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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Origami Butterflies Kids Craft

Are you ready to see possibly the easiest folded paper kids craft ever? We made these Origami Butterflies the other day during our summer afternoon creative time and they are so fun (and adorable, I might add)!

I've found that with my kiddos, crafts need to be simple and relatively quick!  If there are too many steps or the tasks are too difficult to accomplish, it's impossible to keep their attention.  I'm sure most kids are no different. The result also has to be something that they can really be proud of, and, in my son's case, something that can be made to fly.  :)  This project fit the bill!

If you follow me on Instagram you've probably seen that I promised lots of kids craft ideas throughout the summer, and I'm delivering!  I've said before that my kids and I love keeping busy creating beautiful things at our house.  I'm so glad to be hopefully passing on my love of all things crafty to my kids.  They seem to really enjoy our projects and many times, they even come up with the original ideas themselves, which makes me one proud mama, as you can probably imagine. :)

Today's idea came from the Family Fun Magazine from many years past and we modified it a bit because we didn't have Origami paper.

{SUPPLIES}

Construction paper in various colors
Ruler
Pencil or pen for marking
Elmer's Glue
Crayons or markers
Googly eyes 

Measure and cut a square out of your construction paper that's 6" x 6".
Fold the piece in half so it forms a triangle.
Now fold it in half again, make sure it's creased, then unfold the second triangle.
Fold each side so it crosses the center crease at a right angle.  Crease, then unfold.
You'll be left with your original triangle, except with added crease marks.
Decorate the butterfly by drawing and filling in a body down the center, then designs on the "wings".   
Glue on some googly eyes on the top middle.
Cut two thin and slightly long strips of coordinating colored construction paper (we just used scraps) for the antennae. 
Then, I just used my finger to curl the piece by rolling the top portion by hand.  Squeeze the bottom part together so you can tape it flat to the back of the butterfly.  Do the same for the other antennae piece.

That's it!  Aren't these fun and cute?  We think so!

My son had to immediately go test it to make sure it could fly, and he approved. :)

Happy crafting with kids!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Buffalo Chicken Nacho Boats Snack

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BackYourSnack #CollectiveBias

When those afternoon munchies hit, these Buffalo Chicken Nacho Boats are a delicious way to satisfy that growling stomach and tide you over until dinner!  A crispy tortilla shell encasing the mother load of yumminess inside...nacho cheese sauce, Farm Rich Chicken Buffalo Bites, bits of corn and black beans with a touch of cilantro.  Oh, yes!

And I can't wait to tell you all about a fun recipe contest where you could win lots of cash, so stay tuned for that at the end of this post!
I'm fully aware of how fast a snack needs to come together when starvation is imminent.  :)  I'm not a patient person when my internal fuel gauge is running on empty, so snacks at my house are quick and simple!  But I also have to make them count, i.e. they need to be yummy or I'm going to want a do-over, which in turn means I'll end up eating more than I should.  
Thus, I'm completely drawn to satisfying, handheld delights like today's nacho boats, and if they also capture my kids' interest and taste buds...bonus!!   Especially with these being the last few weeks of summer break (whimper, whimper) I'm loading up on after school snack ideas that will have my kiddos literally jumping off that big yellow bus and booking it for home, because that's where I like them to be.  :) 
Now make sure you're firmly on your seat, because you just might be blown away by the mind-boggling ease of this recipe!   It's so simple, it should be criminal!  And yet, these little chicken nacho boats are SO impressive-looking! Jaws will drop at the sight of them.  :)
You'll need a box of Farm Rich Boneless Buffalo Style Chicken Bites, and some fresh toppings like tomatoes and cilantro, along with some canned or fresh corn and black beans.
I grabbed everything at Walmart during my last trip.  The chicken bites were in the frozen snacks and appetizers aisle.

