by Sharla

Daily Doable 6/13/14

June 13, 2014 in Daily Doable, Kids by Sharla

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Meet Sawyer’s New Friend!

The kids and I were at the pool one day, the sun was shining, the weather was perfect, and with the pool noodle in hand, Sawyer (my 3-year-old) had the nerve to get bored!  He was ready to go but the other kids weren’t.  Bummer for me.  I was left trying to entertain a grouchy, tired toddler.  That’s when his new friend was born.  Simply twist the strap of some goggles around the end of a pool noodle and position the eyes over the top edge.  He was trilled!  He talked to the noodle, taught it to swim and then I used it to attack him from the comfort of my pool chair.  Funoodle Friend, don’t ever leave me!

<3, Sharla

by Sharla

Daily Doable 6/4/14

June 4, 2014 in Daily Doable, Kids by Sharla

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Daily Doable: No More Teachers, No More Books!

Hallelujah!  Finally, school is out for summer!  I have been anticipating this day more than anyone, even my kids.  Ok, teachers have anticipated it more, I bet.  I love having free time with my kids.  I love spoiling them with TV, electronics, and laziness.  But I love spending un-pressured time with them more.  I feel like during the school year we are ruled by schedules.  Time to get up.  Time to eat breakfast.  Time to go to school.  Time to do homework.  Time to go to practice.  Time to eat.  Time to brush teeth.  Time for bed.  It’s a continuous cycle of pushing and prodding.  In other words, it’s exhausting.  Who knew my when my kids started school it would be like I was doing it all over again with them?  So, here we are.  A sumer stretching out in front of us, how will you spend it?  I challenge you to spoil them.  Give them extra time doing the things they can’t do during the school year.  That means something different to every family, so figure out what it is that would make your kids over-the-moon happy to do, and let them do it.  A lot.  Then, after they are through gorging themselves on their favorite pass-time, give them your time.  Whether they realize it or not, kids crave the company of their parents.  Be silly, do a craft, take them to the park.  Set a goal to spend time with your kids.  It can be an hour a day or an activity a week, but take the extra time summer allows and give it to your kids.  Childhood is short and there are precious few summers in it, so make this one a great one!

<3, Sharla

by Sharla

Daily Doable 6/3/14

June 3, 2014 in Daily Doable by Sharla

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Daily Doable: Use a Shoe Organizer to Organize Your Pantry!

Is anyone as blown away by this as I am?  I was at my besty’s house the other night and had to get into her pantry and what do I come across?  The best idea since BBC decided to bring back Dr. Who!  She bought a plastic shoe organizer and hung in on the inside of her pantry door, and BOOM, instant storage.  Water bottles, straws, even snacks for the kids are all organized and reachable.  Plus, just look at that pantry!  It’s beautiful.  It’s like she added a whole extra shelf that is more convenient than a shelf.  Done.  Seriously.  I am so doing this.  Thanks Amy!

<3, Sharla

by Sharla

Daily Doable 6/2/14

June 2, 2014 in Cooking, Daily Doable by Sharla

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Daily Doable: Use Toothpicks as Corn Cob Holders

Yeah, you read that right, use toothpicks to stick into the ends of corn on the cob and use them as holders.  Because they are wood you can even put them into the corn before it’s cooked, that way there are no third degree burns (don’t laugh, I know ya’ll have done it).  This idea was born as most great ideas are, out of necessity!  My kids have lost so many corn cob holders that I can’t keep them in the house (ok, maybe one or two have gone down the disposal).  And they cry a river every time they want one.  That’s when inspiration strikes.  They are easy to push in, and completely disposable.  Plus, who doesn’t have toothpicks laying around?!  So, bring on the BBQ, you didn’t know it, but you are prepared.

