I love to give simple gifts from the heart. These pedestal plates have been all over Pinterest, but because you’re using something different every time, they look new and unique each time! They are so simple to make, but you just need to plan ahead because they take a little time to set up. These three above were given as teacher gifts last year, topped with yummy pastries. This one below was dropped off to a friend on her birthday. Continue reading
I love this recipe. I found it years ago when someone shared it on Facebook, and no matter how hard I try, I can’t find the original location to give credit! One of the things I love about this recipe is that it contains 6 bananas. That’s a ton! I don’t know about you, but when I have extra bananas, I have quite a few and my regular banana bread only takes 1! So this is a great solution for the over ripe banana problem. Second thing I love about it is that it holds up beautifully to substitutions. I have a Vitamix dry container and use it to grind local wheat and spelt for flour. But when I do that, some things just turn out really dense and wheaty. In this recipe, I cannot tell that I used wheat flour, or raw sugar, or greek yogurt instead of sour cream. It’s just amazing and decadent every time! So without further ado, here is your next party pleaser. Make sure you bring copies of the recipe with you when you take it somewhere because people will be asking!
I promised some corned beef leftover recipes when I posted about the corned beef that’s perfect every time. But then I left on vacation and this languished in my iPhone camera until now. So if you’re like me and you threw your corned beef leftovers in the freezer, try this! I used to work at an Irish Pub and this was one of my favorite things to order. They called it a New York wrap, and it’s essentially cold corned beef, swiss cheese, cole slaw and 1,000 Island wrapped up in a large wrap. I like my 1,00 Island separate to dip it in. If you’re in the mood for the taste of St. Patrick’s Day a couple weeks later, here’s your meal!
Remember the post on how to make corned beef that’s perfect every time? I promised you at the end of that one to show you how to make reuben Salad. I was messing around with leftovers and realized this was a wonderful, lower carb option! Plus, it travels better than a reuben! I began by making croutons out of leftover Rye bread.
Have you parents ever realized that a situation has gotten out of hand with your kids and desperately needs to be reigned in? That’s what has happened with us over the last few months with screen time – TV, iPod, iPad, computer time, iPhone games… You name it, we’ve been doing it. I could blame it on the weather. Terrible NE Ohio temperatures this year and all that. But as I’ve reflected on it, I’ve realized it’s two things.
1. First, Lazy Mommy Syndrome. After I’ve spent all morning and early afternoon teaching, I need to get things done! So games/shows seem like an easy option. It certainly seems quicker for me than helping them to decide what cool fun thing they can do that’s creative.
2. The second part that I’m realizing played into this dilemma was that I had not previously set rules. We have guidelines in other media areas:
– No TV on school mornings
– No DVDs in the car unless we are driving over 45min
Those are so easy to enforce. The kids know the rules. They don’t even ask. But screen time in general has been a free for all. Every time they would ask, I would have to decide. So it’s easy to slide into a yes without even thinking about it, and then not realizing how long they had been playing.
I love corned beef, but I can’t stand how salty and fatty it can be. By cooking it myself, I’m able to control both of those things! I found this method a few years ago, and I’ve never looked back! It seems a bit redundant to both boil and bake, but it takes care of the saltiness and yet has the yummy baked taste, rather than just that boiled taste. I know it seems like a lot of work, but each time you bring it to a boil, it only takes 10-15 minutes, so you can do it while you clean up something else. Try it! I think you’ll agree that it’s worth the extra step!