Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

 

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin muffins are a recipe you can feel good about eating! The pumpkin muffins are super moist and so easy to whip up!

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Only 2 ingredients

pumpkin muffin ingredients

spice cake mix

1 can of pumpkin (regular size can)

Directions

Simply mix the two together. Do not add anything but the pumpkin to the cake mix.

The batter will be thick.

pumpkin muffin batter

Try to get out more of the clumps out of mix than I did.

Bake at 325 F

for 15-20 minutes until done. You can insert a toothpick and make sure it comes out clean to determine they are finished.

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What is your favorite fall recipe?

Other Muffin Recipes:

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
lemon poppy seed muffins recipie

lemon poppy seed muffins

 

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The Easiest Chicken and Dumplings!

easiest chicken and dumplings

 Easiest Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

I love easy recipes! This recipe for chicken and dumplings is a great one that no one will know that it only took you a few minutes to throw together.

 

Ingredients

rotisserie chicken or leftover shredded chicken

*48 ounce carton chicken broth I used reduced sodium

white flour tortillas

*16 ounces of water

I added a sprinkle of onion, garlic, and ground pepper

*note-I made a smaller version because there are only two of us eating at my house. I used about of cup of chicken and 2 large flour tortillias and 16 ounces of water.  If you want a to make enough for four people I would add about 6 large toritllas and 2 cartons of chicken broth. Feel free to add more of your rotisserie chicken to your taste.

Directions

Shred the chicken into bite size pieces and cut the tortillas in bite size pieces before you start.

cut tortillas for chicken and dumplings

I added the carton of chicken broth to a large pot and brought it to a rolling boil. I added the chicken to the chicken broth and then added the tortilla pieces to the boiling broth only a few at a time.

Let them cook for about 12-15 minutes until they resemble dumplings. I let mine cook longer so ended up  adding a little more water so I could have more broth. Try not to stir the mixture or the dumplings will fall apart. I just pushed them under the water at the beginning and left them alone.

cooking dumplings

After the tortillas cook you will not be able to tell they were tortillas. I think they taste just like dumplings.

 chicken and dumplings

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Have you ever heard of tortillas being used for dumplings? What is your favorite shortcut recipe?

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Giveaway and Dermagist Review!!

Dermagist were so kind to contact me to see if I would review one of the products they offer and sponsor a giveaway.

I received the Dermagist Hydrating Spa system that contains three different hydrating products for the skin.

Overall I had wonderful service from the company. My products arrived quickly and promptly. I have really enjoyed using the products over the past few weeks. The lotions really helped with my dry hands and my favorite of the three was the Hydro-Renewal Hand Cream. I loved that it only took a few seconds for the product to soak into my skin and work its magic!

The other products worked well too it just seems my hands seems to get the driest because I wash them so much during the day.

I also liked that none of the lotions had a over powering scent. It is a soft smell that gradually fades when wearing the lotion and I really enjoyed that.

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Chalkboard labels

How to make Chalkboard Labels

I have been drooling over all of the fun chalkboard crafts I have been seeing lately on Pinterest. I saw this tutorial floating around not to long ago so I had to try it. It was super simple and just about free!

 

Supplies

supplies chalk board labels

dark colored Formica laminate tile samples from Lowe’s or other home improvement store (free)

chalk board paint or chalkboard spray paint (I already had paint so free)

chalk

foam brush or  other brush to paint with

 Directions

Simply paint your samples and let dry for recommended time from paint manufacture.

I had to wait three days and then prep with paint with chalk by rubbing chalk all over your chalkboard surface. I saw in other tutorials that some did not prep the chalkboard so that is up to you.

Finally, use your labels.

chalkboard labels

make your own chalkboard labels

Ideas for chalkboard Labels

  •  label items in your pantry
  • use as gift tags
  • number tables
  • sight words
  • labels things in your linen closet
  • let kids doodle
  • use on a chore chart for your kids
  • give as gifts

What do you think you would use these labels for?

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Strawberry Popsicles

Strawberry Popsicles

Strawberry popiscles are another exciting recipe for you and your kids to make! My little cousin was over so we decided to whip some up the other day.

She was so excited, I think she asked me 50 times if they were ready yet!

I recommend doing these the night before because they take a while to freeze. You can avoid the “are they ready yet?”

 

Strawberry Popsicles

Ingredients

1 container of ripe strawberries

optional sugar, honey or stevia

strawberry popsicles

Supplies

popsicle mold or cups to freeze popsicles in

food processor, blender or fork

Directions

First wash your strawberries then cut off the stems.

Add the strawberries to the food processor and blend. I left mine with a little bit of texture because that is how I like them but feel free to get them to a liquid state. You can strain the mixture if you do not like seeds.

