Friday, June 29, 2012

Strawberry Cake Cookie Recipe

These strawberry cookies are really good and are so pretty. They would be great to make at valentines day since they are pink. 

1 strawberry cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 vegetable oil
1/2 cup coconut

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
In a medium bowl, mix together the vegetable oil and eggs. Add in the strawberry cake mix and the coconut. Roll the cookie dough into balls and place them about 2inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. 

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Chocolate Cake Cookies

These are without a doubt one of the best chocolate cookies I have ever had. They are really simple to make and taste so delicious.

1 chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

Mix a medium bowl, mix the eggs and the vegetable oil. Add in the cake mix and chocolate chips.
Roll the cookie dough into balls and place about 2inches apart on a cookie sheet.
Cook for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How To Make Homemade Apple Chips

Apple chips are so good but they are kind of on the expensive side. The homemade ones tastes just as good and even better then the store bought ones. You can use whatever kind of apples you like!

1 large apple
2tbsp light brown sugar
1tbsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Thinly slice the apple carefully. If you have a mandolin use that but I'm just using a knife since I dont own one.
Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip the apple slices in the cinnamon mix just to lightly coat the chips.
Bake for 1 hour. Take out and flip them over. Then bake for another hour.
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Caramel Cheesecake Apple Dip Recipe

This recipe is so easy to make and its only 3 ingredients! I love it on green apples :)

2-8oz packages cream cheese
1 cup caramel ice cream topping, chilled
graham cracker crumbs

In a mix bowl, whip the cream cheese for about 1 minute until it is light and fluffy. Stir in the caramel topping.
Serve with apple slices. Dip them in the caramel mixture and dip it in the graham cracker crumbs.
You can store it in the fridge for about a week.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Diaper Mania

So lately Aubree seems to be going through more and more diapers. I've been going back and forth between brands. We normally buy what is the cheapest. I'm starting to notice which brands are actually worth what you pay for and which ones aren't even worth buying just because they are cheaper. I really like Pampers. That's what the NICU that Aubree stayed in were using and I've bought many packs of them. I haven't had her leak out of them yet and they last a good while. Huggies are ok. I don't like them nearly as much as the Pampers but Ive been using coupons on those and was getting them for a really good price. Lord, let me tell ya ll about the Walmart brand diapers. They are terrible. Just in the last week Aubree has leaked out a handful of times. And its not like she has been in that diaper all day. Ill change her and about half an hour later that diaper is so puffy and disgusting. I wouldn't recommend them at all. When i finish this box of them, I will never purchase them ever again. So I know Ive always been told that name brand doesn't matter but in this case I do believe it does.

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How To Make Peanut Butter Balls

So Yummy! If I wasn't on a diet the whole batch would've been gone in a hot minute :)

1 cup extra crunchy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup Rice Krispies cereal
1 tablespoon butter
1 pkg. coconut

Mix the peanut butter and butter. Then add in the Rice Krispies and powdered sugar. Roll the mixture into balls. Make a glaze out of water and some powdered sugar. Dip the balls in the glaze and roll in the coconut.

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Coconut Pecan Cookie Recipe

OMG! Let me tell you these cookies are delicious. They are copy cats of the Harris Teeter Bakery ones. Except a heck of a lot cheaper and homemade :)

1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter/margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups coconut
1 cup pecans

In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and butter/margarine. Add the sugar, brown sugar, and baking soda. Beat until combines, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in the flour. Stir in, by hand, the coconut and pecans.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoons about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are golden.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Super Healthy Chocolate Milkshake Recipe

This milkshake is so amazing! I drank the first one and then made a second one since it is only 50 calories. :)

1 heaping tbsp of peanut butter
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp maple syrup/sugar/sweetener
2 frozen bananas pre-sliced
1 cup milk

I used Truvia sweetener so it was even healthy then if i used the sugar or maple syrup
Blend all the ingredients together and enjoy :)
It's great to give to the kids because they don't know that its healthy lol.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Nutella Cookie Recipe

These are amazing! I love Nutella and these cookies just furthered my love for it :)

1 cup Nutella
1 cup flour
1 egg

Combine together in a mixing bowl. Mix will be crumby. It won't be a gooey consistency.

Make balls of it and put it on the cookie sheets.

Now you can leave them in balls or you can squish them down with a spoon or fork. I squished them after they were baked but I think I would've rather have them stay in balls.

Bake 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees.

