Etsy Haul

These are new shops to me on Etsy that I had to

This shop was having a sale so I figured I try them out.  @Karolinas Krafts on Etsy has some really cut functional stickers (as you see below).  I just couldn’t pass them up.

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This shop is @Fuuunlab.Etsy.com.  I fell in love with her sticker and had to try her shop out.   For the planner girl I was able to choose the color of her hair.  I thought that was so awesome.

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Easy Week Night Dinner

Hard shell taco’s is a very quick and easy dinner to put together.  The hardest thing would be cooking the meat.  It is versatile so what ever meat preference you like, toppings you like just make it your own.  This meal takes about 30 maybe less to put together.  The ground beef can be cook ahead of time so that is another time saver.  So please check this easy pesy recipe out.

 

Hard Shell Taco’s

Ingredients;

Taco shells

2 or 3 packages of taco seasoning ( I only use McCormick)

Water (follow taco seasoning package directions)

2 or 3 lbs ground beef

 

Toppings: (whatever you like)

Tomatoes

Salsa

Lettuce

Sour cream

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Steps:

In a medium size pan cook the ground beef at a medium high heat.   While stirring meat break up any big pieces you may find. Cook ground beef until no longer pink.

Drain all the fat from the ground beef and place the meat back into the same pan.

Add in the seasoning packs along with the water per the directions on the taco seasoning package.

Stir the seasoning until well mixed into meat and cook ground beef for about 15 to 20 minutes to ensure all flavors are incorporated.

Serve in taco shell and any topping you like.

Note: you can also just put this on top of come corn chips and have nachos

 

The Apple

Apples have been apart of our daily diets even back in the Garden of Eden.

Going back in time, the old saying of “an apple a day will keep the doctor away” wasn’t the original wording. This wording was first used back in 1922. The original words were “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” This was recorded back in 1860 in Wales so eating apples daily will keep the doctor at bay.
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There are so many healthy benefits from eating apples that we really should consider eating them on a daily basis.

Here are some health benefits from an apple.

Just the skin alone is a great source of vitamin C and copper.

The phytonutrients in apples are good for your blood sugars. Quercetin, which is also found in apples, can inhibit enzymes that are involved in the breakdown of carbohydrates, which then turns into simple sugar.

These are the vitamins that are in one apple. How amazing is the apple.

Vitamin C

Vitamin K

Vitamin B6

Riboflavin

Apples also have several minerals that are good for our daily diets.

Potassium

Copper

Manganese

Magnesium

Fiber

There are so many verities of apples to choose from. My favorite apple is the Golden Delicious apple. For me this has the right amount of sweetness that I like.

Golden Delicious      Golden-Delicious-Apples

Gala

Fuji

Red Delicious

Granny Smith

McIntosh

Honey Crisp

And the list goes on.

Apples can be canned, juiced and turned into butter. They are most popular in deserts but can also be found used in savory dishes like pork.

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This is just some of the wonderful things that just a little apple can give us.  We should have an apple a day so we can be healthy and happy.

Etsy Haul Adorably Amy

I just got a bunch of kits from @Adorably Amy shop on Etsy.  These kits fit my SMC and mini Happy Planner perfectly.

These are her monthly kits I decided to get all the monthly kits for the rest of this year.  She was having a 25% off and I couldn’t stop myself.   If you follow her shop on Instagram you will be able to take advantage of her sales too.

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I also got some very cute weekly kits from her as well.

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Stuffed Peppers

I cooked this recipe for a family of 4 and plus 2 lunches for me and my husband, so the recipes is designed for that.

 

Ingredients:

6 large green peppers

3 lbs of ground beef    IMG_0702

1 onion diced

4 cups of white rice. (I just used instant)

2 table spoons of Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup of water (if needed)

1 1/2 cups of Bloody Mary mix (use can substitute with tomato sauce)

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

pre-heat oven at 350 degrees

Cut off the tops of each pepper and clean out the inside of the peppers of the seeds and membranes then set aside.

Cook the ground beef until no longer pink and drain any fat off.

Add the ground beef back into the pan it was cooked in and start adding in the ingredients and stirring well after each.

Now stuff the peppers with the mixture to the top of peppers.  You can add the cheese on top now or about half way through the cooking time.

Bake the stuffed peppers for about 35 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cook longer if needed.  I ended up cooking mine for 40 minutes.

 

 

PWM Week of July 17th thru 23rd

This may be a busy week between work and home so I wanted something really adorable.  I am using a kit from @SG Stationary on Etsy.  Her shop is one of my go to shops for my weekly kits.  Please check her shop out on Etsy.

 

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I got the washi from Michael’s and it worked out great.

Homemade Cake

I was looking for a cake recipe that was tasty and easy.  I found this one on Pinterest @theSpruce.com.  I made this last year for my daughter’s birthday and it was a hit.  I again made it this year for year and it went fast.  Hope you try this and check out @theSpruce.com as well.

Ingredients:

2⅔ cups (345 grams) all-purpose flour  IMG_0848
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1¾ cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup milk

Steps:

Let all your ingredients come to room temperature. If the butter, eggs, and milk are too cold, the batter won’t form an emulsion and your cake won’t be light and fluffy.
Preheat your oven to 350 F.
Butter and flour two 9-inch cake pans. It can help to line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper cut to fit the pan.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Cream the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed.
Add the sugar and vanilla and beat on medium speed until fluffy, which will take about 10 minutes.
Add the eggs one at a time, making sure each one is fully incorporated before adding the next one. Then mix for 5 more minutes until airy and light. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Now add about 1/4 of the dry ingredients to the egg-sugar mixture while the machine is running. When it’s fully incorporated, add one-third of the milk. Continue alternating adding the dry ingredients with the milk until it’s all incorporated and the batter is smooth, scraping down the side of the bowl as you go.
Pour the batter into your prepared pans and give each one a couple of solid bangs on the countertop to release any air bubbles, then transfer them to the oven.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or with a crumb or two attached. You can start testing at 30 minutes because it’s better to check too soon than to overbake.
Cool the cakes for 10 minutes in the pans on a wire rack, then loosen the edges by running a knife along the sides, turn the cakes out onto the racks and cool for at least another hour before frosting.

Butter Cream Frosting 

Here is the butter cream frosting I use to go with this cake.  I found this on Pinterest too and it is amazing. When I first made this I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make and it was so good.  No more store-bought here.  This is by @FrugalLivingMom.com

Ingredients:

1/2 cup softened butter (salted or unsalted, depending on your preference)
4 cups/one pound powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
3-5 tablespoons milk or cream

Steps:

Add softened butter into your stand mixer or bowl
Beat butter on medium to high in stand mixer or with a hand mixer for 3 minutes until fluffy
Just before the end of 3 minutes add vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk to butter, keep beating
Reduce to medium low or medium
Slowly pour in powdered sugar and continue beating for a total of 3 more minutes on medium moving up to high speed as sugar is incorporated.
If you want to add in food coloring, add in while it is beating that last 3 minutes.
If frosting is too stiff add in more milk 1 tsp at a time and beat until combined.
Spread on cake or cookies
To store place butter cream in an airtight container and store in refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Bring to room temp prior to frosting.

I am not a professional baker but this was a very delicious cake.

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