Thursday, May 26, 2016

Avocado Deviled Eggs

Those summer time picnics are coming up. And well deviled eggs are always on the menu. But sometimes that mayonnaise can cause a few problems in the heat. There's a simple way to solve that problem. Use avocado instead of mayonnaise. It's creamy, it's healthy and it doesn't go bad. And since my friends gave me some eggs this last week (you can read more about it in Monday Motivators)

Here's What You Need

6 Boiled Eggs peeled
1 large avocao peeled and pitted
2 Tbsp minced parsley plus leaves to garnish
1/2 c chopped green onions
1 garlic clove minced
Sea salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Here's What You Do

Cut you eggs in half. Put the egg yolks in a mixing bowl. Add the avocado, onion, salt and pepper to taste. Mash it all up with a fork. And then mix it together with a spoon. Next spoon it into the egg halves. Garnish it with some red pepper flakes and parsley.

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Three Ideas for Fun Mother's Day Gift Baskets

Three Ideas for Fun Mother's Day Gift Baskets

When Mother's Day arrives, you want to treat mom to one of the best gifts. While some kids take their mothers out for dinner, buy them flowers or purchase something a little more expensive, others know that gift baskets are perfect for hard to shop for moms. Your mom might tell you not to worry about getting her a gift or claim that she doesn't need anything, which will leave you frustrated and maybe even annoyed. If you're at a loss as to what to get her this year, check out some fun gift basket ideas.

Spa Baskets

Moms who love getting pampered at the spa will love a gift basket that lets them pamper themselves at home. Look for products that your mom will appreciate and items like those found in her favorite spa. You can treat her to a few new colors of nail polish and all the other tools she needs to do a manicure and pedicure at home. Add a few facial treatment products, a new bottle of scented lotion and other goodies that help her create a spa atmosphere at home.

Alcohol


Even if she raised all her little birdies and watched them leave the nest, mom may still like kicking back with a drink every now and then. Create a gift basket based around her favorite drink. Wine lovers might like a few new glasses, an automatic bottle opener and one or more bottles of wine. You can also give her a bottle of high end alcohol like vodka or whiskey with healthy alcohol mixers that she can use to create her own drinks. Fill out the basket with a few snacks that work with the alcohol like mixed nuts, crackers or chocolate.

Reading Baskets

Moms who love to read will get a kick out of a basket based around her hobby. Pick up a few books in her favorite genre, add those books to the basket and include some treats she can use while reading. She might like a new mug with a bag of hot chocolate, coffee or tea and some delicious cookies or candies. If you have a little more money to spend, consider giving her a tablet with a few books already downloaded. Give your mom something she'll really love this Mother's Day with a gift basket designed just for her.

Disclaimer This is a paid post, but these really great ideas for moms. And they are great ideas for other occasions other than mothers day.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Issue Of The Day

Today I have a very important issue to talk about. It is not the presidential election. It is not the issues revolving around the economy. It is an issue near and dear to every person who works an alternate work schedule. The issue is sleep.

Yes, everyone who has worked an evening or night shift has fought the battle to get enough sleep. Everyone around us complains when they have difficulty sleeping one night. But the night shifters of the world just roll our eyes when we hear these complaints. We nod and say it's awful, but we secretly say to ourselves try sleeping during the day.

People who work nights all try to be polite to those of you who work during the day. We don't drop by to visit when we get off work. We don't call you in the middle of the night while we are at our lunch breaks. There is one reason for this we know that you are enjoying a good nights sleep.

But is this respect for the rest of the world returned to us? No, it is not! And today was a perfect example of this.

My faithful followers who read my post yesterday on Wake Up Wednesday know that I was excited that I was having someone come and help me rid my attic of its tenants. And that is the problem. The man from Critter Control set an appointment for 10 am. I thought to myself that will allow me to sleep a little, and I would get up in time for the man to set the traps for the raccoon that has moved in.


But for some reason the man who was setting the traps showed up an hour and a half early. When he rang the door bell I asked him didn't we decide on 10. He replied yeah we did, but I was in the area so I just came over. I asked him didn't I say I worked nights. He replied yes, did I wake you up? Um, yeah, you did! Well I'll hurry so you can get back to sleep.

Anyone who has been woken up in the middle of the night knows that it can be challenging to get back to sleep when it is dark. Try doing it when it is light out. It's almost impossible after you have had a couple hours of sleep. And so I was not able to get back to sleep.

