Get a FREE 4X6 studio quality photo with Santa in-store at Bass Pro Shops. There are also free games to play and Free Christmas themed Silly-bandz to the first 150 children to visit daily. For more FREE things to do in-store check the left side of the page. Happy Holidays!
I am so excited to be able to share this recipe with you. Growing up, I always made these during the holiday season with my Grandma. These delicious bars are a family favorite, and I can’t believe I haven’t shared them with you yet. They kind of taste like a Reese’s only better. In my opinion anyway. Try them out and let me know what you think! I would love to hear from you!
- 1 cup butter melted
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs- Crush by hand or in a good processor
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup + 4 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
Mix together the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan. You can use a smaller pan if you choose, they will just be thicker in size. In the microwave, melt the chocolate chips in a small bowl, stirring every 30 seconds until melted until smooth. Spread over the peanut butter layer evenly. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares. You’re welcome!
Looking to start some amazing Holiday Traditions with your family? I have put together a list of things we try do repeat every year. Maybe let me know a few of your ideas!
1. After the kids get their PJ’s and and think they are going to bed, surprise them with a trip around the neighborhood to check out all of the lights. Pop some popcorn and bring the hot chocolate. Oh, and don’t forget the Holiday Music
2. Sit down with your child and write a letter to Santa!
3. Make a gingerbread house. You can do this out of graham crackers, frosting and cheap candy from the dollar store. You guests will love to see your awesome creations.
4. Go through closets and donate gently used clothing (coats are particularly useful this time of year) to a local shelter.
5. Check out local holiday events on your calendar. Most cities have concerts, festivals, plays, and more to celebrate the season.
6. Start a canned food drive in your neighborhood or at your child’s school. Ask neighbors to donate canned and non-perishable foods, then donate them to a food bank.
7. Make holiday decorations yourself! Decorate windows with paper snowflakes, glue glitter onto pinecones and arrange in a bowl, and visit kid-friendly crafts sites to get creative and fun ideas that will involve your children.
8. Find a giving tree that allows you to sponsor a family in need or purchase toys for children in need. Go shopping for the items together and donate them.
9. Don’t forget the less fortunate! Volunteer time at your local shelter or senior citizen center or see if there is a giving tree specifically for the residents.
10. Camp out in front of your Christmas tree one night. Keep the tree lights on, read holiday stories, and snack on holiday treats
12. Bake! Everyone loves to receive Holiday goodies this time of year. Also, baking is a cheap and thoughtful gift. You could even organize a holiday baking party. How fun would that be?
13. Gather family and friends and go caroling! Even if you aren’t a fantastic singer people still love to hear the classics
14. Do some outdoor activities! Go sledding, ice skating or make a snowman. Do this after your holiday dinner, and have yet another something to look forward too.
15. Call or have a video chat with loved ones who aren’t able to be with your family
There are TONS of things you can do this holiday season and start many traditions for time to come! Get inspired and make a difference not only in your family’s lives but in someone else’s also
Having a daughter with celiac disease isn’t the easiest thing to deal with. Now that she is getting older, she knows what she can and can’t eat. The problem is she is getting picky. I’m thankful for RATIO Protein Bars. Not only are they gluten free, but they are free of artificial ingredients, GMO’s, hormones and soy protein. We all know it’s hard to get your kids to eat healthy. Thankfully they have a ton of flavors to choose from. How awesome does Cake Batter, Cookie Crunch and Peanut Butter Cup sound? Pretty great!
Get more information from their website and find out how RATIO Protein Bars can help you eat clean. Check out GNC also for ordering details. Watch for sales! You can score these yummy “treats” at a great price!
No matter who we are we all have THAT day. The day when we don’t want to get out of bed, go to work, or do anything else for that matter. You just have to remember you have a purpose and this too shall pass. I have put together a list of ways to help you have a better day!
- Sing out loud. We all have a favorite song we love to sing. Do it! Let it out with all of your soul.
- Think positive thoughts!
- Wake up a few minutes earlier and stretch.
- Get some inspiration from someone you look up to.
- Take a little longer to get ready. You feel better when you look better.
- Read a little bit from your favorite book. Either on paper or an ebook.
- Take a deep breath and count to 10.
- Buy yourself flowers. You are allowed to get yourself gifts ya know.
- Drink lots of water!! It will help.
- Look at all situations with a positive attitude. Tomorrow WILL be better.
- Crank up the music and shake your booty. Just let go even for just 1 song. You will have fun!
