Healthy Homemade Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

healthy homemade mozzarella sticks

 

I’m just going to put it out there.  I’m no good at diets.  I can eat my veggies (I love veggies.)  I can eat my fruit (I love fruit.)  I can give up red meat.

But if you put some pasta, some comfort food, something sweet or well, let’s be honest, anything else in front of me and I’m going to want some of that too!

I just love food.  So the only solution that I’ve been able to think of is to make my favorite foods myself.  That way I can control what goes in and I can make healthier swaps.  That way I can eat what I want and feel good about it!

These Mozzarella Sticks are a perfect example!  These are baked and not fried making them healthier than your traditional appetizers you may get.  Not to mention – they are super easy.  Make a large batch and put them in your freezer.  Then you are able to grab as many as you need, when you need them.

Healthy Homemade Mozzarella Sticks Recipe
Baked and not fried (and no butter!), these homemade mozzarella sticks are easy and a healthier version of your restaurant favorite appetizer! Make a large batch - these are great for freezing for later!
Ingredients
  • 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese – I used mozzarella
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of Parmesan cheese
  • A tad of olive oil, or cooking spray
Instructions
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  2. Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen.
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  4. Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
  5. To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture.
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  7. Once all of the cheese sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this helps keep them from sticking)
  8. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. Watch them closely so they don’t melt completely!

healthy homemade mozzarella sticks

 

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3 Car Hacks Every Mom Needs To Know

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3 Car Hacks   Moms let’s get real.  We spend a lot of time in our cars.  Driving to play dates, vacations, the dreaded carpool lines, shuffling kids from practices and oh, the errands.  Some days it’s like they never end.  And some days it’s like we never leave our car.  Here are three tips that will help you to make your car a little more enjoyable.

1. Diaper Bags Aren’t Just For Babies

Joshua is 12 and we still have a bag.  Now it’s just a backpack, but it stays in the car.  Here is what I keep in mine:

  1. Chargers – one for each device.  These are designated ‘car only chargers’ which means just that – they stay in the car.
  2. Headphones – Again these are for the car only.  Right now Joshua’s favorite music is video game theme music.  As exciting as that is…it’s a little repetitive for Mom.  And driving down the highway during rush hour to the Halo theme song is a tad too intense for me.
  3. A book – Every so often I order a new book on Amazon and pop it in there.  Josh never knows when it will arrive and it’s always a surprise.  I always make sure to have a favorite on stand by too.
  4. Wipes – Fast food?  Spilled drinks?  No problem.  I don’t care if you have a 6 month old or a 16 year old, you should have wipes in your car.
  5. Snacks – Fruit snacks, mini bags of pretzels, and granola bars are all good choices.

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2. Keep a Laundry Basket In Your Trunk

You may have read that and thought what?! But hear me out because I swear by this one!  For some reason, making two trips to my car is just totally out of the question.  I insist on grabbing everything and hauling it in at once.  Some days I probably look ridiculous with 15 grocery bags, dry cleaning draped over my shoulder, a purse, and take out pizza (because who cooks after they go to the grocery store?) all in my hands while corralling two dogs and a child.  Now, I keep a laundry basket in the trunk.  Not only does it make carrying all those bags inside so much easier, but it keeps things from falling out of the bags and rolling around. (I learned my lesson that time I thought I forgot the sour cream at the grocery store only to find it under the back seat 3 days later.  It was summer.  My car smelled HORRIFIC.) hacks2

3. The Only Way To Get Your Car Smelling Good

Speaking of smells….I’ve tried all of the car air fresheners out there.  Some smell good for a day.  Some even last a week.  But they don’t smell as good as I would like and they don’t last.  That is until I tried PERK Visor Wrap.  Available in different scents like Summer Berry, New Car, Golden Vanilla or what is in my car right now, Carribean Colada. perk   Perk slides onto your visor.  It’s out of the way so it doesn’t look like a bunch of clutter in your car and there is nothing to hang on your mirror.  The best part?  Your visor can still work as a visor. Wait, no that’s not the best part.  The best part is this stuff smells good.  And it smells good for 30 days. Wait, no that’s not the best part either.  The best part is that I’m giving away a 6 month supply of Perk, a travel mug and 2 pairs of Perk sunglasses! Can’t wait to get your own Perk fragrance?  (I don’t blame you.)  You can find them at Walmart, Target, Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, Meijer, Kroger, Pep Boys, Publix, CVS, and other places auto air fresheners are sold.  Don’t forget to keep in touch on PERK’s Facebook and get your $1 off PERK coupon!

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Super Easy, Super Delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes

Super Easy, Super Delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes

 

Usually when I make cupcakes or eat cupcakes for that matter they are vanilla.  Every so often I’ll be in the mood for some chocolate.  And on the rare occassion, I will see a fantastic looking Red Velevet cupcake.

They are like the Kate Middleton of cupcakes, reserved for occasions and events, like weddings or Valentine’s Day.

But now, this Red Velvet Cupcake recipe makes it so easy to make them, it may seem like you are living the royal life in Buckingham Palace!

