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Quiche is where it’s at, guys. I know it’s March 14, aka Pi day, and so everyone is sharing their lovely strawberry and apple and cherry and chocolate concoctions, but if anyone asks what my favorite pie is, it’s quiche hands down.
This is a budget-friendly meal my mom used to make. Her original recipe only uses 3 eggs, and is super versatile in that you can add practically anything to your filling. This is a great kitchen sink meal – just throw in whatever veggies you need to use up, and they’ll taste amazing enveloped in the light and fluffy egg filling. Yesterday’s quiche has chopped up turkey slices and cheddar cheese, and is topped with fresh parsley. I did make some changes to Mom’s original recipe since quiche from my childhood always came out kind of flat – this version of the recipe is light, thick, and so, so flavorful!
As a note, you are welcome to use any pie crust recipe you like if you want your quiche to have the traditional pastry crust. This can also be made without any crust at all for all my keto peeps out there – just dump the egg mixture into a greased pie pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. The crust that I like is made of rice, something I always have around, and takes basically no time to throw together, although you do have to bake it. The quiche in the picture is made with a brown rice crust. I’d never tried that before, but I can honestly say the flavor didn’t really change at all.
Anyway, tl;dr, quiche is versatile, yummy, and this one is friendly to several diets (keto, gluten-free). Oh, and I did I mention a slice is only 240 calories? Pair it with a green salad, some fruit, and you’ve got a delicious meal that doesn’t break the calorie bank!
My son is obsessed with paint resist projects. We started out with the ones you see all over – pieces of masking tape crisscrossed on the paper to make that cool stained-glass/psychedelic look. Then, he requested specific shapes – in his case, a shark. I checked all over Pinterest, but the only shape-oriented paint resist projects I saw used a Cricut and vinyl to make the design, or ripped up pieces of tape. We tried the ripped up tape, but I couldn’t get it to look shark-y enough for Alex.
I’m too cheap to go out and buy a Cricut, so instead, I tried to figure a work-around using my old friend painters tape. It worked really well, and a happy little boy made a watercolor card for his grandma. Success!
Start by cutting out an Easter friend from the template. Then, lay out layers of masking/painters tape on a flat surface. They need to overlap quite a good bit for this to work.
Next, lay your Easter friend over the tape and trace around it with the Sharpie.
The next part is the only tricky part to this. You’re going to lift the tape all in one go, then cut out your traced image. I thought this would make my scissors all sticky, but it didn’t. I have done a shark, four Easter friends, and an octopus now, and my scissors are just fine.
Now, stick your homemade sticker to the paper plate (this also works with cardstock, but not construction or computer paper, just FYI). Be sure to press the edges down really well so that paint doesn’t seep through.
And now for the fun part. Let the kids go crazy with the watercolors, making sure to paint around the edges of the sticker.
Once the watercolors dry, you can peel up the sticker, cut off the edge, and punch a hole in the top. Use your yarn to create a hanger, and that’s it!
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You’ll have to ignore the snow in the background of all these pictures. Winter finally decided to come to Utah, just as I decided I didn’t have to wait any longer to make Easter crafts.
I love Easter, with all the pretty springtime colors and the cute little bunnies and chicks, and I basically wait all year for it to be time to get going on the Easter posts.
So here’s your first one – this is a simple little craft that’s easy enough to do with small children. It was a little too hard for my 3 year old, but his buddy who was 4 had a great time with it, so there you go. This is also an easy activity to set up for large groups. Kids who can cut can do the whole project by themselves, but if you’ve got a scissors-challenged kiddo (like my little guy and his friend), these are easy to mass produce, especially if you have access to a paper cutter.
The templates for the four designs are linked in the materials section. If you’re interested in skills building, this project opens the door for weaving (obvi), patterns, cutting, gluing, and tracing.
Easter Stained Glass, Step-by-Step
colored computer paper (NOT construction paper or cardstock)
I won’t lie, I’m pretty proud of this one. Just look at how cute and fluffy this little guy is! And he was so, so yummy (is that mean? I hope not. He is a cake…).
I love watching videos of people making pull-apart cakes. There’s this one that comes across my Facebook feed every once in a while with several cakes, including a dress, an owl, and my favorite, the dang cutest flamingo ever. I watch it every time it comes around.