<3, Sharla

by Sharla

Fruit and Nut Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

June 2, 2014 in Cooking, Sides by Sharla

Fruit and Nut Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

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Ok, I’m not a big salad girl.  It’s not what I order when I go to restaurants (I mean, if someone else is cooking for me I want them to make me something I would never make at home‚Ķpreferably with a lot of calories).  Having said that I do enjoy certain salads and  this is one of my all time favorites, a real go-to recipe that always pleases.  I use the apples in the fall and winter and strawberries in spring and summer.  It’s simple, beautiful, fresh and most importantly, DELICIOUS!  

Did I mention this recipe is simple?  One of the things I love about it‚Ķjust a few ingredients and the recipe lends itself to substitutions if you don’t have exactly what you need.

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What else do I love about it?  Home made caddied almonds.  Buying candied almonds from the store is expensive!  Buy a bag of almonds from the bulk aisle or Costco, if they don’t have pre-sliced just pules some in a food processor a few times, follow the recipe below, and BAM, delightfulness.

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Enough talk, let’s cook!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 candied almonds *recipe below
  • 6 cups green leaf lettuce
  • 1/4 cup Craisins
  • 1/4 cup diced strawberries or apples
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Feta or blue cheese

Method:

It’s simple, wash and pat dry your lettuce.  You can substitute any green you like, spinach, mixed greens, or romaine.  If you buy the bunch instead of the bag you will save a lot of money!  Next, slice the greens into bite sized pieces.

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Put your lettuce in a large bowl and sprinkle your toppings over it.  I prefer the combinations of apples, Craisins, Feta and almonds; or strawberries, blue cheese and almonds and no Craisins.  Honestly, choose what you like and put it on top.  Just make sure you use the candied almonds, a fruit and a cheese.  Once the toppings are on top don’t mix it!  All of the good stuff falls to the bottom.  As people dish it out it will mix itself.  

Serve with your favorite poppyseed dressing and wow the crowd!

 

Candied Almonds

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sliced or chopped almonds
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water

Method:

First, lay out a large piece of aluminum foil.  In a medium sauce pan comine the almonds, sugar and water.

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Turn the burner onto medium/high heat and stir the almonds continuously until they start to smell roasted and stick together.  Be careful to not over cook them.  It happens in a second and then the whole batch is burnt!

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Pour the almonds onto the prepared foil and spread apart with your spoon.  Allow to cool and store in an air tight container for future use.

*I always double this recipe, it makes and ton and saves great!

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Now everyone stop what you are doing and go make this salad!

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<3, Sharla

 

Fruit and Nut Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 candied almonds
  2. 6 cups green leaf lettuce
  3. 1/4 cup Craisins
  4. 1/4 cup diced strawberries or apples
  5. 1/4 cup crumbled Feta or blue cheese
Instructions
  1. It's simple, wash and pat dry your lettuce.
  2. Next, slice the greens into bite sized pieces.
  3. Put your lettuce in a large bowl and sprinkle your toppings over it. Once the toppings are on top don't mix it! All of the good stuff falls to the bottom. As people dish it out it will mix itself.
  4. Serve with your favorite poppyseed dressing and wow the crowd!
Notes
  1. You can substitute any green you like, spinach, mixed greens, or romaine.
  2. I prefer the combinations of apples, Craisins, Feta and almonds; or strawberries, blue cheese and almonds and no Craisins. Honestly, choose what you like and put it on top. Just make sure you use the candied almonds, a fruit and a cheese.
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Candied Almonds
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sliced or chopped almonds
  2. 3 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon water
Instructions
  1. Lay out a large piece of aluminum foil.
  2. In a medium sauce pan comine the almonds, sugar and water.
  3. Turn the burner onto medium/high heat and stir the almonds continuously until they start to smell roasted and stick together. Be careful to not over cook them. It happens in a second and then the whole batch is burnt!
  4. Pour the almonds onto the prepared foil and spread apart with your spoon.
  5. Allow to cool and store in an air tight container for future use.
Notes
  1. I always double this recipe, it makes and ton and saves great!
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