Monday, April 8, 2019

Rainbow Quinoa Salad

HELLO WORLD! Have you ever had Quinoa Salad? IT IS DIVINE!!! Light, filling and scrumptious! I took my classic Quinoa Salad/Salsa and made a spin off of it by adding a few more ingredients to make it bright and even more flavorful. I can't wait to make this all summer long! Give it a whirl!

Rainbow Quinoa Salad

1 1/2 c. Quinoa (Rinsed with a strainer under warm water then transferred to a medium pot.)
3 c. Water/ Chicken Broth

Bring quinoa and water/chicken broth to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for 17-20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Let cool to room temperature, or put in the fridge to cool.

Place cooled quinoa in a medium/large bowl.

3 diced fresh Tomatoes (We love Roma Tomatoes - they have a little bit more "meat")
1/3 bunch of Cilantro - finely chopped (We use the "top half" of the cilantro (leaves and small stems))
3 T. Chopped Red Pepper
3 T. Chopped Orange Pepper
3 T. Chopped Yellow Pepper

2-3 T. Lime Juice - (Bottled or Fresh)
1/3 c. Olive Oil
1 tsp. Salt  (salt to taste)

Add Diced Avocado into INDIVIDUAL BOWLS - If you put the avocado in the salad and have leftovers, the avocado will brown in the salad is it will look yucky! So keep the avocado separate.

I also added a can of rinsed garbanzo beans into our salad to make it a little more hearty.
You can also add chopped onion to give it even more flavor! 

Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Serve plain with your favorite tortilla chips, serve over grilled chicken, just make it your own! 

Monday, February 11, 2019

You're Sweeter than a Sundae! Valentine's Gift Idea

Need a cute easy Valentine's gift for a friend, co-worker, teacher, or neighbor? Check out these SUPER CUTE, SUPER EASY, Candy Sundae's I whipped together! Almost everything came from the dollar store and came together in 15 minutes! 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Clear Plastic Cups
Assorted Candy
Jumbo Cotton Balls
Hot Glue
Scrapbook Paper Hearts (or you can use small red pom poms)
Metal or Plastic Spoons

As the picture shows above, hot glue 5 cotton balls into a flower shape, then glue one in the center.

After it dries, fluff the cotton balls. 

Fill the cups with your candy.

Secure the cotton top on by placing 2 or 3 glue hot glue drops on the rim of the cup. 

Finish off by gluing a red heart or pom pom on top of the cotton, and slide in the spoon! 


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Corn Cake

Tired of dry corn bread? How about making the easiest thing ever, Corn Cake! My mother in law introduced this simple amazing "fake corn bread" to me years ago. I have been tweaking the recipe over the years to get it just right, and now it's PERFECT!

My husband and son went to a "father and son's" chili and corn bread cook off. I made this Corn Cake because I was low on time after making my Creamy Chicken Chili. It turned out great! Our four year old son took the credit for winning both events! So, I can now say that my Creamy Chicken Chili and Corn Cake are AWARD WINNING RECIPES!! Ha ha. 

This recipe is so simple. A yellow cake mix, corn meal and a couple more ingredients make this "fake corn bread" delicious and moist! Enjoy!

Corn Cake

1 Yellow Cake Mix
1 c. Yellow Corn Meal
4 eggs
1/2 c. Oil
1 c. Water

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl until smooth.

Place in a greased 9x13 pan.

Bake at 350' for 23-27 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

*You can add butter or honey if you would like. It almost doesn't need it because it's already very sweet (because it's a cake), but you can dress it whatever way your heart desires! DELISH!

The victor returns!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Gift Exchange Gift Idea

Need a quick gift exchange idea? 

This is always a fun one!

Everyone loves slippers, adults and children! Crazy slippers like these monster feet, cartoon slippers, fuzzy warm slippers, animal slippers, or plain suede slippers. Whatever you want! 

Find some fun slippers, slip a few candy bars inside and VOILA, it's done! One down, 10 more to go! 

Happy Gift Exchanging!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Disneyland Coupon Books

Okay people, seriously I had a stroke of BRILLIANCE! I'm not one to boast, but this RARELY happens!
Maybe someone else has come up with this idea, but I haven't heard of it, so in my mind, I STARTED IT!!! WHOO HOO!

Let's get real. Disneyland is pricey to say the LEAST! We have been planning and saving for our Disney trip for over 8 months now. Money isn't too tight, but come on, if anyone wants to retire before the age of 80, money should always be tight. 

Anyway, we have been planning and using this Disneyland trip as an incentive for school, chores, tattle tailing, homework etc.
(oh no, what am I going to do when we don't have this trip to hold over my kids heads and make them behave.................. um.......... I'll cross that bridge after the trip.)

