Thursday, April 23, 2015

Gluten Free, Low Carb - Lavender Mint Cream Scones


Afternoon Tea has always brought me great delight. 





Sophia and I have been sharing in this wonderful tradition for years. When life gets hectic, there is nothing quite like slowing down and sipping a warm velvety tea from a pretty cup while snacking on dainty delights. 

So, so good for the soul. 

This week I made some wonderful scones I would like to share. I incorporated two of my favorite flavor accents this time of year, lavender and mint! 
This was also the first time I made scones that were gluten free & lower carb. 

I was worried about texture and taste but I was pleasantly surprised! They baked up and tasted just like regular scones. 




Perfect for spring!

GF, Low Carb - Lavender Mint Cream Scones

Ingredients:

2 cups almond flour*
1/2 cup coconut flour*
1/2 cup Stevia Brand Sugar Substitute 
1/4 cold salted butter
2 tsp dried lavender
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped mint
1/2 cup + 2 T cold heavy whipping cream
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 recipe for Sugar Glaze - see below


Instructions:

Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Set aside
Turn oven on at 425 degrees
In medium bowl, whisk flours and sugar.
Using pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until coarse and crumbly
Add lavender and mint, stir well. 

In small bowl combine 1/2 cup cream, egg, vanilla and whisk well. 
Add cream mixture to flour mixture and stir well to combine
Bring dough together with hands 
Add additional cream 1 T at a time until dough is uniform

Place dough on lightly floured surface and roll to 1/2 inch thick
Using 2 1/4 inch round cutters, cut 12 scones. 
If you don't have a cutter just shape scones into round 1/2 inch thick discs
Place on parchment paper and brush w/ remaining cream. 
Bake until edges are light golden brown approx 9-10 minutes
Remove scones to wire rack to cool. 
Drizzle w/ Sugar Glaze if desired

Sugar Glaze: combine 1 cup powdered sugar to 4 T whole milk (we skipped this step opting for fewer calories, less sugar) 

*If you don't want to make them gluten free, substitute 2 cups self rising flour



THANKS MOM FOR MY NEW CUP!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Magic of Spring - Dum Dums Lollipop Garden!


We LOVE Dum Dums Lollipops!

What better way to usher in SPRING than with a magical lollipop garden! Start this fun tradition with your family this year!



Sophia and I are SOOO excited to be a part of #TheMagicofSpring with Spangler Candy, the makers of Dum Dums Lollipops. 



We hope you enjoy the video tutorial we put together for you on how to make your very own Magical Spring Lollipop Garden!







Here are the basic "ingredients" we used:
1. Dum Dum Lollipops
2. Magic Jelly Beans :)
3. Cute containers
4. Crumbled up chocolate cake or brownies (I used store bought to save time). I also put some pound cake slices in the bottom of the containers so the suckers would "stick" better. 
5. Edible Grass - you can also use coconut flakes mixed with a bit of green food coloring for edible grass too!
6. Lots of Fun and Love!!!!!!!

The point is to "plant" the magic jelly beans with your kids and have them be surprised the next day as the beans have sprouted into amazing Dum Dum Suckers! HOW CUTE!! You can incorporate this into your Easter celebration or simply as a fun way to celebrate spring. 

Here are some basic step by steps - the video tutorial goes into more detail with some added fun:

1. Take your cute containers and line them with wax paper. 


2. Use some pound cake to build up the bottom if needed



3. Crumble up your store bought brownies or cake or use whatever you have that will work for edible soil! YUM

4. Let the kiddos plant the magic jelly beans in the soil and VOILA, the next morning........MAGIC!




Take this idea and run or make your own. You can also do this outside, there are MANY ways to make this your own fun tradition. There are no rules, just have fun!





Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Grinch Heart Pudding Cookies - No Bake

Grinch Heart Pudding Cookies



What you need:
1. Keebler Shortbread Cookies
2. Pistachio Pudding Mix (Instant)
3. Whole Milk
4. Candy Hearts


How to:
1. Make pudding using only 1 1/4 cup milk. Whip till firm. 
2. Use small scoop to place pudding on shortbread cookie
3. Place heart in center of cookie!
4. Refrigerate or serve immediately. 




Easy, Cute, Fun

Photo Credit


Inspired by these awesome Grinch cookies seen Here at Katrina's Kitchen

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

DIY Holiday Snowman Beanbag Toss Game + Christmas Class Party Ideas

DIY Snowman Beanbag Toss



Actually our beanbags were 
marshmallows and looked
a little like this:
Image from Kraft Website


Supplies:
2 Large White Canvas Boards 
Scissors
Orange, Black and Pink Paint or Sharpies



How To:
We used various objects to trace the eyes, hole in center as well as for the cheeks. 
We also used a dinner plate to help guide his cheerful smile. 
I did outline him in pencil before we got started. 

