DIY Dog & Cat Collar Craft

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DIY Dog & Cat Collar

Supplies:

  • Measuring tape

  • Sharp scissors

  • Button down shirt with collar 

As I mentioned, this is a super quick and easy DIY dog craft. (or cat)

First, measure your cat or dog's neck making sure to leave a little give so the collar isn't too tight. To find the correct size shirt for your pet measure the inside of the shirt collar and match it as closely as possible to your pet's neck size. 

For my cats, I used a size 6-12-month-old sized shirt. For my small dog, I used a 2 T sized shirt. You could easily fit all sizes of dogs and cats with shirts ranging from preemie to XXL men's sizes. 

A new or gently used shirt works fine. To save a little I bought my shirt at a local thrift shop. 

Next, cut along the collars edge just below the rolled seam, trimming as close to the edge as possible.

That's it. Really there is nothing more to it. 

Fresh Basil & Jalapeno Omelete Recipe

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Omelettes are a keto diet staple food. They are a perfect food for someone doing the keto diet on a budget. This omelette recipe is so tasty and filling, you are going to love it! It's a great low carb breakfast idea or for any low carb keto diet meal! 

Weekends call for delicious brunches. I have a nice bunch of basil in my garden that needed to be picked and some nice beautiful jalapenos ready to harvest too.  Emmi sent me some of their Cave-Aged Le Gruyére try so I decided to add a bit of this rich nutty flavored cheese that pairs perfectly with the fresh green flavors. Add some garlic and farm fresh eggs to make a delicious breakfast or brunch meal.
An omelet is also a tasty quick dinner too that doesn't taste like a quick dinner.
I like to make one big omelet slice it and serve it on a platter so everyone can choose the size they would like to eat.

Fresh Basil & Jalapeno Omelete Recipe 

Serves 4

  • 6 eggs

  • 1/4 cup cream

  • gruyére cheese

  • 1 clove garlic

  • small bunch of fresh basil

  • 1 fresh jalapeno

  • salt and black pepper to taste

  • tablespoon butter

There are two techniques used in making a creamy perfectly cooked omelette. First is whipping the cream and eggs together. Crush and mice the garlic, chop the jalapeno into small pieces, add salt and pepper to taste and whip into eggs. 

Add butter to a medium size frying pan. Heat on medium heat. Add eggs mixture to pan.

The second technique is to allow the eggs to cook on the bottom they pull the edges into the center with a wooden spoon allowing the uncooked eggs to fill in the sides and cook. Repeat this until all the eggs are almost cooked. At this point add the Gruyére cheese. You can either slice it into thin slices or grate it. Then fold the omelette in half and cook just until the cheese is melted. 

With these two techniques you will end up with a cream delicious center and perfectly cooked eggs that aren't dry. 

Slice and garish with a sprig of fresh basil and slices of fresh jalapeno.  

Enjoy!

DIY Valentine Sewing Card Craft

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DIY SEWING CARD VALENTINE SUPPLY LIST

  • scrapbook, craft or card stock paper

  • ribbon

  • hole punch

  • Valentine candy

  • Valentine note

Fold paper in half and cut out two hearts. Spacing evenly punch holes around the edge of heart about 1/2 apart starting at the tip of your heart. Place both hearts together lining up holes. Starting where you would like to tie your bow, lace or sew ribbon folding the end of the ribbon to make it easier to sew. When you have about 2-3 holes left stuff your Valentine with your friend or loved one's favorite Valentine's candy along with a sweet Valentine note.

 

Tip: To get your holes to line up punch holes in first heart then using a pen mark your second heart using your first heart as a template. We used American Crafts papers and ribbon from the Love collection. 

Hand Embroidered Valentine Bookmarks

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Hello Everyone!!! I’m Abby over at A Feathered Nest blog which is kind of a collection of hobbies I like or attempt. I’m a mom with 4 kids - boy, girl, boy, girl, and a {hot} husband. I wish I had a puppy so bad. My baby girl is an animal so she will suffice for now. We live in Michigan {the most beautiful place on earth} but we’re getting ready to move back home to Sunny Arizona! {gasp!} I’m SO excited that Heather would ask me to put together a project for all of you. We’re going to do a Valentine project but not that kind of Valentine project. Let’s veer from the standard Valentine gifts and do something unique for our good friends & loved ones. Who out there doesn't love a good book?! Even kids’ books. They’re amazing. Don’t you love it when you find a good book and you’re sad when you finish? Wouldn't it be fun to give a good book to someone you love this Valentine’s Day?! With an adorable hand-made bookmark?! Even better. {add some chocolate to the gift and I’d say that would be the best Valentine gift EVER.} I’ll take a good book {and chocolate} over flowers any day.

