10 Easy Foil Packet Meals for the Family

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10 Easy Foil Packet Meals that the family will enjoy, and virtually no clean-up!

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Cooking with foil packets makes dinner simple and there is virtually no clean-up, who doesn’t love that?!  We’ve collected 10 easy foil packet meals that are sure to please the whole family.

Beef Nagimaki with Broccolini and Rice is sure to impress any guests.

I don’t know about you but in my house no one ever seems to want the same thing for dinner. Grilled pasta meals can be customized individually so everyone gets exactly what they want.

Only 30 minutes in the oven and you have this delicious chicken, broccoli and STUFFING meal, ready for the family to enjoy.

This is my favorite! Shrimp, clams and scallops drizzled with butter and lemon zest. Simple and delicious.

Yum! Italian sausage and potatoes can be made indoors or outdoors in 30 minutes.

The olive tapenade makes this chicken and veggies look like something a gourmet chef made. :)

These chicken fajita packets can be prepared in the morning then just pop in the oven for dinner.

Chicken, couscous with avocado-mango salsa is perfect for the health conscious family.

You can make this BBQ veggie packet as a vegan and vegetarian friendly main or side dish.

Sweet potatoes glazed in a simple chipotle sauce, with onions, zucchini, and just a little bit of spicy chicken sausage tucked in around it–need I say more?

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Foil packet meals are great because they cut down on your cooking and clean-up time, leaving you more time for the fun stuff, like watching a movie with the family. I hope you enjoy these 10 Foil Packet Meals and if you are looking for more check out our Foil Packet Meals board on Pinterest.

melinda

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Latitude & Longitude {HOME} Wall Art

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This Latitude and Longitude Wall Art uses latitude and longitude coordinates for your home or a place that has special meaning to you. This is the perfect decorative addition to any gallery wall.

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The newest addition to my wall gallery is a Latitude & Longitude {HOME} sign.  I truly love anything that is personalized and I thought the coordinates of our home would be a great piece to add to my wall art collection (Don’t plan on swinging by to say hi, the coordinates have been altered for this post).

I found this piece of wood in the scrap pile at Home Depot — my favorite place! – and I had them cut it into 4 – 18″ long pieces.  I bought 2 different Varathane Wood Stains,  Weathered Gray and Ash, from Home Depot because I wasn’t sure which stain color I would like better.  Good thing I did! To get the coloring I wanted I wound up laying the two stains.

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To apply the stain we used these handy wiping cloths. This particular stain dries in only 1 hour so we were able to get the whole project done quickly.  I would highly recommend wearing latex gloves any time you use stain.  It will dye your skin and is hard to get off (ask Kat, her glove leaked and her thumbs looked like weathered wood for days!).

Staining with a wiping cloth is easy, just dip the end of your wiping cloth in the stain, then apply it across the grain until the wood is saturated on top.  If you have any drips, make sure to wipe them before they set. Apply as many coats as needed to get the color you desire. We started with the weathered gray, but it seemed to have a blue tint to it, so after applying one coat we decided to add the ash over top. That did the trick!

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After about a hour the stain was dry. I got my handy hot glue gun out and began to glue the pieces together. Yes, yes I know, we probably should have nailed them together, but seriously, is there anything hot glue can’t fix? I haven’t found it yet!

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Next up it was time to add the coordinates. To get the latitude and longitude of your home or any location go to LATLONG.NET and just type in the address. Kat cut the latitude and longitude, as well as the word “Home”, out of black vinyl with her Silhouette Cameo and then we applied it to the boards.

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This project isn’t only for “Home”. You can make this sign with the coordinates of any special place, the location of your wedding or favorite place to travel or where you first met the love of your life :). The possibilities are endless.

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Frosted Vinyl Mirror

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This “Yes, you are the Fairest of them all” Frosted Vinyl Mirror is perfect for any girls room.

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My baby isn’t such a baby anymore, she is walking and talking and developing her own personality, so I’ve started the process of updating her room from baby to little girl. I had this old mirror lying around that I thought would be fun to etch a quote on, but I didn’t want to do something permanent, so I decided to use etched glass  vinyl.  With vinyl it can always be removed easily without ruining the mirror.  The frosted vinyl looks exactly like etching too!

For the mirror I picked the quote “Yes, you are the Fairest of them all”, I thought it was prefect for my princess’s room.

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Kat cut the quote out of etched glass vinyl using her Silhouette Cameo machine.

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Then we applied the vinyl to mirror.

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It was such a simple idea but by adding a quote the mirror became more of a decorative piece instead of just a random mirror on the wall.  The best part is that when I want to change it, it’s easy to remove the vinyl.  I love how it turned out!

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S’mores Brownie Recipe

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This S’mores Brownie Recipe is an easy way to have s’mores without the need for a campfire (and with less mess!).

