Refrigerator Mats

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Earlier this week as I was making my cleaning rounds, I realized that my refrigerator desperately needed to be cleaned. I saw this idea on Pinterest. You use vinyl placemats on the shelves. That way if you need to wipe something off all you have to do is take the mat out and wash it off. Much easier than removing the entire shelf or spraying cleaner in the refrigerator. They don’t fit perfectly and I couldn’t put one on the top shelf unless I cut it, so I just went with 4. I sure wish I would have known to do this when it was a brand new refrigerator. They had leopard ones on Amazon, but they were $19 and I didn’t want to wait. So I ran to Target and got some. They didn’t have a lot of choices, but this one looked a little food like so I went with it. They were only $1.99 each, so it’s a cheap fix. But it’s just not the same, so these will have to move to the laundry room refrigerator when the leopard ones get here.

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Jaguar Animal Print Washable Plastic Vinyl Reversible Placemats Set of Four

Banana Cream Pie Smoothie

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My mom gave me the idea of freezing ripe bananas instead of throwing them away or making 21 loaves of banana bread a month. That has come in handy for my smoothies this week. Just peel, slice and place them on a baking sheet in the freezer for an hour or two. Place in a zip-loc bag and store in the freezer.

1 cup Frozen Sliced Bananas
1 cup Light Vanilla Yogurt
1/2 cup Fat Free Milk
2 Tbs Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 Tbs Dry Milk
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Crushed Ice
Optional: Graham cracker crumbs or whip cream for topping

Place ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Adapted from My Recipes

Servings: 2
Calories 178
Total Fat 1.0g
Total Carbohydrates 35.5g
Dietary Fiber 2.3g
Protein 7.0g
Nutrition Grade A-

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

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I still don’t have all of my Christmas decorations put away. Why does it take me longer to throw them in a box than to actually do the decorating??? So now I’ll be behind on Valentine’s Day decorations. I did at least go ahead and pull out the plate that Taylor made last year at Color Me Mine.

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I bought a giant bag of frozen strawberries at Costco. I think I’m liking that better than the fresh ones right now. I was surprised by the quality. The biggest plus though is that I don’t have to keep throwing aways ones that I didn’t use. It only takes about 30 minutes for them to defrost so there are always some handy when I need them for smoothies, snacks or salads.

8 cups Spinach, washed
2 cups Strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup Pecans
1/2 cup Feta Cheese
1/3 cup Fat-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; toss well.

Servings: 4
Calories 196
Total Fat 14.2g
Total Carbohydrates 14.3g
Dietary Fiber 4.1g
Protein 6.1g
Nutrition Grade A-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Premium Ironing Board Cover For HouseHold Essentials Ironing Boards

Crock Pot Spiral Ham

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This was a very memorable Christmas. We had snow on Christmas a couple of years ago, but it was leftover from the day before. This year it actually snowed on Christmas! In Texas that’s a big deal! It hasn’t snowed on Christmas Day in about 83 years. I think the dogs enjoyed it even more than the girls did. We have a doggy door, so they keep going out and coming back in covered in snowballs.

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I decided to save money and not buy a honey baked ham. Putting it in the crock pot made it so moist and flavorful. It literally fell off the bone when we pulled it out.

1 Spiral Ham (I used a 10 lb ham)
1 Honey Glaze Packet
1 cup Coke

First make sure that the ham will fit into your slow cooker.

Place ham in the slow cooker. Mix the glaze ingredients and the coke. Pour over ham.

Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.

Today’s Leopard Print Find: TOMS Classics Silver Snow Leopard

Martha Washington Candy

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This past weekend we went back to Merry Main Street’s Christmas in the Square. So did the rest of Frisco. The lines for the sleds, bounce houses and carriage rides were at least an hour long and we didn’t have a lot of time. So we just walked around and looked at the beautiful lights that are synced to the music. But if you wanted to wait, these are some of the things you could have seen & done…

* Watched Santa’s parachute arrival
* Lighting of the City of Frisco Christmas tree
* Kid’s Holiday Store
* Spring Creek Model Railroad Club train display
* Live reindeer
* Santa’s Workshop
* Holiday treats
* Snowflake light show
* Horse-drawn carriage rides
* Entertainment on three stages provided by Frisco Elementary Schools
* And Much More!

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My mom made these every year when I was growing up. It was a recipe that had been passed down to her. I googled it just to see if other people called it the same thing and it sure looks like this candy was quite popular back in the day. A lot of the recipes had coconut in it. I think I’ll stick with the non-coconut version.

14 oz can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 lb Bag of Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Vanilla
1 stick Butter, softened
3 cups Pecans, chopped fine
12 oz Package of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cake Paraffin Wax

Mix Eagle Brand milk, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla and butter together. Stir in pecans. Form mixture into 1″ balls.

Melt chocolate chips and paraffin in top of a double boiler.

Dip balls one at a time into chocolate mixture and place on wax paper.

Makes about 72 pieces
Calories 131
Total Fat 6.2g
Total Carbohydrates 19.0g
Dietary Fiber 0.6g
Nutrition Grade D-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Betsey Johnson Crystal Leopard Heart and Black Bow Drop Earrings

Garlic Chicken Pasta

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Johnny’s birthday was yesterday. The girls were so excited about the gift they got him. His favorite Christmas movie is Christmas Vacation (watching it right now a matter of fact!) They gave him 2 moose mugs, a cousin Eddie dickie and a Jelly of the Month Club certificate. Now we just need to find him a thin white sweater! I’ll make sure to post pics when we do.

