A New Twist on Cincinnati Chili with Gift Card Giveaway

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My family and I love pasta, but sadly it isn’t always a healthy choice for dinners.  Lately we have been trying to cut back on the amount of refined carbs we eat, and one great way to do that is to replace pasta with “noodles” made from a healthy vegetable like squash.  I recently made the replacement in one of my favorite pasta dishes, the classic Cincinnati Chili.

Cincinnati Chili with Zucchini Noodles

It tasted pretty good with zucchini noodles, and then I didn’t feel guilty about adding a decent amount of cheese on top! To make the noodles I used the Veggetti, a new kitchen tool I was recently asked to review.  This is a simple little device that is designed to quickly turn vegetables into healthy spaghetti. [Read More...]

Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Blueberries are probably my favorite summer fruit.  All my kids like them too, so we have them frequently in the summer.  Often we just serve them by themselves as a side dish with dinner, but sometimes I like to use them for a special dessert, like this Blueberry Upside Down Cake.

Blueberry Upside Down Cake

This cake is one of my favorite that I have ever made, because the blueberries are caramelized and soak into to the cake, which is moist and delicious.  I used a lot of blueberries in this cake, basically covering the entire bottom of the cake pan with berries so there was a thick layer of fruit on top when it was finished. [Read More...]

Five Games for Summer Learning

Summer is the perfect time for outdoor fun, but sometimes it is just too hot or stormy! When you have to stay inside it is so easy for to let kids watch tv, play video games or go on the computer. But there are plenty of indoor activities that are just as fun, and can promote learning at the same time. My family loves to play games together, and here are my family’s five favorite that are perfect for a rainy summer day, because they encourage learning and thinking. These games are most appropriate for ages 8 and up.

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Decorated Christmas Letters – Christmas in July

One of the projects my kids and I did during on Christmas in July celebration was to decorate Paper Mache letters. We decided to decorate the letters to spell out “NOEL”, mainly because it is short and sweet. We used 8 inch high letters and decorated them in a diagonal striped pattern with mostly muted Christmas colors.

Decorated Christmas Letters - NOEL - Christmas in July

They came out looking great, and we are thinking about doing “JOY” and “PEACE” next so we have letters for the whole fireplace mantle this Christmas. [Read More...]

Freshen Up Your Bathroom Routine

This article is sponsored by Cottonelle.

Organized BathroomWhen it comes to bathroom routines sometimes you have to shake it up a little bit.  I recently some redecorating in my bathroom to make it more bright and cheerful.  After all it is a room I am in frequently, so I want it to look nice.  I bought this organizer shelf, which adds color and whimsy to the boring white room.  And even better it provides lots of storage space for toiletries.  Before this our extra toilet paper was generally stored on the floor – which was handy but not very esthetically pleasing!

Now I have baskets for storing my Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper, and the perfect spot to put the Cottonelle Fresh Care Cleansing Cloths in a handy upright container.  These cloths are another new addition that is shaking up my bathroom routine.  They are great for making sure that I feel totally fresh, clean and confident.  Cottenelle calls this the wet dry system – start with a wet flushable wipe and then finish with some dry toilet paper. [Read More...]

Stained Glass Votive Candle Holders – Christmas in July

These candle holders aren’t really stained glass, instead they are made by covering the candle holders in colored tissue paper. But they look like stained glass, especially with a candle flickering inside them!

Stained Glass Votive Candle Holders - Christmas in July

These were the perfect Christmas in July project for us, because I bought the supplies for this 2 1/2 years ago, and then never found time to do the the project!  So my kids and I found making them in the summer a great solution.  I don’t know why we waited so long for this project, because it was very easy to do and not time consuming at all. [Read More...]

Nutella Snowball Cookies – Christmas in July

When I suggested to the kids that we do some Christmas crafts for Christmas in July they insisted we had to include baking cookies!  So we made these Nutella Snowball Cookies, and they taste just as good in July as they do in December.

Nutella Snowball Cookies - Christmas in July

Snowball cookies are tasty because they are coated in lots and lots of powdered sugar.  You actually roll them in sugar twice, once right after they come out of the oven and again after they have cooled.  This lets the first layer of powdered sugar soak in and flavor the cookies. [Read More...]

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