{BUFFALO CHICKEN NACHO BOATS}
Makes at least 1 1/2 dozen

1 box (17 oz.) Farm Rich Buffalo Style Boneless Chicken Bites
1 can corn, drained (15 oz.), or the same amount of fresh corn
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained (15 oz.)
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 can nacho cheese sauce (15 oz.)
1 bunch Cilantro, for garnish
1 package (21 oz.) flour tortillas

To throw these puppies together, preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and bake your Farm Rich Buffalo Style Chicken Bites on a cookie sheet for 6 minutes.  In the meantime, grab a large-mouthed mug or large circle cookie cutter (mine was about 4" in diameter) and use it to cut or as a guide to tear tortilla circles that will fit nicely into a regular muffin tin.  Be sure to coat your muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray first.  

Push each tortilla circle into the muffin mold and place a spoonful of nacho cheese/queso sauce in the bottom.  Pull your chicken bites out and toss them with the thawed buffalo sauce packet.  Place one chicken bite in the center of each tortilla boat, then top with black beans and corn.  Bake for an additional 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with diced tomatoes and a few sprigs of cilantro.

See?  I told you it was easy!  And you won't believe how much flavor these nacho boats pack!  Oh, they are scrumptious!  Now, that's my kind of snack!  I hope you love these too!

And now I'm just itching to tell you about the #FarmRich recipe #contest I mentioned earlier!  Between 8/1 and 8/23 you can enter your snack hack that incorporates at least one Farm Rich product and one Walmart fresh item.  The winner will receive $10,000!  

So get your recipe ready, then head to the Back Your Snack contest submission page (which will be live on 8/1) to enter!  Judging criteria will be focused on the quality of the recipe and use of required ingredients, not quality of imagery submitted.

 Go HERE for a list of stores where you can find the upcoming demos of the contest finalists on 9/19- 20 and on 10/10-11.  

Best of luck to you!


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What are your ideas for the ultimate snack hack using Farm Rich products?  I'd love to hear in the comments section below!

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Strawberry Infused Water

Please welcome Kelley again from The Grant Life! She's here to share a refreshing summer drink recipe!

Ditch the boring water and try this easy strawberry infused water instead!
Hey yall!  Kelley from the Grant life here again to share another easy recipe with yall.  We live in South Texas and it is hot, hot, hot!  I am really over the heat, but we have a few more months before it starts to cool down.  And I'm going to be honest - I am tired of regular water!  I know I need to drink it, but plain water all day is no fun.  So I decided to spice up my water!   Easy strawberry infused water recipe   Infused water is so so easy to whip up and makes drinking water fun.  No, I'm not kidding!  I love grabbing glass after glass of this strawberry basil infused water.  It's so good that its easy to forget that it's water.. and good for you!  And technically it's not a "recipe" because you just toss everything together, but I wanted to share it with you anyways.  You know, in case you were getting tired of plain water too!   Easy infused water recipe 
 To make a pitcher of strawberry basil infused water you need - 
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • handful of fresh basil leaves
  • water and ice
And just add it all to a pitcher.  Allow to steep for a few overs before drinking.  The flavor is best if you let it "brew" overnight.  I go through a pitcher so fast that I just add more water to my pitcher and it still tastes great.  Gotta love that! Thanks for letting me share another easy recipe with yall!  I'll be back next month with something easy and delicious as well!

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Oooooo....I can't wait to give this infused water a try!  It looks like a perfect way to cool off in this heat!

Here's a few recent recipes of Kelley's that I've been absolutely drooling over!




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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Glorified Tuna Fish Sandwiches

Take your tuna fish sandwich to the next level with this yummy "Glorified" version!  Pickles, celery, egg, and cheese add-ins combine to make the perfect handheld meal!

I grew up eating these delicious revamped tuna-filled buns.  My mom would always put them in foil and bake them.  The filling was warm and just oozed out the sides! Mmmmmmmm....!!!

So I have a confession to make.  I've never been a huge tuna fish fan, but in this form, I happily convert!   It's almost like potato salad, but with tuna and served up on bread of some sort.

