Sunday, June 25, 2017

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicle

Recently, I contacted zoku to try out one of their popsicle molds and quickly fell in love with the product. I got the quick pop maker in red (I chose red because well it is Daniel's favorite color), Kristopher and Kailee became VERY excited. With this quick pop maker it is like an ice cream machine, plus no more long waits for the popsicles to actually free. But please keep in mind you have to freeze the popsicle container 24 hours before using it, like an ice cream machine container. As most of you are aware my mother has been having some health issues that has taken most of my time, thoughts, and concerns lately so I have not been having much time to do much else. I will not go into details, as that is private, but Lord I just wish the lady would catch a break!! But I want to thank each and everyone who continues to support us along this rocky journey.

First off, I love the idea, design, and concept behind these popsicle molds. On a hot 90 degree day I can easily take the quick pop maker out of the freezer, blend up some fruits or yogurt then you add some fruit and freeze for 9-12 minutes and the children have a perfectly healthy treat to take to the pool. Popsicles you buy at the store have so many additives, corn syrup, added coloring or you can get organic 4 pack for $5.00. I mean why waste the money on that? When you can invest money into a popsicle maker that will allow you to continue to make fresh, organic, no additives, yummy treats for you and your family easily; just dig out some room in your deep freezer and keep the quick pop mold in there (like I do). One thing I will strongly suggest getting is the Zoku storage case because once you make the popsicles you have no where to put them so you can store them to make more (since you can only make 3 at a time but you have 6 sticks to use). Another thing Kristopher really wanted to dip the popsicles in chocolate, so the chocolate station is very handy to keep around too. I mean it is summer time, you can make popsicles ahead of time, freeze in your storage case, then dip them in the perfectly melted chocolate (not a fan of chocolate but I think a strawberry popsicle dipped in chocolate would be out of this WORLD). Well why don't we get into the recipe now, since that is why everyone is here anyways!

You Will Need:

Zoku Quick Pop Maker (links below)
1 Pint Organic Strawberries
2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Organic Cream Cheese
3 tbsp Organic Graham Crackers
1/2 Cup Organic Milk
1/2 Cup Water
4 tbsp Organic Raw Honey, divided
1 tsp Organic Butter, melted

Make sure you put this in the freezer for 24 hours prior to using it

Place graham crackers into a ziplock bag

Crush the graham crackers until broken into tiny pieces, Kailee crushed these, she did good, but I had to complete them 

Measure out your graham crackers into a small bowl 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GoOrganic Candy

Feeding your children natural, organic foods, snacks, and meals can sometimes be very hard when you cannot find good quality candy, oh boy do not get me started on grocery shopping and seeing candy at the registers. Now do not get me wrong Kristopher and Kailee know better than to ask for the nasty candy at the register, but come on! They are children and children do like to have candy once in awhile (which I am completely okay with). But even more so now that I found an organic candy company! GoOrganic is 100% organic, non-GMO, gluten free, allergen-friendly, naturally flavored, made in the USA, and simply delicious (not going to lie I may have an addition to these candies). Kristopher is crazy about the peppermint candies, Kailee loves the cherry, and I am obsessed with the honey or honey-lemon ones. I have found that the honey and honey-lemon hard candies are simply amazing when it comes to sore throats these babies help me get through the sore throat without halls or medication from a doctor. I am dying to try the apple hard candies and they have a mix pack of strawberry, watermelon and mango. Well, you can give these a try for free, I have teamed up with GoOrganic for one lucky subscriber will receive 2 bags of these candies (not sure what bags or if you can pick but will find out once giveaway ends).

You can purchase your bulk candy from GoOrganic by clicking that link, you can find these in Fresh Thyme, Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, and most health food stores (I have not found them in regular stores like Kroger or Wal-Mart but does not mean you cannot look). I personally like to buy mine in bulk, because let's face the facts here, between 2 children, friends of the kids, family, and myself these babies hardly last a week in the house! My poor candy jar is visited often when the kiddos know I have GoOrganic hard candies in the box! I cannot express enough how much we love these hard candies (the chewable ones are pretty amazing too, but working on phones all day they can be a pain in the butt to chew, so I stick to the hard candies and no one knows I am eating anything).

