Thursday, August 13, 2020

Pencil Cookies {Easy DIY}

Wafer pencil cookies
Hey friends! How is it mid August already?
In some ways it seems like this summer is lasting forever, but other days it seems like
it's flying by. We cancelled our family vacation this year, but we've actually been
spending more time together than ever this summer. We've enjoyed pool time, playing
cards, craft time, walking in our neighborhood, home projects, trying new recipes and
plenty of play time with our pups!

Our daughter Madison started new teacher orientation today and we are so excited for her!
It's a challenging time to begin her elementary teaching career, but she is ready for whatever
the year brings. She is sad not to be able to meet her students at first since they will begin
classes virtually, but hopefully they can get back to the classroom soon!

To celebrate the beginning of her teaching career I made some super easy pencil cookies
and delivered them to her and wished her luck on her first day. They would be super
cute to make for your kids or grandchildren as they go back to school.

I hope that you're having a good summer!

Supplies needed to make pencil cookies:

wafer cookies (I used Voortman brand)
candy melts (pink and white)
mini chocolate chips
parchment paper

Using a sharp paring knife to cut one end of the cookie into a point.
Melt pink candy melts in the microwave per package instructions.
Dip flat end into pink icing and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
To speed up the drying process place the baking sheet in the freezer for a few minutes.

Melt white candy melts per package instructions. Dip pointed end into white icing.
Place on the baking sheet and put a mini chocolate chip on the tip.
Put them back into the freezer for a few minutes to set.

Enjoy!


Wafer Pencil Cookies

Monday, August 3, 2020

Oven Baked Zucchini Tots



Oven Baked Zucchini Tots








































I am rolling in the zucchini this year! Madison and my neighbor have given me several
and my own plants are finally beginning to produce. I've been making zucchini muffins,
zucchini fritters, grilled zucchini and using it in veggie quesadillas. I've also been freezing
zucchini to use in soup and veggie quesadillas this fall and winter.

I've had this recipe for zucchini tots in my recipe box for a long time and finally got
around to trying it last week and they are delicious! The recipe is super easy!  I use a
Pampered Chef mini muffin pan.

We enjoyed the tots for dinner with grilled chicken and a big salad, but I also put a
few in the freezer for later. I'm going to reheat them in my air fryer!

Zucchini Tots

1 cup shredded zucchini (I left the skin on)
1/3 cup diced onion
1 large egg
1/3 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
*I also added fresh parsley since I have it in my herb garden right now.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray.

Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix until combined.
Using a small spoon or cookie scoop drop mixture evenly into mini muffin cups,
pressing the mixture down a little with the back of the spoon.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Yield - about 20 tots depending upon the size of your mini muffin pan.

Enjoy!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini Muffins









































Like many of you my daughter and I started flowers and vegetables from seed this spring
while we were staying home all of the time due to the pandemic. Watching our little seeds
turn into sprouts was fun and rewarding! I planted herbs, cherry tomatoes, cucumber,
nasturtiums, chamomile and zucchini in pots. Next year I would love a raised bed or two!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Homemade Bath Bombs {DIY}










































I've been trying to make the most of our shelter in place time by trying new recipes, crafts
and projects that have been on my someday list. I have a pretty long list and it's always fun
to try something new, especially when the project or recipe turns out just as you hoped it
would! Today we're making homemade bath bombs.

I've been using Young Living essential oils exclusively for a little over a year now and I
love learning new ways to get rid of toxic beauty and cleaning products in our home and
replace them with natural products.  (You can read more about why I love Young Living here.)

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Baked Banana Oatmeal



Small Batch Baked Oatmeal








































Hey friends! How are you all holding up?

I've settled in to working from home and have come up with a schedule that works for me.
I miss my co-workers and visiting our residents, but I do enjoy being home with our
sweet dog Scout, going for walks in the middle of the day if I choose and not having to worry
about what I'm going to wear to work every day. Leggings and sweatshirts for the win!

I don't know about you, but I've been craving all the comfort food. Oatmeal is one of my all
time favorites, maybe because my mom used to make it for us when we were kids. She made
the cook on the stove top kind, not instant, with brown sugar, cinnamon and milk. It was so
warm and cozy! I've been thinking about her a lot lately (last week marked two years since
she passed away), so I decided to make this baked banana oatmeal in her honor.
It gives me all the feels and now I have breakfast ready for the week. I hope you enjoy it too!

Baked Banana Oatmeal

2 cups rolled oats
2 ripe bananas (one mashed and one for slicing for the top)
1 1/2 cups milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1 egg
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 T coconut sugar or brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray a glass pie plate with cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and coconut sugar.
In a small bowl whisk together mashed banana, milk, egg and vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Pour oat mixture into the prepared pie plate. Top with sliced banana.
Bake for 30 minutes or until set.

Frost with nut butter of your choice. Serve with fresh berries and milk.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

WW Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars


Weight Watchers Oatmeal Bars








































Over the weekend I posted this photo on my Instagram stories with the caption that I
make these bars every weekend and it's true! When I started WW (formerly know as
Weight Watchers) last April I found that most of the granola or protein bars that I had
been eating had more smart points than I wanted to use for a morning or afternoon snack
so I began making these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Heart-Shaped Bird Feeders {DIY}

Birdseed heart for Valentine's Day
I've been feeling extra crafty lately - making essential oil diffuser bracelets and diffusers
for your car. Sitting in my office/craft room and creating is so relaxing and satisfying.
I don't take the time to do it often enough!