Pour into a muffin pan, filling each lined cup only halfway.  Bake at 350 for 13-14 minutes.  Enjoy!

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I am sure most of you know how to make tissue paper flowers, but for those of you who don’t, today is your day.  One of my daughters had her best friend over and they wanted to be crafty…enter tissue paper flowers.  Our eight year old, our nature girl, wanted big flowers on her bedroom wall around her headboard of her bed…enter tissue paper flowers.

You start by pulling out 5 or 6 sheets and stacking them up. If you would like the center of your flower a different color, change out a sheet.

You start by pulling out 5 or 6 sheets and stacking them up. If you would like the center of your flower a different color, change out a sheet.

Next you want to fold the paper legnth wise. Remember making the paper fans? Fold forward, then under, forward and under. I had the girls fold an inch or so before creasing the paper.

Next you want to fold the paper length wise. Remember making the paper fans? Fold forward, then under, forward and under. I had the girls fold an inch or so before creasing the paper.

Ah the glory days, the paper fan. When you are don folding, fold your paper in half to find your middle.

Ah the glory days, the paper fan. When you are don folding, fold your paper in half to find your middle.

Use a twist tie, piece of floral wire and tie around the center.  Once I found my hole punch I used that, but you reall don't need one.

Use a twist tie, piece of floral wire and tie around the center. Once I found my hole punch I used that, but you really don’t need one.

Trim your ends in a curve or point. Whatever you think will look good, scalloped...

Trim your ends in a curve or point. Whatever you think will look good, scalloped…

Next, lay your paper on the counter and from one end, lift up 1 sheet to the middle. Remember the paper is thin so try not to rip it.  Lift it up and hold down the other sheets with your free hand.  Gently pull or tug it to the center.

Next, lay your paper on the counter and from one end, lift up 1 sheet to the middle. Remember the paper is thin so try not to rip it. Lift it up and hold down the other sheets with your free hand. Gently pull or tug it to the center.

Repeat lifting the layers for each one.  Once one side is done, turn and do the same to the other side.

Repeat lifting the layers for each one. Once one side is done, turn and do the same to the other side.

This is what you should have when you are done lifting all of the layers from both sides.  Don't be afraid to mash it a little to get a rounder shape to your flower. You will notice when you look at the bottom of your flower, it is mostly flat, perfect for mounting. Go forth and paper flower the world, well in my case an 8 year olds bedroom wall.

This is what you should have when you are done lifting all of the layers from both sides. Don’t be afraid to mash it a little to get a rounder shape to your flower. You will notice when you look at the bottom of your flower, it is mostly flat, perfect for mounting. Go forth and paper flower the world, well in my case an 8 year olds bedroom wall.

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Next time you are making meatloaf, pull out your muffin pan.  The muffin cup size is perfect for 1 serving and if you are serving mashed potatoes with the meatloaf, you can get creative and pipe it on top. Mini meatloaf or dinner cupcake?  Mini meatloaf are a great idea for learning portion control. Happy Noshing.

Just put your meatloaf mix into the cups of a muffin pan.  Bake for 20 minutes on 350.

Just put your meatloaf mix into the cups of a muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes on 350.

Pop out mini meatloaf.

Pop out mini meatloaf.

Add your sauce & whatever else you enjoy with meatloaf.

Add your sauce & whatever else you enjoy with meatloaf.

 

 

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I have this recipe for delish pumpkin bread that will bring you back to your happy place.  Or better known around here as “crack bread”, it is addicting.  This is a version for a bread machine, which I just love.

What you need:

1 & 1/2C. pumpkin puree – if canned 15oz.

1C. sugar

1 & 1/2t. baking powder

1/2t. baking soda

1/4t. salt

3/4t. cinnamon

1/4t. nutmeg

1/4t. ginger

3C flour

 

Doing the deed:

First take your bread pan and spray with cooking oil or grease down.  Get out a large bowl and dump all ingredients into it.  Mix as best as you can before you have to go caveman on it with your hands.  At some point you will have to use your hands and knead/mix together thoroughly.  Put dough in your greased bread pan and put in the bread machine.  Set for cake or quick bread.

Here is where things go over the edge for me, I make a glaze to pour on top of the pumpkin bread.  This is an eyeball thing and personal preference as to glaze or not and how thick.  I start with a small bowl, dump in about 1/2c. powder sugar, 1/4t. of vanilla and then milk as needed.  The kids like a super thick glaze that sticks to the bread, so I just work it until I have almost, glue.  How or if you do this step is totally up to you.

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Today I am sharing with you a recipe for some crazy good Apple Cinnamon Bread.  Let me just say that if you try this bread, you really should just make two loaves and save yourself the time later.

