Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tasty summer snack

So for some reason I decided to be 'crafty mom' this past Saturday. So in addition to the sea salt spray I ALSO made a special strawberry shortcake for our Mothers day lunch. I wanted more than just berries and spongecake so I decided to get a little creative!

Total time-15 mins

a tub of whipped cream
a carton of strawberries
a package of white chocolate pudding
strawberry angel food cake (Walmart bakery section)
Hershey's semi-sweet baking melts
Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting (Walmart frozen section)
(I did NOT use the white chocolate)

So it was actually pretty simple.

Pudding 'dip'
I made the pudding according to the directions and spooned in about 3 large scoops of whip cream and lightly swirled.

Chocolate dipped Strawberries
The strawberries I cut in half and dipped in the semi-sweet chocolate, which I put about 10 discs in a bowl and slowly melted in the microwave!
Yummy drizzled strawberries!

Final product
Cut the cake into small squares, top with about 4 chocolate berries, a scoop of cool whip frosting on top and a side of the pudding dip.

It was actually pretty tasty!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Beachy hair-DIY spray

So this past Saturday I was at the store looking at all the hair stuff and stumbled upon some products to give you 'beach wave hair'. I thought 'hm, that sounds pretty'. So since I desperately wish the crimped hair style would come back in to style I thought this might be a good alternative and heck, who doesn't want to smell like the beautiful ocean? But as I'm looking at an 8 oz. bottle of sea water for $18.99 I thought 'There has GOT to be a homemade version'. Well thank you Pinterest. I found this pin and made my own tweaks to it based on what I already had. So I threw my absolute favorite crock pot recipe Buffalo Chicken into the cooker and got to experimenting. So here is my simple 3 ingredient salt spray for beachy hair as the Princess calls it. I didn't need to purchase anything as I already had all this at home.

10 oz hot water
2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt (I didn't have sea salt and supposedly Epsom doesn't dry your hair out as quickly)
1/2 teaspoon conditioner (I used this Organix Coconut Conditioner because I already had it and wanted the coconut smell)
1 spray bottle (just used one I already had picked up in the cosmetic section at Wal-Mart.)

You need HOT water to help dissolve the salt and the conditioner. I just used hot water out of the faucet and it was fine. You may want to boil it first but I had no need for it. Just pour it all in the spray bottle and shake! Let it cool then spray on wet hair. I tried it out on princess first as she takes a bath nightly. I sprayed, combed, then put her hair into 2 pigtail braids. Then in the morning just finger combed them all out. I did it on myself the following night and put mine in just 2 braids and it didn't turn out quite as well. I did 4 braids in princess and it turned out amazing. Here she is after the very first try. 2 braids. And p.s. this was on Mothers Day!

As you can imagine, it will dry your hair out a little bit, so be prepared for a possibly rough brushing and be prepared to baby your hair with a good conditioning. 

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Spicy Pineapple Chicken Crock Pot meal

So thanks to Pinterest I've been using my crock pot a lot lately. So I decided to try a variation of another recipe. I have no idea if its any good so I'll update at 4 pm.

3 large frozen chicken breasts
1 20oz can of crushed pineapple
3 TBSP Thai Kitchen Spicy Thai Mango sauce (found in the Asian foods section at Wal Mart)

Dump the pineapple with juice over the chicken. Drizzle 3 TBSP of the mango sauce over it. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. I'll check mine at 5 since my cooker seems to run hot.

Just a tip, when opening the sauce watch out! It has one if those ring open things and when I pulled it open it splashed everywhere including IN MY EYE. And yes, it burns.

For more great crock pot recipes along with my personal notes indicated by the {mew} check out my Pinterest board "yummy Stuff-crock pots"

Edit!! Ok so it turned out yummy!! I put it over rice and yummy. I turned it into nachos as well and it was yummy! I do think if I do it again ill add some apricot preserves or some fresh mango! But bottom line-delicious!!!