Sugar Donut Muffins

Today I decided to bake up something I pinned a long time ago. I intended to make them several times and I just either forgot or didn’t have all the ingredients when I wanted to make them.  The ingredients are pretty common household items and most of you probably have them all laying around. These were a breeze to throw together and baked up beautifully and yummily! Check out the recipe here at http://foodgawker.com/post/2009/06/30/30166/ Now that you’ve checked the recipe….. Or if you’re just waiting to see the photos of my finished product before you look here goes!

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Here are the muffins after baking but before the sugar topping.

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They are super yummy! I can not wait for my parents to come visit so I can make some for my Dad. He will love them. 🙂 Enjoy!!!! This recipe is a keeper!

Easy 50 Calorie Parmesean Zucchini

I originally saw a recipe similar to this on sparkpeople.com on a pinterest post. I decided to try it out but switched it up a little bit. It is really good and super healthy and quick too! Makes a great snack or a side dish. The first time I made it I made another batch the same day I liked it so much!

Ingredients:

Zucchini

Parmesean

I can’t believe it’s not butter spray (or olive oil but that will up your calorie content)

Directions:

Slice zucchinni into thick slices. Lay flat on a cookie sheet sprayed with no stick spray. Add a few pumps of butter spray to lightly coat zucchini. (Or brush with olive oil if going that direction) Sprinkle parmesean on top just to coat and broil for 10 minutes or until cheese begins to brown. Do not overcook or they will become soggy. I sprinkled a little sea salt on mine afterwards. You could also add a little garlic or garlic salt. Serve hot!

These are seriously very very good. Whether dieting or eating healthy they will be a hit. My kids even love them which says something!  Let me know what you think after you try them.

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Cinnamon sugar puffs

Instead of sharing a Pinterest found recipe today, I figured I would share one of my own favorite easy recipes. Cinnamon sugar puffs are quick and easy to make and kids and adults alike LOVE them! They are so easy it’s impossible to mess them up!

Ingedients:

1 box of Puff Pastry

Cinnamon/sugar

2-3 Tablespoons melted butter

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Thaw your puff pastry for 10 minutes. Do not thaw any longer or they will complete thaw and become hard to handle. Cut each sheet into 9 squares. You could make them smaller and shorten cooking time if you’d like. Brush each square genourously with melted butter and sprinkle cinnamon/sugar over them until covered. Place on a greased (or sprayed) cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Serve hot! They are delicous! Your whole family will love them and who needs to mention you used boxed pasty?

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Creamy Spinach Vegetarian Lasagna

I made a wonderful lasagna dish today I wanted to share with you. I found the recipe at http://www.easylasagnarecipes.org/Lasagna-Recipes/vegetable-lasagna-recipe/best-vegetarian-lasagna-recipe.php#.T509NqtYuDo Here it is

Ingredients –

3 ¼ cups Ricotta Cheese
1 ½ cups fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 boxes Frozen chopped spinach, drained
4 ½ cups chunky vegetable pasta sauce (your choice)
1 box uncooked Lasagna noodles
2 ½ cups grated Gouda or Swiss cheese (slices may be used- I used swiss)
⅛ tsp. Salt
⅛ tsp. pepper

Preparation:

Prepare a 13 x 9 x 2 Lasagna pan by spraying lightly with olive oil.

Set the pan aside until ready to use.

Gently blend the Ricotta and Parmesan cheese together, adding salt and pepper.

Now spread 1 cup of pasta sauce in Lasagna pan.

Place 3 Lasagna noodles on top of the sauce.

Spread 1 ¼ cups of Ricotta mixture on top of noodles in a light layer.

Place about ⅓ of spinach mixture on top of Ricotta mixture in spoonfuls.

Repeat the layers ending with 3 Lasagna noodles and the remaining sauce.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using Aluminum foil cover the Lasagna and bake for about 30 minutes.

Then remove the foil and sprinkle the grated Gouda or Swiss cheese on top.

(If using slices, lay slices on top of Lasagna to cover).

Bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes more.

Cheese should be golden brown.

Remove from oven and let stand for about 12-15 minutes before serving.

(Serves 8)

here are some pictures of my finished product. I would have made a tutorial but i forgot to take pictures along the way. 😦

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It is sooooo good! Makes a great weekday or weekend dinner. I will be trying it out as a freezer meal soon.

Homemade Laundry Soap

I have been seeing a lot of Pinterest posts with homemade laundry detrgent popping up. I have been making my own for several years now so I figured I would share my recipe. Many of the recipes I have seen lately require heating to make a liquid soap but mine is powdered and dry and works just as well with less prep time.

First you will need:

1 bar Fes-Naptha soap

1 box of Borax laundry booster

1 box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (not baking soda… do not interchange!)

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First take your bar of Fes-Naptha and grate it. Use the whole bar. It will make about 4 cups of shavings.

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Almost done. That was the hard part! Next add 2 cups of Borax and 2 cups of the washing powder. Stir well and put into an air tight container. Use 2 Tablespoons per load. That’s it. It leaves your clothes smelling fresh and clean. You will still have 1/2 a container of washing soda and 3/4 of a container of Borax left. You can make about 3 batches with the initial supplies and you will still have some borax leftover to clean with.

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I spent less than 9 dollars total for the initial batch. Add 3.50 for 3  more bars of soap and still about 12 dollars for over 6 quarts of detergent. Plus you are only using 2 tablespoons at a time so a little goes a long way!  Let me know what you think and how it worked.

Snow Dough!

My children have a 4 day weekend this week so I decided to scan through my Pinterest boards to find an activity for them to do. I decided on making some snow dough. This stuff is great. It is light and airy but easily moldable. Original recipe can be found here. I did not want to make as much as they did so I just followed this recipe. 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part shaving cream. After scouring my house I could only find shaving gel but it worked just fine! 

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Find yourself an air proof container. One that you don’t store food in. The smell from the shaving cream/gel might absorb into your container. Yuck. Add your shaving cream/gel.

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Next dump your cornstarch on top.

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Finally mix it all up til well combined and play! You can also dye this with a few drops of food coloring or you could even add glitter. My advice is to make this an outdoor play activity. My kids had a blast but made quite a mess This will only last a few days stored in an airtight container but it is very much worth it! Cheap ingredients and loads of fun!!!

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