What you will need:

1/3C. brown sugar – not packed

1t. ground cinnamon

2/3C. white sugar

1/2C. soft butter

2 eggs

1 & 1/2t/ vanilla

1 & 1/2C. flour

1 & 3/4t. baking powder

1/2C. milk

1 apple, peeled, cored and diced

 

Doing the deed:

Warm your oven up to 350. Pull out your bread pan and grease, then flour as you would for a cake.  In a small bowl mix together brown sugar and cinnamon, set off to the side.  With your trusty mixer or if you have arms like the Hulk, beat together butter and white sugar until creamy and smooth.  Next beat in your eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla.

In another bowl pour in the flour and baking powder, stir to incorporate the two.  Grab your creamy butter, sugar and egg bowl and slowly stir in your flour mixture.  Add your milk and stir until smooth again.  Take a moment to peel, core and dice up your apple.

Now, pour half your batter into your greased and floured bread pan.  Sprinkle half of your diced apple on batter and top with half of your brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.  Repeat the previous step, so you have two layers in your pan.  On the top layer lightly press your hand on top, this allows the apple to sink into your batter some.  Grab yourself a butter knife and stick it into your batter to the bottom of the pan at one end.  Make a swirling motion toward the other end of the pan and then back again.  Pop into the oven for 30-40 minutes.

*Disclaimer – If you rip the oven door off, due to your home spelling yummy, all damages caused to the oven or the weight you may gain eating the entire loaf is not my fault.

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I have made doughnut muffins for years, but apparently they have become a big deal.  Here is my recipe I use, feel free to tweak the nutmeg to your personal taste.  I use a small amount because the kids freak if it is too strong.  Happy baking & enjoy!

Happy kids ready to eat.

Happy kids ready to eat.

3 kids, 2 thumbs up and 1 get your hands outta my face :)

3 kids, 2 thumbs up and 1 get your hands outta my face 🙂

What you need:

1/4 C. butter

1/4 C. veggie oil

1/2 C. sugar

1/3 C. brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 & 1/2 t. baking powder

1/4 t. baking soda

1 t. ground nutmeg

3/4 t. salt

1 t. vanilla extract

2 & 2/3 C. flour

1 C. milk

Topping

3 T. melted butter

3 T. cinnamon-sugar mixture (mix this to your own taste)

Doing the Deed:

Preheat the oven to 425 F.  Pull out your muffin papers or you can lightly grease the muffin tin so you don’t have to use papers.  Thinks of these as doughnuts in the shape of a muffin.  Totally up to you how you choose to top them, go nutso with glaze & sprinkles or dip in drizzle on chocolate icing.  In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, veggie oil, and sugars until smooth as silk. Add the eggs, beating to combine.  Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, vanilla and stop drooling, just wait until these are done. Stir the flour into the butter mixture alternately with the milk.  Sure get a glass of chilled milk ready to drink once these are done, you’re going to need something to wash them all down with as you eat.  Pour or ladle batter into cups ¾ of the way full. Bake the muffins for 15 to 17 minutes.  You are looking for a golden brown and you might want to poke them with a toothpick as you would a cake. Once the pick comes out clean, remove from oven and let cool.  And, this is where you get creative with your toppings.  This recipe uses the basic cinnamon & sugar shake.  Just melt some butter, brush the top of your doughnuts and roll in cinnamon & sugar mixture.  Makes 12 yummy new treats.

 

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Yep, I said it, I have a skunk in my house.  Trust me, it’s not what you think.  Since Macgyver is moving my laundry room from the other end of the house to a small room the front of the house, I have been getting it ready.  The new laundry room is made up of a normal size bedroom and a small bathroom.  The large part of the room will now be my folding area, with couch included since i live in the laundry room.  The old bathroom was ripped out and he installed a base shelf to put the washer & dryer up on for me.

I have the larger room decorated and needed something small for the actual washer & dryer room.  It got me to thinking, and I thought to myself “how do you really feel about laundry”?

This handy little reminder of truth was done, completely in Sharpie markers.

This handy little reminder of truth was done, completely in Sharpie markers.

Now, see, don't you feel better about your life?  Just keep in mind that these two children will be taking care of me when I am older.

Now, see, don’t you feel better about your life? Just keep in mind that these two children will be taking care of me when I am older.

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Here are some super easy and super yummy baked tacos we make at our house.  The kids love them and you can make a lot very quickly.

What you need:

1lb of ground beef

1/2 onion

taco seasoning

green chilies

large can of refried beans

half head of lettuce

black olives

shredded cheese

tortilla chips or Doritos

1 med tomato

Doing the deed:

Pull out a glass baking pan and put a thin layer of hand crushed tortilla or Doritos in the bottom.  Brown your beef and season with taco mix and put a layer on top of the chips. Now a layer of refried beans.  Chop your onion, lettuce, tomatoes and black olives.  We like spicy so we add jalapeno to the mix.  Take all your chopped items and put in a layer over your beans.  Top it off with cheese and green chilies.  Bake for 15 minutes on 400, remove and enjoy!

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