5 Ways To Better Mommy Days

by MrsB

As mothers, we run around trying to balance all that we do. Working, taking care of home, being there for the kids, and give your partner time as well. It can be exhausting for sure. However, it’s important that we first take time to set aside for ourselves. Doing helps us to stay on track. Keeping us form feeling run down and overworked. 

Here are 5 things that I do to having better Mommy days.

20150505085801-1-1Get Up Early.

They say the early bird catches the worm. In my case, the early Mom fills her sanity bucket to the top before taking on the day. For me, getting up early means I’m have time to myself. Time to journal. Time to talk to God. Time to drink some tea. Time to have breakfast in piece and guiet. Carving out the me time leads to a happier morning, and results in a happier day.

20150505090855Drink Lots Of Water.

No, seriously, a LOT of water. At least the recommended eight cups. I wasn’t always a fan of drinking water. I use to go days without drinking water. I was also irritable, always fatigue, and my thirst was never satisfied. I would always want more soda and other drinks. More sugar. It was a vicious cycle that I just didn’t want to be apart of anymore. A few years ago, I gave up on soda, coffee, and juice. When I gave the sugary drinks up I noticed a huge change in how my body felt. I’m in a better mood, I’ feel energized, and my weight went down. Which was something that I didn’t even consider when I started drinking water regularly. Now, I drink water and tea all day, everyday day, like it’s going out of style. 

20130828-190251.jpgExercise 

Exercising has been proven to boast your feel-good endorphins. It keeps depression at bay, and gives you energy. It’s a stress reliever. It helps to boost brain power, sharpen your memory. Exercising has been known to help you tap into your creative side. There have been plenty of times during my one pf my jogging sessions that I have come up with my plan, dish, or craft. I know that not everyone wants to exercise, but I promise you, if you just walk 30 minutes of walking to your day, you will definitely see a change in your mood and energy level.

20150821120946Have your own interests. (collage of my crafts, books, sewing)

Aside from what you do with your kids and your husband, find your own hobbies and passions. Do you like to dance? Take some dance lessons. You like flowers? Start your own garden. You love to write? Write an ebook. Write down all the things you want to do or accomplish in like, and start crossing things of the list. Finding interests for yourself doesn’t mean you are being selfish or neglecting the kids. It just means you love yourself, and you kids enough to work on you so that you can be a happier mommy that feel more full-filled in her life.

20150816034735Take care of yourself, and your soul.

I take time for myself. I take moments to slow down. I read. Take relaxing baths. Takes naps when I’m tired. Say no when I need to, so I don’t run myself to death. I give myself home spa treatments, and I meditate.  I’m pretty admit about writing in my journal. Writing in my journal feeds my soul, and I do it everyday. It helps me in so many ways. Writing  keeps me humble, and keeps me filled with gratitude. I’ve had a few epiphanies, and Aha moments during  my many writing sessions. Sometimes, when I’m have a bad moment, I take a moment to jot down and remind myself of what I am grateful for. I tell myself that it’s ok to let go, and move on. For me, writing is therapeutic, and a great way yo take care of myself and my spirit.

20150821114419Don’t be so hard on yourself. (quote pic)

Cut yourself some slack if you mess up. It happens even to the best of moms. Don’t dwell on things you can not change, and don’t stress over spilled milk, because at the end of the day, it won’t matter. What will matter is how hard you are on yourself, and what message that may be sending to your kids. Show them that it’s not the end of the world if things don’t go our way. 

No matter what you do or how you do, it’s important to make sure you take care of yourself. Putting yourself first means you love your family enough to take care of you so that they can get the best of you. 

 What are some ways that you help yourself have better Mommy days? 


4 Reasons Why You Should Never Skip Breakfast + New Recipe

by MrsB

Breakfast, the first and most important meal of the day, as well as the most skipped meal of the day. You should never, ever miss having a meal in the morning. Whether you have time for a hot eggs and bacon breakfast, or you are on the go and grab a yogurt and cheese stick on your way out the door, it’s important to feed your body what it needs, first thing in the morning to get you going for the day. 

