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8 Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables

The luck of the Irish is on everyone’s side today! It may not be gold at the end of the rainbow, but these adorable printables are all coming at you for FREE! How magical is that?!

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8 Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables

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10 Crochet Bunny Patterns

It may be hard to believe here in the Midwest, but spring is coming!

To help get ready for blooming flowers, pastel colors and an abundance of delicious chocolate candies, here are 10 absolutely too-cute-for-words bunny crochet patterns that you can make during these dark and dreary last days of winter.

10 Crochet Bunny Patterns

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  1. Snuggle Bunny Pillows
  2. Crochet Bunny Slippers
  3. Crochet Baby Chick and Bunny
  4. Crochet Rabbits
  5. Bunny Ornament
  6. Newborn Bunny Hat
  7. Toddler Bunny Hat
  8. Bunny Ear Headband
  9. Crochet Stuffed Bunny
  10. Crochet Bunny Garland

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8 Rainbow Crafts

It may be hard to believe, but spring is on the way! To get ready for St. Patrick’s Day, bright and colorful flowers, and warm weather, here are 8 rainbow crafts that are sure to bring a smile to your face!

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8 Rainbow Crafts

Pom Pom Rainbow Art

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Rainbow Catch All Dish

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Rainbow Cell Phone Holder

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DIY Rainbow Clutch

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Rainbow Sunglasses

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Rainbow Necklace

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Rainbow Pom Pom Mobile

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Rainbow Tie Dye Shoes

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Rigatoni with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

I am one of probably a handful of people who actually loves Brussels sprouts. I LOVE them. Blanched, grilled, roasted…I’ll eat them however…and they’re even better if combined with pancetta or bacon…

I mean, what’s not instantly improved with bacon, really?

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Anyway, in an effort to eat more veggies, I’ve been keeping Brussels sprouts in my fridge for last-minute side dish ideas. And since I absolutely HATE grocery shopping, these particular sprouts would have actually started sprouting something if I didn’t use them ASAP…

So I scoured my fridge and pantry for ingredients I could throw together for dinner…and as luck would have it, I happened to have everything I needed to create this tasty rigatoni pasta dish with bacon and Brussels sprouts!

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This pasta dish made WAAAAY too much pasta (not a bad thing, just a forewarning!), so you could easily cut it in half for a more manageable amount. I think next time I might add some grilled chicken, since this dish is a bit lacking on the protein.

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Served alongside a side salad, this Rigatoni with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon will force even the pickiest of eaters to widen their palette.

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Rigatoni with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. rigatoni noodles
  • 5-6 large fresh Brussels sprouts, sliced and chopped thin
  • 8-10 slices bacon, diced into small pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook rigatoni noodles according to package instructions.
  2. While your pasta cooks, cook bacon in large skillet.  Once crisp, remove from pan.
  3. Drain bacon grease, leaving enough to coat the bottom of the pan, about 2 tablespoons.
  4. Add chopped Brussels sprouts to the skillet, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.  Add garlic, bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.  Cook until sprouts soften a bit, about 8 minutes.
  5. Once pasta is done cooking, drain and return to pan.  Add Brussels sprouts mixture to pasta, along with Parmesan cheese and cooked bacon.  Mix to combine.
  6. Drizzle olive oil over pasta.  Add oil to your liking.  Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve immediately and top with remaining cheese.

 

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Seasonal Produce Printables

One of my favorite things about summer is going to local farmers markets.  For those of us who live in the Midwest, it’s often hard to find fresh seasonal produce at our local stores, so whenever the farmer’s markets come to town, we do our best to stock up on fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies.

And one of the best ways to buy your produce is to know what’s in season when you’re out shopping.  Buying produce when it’s in season often means fresher, cheaper, and tastier ingredients…and who doesn’t love that?

To help you learn what is in season when, here are some handy printables so you can see what fruits, veggies, and herbs are in season every month of the year.  Happy shopping!

Looking for clever ways to use your favorite herbs?  Check out this herb printable for some handy ideas!

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Rice Crispy Treat Easter Pops

Last week I did a post on Easter Candy You Can Make Yourself, but if you’re still looking for a little something sweet to liven up your Easter baskets this year, try these super cute Rice Crispy Easter pops!

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This recipe is super simple and you can even let the kids help out with making these tasty pops!  I decided to leave mine un-decorated, but you can easily add sprinkles, icing, or melted chocolate to these pops for some added flavor and texture.

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This is a very easy and quick recipe, and these little pops would look super cute in an Easter basket or centerpiece arrangement.

Rice Crispy Treat Easter Pops

Ingredients:

  • Rice Crispy cereal (6 cups needed)
  • Mini marshmallows (10 oz. bag)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon good vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, melt butter over low to medium heat.  Add marshmallows.  Continue mixing until marshmallows have completely melted, about 3 minutes.  At this point, you can add the vanilla if you’d like.  It’s totally optional, but if you use a good quality vanilla, it adds a great “bakery taste” to your treats.
  2. Once your marshmallows have melted, take the mixture off the heat.  Add the cereal and stir until completely combined.
  3. Dump onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Spread out evenly as best you can.  If the mixture starts to set and stick, take another piece of parchment paper, spray it with non-stick spray, and press the paper, sprayed side down, onto the treats to even and spread them out.
  4. Let set completely, about 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Remove the treats from the pan.  Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut out your Rice Crispy shapes.  Transfer to plate or another sheet of parchment paper.  If you want to decorate your treats, go for it!  Otherwise you can insert a cake pop stick into the bottom of the treat or use melted chocolate to attach a stick to the back of the treat.  Wrap them in little treat bags and you’re good to go!
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7 Popular Easter Candies You Can Make Yourself

I think we can all agree that Easter candy FAR surpasses Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Halloween candy…ami right??  The colors are prettier, the flavors are better (coconut EVERYTHING for the win!!), and Peeps…just Peeps.

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Yes, I’m probably one of a handful of people that actually loves Peeps, but I also love anything chocolate and coconut, anything peanut butter and chocolate, and those ooey gooey Cadbury Crème Eggs…STAAAHP.

Needless to say, I’m a sucker for Easter candy…and thanks to the creative minds on the Internet, it’s now easier than ever to create your own Easter candy any time of year!  From delicious handmade Reese’s Eggs to yes, even handmade Peeps and jelly beans, these 7 Easter Candies You Can Make Yourself are sure to add a sweet touch to anyone’s Easter basket!

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Homemade Marshmallow Eggs
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Homemade Cadbury Eggs
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Homemade Candy Dots
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Pastel Mint Patties
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Homemade Peeps
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Homemade Jelly Beans
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Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
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