Hand Embroidered Valentine Bookmarks

Aren’t they precious? How fun to use the bookmark as the actual gift tag wrap it around a gift card or if you buy a book wrap it around the wrapping paper. 

Supplies:

  • Felt, cut in varying circles or shapes (I have a scallop pair of scissors) 

  • DMC floss, needle, scissors 

  • Fabric marker- mine has a disappearing ink side 

  • Fabric glue 

  • Elastic (you can dye your elastic any color you want using RIT dye - just boil hot water, add a few drops of dye, boil for a few minutes, rinse with cold water. Bleach your pot before using it for cooking.) 

This is a perfect project for those of you who are beginners to embroidery. If you need a practice guide, here is a handy-dandy Stitch Guide I put together a long time ago. This post also has some stitching help, another great Valentine project. I’m missing a few stitches on my site but if you google searched the following stitch names you’ll find more than enough help on how to do them.

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Cut your shapes - I used 3-ply together, but stitched on 2-ply.

Trace/draw your design. The circles should be small, so you don’t need a whole lot on them - keep it simple. I free-handed everything so I don’t have patterns, but you can look at these and figure it out. They’re not very complex.

Embroider your design. Here are the stitches I used: Lazy Daisy

- French Knot

- Split Stitch

- Running Stitch

- Blanket stitch

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Secure your elastic in a loop/circle, using glue or thread - make sure it’s straight. Nothing but the best from you.

Glue your front to the back.

Done! Now go make a whole bunch of these and you have plenty of time until Valentine’s Day! Wahoo!! These will also make great end-of-year teacher gifts too get a head start and be the admiration of the PTO moms. You’re amazing.

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More Valentine’s Day Crafts


Free Printable Valentine's Cards

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Are you looking for a cute bright cheerful Valetine card to pass out to your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? I made these free printable Valentine’s just for you!

These would be great for a Galentine’s day party too.

Free Printable Dinner Planner & Recipe Cards

Keto Friendly

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Wether you’re planning meals for your whole family or just for yourself it’s nice to make a plan. Since I’m on the keto diet I like to meal prepping on the weekends and plan out my meals for the week. It helps cut down on food waste and it keeps me on track so I’m not tempted to eat out or grab something that is off my keto diet plan.

For moms and dads it’s great to have a meal planner so that everyone in the household from you to your spouse to your nanny knows what’s in stock and what’s planned for dinner!

I made this simple meal planner for you! I included a couple of recipes cards too just in case you want to share one of your favorite recipes with a friend.


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Eating Keto on a Budget

 
 
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You have asked and I am going to show you how I do it. Here are my 10 ways to eat a low carb keto diet on a budget. It's easier than you think!  Here is my real life advise using the same things I do weekly to the KETO diet on a budget.

Part of eating a low carb keto diet is learning to eat foods in their most pure form. What does that mean? It means eggs in their shell, fresh cream, meats, green veggies and the more that are unprocessed. 

Use Ground Beef!

Ground beef is a great, delicious and versatile protein that has zero carbs! You can make Butter Burgers, Crunchy Taco Wraps, Pizza Meatballs, Meatloaf,  Cabbages rolls and so many other things! 

Use Cabbage!

Cabbage is delicious cold in a coleslaw or cooked and used in places of pasta in lasagna or just cooked and served with butter and salt. 

Eat Eggs!

Eggs are another delicious and versatile protein that is super low carb. You can boil, fry, omelet, poach, deviled, scramble eggs plus add them to other dishes too like a chefs salad or a cobb salad. Eggs are one of the most affordable KETO foods.

Buy in Bulk & Freeze!

 Our local store has a meat sale every 6 months. The meat is super cheap if you buy it in bulk. Simple wrap your meat in freezer paper and store in the freezer for up to 6months or longer. My grandparents use to raise their own beef and we would wrap it and freeze it the deep freezer and use it until the next years beef was ready.

Many foods can be frozen including... butter can be frozen for 6 months, cream for 4 months and most veggies and berries for 6 months. Looks for your favorites on sale and just FREEZE THEM for later!

