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Frozen Sweet Tarts

We are not accustomed to hot and humid weather in Wisconsin.  Usually we are complaining that it’s too cold, and summer goes by too fast.  Today we had heat indexes of 105 degrees.  It’s so hot no one seems to even want to eat…that is until I made this refreshing treat.

Frozen Sweet Tarts

They are made with 4 ingredients and take 5 minutes to whip together.  Ready?

Frozen Yogurt (half of a quart…which would be a pint right?)
Frozen Juice (I used pink lemonade) 1 container
Cool Whip 1-8 oz container
Nilla Wafers

Set out the frozen yogurt and frozen juice on the counter until the sides are slightly melted and in the middle is somewhat soft.  Combine the frozen juice and frozen yogurt in a large mixing bowl.  Whip with mixer.  Add container of Cool Whip.  Continue mixing until smooth and creamy. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners (I used the mini’s to make bite sized treats). Place a Nilla Wafer on the bottom of each cupcake liner, flat side down.

Place a heaping spoonful of the sweet tart mixture on top of the Nilla wafer until the cupcake tin is nearly full.  Place in the freezer for about an hour. *Note you can garnish with fresh fruit, but if you put the fruit on before placing in the freezer the fruit freezes and makes it harder to eat.  I suggest adding fresh fruit just before eating

When they are ready you simply open the freezer, grab a frozen sweet tart and pop it in your mouth.  They are such a refreshing treat.  They somehow revitalized my wilting family.  Just don’t let them sit out of the freezer too long, they will melt which makes it a little trickier to eat 😉

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DIY Baby Wipes on the Cheap

Being that I’m a new mom, baby wipes are used frequently in this house.  A friend gave me a gift basket with my first child with the ingredients and recipe to make my own baby wipes.  I decided to pull out that baby and make a few batches today.

Roll of Paper towel
2 Cups of Water
2 Tablespoons of Baby Wash
2 Tablespoons of Baby oil (or olive oil works well too)

Begin by finding a container to fit the diameter of the paper towel roll (this might be the hardest part of this project).  Cut the paper towel roll in half using a non-serrated knife.  A serrated knife kind of mangled the paper towel, but it was all I could find when I was ready to make these.  You can see the mess it makes.

Place one of the cut paper towel rolls into the container and add the remaining ingredients.  Let set until the roll has absorbed the liquids.  Remove the cardboard tube from the center.  Pull the wipes from the center of the roll for use.

Turns out one roll of paper towel (which is about a $1/roll or less if you buy in bulk) makes about 400 wipes.  The oil and baby wash are about $2-$3 each, but with only 2 Tablespoons per batch you can make quite a few baby wipes with each container.  Best yet the wipes are super soft without any chemicals on your baby’s bum!

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Screaming Chickens {Amazing Dip Recipe}

In keeping with the barnyard birthday post from yesterday, I thought I’d post an amazing new recipe that I used for one of our snack foods.  Screaming Chickens is my altered version of a Warm Buffalo Ranch dip served with tortilla chips.

I should mention that I have an extremely sensitive stomach and avoid anything spicy, added to the fact that I’m 9-months pregnant with crazy heartburn, you wouldn’t think this would be my food of choice…it’s because it’s a bit warm at first followed by a soothing cool ranch taste. I have to give credit to the husband, he came up with the “Screaming Chickens” name, as I was trying to stick with the barn them and wanted to  be creative and label all the food

Screaming Chicken Dip (Serve with Tortilla Chips)
1 cooked Large Chicken breast, chopped fine (or 2 cans of chicken would work too)
1/2 c. of Ranch Dressing
1 8 oz pkg. of Cream cheese
1 bag (2 c. ) of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Tabasco Sauce to taste (I used about 1 Tbls.)

Mix all into a small crock pot or oven safe bowl.  Heat and serve.

You’ll be surprised how fast it’s gone!

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Heavenly Blossoms {Cookies}

Today was the day that I stayed home to play housewife.  I sent the child to daycare and the dog and I baked cookies and made dinner, it was something I really wouldn’t mind doing once a week (Hint, Hint husband 😉

Never the less, today I bring you a forever family favorite recipe.  Peanut Butter Blossom cookies.  I don’t know why we only make them at Christmas time, but we do, always have.  And they will likely be gone within a week. Seriously if you’ve never had these, you are missing out on a tiny slice of heaven.

Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe (6 dozen)

1 C. Margarine
1 C. Peanut Butter
1 C. Sugar (plus a half cup for sugar-coating at the end)
1 C. firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t. Vanilla
2 1/2 C. Flour
1 t. Baking powder
1 t. Baking soda
1 t. Salt
1 bag of Chocolate Kisses (unwrapped)

Directions:  In large mixing bowl, mix together margarine, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla at medium speed.  Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Mix at low-speed.  Let chill for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 350.  Roll into 1-inch balls and place in a bowl of sugar.

Cover the ball with sugar and place on baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Immediately after taking out of the oven, place a chocolate kiss in the middle of each cookie and flatten the cookie.  (be careful, the chocolate gets soft soon).

Remove from baking sheet and let cool.

Of course, I need to recognize Diesel for his assistance and patience.  He is extremely helpful in making sure no crumbs hit the floor.
He’s also quite the character.  As I was cleaning things up at the sink while waiting for a batch in the oven I noticed him eagerly waiting for an opportunity to sneak a taste.

Hope you enjoy one of our family favorites 🙂


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