And so, this year I decided to try my hand at inventing my own. It’s kind of fun, and maybe just a little frustrating. I started with all 24 cupcakes (1 cake mix’s worth), and just moved them around, trying to visualize what it would look like with frosting. This is how we learned that Diane is not a visual person. I spent nearly an hour moving those cupcakes around until I finally saw it. Then it was just a matter of frosting and voila! A lovely leaping Easter lamb.
The frosting part of this is actually very easy. Piping a rosette is not hard (there’s a video below), and if you have trouble with it, feel free to plain frost the white cupcakes, and then rough it up a little to look like fleece. I’ve never frosted between cupcakes, but that was pretty darn easy too. I kind of thought the frosting might fall down the space between, but it didn’t.
Add powdered sugar 2 cups at a time until all sugar is mixed in.
Add water 1 Tbsp at a time until frosting reaches desired consistency.
To test consistency of frosting
Scoop some up with a knife and try to shake it off. If it falls off without shaking, it's too thin and needs more powdered sugar. If it doesn't shake off on the first shake, it's too thick and needs more water.
This is actually a double recipe, and I used about 3/4 of it to frosting my cupcakes. This would be equal to between 2 and 3 cans of store-bought icing.
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Lamb Pull-Apart Cake, Step-by-Step
Start by making a full set of cupcakes. You can use any recipe you want, but ultimately, you will need 21 cupcakes for this. You’ll also need quite a bit of frosting in 4 different colors: white, beige (or brown, grey, black, whatever your want for the face), pink, and a dark color for the mouth and eye.
Once your cupcakes are cooled, the magic can begin. Start by laying your cupcakes out. I made a nice template if you’re like me and have trouble visualizing things.
I started with the white ones (see this great tip from I am Baker on how to get your frosting really white – the tip is at the end of her post). There are 14 of them. I pulled each one out, frosted it, then slotted it back into place. The white ones are done with a rosette the size of the cupcake. You’ll need a piping bag and a Wilton 2D tip. You start in the center, and pipe outwards until you’ve covered the cupcake.
The brown ones are easier. There are 7 of them, and you’ll frost each brown cupcake with a knife:
Two of them will go on the bottom for feet, and 5 are going to get frosted together to form the head.
To do this, place the cupcakes just the way you want them. Get a little bit more of your brown frosting, and smooth it over the cupcakes. Here’s a close up:
And now to decorate the face. I used a Wilton tip 3 and some pink icing to block out where the ear and nose would be, then filled in VERY carefully with a knife. That was easily the most difficult part of the whole thing.
Then, I used a Wilton tip 12 to make the eye. It’s just a giant lump of white frosting – doesn’t that sound yummy!
Last, I used the 3 tip to pipe dark brown for the mouth, eye, and eyebrow.
And that’s it! Your adorable leaping lamb is ready for the party!
My son is an excellent human. He is loving, kind, friendly, smart, and also 3. Which means that he is still learning how to express himself and how to deal with big emotions. For some time, we’ve been struggling as a family to try to support him in this, and most of the things we’ve tried have not gone very well.
Until the teepee. Originally, we made this to be a play tent for the basement, only no one was really interested. Then, in a flash of brilliance, we decided to move it upstairs to the boy’s room. We added a soft blanket he’s shown a preference for in the past, and a few books. We dubbed it the calm-down teepee, and instead of trying to hug him through his difficult moments, or send him to his room to calm down, now we have him go to his teepee. He can close the little flap at the front for privacy, which means we can leave the door to his room open, and he can snuggle the blanket or read books. Later, we added a galaxy bottle timed for 5 minutes, and he absolutely loves to shake it around and watch the glitter fall.
This is one of the only parenting things I’ve ever done that I actually would say “works like magic.” We’ve had the teepee up for two months now, and it still works. He doesn’t throw a fit about being sent there, because its not a punishment. He’s not isolated, and he can chose how much space he wants by closing or opening his door. We change the books out weekly, which means that sometimes he chooses to go into his teepee and read even when he’s not upset or having trouble. He is learning to calm himself and self-soothe, even when he isn’t able to go to his teepee.