The kids have also been saving up their money and putting it into our "Disneyland Jar." All and any spare cash or coins go into that jar. It has honestly been the BEST THING EVER!! As a parent, you try to teach your kids that they need to EARN things, not always expect a handout. Well, my husband and I decided to tell them they need to earn their ticket into Disneyland. The kids have LOVED having a goal to put their money towards. This is definitely a family earned trip! 

As Christmas quickly approaches, (I had a minor heart attack the other day when someone posted on Facebook that it was 66 days away and I have NOTHING READY YET!) I decided to get my butt in gear and start on some projects that I wanted to make for Christmas. This is one of them.

Like I said before, Disneyland is EEXXXPPPEEENNNSSIIVVEEEE!!!! On top of it we are going to Disneyland a few weeks after Christmas. So, with presents in mind, I decided to make a few of the kids' Christmas presents, DISNEYLAND PRESENTS! That way, I don't have to take out a second mortgage on our house for one dang trip! (just kidding, but for real though)

I came up with.. drum roll please.............


I will wrap up 1-2 coupons in a box and the kids will open them up for Christmas! GENIUS!
They will then have a little coupon book of Disneyland delicacies. 
A churro, a toy under $20 of their choosing, a sticker for their trunk (Yes we collect stickers and put it on our dress up box/trunk), a drink, a dole whip, and more. 

This is a fun gift for kids even if it's not for Christmas!
 They could do chores to earn a coupon around the house before your trip? Good grades for coupons? Read "this many" books for a coupon?? I'm just rambling and spouting out options.

Anyway, make it, take it and LOVE IT!

On a blank document on my GoogleDocs I 'inserted a table.' (4 down and 3 across)
I added the images into each box and simply printed them out on a piece of card stock paper.

I tried to save you a little time by putting the images I saved toward the end of this post! 
You can use them or find your own. 

I printed, cut them out, and I punched holes into the same corner of each picture. I stuck a ring through them all and... PRESTO! Quick and easy coupon book!

Here are a few of the images I saved for the coupon book so you don't have to go around searching for them. Just trying to save you time. Your coupon book can be as big or as small as you want it! These are just the things I remember getting or wanting in the park, you probably have different traditions or memories than we do. That's the fun thing about this, make it unique to your family! Enjoy!

I found all of these pictures on Google Images. 

Enjoy your coupon book!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Locker Mirror Makeover

Check out this simple Locker Mirror Makeover I threw together for our favorite babysitter! 
I asked her if she had a locker mirror and she said she didn't. Say,"WHAT?!" 

So I bought a plain magnetic mirror and dazzled it up a bit!

Using only silver/gold 'Sharpies' and stickers for her name, this is unique to her. No one else will have a mirror like this! 

I love personalized locker equipment! It makes your locker, YOURS!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Paper Banner

Lately, I've really gotten into making banners to add a little bit of color to my giant Fence Post World Map! It is a big focal point in my living room and I like to add a little splash of holiday fun to it. Well, ladies and gents, I give you... The St. Patrick's Day Paper Banner! I don't know if many people sew paper together, but I do all the time! It is the easiest thing ever! Just cut your banner papers and sew them together! I made this in 20 minutes. Boom! (Mic drop!)

Simply choose the shape you want for your banner! Trace the shape on the back of each scrapbook paper and cut, cut, cut! When finished cutting, arrange your banner papers the way you want it to show. Stack them in order then go sew!

(If you don't have a sewing machine - never fear! Simply hole punch the corders of the papers and thread some string through!!)

*Pull out about 6-12 inches of thread before you start sewing, so you have something to attach your banner with.

Add your papers in order into the sewing machine and go to town! 

*When finished with all of your papers pull out another 6-12 inches of thread before you cut the thread!

Tie knots along the thread lengths you added to the beginning and end of the banner. 
(Tying the bobbin thread and the spool thread together makes it a little bit stronger.)

The banner is darling plain but I added the word "Lucky" to fit the St. Patrick's Day holiday.

I typed up "Lucky" on a google docs and printed it out. I cut around the letters leaving a little bit of a white border so the letters stuck out more. Then I glued them onto the banner with a glue stick I found in my kid's crayons! 
The "U" in 'Lucky' was "lost" in the black and white paper; so I made a four leaf clover out of some scraps left over from the banner paper. The clover helped to make the "U" stand out more. Totally not planned but it turned out cute!

I love how my living room decor turned out! Simple, yet festive.

Want to make the cute Four Leaf Clover's on my table?
They're made from cereal boxes! Yes, I made them 4 years ago, and yes, I still love them!!
Want to make the Giant Fence Post Wall Map?
I get more compliments on that than just about anything else in my house! 
Totally worth the 1 day of work!