The point of this is if there is a person in you life who works nights please be courteous to them. Remember they are working against nature when they go to sleep during the day. Individuals who work nights are courteous to you each and every day. So return the favor to them.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party 122

It's finally Tuesday evening. Oh none of you know how I have longed for Tuesday to arrive. Tuesday and Wednesday are now my days off from work. This past week I've had to adjust to working five days in a row. It's an adjustment. And I've had to learn a few new things. This position requires that I run a machine. It's an automation job. Nobody is ever excited about going to the automation section of the company. And I'm not either, but I am glad I have a job. I just hope that I can get better at running the machine quickly.

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DIY Paint for the Shower
Thinking Outside The Sandbox

Our kids are just starting to transition from taking baths to getting showers alone… yay!  I will still have two in the tub for quite a while, but our older ones are pretty much independent with things like this now.

This DIY paint for the shower makes shower time even more fun!



EASY DIY HERB GARDEN
Levicky Landing

It is spring time!  If you are in Northeast Ohio it may not seem like spring yet but its coming.  Time to fix up the garden and plant those flowers outside!  Or if you are like me and you know nothing about gardening, its time to pretend like you know all about it. If so this is the perfect fake it until you make it herb garden!



Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers
Silver Foodie

Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers are made from a mixture of cooked quinoa, black beans, salsa, crushed tortilla chips and taco seasoning. Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers are a great choice for Meatless Mondays or anytime you want a meatless meal. “Meatless Mondays” is a movement in the USA aimed at reducing our carbon footprint while at the same time improving our health status.


SHIRLEY TEMPLE CUPCAKE
APRIL GOLIGHTLY

Shirley Temple was a child actress known for famous movies like Heidi in the 1930s. They named a drink after her. It is traditionally made with ginger ale, a splash of grenadine and garnished with a maraschino cherry. I remember drinking them as a child. It was something special to drink rather than just a normal drink. I made Shirley Temple Cupcakes for my daughter this week. These cupcakes were a big hit.



3 UNIQUE WAYS TO ENJOY HUMMUS
The Bikini Experiment

I am very excited to share these recipes with you today because I have a huge fondness for hummus. I often enjoy it as a mid-afternoon snack  with fruits, veggies or assorted crackers. However, I will confess that I often buy the store variety because it’s so quick. Making hummus is not a very complicated task, but it does involve some prep work and either experimenting or finding a recipe. So this was an opportunity to simply try out some new flavor twists. I had a lot of fun coming up with these healthy snack dips.



Easy No-sew 4th of July T-shirts
Happy and Blessed Home

These Easy No-Sew 4th of July T-shirts took less than an hour to make and cost about $5 each. I wanted to get my two little guys matching shirts but I had a hard time finding T-shirts that I liked so I decided to create them.  The secret is the iron-on transfer paper which can be used to iron-on any fabric onto the T-shirt or garment of your choice.


DIY Patriotic Mason Jars
H2OBungalow

I’m in love with these DIY patriotic mason jars I just made.  It’s our turn to host the holiday barbecue this year. I’m excited! Those of you who know me know I LOVE A PARTY! I love hosting, preparing, creating…basically everything to do with a gathering.



Last month Levi (my middle son) turned four. Four. I remember blogging his birth story like it was yesterday, and now he’s my four-year-old middle son. Crazy.
Anyway, I made him a Lego table for his birthday. He loves it, my other boys love it, and I kinda love it too…despite the fact that it lives in my living room and has a million pieces.


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Motivators

Monday can be a challenging day. Well here are a few of the things that have gotten me motivated this Monday morning.

For most people Monday is the beginning of the work week. Monday is actually the end of my work week. Once I get through work today. I have two solid days to myself. I can't wait.

I was finally able to get a hold of someone who will come out and see about that raccoon that has moved into my attic. Well it sounds like there is an army of them. I have to wait a couple of days, but the end is in sight. Hopefully, they haven't torn apart the entire attic.

Alice Through the Looking Glass comes out this week. I can't wait. If you read my post Johnny Depp Can't Make a Bad Movie you already know that I am a huge fan. And well the story Through The Looking Glass is a classic. So how can you go wrong with the movie?

I am so thankful that eggs are a healthy food again. I don't feel guilty about eating them anymore. And my friends Jon and Sarah were really generous with the eggs their chickens laid when I went to visit them this week. If you haven't tried eggs fresh from the hen, you don't know what you are missing. They taste so much better.

My garden is really looking better. Not the way I want it to yet, but it looks better. Here are a couple of pictures so you can see some of the flowers. 



So how are you being motivated this Monday?