Shop Amazon!

Amazon is a marketplace which means if more than one person is selling something you can most likely get the best price. If you have Amazon Prime which I totally find worth it, you get FREE shipping. If you DON'T have Amazon Prime you can try it for a month for FREE.

Make Your Own Bone Broth!

Bone broth is a perfect food for KETO'ers but it is also expensive to buy. Making it is super easy and can be made with scraps from other meals! Save your bones, onion, garlic and veggie scraps by freezing them to save to make your own broth!

Meal Prep!

Plan ahead and prep for days you know you won't have time to cook. Make extra meat. Cut up veggies. Make some dip. Leftovers are great too. Have something ready so you don't feel like you have to eat out on the run.

Buy Seasonal Veggies & Berries!

Buy vegetables and berries when they are in season. The prices will be so much better. Buy they when the prices are super low and freeze some for later. 

Save Your Bacon Butter!

When you find some bacon at super great price be sure to save your bacon drippings/grease/bacon butter when cooking it! Remeber fat is your fuel on KETO and bacon makes some of the most beautiful golden fat for your next meals. Bacon butter great to use on your cooked veggies, use it to make omelets, and pretty much any other place you would normally use butter!

Shop at Costco or Sams Club!

Some things are simply cheaper ( I know not all of them but some) at Costco because they negotiate a great deal with a brand and then slap their logo on it.  I use this coconut oil, these raw almonds are great and are always fresh and I love this almond flour!  ALL of them are at a FREAKIN GREAT PRICE!

Make Your Own Pickle Juice!

The price of pickle juice can really add up and leave you with a fridge full of dry pickles! If you wondering why I sam saying pikcle juice it's because pickle juice helps you keep your electrolytes balanced. Sports teams are known to drink pickle juice as well as pickle juice popsicles. I promise they are a thing look here: pickle juice pops. Here is my super easy recipe for pickle juice. I explain more about how pickle juice is great in the KETO diet here: Homemade Pickle Juice

 
 
 

DIY Christmas Pinecone Garland Decor

This post is sponsored by Command™ brand.

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I love the holidays. Cheery Christmas music, gathering all my favorite decorations to tuck into every nook and cranny of my home and our favorite sweet treats we only eat once a year.

This year we live in a lovely pre-war home with two fireplaces which means I get to decorate two mantels. I'm so excited. I get to create two pretty Christmas vignettes on each one.

I love the fall/Thanksgiving decorations I have on my dining room mantel.  It's made of a beautiful old growth oak wood. To keep the pretty wood intact I am using Command™ Clear Mini Hooks that are easy to apply and easy to remove without hammering holes in the wood for a damage-free holiday.

I wanted to create a lovely transitional garland that I can have up with my Thanksgiving decorations that I can also have up for Christmas.

This simple pinecone garland is a perfect easy DIY Christmas decoration or Thanksgiving decoration anyone who can tie a simple knot and bow can make.

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DIY Christmas Decorations - Pinecone Garland

  • Gather an assortment of pine cones -wash and dry

  • 2-3 yards of ribbon

  • Holiday craft pick 

  • Craft Glue

  • Command™ Clear Mini Hook (to hang)

    Gather and wash your pinecones. Cut a length of 2 1/2 yards of ribbon. If you are feeling sparkly you can add some glitter to each pinecone too by simply brushing some glue on the pinecones and dusting with glitter.

Wrap the ribbon around the bottom of the first pinecone and tie it in a double knot. Repeat spacing the pinecones apart about 5 inches. Tie two bows from the ribbon leaving long tails to top each end pinecone. Glue the bow on the top of the end pinecones.

Using the Command™ Clear Mini Hook add adhesive back as directed. Place the Command™ Clear Mini Hook on the mantle to hang the garland as pictured above (I used the white mini hooks so you can see them better here in the photo.)

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Next, I simply added a Christmas craft pick tucking it into the Command™ Clear Mini Hook to hold it in place. The nice thing about using the Command™Brand Hooks is you can quickly change your decorations if you change your mind without damage.

I'm also hanging my wreaths on my windows using Command™ Brand Hooks. Did you know you can use them on glass? Be sure to clean the glass well before adhering the hooks.

On my enclosed porch I'm hanging these pretty velvet and grapevine wreaths on the windows using the Command™ Medium Designer Hook which can hold up to 3 pounds which is perfect for hanging wreaths.