  • Eating certain foods for breakfast gives your body and mind the fuel that it needs to take on the day. Breakfast boost your energy level, and keeps you focused. Breakfast aids in helping kids pay attention in school, and adults to be more alert at work. Your blood sugar levels are low after a good nights sleep. A breakfast with whole grains, proteins and high-fiber foods will help to regulate your blood glucose levels. By doing so, eating breakfast helps our brains to perform better, and stay on task.
  • Eating breakfast is crucial for weight loss. Numerous studies have proven this to be true. A healthy breakfast not only fuels the body, but also helps to curb you hunger throughout the day. Keep your metabolism from getting sluggish by eating some eggs or oatmeal at the start of your day. 
  • Skipping breakfast is bad for your heart. Research done by the Harvard School of Public Health, shows that men who regularly skipped breakfast are 27% more likely to have a heart attack than those who regularly eat breakfast. Keep your heart strong by eating foods with the right nutrients and vitamins that are needed to supply your body. 
  • Skipping breakfast can be harmful. Your body has been fasting throughout the night while you sleep. If you leave the house without breakfast, chances are, you will be running on fumes, and you will become sluggish and unfocused before lunchtime. Some, like me, you can become Hangry. You know, that state of anger or having snappy attitude due to a lack of food.

Have you ever seen the snickers commercial where a person is snappy until someone hands them a snickers bar? Yeah, That’s me! Sometimes, I don’t know who I am, when I miss a meal. I snap, eat, then I have to come back and apologize to people that were caught in the wrath of my Hanger LOL.

I’ve learned how crucial it is for me to eat breakfast. Right now, my go to breakfast ingredients are quinoa or oatmeal. Two healthy carbs to fuel my mornings. 

Peanut Butter, Banana Quinoa Bowl
Serves 1
This breakfast bowl is high in fiber, and packed with protein and iron. Giving you the fuel you need to get your morning started.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Cup Cooked Quinoa
  2. 1/4 Cup Milk
  3. 1 Banana
  4. 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
  5. 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  6. 1/8 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Smash your 3/4 of your banana with a fork.
  2. Add the banana, cooked quinoa, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla to a small saucepan on medium heat.
  3. Once the ingredients have combined, take the pot off of stove.
  4. Place your quinoa in a boil.
  5. Top with the peanut butter.
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. You can warm your peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften it up, and pour over your quinoa bowl.
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Check out my post on the benefits of Quinoa, and how to properly cook it here

If you love apples like I do, hop on over and try my yummy Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats.

My Banana Split Overnight Oats is such a sweet treat for breakfast.  

I recently concocted a delicious Carrot Cake Oatmeal that tasted amazing. Get the recipe here. 

Taking good care of your health is often just a matter of keeping your priorities in order. With a bit of pre-planning, you can add in a protien-fueled breakfast into your busy morning schedule, and benefit your family’s lifelong health with each new day.

Are you a breakfast person? What are some of your favorite things to eat for breakfast?


Sunday SoulDay: Self-Control

by MrsB

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Having self-control is not just about controlling your temper. It comes into play in almost every aspect of life. It is the key to many of our human struggles. Our appetites, attitudes, feelings, interactions, relationships, and anything you can think of. We must work to have self-control on a day-to-day bases. It is said to be the Fruit that keeps all the others together. If we are unable to control ourselves, then we may allow whatever is going on in our lives the power to control us.

Self control does not only focus on the “don’ts” of life, it also helps us to do good.

We have a choice in everything that we say, and do. God did not create us to be puppets. He gave us freedom of choice. Our free will. However, we need to be careful of the choices that we make. When we choose to lose control we have made the conscious choice to sin. We must always be inclined to do what is right no matter the circumstance or “rewards”. Our actions must always be out of temperament.

