Valentine’s Day Cake Pops

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy cake and that’s kinda the same thing.” -Unknown

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Love is in the air. This DIY is a perfect surprise your special someone, your family, or even your friends. It would also be perfect to bake these delicious little treats with that special someone on Valentine’s Day.

Here is what you need:

  • Cake Mix and Cake ingredients (We used White)
  • 1/3 Cup Frosting (We used Chocolate Fudge)
  • Treat Sticks
  • Candy Melts
  • Sprinkles
  • Food Coloring (Optional)

 

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  1. Bake Cake according to manufacturers directions. We added 10 drops of red food coloring to make a pink color.  Once the cake is cool enough to handle crumble well. We used the food processor.

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  1. Add the frosting to your cake crumbles and mix well. We found it easiest using our hands to mix it.

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3. Using a medium-sized ice cream scoop to measure, roll the dough into little round balls. Insert the balls into the freezer for about 20 minutes.

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4. Once the balls are hard from the freezer, melt a few disks of chocolate. We put them in the microwave for 1 minute stirred and then warmed in 30 second increments. Be careful not to burn. This is what you are going to use as ‘glue’ to hold the stick into the cake. Insert the stick about half way into the cake balls.

 

 

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5. Your Cake Pops are now ready to be dipped. Prepare the chocolate the same as described above. And Dip. You will have excess chocolate so we just held them over the bowl till it dripped off.

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6. To let them dry place them on a piece or parchment paper.  Add your sprinkles, we used the ones we made in our DIY Glitter Sprinkles. 🙂

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7. Allow to dry and they are ready to eat. This recipe made 24 Cake Pops. Hope you like this delicious little Valentine’s day treat.

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DIY Glitter Sprinkles

Everybody’s Got Their Poison, and Mine is Sugar – Derrick Rose

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and it is the time to start baking. We have these cute, easy sprinkles that you can put on almost anything. Cookies, Cake pops, Cupcakes and even Ice Cream . They are so inexpensive and easy too.

You Will Need:

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • Food Coloring (we used red and blue)
  • Plastic Baggies
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Salt and Pepper Shakers (for storage, optional)

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First you will separate your sugar into two baggies. (More or less depending on how many color sprinkles you will have.) We put 1/4 Cups of sugar in each bag. Next add your food coloring drops. We used 15 drops in one bag, for a nice rich red. In the other baggie we added 10 drops of red and 6 drops of blue (for a pretty purple.) Shake well to mix.

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Next line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread a thin even layer of the sugar mixture.

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Last insert the sugar into the oven at 200°F for about 4 minutes or until glistening. Be careful to not melt the sugar, don’t go to far from the oven 🙂

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And you are done. Let cool and sprinkle away!

How to Restore a Non-Stick Pan

“Frying Pans…Who Knew Right?” -Flynn Ryder

There is literally nothing worse than having a pan that is not so non-stick anymore. Everything burns to the bottom and then you have to spend forever scrubbing the stupid thing. We tried everything to restore this old pan before letting it go. We found a trick for you that actually works. It super simple too. Chances are that you already have everything you need inside your kitchen.

All you need:

  • Old Frying Pan
  • 1 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

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  1. Heat your pan for 2-3 minutes. Once your pan is hot, add the 2 tablespoons coconut oil.

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2. Swirl the coconut oil around in the pan, so that the entire surface is coated. Once the coconut oil starts to smoke, remove it from heat and let cool.

3. Once the pan is cool take a paper towel and rub the left over oil into the pan.

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4. Your pan is as good as new.By heating the pan you open the natural spores to allow the coconut oil to penetrate into the surface. We hope this helped to make your life a little easier and cleaning to not be so tedious.

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How to Organize Your Pantry

For Every Minute Organizing, an Hour is Earned. – Unknown

We went grocery shopping and when we got home, there was no place to fit the food we bought. The pantry had really gotten out of hand. We are going to show you the steps we took to make the pantry look much nicer and also make it much easier to find what you’re looking for. We did not use much to do this DIY. Just a few things we had lying around the house.

Here is what we used:

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Washi Tape
  • Permanent Marker
  • Boxes

Here is what out pantry looked like starting out. ..

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As you can see it is just very cluttered and we did have some boxes in there from prior organization.

The first step we took to complete this pantry organization was to find all extra boxes we had lying around the house. All shapes and sizes.

