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Cream of Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup Recipe

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I love soups. All soups. I seriously go soup crazy in the fall and winter…and in the summer I usually find “cold” day to make some soup because I miss it! Here is one of my families favorite soups I make…Cream of Broccoli and Cauliflower soup.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbs butter
  • 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 2 cans chicken broth (I use my homemade chicken stock)
  • 3-4 cups of broccoli
  • 2 cups cauliflower
  • 1 cup of grated cheese
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups of 2% milk or half & half (I often times substitute with coconut milk it makes a great soup and it’s WAY less fattening)
  • Salt, pepper (I use Johnny’s Seasoning for my salt and add a little garlic powder)

Directions:

  1. Cut broccoli and cauliflower into florets and boil in chicken stock until al dente (soft but still firm), about 15 minutes. (You may
  2. In a large saucepan, heat butter over a medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft and golden. Add flour to butter and onion mixture make a rue. Once the rue is thick add milk/cream slowly to mixture slowly, whisking while mixture together.
  3. Using an electric blender, blend half of the broccoli/cauliflower mixture until smooth. Pour mixture into the cream mixture, along with the remainder of the whole floret mixture. (You may need to add a little more chicken stock at this time if you want a larger batch of soup)
  4. Turn soup down to a low simmer for about 15 minutes. Maker sure to stir every few minutes to make sure the cream does not burn to the bottom of the pan. Make sure to taste and season to taste.
  5. Top with cheese and sour cream. Enjoy :)

Homemade Lice Prevention Spray

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It’s back to school time, which means it’s lice breakout time. That’s right – with the beginning of school often comes a lice season. I have four beautiful children. Two are girls with VERY long hair. We have dealt with lice outbreaks spreading like wildfire though out their schools EVERY YEAR and since my daughters have long hair we used to have at least one breakout each year.

Thank goodness I have discovered an amazing remedy that will help reduce the chance of lice in our home. Even better it is super easy to make, 100% natural and smells fabulous.

Simply combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and apply daily. I also have discovered that keeping my girl’s hair in buns while lice is going around also helps reduce the chance of them getting it as well.

Ingredients

***The most important ingredients are the water and Tea Tree essential oil…so if you are on a budget I recommend at least picking up some Tea Tree oil and adding it to a spray bottle with water, detangler or even conditioner! The Tea Tree oil is the repellent and will keep the lice from wanting to jump or lay nits.

Homemade Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Recipe

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I love cooking homemade casseroles and “homey” food for my family! I recently indulged in an amazing enchilada at a little hole in the wall Mexican Restaurant and decided I would put myself to the challenge  to recreating one just as good or better. Now let me tell you this recipe may not be perfect – but dang it turned out A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!  I know this picture does not do it justice, however my family seriously devoured it before I could take a more appealing picture. :)

Homemade Cheesy Chicken Enchilada
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Serves: 4-6
 
The easiest, cheesiest and tastiest chicken enchilada's you will ever taste!
Ingredients
  • 2 lb chicken breasts
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup colored peppers, diced
  • 3 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 lime (or 2 tbsp lime juice)
  • 12 corn tortillas (or 6 flour tortillas)
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 2½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb mozzarella cheese (or 3 string cheese sticks)
  • ½ cup sour cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Saute onions and peppers in olive oil. Once vegetables are about half way cooked add chicken breasts and saute until chicken is fully cooked.
  2. Add taco seasoning and the juice of 1 lime to chicken and vegetable mix. Cook for about 3 more minutes, until flavors are all merged.
  3. In a sauce pan add pre-made enchilada sauce and sour cream. Cook to a light simmer and set to the side.
  4. In a casserole dish place 1 tortilla at a time (if using corn tortillas use two in order to make the enchilada long enough) begin build your enchilada's one at a time. First the tortilla, fill with a long strip of mozzarella cheese (or half of a string cheese), drizzle a pinch of cheddar cheese (a little less than ¼ cup in each), and add a couple spoonfuls of chicken mixture. Roll enchilada and close face down.
  5. Repeat this step 6 times. Until all 6 enchilada's are filled and rolled closed.
  6. Add enchilada sauce evenly over all 6 enchilada's and top with remaining cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
  7. Cook at 350 degrees in the oven for 25 minutes. Or until all the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

 

100% Natural Luscious Locks and Healthy Hair Serum Recipe

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Give your hair this nourishing blend to support those luscious locks. Your hair is one of the most delicate parts on your body. Protect it and give it the shine it deserves with this amazing 100% natural – homemade hair care serum.