20150822074516For example,  a few years ago, I had a neighbor inform me that another person had said some nasty things about me, and my kids. I could have acted unruly and went crazy on her. I could have gotten angry, loud, and reacted in a negative way. However, I chose not to go that route. I chose to address the situation in a way that wouldn’t send me flying off the handle. I made the conscious decision to do what I felt would be pleasing to God, and give me peace in my heart. I wanted to handle the situation in a way that would set a good example of how to handle conflict in front of my kids. At the end, my reaction lead to a non-argumentative conversation. And in the end, everything was set straight.

But what if I did react like a angry fool?

I believe the outcome wouldn’t have been so pleasant.

We all need to be aware of our emotions, and practice self-control with ourselves and others.

3 Ways To Practice With Self Control For Yourself:

  • Don’t put yourselves in situations where you always have to be in a fight against evil. If you know that you’re weak in an area with regards to resisting temptation, then as much as possible, stay away from those situations.
  • When you look in the mirror, instead of pointing out your flaws, point out what you love about yourself.
  • When life gets rough, we can choose to trust in the one who loves us more than his own life and believe what his word says

 

3 Ways To Practice With Self Control For As A Wife:

  • When our spouse annoys us, we can choose to let it go, and remember how much we love them….
  • Pick and choose your battles. Know when some discussions aren’t worth the battle, and best left alone.
  • Understand that it;s ok to agree to disagree. No one has to be right. 

 

3 Ways To Practice Self Control With Your Children

  • We can chose to put our cell phones and tablets down, and do something proactive with our kids. 
  • Teach them that self control starts in their heart and their mouth. That they have the power to lift someone up or tear them down with what comes out of their mouths.
  • When our kids drive us nuts, we can choose to show them love and mercy instead of screaming and yelling at them. 

 

Self-Control is the key. God wants us to practice thought-control as well. Jesus said that we will be held accountable even for our attitudes.

Self control is a choice. We may fail at times. Ultimately, though, it is a chose that we must make.
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What are some ways you practice self-control?


Homemade Cantaloupe Popsicles

by MrsB

Have you ever woke up in shear panic because you think you forgot something?

Let me tell you about my Failed Mommy Moment #247!

Just last week, I was telling my husband how tired I was, and he suggested that I take a nap. I didn’t really want to, but I knew if I didn’t, I would not be the best I could be once the kids got home in the afternoon. 

So, I took the chance, laid down, and went to sleepyland in a matter of minutes. 

I was having a good dream, when all of a sudden I woke up. I looked at the clock, and instantly went into panic mode. You guys should have seen the way I jumped out of bed. I was running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. I put my shoes on, grabbed my keys, and ran out of the door. 

I was feeling so anxious on the way to the girl’s school. Worried that my girls were sitting out in the hot sun, trying to figure out where their mom was. Feeling bad, because I didn’t want them to think I forgot about them.

Once I got to the school parking lot, I noticed that the normal pick up traffic was not around. No cars, no parents, no yard duty workers. I parked my car, and sat there feeling a bit confused.

Then, it dawns on me,  that it was NOT minimum day!! HAHAHA!!

I couldn’t believe what I had done! I don’t know what came over me, but I know that I needed to stop, take a breathe, and get my brain together, lol. 

Sometimes, You just got to laugh at yourself, right? You just can’t take every mishaps in life so seriously. 

Now, that I’m done rambling, Let’s get to the topic at hand.

My Homemade Cantaloupe Popsicles. 

Cantaloupe was on sale earlier this week so a grabbed a few to make some after school snacks for the kids. 

You won’t believe just how easy it is to make this snack. With only 1 ingredient, making popsicles have never been so easy on the pockets, and don’t take up too much time to put prepare.

All you will need is one Cantaloupe. 

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That’s it! Just one ingredient to make these refreshing popsicles. 

You will also need to grab your blender or food processor, a spoon, a knife, cutting board, and popsicle molds. 

First, you will need to cut off the outer skin.

