Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Inside-Out Turkey Sandwich Cups

As moms, we go into summer with the best of intentions.

If you're anything like me, in the next few weeks you'll make all of these amazing plans for what you're going to do with those long summer days.  You prep fun at-home activities, schedule exciting outings, and even plan picture-perfect lunches for your kids.

And if you're anything like me, those plans usually last a week or two before the chaos ensues.

So I don't know about you guys, but for me, it's key to be a little more realistic about those fun summer plans.  I still like to put together exciting and enriching things for us to do/eat/see, but I also try to make sure I'm planning things that are fun but not over-complicated (i.e. things I'll actually do rather than just plan).

And that definitely applies in the lunch department too.  No, I'm not going to make perfectly themed lunches every single day... let's be real: it's just not going to happen.  Instead, I like to think up fun ideas that are nutritious and easy to prep with two stir-crazy kids in the house!  Bonus points if I can think of a way to get those stir-crazy kids to help me make lunch.

Inside Out Turkey Sandwich Cups || Hormel Natural Choice Turkey Salami || Vegetable Lunch for Kids || Baked Cheese Deli Meat Snack

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So this recipe for Inside-Out Sandwich Cups is perfect for those lazy summer days when you want a nutritious lunch that incorporates a little bit of fun and lets your kids help in the kitchen.  It's a great way to sneak in a few veggies too! Here's the recipe - and with this, I use "recipe" as a very loose term.  It's really more of a method: you can use whatever fillings your family likes in this!

Inside Out Turkey Sandwich Cups || Hormel Natural Choice Turkey Salami || Vegetable Lunch for Kids || Baked Cheese Deli Meat Snack

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bunco Deviled Eggs

I've said this on the record many, many times before - I hate eggs.  The thought of them completely grosses me out.  So, I basically never make anything egg-related for my family.  Sometimes I can kind of mask the egginess if I add the right ingredients (see here and here...these are great if you're not a huge egg fan!).  But if I can taste or feel the texture of an egg, sorry - it's not happening.

Bunco Deviled Eggs Recipe || Easy Ham and Cheese Boiled Eggs || Best Side Dish || Bunco Buns || Classic Easy Dish

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This dish will probably go down as the one of the only boiled egg dishes I've ever made.  It will also go down as the only recipe I've ever put on the blog that I haven't sampled myself.  But, my trusty egg-loving taste tester (aka Noah) said these were delicious, so I'm going to trust him! 😉

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

101 Unique Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day Gifts from Kids / Wife / Daughter / Son || Gift Ideas for Boyfriend Husband Father Grandfather

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After my 101 Mother's Day Gift Ideas post last month, I couldn't leave the fellas out, right? 😉

I will say...the men in my life are not nearly as difficult to buy for as the women.  But, all three of the fathers I have to buy gifts for this Father's Day have very specific tastes.  So, just like my Mother's Day post, I divided this list up into categories/interests, just in case you have some very specific interests to shop for as well!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Instant Pot Orange Pineapple Curd

If you read my blog at all, you know how versatile the Instant Pot can be.  It does it all - quick freezer meals, great broths and stocks, even delicious yogurt.  I have absolutely loved stretching its legs and really figuring out just how much I can make with one appliance.

Instant Pot Orange Pineapple Curd || Pressure Cooker Sauce Recipe || How to Make Fruit Spread

One of my favorite (and really unexpected) discoveries with the Instant Pot has been its ability to make sweets.  I've tried lava cakes (so good), key lime pie (again, incredible...but I recommend doubling the amount of filling for this recipe), and now, different kinds of curd.

Instant Pot Orange Pineapple Curd || Pressure Cooker Sauce Recipe || How to Make Fruit Spread

Curd sounds kind of gross, but it such a perfect topping for toast, yogurt, fruit, ice cream...you name it.  It's a sweet, fruity It can also be made with almost any combination of fruit imaginable.  I'm sure most of you have heard of lemon curd (but, like me, had probably never had it before this).  This is a new one for me, but I don't know that I can live without it now!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Four Creative Wedding Gift Ideas

Thanks to Moen for sponsoring this blog post! My love of their gorgeous items is 100% my own.

Wedding season is upon us, so let's talk wedding registries today.  I feel like there is so much to think about when you start planning a wedding registry...every newly-engaged couple should have a crash course on what they will and won't need in their home.  Of course, it varies from family to family, but I think there are a few items that might not be obvious at first, but are so, so necessary.

When it comes to wedding gifts, I am kind of particular about what I like to give the happy couple.  I want to give gifts that they might not have initially thought of and that they will actually use in their new home.  I know that, when I registered for our wedding (back in the dark ages, before blogs and Pinterest were even a thing), there were so many things that I thought we would use...but haven't touched in the ten years I've had them.  So, even though I like to give unique items, I want them to be personal gifts that the recipient(s) will love!

How about we take a look at 4 Unique & Functional Gift Ideas...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My 10 Favorite Money-Making iPhone Apps of 2017

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One of my favorite ways to make a little easy pocket change every day is through apps on my iPhone.  Let me go on and say this before I even start the post: you're not going to get rich this way.  Not even close.  But, if you use a few minutes of your spare time each day to do a couple of games/videos/clicks on your phone, you can easily make a dollar or two a day...and that adds up quickly!

A few years ago, I did a post about my favorite money-making apps...but, I think we all know the shelf life of an app right now.  A lot of them just don't stick around for very long!  Several of the apps I mention in this post weren't even around when I wrote that first post, and I've phased out a few of my favorite apps as they've paid less and less.  Here's a round-up of the apps I'm loving for making a little bit of change daily!