Salt Dough Ornaments

Saltdough Ornaments via Roxycraft

I tried it again! I had leftover dough from my first Salt dough escapades and I thought about using a monogram “O” stamp I had recently purchased at Michaels. I did that, liked the stamped look and asked Jackson to run outside and and get me some leaves.

Well, hell’s bells! Ding ding, I loved the results! I used a toothpick to make a hole for string and to write on them…and we’re away to the races again!salt dough ornaments

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Pinterest in Action :: Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments via Roxycraft

I have been having a heck of a time finding a nice “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament for Lulu in stores this year. I found some cute options of Etsy, but alas, money is tight and a muuuuuuch cheaper option came to me via pinterestSalt Dough Ornaments

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Food and Drink :: 150 Calorie Chocolate-Chip Brownies

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Remember that 30 day sweet free challenge I started…well, I failed. Ha! I knew I would and I tried. I made it to day 4 and the call of the granola bar ended me.

Well, I am still trying to keep my diet relatively healthy and depriving myself of a treat wasn’t working at all.

Today, I decided to go back to a tried a true recipe for chocolate- chip brownies using Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Brownie Mix and applesauce!

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Food Follies :: Blended Iced Coffee Made with Coffee Ice Cubes

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I’m still working on my Sweet-free challenge (day 3 today) and no Starbucks Fraps right now. I know they have options, but I don’t “want” them. I want a Coconut Mocha with caramel!

I have been brewing big pots of coffee in the mornings and I decided to freeze some of those coffee ice cubes that everyone is talking about on Pinterest and such. Why not?

Today, I decided to make use of them. It’s 100 degrees out and even though I am enjoying being inside in the A/C…I thought a cold drink was in order.

Everything was a complete experiment. I had no clue what I was doing.

:: Recipe ::

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Ingredients: (enough for two)
1 tray of coffee ice cubes
8-10 oz of milk and cold coffee (I used all milk)
Blender

Combine and blend! Add more milk if you need.

Result :: a bit too milky for me. Next time I’ll save have the coffee in the fridge and swap half the milk for cold coffee.
If you like sugar…add away. Or use flavored coffee. (ick) I like black coffee so this is more up my alley.

All in all, not bad…but not watered down either, which makes it pretty awesome.

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Recipe :: Apple Pumpkin Bread

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I made it using this recipe as a start, but I made some tweaks. One, reducing the sugar by a cup and halfing the oil.

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups granulated sugar
1 can (15 oz.) Pumpkin
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup apple juice or cider (I used cider)
2 medium baking apples, peeled, cored and diced (I used Jonathan apples)

PREHEAT oven to 350