Can Dried Eggs Really Taste Good? Yes :)

This is a sponsored post.  We were invited to sample Egg Crystals and share our honest opinions.

I’m glad I had the opportunity to sample Egg Crystals – I’m certain I wouldn’t have given them a try if I’d only stumbled upon them at the store.  The idea of eating powdered eggs is not appetizing, right?

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I followed the microwave instructions without a lot of anticipation – everyone knows that eggs come out of the microwave tough and chewy.

Except they didn’t… they came out light and fluffy.   

They taste great.  Seriously good.

I don’t think I let my eggs cook the full 90 seconds – if I had they might have come out a little tough.  (So keep an eye on it if you have a powerful microwave.)

Now I’m actually glad the company blessed me with several boxes.  I’m looking forward to having them again tomorrow morning ;)

Check out the Egg Crystals website.

School’s Out And So Is My Blender!

Summer is almost here. You know what that means, school’s out! I love seeing more of my children during summer vacation. However, I do not love the mass quantities of food they seem to require during these long hot days. This video will show you how to make wonderful summery treats for the kids that you can send them outdoors to enjoy. Kind of like a 2 for 1 special! Enjoy.

Put A Homemade Spin On Your Favorite Cool Summer Drinks

Summer has arrived. Time for barbecues, pool parties, and sandals. Oh yeah, and summer vacation! It is so easy to run to a fast food place to grab a value meal and a drink with the kiddos because it is already done for you. No cooking, no mess, no cleanup. However making some things from scratch is just as easy and loads more fun. The memories you make with your children will last a lifetime.

Here are some homemade drink ideas your entire family will enjoy!

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Pineapple Whip

This drink seems to bring back wonderful giddy memories in many who have been to the Magic Kingdom. This loosely reminds me of an ice cream float using juice rather than soda. I have seen many variations of this recipe using an ice cream maker. Fortunately, HighHeelsAndGrills makes it possible for us all to enjoy this magnificent treat even if you do not have one.

Summer Slushy

Our family loves to head on over to the local drive-thru and order a slush during happy hour when they are half price. I decided to experiment and make my own slushy type of drink. This recipe can be adjusted to your tastes. Take note: The drink mix color you choose will be concentrated because you are not adding the proper amount of water so you might get blue fingers or lips while drinking but it’s fun!

  • 4 cups ice
  • 1 packet of your favorite Kool Aid flavor
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup water

Throw all ingredients in a blender. Blend until the ice resembles snow/slush.

Approximately 4 servings

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Cake Batter Milkshake

TheNoviceChefBlog hit this one out of the park! This has to be one the best milkshake recipes I have ever seen. Only four ingredients and stand between you and this wonderful creation. It’s cake batter and ice cream in a milkshake. What more could you possibly ask for? I have a feeling your kids, or your inner child, will ask you to make this many times this summer.

Homemade Soda

My family used to make homemade soda every now and then. As a child I really thought we were doing something spectacular! It was really a lot of fun. The recipe for lemon-lime soda on iambaker’s site varies a little from my mothers method but it sounds like a tasty tradition waiting to happen. Another refreshing idea comes from WholeLifestyleNutrition. Her daughters will show you how they use fresh fruit and natural sweeter to make a healthy alternative to fruity store bought soda.

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This was one of my favorite drinks as a child. I would order this at restaurants and think I was all grown up. Thinking back the cherries were what made me like this drink so much. I could eat a whole jar by myself. If you are feeling adventurous you can use the recipe for homemade lemon-lime soda above.

  • 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grenadine syrup
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Combine the soda and syrup in a glass over ice. Stir until well mixed. Garnish with a cherry (or three)  and maybe a cute umbrella.

Makes 1 serving

I really hope you enjoy making these drinks with your children. There are so many things that we buy everyday that can be made at home and taste better because it is made with love.

Do you have any family favorite drinks you’d like to share?

Carefree Crock Pot Comfort Food

When you hear the words comfort food what do you think of? Cheesy, warm, sweet, salty, ooey, gooey, soothing, and delicious come to my mind. As a mom I am sure you have a few comfort food recipes up your sleeve that your family will devour and go back for more every time.

Crock Pot Food

You can get the result of all day homemade cooking in this busy day and time with a crock pot. You know, that round ceramic pot with a lid and a cord caked in dust in the back of your cabinet. Yup, that one. Crock Pots need little to no supervision. Making your meals easy and carefree.

Let me introduce you to a few bloggers and their spectacular recipes for carefree crock pot comfort food. Once you start using this handy appliance you might wonder why you waited so long to pull it out.

Apple Pear Delight

Nothing starts the day off right like a nice warm breakfast. Apple Pear Delight is similar to a cobbler or Apple Brown Betty. Using your crock pot for your morning meal makes everything so easy. You can put this recipe together before you go to bed and then turn it on warm. The smell you will wake up to will make this a family favorite for sure. Take note of the homemade crock pot granola used in this recipe as well. Who knew breakfast could be so simple and delicious?