Just a side note here, these candies are PERFECT for Halloween (yes it is sometime away and we do not take part in Halloween dress up I do enjoy handing out GoOrganic candies to the kiddies, at least I know they are getting one good treat from someone and who knows maybe the kid will love it and beg mommy/daddy to buy them again.

So yummy when you have a sore throat or stomach pains! Daniel loves them!

Kailee's favorite (have to really watch her or she sneaks them!!) :))

I love these or the plain honey hard candies... mmm in fact I am eating one as I type this!! :))

These are amazing, hard to eat while on the phone working, but pretty good nonetheless. 

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**Products were provided to me free of charge (some of these pictured I did buy myself) from GoOrganic, however all opinions are my own**

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Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Chocolate peppermint bark is simply the easiest gift you could make anyone. I love making this for baby showers within the church (as the children eat it up and is less messy), birthday gift bags, goodie bags after a party, or for Christmas gifts or get togethers. This is always on our table during the Holidays (soon to be on the Island once we move into the house). It is kind of hard to find a good quality peppermint candy (cane or mint) that is not full of nasty additives... well look no further I have brought you the missing piece to your every longing search!! GoOrganic peppermint candies are simply amazing! Let me say this, now this is my own personal opinion not medically supported, but when Aunt Flow pays her God awful visit every month I love having these on hand for the cramps and headaches! Works like a charm! You can buy yours here in bulk from GoOrganic (I buy bulk since we go through so much with family, friends, church friends, kids, the kids friends, and well myself!! Be sure to enter the giveaway following this post below!!

You Will Need:

12 oz. Organic Chocolate
GoOrganic Peppermint Candies
Unbleached Parchment Paper

Break your chocolate into tiny pieces 

Place chocolate into a heat safe glass container over simmering water (do not boil the water or it will ruin the chocolate

Place your GoOrganic peppermint candies into a ziplock

Crush them yummy babies!! It's so sad to see them crushed, but soooo yummy!

Keep stirring the chocolate until it is fully melted, I still had a little chunks still 

Pour onto your parchment paper and make it an even level

Sprinkle the peppermint candies on top and place in freezer for 1-2 hours or until solid 

So I had Kailee spread the rest of the peppermints on here so I could get a photo, and the child just dumps them!! haha oh well still yummy

Now wouldn't you want to give these to your family/friends for the Holidays!! Of course they will forever be thankful if you give them a homemade gift of yumminess!!

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Our Home Has Begun!

June 13, 2017 will forever be the most amazing day of our lives!! It is the day we will forever remember and chairish for many years to come while living in the house! Yup, if you follow up on FaceBook then you already know! It was the day our home began to be built!! Here are some photos of the beginning stage, I will post photos often, but not too often as I will have a big video at the end before we move in!! Enjoy!!

Our lot before the big DIG!!

Get to work boys/girls!!! I need a home!

Still cannot believe it is ours!!! EEK!!! 

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Dog Treats

Making my girls some homemade treats that are healthy for them makes me happy! Not only are these treats easy to make and affordable but they are hip/joint support for your puppy friends! As the gelatin used supports hip and joints. One thing I love about these are that dogs with sensitive tummies like IsaBella Rose can still eat them. And if your fur babies get sick and need a rice chicken broth diet to calm upset tummies these are your go too, well they are for us! Not a lot of you know but IsaBella Rose has a very sensitive stomach, she cannot have grains, dairy, beef, byproducts or she will throw up. There was a time where we had her tested for everything because she throw up almost daily, and all it was, was allergies to the food she was eating. So, we switched the food and started giving her these once or twice a week to help keep her tummy calm. And I am happy to report she has not thrown up in almost a year!! *knocks on wood!!*

You Will Need:

3 tbsp Great Lakes Gelatin
3 tbsp Water
1 1/2 Cups Organic Hot Bone Broth
Organic Cooked Rice
Silicone Mold or Ice Tray Mold

Measure your gelatin out in a separate bowl 

Bowl water, add rice, and add until rice is done

I heated my chicken broth to boil in the microwave but you can def bring it to a boil on the stove
I did not picture here, but you need to add water to gelatin and mix
Then add that mixture to the broth and whisk until gelatin is dissolved 

Add rice to bottom of each mold

Pour gelatin/broth mixture over rice and place in fridge for 30 minutes or until set

There they are! Gelain dog treats! I had videos of the dogs eating these but they got delete! I do have a couple photos!

They LOVED them! 

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