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Did you know it is National S’mores Day? If you love s’mores as much as I do then you’ve already grabbed the graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows and you’re ready to celebrate! As fun as it sounds, do you really have time to roast marshmallows over a fire today? No? Neither do I….so, I’ve come up with a delicious s’mores brownie recipe for you!

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All you need is a box of brownie mix (and whatever ingredients it calls for to bake the brownies), marshmallow fluff, butter and a box of graham crackers.

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S'mores Brownies Recipe
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Serves: 10
 
S'mores brownie recipe that is a quick and easy way to make s'mores without the campfire and the mess.
Ingredients
  • 1 box brownie mix
  • 1 box graham crackers
  • 1 c marshmallow fluff
  • ¼ c unsalted butter
  • 11x7 glass or metal baking dish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Follow the instructions on your brownie mix box to make your brownie mixture
  3. Melt ¼ c of butter
  4. Mix the butter with the marshmallow fluff until it is smooth
  5. Spray the baking dish with non-stick spray
  6. Lay graham crackers over the bottom of the dish
  7. Pour half of the brownie mixture over the graham crackers
  8. Lay down a second layer of graham crackers
  9. Pour the remaining brownie mixture over the graham crackers
  10. Pour the marshmallow mixture over the top of the brownies
  11. Drag a knife back and forth through the marshmallow mixture to mix it with the brownie
  12. Bake in oven for the amount of time on the back of the brownie box
  13. Let the brownies cool and then enjoy!

Note: Graham crackers are my favorite part of s’mores and the two layers of graham crackers in the recipe make sure you taste them but, if you aren’t as big of a fan as I am, you can eliminate the second layer of graham crackers.

Looking for other awesome s’mores recipes? Check out our S’mores board on Pinterest.

Hope you enjoy National S’mores Day!!

kat

 

 

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Strawberry Peach Popsicles

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Strawberry Peach Popsicles are a healthy way to keep your kids cool on hot summer days.

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Exciting news guys! We’re now contributors on Real Housemoms and today we’re sharing our recipe for Strawberry Peach Popsicles.  They are a refreshing snack that is full of vitamins and nutrients, and a great way to get kids to eat fruit and stay hydrated. Make sure to stop by and check them out!

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Back to School Teacher Interview

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Today we’re happy to be participating in a Be Ready: Back to School Blog Hop. Make sure you check out all of the other great Back to School Projects linked up at the end of this post!

Can you believe it is almost time for the kids to head back to school?! (Are you secretly breathing a sigh of relief too?). Melinda is so good at remembering to buy the teacher’s a gift during the holidays and at the end of the school year, so when we were talking about back to school projects the other night she knew exactly what she needed…a teacher interview. Teachers can only get so many generic gifts, or cookies, right? What if you knew a little more about them though? Their favorite color, candy, sports team….wouldn’t that make gift giving so much easier? I’m not a teacher but I can only imagine that it would make the gift receiving a little nicer too :).

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Melinda came up with 8 questions that will give her a better idea of what her son’s teachers might like and we made it into a 5″x7″ printable. Now she can send it with Sawyer on his first day of school and her holiday gift giving will be that much easier! downloadbutton Click on the download button above and you will get a .pdf file with 2 – 5″x 7″ images on 1 page.

Don’t forget to check out the other projects below and see what everyone else came up with!

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10 Hydrating Infused Water Recipes

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10 Hydrating Infused Water Recipes

We all know the importance of hydrating ourselves, but do you actually do it?  I know I don’t!  Water is so blah tasting, so why not spruce it up by infusing it with fruits and veggies.  I figured I would give it a try and if  nothing else, my kids would enjoy it.  Besides it looks so pretty, doesn’t it–kinda makes you want to drink it.  Here are 10 hydrating infused water recipes that look tasty and easy to do.

This raspberry and mint infused water is perfect for a hot summer day.

Lemons and limes give this cucumber infused water just the right amount of tartness.

Doesn’t this ginger-peach infused water just scream summer party?

The strawberries add a natural sweetness and a pop of color to this eye appealing strawberry, lime, cucumber and mint infused water.

Ginger and pear water not only hydrates you but helps give you a nice clear complexion.

Save some blueberries from your morning smoothie and add them to this blueberry and orange infused water for a refreshing treat all day.

Pitted cherries and lime is all you need for this rosey infused water.

Get the full spa treatment with this cucumber, lime and mint infused water.  Great for after a workout too!

This Apple Detox infused water has a hint of cinnamon for that added boost.

This refreshing infused water is packed with vitamin C to clear the digestive tract and mint to break down fat.

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Replace your soda with infused water, your body will thank you for it!

melinda

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Crab Shack Birthday Party

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Being a Maryland native, crab cravings begin when the weather warms up.  Lucky for me that’s when my son’s birthday is so, for his 2nd birthday (when he was still young enough that he didn’t get the whole birthday thing enough to demand a certain theme — oh, how I miss those days) I threw a Crab Shack Birthday Party!