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

I  make these meatballs for my family often. The author used these as appetizers for Sunday football. I normally serve them over rice or pasta. I usually end up with more sauce than this recipe seems to make because I more than double the ingredients. The chili sauce needed in the recipe is usually in the grocery aisle with the cocktail sauce.

Cheesy Crock Pot Meatloaf

You can’t have an article on comfort food without meatloaf right? This recipe combines the old standby with one of the foods that makes it all better; cheese. My theory is add cheese to your dish and the crowd (or the kids) goes wild. Just imagine the smell wafting through the air in your neighborhood of home cooked meatloaf. And the best part is you don’t have to worry about it being under-cooked or drying out when you use your crock pot. This meatloaf is moist  and flavorful. Just like mom used to make. Maybe even better.

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Baked Potatoes

You read that right. You can absolutely make baked potatoes in the crock pot. Amazing, I know. In all fairness these potatoes might have to be labeled as steamed because you aren’t using an oven but who is taking score right? I never met a potato that I didn’t like and these are no exception. You can serve these spuds alongside a steak, with a nice colorful salad or have a potato bar and let your children pile on the toppings.

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

If you ask me what I use my crock pot the most for I will say making chili. This recipe closely resembles my own. I make chili year round. We use chicken or ground turkey and sometimes I do not use meat at all. I serve it with cornbread, rice, corn chips, tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, ranch dressing, avocado  salad greens,  tomatoes, and onions. It just depends on the day. The possibilities are literally endless and always delicious. The beautiful part of using your slow cooker is you will never scorch the bottom of your pot and you do not have to watch it constantly. Chili night in my home is ALWAYS a winner. 

Macaroni And Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese made  in the crock pot? No way! Yes way! The crock pot is a welcome companion to this quintessential comfort food. There are many variations for mac & cheese floating around and it was hard to choose one to share with you.  I love the simplicity of this recipe. There isn’t anything funky or weird in here. Just regular macaroni and cheese ingredients. This recipe uses uncooked macaroni, saving you a step in the kitchen. If this is your first time making macaroni and cheese in the crock pot you might want to keep a close eye on it so it does not overcook. Make sure your liquid to macaroni ratio is right. There is thin line between mac & cheese and mac & mush. Once you have the timing down this will become one of your favorite ways to make this dish.

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No article about comfort food would be complete without dessert, namely double chocolate cake. When you make dessert in the crock pot you could very well eat it first because it will already be done… Who can argue with that! When I saw the picture for this recipe I was dumbstruck.  I had no words. It looks magnificent. I am headed to the store after I wrap up this post to get the ingredients. It is chocolate. It is cake. It is warm. Need I say more???

Cleanup Can Be Carefree Too

If done right the cleanup of all of this ooey, gooey, baked on browned cheesy goodness can be a breeze. Make sure you butter or spray your pot generously. A crock pot liner can be used so all you have to do is throw the liner away and wipe the crock pot out. For a dish like mac and cheese it will be a lifesaver.

I hope you enjoy all of these recipes and the blogs that go along with them. I had a great time sharing my fellow bloggers recipes, my crock pot,  and some of my family’s most loved comfort foods with you.

Is there another crock pot comfort food blog post you think should be included on this list?

 

 

Sushi Your Children Will Love

Sushi is a food that many children and adults shy away from because the idea of eating raw fish is less than appetizing. You can always opt for the California roll with imitation crab, avocado, and cucumber. But even that is a bit much for the squeamish.

If you have a hard time getting your children (or their adult parent) to try this international delicacy try putting a spin on the standard dish.

Frushi: Made With Fruit And Sweetened Rice

  • Cook sushi rice or any short grain rice as directed. Once cooked add coconut milk, almond milk or soy milk and sugar.
  • You can get fancy and roll your rice in the traditional way or form your rice into shapes for the fruit to rest on.
  • Add any fruit that your children enjoy: thinly sliced watermelon, kiwi, raspberries, strawberries etc.
  • Serve with yogurt on the side for dipping.

Breakfast Sushi: A Fun Way To Rise And Shine

  • Take a tortilla (whole wheat or flour will work) and spread with your favorite nut butter (peanut, almond, even chocolate hazelnut spread). 
  • Or use a cream cheese base and add chopped strawberries and a little confectioners sugar. 
  • Lay fruit like bananas, kiwi, or strawberries on your tortilla. Roll, cut, and enjoy.

PB&J Sushi: An Old Favorite Made New

  • Change up your routine peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by flattening your bread with a rolling pin. 
  • Spread peanut butter and then add on the toppings: jelly, apples, bananas, even raisins.
  • With the help of plastic wrap roll your sandwiches up and slice into individual pieces.

As you can imagine there are many variations of this modern take on an ancient dish. Get your children involved in picking out what you use in your sushi and let them help you make it. The options are endless.

What creative alternatives can you think of for sushi your children will love? 

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