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The next step we took was to separate all the food into categories. (Ex. pasta, cans, spices, tea.) Once you do this you can wrap your boxes to make them look nice. (This step is optional.) We just used some old Christmas wrapping paper and turned it to the white side.

Next check to see what food fits best in each box. This can be overwhelming, just take your time.

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Once everything fit to out liking we labeled the boxes with Washi Tape.

1.In the first square from the top we have a spot for snacks and Ramen. We made sure to have a bin for popcorn because that is our favorite snack.

2.In the next square we have our cooking spices and hot sauce .

3.In the Last square on the top row, we have peanut butter and pasta sauce. Right behind that we havea few big cans

4.In the first square on the bottom row, we have our caned goods and a bin for our hot cocoa and tea.

5. In The bottom row, middle square, we have our rice and oatmeal. We used plastic cereal boxes for the rice.

6.In the last square on the bottom row, we have all of our pasta noodles.

Here is a picture of our masterpiece when it was finished…

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Now lets just hope we can keep it that way!

We really hope this gave you inspiration to organize your pantry as well. Happy organizing!

DIY Quick Grab Smoothie Packs

“To Eat is a necessity, but to Eat Intelligently is an Art.” -Unknown

Pre-Made smoothie packs make your morning routine so much easier. We like to start off every Sunday and prepare our favorite recipes for our weekly smoothies. It is really easy and you can add all your favorite fruits and vegetables. The sky is the limit. You can also add your favorite additive such as yogurt or milk to an ice-cube tray and freeze, then add those in the baggies as well. We did not do that because we like to switch it up.

Here is what we used:

  • Organic Whole Strawberries
  • Freestone Peaches
  • Organic Mango Chunks
  • Pineapple Chunks
  • Pure Acai
  • Organic Raspberries
  • Sandwich Bags

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  1.  If your using fresh fruit, wash and dice the ingredients you will be using. Separate everything in to baggies. We usually add a variety of fruits and vegetables that equal to about 2 to 3 cups in each bag. We always make our smoothies with either 1 1/2 cups of Almond Milk or 1 1/2 cups Greek Yogurt.

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Here are some of our favorite smoothie combinations:

  1. “Strawberry Like You” Smoothie
  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • 1/2 Cup Raspberries
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries

2. “She’s a Super Peach” Smoothie

  • 1 Cup Peaches
  • 1/2 Cup Pineapple
  • 1/2 Cup Strawberries

3. “Don’t Be a Blueberry” Smoothie

  • 2 Cups Blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup Acai
  • 1/2 Cups Strawberries

4. “Let’s Do The Mango” Smoothie

  • 1 Cup Mango
  • 1/2 Cup Pineapple
  • 1/2 Strawberries

 

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We hope this Mini DIY will help to make your mornings a little easier. You know what they say, ” Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Let us know which one is your favorite!

A Twist on Instant Ramen.

“I Thought I Would Someday Outgrow Ramen Noodles. Man, was I Wrong.” -Unknown

One day we got to experimenting, we wanted to find the best and easiest way to  spice up plain instant Ramen. After a few times, we finally found a delicious way to prepare it. The thing we love the most is that it is so customizable. You can add anything you want.

Here is what we used:

  • 1 Teaspoon Chive Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper/mild. More if you want it spicy.
  • 7 Chicken Breast Tenderloin (Cubed) or meat of your choice.
  • Steamfresh Lightly Seasoned Asian Medley
  • 4 eggs (soft-boiled)
  • Sesame Seeds
  • 4 Packs Instant Ramen Noodles
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • Sriracha (optional)

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Add chives, garlic powder, and onion salt to large pot boiling water

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2. Add chicken to seasoned boiling water and  boil until cooked thoroughly.

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3. Remove chicken from water and cut into cubes. (Make sure to save your chicken broth for later)

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4. Add Ramen, and vegetables to  broth. (from chicken)

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5. Once Ramen is soft…add your sesame seeds, soy sauce , crushed red pepper and your cooked chicken cubes.

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6. Soft Boiled eggs: Boil water on high, once you have a rolling boil add eggs and cook for 7 minutes. * We added a teaspoon of baking soda to the water for easy peel shells.

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If desired add more crushed red pepper or sriracha. And that is all there is to it 🙂 Hope you find this easy Chicken Ramen recipe as delicious as we do!

 

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