I think the next time I make them, I'm going to try putting some mini chocolate chips or maybe some mini marshmallows in them :)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

These are simple and so cute to make. You can make them with the kids and they are a great quick dessert for holidays :)

Marshmallows( I used the jumbo star-shaped ones)
Almond bark- white or regular chocolate
sprinkles-which ever ones you want to use

Melt the almond bark in the mircowave and stir until it is creamy and there are no chunks.
Put the marshmallows onto cut up skewers.
Dip part or all of the marshmallow into the chocolate.
Then dip it into the sprinkles.
They are ready to eat after about 5 minutes in the fridge :)

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy Father's Day to Me :)

Yesterday was Father's Day. Now normally you would get a super cheesy card for the father that's from the kid and the dad would gloat over it like the world was in that card. But since Aubree has no father in her life we didn't do any such thing. I consider myself her father, I mean I take care of her 24/7 without any help from the person who should be helping me. He hasn't been around since she was born. I've replaced that role as her father.
 She has an Uncle Jake who I know she will love when she grows up. He is so cute with her. He will carry her around and make funny faces at her and everything its sweet. I know she will look up to him when she gets older and see how great of a father he is to his own son and she will see that not all men are like her father. :)
I do hope one day to find a husband that will love Aubree as much as I do and that will be a father to her. I know I have high hopes and that I should probably set my standards and dreams lower, but I just want Aubree to have the best life possible. I want her to have a ton of people in her life who want nothing more then for her to be happy and love on her. All of this was part of God's plan for her and I and I know he wouldn't give me this situation unless he knew I could handle it. I thank God everyday that he did put me in this situation because I realized how strong of a person I am. I love Aubree more then life itself and I would do anything for her. She is my world.
So to all the single moms out in the world, Happy Father's Day. No one really thinks to acknowledge us one this day because we aren't a man. But we are stronger then anyone else because we are doing everything by ourselves. Whether the dad be a dead-beat, or tragically passed away, we are still the ones who have to hold the family together and work harder then ever to provide the best lives we can for our children.
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Aubree Video

This is just a cute little video of Aubree from the other day when we went out to eat with her Nana and Auntie Erin. She seems to have just discovered her tongue, so lately she is always licking everything. We put her on our shoulder to burp her and she'll start licking you and drooling everywhere.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

How to Make Cheesecake Filled Strawberries

These are so delicious, I almost ate the whole batch when I made them LOL. You will definitely want to make these all the time. Especially since they are so fast and easy to make :)

1lb strawberries
8oz cream cheese, softened
3-4 tsp powdered sugar, if you want a sweeter filling use 4 tsp
1tsp vanilla
graham cracker crumbs

To prepare the strawberries, cut off the tops and hollow them out with a paring knife if they aren't already hollow. Set them aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until its creamy.

Spoon the cream cheese mixture into a piping bag or a zip lock bag with one of the corners cut off.

Fill the strawberries with the cream cheese mixture.

Then dip the tops of the strawberries into the graham cracker crumbs.

Chill in the refridgerator before serving.

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Homemade Pore Cleaning Strips

This is a fast, easy and cheap way to get the blackheads off your nose. I tried it and it was amazing the results were incredible. I'm going to start doing this every few days!

1 teaspoon of gelatin
1 teaspoon of milk

Mix them together and put it in the microwave for about 10 seconds or until it turns into a thick paste.
Use a q-tip or an old make-up brush and apply it to your nose. Make sure it is not to hot or you will burn your nose. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then peel it off. It smells terrible but it does work.
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2 minute Lemon Bar Recipe

These are so easy and quick to make and they taste delicious :)

1 can lemon pie filling
1 angel food cake mix

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13x9 cake pan.

Combine the angel food mix and the lemon pie filling a bowl and pour it into the cake pan.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges start to brown. As its cooling sprinkle powered sugar over top.

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New YouTube Channel

I wanted to let ya'll know I now have a YouTube channel. youtube.com/BlessHerCottonSocksL

So keep a watch on that. I'll post videos of Aubree, me making crafts, cooking and just sharing our life. :)

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Friday, June 15, 2012

DIY Mircodermabrasion Mask Tutorial

This mask is amazing I made it this morning. My face feels so soft and clean. I've never bought anything in the store that has made my skin feel this nice.

Use 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water.
I used tablespoons, it was a bit too much but i rather have to much then not enough.
Rub it on your skin in a circular motion and rinse. :)

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Delicious Breakfast Casserole Recipe

This casserole is amazing for any meal not just for breakfast! I paired it with some biscuits and it was a great dinner!

