sunday scoops

Sunday Scoops: Simple Strawberry Shortcake! Happy Mother’s Day!

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This week’s addition of Sunday Scoops is dedicated to my Mom who is truly the most beautiful person inside and out.  She is my best friend, a loving and nurturing Nana to my little ones and is such a compassionate and kind person that the world is genuinely a better place because she is in it.  My brother and I are so very blessed to have her as our Mom. #bestmomever

Since I was a little girl we have shared many desserts, but I think the one that stands out the most in my mind as a real treat from my mom was always Strawberry Shortcake.  Maybe because it was a quick go-to, tasty recipe with very few ingredients.  It was great to whip up no matter the time of year for a busy working mom and has always been a real treat for our family.  So listen, I know there are a ton of homemade from scratch recipes out there that I could share, but you know what, I am going to go with exactly what my Mom whipped up for us in no time flat.  Keeping it simple, budget friendly and true to one of my sweetest childhood treats.  Happy Mother’s Day Mom!  Love you forever and always!  ~ Lisa

1) Fresh strawberries.  Chopped, then mashed. Leave it chunky with juice to spoon over cake. (if desired, add sugar to taste)

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Photo credit: makeit-loveit.com

 

2) Cut and plate angel food cake (Store bought or recipe at Sweet & Savory) or dessert cups

3) Top with Whipped Cream or Cool Whip.  Voila! YUM!

 

 

Sunday Scoops: No-Bake Energy Bites! Great snack!

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Oh my goodness you guys….do these look yumm-o or what?!  So I confess, my worst eating habit is that I love to graze through the kitchen late in the evening….these may be just the option to satisfy my habit and make it a little healthier.  They also will make the perfect snack for my little ones.  I will definitely use them as a quick breakfast option that would be great paired with yogurt or fruit…especially on the mornings that feel a bit rushed and let’s face it…weekday mornings at my house….well, we aren’t exactly cooking up eggs and waffles!  It’s go, go, go!  😉

Enjoy! ~Lisa

energy bites

Prep time: 30 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 18-20 bites
WHAT YOU NEED:
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
HOW TO MAKE IT:
  1. Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.
  2. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  3. Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!
  4. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  5. **You can substitute almost anything for any of the ingredients to work around food allergies, special diets, etc. Soybutter, almond butter, cashew butter, sun butter, etc all works in place of peanut butter. You can use creamed or liquid honey, or agave nectar or even maltitol syrup in place of the honey. If you do not like or cannot eat coconut try some type of crushed cereal, wheat germ, whole wheat flour, granola, cocoa powder…the possibilities are really endless. If you cannot find ground flaxseed you can buy it whole and grind it yourself in a coffee grinder or magic bullet or you can substitute any other dry ingredient in it’s place. Yes, the mini chocolate chips can be regular sized or carob or you can use raisins, cranberries, goji berries, or crushed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc) of some kind.

Recipe and Photo Source: Smashed Peas and Carrots

Sunday Scoops: One Pot Burrito Bowls

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This is definitely on my menu this week!  I stumbled on it as a friend had shared it on Facebook.  So glad I did!  This One Pot Burrito Bowl recipe by I Heart Naptime will be a perfect new go-to, quick (only 30 minutes!) and easy recipe to feed my family’s love of Mexican food!  Yum!  I can’t wait to make this!  Have a great week friends and as always thanks for reading! ~ Lisa

Homemade-burrito-bowl-recipe

One Pot Burrito Bowls

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup red bell pepper

1/2 cup diced sweet onion

1 pound lean hamburger

1/3 cup Old El Paso Medium Thick n’ Chunky Salsa

1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 15 oz can corn, drained

1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes

1 4 oz can Old El Paso diced green chiles

1 cup jasmine rice (or any long grain)

1 Tablespoon taco seasoning

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

2 cups chicken stock (chicken broth works too)

1 cup shredded cheddar/jack cheese

S & P to taste

Optional toppings:

Sour cream

Cilantro

Green Onions

Tomatoes

Avocado

Directions:

In a large pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute the onions and red peppers. Add in hamburger and cook until browned. Stir in salsa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles, jasmine rice, taco seasoning and chili powder. Pour in chicken stock and then bring to a light boil. Cover the pan and reduce heat to low. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is all the way cooked.

When rice is done, S&P to taste. Top with your favorite toppings. We like to serve over lettuce in a salad bowl and eat with tortilla chips.