My favorite part, while I am giving my hair the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, I am avoiding harmful chemicals.  This recipe is the perfect remedy to dull, dry and/or frizzy hair. A few spritz of this 100% Natural Hair Care Serum and your hair will be ready to model in no time!

Find all of these fabulous ingredients HERE on Amazon! I was able to make this amazing serum without toxic or harmful chemicals for just $1.22. Whereas if I were to purchase this John Frieda Frizz-Ease Serum it would cost me $9.99 and would not be nearly as healthy for my hair or body!

Luscious Locks and Healthy Hair Serum
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The perfect remedy to dull, dry and/or frizzy hair. A few spritz of the 100% natural Hair Care Serum and your hair will be ready to model in no time!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (100 ml) Sweet Almond Oil
  • 8 drops Lavender Oil
  • 6 drops Rosemary Oil
  • 4 drops Jasmine Oil
  • 2 drops Tea Tree Oil
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in an easy to use spray bottle. Use daily (or every other day) in your hair. Watch as your hair develops a new healthier, shinier more vibrant look!

Do you have any favorite all natural recipes for your hair, face, skin or other uses? 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Copycat Recipe

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I love a specialty coffee’s! Even more I love DIY at home specialty coffee’s – you know the kind that you can get at Starbucks or other coffee shops but cost as much a buying a full meal just for a cup of joe?!?! I have played quite a bit with the oh so famous Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe and feel I have finally perfected it!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbucks Copycat)

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tablespoons ground espresso or coffee
  • 8 oz of milk (I use almond milk or skim milk)
  • 1.5 Tablespoons of brown sugar
  • ½ to 1 Tablespoon of pumpkin puree
  • ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • Top with whipped cream – optional
  • Cinnamon to garnish

What did you think? Did you make any changes to the recipe? Please share :)

15 Nutritious and Delicious Back to School Lunches

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Making kids school lunches can become tedious, robotic and boring. Spice up your kids back to school lunches with these 15 fabulous kid friendly meals. What I love most about these meals is that they are easy, packable and nutritious. Your kids will be the coolest kids in school with these tasty recipes.

Many of these recipes can be made on the weekend and refrigerated or put into the freezer for storing until you are ready to pack in your kids lunches. Making lunches has never been so easy!

  1. Chicken Salad (The Budget Bandit)
  2. Tortilla Roll Up Wraps (Pioneer Woman)
  3. Chicken Quinoa Chili (The Budget Bandit)
  4. Mini Pizza DIY Lunchable (Momables)
  5. Fruit Salad
  6. Salami, Cheese and Crackers
  7. Meat and Cream Cheese Roll Ups
  8. Anti Pasta Salad or Caprese Skewers (The Budget Bandit)
  9. Cornbread Pan Sandwiches (SouthernPlate)
  10. Mini Chicken Pot Pie (SavoryStyle)
  11. Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Muffins (Real Food. Real Deals)
  12. BLT Mini Wraps (The Girl Who Ate Everything)
  13. Walking Taco (Saving Dollars and Sense)
  14. Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs (The Budget Bandit)
  15. Kid Sushi (Budget Savvy Diva)

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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs Recipe (perfect for school lunches)

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 mozzarella sticks, cut into thirds
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients excluding mozzarella cheese sticks together. It is best to mix with your hands or with a Kitchen Aid blender.
  2. Roll golf ball sized meatballs. Make sure they are nice and tight. Put meatballs aside.
  3. Cut mozzarella sticks into thirds.
  4. Using your finger poke a hole into the center of the meatball and push a piece of mozzarella inside. Re-roll meatballs and make sure the mozzarella is fully covered.
  5. Pour oil into a saute pan and heat it up. Carefully place meatballs in oil and brown on all four sides. Once all meatballs are browned, place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper (or foil) and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Serve with marinara sauce and pasta! YUM!

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Back to School Lunch for my kiddos…boy are they happy! 