It was easy to cut the center hole. I just punched
through the center of the circle and 
easily worked my way around. 

We did use a black sharpie on his mouth
rather than paint and I am glad we did. 


Easy and Fun.

You can attach some wood blocks with
glue to the back if you want to keep it propped up however, they work great just propped up with books!

This is one of the games Sophia's class
will be playing at their Christmas party. 
Here are some other fun games we will play:

1. Stack red & green solo cups into a
Christmas tree - relay game

2. Toss little stuffed elves into large 
Christmas bags  - relay game

3. "Hot Santa" (aka Hot Potato) - toss a stuffed Santa around to music and when the music stops the one who has the Santa is OUT!

4. Draw a Reindeer - Topsy Turvy - in this fun and easy game the kids place paper plates on their head and then try to draw a Reindeer face or you can have them choose something else, maybe a Snowman?

5. Christmas Pictionary - have the kids try to draw out scenes to classic Christmas songs or items from the holidays! This is always a hit!


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Monday, December 15, 2014

No Bake Iced Oatmeal Snowman Cookies

No Bake Iced Oatmeal
Snowman Cookies






Looking for another quick and
easy edible craft for the Holidays?

Want to wow your friends and neighbors
with your cute decorating skills in NO time? 

Read on...

You will need:
Package of Iced Oatmeal Cookies
Wilton Snowman Decoration Kit
Clear Corn Syrup
Toothpicks








All you have to do is place the 
Snowman kit decorations on the 
iced oatmeal cookies with a toothpick
and a small amount of corn syrup! EASY!
I used the left over orange royal icing from our
Snowman Nose Cookies in a Jar.

If you can't find the Snowman decoration kit
you could easily use Mini M&Ms in brown for 
the eyes and mouth as well as an orange tic tac for
the nose. A fruit roll up cut in strips would make a
 great scarf and there you go! POOF! Cuteness.

Hope you like it!
Thanks

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Target Store Christmas Scavenger Hunt + Christmas Lights I Spy Links!

Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last Friday, I took Sophia and a few friends
out for dinner and to look at Christmas lights. 

They had a BLAST!

We started out at Target for the girls to pick out an item for Toys for Tots. 

They were also surprised to find out that I created a Target Store Christmas Scavenger Hunt!

Just Copy and Paste into Word Document or email me for image. 

Rules:
1. No running and/or screaming :)
2. Be polite
3. Must take photo with item - "Christmas Selfie"
4. Alternate who is in the picture each time. 
5. Have FUN!
6. On your mark......get set..........GO!

I gave them about 30 minutes & set the timer on Sophia's phone. It was a blast to watch them, they did a great job and had a lot of fun! 


OFF THEY GO!!



Next, we went around the cities looking at the best holiday light displays. I found some great ideas for Christmas light scavenger hunts on Pinterest and included the links here below:

The Taylor House


Link to Layers of Learning and Download







There are TONS on Pinterest as well!

I thought maybe as 5th graders, they might be "too cool" for something like this, but honestly it was a great time! We sang songs, drank hot chocolate and made some great memories. 


Amazing Synchronized Light Show - Clearwater, MN Lights

Great Synchronized Lights in Eden Prairie, MN

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Snowman Nose Cookies in a Jar

Snowman Noses 
Cookies in a Jar!!




 We were inspired Disney's Olaf and the 
scene where he loses his NOSE:



And going back through my past
posts one of the most popular of ALL time
were my GRINCH PILLS in a jar!

LINK TO POST CLICK HERE

So we merged the idea!






In an effort to keep things
fast & easy, I used store bought
mini round sugar cookies and I
cut them with a sharp knife into 
little triangle shapes. 

These cookies would work great!






We then used Betty Crocker cookie icing
in white and colored some orange.

Photo Credit: WalMart


It worked great!
~EASY ~

Using a Wilton tip #2, we piped
out the noses and covered them 
with some orange sugar to add sparkle!

We decided to add a cute
Snowman cookie face 
at the top of jar!




The cookie face was made with the
same Betty Crocker Icing in White. 
The nose was made from the orange icing
left over from making all the little noses.
Once dry, we added the eyes and mouth with an Americolor Edible food writer in black. 

You could easily add a orange tic tac for the nose
and food coloring applied with a toothpick. 

The link to the printable we
used can be found by clicking 

Hope you like this fun idea!


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Sophia & Mom 
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