- Take a nice long shower and think about everything you have to be thankful for. There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.
- Tell someone they are beautiful. You will make them feel good and you will feel good about yourself as well.
- Laugh at everything! Who cares if people think you are crazy.
- Cuddle with a loved one. That’s aways a wonderful feeling no matter what.
- Volunteer your time. No matter what you choose to do, it will always feel great to give back.
- Call an old friend. Most of the time you can start where you left off. Vent and return the favor of listening.
- Cook! Rather it be for yourself or for someone else, cooking helps to relieve negative energy.
- Use your imagination. You don’t have to be a child to pretend. Have fun with it and imagine what you want your day to be like.
- Write! Start keeping a journal of the day before and what you can do to change today.
- Get coffee with someone who makes you a better you.
- Eat super food that will give you more energy
- Meditate. Take a few minutes in total quietness and reconnect with yourself.
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
1 1/8 cups warm water – 110 to 115 degrees F (43 to 45 degrees C)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup corn oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water in a bowl. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam.
Combine yeast mixture, flour, corn oil, and kosher salt in a large stand mixer with a hook attachment; knead until dough holds together but is still slightly sticky, about 2 minutes.
Form dough into a ball and transfer to a buttered bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl with a towel and allow dough to rise at room temperature until double in size. The longer the better.
Punch down dough and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Press dough into a deep dish pan.
Fish is so simple to make. Not only is eat healthy, but there are so many ways to prepare it. My favorite is to marinate it in lime with a little bit of spice. This recipe is great for tacos!
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lime squeezed
1 tablespoons chili powder
1 jalapeno, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Place fish in a medium size dish. Whisk together the oil, lime juice, chili powder, jalapeno, and cilantro and pour over the fish. Let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes. Cook as desired!
Holidays are stressful enough on their own. Worrying about spending too much money doesn’t have to be. There are several ways to save during the holidays. My favorite way to save is by making homemade gifts. Unfortunately everyone isn’t crafty. There is still hope for you!
First thing you need to do is make a budget. Easy enough! Decide how much you can comfortably spend without panic. Don’t forget about the little things. Holiday cards, wrapping paper, postage and whatever else you might need. Not just the gifts. Stay strong and stick to it.
Next make a list of the people you need to buy for. Once you determined your budget and your naughty or nice list, you can spread your budget out accordingly. Once again stick to that number. If you can’t afford to get someone that video game they really wanted, then don’t. Buy the second choice. They will still love it all the same.
Try to pay cash when you can. You don’t want to be stuck with a bunch of credit card debt. Life happens and you don’t want your credit tied up with something that wasn’t necessary. Plus paying cash will help you to visually see how much of your budget you have left. Then you can decide if you REALLY need the next few items on your list.
Make sure to add yourself to the budget. No, really! Often times when you are out shopping you might see something you just have to have, or a deal you can’t pass up on. This will prevent you from ever going over your budget. Genius right? Sometimes I have it in me.
Think about rather that person really needs those shoes, toys or anything else they are asking for. Think about where that item will be in 3 weeks from opening. The closet floor, toy box or somewhere else it won’t get touched or worn for long periods of time.
Buy items with coupons and sales. Everything goes on sale at one time or another. Stores will be competing to get your business and will want the most traffic. Give yourself plenty of time so you aren’t buying things at the last minute. We tend to settle for an item they normally wouldn’t buy because they are in a time crunch. It’s best to shop all year around so you can always find a great clearance deal.
I love shopping online. I can find so many deals and quicker than I would in the stores. Plus, I get to miss out on all the madness.
Think from the heart. All gifts don’t have to be store bought. Bake cookies or a nice dinner. I would be in heaven if someone brought me a dinner already made. People love knowing you thought about them, not how much you spent.
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Making your own gravy is just as quick as packaged, but so much better for you! After you taste your own gravy you might not go back. Here is a recipe to add a little but of flavor to your already yummy potatoes or rice. Great with any beef dish as well. Let me know what you think!
1 1/2 cups water
3 teaspoons beef bouillon
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup butter
Combine water, bouillon, flour, onion and butter in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until thickened.
Girls will love the nurturing play of Fijit Friends Yippits, the newest members of the Fijit Friends family! Scooch is a delightful, dynamic friend who can “sing,” dance, light up, and perform tricks — the more you play with her, the better she responds. More nurturing from girls leads to greater consistency in her performance, just like a real pet. And also like a real pet, Scooch enjoys playing lots of fun games!
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