Homemade Sweet Pickled Beets Recipe

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Peel and cut beets. Make sure to remove all of the outer skin and cut beets into consistent bite size pieces.
  2. Place beets in a large stew pot.  Fill with water until beets are just barely submerged in water (approx 4 cups).
  3. Add vinegar and bring to a boil.
  4. Add sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Continue to boil for about 20 minutes or until beets are tender. I do not like my beets mushy so I check with a fork. When I can easily poke my fork into beets they are done.
  5. Remove from heat and let sit for about 15 minutes. Pour beets into canning jars. Place lid on immediately so that they can seal up from the heat inside the jar. This will allow your beets to store well in the refrigerator for 4-6 weeks (unopened). Once the jar has been opened I recommend eating your beets within about 1 week.

Enjoy your beets however you please. We like to eat our beets plain, in salads, on top of cottage cheese, or my personal favorite….Beet and Mozzarella Salad! YUMMY!

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Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Nutella) #Recipe

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My kids and I LOVE Nutella. However, it is rather expensive and when I looked at the ingredients I wasn’t very pleased with all of the sugar and preservatives. So we decided to try making it ourselves! Not only was it a lot of fun….it turned out DELICIOUS! I love that it is silky smooth, tasty, has a fraction of the sugar and isn’t nearly as sweet as the original Nutella. Keep in mind if you enjoy the super sweetness of Nutella  you can definitely get that with this recipe by using milk chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet and add 1/4 cup powdered sugar (that should do the trick!)

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Ingredients

  1. 8 oz shelled hazelnuts (that’s about 32 oz of shell on hazelnuts)
  2. 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1/4 cup coconut (or you can use canola oil)
  5. 2 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1/2 cup chocolate chips (if you use semi sweet chocolate chips your “Nutella” will be more of a dark chocolate flavor…if you use milk chocolate chips it will taste sweeter like the original).

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and spread out hazelnuts on the sheet. Roast for 15 minutes. (Watch them periodically and make sure they not browning too fast.)
  2. Remove from the oven and transfer onto a clean kitchen towel.
  3. When cooled enough to touch, gently rub the nuts with the towel until the skin comes off. This will both remove the outer skin from the hazelnuts as well as release the oils from within.
  4. Place nuts in food processor (I used my Ninja Blender) and process until finely ground and begin to liquefy (this takes about 5 minutes). Make sure to scrape the sides of your food processor or blender as needed.
  5. Once the mixture has began to liquefy add powdered sugar, salt and cocoa. 
  6. While the processor or blender is mixing the above ingredients, drizzle in the oil and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  7. Add chocolate chips and continue mixing/processing until silky smooth. If the mixture seems too firm or clumpy you may need to add a little more oil at this point. 
  8. Store in a easy to use jar and refrigerator for up to 1 month. (When you are ready to serve you may need to let out on your counter for a few minutes to soften up as the coconut oil in the homemade nutella will get hard when refrigerated. If you want to avoid this, use canola oil and your nutella should stay soft!)

We love eating our homemade nutella on banana’s, as a spread on graham crackers or toast, with pretzels and all by itself! How do you like to eat your nutella???

Mocktail Recipes for Kids

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Kids sometimes get a bum deal when it comes to tasty drinks. Adults get to sip on delicious cocktails while children are stuck with soda or water. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? Well, here’s a solution every kid will enjoy! Instead of sticking your children with an ordinary drink, mix them up a tasty mocktail! These non-alcoholic beverages are perfect for any kid under the age of 21.

Kid Mocktails

  1. Mike Wazowski Monsters Green Smoothie Drink ~Mom Endeavors
  2. Grinch Punch ~Simplee Thrifty
  3. St. Patrick’s Day Mocktail Recipe ~3 Boys and a Dog
  4. Red, White, & Blue Layered Kids Drink ~Artsy Momma
  5. Watermelon Mint Shooters ~Frugal Coupon Living
  6. Orange Crush Sparkling Punch Recipe ~Family Frugal Fun
  7. Red Sugar Surprise ~Simplee Thrifty
  8. Bubbling Swamp Slime ~Mom Endeavors
  9. Fizzy Lifting Drinks ~Girlichef
  10. Super Green Juice… that the kiddos LOVE ~View from the Fridge