Taste the mixture and add a much sweetener as you need. I added less than a tablespoon of sugar because my strawberries were already sweet.

 

Fill you popsicle molds and freeze in the freezer and be patient. We waited about 6 hours but the popsicles were not completely frozen and did not want come out of the mold so 8-10 hours would be best.

strawberry popsicles

I did not have a whole container of strawberries so this made four popsicles for us.

Strawberry popsicle

If you want another recipe you and your kids will have fun making be sure to check out How to make you own gummies! Your kids will be so excited to eat them!

make your own gummies

Strawberry lemon sorbet is another refreshing recipe you can try as well.

Stawberry Lemon Sorbet a delicious and refreshing treat

What is you favorite type of cold treat?

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Crock-pot Lasagna

 

Lasagna is usually such a labor intensive process so I usually don’t make it, you have to cook the meat, boil the noodles, make the tomato sauce. and then assemble and bake for what seems like forever. I really was not feeling all those steps so I decided to make crock-pot lasagna because I knew it would be a much easier process. I  could  leave my dinner and come back and everything would be ready!

Crock-pot Lasagna

crockpot lasagna

Ingredients

lasagna ingredients

  • 1 pound hamburger, sausage or turkey
  • 29 ounce tomato sauce
  • 9 ounce tomato paste
  • .5 teaspoon dried oregano
  • garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • onion chopped or onion powder
  • mozzarella shredded cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 10 oz. ricotta or cottage cheese
  • 9 ounce box of no cook lasagna noodles

makes 6-8 servings

Adapted from Taste of Home Slow Cooker Recipes here

Directions

First cook your hamburger with the garlic and onion. After it is cooked drain off the excess fat leave it in a strainer.

cook hamburger

While the hamburger is draining add your tomato sauce to you pan with the tomato paste and warm through adding oregano and other spices(Italian seasoning and garlic powder) till it reaches your desired taste. Keep tasting till you get it how you like it. Add the hamburger back in with the tomato sauce and combine.

tomato sauce

In a separate bowl add the ricotta and a good handful of shredded mozzarella and mix to combine.

ricotta and mozzerella

I added a crock pot liner to my crock-pot but you do not have to use one. It just saved me from the clean up.

crock pot liner

First layer add 1/4 of the meat and sauce mixture to bottom your crock pot

 

 

lasagna meat sauce

crock pot lasagna

 

Next add a layer of noodles then add a layer of cheese on top.

crock pot lasagna

crock pot lasagna

Finally add more meat sauce and keep repeating layers until everything is gone.

I had a lot of noodles left over and I think my crock pot is  a 7 quart crock pot.

 

Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until the noodles are cooked and everything is heated through.

Will serve 6-8 people

crockpot lasagna

when your serve top with extra shredded cheese.

Do you like to make lasagna? Have you ever tried crock-pot lasagna?

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127 yard sale, what I bought & over the weekend!

I had a great weekend! How about you?

127 Yard Sale

We started in Frankfort KY and worked our way to Lawrenceburg, KY . There were so many yard sales! I enjoyed looking at the ones off the beaten path the most because they seemed to have so much more to look at. I loved that the whole thing felt like a scavenger hunt to me.  I was looking mostly for tea cups for my vintage tea party I am throwing for one of my friends who is getting married this year. I have been doing a lot of research on Pinterest. You can follow my board here. I have found a lot of inspiration.

I have so many ideas for the party I hope I get most of them done!

Here are some of the items I found for the party at the yard sales!

tea party cups group

light pink rose teacup

pink flower tea cup

yellow tea cup

 

saucer and tea cup

 

Cooking on the Campfire

After we finished we decided to try out our dutch oven on the campfire. It was pretty simple and so delicious! I know we will be cooking in the dutch oven really soon.

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We had Cowboy Pork Roast.

Cowboy Pork Roast

It was a great night to hang out around the fire. The temperature was perfect this weekend!

 

What did you do over the weekend?

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How to CLEAN your glass cooktop

How to CLEAN burnt on messes off your cooktop

The other day I had a mishap with the stove. The dreaded boil over happened while I was trying to multi-task! After everything had been cooked and cleared off I started with my old faithful way to clean off all those gross stuck on messes.

clean your glass cooktop

What you will need

bar keepers friend

bar keepers friend  or baking soda

rag

towel to dry everything off

water- a sink would be best

gloves to wear if you have sensitive hands

 Directions

1. Wipe of cooktop with rag and remove all debris getting all surface of the cooktop wet.

how to clean your glass cooktop

2. Rinse your rag out still leaving it quite damp

3. Sprinkle bar keepers friend onto cooktop

how to clean your glass cooktop

4. Wipe with your rag to make a paste. Where the burnt on mess is be sure to really focus there adding a bit more “elbow grease” especially if you have a lot of stuck on mess. You can add more bar keepers friend or water as needed. In certain areas around the burners you may need to repeat the process until you have reached your desired level of cleanliness. Be sure to keep it a wet paste during the process

how to clean your glass cooktop

5. Wipe off the bar keepers friend and keep rinsing your rag until all of the bar keepers friend is gone from the cooktop. It will need to be rinsed a few times.

