2/16/13

"I Love You to the Moon and back" Printable

I've recently been searching the Web for the perfect little subway art printable to frame and put up in my kids' room. I like some of the "I love you to the moon and back" printables that I've seen, but nothing's quite been the way I wanted it (no offense to those of you who have been creative enough to make some of these--they're so cute!!). My DS really likes the book that quote came from: Guess How Much I Love You. I wanted a slight pop of red, and a little bit of yellow, with a blue-ish/green-ish background. So, I sat down and made my own this evening! I love it! I can't wait to pop it into a white frame and hang it! Yay!

So, I thought I would share it with you...in case you're looking for a pop of red and a splash of yellow. :)

PLEASE READ: I have made this printable FREE and available for your PERSONAL use only. Please, do not sell it or redistribute it. If you would like to share this free printable, please send people to this post. Thank you so much!

UPDATE: I have decided to open an Etsy shop, and offer this as a download through that. If you would like to purchase the download, please visit: SweetgumAvenue


Enjoy!


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2/14/13

Project Quick Breakfast: DIY Make-Ahead, Healthy Egg McMuffin Copycats

As I said in my previous post about my "Homemade Freezer Waffles," I was faced with the challenge of trying to get my DH to eat breakfast again. I wanted quick options that were sustaining, healthy, and good. The waffle idea hit my out of nowhere, and this idea was much the same...although "nowhere" in this case was Pinterest. :) I can't remember which of my friends pinned this idea, but I just have to say a HUGE "thank you" to them! Oh, and of course a huge "thank you" to the Monica from The Yummy Life for coming up with the idea in the first place! Here are the fabulous "Make-Ahead, Healthy Egg McMuffin Copycats!"



Now, I did change a few things with this egg muffin recipe. I decided to use American cheese, because of the creaminess, and I opted to use turkey sausage instead of the Canadian bacon--but she has instructions for that as well. This project turned out better than I imagined. It sounded pretty good when I read about it, but it also tasted REALLY good!! I had to try it before I gave it to my DH, just in case it was a flop. But, I was able to unabashedly tell him that they're fabulous, and I expected him to eat every last one! :) I excitedly put them all together, wrapped them in freezer-safe wrapping, and loaded them into a convenient spot in our freezer.

I couldn't wait for my DH to try them!! When he finally did, he was pleasantly surprised! And wouldn't you know...he forgot to take one this morning, after having them for about two weeks each day, and he missed them! He said he was so hungry by 10 AM, this morning, and just hadn't realized how much he'd been depending on them for his morning energy. They're filling and they're good! When I did the cost break-down, they only ended up costing me about $1.05/each for 12 muffins. YAY!! He's eating breakfast, and it's not breaking the bank! I couldn't be happier. I know I could probably make them a bit cheaper, too (not that it really matters at $1.05/each), so I'll update you if I'm able to get that cost down even more. For now, it's a HUGE success!


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2/12/13

Project Quick Breakfast: DIY Homemade Frozen Waffles

Recently, I was faced with a challenge. Here were the issues:
  • My DH doesn't eat breakfast. 
  • I want my DH to eat breakfast. 
  • Breakfast should not be skipped. 
  • Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day.
  • My DH eats more junk food in the mornings, because he hasn't had a good breakfast.
  • I want to stop nagging him about eating breakfast.
So, I went in search of solutions...well actually, they started coming to me. 

I was making breakfast for the littles one morning a few weeks ago, when my stomach started to rumble. I usually don't eat until they've eaten...typical mom. I was mourning the fact that we didn't have anymore freezer waffles. I buy the buttermilk kind just to have on-hand for a quick grab-n-go kind of breakfast...don't judge! Haha! But, alas, we were out. Then, out of nowhere, it hit me! You can make just about anything (ala Pinterest), so I'm SURE I could make my own freezer waffles! I mean, wouldn't that just mean making up a whole bunch of waffles and, uh...freezing them?! Duh! I have no idea why I never thought of this before. Times are tight, and wouldn't that save me even more money, anyway? Of course! So, I got to work!   I man, why waste time when brillance strikes?

I grabbed my multi-purpose baking mix, and just followed the instructions. I add a bit of Red Mill Wheat Germ, just to give them some good grains.


 I already had all the ingredients on-hand. Most all of you will too! After firing up my trusty, not-so-fancy Westinghouse waffle iron, I just cooked them up. It takes only about 3 minutes each! I'm regretting the fact that I didn't take any pictures while I was actually cooking them, but after you cook them, simply place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper, and stick them in the freezer for at least 4 hours. After that, just put them in a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag, and you're all set!


Toast them up when you're ready to eat them, just like you would with a regular freezer waffle. YUM!!

So, when my DH is getting ready to leave the house, he can either grab a couple of these and eat before he goes to work, or take them with him and heat them up there. Honestly, I grab them too, when I need a quick breakfast! They're so tasty, and I feel like I'm getting so much more out of them than I was out of the pre-packaged freezer waffles. Quick breakfast solution #1...complete! Now on to quick breakfast solution #2--"Make-Ahead, Healthy Egg McMuffin Copycats" that I saw on Pinterest. Stay tuned for that post on Thursday!

 
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