You can find more ways to use Command™ Brand Hooks for your holiday decorating here at Command™ Brand Holiday.


Happy Holidays!

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Friday Pie Day | Low Carb Keto Pie Recipes

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I LOVE lemon and All Day I Dream About Food’s low carb keto Sour Cream Lemon Pie is amazing!

FRIDAY PIE DAY!

With Thanksgiving Dinner keeping up very full on Thanlsgiving day, I am offically call it- Friday is Pie Day! Have some keto pie for breakfast or host a pie day gathering with friends after you gather up all your Black Friday Deals.


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The Keto Connect couple do their research and their Low Carb KETO Pecan Pie is sure to be a favorite for those of you who need some Pecan Pie for your Friday Pie day.

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How about a Low Carb Keto Chocolate Silk Pie, yum! Ruled Me has a great chocolate keto pie to add to you Friday Pie Day menu. Click here for the recipe.

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Dreaming about your grandmas pie for your Friday Pie Day? You can still have it just tweak it a bit with I Breath I’m Hungry’s Low Carb Keto version of Strawberry Icebox Pie

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Friday Pie Day wouldn’t be complete without a Low Carb Peanut Butter Cup Pie. Enjoy!


FOLLOW MY FRIDAY PIE DAY Pinterest Board for more Low Carb KETO Pie Recipes

Montage Deer Valley Resort With The Family

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The Montage Deer Valley Resort is a place where you can bring the whole family. There is something for everyone to do plus their's skiing too!

It's January and time for a wintery wonderland getaway to a magical place where snow covered tall pines and mountains are your view from your bedroom window. A place where you can ski in and ski out from dinner. A place where all the hustle and bustle of your everyday life melts away and you get to have fun, relax and live life. The kind of life you always imagined. 

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The Montage Deer Valley is that very kind of place. 

The Montage Deer Valley is located right on the fluffy powdered slopes of Deer Valley Utah adjacent to three high-speed chairlifts. Skiers can stay at this 5 star luxury resort or just ski right in for lunch, dinner or drinks.

The architecture and design as well as the art throughout are reminiscent of a lovely mountain lodge. It's cozy comforting and luxurious all at the same time. Original artwork from local rocky mountain artists adorn the resort.

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One of our favorite features of the resort is that Montage Deer Valley is pet-friendly. Your pet is welcome. The resort has two sweet mascots Bernese Mountain Dogs Monty (pictured above) and Jonas who are at the resort to greet you with a well-mannered smile. Isn't Monty a handsome boy!

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If you are more of a stay inside and enjoy the snow from the window view, Daly's Pub is a family friendly place to hang out and have fun. With four regulation bowling lanes the kids will have a great time and so will you! We saw the sweetest older couple spending their anniversary together and having a blast bowling.

You can order dinner right at the lanes with a great variety of classic favorites including hearty delicious cheeseburgers, fries and pizza.

In the mood for some pool or video games? They have that too. Or you can just hang out at the bar and watch the game after a long day of skiing on the mountain.

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The indoor and outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs are open year round. One of our very favorite things to do is to sit in the hot tub under the winter snowy night sky as the snow is falling. My family loves it too. It's one of our traditions when we visit a ski resort hotel. It's magical. You have to try it.

My girls loved hanging out at the complimentary gourmet s'mores bar choosing from handmade flavored marshmallow and sitting fireside toasting their tasty treat.

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Our two bedroom three bathroom suite was perfect for our family. We had plenty of room to move around and feel like we are in a nice space rather than a tiny hotel room. The beds are cozy with down pillows and comforters. Each bedroom has a cozy fireplace. We were greeted with fresh cookies and fruit which was a big hit with the kids. The oversized soaking tub is perfect for relaxing the muscles after a day of snow filled activities.

There are so many things to do and see in Park City but The Montage Deer Valley offers a complete resort full of activities and relaxation so you never really have to leave to enjoy a great getaway!

Free Printable Thanksgiving Decor

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I made a little some just for you my sweet readers and true following fans. I am Thankful for you all and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed painting these little watercolor doodles and making them into a cheery print for your Thanksgiving. It would be great just printed and framed or you could use it as a cover for a card, or print one out in a mini size as a place card for Thanksgiving dinner.


