My Valentine’s Day Menu

Valentine's Day Menu This menu involved pie and simplicity. What more can a girl ask for, really? See at the heart of it I have this overwhelming desire to be this rock star of a mom, but at the core of it I don't have the time/energy/creativity to be Martha Stewart incarnate. So I simplify everything and eliminate the bells and whistles because it works for me. 1. I Heart You French Toast: Make french toast. Rummage around in your utensil... …
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Freezer Meal Recipes: DIY Smoothie Freezer Packs

DIY Smoothie Freezer Packs
Get a head start on busy mornings with DIY Smoothie Freezer Packs.  Once you've got them put together and frozen, all you need is 2 cups of liquid and a blender and breakfast is served.  Watch for deals on fresh or frozen fruit, and quart size zip-top bags.  My grandkids love to help make smoothie packs and the possibilities are endless! Meet Spencer, my awesome helper this week.  He lives a gluten free life. He exclaimed, "WOW, this smoothie... …
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Easy Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

How to make Homemade Strawberry Lemonade... My sister shared this recipe she found with me on Memorial Day and we LOVED it!  I thought you'd like it too! Put the lemon juice, sugar, and ONLY 1 cup of ice water in your blender, then add the 2 cups of whole strawberries. You can blend it until the strawberries reach a chunky stage or blend longer until they are more pureed. Put the concentrate in a pitcher and then add the remaining... …
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Smoothie Under 200 Calories

  I have recently been eating this smoothie or a variation of it each morning for my breakfast. My kids and I both love how it tastes and I love that it is so healthy. The recipe I am sharing includes apple juice, but when calcium enriched orange juice is on sale I use that instead. I have also liked using Mango Peach Apple Juice. These are all the ingredients you will need to make the smoothie. I get the frozen strawberries from Costco.... …
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Watermelon Slush

Next time you have watermelon and banana around, just slice, measure, and throw some in the freezer. Then you'll be able to whip up this refreshing slushy whenever you want a healthy, cool summer snack or treat. My kids really loved it and I feel like it is pretty healthy, so it's a win-win! Recipe from MelsKitchenCafe. …
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Jello Shaved Ice Recipe

Cool off this summer with this Homemade Shaved Ice Recipe! This homemade Jello Shaved ice recipe is easy to make and can be easily modified to fit any occasion!  With only three ingredients even the kiddos can whip them up, then just freeze and scoop!  The flavor is frozen into the ice so there the flavor can be tasted throughout! There are a couple of fun additions you can make to this dish like adding whipped topping, different kinds of... …
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Pineapple Whip Recipe

Make your own Pineapple Whip! Pineapple or Dole Whip is a pineapple sorbet with the consistency of soft serve ice cream. It is a naturally sweet and yummy treat served at places like Disneyland and the Dole Plantation in Hawaii. Here is a simple DIY version with only 3 ingredients! Lactose-free too! This recipe is super simple and flexible. And it really is pretty healthy too! You can try mixing up the fruit combinations, using different kinds... …
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Lunch Box Smoothies

Keep Kids Lunches Cold and Pack a Healthy Treat: Here is a fab Back to School Lunch Idea! Make your kids favorite smoothies and freeze them in a plastic to go container that has a seal-able lid. Put the frozen smoothie in your child's lunch. By lunch time the smoothie should be soft enough to eat meanwhile keeping the lunch cold. Our favorite Smoothie Recipes: Strawberry Yogurt Lime Smoothie Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie Recipe  Green Monster... …
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Raspberry Pina Colada Frappé

Raspberry Pina Colada Frappé
Here's a frothy, frosty, drink, you can indulge in on a hot summer day. I shared it at a friend's patio, card party.  We sat under lovely shade trees, filled with twinkle lights, sipping this delicious drink. All of her guests loved it! Let's just say these coladas are  fabuLESSly easy and so much more affordable than those frozen drink mixes in the stores. (more…) …
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Kid Friendly Strawberry Spinach Smoothie Recipe {Video}

The girl pictured below claims to hate all vegetables.   So when she loved the Strawberry Spinach smoothie I made, then I knew I had perfected it.   I think one reason it tasted so great was because of a secret ingredient... I've always been a french vanilla creamer lover.  I love it in my hot cocoa, oatmeal, and smoothies.  I just discovered that International Delight has a Sweet Cream flavor, inspired by Cold Stone Creamery's Sweet Cream... …
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