This was yummy! (and it is Megan & Taylor approved!) They didn’t even try to pick out the basil. But they still made me a list of all the things I haven’t made them in a ‘long, long time” that they need. Glad to have another recipe that made their request list.

2 Tbs Olive Oil
16 oz Farfalla Pasta
5 cloves of Garlic, minced
1 cup Chicken Stock
1 Tbs Fresh Basil, chopped
2 Tbs Fresh Oregano, chopped
1 tsp Pepper
1/8 tsp Salt
1 cup Heavy Cream
16 oz Shredded Chicken

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook one minute. Add the chicken stock, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is reduced by about half.

While the sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to boil, add pasta and cook to package directions.

Add cream to the sauce and cook for an additional 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes, or until the chicken is heated through.

Drain pasta and return to pot. Stir in chicken mixture.

Servings: 8
Calories 339
Total Fat 12.3g
Total Carbohydrates 33.1g
Dietary Fiber 0.6g
Protein 23.5g
Nutrition Grade B

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Isaac Mizrahi Jeans Women’s Leopard Alexis Shirt

Tropical Smoothie

The other day Megan asked me if she could watch Dr. Phil. I told her it wasn’t on and asked her why she wanted to watch it (because I’ve never even watched it myself). She said “I have noooo idea”. So yesterday when we walked in from school, it just happened to be on. She watched it for a few seconds, said “ehhhh” and opted for her usual post school show…Ellen. Both of the girls have been begging me for months to submit my Glamour Shots photo to Ellen for the “bad paid for photos“. :/ So I finally did it for them to help make up for the birthday fiasco. Here it is, go ahead and laugh…. and yes, that’s an ice cube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I also submitted this one, just to make it fair…

I’m sure Ellen will be calling any minute now so I’m just gonna sip my yummy creamy smoothie while I wait patiently by the phone.

1/2 cup Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
2 Bananas, sliced and chilled
15 oz can Pineapple Tidbits, chilled

Chill bananas and pineapple in freezer for 20 minutes.

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth.

Servings: 4
Calories 201
Total Fat 0.27g
Total Carbs 35.96g
Dietary Fiber 1.9g
Protein 0.84g

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Leopard Print Iphone 4/4s Cases with Panther Tail.  Hahahaha! How can that not make you happy??

Apple Cobblers

After my 3rd trip to Costco this week, I have come to realize that my pantry was not made for Costco trips. So I’ve decided that I need to either turn my laundry room into a pantry, turn my dining room into a laundry room and turn my useless formal living into the dining room (any volunteers??) OR start selling groceries out of my kitchen like Lucy did on “The Business Manager” episode of I Love Lucy. Until then, since I have about 24 apples in my refrigerator, here’s a yummy apple dessert.

3 cups Apples, peeled and diced
1/4 cup Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 tsp Vanilla
1/8 tsp Cinnamon

Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup Flour
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
3 Tbs Unsalted Butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon. Add apples and vanilla. Toss gently until well coated. Fill 4 ramekins (6 oz size).

In separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or fork until it is crumbly. Cover the top of each ramekin with the mix.

Bake for 20 minutes.

6 servings
Calories 260
Total Fat 5.97g
Total Carbs 51.38g
Dietary Fiber 1.0g
Protein 1.8g

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Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Muffins

Sunday night when I put Megan to bed I realized that her face was glowing. And by glowing, I mean it looked like she mixed a bottle of glitter with a jar of moisturizer and smeared it all over her face. Then Monday morning when I got back from taking them to school I realized that my bathroom was covered in makeup. Seeing as how I had taken them to school in my robe, pj’s and a ponytail, this clearly wasn’t my makeup. Apparently it looked okay because I didn’t notice it when I dropped her off.

When I got home from picking them up from school I was greeted with the wonderful aroma of these tasty things… (to which Taylor said “What in the world is that smell???” and when I told her I got a “yuck”.) I loved them. I could have eaten them all.

The cute little liners…

1 1/2 cups Flour
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 Egg
3/4 cup Milk
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup Bananas, mashed
1/3 cup Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, beat the egg lightly. Stir in milk, oil and vanilla. Add the banana and combine thoroughly. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Line muffin pan with paper bake cups and divide batter among them.
Bake for 18 minutes.

Servings: 12
Calories 219
Fat 8.7g
Carbohydrates 31.7g
Fiber 1.6g
Nutrition Grade C

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Make-up case with mirror

D’Marie Frappe Vino – Frozen Cocktail Fusion

I have never made a purchase at the State Fair. I purposely avoid those buildings because I don’t want to be roped in. But this year, Taylor asked if we could please, please, please walk through one of the buildings. So we had almost made it all the way through….past the mattresses, the air conditioning units, the wooden swinging chairs, the 1056 different scents of perfume, the carved statues of frogs…. I could see the light at the end of the building!!!! Then this man shoves a slushie in our hands and we kept walking. Then I did a quick u-turn and bought 3 boxes! :/ I couldn’t help myself. It was delicious. D’Marie Frappe  Vino….$30 for 3 boxes of “frozen cocktail fusion”.

It was so easy to make. Pour one bottle of wine (they used Barefoot Sweet Red Wine – so, so did I!) into a gallon sized Ziploc bag, fill the wine bottle with water and pour into the bag, add 1 box of the Frappe Vino, shake well and freeze for 3-5 hours.

Servings: 24 – 4oz glasses

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Bottoms Up Hand Painted Wine Glass