Category: Food & Home

Link Round-up: Essential Oil Crafts, Recipes, Clothes Shopping Online, and More

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has recipes, essential oil crafts, a guide to buying clothes online, and more.

Upstate Ramblings shared a recipe for a chimichurri burger.

The Chicago Jogger shared a little coffee and cardio motivation to get you moving.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom gathered up eight easy essential oil craft ideas.

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The Suburban Soapbox shared a recipe for a tomato and goat cheese crostata.

Songbirds and Buttons gave us a guide to buying clothes online.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make faux fur chair covers and cushions.

The Partiologist showed us how to make tie-dye donuts.

Photo credit: Upstate Rambling and The Suburban Soapbox

Link Round-up: Healthy Recipes, LUSH, Women’s Service Day, and More

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has healthy recipes, favorites from LUSH, information about women’s service day, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for copycat Dove chocolate vanilla ice cream bars.

Songbirds and Buttons shared favorite hair products from LUSH.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make DIY quotable t-shirts.

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The Suburban Soapbox shared a recipe for an open-faced pulled chicken Parmesan sandwich.

Kenarry explained how to get involved in women’s service day.

Crystal & Co. taught us how to throw a kids’ birthday party on short notice.

Domestic Mommyhood shared easy craft projects using recycled up upcycled cans.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and The Suburban Soapbox

Link Roundup: Mason Jar Drinking Glasses, Brownies, Friendship, and More

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has sweets, friendship tips, summer projects, and more.

Crafts by Amanda taught us how to make pretty painted mason jar drinking glasses.

A Virtuous Woman shared tips for building and maintaining friendships with other women.

Simply Kelly Designs shared 10 creative ways to display your Instagram or square photos.

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It Bakes Me Happy shared a recipe for chocolate coconut brownies.

Carolyn’s Homework had a guest blogger who shared some of her favorite summer projects.

It’s Always Ruetten showed us how to make a beautiful masculine birthday card.

Army Wife to Suburban Life shared tips on how to enjoy the beach with kids.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and It Bakes Me Happy

Link Round-up: Slime, Sour Cupcakes, Crafts, and More

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has fun slime recipes, sour cupcakes, crafts, and snack ideas.

It Happens in a Blink taught us how to make super sour cupcakes.

Mess for Less shared seven easy slime recipes for kids.

Kix Cereal shared a paper plate sea crab craft.

Epic Fun for Kids gave us a recipe for coconapple smoothies.

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Carolyn’s Homework featured a guest post from An Extraordinary Day, which showed us how to create a little piece of the beach at home.

Simply Kelly Designs combined all her favorite things and showed us how to make an Instagram paper album.

Seasoned Homemaker gave us ideas for sprucing up the backyard.

Photo credit: It Happens in a Blink and Carolyn’s Homework

Cajun Shrimp and Andouille Skewers

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 by No Comments

I love New Orleans for many reasons, not the least of that being the food. You see, New Orleans will always have a special place in my heart because that is where my husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. It also happens to be where we conceived our first child.

It also happens to be where I experienced my first taste of authentic Cajun faire: jambalaya, po’ boys, crawfish and alligator. You name it, we tried it. We were in foodie heaven. It was by far one of the best vacations ever.

Since then, we have jumped at the chance to get our hands (and mouths) on anything authentically and mouth-wateringly delicious Cajun food. Every time I taste something Cajun, I am magically transported back to all the smells, tastes, sights and sounds of New Orleans.

Isn’t that amazing how that happens? Have you ever tasted a comfort food that reminds you of being a child and your mother making it for you? Or maybe the smell of baking cookies reminding you of home? Or seeing a street sign that reminds you of where you met the love of your life?

That is what cajun food does for me. It takes me back to one of the happiest times of my life, celebrating our marriage and, now knowing, conceiving our first child. New Orleans will always have a special place in my heart.

Anybody who’s ever gone there, for more than just Mardi Gras, can testify to the fact that it is one of the most amazing places in the country. There are definitely more than just breasts and Patty O’Brien Hurricanes in NOLA. There is history, culture and the most beautiful churches, graveyards and people you will ever meet. And beignets that will make sure you return.

If you ever visit New Orleans, before you leave, you must have a plate of beignets from Café Du Monde and a piping hot cup of chicory coffee. It beats the heck outta anything Starbucks will ever serve you. It’ll keep you going all day. Personally, I think moms and writers should be offered chicory coffee intravenous drips at delivery.

We have children now so we can’t visit NOLA as often as we would want to, but we still like to revisit our trip via Cajun faire. Here is a simple recipe for shrimp and Andouille sausage skewers.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup chili sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Tabasco
  • 4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 lb.extra-large shrimp, cleaned with tails intact
  • 3 (9 ounce) Andouille sausage links, cut into 1-inch pieces

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix together chili sauce, Tabasco and lemon juice.
  2. Wrap each shrimp around a piece of sausage, then thread 3 shrimp onto each skewer.
  3. Grill over medium-high heat until shrimp is pink and opaque, about 5 minutes, all the while, brushing with chili sauce mixture during the last minute of cooking. Serve skewers with remaining sauce. Serves 8 guests.