If you would like me to design you a custom card, place card, or invitation using these lovely fall clipart pieces send me an email and I'll put one to together for you. Email me more prices and details.

april@simplythesweetlife.com

TIP: Print your copy on watercolor paper for a custom look.



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Free Printable Pumpkin Coloring Pages

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How has your first week of fall been? Did you try any of my Favorite Fall Recipes or create one of these Fall Leaf Wreaths with your kids?

You know, I love making these free printable coloring pages for you as much as I love coloring them. I will print one and have it out on my desk for when I start feeling overwhelmed. There is just something about choosing the colors and putting marker or pencil to paper and coloring.

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 I made these color pages so you can color them as well as your kids. Feel free to print some out and share them with your kids classes or even with your work mates. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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Pickle Juice Pickle Juice Pickle Juice Why is Everyone Drinking it?

Low Carb Keto Friendly Recipe

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Kind of like Beattle Juice only Pickle Juice. If you have done any kind of research into a low carb-keto diet you have probably seen posts about pickles and drinking pickle juice.

The reason everyone is talking about pickles and pickle juice is because it's an excellent way to prevent you from getting headaches, muscle cramps and getting dehydrated when you are on a low carb- keto diet especially when you are first starting out. Even before I started my low carb way of eating a found out that I could stop my migraines in their tracks with some pickle juice. 

WHY PICKLES AND HOW DOES THE PICKLE JUICE WORK?

The pickle juice just happens to be the perfect mix of salt, water, and vinegar which renew the electrolytes in your body. It also helps you stay hydrated too. Did you know that athletes drink pickle juice too? It a much better drink than those awful sticky sugar filled sports drinks.

After draining several bottles of pickles of their juice I decided to make my own pickle juice. I already make pickles, I come from pioneer stock and we pickle everything! Here is our tried and true delicious pickle brine recipe.

PICKLE JUICE (SANS CUCUMBERS)

Wash and dry canning jars.  In a large pot combine water, vinegars, and salt. Bring to a simmer then add garlic cloves, dill, and red pepper flakes. Simmer for 5 minutes for flavors to blend. Pour into quart jars.  

That's it! Peasy Peasy! Store in the fridge. 

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Pickle Juice
The reason everyone is talking about pickles and pickle juice is because it's an excellent way to prevent you from getting headaches, muscle cramps and getting dehydrated when you are on a low carb- keto diet especially when you are first starting out. Even before I started my low carb way of eating a found out that I could stop my migraines in their tracks with some pickle juice. 
Ingredients
  • 2 quart canning jars
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons Himalayan pink salt
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 4 teaspoons dill
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Instructions
Wash and dry canning jars.  In a large pot combine water, vinegars, and salt. Bring to a simmer then add garlic cloves, dill, and red pepper flakes. Simmer for 5 minutes for flavors to blend. Pour into quart jars.  

Quick Pickled Red Onion Recipes

Pickled Red Onion Recipe

Making red pickled onions are so easy to make and are one of my favorite things to top salads, wraps and a  good charcuterie board.

Pickled onions are popping up topping burgers and salads at all the trendy restaurants. They are something our grandmothers use to make. I don't really know why they ever fell out of popularity in food because they are soo flavory and easy to make.
I loved picking out the pearl pickled onions out of my grandma's mustard pickles. I promise to post the mustard pickle recipe sometime soon because anyone who makes a roast should have some mustard pickles to add as a relish.

pickled onions recipe

You can make pickled onions with an onion really. I'm making a batch with both red onion and yellow onion. 
You will simply need vinegar and onions. That's it! See super easy!
I love using my vintage ball canning jar with the glass lid and clamp on it to make pickled onions.

Peel your onions. Slice your onion into thin slices.  Add to a jar of vinegar. All to pickle in the refrigerator for about 2 days then they will be ready to top your hamburger, salad or add to your charcuterie board.

Enjoy!

A Small Kitchen Herb Garden

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My little herb garden is coming along nicely. It's a first year for most of the herbs and second for a few of them. This is the dill. I am letting it go to seed so I will get more next year. I am growing for home made pickles.

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This young lavender is for drying and tucking away into drawers and closets or possibly a hot bath to relax the muscles.

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I am so happy with the basil. It is the first herb plant I have grow from seed and it's getting bigger than the plants I bought at the farmers market. I even planted it late.

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Thyme has always been one of my favorite herbs to pick and rub in my hands for a fragrant treat. I have two varieties including lemon thyme.



