Category: Food

Link Round-up: Raw Cheesecake, a Summer Wreath, Coconut Oil Lotion, and More

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up showed us how to make a summer wreath, coconut oil lotion, patriotic snow cones, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make raw cheesecake.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for eggplant Parmesan subs.

Thrifty Jinxy taught us how to make patriotic snow cones inexpensively.

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Homemade Interest showed us how to make a butterfly summer wreath.

Suzy Sitcom shared a Parmesan crusted chicken recipe with wine.

Crafts by Amanda showed us a cute craft to do with the kids—make a kite from a paper plate and a few other supplies.

The Crafty Blog Stalker taught us how to make coconut oil lotion.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Homemade Interest

Link Roundup: Ice Cream, Peach Sparklers, Burgers, July 4th, and More

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has ice cream sliders, a peach sparkler recipe, bacon and smoked gouda stuffed jalapeno burger, and more.

The Thrifty Couple shared a DIY cold, cough, and throat healing oil blend.

Homemade Interest taught us how to make a red, white, and blue tie-dye tablecloth.

Carissa Shaw shared a recipe for double chocolate strawberry pizza.

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A Virtuous Woman motivated us to get the front (and back) porch clean and pretty.

A Dash of Sanity showed us how to make Tagalong ice cream sliders.

Mommy Kat and Kids showed us how to make Minute Maid peach sparklers.

Sincerely Mindy shared a recipe for bacon and smoked gouda stuffed jalepeno burger.

Photo credit: The Thrifty Couple and A Virtuous Woman

Should Adults Be Drinking Breast Milk?

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 by 1 Comment

We all know that breast milk is the ideal choice for babies, but some adults say that the benefits reach into adulthood.

In a recent interview with New York Magazine men who consume breast milk talked about why they drink it. They reported significant health benefits like boosted energy levels and improved immune systems. One dad even said that breast milk eased his nausea during chemotherapy treatments.

It’s touted as “God-given” and “natural” and is bought and sold on sites like Only the Breast. Mainstream sale sites like eBay and Craigslist ban the sale of bodily fluids, but Only the Breast co-founder Glenn Snow says that his site concentrates on mothers but that they “do not mind men seeking milk for health or wellness needs.”

Part of me thinks about how calves drink milk when they are young, but then they outgrow it. They need the nutrition in milk to meet their growth and energy needs when young.

Isn’t it the same for human babies? Infants are delicate and susceptible to disease, and their bodies are not fully developed. Breast milk offers them specific nourishment that helps them resist disease and infection early in life.

It turns out that this isn’t anything new. According to the Telegraph, men in China have been drinking breast milk for its nutritional value. Before we let the creepy factor cloud our thinking, we have to ask if there is a nutritional value that should be considered.

Breast milk is a unique combination of nutrients essential to a child’s health, and it is natural.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, breast milk contains fats, proteins, carbohydrates and special immune-boosting cells, and scientists hope to take the beneficial qualities of breast milk and to create a treatment for adults who suffer from a wide range of illnesses including chronic conditions like Crohn’s disease.

In light of this, it makes me think of all the times supplements are created to mimic the real thing, but don’t quite match up to the full potential of that real thing. Could this be the case with breast milk? Might it be beneficial to those suffering from chronic conditions? Of course mainstream medical experts are skeptical, but so far the anecdotal evidence is mounting.

Photo credits: wikihow

Link Roundup: 4th of July, a Cute Breakfast Idea, Snack Mix, and More

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has 4th of July popcorn ideas, patriotic fruit coolers, a cute caterpillar breakfast, and more.

Creative Green Living showed us how to make patriotic fruit cooler mocktails.

Eighteen25 shared a fun entertaining idea—a 4th of July popcorn bar.

Carissa Shaw showed us how to make a family-friendly snack mix.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us a cute caterpillar breakfast.

Clever Pink Pirate showed us how to make jam thumbprint cookies.

A Dash of Sanity taught us how to make double chocolate Nutella cinnamon rolls.

Mommy Kat and Kids taught us how to make frozen pudding dots that are cute, bite-sized, and delicious!

Photo credit: Creative Green Living and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Make Rock Candy with Your Kids

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 by 1 Comment

Rock candy is merely sugar crystals that have been left to grow on a string or skewer. Not only is it great fun to make but you’ll be teaching your kids about crystals, too. It will take a few days, so expect to be very patient for a week or two.