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Scoop out the seeds 

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20150820022952-1Once the cantaloupe has been blended into puree, fill your popsicles molds. 

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Place in the freezer overnight.

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A great afternoon snack for the kids. 

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Homemade Cantaloupe Popsicles
Serves 8
Homemade, refreshing, and tasty Cantaloupe Popsicles.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
24 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
24 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 Ripe Cantaloupe
Other Items Needed
  1. Blender or Food Processor
  2. Knife
  3. Cutting Board
  4. Spoon
  5. Popsicle Molds
Instructions
  1. Cut off the outer skin
  2. Scoop out the seeds
  3. Cut into small pieces
  4. Place the pieces in your blender or food processor
  5. Once the cantaloupe has been blended into puree, fill your popsicles molds.
  6. Place in the freezer overnight
  7. Enjoy!
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These Cantaloupe Popsicles are so yummy. A delicious and nutritious treat that can be easily tailored to your own tastebuds.

Have you made fruit popsicles before? Share your favorite flavors, or your funniest mommy fail moment below 😉


Our Trip To The Coca-Cola Museum

by MrsB

A year ago, just before our big move, we took a trip to Atlanta for my hubby’s family reunion. It was one of our biggest family trips! It was an important one for many reasons. One being that we had previously lived there 10 years prior. It has been a while decade before we could have a chance to go back and visit. It was great seeing old friends, and showing the kids where they use to play and go to school. We drove past our old house, and noticed it was torn down. A lot had changed over the years, and it was nice to see all of what a difference 10 years make.

While visiting we were able to take a tour of the World Of Coca-Cola Museum.

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What an awesome place!

The tour was intriguing to me. To learn about the history of Coca-Cola was quite interesting.

Did you know that Coca Cola was invented by a pharmacist named John Pemberton 1886?  Me, neither!

Did you know that Frank Robinson invented the slogan “The Pause That Refreshes?” It is one of the most famous advertising slogans in Coca-Cola history. He also invented the timeless, trademark logo that we see around today.

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These beautiful decorated, life-size cola bottles were out of this world! Each one handcrafted, and painted by different artist from around the world.

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The activity I enjoyed most while at the museum was being able to taste sodas from around the world. They had coke from Japan, Brazil, China, India, as well as many others countries.

                                                 20150108104026The kids informed me that tasting the different cokes was the best part of the tour for them as well.
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 Learning a few facts, and taste testing was fun. It was such a treat for everyone. Once I got home, I started to do a little research, and see what else there is to know about coca-cola.

Came across a few tidbits, and recipes that I thought I would share. 

Here is a list of 15 facts about Coca Cola.

Check out this list of 51 uses for Coca Cola.

Need an idea how to use coca cola in the kitchen? Hop over to Eating On A Dime for a yummy Chocolate Cola Cake

How about some Coke Fudge from Sweet To Eat Baking.

Over at With A Blast, there is a recipe for Coca-Cola BBQ sauce.

Chicken and Coca-Cola you say? The Frugal Girls have a delicious recipe for Crockpot Chicken Coca-Cola.

If you like Pork, This recipe for Coca Cola Pork Chops is posted here on Frugal Living Mom.

For you red meat eaters, Check out these recipes for Coca Cola Ribs and Pot Roast.

I found this video of one of the largest Coca Cola collections in the world.

“The largest collection of Coca-ColaTM memorabilia belongs to Rebecca Flores (USA), with 945 different items as of 15 December 2008, which she has been collecting since 2005. The 15 year old’s collection started in December 2005, and the first object in her collection was a 80z bottle. Her collection is displayed in the dining room of her house which she painted red and white to match the Coca-Cola theme. Her favourite items include two original vending machines.” Source.

If you are into collecting Coca Cola memorabilia, check out Early Coke.

This museum had something for everyone. It is a fun family-friendly place that I recommend to anyone, and everyone to go to if you happen to be in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Are you a fan of Coca-Cola? Have you been to the museum yourself? Share your experience at the museum with me below in the comment section. 


