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Pumpkin Power Smoothie

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I {love} pumpkin, I {love} fall, and I {love} smoothies. I also {love} the dollar bins at Target where I totally scored yesterday. They had a FamilyFun cookbook for Fun Fall Foods – JACKPOT. On page #2 there is a recipe for a Pumpkin Smoothie that I decided to modify and try after my workout class this morning.

It is SUPER simple, SUPER rich, and SUPER quick! Oh and my husband even liked it…so it must be good 🙂

Pumpkin Power Smoothie

You Will Need:

1/2 Cup Canned Pumpkin
3/4 Cup Milk or Vanilla Yogurt {I used milk}
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
2 tsp Brown Sugar {or agave/honey would work too}
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder {Optional}
6 Ice Cubes {More if you want it thicker}
Whipped Topping {We didn’t have any 😦 }

Combine Ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the smoothies into small glasses. Like I said it is rich. My husband and I split it. Feel free to garnish with whipped topping or vanilla yogurt. DRINK UP!

XOXO,

Kristie

Tater Bites

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Ever since Small Fox was able to feed himself he has been the only person allowed to get near his mouth with food. Unless it is Ice Cream or yogurt. Those are the ONLY two exceptions. So, I am always on the lookout for creative, fun, and healthy ideas for a toddler. I came across the blog So Very Blessed a while ago when I made her buffalo chicken quinoa bites {which are to die for}. I had also noticed her recipe for Twice Baked Potato Bites and thought to myself…”those would be really good with sweet potatoes, some cinnamon, and brown sugar.” What toddler could resist that combo, right?! On my weekly grocery list went sweet potatoes for this very recipe. Well, as I go to pull out the ingredients for tonight I realize I bought regular potatoes {I blame it on the lack of sleep from a sick Small Fox}.

UGH…well I decided to try a version of So Very Blessed’s Twice Baked Potato Bites…here it is:

INGREDIENTS

2 Russet Potatoes
1 Large Egg
1 TBS Gluten Free Flour {can be made with whole wheat as well}
1/4 Shredded Cheddar Cheese
3 TBS Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 tsp Salt

Directions

1.) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

2.) While the oven is pre-heating bake potatoes in microwave until they are mashable {<;;–that is totally a word}

3.) Mash the potatoes and add in all other ingreadients. Mix together with a fork. I did the fork method at first then got all down and dirty with my hands to make sure it was evenly mixed. You could use and electric mixer too.

4.) Grease a mini muffin tin and place a TBS full of taters into the tin. Press down slightly to flatten.

5.) Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.

These little tater bites were GREAT…even hubby approved. Small Fox had already had his dinner so he will do his taste test tomorrow. Hope you enjoy!

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XOXO,
Kristie

Ombre Kissing Balls

Ombre Kissing Balls

Lately I have noticed the word “Ombre” everywhere!  It took me a while to figure out what exactly it was.  Then I realized it is the same color but different shades.  It is SO fun.  I had started these kissing balls awhile ago, but they hadn’t been finished.  I noticed that the floral embellishments that I had purchased had different shades of the same color, so I decided the last two kissing balls would be in the Ombre style.  Really I just wanted to get on this new trendy craft bandwagon:).  These are REALLY simple and, once again, cheap!  The total cost for these were $6!!  Here are all the deets on how to make some of your own:

  • Glue Gun {Free}
  • Foam Balls $1 for 4 {Dollar Tree}
  • Floral Embellishments $2.50 each – $5.00 {Michael’s Clearance} – They are in the scrapbooking section by Recollections
    Step One:
    Pick the middle shade and start gluing a row in the center.  I glued a row in the center, then one above and one below.  I continued gluing above and below until it looked like I had an even amount of uncovered foam left over on the top and bottom.
    Step Two:
    KEEP GLUING!  As you can probably tell this isn’t the Ombre style kissing ball…but hopefully it gives you at least the idea.  Just keep gluing…just keep gluing.  Don’t worry if you see foam peaking out.  You can always go back and insert flowers where you see gaps or if you want a more full look.
    And that’s it!!!  Sit back and admire.  I had a few straggling lollipop sticks so I decided to put my kissing balls on those so I could put them in one of my painted jars, but they would also look totally cute in a bowl as well!
    They Just make me smile:)
    XOXO,
    Kristie

Painted Jar Tutorial

We collect mason jars like they are going out of style!  We seriously have a TON sitting in one of our cupboards taking up precious storage space.  So, I decided it was time to either do something with them or toss ’em!  I have seen a lot of tutorial on Pinterest on how to paint or tint them fun colors.  This seemed like the perfect craft for me since I need something quick and wanted to add a pop of color to our home decor.  I think this craft took me maybe 20 minutes and it cost a total of $4…seriously it was win-win.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Stencils {I found these at Wal-Mart.  You can re-use them and they work GREAT!}
  • Acrylic Paint {Also from Wal-Mart. But you can get them anywhere}
  • Jar {This one is from the Dollar Store}

STEP ONE:

  • Squirt paint in the jar {A LOT of Paint!}  It took a whole little thing of Artic White Acrylic Paint for this Jar.  Then start to swirl it around so that it covers the whole inside of the jar.  I did multiple squirts of paint.  Some in the bottom.  Some on the side.  Seemed to make it easier to get the jar covered quickly.

STEP TWO:

  • Once you have covered the inside of the jar with paint find some newspaper…or junkmail;)…and turn the jar upside down to drain.  You will have to  move the jar a couple times to make sure all the excess paint can get out.  This probably took 10 minutes and I moved my jar twice.  I had quite a bit of extra paint, and since I am cheap, I scraped it from the paper back into the bottle :).

STEP THREE:

  • Once your paint has drained flip the jar right-side-up and pick a place to put your stencil.  I LOVE the stencils I found at Wal-Mart, but I accidentally threw away the package – sorry.  They are so easy to use and you can’t really mess up.  I am stencilly challenged so I was mighty proud of the results!

STEP  FOUR:

  • PAINT!  Pick a bright contrasting color and lightly paint over your stencil.  I started with a light coat of blue and then added more to spots that looked like they needed it.  After you are finished painting remove the stencil.  I removed it right away so none of the paint would dry and peal off.

STEP 5:

  • Step back and admire your work!  I am not sure what I am going to fill mine with yet, but I also made some Mason Jar ones that I plan on making fabric flowers for.  I do know that I will be making jars like these for Christmas filled with goodies for family and friends.  Just a disclaimer:  The paint I used is not safe for something you may want to eat or drink out of.  It you are going to fill it with goodies I would line it with some parchment paper.

XOXO,

Kristie