Sunday Scoops: DIY Photo Booth & Baseball Party Theme

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If you are looking for a great DIY Photo Booth or some easy, budget friendly Baseball Party Theme ideas…you’ve hit the jackpot!  A few months ago I hosted a baby shower for a dear friend and to celebrate the pending arrival of her little boy, she chose an adorable baseball theme.  I went to town brainstorming ideas and scouring Pinterest.  The photo galleries below feature the food, drinks, décor, activities and games that we had at the shower! Many of these ideas can be modified to fit other themes as well.  Have fun and as always thanks for reading friends!  ~Lisa

DECOR: The food displays actually made up a great majority of the décor.  I add a couple of DIY banners that I picked up at Target and added a few small twirly baseball hanging decorations that I found on Amazon.  To add to the personalization of the décor, I added two activity decorations with a baseball to be autographed for baby by the party guests and a “Guess the # of bubble gum pieces in the jar”.  The shallow red basket filled with baseball cap ice cream cups, mini steno pads, team spirit bracelets and a movie were some of the fun yet inexpensive prizes for the games. The tissue paper Pom-Poms were made by me.  Here is a great step-by-step tutorial on how to make the Pom-Poms by Hey Let’s Make StuffNote: tutorial shows to staple in center which I opted to tie instead with the end of a piece of fishing line so that I could hang them up.  The clear fishing line makes them look like they are floating!  🙂

FOOD & DRINKS: Recipes for Napa Cabbage Salad & Best Party Punch

PHOTO BOOTH: Red paper background is basic gift wrapping paper attached to the wall with 3M adhesive strips.  Twisted streamers for border are attached with thumb tacks in corners.  Cardstock paper was used to print and make the fun props which were quickly attached to sticks with a hot glue gun.  SO MUCH FUN!

GAMES

Tinkle In The Pot:  This is a hilarious Baby Shower Game. Each player puts a balloon under their shirt while holding a ping pong ball between their knees. Player must waddle down the line and drop the ball into a jar or bucket.

TP DIAPERS: Split your group into teams.  Each team needs one volunteer to get a “diaper” made by their team.  The team uses toilet paper to create a diaper on their “Big Baby”.  Lots of laughs guaranteed!

Sunday Scoops: 10 Ingenious Ideas!

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My mom and I love easy home solutions and these are some of the great ones that she recently sent to me.

I had to share!  Thanks Mom! 🙂

Do you have any great home remedies or ingenious ideas?

Please share in the comments below! As always…thanks for reading! ~Lisa

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Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when hard-boiling eggs
to make the shells incredibly easy to peel off.

 

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To tell if eggs are fresh, immerse them in a bowl of water.
Fresh eggs will lie on the bottom, while stale eggs will float to the surface.
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Keep brown sugar soft by storing with a couple of marshmallows.
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Use a rubber band to rescue a stripped screw.
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Use chalk to remove grease stains from clothes.
Simply rub white chalk on the affected area and wash as normal
– the chalk will absorb the grease and be washed away in the cycle.
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Use rubber bands to help open a jar easily:
place one around the jar lid and another around the middle of the glass.
The rubber provides friction to prevent your hands from slipping.
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To sharpen scissors, simply cut through sandpaper.
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Prevent soil from escaping through the holes in the base
of flowerpots by lining with large coffee filters.
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Use ice-cubes to lift out indentations made by furniture on your carpets.
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To clean a wooden chopping board, sprinkle on a handful of Kosher salt
and rub with half a lemon.
Rinse with clean water and dry to ensure it is clean and germ-free.
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Sunday Scoops: 5 Fun Easter Food Ideas!

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I have to admit that I am a sucker for fun food ideas when it comes to holidays and special occasions.  These are some of my favorites that I have stumbled on for the upcoming Easter Holiday.  Now while it would be quite tempting to pack my hubby and tween’s lunch in easter eggs…I suppose I will save that one for the littlest littles!

Now, after you’ve checked out the ideas here…put down that fluffly, delicious, sugar dusted lil Peep and share what fun Easter Recipes you love!images033WUCS0

First up……Bunny Pancakes!

Bunny Pancakes

Bunny Pancakes  Source: Taste of Home

chick

Chicks-On-The-Ranch Deviled Eggs  Source: Taste of Home

Bunny Breakfast

Bunny Breakfast  Source: Worth Pinning

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Birds’ Nests Source: The Curvy Carrot

Easter Egg Lunch Hunt

Easter Egg Lunch Hunt  Source: Gluesticks

Sunday Scoops: Slow Cooker Meatloaf

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Oh how I love a delicious and easy slow cooker meal! This is one of my favorite Pinterest recipe finds by Recipe Chatter. With minimal prep…and I’m talking like 10 minutes max, set my slow cooker and voila!…dinner is served!

I substituted the Ritz Crackers used in the original recipe with Bread Crumbs because it is what I had on hand.  I’ve even diced up carrots and mushrooms for more of a “hidden veggie” type of meatloaf. Gotta get those veggies in where you can! This is a super yummy go-to recipe for my family. Everyone loves it, even my pickiest eater!

Enjoy! ~ Lisa

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped green peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cup ketchup, divided
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

 

HOW TO MAKE IT:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together ground beef, green pepper, onion, eggs, salt, cracker crumbs, and 3/4 cups of the ketchup. Use a spoon or your hands to incorporate the mixture.
  2. Line your slow cooker with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf and place in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours (or 170 internal temp-well done). In the last 15 minutes, mix together remaining ketchup, mustard and brown sugar and spread on top meatloaf. Let cook for remaining 15 minutes.
  4. Let cool, slice and serve.

Image & Recipe Credit: Recipe Chatter