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Spearmint is to dry for winter teas to wake me up in the winter mornings.

I also have sage for Thanksgiving stuffing, oregano to add to a good tomato sauce, peppermint to mix with the spearmint and some chives too.

It has been a joy to be able to walk out the back door and pick some fresh organic herbs while cooking. Next year I want it to be twice or maybe even three times as big with many more herbs added.

Do you have an herb garden?

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Hot Dog Toppings Bar For Dinner or a Party

This post is sponsored by Hebrew National® 

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Are you planning a springtime BBQ celebration get-together? I have the best quick but still delicious and quality grilled dinner idea for you, your friends and your family. It's a Hot Dog Toppings dinner party. It is seriously the easiest to plan and make. It's also a HUGE crowd pleaser. The kids, as well as the adults, will love it.

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I put together a list of premium toppings I thought would cover everyone's tastes to go with Hebrew National® All-Beef Franks. One of the things I love about Hebrew National® All-Beef Franks is that the hot dogs are good premium cuts of 100% kosher beef. Quality is always something I look for when planning dinner.

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For our Hot Dog Bar, I added fresh ingredients. I made sure to chop the pieces smaller than I usually do so they could fit nicely on the bun. I bought freshly made buns from a local bakery and chose some tasty toppings, including onions, avocado, tomato, peppers, sauerkraut, a spicy green sprout mix, a variety of mustards and, of course, some ketchup. You can pretty much add any that you love. Think of your favorite salad-bar toppings if you are looking for some inspiration. With the kids, you can tell them to choose three toppings so they are sure to get some veggies in their meal. My family loves it and it's definitely on our list of things to make when friends come over. Happy spring!

 

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Easy * Fresh Pico De Gallo Salsa Recipe

LOW CARB KETO FRIENDLY RECIPE

 
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Fresh pico de gallo is one of my favorite kinds of salsa. It made from all fresh ingredients and is another one of those delicious condiment toppings to have on hand. It's great on everything from carne asada to fish!

Did you know that Pico de Gallo only has 5 ingeirents? It's super eay to make. If you want to grow one thing even on a porch garden this summer make it a pico de gallo garden. Tomatoes and jalapenos are some of the easiest garden plants to grow. Add a pot of cilantro and you will be making this delicious recipe all summer!

FRESH PICO DE GALLO SALSA RECIPE

serves 4

  • 3 large tomatoes

  • 1/2 onion

  • 1/2 fresh jalapeno

  • Small bunch of cilantro

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • Course Sea Salt 

Simply chop all your vegetables into small pieces. Chop cilantro. Mix together in a bowl. Squeeze the juice from 1 lime over the top. Salt to taste.

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Our Favorite Avocado Guacamole Dip Recipe

LOW CARB KETO FRIENDLY RECIPE

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There is no need to miss out on some good snacks at a party. Just make this quick and easy low carb keto friendly guacamole inspired dip. Perfect for dipping veggies.

Avocados are rich in good fats and essential nutrients. They also happen to be one of my favorite foods. This simple Avocado Party Dip, which is basically another kind of guacamole recipe, will be the rave of our party. It's soooo addicting so be sure to make extra. You might even want to make a batch for yourself.  

More guacaole recipes coming soon... until then enjoy this creamy dip!

  • 2 Large Haas Avocados

  • 1/2 sour cream

  • 1 lime

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


In a small mixing bowl add all ingredients squeezing in the juice of the lime. Smash together with a fork. Top with a light sprinkling of red pepper for garnish. 

Serve with tortilla chips, veggies or potato chips. Enjoy!

Note: The lime keeps the avocado from turning brown. I left mine out for a good hour to test it and it works quite nicely.


 

MORE RECIPES TO TRY!


 

Easy * Lettuce Wrap Tacos Recipe

LOW CARB KETO FRIENDLY RECIPE

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Taco on a low carb keto diet? You bet! I wouldn't go with out some good Mexican flavory keto tacos in my life.

🎵"If you like Cinco de Mayo, so you  c'n eat tacos all day. If you're not into carbs, and you have half a brain. If you like taking walks at midnight ..." 🎵 I know, in another life I was weird al with food lyrics haha.

There is no way I'm missing Taco Tuesdays just because I'm on a low carb keto diet. I love Mexican foods and flavors. Any taco can easily be converted to a low carb - keto taco by replacing the taco shell with your favorite lettuce. I used romaine hearts but a butter lettuce taco shell would be really good too.