You’ll need:

  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • String
  • Jar
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Paper clip
  • Food coloring, optional
  • Flavoring, optional

Instructions:

  1. The night before, place the string in water and then lay it on a plate. Cover it with sugar and let it dry. This helps the rock candy stick to the string.
  2. The next day, wash the jar out in very hot water. Rinse well.
  3. Tape the string securely to the pencil and tie a paper clip to the end. The string should hang almost to the bottom of the jar but not touch the bottom. Leave about an inch of space between the two.
  4. Bring the water to a boil.
  5. Add the sugar, one cup at a time, stirring and making sure all of the sugar is dissolved before adding the next batch. Continue until all of the sugar is dissolved.
  6. Add food color and flavoring if desired.
  7. Let cool slightly, about five to ten minutes is fine.
  8. Pour the sugar mixture into the jar.
  9. Add the string by laying the pencil over the open top of the jar. Make sure it hangs straight down.
  10. Cover the top loosely with paper towel or cheesecloth to keep out the dust.
  11. Set in a place where it will not be disturbed and out of direct sunlight.
  12. Wait.
  13. Let it grow. It could take seven days or more to get to the size you want.
  14. Remove it from the jar, blot the moisture off of it, and enjoy!

photo credit: stevendepolo via photopin cc

Link Round-up: Tastes of Summer, Crafts, and More

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has some of the fresh tastes of summer, a craft, and more.

Farm Fresh Feasts taught us how to put together an antipasti pasta salad with kale.

Little House Living showed us how to make a fruit pizza dessert.

Design Life Kids showed us how to make some of the cutest color-blocked popsicles.

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Ribbons and Glue gave us a tutorial for a DIY wood clock.

Tastes of Lizzy T showed us how to make Twizzler firecracker cupcakes.

The Grant Life shared a recipe for sweet basil beer bread.

Five Heart Home posted a recipe for a pork tenderloin with mushroom gravy.

Photo credit: Farm Fresh Feasts and Ribbons and Glue

Link Round-up: Strawberry Salsa, Uses for Aloe Gel, 4th of July Decoration, and More

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has strawberry salsa, uses for aloe gel, overnight oatmeal, 4th of July decoration inspiration, and more.

Farm Fresh Feasts showed us how to make strawberry salsa.

Little House Living shared a few more uses of aloe gel, beyond applying it to sunburns.

The Grant Life showed us how to make espresso magic shell.

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Ribbons and Glue inspired us with a celebrate America memory tray, perfect for setting up for the 4th of July.

Tastes of Lizzy T shared a recipe for cookie dough cheesecake bars.

Five Heart Home showed us how to make easy strawberry cream cheese pastries.

Daily Leisure taught us how to make raspberry vanilla overnight oatmeal.

Photo credit: Farm Fresh Feasts and Ribbons and Glue

Link Round-up: Baby Swing DIY, Love Life Tips, Food Gifts for Dad, and More

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a baby swing DIY, tips for an amazing love life, food gifts for dads, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a baby-to-toddler swing.

Mind Body Green shared 7 secrets to an amazing love life.

A Cup of Jo shared the best food gifts for Father’s Day.

Spoonful offered a printable for a cute Mickey and Friends frame for Father’s Day.

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Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for chocolate chip banana bread mini muffins.

Simply Kierste posted a recipe for peanut butter cookie s’mores.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons shared an orange octopus fruit snack idea.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Chocolate Covered Katie

Green Tea Summer Beverage Ideas

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 by No Comments

Green tea is packed with antioxidants and is a great substitute for sugary soft drinks. There is even evidence to suggest that green tea can help boost your metabolism, which is something I know many moms would love!

If you don’t like drinking green tea plain, here are two unique beverage ideas from Carrington Tea. Both would be great choices for the warm summer months, but the lemonade sounds like a unique choice for a family picnic.

Mint Green Tea Lemonade (Makes 1 gallon, 3 cups)

  • 15 Carrington Green Tea with Mint Tea Bags
  • ½ gallon fresh, cold water
  • 2 (12oz. cans) frozen lemonade concentrate (no need to thaw)

Bring water to a rapid boil; remove from heat. Pour hot water over tea bags; steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags.

Place frozen lemonade into a glass pitcher, add tea slowly and stir well.

Refrigerate 3½ hours. Stir well and pour into ice filled glasses. Garnish with mint leaves or lemon slices.

Ginseng Green Tea Veggie Drink (Makes 48 ounces)

  • 5 Carrington Green Tea with Ginseng Tea Bags
  • 2 cups fresh, cold water
  • 4 cups vegetable juice (we suggest something with a tomato or carrot base)
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon tabasco sauce (optional)

Bring water to a rapid boil; remove from heat. Add tea bags; steep for 7 minutes. Remove tea bags; allow to cool.

In a large pitcher stir vegetable juice, ginger, celery salt and tabasco. Slowly add cooled tea, stirring well. Refrigerate at least two hours.

Pour into tall glasses, garnish with a stalk of celery.

Visit the Carrington Tea website for more great drink recipes using various herbal teas.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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