Tuesday, August 21, 2018

August Pinterest Challenge-- Blueberry Vanilla Popsicles

Welcome to the August Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen!

This month the boys and I decided to try our new Popsicle mold and make these yummy Blueberry Vanilla Breakfast Popsicle by Style Me Pretty Living.

Must try these blueberry vanilla breakfast popsicles.

Of course (as usual!) I did not completely follow the recipe.  We didn't have fresh blueberries, my younger boys don't like maple syrup, and I only had plan yogurt instead of vanilla yogurt.

So we read the recipe and substituted here and there.


1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup water
7 Tablespoons sugar; divided
1 cup plain yogurt
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup skim milk

In a small saucepan we combined the frozen blueberries, water, and 3 tablespoons of the sugar.  Over high heat we brought the mixture to a boil and used the wooden spoon to smash most of the blueberries.  After just a few minutes of boiling we removed the pan from the heat and set it aside to cool completely.

Meanwhile in a small bowl we combined the plain yogurt, the remaining sugar, vanilla extract and milk.

Once it was all combined we began scooping small amounts of the yogurt mixture into our molds.

Once the berries were completely cool to the touch we added them in on top of the yogurt mixture and topped off our molds with the remaining yogurt.  We had just enough of each mixture to make exactly 10 pops.

Following the manufacturer's instructions that came with the mold we set our pops in the freezer for an hour to begin setting up.

After an hour we put the cover on and inserted the Popsicle sticks so that 1/3 of the stick was left sticking out.  Then we put them back in the freezer for 4-5 more hours until they were frozen solid.

We ran a bit of hot water over the molds and following the instructions that came with the mold once again we managed to get all our pops out of the mold fairly quickly and completely intact.  I just love this mold set!!

We wrapped each pop in freezer paper and put them inside a Ziploc bag in the freezer and enjoyed them tremendously over the next few days.

With only 65 calories per serving these are such a wonderful and light summer treat!  We enjoyed them and can't wait to make lots of other pops and flavors.

In January my boys and I made nail polish marbled mugs.
In February we tried out a new recipe for turkey & cornbread pot pie.
In March my boys worked on making a salt dough map.
In April my boys made some glittery mason jar luminaries. 
In May my oldest on and husband made a hand forged key holder
In June I made zucchini crust pizza for myself.
In July we made Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Our Day at the Newport Car Museum

We had a wonderful time at the Newport Car Museum!  While the main focus of the museum is obviously all of the beautiful cars they did have lots of neat modern furniture to check out and a super fun driving simulator that all three of my boys just loved. 

We lucked out that we went to visit on their "hoods up" weekend so we could see inside all of the engines.  The self- guided tour starts with this Lamborghini

I loved the sliding door feature on this car
 They had some older model cars too and I just loved the colorful interiors.

Alec and Evan tried out every seat in the place!  Can you tell Alec is NOT a "car guy?"

Evan and I had great fun comparing the prices listed on all the cars.

I just loved the Road Runner decal on this one!

Evan's favorite car was actually this electric hybrid and we read that they had to add in an engine sound since the car runs so silently under 40 mph and they wanted to make sure pedestrians would hear it coming.

The Urkelmobile!  Does anyone else remember Steve Urkel driving this on the show Family Matters?

The younger two boys kept waiting to find the driving simulator room and were thrilled when they finally got a turn to drive. 

I can tell Alec just started because his car didn't look anything like this at the end.. it was all smashed up!  

The most expensive car on display was over $900,000!!

Do you have a favorite?

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Egg Salad BLT Sandwiches

We often eat BLT sandwiches for dinner and a few weeks ago, when it was on the menu and we had lots of eggs in our refrigerator I decided to try a new recipe-- egg salad BLTs.

I had bought a couple dozen eggs at the grocery store (as I always do) and my mother in law brought us at least a dozen of farm fresh ones when she was chicken sitting so I decided to cook up a batch of hard boiled eggs and make some egg salad.  I also made a couple quick and easy quiches to pop in the freezer!

It was my first time making egg salad BLT sandwiches but we just loved them!  And they were so easy to make.

To make the egg salad BLT Sandwiches you will need:

1 lb. bacon, cooked
1 head romaine lettuce, washed and dried
3 large tomatoes, sliced
Egg salad (recipe below)
bread, grinder, or bulkie rolls

First I cooked up the pound of bacon on our electric skillet.

As the bacon was cooking I sliced up the tomatoes and washed the romaine lettuce.

I threw together the egg salad using 6 of the eggs I had hard boiled.

Egg Salad ingredients:

6 hard boiled eggs
1 stalk celery, washed and chopped
1 tsp celery salt
1 tablespoon dried onion
1/4- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp yellow mustard

I chopped the eggs and celery.

Added on the spices.

And mixed in the mayonnaise and mustard.

Then I began assembling the sandwiches.  I put egg salad on one side of the bread and layered the tomato, lettuce, and bacon on the other.  I didn't add extra mayonnaise to the bread since I knew there was plenty in the egg salad but you sure could.

Doesn't it look good?!

The soft texture of the egg mixed perfectly with the crunch of the lettuce, bacon, and celery.

What is your favorite way to use up some eggs?

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