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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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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.

Pumpkin bread

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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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If you already make your own laundry soap this is much easier and takes far less room to store. Bonus, it works far better as well.  By chance you are new to making laundry soap, just be happy you get to skip the step of a longer wait and collecting laundry jugs.  I have seen a recipe close to what I use all over the place but I kept close to my base liquid laundry recipe.  There are a few differences to make the laundry butter.

What you will need:

1 bar of Fels Naptha soap

1/4 bar of Dove soap

1C. borax

1C. Washing soda

4C. water

3-1qt mason jars

*optional 1T. preferred essential oil or 1/3C. scented softener laundry crystals (Purex makes a wonderful lavender)

Doing the deed:

In a small bowl dump borax, essential oil or laundry crystals & washing soda, then set off to the side.  Take your bars of soap and chop them up and then toss them in a food processor or you can keep the bars and grate by hand.  Get yourself a large sauce pan and pour in 4 cups of hot water and your soap.  Dissolve over a medium heat, stirring  until all soap bits are totally gone.  Remove from heat and dump in your borax, washing soda and scent mixture into the sauce pan. Stir until all powder is dissolved.  If you are using the laundry crystals, they may not dissolve completely and that is fine trust me, you just don’t want chunks of soap.  Next take 2 of your jars and fill equally, the 3rd you will use later.  The 2 jars should be a bit over half full, top it off with some water up to the curve of the shoulders.  This will give you some head room in the near future.  Twist the caps on tight and invert.  Leave them set upside down for 4 or 5 hours.  Once the time has passed, flip the jars and give them a tap on the bottoms, I gently tap the bottoms on my counter. You will have noticed that the contents of the jar has separated, perfectly normal and what you are looking for.  Pop the caps, careful not to spill and pour out into your mixer or mixing bowl. You will need a spoon to break up and pull out the stiffer layer.  Start mixing on a low speed and move up gradually until it is totally whipped, similar to a whipped butter.  Spoon back into your jars, this is where the 3rd jar will come in. You should have almost 3 full jars of laundry butter.  Next time you wash clothes, ditch all the laundry soap and just add 1 tablespoon of your laundry butter and be amazed.  You should be able to get 190 to 192 loads of laundry out of your 3 jars.  Happy Washing!

If you have this going on, you are on the right track.

If you have this going on, you are on the right track.

It should be the consitancy of whipped butter when you are done & ready to store it.

It should be the consistency of whipped butter when you are done & ready to store it.

I would have had 3 full jars, but my son helped and I now have soap soaked hands.

I would have had 3 full jars, but my son helped and I now have soap soaked hands.

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We have all learned over the years that a hot cup of Chamomile tea relieves stress and relaxes us. Let’s take that a step further.  A warm bath with Chamomile will do the very same thing as a cup of tea, but with a small twist for you skin.  Here is how I make my Chamomile & Oat bath soak.

What you will need:

3T. loose chamomile

1/2C. instant oatmeal

Doing the deed:

In a jar drop in your chamomile & oats. Shake and you’re done! I used a 100% chamomile tea since there is no other way to get chamomile around me. Run a warm bath and use 1/4 cup of your chamomile & oat mix.  Slip in and relax.

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