Carrot Pineapple and Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies

by MrsB

Just think, if Little Debbie’s Oatmeal creme pies and carrot cake got married, and had a baby, these cookies would be that baby.

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Remember on my last post I talked about doing a couple of dishes with carrots? I tried my hand at making this Carrot Cake Oatmeal that turned out to be delicious. So good, that I ate it for 3 days straight! 

For my second carrot-infused dish, I decided to try a new dessert. Something different than the usual cakes and cupcakes that I make. I grabbed some shredded carrots, and went to town in my kitchen. Creating the most yummiest carrot cookies I had ever tasted in my life.

Carrots + Pineapples + Oatmeal = Happiness in your mouth!

Carrot Pineapple and Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies
A chewy carrot-infused cookie that taste like a slice of Carrot Cake.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of butter, softened
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 2 cups flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. ¼ teaspoon salt
  10. 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  11. 2 cups rolled oats
  12. 1½ cups finely grated carrots, (I blended to breakdown into smaller pieces)
  13. 1/2 cup of dried pineapples, diced.
Cream Cheese Filling
  1. 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  2. ½ cup butter, softened
  3. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  4. 3 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Beat sugars and butter until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and continue beating.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and combine until blended.
  4. Stir in rolled oats, and carrots.
  5. Chill dough covered in a refrigerator for an hour.
  6. While the dough chills, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Scoop out tablespoon sized balls of dough onto prepared cookie sheets (leave a 2 inch gap between cookies.)
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until cookies have browned.
  9. Cool cookies on a cooling rack.
  10. Whip 8 ounces of softened cream cheese until fluffy in texture.
  11. Add butter and 2 teaspoons vanilla then cream the mixture together.
  12. Gradually add powdered sugar until filling is desired sweetness and consistency.
  13. Use a ziplock bag, with the corner cut, to pipe the middle of the cooled cookies with cream cheese filling, and form a sandwich.
Notes
  1. Store cookies in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
  2. Add raisins, nuts, or other dried fruits.
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My oldest daughter dislike everything carrots, but she loved these cookies!

 How about you? Are you a fan of carrots? Do you add or sneak vegetables into your non-traditional dishes?


Carrot Cake Oatmeal

by MrsB

I am apart of a fun cooking group on Facebook with other self-taught chefs. Every week a new ingredient is posted, and we are challenged to make a dish. This week the ingredient is carrots. 

For my challenge I decided to make a couple of dishes. One for breakfast, and a new dessert. For breakfast, I tried my hand at making oatmeal that taste like carrot cake. I posted what I had made, and a fellow chef informed me that without raisins, my carrot cake is not what it seems.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not a fan of raisins. Whenever I have made my carrot cake, I have never added raisins. Apples or pineapples maybe, but raisins. No.

Not to say that raisins are bad, just not my cup of tea. 

To each it’s own, right?

I have done a bit of research and found that, while some people like raisins in the carrot cake, it’s an optional ingredient. Just like nuts, it’s not an ingredient that will make or break your recipe. It’s a personal preference.

Now, on to my carrot cake oatmeal.

I have been experimenting with vegetables for breakfast a lot over the last few months. Trying out breakfast salads, adding vegetable to my eggs, and to oatmeal as well. I’m always look for new ways to add in extra of veggies serving to my meals. 

This oatmeal that I made taste just like carrot cake. It’s sweet and flavorful. Like having dessert for breakfast with out all of the extra cake. 

I was utterly surprised when I tasted my finished product. I was a bit leary while making it. Praying that it didn’t taste like crap. Sometimes, in the kitchen, it can be a hit or miss kind of thing. I was totally expecting this to be a miss, but instead, it turned out to a bowl of yummy, creamy, goodness. So good, that I just had to share it with all of you. 

