This page is about a Mom who likes to think she is closer to the Hot side than the alternative. Here is my story of the daily journey of a less than rich, less than skinny and more than happy lady :D

Friday, September 23, 2011

Too Tired For Breakfast

Cooper just could not make it through breakfast this morning... Lots of food everywhere but in the mouth. Gosh I love this kid!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy Fall Y'all!


Fall is my the kick off of my favorite seasons! I love Fall, love Christmas, LOVE them!

This was a fun way to get into the season. 

You Will Need:
- At least three pumpkins (I used the fake ones from Michael's)
- Craft paint
- Stencil, stickers- anything you want to decorate
- Something to put the pumpkins on (I used my Christmas topiary from Garden Ridge)
- Razor, Exacto knife- something sharp
- Flathead screwdriver or drill with small bit

Lay out your design before you start cutting. 
Paint your words first, then do the cutting. 

HAPPY pumpkin, the topper- I painted the word HAPPY with a mixture of red, yellow and brown craft paint. It only took about 15 mins. for the paint to dry. Once it dried I cut out around the word HAPPY so the lights would shine through the pumpkin. I used the Exacto knife. Make sure you leave some of the words connected so the words don't cave in. Also carve gently so you don't push the whole side of the pumpkin in. 
Only cut out the bottom of the pumpkin so it will sit on top of your base.

FALL pumpkin, middle- I painted the word FALL with brown craft paint. I had two foam leaf stickers that I traced on the pumpkin. I cut those out with the Exacto knife then put the stickers on the pumpkin. You can use real leaves, fake leaves, etc. Use Modge Podge, regular or stick glue to apply those. Cut a hole in the bottom and the top of the pumpkin so it fits on the base. 

Y'ALL pumpkin, bottom- I painted the word Y'ALL with yellow craft paint. At first I used a screwdriver but the holes were not very big or noticeable. I used a drill with a small bit to make the holes more pronounced. Cut a hole in the top and the bottom of the pumpkin so it fits on the base- don't cut too big or your base will be wobbly. 

I stuck a ripped up brown paper between the pumpkins to cover the gaps. You can use straw also but the paper stays in place well. 

I used the fake pumpkins so I can bring this out year after year without having to do all the work. Enjoy!




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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How To Be A Dad

This website really had me rolling this morning so I wanted to post here in case I ever forgot and needed a pick-up.

http://www.howtobeadad.com/

Here are a few diagrams I "borrowed" from them:





Monday, September 5, 2011

Monkey Bread Bites

Monkey Bread and Monkey Bread Bites- 
the kissing cousins in delicious breakfast treats!




 Read over this expert advice before beginning with my rigged version of a family favorite:

  • You will need: 
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 8-count cans cinnamon rolls
  • 1 8-count can of biscuits
  • 1/2 cup butter- stick form works best
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • Cooking spray or butter
  • Mixing bowl/ Gallon size storage bag
  • Muffin pan (Monkey Bread Bites) or Bundt cake pan (Monkey Bread)


Preheat your oven to 325. 

To make the bites first you need to grease your muffin pan (or Bundt cake pan if you are doing Monkey Bread)... LOTS of butter!


Next mix your sugar and cinnamon. This can be done in a bowl or a Gallon size storage bag.


Now for the kicker- I use a combo of cinnamon rolls and biscuits! Cut each cinnamon roll/biscuits into 4 parts, roll around in the cinnamon/sugar mixture 
then plop into your muffin pan (or Bundt cake pan).


Once you have half of your cinnamon rolls cut up you need to combine the brown sugar and butter on the stove top. Let this come to a low boil while you finish up your "chopping".



Take whatever you have left of the cinnamon/sugar mixture and add it to the brown sugar/butter mixture on the stove. 

This is now a super yummy glaze for your Monkey Bread Bites. 
Drizzle this over your "muffins" before placing in the oven to bake. 

   

Allow your Monkey Bread Bites to bake for about 12-15 minutes. 
If you are doing Monkey Bread allow to bake for 35-40 minutes.
Once it starts to brown on top keep a close eye so your drizzle doesn't burn. 



The best part about using cinnamon rolls is the icing! 
Use this on top of your slightly cooled, finished product. 

Now sit back and enjoy the "fruits" of your labor! 

Daphne's improvements to an already awesome breakfast dish!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Faking It Ice Cream Style

I love ice cream- like eat it every day love it!


Here is a trick to a healthy version of what my family calls a Redneck Milkshake. 


First the history of the Redneck Milkshake:
My dad is the ice cream trailblazer of our family- and I inherited this gene. He would always take chocolate ice cream and pour milk over it in a cup. Then he would add his sweet of choice- peanuts, peanut M & M's, etc. Next he mixes the ice cream and milk up with a spoon. It gives it this grainy texture and it is great eating it with a spoon. Biggest plus- you don't have to pull out the blender. 


Now that you know where it started here is where it has turned...


You will need:
Orange juice (you can use frozen but it is easier in my opinion to use "fresh")
Vanilla frozen yogurt
Cup
Spoon
Ice cream scoop


I am certain if you have never tried one next time you are in the Atlanta area you MUST go to the Varsity and order a Frosted Orange... This is the next best thing!


First scoop the frozen yogurt into your cup. I fill my cup about 3/4 way up with the yogurt.




Next shake up the OJ then pour over the ice cream. I fill the cup about 1/2 way up with the OJ.


Now stir with the spoon. You may need to add more yogurt or OJ depending on the texture you like.


This can be frozen and saved for a later time. Enjoy!




Here is some information from www.Livestrong.com:



Benefits

Orange juice is often recommended as a good start to the day, as a drink with breakfast. It contains a number of nutrients, including almost a day's recommended serving of vitamin C, according to FloridaJuice.com. In addition, it delivers potassium, niacin, folate, vitamins B6 and A, carotene, magnesium and thiamin. You can purchase it fortified with calcium, and the vitamin C can help with iron absorption.


Considerations

Orange juice contains about 110 calories per 8 oz or cup. It also contains the concentrated sugars of the orange, as much as 20 g. This might not sound like a lot, but when calories are restricted, every calorie counts. This can make orange juice a questionable choice, depending on the other foods you would like to enjoy during your day.


Recommendations

A well-balanced, nutritious diet for weight-loss should have a wide variety of nutrients and should start with a good breakfast, recommends MayoClinic.com. Incorporating orange juice for breakfast can help make your diet more enjoyable and boost your energy throughout the day. Consider diluting it with water to reduce calories and sugar intake. Orange juice is also a substitute for soda, helping you wean yourself off higher sugar drinks.


Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/374578-orange-juice-weight-loss/#ixzz1Wot936w1