Do you make tacos for Taco Tuesday? These turned out so good. You're going to love them and so will your family.
 

LETTUCE SHELL SOFT TACO RECIPE

serves 4

  • 1 lb ground beef

  • vegetable oil, butter or bacon butter

  • red pepper flakes

  • 1 small onion

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • head of lettuce

  • Pico de Gallo- recipe here

  • white cheddar cheese - shredded

  • 1 large avocado 

  • sour cream

In a saute pan add bacon butter, ground beef, chopped onions, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, paprika, cumin and sea salt. On medium heat brown your ground beef until starting to caramelize. Set aside.

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Road Trip with Toyota and Lexus 2015

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Over the river and through the woods we all went on a road trip to Vermont. This past April a few food and travel bloggers gathered in Stowe, Vermont for Camp Gathering- Vermont. Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul Magazine, James Anthony of the Phoenician Flea, Brandy of The Nutmeg Nanny, Gina Matsoukas of Running to the Kitchen, Sha' Atwater and myself, April Atwater from Sweet & Simple Magazine had the chance to drive some sweet 2015 Lexus and Toyota vehicles. The Toyota and Lexus brands are some of my favorite and these beauties keep up with the quality and luxury we've come to expect.

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Paul and James drove the 2015 Lexus RX 350 up to Stowe, Vermont from Brooklyn, New York 

"James and I were so happy with our Lexus, made the long drive such a pleasure. We actually said it was like driving on butter, it was so smooth"

Paul Lowe

Sweet Paul Magazine

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A few of the luxury extras we love for the road trip includes the beautiful wood detailing interior option.

Little luxuries go a long way on a road trip. In April the weather in New England can go from hot to cold at a moments notice. Having heated and cooled seats on both the driver and passengers side makes it extra comfortable. The remote touch interface even makes listening to your favorite tunes or planning your navigation a luxurious experience.  

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Lots of room for your travel gear in its versatile cargo area. This crossover is the top of the premium brands in our book. As Paul said, "It's like driving on butter!"

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Brandy and Gina drove up to Vermont from Poughkeepsie is the 2015 Toyota Highlander.

"I loved using the Toyota Highlander because it was roomy, had awesome features and was super comfortable for our road trip. I was so sad when I had to give it back because I loved driving it so much. In fact a few weeks later I even made my husband go test drive a Highlander because I'm in the market for a new car!"

Brandy O'Neill

The Nutmeg Nanny

"Loved so many features of the Toyota Highlander, specifically the Bluetooth integration and smart dash display. It drove like a car, not an SUV and made the winding roads of Vermont fun to drive!"

Gina Matsoukas

Running to the Kitchen

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There is sky for miles and a great view of the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont when road tripping in the 2015 Toyota Highlander with a full panoramic sunroof.

With seating for up to 8, quiet interior and rear-seat entertainment system getting friends together for a road trip is fun all around.

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There is sky for miles and a great view of the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont when road tripping in the 2015 Toyota Highlander with a full panoramic sunroof.

With seating for up to 8, quiet interior and rear-seat entertainment system getting friends together for a road trip is fun all around.

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If you are looking for comfort and great has millage the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is for you. Not only does it offer great back seat foot space the seats are comfortable.

The gas mileage is 40/39. You can get some serious road tripping done with this kind of fuel efficiency. We only stopped to get gas once the entire week we drove the Avalon and covered most of Northern Vermont in that week.

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The multi-information display just past the steering wheel in the gauge cluster let us know many miles we had left on our tank of gas, what our average fuel economy was on the trip and if we where in eco or sports mode. This information is important when driving the back roads on Vermont when you don't know when your next gas station will be coming up.

I also like the blue light. It's easy on the eyes when driving at night.

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If you're like me you have at least two drinks with you on the road. I keep an ice water and often a real sugar Dr. Pepper or a coffee on hand. I love the space in the doors for my water bottle and center drink holders for both the driver and passenger.

I always use a center arm rest when driving long distances. It one of the first things I noticed once I start driving. The Avalon has a nicely placed adjustable center arm rest.

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The exterior detailing of smarter aerodynamics of the Avalon is designed for minimum wind noise and a smoother ride. We loved driving the 2015 Toyota Avalon. It's on my list of favorite 2015 vehicles.