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Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Serves 1
Carrot Cake Oatmeal Great for breakfast and dessert.
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1. 1/2 Cup Dried 1 Minute Oatmeal
  2. 2. 1/4 Cup Water
  3. 3. 1/4 Cup Milk of your choice ( more or less depending on the constancy that you want)
  4. 4. 2 Tablespoons Carrots, puree
  5. 5. 1/4 Teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
  6. 6. 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  7. 7. 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  8. 8. 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  9. 9. 1 Tablespoon nuts of your choice ( I prefer pecans or walnuts)
  10. 10. 1/2 Tablespoon Shredded Coconuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix water and oatmeal in a small saucepan. Cook until oatmeal has softened up, and water has evaporated.
  2. Remove from the stove.
  3. Add the next 6 ingredients. Mixing until combined. add or lessen your milk depends on the constancy that you like.
  4. Top with nuts of your choice and shredded coconut.
Notes
  1. You can add raisins or dried pineapples.
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This oatmeal is not only good for breakfast, but I see nothing wrong with having it for dessert as well. I’m sure a healthier option than the actually cake itself. 

Tell me, do you like raisins in your carrot cake?


Homemade Banana, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Ice Cream

by MrsB

Last week was a HOT week at 104 degrees! These triple digit temperatures are no joke. Before we moved out here to the valley, I had no idea that the weather was going to be this hot. I’m glad that my home as a good air conditioning unit, and a nice pool to keep us cool. Or else, I would have been roasting like a turkey in the oven on Thanksgiving. 

To help cool us down even more, we have been making homemade ice cream regularly. One of our favorites is banana ice cream. This yummy ice cream is creamy and delicious. There’s no dairy products, and no added sugars. A healthy treat that is easy, that’s sweet to eat. 

You will need:

  • 4 Ripe, Frozen Banana
  • 1 Tbs Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbs Cocoa Powder

First, if you haven’t put your bananas in the freezer, I suggest you do that before you start making ice cream. Peel, and cut your bananas. I suggest that you slice your bananas before putting them in a sealed container, and placing them in the freezer. In the picture below, I cut the bananas in thirds, but it took longer for them to break down.

Once your bananas are frozen, put them inside you food processor.

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                                         Blend the bananas until smooth.

                              You can stop here and eat it as is, or you can continue to the next step.

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                                   Add in the peanut butter, and  mix it. 

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                                     Then, you can add the cocoa powder.

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When mixing is done, you are left with cream goodness that leaves your stomach happy. Can’t go wrong with just 3 ingredients, and 10 minutes of your time, right?

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 You can also add other ingredients to your banana ice cream.

Add a avocado to your ice cream like I did with this batch below.

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Making it not only taste good, but a bit healthier for you too.

 

 

 

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Toasted coconuts is another yummy add-in that I love.

 I toasted coconuts flakes by cooking them in a pan, constantly stirring, on medium heat, for about 10 minutes. 

 

 

 

Have a little Fun with it, and come up with your own add-ins to satisfy your tastebuds. 

Homemade Banana Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream
Serves 4
A treat that's easy to make, tasty to eat, and healthier for you too.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Ripe Bananas
  2. 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
  3. 1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
Instructions
  1. Peel and slice bananas. Put them in the freezer.
  2. Blend the frozen bananas in a food processor until smooth.
  3. Add the peanut butter. Blend.
  4. Add the cocoa powder. Blend.
  5. Eat!
Other Add-in Options
  1. Avocado
  2. Toasted coconut
  3. Strawberries
  4. Pineapples
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nuts
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Are you a fan of banana ice cream? Have you made your own homemade ice cream before? 


Cucumber And Celery Fruit Salad

by MrsB

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Hot day here in the Valley of Cali. I have lived in a couple of hot places, but never in a place where the temperature gets over 100 degrees! If we didn’t have a really good air conditioning unit, I don’t think I would be able to make it out here in this heat. I would have melted into the pavement. I thank the stars above that I have a nice pool to help cool our body temperatures down. This valley heat is no joke.

