Double Chocolate Muffins with Giveaway

My family and I love butter! Nothing beats the rich and creamy taste of pure butter, whether you are spreading it on bread or using it in baking for treats like these Double Chocolate Muffins.

Rich and Chocolately Double Chocolate Muffins - muffins made with cocoa powder and chocolate chips for bakery fresh taste.

I recently had the chance to review Finlandia Premium Butter, and it is delicious.  I spread it on a loaf of Italian bread fresh from the bakery, and it tasted amazing.  The fresh bread really allows the flavor of the butter to shine through, and fresh bread and butter make a wonderful addition to a hearty dinner.Continue Reading

Create Tomorrowland – Video Contest for Kids

To celebrate the May 22nd release of Tomorrowland Xprize is launching a video contest to encourage 8-17 year olds to imagine the world-changing technology of the future!

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Tomorrowland is a riveting mystery adventure starring George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.”Continue Reading

12 Easy Easter Decor Ideas

12 ideas for easy Easter Decor - decorate with plastic eggs, Peeps, washi tape and more

Easter is less than a week away! Decorating for Easter doesn’t have to be complicated, there are lots of fun things you can do with simple things like plastic eggs, paper and even Peeps. Here is a great collection of 12 Easy Easter Decor idea that you can use to make your Easter table festive and fun for family and friends.Continue Reading

Natural Herb Stenciled Easter Eggs

I have been making naturally dyed Easter Eggs for years, and it is always fun to see the colors that you can create from nature.  This year I saw some Onion Dyed Easter Eggs on Pinterest that had leaf patterns imprinted on them.  I was intrigued, and found that the pin linked to this Craftster message board, which had all the instructions.  I decided to make some of my own, using herbs along with a wider variety of natural dyes. Here are my natural herb stenciled Easter Eggs!

Natural Herb Stenciled Easter Eggs - Easter eggs made with natural dyes using herbs to create a pretty pattern.  The eggs are dyed with turmeric, red cabbage and onion skins.

They came out even better than I expected, and weren’t too difficult to make either.  Stockings are used to hold the herbs tight against the eggs during the dying process.  Although the original project used blown eggs I hard boiled my eggs, because it seems simpler to me, and because my kids love hardboiled eggs for a snack.  Here is how I created the Easter Eggs.

Natural Herb Stenciled Easter Eggs - Easter eggs made with natural dyes using herbs to create a pretty pattern. The eggs are dyed with turmeric, red cabbage and onion skins.

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Mexican Tomato Soup with Corn Dumplings – RO*TEL Recipe

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During Lent this year I have been making meatless soup recipes inspired by cuisines from around the world, and this week I made a delicious Mexican Tomato Soup with Corn Dumplings.

Mexican Tomato Soup with Corn Dumplings - an easy meatless soup that is perfect for Lent.

This soup combines traditional Mexican flavors like tomatoes, hominy, and chiles, and adds in bite sized corn dumplings for a soup that is rich and filling without any meat. This soup is quick and easy to make, and using shortcuts like RO*TEL diced tomatoes with green chiles makes it even easier!Continue Reading

The Longest Ride Movie

The movie The Longest Ride will be released on April 10th, and it is the latest in a long line of great movies based on novels by Nicholas Sparks.

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This movie is based on a best selling novel, and follows the story of the love between Luke, a former champion bull rider trying to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student headed for the New York City art world.  It is a class of cultures and ideals!Continue Reading

March into Savings with Lowest Price Unlimited Plans

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Cell phones and cell phone plans can be confusing – and expensive!  I hate paying more than I need to, so I love the Walmart Family Mobile Service and their Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans.

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My son will be 16 in about a month!  For the past year he has had a basic phone with limited minutes, limited texting, limited service and no data, but I promised him a better phone with an actual data plan once he turned 16 and started driving.  But we can’t afford to spend a lot on either a phone or service, so I need an affordable phone for teens, which is why Walmart Family Mobile is ideal.Continue Reading

Coke Zero Shredded Taco Beef with Giveaway

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NCAA® March Madness is in full swing, and my family and I are loving the games.  Last weekend was crazy, with some great upsets and lots of close finishes, and I am sure this weekend’s basketball games will be just as fantastic!  Here is an easy dish for your game day parties – A Coke Zero Shredded Taco Beef, perfect for a basketball taco bar.

Coke Zero Shredded Taco Beef - perfect for a taco bar at your basketball party

Tacos are the perfect game day food, because they are ready when you are!  After all, you  never know when a game will go into overtime, so it is hard to serve something that needs precise timing.  This weekend I had my extended family over for some fun and basketball, and the taco bar was a big hit.Continue Reading

Herb Gardening Books

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I love cooking, and fresh herbs make dishes so much better!  But they are expensive to buy, and the herbs I buy at the store just don’t last very long.  So I have been investigating herb gardens, and am planning to start growing my own herbs now that spring is here.

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Right now I have coriander and basil sitting on my kitchen window sill, but I want to expand and have more herbs available to me, so I am planning an outdoor herb garden.  Here are five great herb gardening books that can help you start one too!Continue Reading