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The Decorations:

Kat & I started off by hand-making each and every invitation.  I love hand-making invitations, but it is only realistic if it’s a small party.  Handmade invitations just look better than anything you can print out or buy.  Layering different paper, material and embellishments make them one-of-a-kind.

For our table backdrop we made custom wooden signs . I purchased the wood plaques from A.C Moore and we stained the plaques with a tea solution (tutorial below).  Kat used the eCraft cutting machine (this was before we had a Silhouette) to cut out different crab shapes in red and teal glitter paper, and I had fun giving each of them a set of googlie eyes.  We scattered those crabs throughout the house as fun decorations.

For the favors I ordered personalized crab mallets from J.O. Spice Company Inc. . I made sure to order enough that everyone could take one home and we could use them for the crab feast at the party!  We attached the favor mallets to crab shaped sugar cookies we made.  I purchased a kiddie crab pool and crab bushel basket to add to the decor.

How to give your signs a weathered wood look: Crab Shack Birthday Party - Wood Staining Plaque Sign

Items Needed:

  • White Vinegar
  • Steel Wool
  • Jar
  • Tea Bag
  • Paint Brush

Put a piece of steel wool in to the jar, pour vinegar until steel wool is covered.  Let it sit for 24 hours.  Shaking it occasionally.  Make some tea, after it cools, paint the wood with the tea water. After it dries, apply a light coat of the steel wool vinegar water.  Don’t now over apply, the vinegar water will get dark quickly.  Be patient and only apply one coat at a time and let it dry before applying more.

Crab Shack Party Food:

Crab Shack Birthday Party Food

Now on to the best part, the FOOD!

Kat had been eyeing a pin on Pinterest of a watermelon shark and was determined to do it.  I was pretty impressed with the results :). Since we were having steamed crabs for the main entree, I kept the rest of the food light. For appetizers we made individual cups of Old Bay Crab Dip with a slice of French bread in each. As sides I made a large cobb salad and tortellini, half of which I dyed blue, with various dressings and sauces.  

For dessert we made blue jello topped with gummy crabs that were made out of red fruit slices and red gumdrops. I also made a Sand Cake that I served in a pail with a shovel to go along the beachy theme.  We kept the smash cake and cupcake simple  and made crab-shaped toppers for them out of candy melts. For more ideas check out our Crab Party Pinterest board.

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It was a perfect 2nd birthday! Sawyer enjoyed his Crab Shack birthday party and the adults enjoyed eating crabs and drinking beer :) I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

melinda

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Five Friday Favorites {1} #FFF

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This month we’re trying something new. We spend a lot of time on Pinterest and checking out link parties and we see so many cool projects by all of the talented bloggers out there. So, on the first Friday of each month we’re going to share with you our five favorite projects from the month before, just in case you missed them :).

First up this month is {Editable} Recipe cards by Designs By Miss Mandee. I have been wanting to do a project like this for years and I’ve never gotten around to it, now I don’t have to! I loved Mandee’s design and the fact that I can type in my recipes instead of having to hand write them.

Editable Recipe Cards by Designs by Miss Mandee

Next up is this adorable Summer Swimsuit Wreath by Fynes Designs. Melinda flipped over this wreath, she’s not quite sure she could sew all of those cute little swimsuits though, so she’s going to raid Ken and Barbie’s wardrobe!

Summer Swimsuit Wreath by Fynes Designs

It’s almost time for the kids to head back to school (collective sigh of relief), Mallory and Savannah from Classy Clutter created this cute Teacher Survival Kit that would make a great gift for teachers. We thought using the colored pencils was a fun and unique way to dress up a mason jar full of goodies.

Teacher Survival kit by Classy Clutter

Hexagon is the new chevron, at least for me, and I’m totally diggin’ these DIY Honeycomb Hexagon Shelves by Gretchen at Boxy Colonial. So cool!! I want a set for my living room wall. Another project to add to the to-do list!

Honeycomb Hexagon Shelves by Boxy Colonial

Last, but certainly not least, Ashley at My Craftily Ever After came up with this awesome idea for transferring an image to glass. I never would have thought to use temporary tattoo paper!

How to add an image to glass by My Craftily Ever After

If you liked these projects as much as we did make sure you stop by these talented ladies’ blogs and let them know! :) Make you sure check out our Five Friday Favorites pinterest board too. We hope you check back next month to see what new favorites we have to share with you!

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Fall-Off-The-Bone Dry Rub Ribs Recipe

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Hey guys! The week is almost over….come on weekend! Today I’m sharing my dry rub ribs recipe over at Typically Simple. I made them in the oven but they’d be great on the grill. Make sure to stop on over and check it out, I promise you won’t be disappointed. :)

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