Are you ready to have your mind blown? I learned how to make a smoothie that is super smooth, but dairy free. No yogurt or milk of any kind. The secret? Add an avocado. If someone else already knew this, you are now dead to me for the next.. 30 seconds.Okay, now that that’s done with, I will share with you the recipe for this fantastic smoothie. Not only is it smooth and yummy, it’s good for you, too! You need spinach, an avocado, a lime, and a mango/pineapple/strawberry frozen fruit mix. So first, I put in about 2 handfuls...

I sort of made this up on accident. I was trying to make one thing and I thought it failed.. horribly. BUT! It turned out that what I actually made was really yummy. It didn’t look super pretty until I put whipped cream on top… then who cares what it looks like, right? As long as there is a cream topping, everything is going to be okay. No, but seriously, try it. It’s easy and yummy. You need a yellow cake mix and the ingredients listed there, and a box of raspberry jello and cool whip.Make the cake mix according to...

When I tell people that my husband and I got married so young, we get a lot of surprised looks, and a lot of questions. The first question that a lot of people ask is how we could afford to get married that young. When we tell them that our whole wedding cost under $4000 (ring and dress included), those looks go from surprise to shock. Here is how we did it: Use your connections  This step saved us a lot of money. It is amazing how many talented people are in my family. I realize that not everyone has this luxury, but many do. Think...

I teach the young women group in my church, and this month our lessons are focusing on the plan of salvation, which is Heavenly Father’s master plan for us. Because we are talking about it all month, I wanted a visual for the girls to look at, one that would help them remember how it all goes. I couldn’t find one I really liked, so I created this one, and I thought it might be helpful to others too. It prints two on a page and you can download it for free here. Leave a comment or pin it or something if you use it! If you...

My husband’s grandma is a wonderful cook. She loves to cook for people, and she is pretty darn good at it. She is always coming up with some kind of fabulous food. I have learned a lot from watching her at work. This is one of my favorite recipes of hers. It is easy and delicious and can be made with as little as three ingredients. Those ingredients are: elbow macaroni milk cheese When she makes this, she uses cheddar. I ran out of cheddar, so I used some Swiss too, and it was amazing. She also puts tomatoes and polish dogs on...

I believe that when kids do things that are hard for them, they end up feeling proud of themselves. I have seen so many parents do things for their kids that, with a little encouragement, the kids could have done themselves. We tell our kids they can do anything they want to do and be anything they want to be. But, as soon as it looks like they are struggling, we step in and help. What kind of message does that send our kids? My not quite two year old and I have moments like this all the time. Something happens that he things may be difficult...

This recipe seriously took like 10 minutes to make. And, it’s magic. You’ll see why later. And, I had all the ingredients on hand (and I bet you do to.) Because it uses no eggs or butter and very little sugar, it was a popular dessert during World War II. I found it in Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook. That cook book is my number one go-to cookbook. If you don’t have it… you should buy it. It’s only $10 on Amazon or something like that. I really think that I would survive without any other cook book...

I decided to make these because they look super yummy and because they remind me of Valentine’s Day, which is coming up pretty quick! I got the recipe from Sprinkle Bakes. If you haven’t made something like this before, I suggest watching the video she has up about it. It really helped me. I did do a few things differently though. Number one being that I used a cream cheese frosting. It isn’t as white as her butter cream filling, but it is delicious. Another thing I had to modify was that I didn’t have parchment...

I am seriously freaking out right now. Up until two nights ago, I had only seen any sign of mice in the kitchen. Only one time had I actually SEEN a live mouse. Most of the time, I just see evidence of mice or the occasional unfortunate dead one that got caught in a trap. One time, I did see one staring at me from underneath one of my stove burners (seems like a dumb place for a mouse to be right?) Anyway, so two nights ago I thought I saw the thing running across my living room floor. It was late at night, so I thought maybe I was just...

When my husband and I decided to live in a two bedroom house with a family of four, it meant that our kids would have to share a room. This is a right of passage for anyone with a sibling, it seems like. At one point or another most kids have shared a room. Our kids are no different. One thing that sets them apart from many others that share a room is that they are only 12 months apart. When we moved into our house, our youngest, a girl, was four months old and still sleeping in a bassinet in our bedroom. Our oldest, a boy, was 16 months...

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