I personally like to serve this with a bed of dirty rice and fresh grilled yellow squash and zucchini. It’s scrumptious and healthy and definitely will kick your dinner up a notch. For the adults, this is paired nicely with a refreshing mojito.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had on vacation? Do you make it at home? Does it taste as good?

photo credit: Clotee Pridgen Allochuku via photopin cc

Link Round-up: Summer Recipes, DIY Projects, and More

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has summertime recipes, DIY projects, and more.

Suzy Sitcom showed us how to make an easy strawberry banana freezer pie.

I’m Topsy Turvy created a DIY party cup garland and showed us how.

View Along the Way showed us an easy way to create a faux fur rug.

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The Neighborhood Moms taught us how to make Southern strawberry iced tea.

Kalyn’s Kitchen showed us how to make chicken salad with basil and parmesan.

Sweet and Spicy Monkey shared a recipe for lemon coconut ice cream.

A Mom’s Take shared some tips for creating healthy eating habits in kids.

Photo credit: Suzy Sitcom and The Neighborhood Moms

Hot Party Trend: Strong Cocktails and Mini Food Pairings

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 by No Comments

Miniature foods are all the rage right now. You can find them at baby showers and bridal showers, and even weddings. Think appetizers that pack an entrée sized punch minus the calories. They are also amazing because you can taste several different tiny foods without getting full or feeling stuffed.

I am a big fan. One of my favorites is chicken potpie, the size of a spoon. It has all the taste of a potpie your grandma made with about 1/8th the calories.

What pairs perfectly with tiny foods at any party? Strong top-shelf drinks are what you want. Now, I wouldn’t recommend tiny cheese soufflés with full-sized Johnny Walker Red straight.

But what about if you paired margaritas and mini tacos or sangria with tiny tapas or fruit skewers with honeydew martinis? Scrumptious and conversational. If you want to have even more fun, create a theme and then create signature cocktails to correspond with each mini food.

Mini foods as appetizers and strong drinks will leave your guests without their hands full, more time spent socializing, less clean up for you and probably drinking less but feeling it all more. The drinks will be flowing and the variety of food will have your guests just counting the days until your next gathering.

What’s your favorite mini food and cocktail pairing?

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Link Round-up: Pizza, Ombre Fondant, Candy Cane Bath Bombs, and More

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a pizza recipe, tips for ombre fondant, candy cane bath bombs, and more.

The Neighborhood Moms shared a recipe for a Kentucky hot brown pizza.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared a great app for traveling.

I’m Topsy Turvy showed us how to create ombre fondant.

Kalyn’s Kitchen shared a recipe for power greens breakfast casserole.

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Suzy Sitcom showed us how to make cute (easy!) table settings.

View Along the Way offered some tips for budgeting and answers to money questions.

A Mom’s Take showed us how to make candy cane bath bombs for Christmas in July.

Photo credit: The Neighborhood Moms and Suzy Sitcom

Parsley Helps with Water Retention

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 by No Comments

Water retention and bloating used to make me choose stretchy jeans at certain times of the month, but I have found something that really helps without taking a diuretic. This magic ingredient is something that most of us have in our kitchens already, but never realized it could help.

It’s fresh parsley.

I’m one of those who used to think of parsley as a garnish…that I did not eat even though it freshens breath. If I bought it for a recipe I’d often throw the rest away after it wilted in my crisper drawer.

However, as a juicer and smoothie drinker, I’ve learned to use it as a valuable ingredient that works as a natural diuretic, plus its chock full of antioxidants and offers other nutritional benefits including the fact it’s high in calcium, iron, and B complex vitamins.

Folk medicine has always claimed parsley helps reduce water retention, and now science backs it up. In 2002, the Journal of Ethnopharmacology published a study which backs up these claims. So if you can’t get your rings on or your jeans zipped, try this green smoothie. It tastes good and is good for you.

Banana Apple Smoothie with Parsley

  • 1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 banana
  • 2 apples quartered
  • 2 cups almond milk (or water)

Blend well in a blender. I prefer using a frozen banana because it makes me feel like I’m drinking a shake. If it still tastes too green for you, you can add another banana (the riper the banana the sweeter the taste), or a quarter teaspoon of vanilla.

If you don’t like the thickness of pulp, you can juice the apples to eliminate the pulp, but I go for quick and easy with this one and use my blender. It tastes pretty good and it really works to help alleviate bloating and water retention for me.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Photo credits: Joanna Slodownik