6. Finally you can then dry your cooktop with a dry towel removing all residue.

how to clean your glass cooktop

 

Bar keepers friend comes in a paste form now like soft scrub. It looks slightly different then the container I showed you above and it is supposed to work really well. You can find it in the cleaning isle at your local grocery my Wal-Mart carries it. If you use the paste form you will probably not have to add water. Bar Keepers Friend isn’t very expensive and has many other uses as well. It works really well to polish your sink. If you are interested in a tutorial about that let me know.

*This post is not sponsored by bar keppers friend I just really like the product and have been using it for years. All opinions are my own.

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How to Make a Reusable List

 

Ever since I started my blog it seems like have been forgetting things left and right. What better way to remember then to make a list!

how to make a reusable list

Make a reusable To-list

Make yourself a reusable To-do list, grocery list or doodle pad. I love to write things down that I need to do so I won’t forget.

Here is a super easy, quick project that you can do in less than 5 minutes!

What you need

picture frame- I used a 8.5 x 11

scrapbook paper

scissors or something to cut the paper down to size

dry erase markers

old rag

pic frame and paper

Directions

1.) Wipe off your frame if needed.

2) Cut your paper to size to fit inside your frame.

3) Put paper in your frame

4) Write on the glass and enjoy!

Be sure to look around for a frame. I found my frame on sale at Michael’s for a dollar. The Goodwill usually carries them for around .50 cents. I think a frame with glass will work better.

Also feel free to use what you have on hand. If you do not have scrapbook paper you could also use wrapping paper or even a piece of notebook paper just look around at other pictures for these online it will give you a thousand ideas. You an also decorate the outside of the frame if you wanted.

how to make a reusable list

Do you ever make list?

 

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Ever Try a Western?

Ron L. Hubbard “Gun Boss of Tumbleweed”

Gun Boss of Tumbleweed

I recently received the book “Gun Boss of Tumbleweed” by: L. Ron Hubbard for my review along with the audio recording. It is a book containing two short stories which were originally published in 1949 in Thrilling Westerns.

I really enjoyed the stories because they moved very quickly. Both of the stories are very high action and keep you flipping pages wondering what is coming next. Reading it was like being transported back in time to the Wild West. It was like taking an adventure and never having to leave my house.

Ron L. Hubbard did an excellent job to help me to really get the feel of what it was like during the time of real life westerns. The stories both contain great detail that really set the stage for all of the action taking place. The characters are well-developed and the stories are written very well it feels as though you are riding in the saddle with the characters.

Ron. L. Hubbard wrote many stories during the time period including some in other genres like science fiction, fantasy and adventure. Galaxy Press is releasing some of these stories again for other generations to get to experience the writing of a number one New York Times Bestselling Author. To find more information about the stories be sure to go to www.goldenagestories.com

My favorite part was listening to the recordings they are set to sound like you are listening to an old time radio. If you want to learn more about how they put the three- dimensional sound and recorded the audio be sure to check out the video below.

 

http://youtu.be/xXk7FqXw5XY

 

I really enjoyed listening to both of the stories which really help to take me to a different time. I usually read something a little more girly than the “Gun Boss of Tumbleweed” but it was something different that made me feel like I was right in the middle of the action.

Here is a little about the story:

Mart Kincaid, a man in the Clint Eastwood mold, may be the fastest gun in the state, but his life is not his own.  It belongs to Gar Malone, a rancher driven by his thirst for power and more land. Now Gar wants the Singing Canyon spread, and blackmails Kincaid into running its owners off. But that means driving away Sally Drake, and that’s the last thing Kincaid wants to do.  It’s time to settle up, once and for all, with the blackmailing Malone.

Also includes the Western adventure Blood on His Spurs, in which two men have to find a way to end their feud . . . or pay a high price in blood and money

To read more about the book and listen to a sample of the audio recording visit:

http://www.goldenagestories.com/western/gunbossoftumbleweed

* I received a copy of the “Gun Boss of Tumbleweed” and a copy of the recorded story so I could write a review. All opinions are my own. I did not receive any monetary compensation.

What are you reading?