While trying to stay cool, I’m trying my hardest to cook so much. Salads, salads, salads are the way to go during the summer. I eat salads for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even for a snack. All you have to do is change up the ingredients to match your mood, and you could make salads for days.

A couple of days ago, I set some ingredients out on my counter, and let me creativity and hunger take over. I put together this Cucumber and Celery salad for breakfast. I didn’t know how it would come out, considering, I’m not a fan of celery at all. I surprised myself when I took my first bite. My hungry thoughts, became my delicious reality :)

Check your kitchen for:

1 Stalk of Celery

2 Persian (mini) cucumbers

1 Kiwi, peeled

3 Sweet Red Peppers

1/2 Cup Pomegranate Arils, (seeds)

1 half of a Lemon’s Juice

 

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                         All you have to so is dice all of the ingredients, Mix it all together, and eat!

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                             What a refreshing salad this is. It’s perfect for those hot summer days.

 

Cucumber And Celery Fruit Salad
Serves 2
A refreshing, healthy, salad that can be eaten at any time.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Stalk of Celery
  2. 2 Persian (mini) Cucumbers
  3. 1 kiwi
  4. 3 Sweet Red Peppers
  5. 1/2 Pomegranate Arils,(seeds)
  6. 1 Half of a Lemon's Juice
Instructions
  1. Chop the cucumber into small piece
  2. Dice the celery very small
  3. Peel and dice the kiwi
  4. Dice the sweet red peppers
  5. Mix together all of the ingredients
  6. Squeeze the lemon juice all over the salad, then toss.
  7. Eat!
Notes
  1. You can also add a chopped and peeled apple.
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This salad is versatile, and can be eaten at any meal. The best salads to me are the ones that you experiment with. Those are the ones that end up being the tastiest.

Have you ever tried vegetable and fruit mixed salads before? Would you eat this salad? Give it a try, comment below, and let me know if you like it or not.


Tray Chic with One Kings Lane

by MrsB

While checking my mail last week, I came across an email from the lovely people over at One Kings Lane. They asked me if I wanted to participate in their “Tray Chic” campaign. I recently have been getting into decorating with trays after seeing a few inspirations here and there. So I decided to join in on the campaign.

Trays can be used for all sorts of things. To hold your keys, your jewelry, and even your make up. You can serve a meal to someone, or use it to spruce up your home with your favorite decor pieces.  

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I came across this brown tray that I found at a local bargain store. Me being who I am, I was thinking of a way to make this tray useful. I had envisioned something fun and pretty sitting on display, on my nightstand. 

 

 

 

 

 

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I got some spray paint, and went to town. Painting this beautiful shade of blue. Gloss Brilliant Blue from Rust-Oleum To be exact.

In case you hadn’t noticed, blue is definitely my favorite color. 

I added a few of my favorite things like my wedding rings, and my little glass box with hubby and I’s faces etched inside of it.

 

 

 

 

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I love how it all came together. I enjoy looking over at it when I open my eyes in the morning.

If you are looking for ways to decorate with trays, check out One Kings Lane. They have an array of beautiful accent trays for you to chose from.

Like this Beautiful Navy Blue Essential Tray that is of course, my favorite color, and would be a great piece to add to my kitchen. 

I love these Multicolored Wooden Trays. They  come in a set of 3. The blue and green colors together are gorgeous! 

This cute, little Elephant Tray would be perfect on your vanity, holding your best pieces of jewelry, and little trinkets.

The bright colors on this Pink Elephant Printed Tray are electrifying! This would be awesome to add to my craft room to give it some color. 

My favorite tray of them all is this Blue Lapis-Style Mirrored Tray. The shape, the color, everything about it is simply marvelous. It has been added to my wishlist! 

I felt overjoyed and was honored when I was presented with this opportunity to share with you all. Thank you to One Kings Lane for reaching out to me, and giving me this opportunity. I love decorating my home and making it beautiful for me and my family. 

Do you decorate with accent trays around your home? Comment below, and share with me some of your tray chic ideas and inspriations.

 


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