Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Pinnacle Mountain

This was from a hike I did with friends to the peak of Pinnacle Mountain at Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Try It Tuesday: Dot Marker Popsicle Stick Math

This project was fun to do with my son. I took a bunch of large popsicle sticks and numbered them and let him make dots on them. You can fit up to 10 dots on one if you make the dots close together. This exercise was good practice with counting, but then we took it a step further and I made +, - and = signs on some more and we started to practice some math and then he had to look for the corresponding answer to the problem I set up for him. This was a lot of a fun and a different way to do preschool at home.

Be sure to also check out my post called Five Spring Dot Marker Art Projects to get some other ideas!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Make It Monday: Mock Guacamole

I came across this recipe when I was counting weight watchers points years ago. I am not sure on the points, but it is certainly half of what regular guacamole will be since you are using half as much avocado. There is a pea flavor to it, but if you eat it served in a burrito or on a taco salad the flavors will all blend and you will not even notice it. I would think that if you just ate this with chips you would taste the peas. I have seen where it was all peas for the recipe, but I don't think that would taste close enough. But if have Mock Guac with a little pea flavor or no guacamole are the options, I will have the Mock Guac. I think having fats included as part of your diet is healthy and avocados have a good fat, but considering the way I eat guacamole it's probably smart to have only half the traditional amount of avocados in it and add in a different veggies.

This is a simple recipe:

Mock Guac Recipe

1 avocado
1/2 bag frozen (thawed peas)
1 packet guacamole seasoning

Puree it all together and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!!

I am enjoying my Easter with family and hope that you have the opportunity to do the same things with some loved ones! Come back tomorrow for a new recipe for Make It Monday!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Slow Cooker Saturday: Chicken Corn Chowder

I came up with this recipe when I noticed I had an abundance of creamed corn in my pantry. I don't typically buy creamed corn, and I know I had bought 2 can for 1 recipe I wanted to try, but I must have forgotten I bought some and bought 2 more cans. My soup-loving daughter just gobbled this up.

Slow Cooker Chicken Corn Chowder Recipe
6-8 oz of cooked chicken, diced
1 - 15oz can of creamed corn
1 large potato, peeled and cubed or 1 C uncooked hashbrowns
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 cloves garlic, minced
2 C chicken broth
1 C milk
salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 8-9 hours or on high for 5 hours.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fitness Friday: Favorite Fitness Reads This Week

Ok, I admit it....I have been uninspired this week to write about anything fitness I am looking to help inspire you by giving you some ideas of other Fitness Reads from other bloggers that I have read this week.

Or you can check out my previous Fitness Posts or see what I have pinned to my Exercise/Fitness Board on Pinterest (be sure to follow me too!)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thifty Thursday: Make Your Own Apple & Potato Chips

Ok, I know, potato chips are cheap so you are probably not saving money using your Pampered Chef Chip Maker (plus you need to buy one of them too - but try to find one at a yard sale, or if you find yourself at a party and feel like you need to buy something, then think about this because you can make Fat Free Chips!!!) But have you ever bought apple chips. I do and while they are tasty it ends up costing $1 an ounce for organic apple chips. That can be spendy, but over time your investment in a chip maker will save you money if you regularly make your family apple chips and potato chips.

The other tool I use to help me make them is a mandoline slicer. It's a fantastic too that makes it so easy to make REALLY thin cuts. Some of you might have a slicer attachment for your food processor, or maybe you are just gifted at making really thin cuts with a knife (btw - I am so jealous of this skill!)

I've tried making these chips in the oven and while you can do it, it is faster in the microwave.

So, if you love potato chips but avoided them because of the added fat they contain, then there is not need to worry. You use NO oil whatsoever to make these. In fact the only thing I add to my potato chips is salt and I sometimes add plain cinnamon to my apple chips.

Specific instructions are included with your chip maker and there are differing cooking times depending upon the strength of your microwave, so it is best to consult those instructions.