Anyway, no one thing is going to work for every child. I read so many blog articles and tried many tried and true parenting techniques that did not work, or worse, made things even worse. This one has worked for us, and as a mom who was pulling her hair out a few months ago, I figured I’d share it out just in case it helped someone else.
Below are the links for the tutorials I followed to make both the teepee and the bottle. We modified the teepee tutorial and added a 5th dowel for stability. We also tied a string around the back dowel and affixed it to the wall so the teepee doesn’t fall. If I had the galaxy bottle to do over, I might choose a smaller one. I used a smart water bottle, and it is a little difficult for him to shake because of its size.
A few years ago I did these cute candy mice printables. I kind of loved them, and they were pretty popular. This year, I revisited the design, but with my new favorite animal: the hedgehog. This little guy is just the right size for gifting fun sized candy bars or packets. He also fits 4 Jolly Ranchers, which as you can see from the picture, is what was around my house.
We have a ton of Jolly Ranchers because once we tried to be healthy. Hear me out on this one: a while back, we saw a nutritionist who kindly attempted to address our sweet tooth issues. He suggested that instead of cake or candy after dinner, we suck on a hard candy to get that little burst of sweetness and avoid the heavier things we were eating. All I can say is, he greatly underestimated our need for chocolate.
So two years later, I still have a gigantic bag of Jolly Ranchers lying around. They feature in just about every post that involves candy. Like the toilet paper roll pillow boxes. And what do you think’s inside the wise men? You guessed it.
And back to the hedgehogs. You can print these out on regular paper, but they do look better on cardstock. Just fold them over, and glue, tape or staple them into a cone. Stuff your candy in, then staple, tape, or glue the rest of it. Hand it to your Valentine, and it’s as simple as that!
This is hands down my new favorite treat. These little mousses take only two ingredients and can be whipped up in literally less than two minutes. And they’re completely healthy. I know, right?
So Dustin and I are back on the healthy bandwagon. We’re on week three of trying to eat the diet that came with our exercise program (T25 from Beachbody). Mostly, we do pretty well, but Dustin cannot abide plain greek yogurt. And to tell the truth, I struggle with eating it straight up too. We agree it tastes a lot like a bowl full of sour cream. I figured I’d just buy a flavored version, but when I checked the sugar content, I put it right back. Those things have as much sugar as cookies!
So we were planning to gut it through for the next 7 weeks. But as I was preparing Dustin’s yogurt bowl snack last week, I saw some sugar-free Jello packets a friend gave me, and the light bulb turned on. I poured a packet into his yogurt, swirled it round, and tasted it. Instead of sour cream, the glorious flavor of raspberries hit my taste buds.
This can be done with any Jello flavor, and with any pudding flavor. We’ve been eating this as a dessert with sugar-free chocolate pudding swirled in, and it tastes heavenly. Honestly, I would eat this even if we weren’t trying to work on our diet.
Now, full disclosure: we’ve been calling this mousse at our house for lack of a better term. It does not have the light consistency of standard mousse, but it does taste a lot like it, and we love the rich creaminess the greek yogurt gives this dessert. As long as you’re not a mousse purist, this is an amazingly delicious dessert you can enjoy with out hurting your health goals. If you are a mousse purist, go ahead and give it another name, and enjoy!
I love Reese’s hearts. And trees. And pumpkins. And eggs. And you get the idea. I really believe they taste different than the regular cups. Maybe it’s the ratio of peanut butter to chocolate, or maybe it’s nothing but the fact that I believe it, but I will eat them by the bucketful if no one stops me.
Which bring us to this recipe. A year ago I did some peanut butter chocolate truffles, and they taste just like Reese’s cups. I wanted to use that recipe to make these hearts, but it needed some tweaking to hold its shape. This filling is the consistency of dough. You can roll it and cut it with cookie cutters, which makes it perfect for hearts.
A note about the dipping chocolate: This was my first time using CandiQuik. I’ve always just melted chocolate chips for dripping. The CandiQuik was so easy to use. It doesn’t seize up and you can reheat it over and over again. I don’t like the flavor quite as much (it’s sweeter than chocolate chips), but you can’t beat it for ease of use.