Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mommy Minutes Blog

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In case you hadn't noticed, I haven't really posted on this blog for a while.  Some of that was because I was busy and getting adjusted to having two kids, but the main reason is that I decided to start a new blog.  My new blog is called Mommy Minutes.  I tried to make it the type of blog I'd want to visit if I only had time to go to one.  It focuses on being a mom and includes parenting advice (from several moms), kids crafts/activities, funny mommy moment stories, DIY stuff, recipes, etc..  Mommy Minutes has only been up and running for a week, but I'm excited about it.  I'd love it if you'd come over and take a look.  And I'd love to hear any parenting advice you have for mom's out there. Thanks everyone for your support!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Amazing Diaper Deal!

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I find myself thinking about how expensive diapers are whenever I change my son's diaper and then literally 10 seconds later he decides to fill a new one.  I mean....really?  Well I have some really good news for all you mom's with kids in diapers.  There is a slammin' good deal at Diapers.com You can clip a $3.00 off coupon AND use the code OHBABY10D to save a total of $13!  Plus, shipping is free! 
Note that the promo code for the $10 off is valid for FIRST TIME diapers.com orders only.
The best deal is on the Pampers Baby Dry XL Packs. Original price is $49.49 but with the $3.00 coupon and the $10 off the price drops down to $36.49.

The Pampers Swaddler XL Packs are also available with this promotion too. They are regularly priced at $49.49, but just don't come with as many diapers.  But once again, with the coupon and promo code the price will drop down to $36.49.
If you aren’t a first time diapers.com buyer you can still clip the $3.00 coupon. You can still score a free 24ct pack of Pamper’s wipes with a purchase of a case of Pampers diapers. You will need to use code PAMPGIFT at checkout.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Photo Shoot Gieveaway

Pin It I'm giving away one FREE photo shoot and two 50% off shoots over on my photography blog.  Go check it out! http://madelynwphoto.blogspot.com/

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ginger Lime Sorbet

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If you are looking for a refreshing kick in the mouth this is the sorbet for you ha.  It really is quite delicious and perfect for a hot summer day.  Don't let the ginger part scare you.  You can leave it out if you really want and you'll still be left with a yummy lime sorbet, but I think the ginger is a nice little flavor to have and isn't overwhelming at all.  It's a really simple recipe and not that difficult to make at all - the hardest part is juicing the limes.  The only downside is that if you don't have an ice cream maker, you'll have to be home the majority of the day so you can scrape the pan (more on that later).

2 Cups Sugar
2 Cups Water
1 Tbs. Lime zest
1/2 - 1 tsp. Freshly grated ginger
1 Cup Fresh lime juice

Put the sugar, water, lime zest and freshly grated ginger into a saucepan (use a microplane for your zest and grated ginger so the pieces are nice and fine).

Boil until the sugar is completely dissolved.
It will look like this when the sugar is dissolved - nice and clear.
Pour the simple syrup into a glass cake pan.  Now for the hardest part of the whole recipe - juice limes until you get 1 cup of fresh lime juice.  A trick with limes is pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds before you juice them, it will help you get a lot more juice from each lime.  Once you get 1 cup of lime juice, straight out the pulp and pour that into the cake pan, stir until everything is combined.  Place the dish in your refrigerator for 1 hour so it will get a little chilled.
 If you have an ice cream maker, after the hour of chilling in the fridge, you'd put the mixture in your maker and in no time you'd have a lovely sorbet.  If you don't have an ice cream maker, place the pan in your freezer.  Come back every hour or so and scrape/stir with a fork.
 Continue to do this for several hours, until your sorbet is nice and frozen and the consistency you're wanting.  If you have some big chunks, you can always pop in in the blender to get it smooth again.
 Make sure to serve it right out of the freezer.  It tends to melt quickly.  And honestly, since it's so flavorful, you really only need one big scoop.
If you want to store it for a few days, I'd store it in a container with an airtight lid.  It won't store for more than a week or so because it will get really hard and frostbitten.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Brownie Fruit Pizza

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For Mother's Day I wanted to make my mom a special dessert.  I thought a fruit pizza would be delicious, and then I was told that they had fruit pizza two weeks ago.  So it was back to the drawing board.  I wanted to do something with fresh fruit and possibly chocolate.  I considered doing molten chocolate cakes, but changed my mind because we wouldn't really want a warm dessert on a warm day.  Then it came to me.....fruit pizza with a brownie crust rather than the cookie dough crust.  Let's just say it was deliciously decedent yet refreshing.  Here's what I did.

I baked 2 packages of Ghiradelli chocolate chunk brownies on a well greased cookie sheet.  You can use any type of brownie mix you want.  You may or may not need to use two packages depending on the amount of brownie mix comes in your box.  You want your cookie sheet filled about 1/2 way or higher, I wouldn't really go thinner than that.  It took 1 hour at 325 for my brownies to bake.

I then spread my cream cheese frosting layer on the cooled brownies.  And layered it with strawberries, raspberries and black berries.
 I warmed up some seedless raspberry jam and drizzled it over the fruit pizza (I put it in a zip lock bag and cut the corner a tad in order to drizzle it because it wasn't thin enough to just use a spoon.
 I then drizzled semi-sweet and white chocolate over the top.  I then put it in the refrigerator until we were ready to serve the dessert.

Here's the recipe - Enjoy!

Brownie Crust
- 2 packages ghirdelli brownie mix (from the Costco box) - You can use whichever type of brownie mix you want.
- Eggs, oil and water that your brownie mix calls for

Cream Cheese Layer
- 2, 8 ounce packages reduced fat cream cheese, softened
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. Vanilla

- Strawberries
- Raspberries
- Blackberries
- Seedless Raspberry Jam
- Semi-sweet chocolate
- White chocolate

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Baby Food Jar Spice Jars

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How many of your spice drawers look like the one below?  I hope I'm not the only one ha.

Well I was sick and tired of digging through my spices every time I needed one.  I would spend forever trying to find the right container in the pile.  I decided it was time to do something about it.  I've actually  been planning on doing this for a while, but finally got around to doing it and I'm so glad I did it!

I simply took old baby food jars and washed them.  Then I spray painted the lids black.

After the lids were dry, I wrote the different spices on top using Elmer's Painters Pen.  I will warn you to test your pen somewhere before writing on your lids.  At first my pen oozed out a TON of paint.
 Then I put the spices in the jars and put them in my drawer.  I love it!!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Help Jeromiah

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Jeromiah is a 14 year old boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  I've had the amazing experience of working with my ward and community to help raise money for Jeromiah so he can get a lifesaving back surgery that will straighten out his severe scoliosis.  He recently had a surgery where they put a feeling tube in his stomach.  Needless to say, his parents have a lot of medical bills - and they don't have insurance.

I greatly respect both of his parents.  His mom is honestly one of the kindest people I know.  Jeromiah's mom, Deborah, has three children from a previous marriage and moved here from England to marry her current husband.  Bryce has one child from a previous marriage.  I really look up to him for knowing what he was getting into with Jeromiah's disease and still be willing to taking it on, something even Jeromiah's biological father wasn't ready to do.  Jeromiah's parents, Deborah and Bryce have their own letterpress company.

My brother filmed a documentary about Jeromiah.  He's seriously an amazing boy.  Jeromiah is very intelligent and kind.  He scored in the top 10% in science in the nation for his age.

If you could please help us pass along his story by posting this video: http://vimeo.com/39743844 or his webiste: http://helpjeromiah.org/ on your blog, facebook, website, etc. so we can get help for his family to his back surgery and much more. Any little bit helps!