Making a List…

So if you’re anything like me, you tend to get overwhelmed with all the cleaning that has to be done around the house and you have no idea where to even start, so you don’t start, and that just makes things worse. Yeah. Well, I recently saw on Pinterest, a checklist of household cleaning chores. I thought that maybe since it was so organized I could do it. So I came up with my own checklist to fit my house. It’s a very basic house so I think it would apply to most homes as well. I printed out my checklist, and I put it inside a dollar tree 8×10 frame, that way I could use a dry erase marker to just check off the list as I went, and at the end of the day erase it all and start again. 

If it’s something you’re interested in, feel free to download the checklist for yourself! Just right click and save.

It really has helped me get and keep my house clean. It helps me stay organized and I always know what’s next.

List of supplies you’ll need

One 8×10 frame, can be bought at dollar tree

One dry erase marker

Printed out check list

   Place the checklist inside the frame, hang frame wherever desired, use dry erase marker to check list off. Wipe away when done. It’s that easy! 

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Blended Coconut and Chai drink

So today I was browsing Facebook when I came across a drink that a store from my hometown was now serving. Being that I’m over 50 miles from this store, I decided to whip up my own drink, and let me tell you, I’m glad I did. It’s delicious, satisfying, and not full of syrups or unknown ingredients. It was also very refreshing on this hot summers day. 

So, what you’ll need is coconut milk, chai tea (not the mix but the bags) ice, and a blender. 

I went ahead and made my chai tea in the microwave (I know I know, but I really don’t care.) I added two tea bags to 1 and a half cups of water because I wanted a strong chai taste. While that was going, I started on my coconut milk. I used powdered coconut milk mixed with water, but you can use regular coconut milk. I made about a cup of milk. And added it to my blender. Once the tea was done, I let it cool for 5 minutes and added it to the blender too. I then added 3 tablespoons of sugar to it but I’m sure you can use xylitol, stevia, or agave. 

Then I added about 3 cups of ice, and set my blender high enough to where the ice would be fully blended. 

The end result is so delicious! 

It’s frothy, cold, and a great drink for a 92 degree day like today. 

Hope you enjoy! 

Recipe below

Ingredients

1 chai tea bags in 1 and a half cups of water

1 cup coconut milk

3 tablespoons sugar or other sweetener

3 cups of ice

Blend until smooth and frothy.

Semi healthy breakfast muffins and living with a picky eater

So my son has recently decided that anything in the vegetable category just isn’t for him. I’ve cooked and seasoned them in every way I know how and he’s always been able to pick them out or avoid his food all together. It’s become pretty frustrating and worrisome, since veggies are a great source of nutrients, I worried that he was malnourished. I mean, mac and cheese (which, that and nuggets are all he would eat) is great, but I’m not sure you can live off of it for long. This child wouldnt even eat protein unless it was in the form of a fried chicken nugget. And out of desperation thats what I gave him. Do I feel bad? Not really, we do what we can to get our kids to eat. And at least he wasn’t hungry. I was just worried he wasn’t getting enough vitamins or minerals in his diet. But here recently I found a recipe on pinterest that gave me an idea. Breakfast muffins with hidden veggies! 

After going over the recipe, I tweaked it to how I wanted it and made a dozen of some of the best darn muffins I’ve had in a while
These muffins have zucchini, carrots, apples, greek yogurt, and apple sauce in them, and when I was reading it, I was afraid that he might be able to detect the texture of the veggies, so I used a super fine grater and grated the veggies to a soft mush. I wouldn’t say puree since it still had a little texture, just not enough to detect in a muffin. 

Don’t they look great? I was super glad that L decided he wanted not one, but TWO muffins. And here’s what was left! 

Yeah, pretty awesome. 

So here’s the recipe
2 cups of flour 

1/2 cup of sugar ( I used organic cane sugar)

2 large eggs

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 tbsp unsalted softened butter

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

1/8 cup apple juice 

1 finely grated medium zucchini

1 finely grated medium carrot

1 finely grated apple (I used Honecrisp for added sweetness)

1/2 medium banana, mashed

1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce 

1/4 cup of semi sweet mini dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350° and line a cupcake/muffin tin with liners.
Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and add two large spoonfuls of batter to the liners. 

Bake the muffins for 20 minutes or until golden and firm.

They’re really delicious, and I’m planning on freezing them to save for later. And I’m just over the moon excited that I got L to consume some vegetables! Yes they’re cooked, and there’s also sugar, but still, they’re VEGETABLES! YAY!