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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and if you are looking for quick and easy class treats on a budget, then I've got the perfect thing.
My daughter is currently obsessed with all things emoji, so naturally class treats and gifts this year will be emoji themed. Of course though, I don't want to spend a fortune having cupcakes custom made, so came up with a much more budget friendly idea that the kids will love just as much, and that the kids can help make too.
If you haven't been to the 99 Cents Only Store for a while and are looking for emoji goodies, then be sure to check out what your local store has on hand, because mine has everything from emoji selfie sticks, to emoji party supplies, and emoji stationery supplies.
They also have these great emoji gift bags (pictured below). The face on them is the perfect size to make cupcake toppers, and you get two bags for 99 cents. Plus they had the clear tape, and toothpicks for 99 cents too so I didn't need to go anywhere else. They also have everything you need to make cupcakes too including baking ingredients, baking pans, cupcake liners, and pre-packaged cake and icing mixes too depending on whether you want to bake from scratch, or bake from a box. One-stop shopping is the best kind.
Back in September, my boyfriend mentioned that he'd never been to the Salton Sea, but flew over it often on his trips to visit me, so really wanted to go out there to see it one day. He's a water bug, so wherever there's water, that's where he wants to be.
So one weekend morning, we woke up with no plans, and the weather was nice and warm, so while he cooked breakfast, I planned a day trip for us all to head out there.
I decided we should start on the north east side of the Salton Sea, and make our way down the eastern side, stopping at various sights along the way to take photos, finish at the southern most tip and then head west to go home.
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Did you know that January is Hot Tea Month? I was raised a tea drinker. In Australia we don't just enjoy three meals a day, but we add an extra couple in there too ... morning and afternoon tea. A time when we gather together for a cup of tea served with biscuits, cake, and other delicious snacks. A time to chat and reconnect. I'm definitely a Bigelow Tea Vanilla Chai kinda girl. It's a staple in my pantry, and something I look forward to every day.
I find that I also drink a lot of tea based on my needs though too, such as lemon tea with a little honey when my throat is feeling a little scratchy, peppermint tea when I'm traveling, and chamomile tea when I need something a little more calming.
And in light of that, I decided to make a tea travel pouch that I can keep in my handbag. I find myself traveling more and more of late. My partner lives in Kentucky, and I'm in California, so one of us travels every few weeks. And there's nothing worse than being stuck on a plane, or on a road trip, and craving your favorite tea and not having any with you.
Project time: 30 minutes
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On an average week I cook dinner 5-6 nights a week, but at least 2 of those nights are quick and easy meals, nothing elaborate because my youngest has martial arts right over what would normally be our dinner time. I tend to alternate a lot of the kids' favorite dishes on those quick and easy night, but then throw in something new once in a while too so I can encourage them to try new foods. And then, there's those 4 nights a month that my youngest two aren't home with me, but visiting their dad. My oldest is still home with me so I can't just make cheese and crackers, as much as I'd like to sometimes, so those nights generally become 'quick and easy' nights as well. Soup is a go-to favorite, especially with warm crusty bread, grilled cheese sandwiches, or crackers. It's my go-to comfort food.
Did I mention quick and easy? Because I'm all about that. And this delicious, creamy, potato soup bread bowl cooks in 10 minutes.
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My kids favorite take-out is usually orange or lemon chicken. But, with the little man being gluten-free he often can't eat it because sometimes the ingredients used are not, and so I've been trying to make more of their favorite dishes at home. Let's face it, there's also the added benefit of the money I'm saving by cooking at home instead of going out.
They absolutely love the orange chicken I make, so recently I decided to try a honey lemon chicken, and it was delicious.
As I mentioned in my last ALDI post, we absolutely love that they offer a gluten-free brand liveGfree® which all of my kids like the taste of. So, I want to share a little about the products, and then I've included the recipe down below too.