It's a simple summertime meal that will easily transport to the park or elsewhere for a picnic.  These would also make great appetizers at a potluck!  Just serve up on slider rolls with a toothpick inserted.  You could also add some lettuce and tomato, but I prefer them as is.  
Serve them up with a side of chips and fresh fruit and call it a meal!  Take them to the ballpark, water park, on a hike, or just enjoy them from your table at home.  So many options!

{GLORIFIED TUNA FISH SANDWICHES}
Makes about 8 sandwiches, when served on hot dog buns

2 cans tuna fish, drained
2 Tbsp. sweet pickles, diced really finely or sweet pickle relish
2 Tbsp. yellow onion, very finely minced
1 cup cheese, grated (I used Monterey Jack, but Colby Jack would be yummy too)
4 large eggs, hardboiled, shells removed, then diced
3 Tbsp. celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup Miracle Whip

Buns or sandwich rolls

Drain tuna and add to a large bowl.  Add sweet pickles, onions, cheese, hardboiled eggs, celery and Miracle Whip.  Stir together.  Fill buns or rolls with mixture, wrap each sandwich in foil and place in a 350 Fahrenheit degree oven.  Heat through until cheese is melted and inside mixture is nice and warm.  Serve immediately.  If you'll be taking them somewhere, just skip the oven step.  Store the filling mixture in the refrigerator until ready to use.

If you'd like to bake them, fill buns or sandwich rolls with mixture, then wrap each in foil and place in a 350 Fahrenheit oven for about 20 minutes or until cheese inside is melted and mixture is warm.

I hope you enjoy these delectable things!  You'll never want a plain tuna fish sandwich again!  There's no turning back.  :)


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Monday, July 20, 2015

"Let Them Eat Pie" Vintage Summer Dessert Party

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EDWARDS®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #EdwardsPies http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

If there's one thing I just can't get enough of this summer, it's fun gatherings with fun people. I just love hosting simple get-togethers outdoors, and today's Vintage Pie Party was an absolute blast! An after-dinner dessert bar is a perfect way to bond with friends!
It included all of my favorite things...pie, burlap, gingham, striped straws, Mason jars, and more pie.  The best part?  I didn't even have to bake!  And...I set up the entire table while the EDWARDS® Whole Pies were thawing on my kitchen counter!

I was so glad the weather cooperated, because I really wanted everyone to be able to hang out outdoors. It's monsoon season here and we typically get evening showers. As I was setting up, the dark clouds rolled in, the wind picked up, and it smelled like rain.  Eek!

But, in the end, we were meant to eat these yummy pies outside! We enjoyed the gorgeous evening to the fullest.
I can't even count the number of times my mom used to say, "Let them eat cake", growing up.  It's a phrase attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette.  So I decided to theme the party based on a spin-off of that quote, because I'm obsessed with pie, especially those I don't have to bake! :)  Now you all know how much I love baking, but the less I have to do of it in my current, very pregnant state, the better.

The banner is available for free download and printing at the end of this post.  I printed it on white cardstock and cut out around each with scalloped scissors.  I used some polka dot washi tape to attach it to the cinder block wall outside.
I stocked up on frozen EDWARDS® Whole Pies at Walmart in preparation for our vintage summer bash. These were definitely the stars of the show!

Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) EDWARDS® Whole Pie with this Walmart EDWARDS Ibotta digital rebate (while supplies last).
I made some simple labels, taped them to patterned paper straws, then inserted them into each pie.  All printables are available for free download at the end of this post.

The HERSHEY’S® Chocolate Crème Pie was my favorite!
 I mean, who doesn't love pie?  Especially when it's cool and creamy, chocolatey and absolutely dreamy!  Our guests sampled some of each and then went back for seconds!  I served the pies with ice cold water in Mason jars with fun red striped straws for sipping. 
 I just had to include some wooden utensils in keeping with the old-fashioned theme.  Can you tell I'm in love with stripes?  :)
The table covering was just a big piece of burlap that I pulled from my closet, with an accent piece of red gingham fabric.  It's so happy and summery-looking!

The REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUP® Crème Pie disappeared in a hurry! Talk about scrumptious!
I placed each pie on a cake stand at varying levels for added interest.  This vintage-looking scalloped stand is something that I found on-the-cheap and spray painted a few years ago.  It's a party staple!

We had such a fun evening catching up with friends over pie.  Everyone, both kids and adults, left with very happy tummies!

Banner Page 1
Banner Page 2
Banner Page 3
Banner Page 4

Pie Printable Labels 1

Pie Printable Labels 2


This party was definitely kind to my eight month pregnant body.  It was super simple to put together with hardly any prep or cleanup.  And, it involved all-you-can-eat pie!  I call that a win! 

What's your favorite EDWARDS® Whole Pies variety? I'd love to hear!

Visit EDWARDS® on Facebook for more great ways to serve up these tasty pies!

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sea Creatures Kids Craft

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ProjectAmazing #CollectiveBias

Kids will stay busy and content this summer with a colorful ocean creatures craft! Then, if you'd like, combine the works of art into a collage using a scrap piece of wood!  

I promised you lots of simple kids craft ideas, and I'm delivering.  :)
When my oldest daughter was just a baby, we lived about five minutes away from the beach.  It was convenient, so we of course visited there often.  When we moved away, I knew I would sorely miss the sand in my toes and the sound of the waves crashing down.  

I really love our home now, but I still get cravings for a good trip to the beach to boogie board or simply roll up my pant legs and get my feet wet in the salty sea water.  

Since we can't very well just walk to the beach anymore, and because my kids just love keeping busy making cute things indoors on hot summer days, I wanted to come up with an easy craft to get the kids excited about ocean life and the amazing things that exist under the sea.  It was also a great opportunity to discuss fun facts about the octopus, turtle and various species of fish as we made our own renditions of them for a wall decoration.
In preparation for this project, I picked up some Scotch® Brand Double Sided Tape and Scotch® Brand Permanent Mounting Tape, along with a few other inexpensive supplies, at my local Walmart.  

My kids use Scotch® Brand Double Sided Tape like it's going out of style on their daily art projects, so we always keep a large stock of it in our craft drawer.
I love that Scotch® Brand, as well as Command™, products are now conveniently located in the craft aisle!  Because the less walking around the store I have to do, the better the kiddos behave, which also makes for a much happier mama, and I like to be a happy mama.  :)

Here's what you'll need for this craft:

Cardboard squares (I just found an old box in the garage and cut pieces from it)
Craft foam sheets in various colors
Blue paint
Foam brushes
Buttons
Googly eyes
Pom Poms
Scissors

Let the kids cover their cardboard squares in blue paint to represent the ocean.
For the fish, cut various shapes with your craft foam for the body and fins, as shown above.  We also later cut lips.  
For the turtles, cut an oval for a body, four of the same shapes for legs, and one circular shape with a flat side for the head.  You'll also want a tiny triangle for the tail.
Now attach the shapes to the cardboard using Scotch® Brand Double Sided Tape.
Almost done.
Now tape on googly eyes and buttons for shell decor and that's it!  Super easy and oh so fun!

For the octopus art, we cut out the tentacles with craft foam, then adhered pom poms and googly eyes to the top using Scotch® Brand Double Sided Tape. 
Now comes the really exciting part where we get to see all the separate works of art come together in one place!
Grab your Scotch® Brand Permanent Mounting Tape and place a strip on the top and bottom of the back of each piece of artwork.  Peel off the protectant strip, and stick onto a display board or even directly onto a wall.
We chose to make a collage on a scrap piece of wood from the garage so we can display the masterpieces at our new house when we move in just a few weeks.

For more fun summer project ideas, check THIS out.

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