Wednesday, November 16, 2016

turkey target game

i wanted to share this cute little game i made for our son's thanksgiving party last year. the kids loved it and i actually left it for the older kids to play it after their teacher saw it. my inspiration drew from a similar game that we played at his valentines party in preschool called cupids arrow.  in place of the circle it was a heart.  so really make this however you would like to fit your event. 
super simple and fun!!

here is the list of supplies and i got them all at michaels

1- styrofoam ring 
3-4 - pieces of brown felt 
1- pack of feathers
brown, yellow,  red, white & black card stock 
glue gun and glue sticks
1- box of straws
1- box of cue tips 

wrap the felt around the ring and secure with the hot glue.
secure feathers with the hot glue 
draw the turkey head and facial accessories and glue to the turkey

give each child their own straw and 3 or 4 new cue tips 
let them try and shoot through the center of the turkey 

Monday, October 24, 2016

peanut butter chocolate protein bars

my son and husband have quite the sweet i found a healthy alternative for them. these protein bars mimic no bake cookies and are much healthier. i have altered the recipe to make it how they like it so i will  post both recipes. the original recipe came from my arbonne girl
ours is a little more peanut buttery which makes them more of a creamy fudge consistency. and the original recipe is more firm and more like a no bake consistency.
i have also done this with and without the oats...sometimes my little prefers no oats. by omitting the oats they do not set up as firmly so you can play with it and add less honey or peanut butter. 

2 1/2 cups of peanut butter 
3/4 cup of honey
2 1/4 cups chocolate protein powder (i love arbonnes pea protein)
2 cups of oatmeal

mix all ingredients together. i use a spatula to fold them all together. the mixture will be thick. once mixed i pour into a square container with a lid and press the mixture out to the edges. then refrigerate. 

original recipe with same method
2 cups peanut butter 
1 1/4 cups of honey
2 1/4 cups protein powder
3 cups of oatmeal



Monday, May 16, 2016

avocado cucumber tomato salad

salads are one of my favorite things to eat...i never get sick of eating vegetables like i do chicken so i am always trying new ideas for not so average salads.
i was having some friends over for an essential oils class and although i had a few not so healthy options (beer bread and dip, chocolate pound cake) i wanted something light and healthy too. 
most of the ingredients i did have on hand and this was super easy to throw together!

1/2 of a medium red onion
2 lb. roma tomatoes
2 english cucumbers or 6 mini cucumbers
2 firm avocados 
large handful of of cilantro chopped
2-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 lemons - juice from 1 whole lemon (2-3 tbsp) plus a little extra for avocados 
1-2 teaspoons of course ground sea salt
2-3 turns of freshly ground pepper from a pepper mill

1. chop all ingredients and place the onion, tomatoes, cucumber and cilantro in a large salad bowl. as soon as i chop my avocados i toss them in lemon juice to help stop the browning effect. i also make sure that the avocados are more firm than i would usually purchase for other recipes. this also helps with slower browning and gives the salad a nice texture.

2. drizzle the salad with olive oil and lemon juice then gently combine. just before serving add the salt and pepper. doing this just before serving is best otherwise the salt will draw out a lot of juice form the vegetables and could make the salad a little mushy. 

feel free to add more lemon juice to taste or even a freshly pressed garlic clove to your olive oil. looking for a little more protein...grilled shrimp would be amazing in this salad! 
also, fresh dill could be substituted for the cilantro



Monday, March 14, 2016

super yummy sloppy joes

sloppy joes are great for parties and easy to whip together last minute. i prefer sloppy joes but i am a little picky about the flavor. i do not like too sweet or sweet at all really and i enjoy a little kick. 
here is my little twist on sloppy joes…

1 1/2 pounds of ground sirloin or ground turkey 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
1/4 cup brown sugar
2-3 tablespoons of your favorite steak seasoning 
2 cloves pressed garlic
1 medium onion chopped 
1 small red bell pepper 
1-2 tablespoons worcestshire sauce 
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 1/2 to 2 cups tomato sauce (depending on how sloppy you want them)
2 tablespoons tomato paste 
1/4 teaspoon or pinch of cayenne pepper (depends on taste)
crusty rolls (your favorite buns or rolls)

1. heat oil in a large skillet and add meat. break up the meat and continue to brown over medium-high heat. 

2. stir together the brown sugar and steak seasoning. add the sugar/steak seasoning mixture and press the garlic cloves into the meat and stir while meat continues to brown.

3. once the meat has browned, add the onions and red peppers. add the red wine vinegar, worcestershire to the mixture and continue to cook onions and peppers. 

4. add tomato paste and sauce to the pan, stir into the meat mixture let to simmer 5-10 minutes.