6-8 medium potatoes
8 eggs
2 tbsp milk
3 cups sharp cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup diced onions ( I left them out because I don't like onions and it tasted fine)
1 cup cooked diced ham, browned sausage or cooked and drained bacon pieces( I used 2 johnsonville smoked sausages and didn't worry about the amount, I just put it all in)

Cook the potatoes and cut them up into chunks.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper.

Spread the potatoes(and onions) evenly over the bottom of a greased 13x9 casserole dish.

Layer or mix in the meat you are using.

Spread the cheese over the top.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes until golden brown.

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Homemade Cheese Cracker(Cheez-its) Recipe

These cheese crackers are incredible!!!! I think that they taste better then cheez-its!

1 1/2 cups grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (i used margarine because we didn't have butter and they came out fine)
3/4 cup flour, plus extra for dusting
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes(if you don't like spicy I suggest cutting it in half or not putting it in at all)
1 tablespoon milk

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Put everything except the milk into a food processor. I didn't have one so i used a blender which worked just as well. Pulse it for about 5 seconds for 5 or 6 times, until the dough is coarse crumbs.

Add the milk and pulse until the dough forms a ball.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough until it is about an 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut the dough into 1-inch squares using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter. Put a little bit of flour onto the blade so that it doesn't stick to the dough.

Use a toothpick or the flat end of a skewer and poke a hole in the center of each square.
Place the crackers about 1/4 inch apart on parchment paper on a baking sheet.

Bake them for about 12-15 minutes until the edges start to brown.

You can store them in a covered container to eat within a day or two.

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How to Get Soft Feet Tutorial

This is a quick way to get super soft feet. Do it once a week and you'll have soft feet all summer long.

Take 2 cups of Epsom salt and put it in a bucket of warm water. Soak your feet for 20-30 minutes or until the water gets too cool to be comfortable. Take an old toothbrush and scrub your feet where the dry skin is located and it will come right off.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

How to Make Edible Glitter

This is a cool idea to use for a topping of cupcakes or on top of cookies or a cake.

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp of liquid food coloring

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the ingredients in a small bowl until all the sugar is coated with the food coloring.
Then spread the sugar in an even layer on a foil covered pan.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

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The Honey Miracle Mask

This DIY mask is calming and soothing on stressed out skin. Nutmeg and honey are natural anti-inflammatories and the nutmeg and cinnamon work to exfoliate your skin as you scrub and rinse it off.

To make the mask mix 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a small bowl until it turns into a thick paste.

Apply the paste to your face and leave the mask on your face for 30 minutes.

Wash it off with warm water and scrub in a circular motion to exfoliate.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How To Make 5 Minute Berry Cobbler

This is seriously the best tasting cobbler I have ever had in my entire life!!!

This is a really easy and quick dessert that tastes amazing. It can cook while you are eating dinner and it'll be warm for dessert time.

1 can of sprite
1 box of cake mix, I used yellow cake, but you can use white or french vanilla
1 bag of mix berries

Grease a 13x9 pan with cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spread the berries on the bottom of the pan evenly.
Then sprinkle the cake mix over the top of the berries. Make sure to use the whole bag.
Pour the can of sprite over the cake mix slowly. DO NOT stir the cake mix and the soda. It will not make the crust if you do.

Bake it for 45-50 minutes or until the crust starts to brown.

Don't worry if the crust still has some cake mix that wasn't touched by the sprite. It is supposed to look like that. Serve with some vanilla ice cream for an amazing dessert :)
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Berry Mean Smoothie

This is a variation I created of all those smoothies that have the spinach in them. I tried it this morning and I thought it tasted so good, I'm making myself one every morning from now on.

2 handfuls of baby spinach
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 banana
1 cup milk
1 cup of yogurt
1 cup pineapple

Put it all in the blender and mix it well.

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Quinoa Mac & Cheese Recipe

This is a healthy side dish that would go great with any type of meat.


1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
veggie of your choice(optional)
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
panko bread crumbs to sprinkle on top

First, sautee the veggies that you want in the recipe.

Cook the quinoa to the packages directions.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13x9 casserole dish. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg and the milk.

Mix the quinoa and the rest of the ingredients into the egg mixture. Combined it well allowing some of the cheese to start melting.

Transfer the mix into the 13x9 dish and sprinkle panko bread crumbs on top.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the bread crumbs are browned.

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