Super Easy, Super Delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes
These cupcakes are so easy to make and so delicious!
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup butter, soft, plus 4 tbsp.
  • ¼ cup softened shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 TBSP Red Velvet extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp. Red gel food color
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cupcake tins withpaper liners.
  3. Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt all together.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients with a wire whisk for 3 minutes
  5. In a separate bowl using anelectric mixer, beat the butter, shortening and sugar until it is light and creamy.
  6. Add the egg, vanilla, red velvet extract, and red gel food coloring.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Add flour mix and buttermilk, ½ portion of each at a time, mix until completely combined.
  9. Spoon the batter into the lined cupcake tins until ⅔'s filled.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Cool for 10 minutes
  12. Remove from cupcake tins to a wire rack until totally cooled

Super Easy, Super Delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet cupcakes wouldn’t be Red Velvet cupcakes without cream cheese frosting.  Cool, creamy and sweet this frosting is super delicious!

Cream Cheese Frosting
Top our Red Velvet Cupcakes with this delicious cream cheese frosting!
Ingredients
  • 1 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 C cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 C powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese until creamy.
  2. Mix on low.
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar until blended.
  4. Add vanilla and beat until thoroughly combined.
  5. Scoop the frosting into a pastry bag with a frosting tip.
  6. Twist the open end of the pastry bag to force the frosting to the tip.
  7. Frost the cooled cupcakes.

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May The Force Be With You…At Breakfast

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Breakfast time reminds me a lot of the Star Wars movies.  You have some that wake up all Luke Skywalker like and some that are bit on the Dark Side.

Trust me.  You don’t want to mess with the dark side early in the morning.

And now, General Mills has a new Star Wars Cereal with fun new box designs that lets your family answer the age old question: What side are you on?

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Launched in June, Star Wars Cereal has two fun boxes.  Currently, Yoda and Darth Vader are gracing the covers and both boxes have some fun games and trivia on the back.

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What is even cooler is that every few months, two new characters will be on the cover of the cereal!  Kids (and adults) will have fun choosing their favorites time and time again.

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But it’s not just about the box.  It’s what the inside of the box that counts.  (You like that? Yeah, I do too.) Y’all this was really yummy.  In fact even the grumpy Vaders of our home left the table changed over to the good side.  This cereal (which is made with whole grains!) is a fruity cereal with colorful mini marshmallows in the shapes of things like Yoda and light sabers.

For real.  Could it get any better?

Of course it can.  Because I have a coupon for you.  And not some rinky dink coupon.  A coupon for $1 off your next box of Star Wars Cereal.

So now you just have to decide: What side are you on?

(Or you can do like I did and just get both!  After all, you’ve got $1 off coupon!)

Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake Recipe

Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  It’s so beautiful.  The weather is perfect for being out and enjoying it.

But summer has fall outranked when it comes to food.  (Although, cinnamon and apples….mmmm…..) Summer is full of crisp salads, fresh Georgia peaches, lemonade, ice cream, and sweet strawberries.  I think the best way to describe summer foods is fresh.  And you can’t get better than that!

Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake Recipe

 

This strawberry shortcake milkshake combines two of my favorite summer desserts in to one amazing milkshake.   Seriously, this is summer in a glass.  Just know, it’s so good and so amazing that you will want to make these all the time!  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake Recipe
Two classic desserts come together to create this yummy dessert! YUM!
Ingredients
  • Strawberry Layer:
  • ½ cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • 2 scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt
  • Cake Layer:
  • 2 scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt
  • ½ cup yellow cake mix
  • ⅓ cup skim milk
Instructions
  1. You will need to blend one layer first and set it in the freezer for a couple of minutes, while you blend the second layer.
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  3. Combine ingredients for the strawberry layer in ablender and blend until smooth.
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  5. Combine ingredients for the cake layer in a blender and pulse until smooth.
  6. Using a large spoon, layer the two shakes on top of each other.
  7. Add some whipped cream to the top and enjoy!

What are your favorite summer foods? I seriously think that I could live on these shakes.  You know.  If someone forced me.  ;)

Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake Recipe

 

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Refreshing Mango Lemonade Recipe

Refreshing Mango Lemonade Recipe - Yummy!  Perfect For Summer!

If you asked me to tell you my dream summer day it would be laying on the beach with a glass of mango lemonade.  (There may or may not be a shot of rum and a paper umbrella in it!)  This recipe is sweet, tangy, tropical and completely refreshing.

Mango lemonade

While I may not have a beach to lay on my perfect summer day can at least have a glass of mango lemonade!

Refreshing Mango Lemonade Recipe
Sweet, tangy and completely refreshing, this mango lemonade will surely be a new favorite!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 4 Tbsp of Agave
  • 2 mangos, peeled and pureed
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Instructions
  1. In a small microwave safe bowl combine 1 cup of water and agave.
  2. Heat on high for 1 minute, or until agave has melted, Let cool.
  3. In a large pitcher combine agave mix, remaining water, lemon juice and mango puree.
  4. Stir until mixed.
  5. Serve over ice

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Minion Birthday Party Idea: Minion Wreath

Super Easy & Quick DIY Minion Wreath

I don’t know about your family, but mine is so excited to see the new Minion Movie coming out in a few weeks!  We loved both of the Despicable Me movies and so you know that we will be first in line to see the new Minion Movie.

I have a feeling that lots of Minion birthday parties will be popping up this summer so I wanted to create a really quick and even easier craft that you can use at your next Minion party!  This Minion Wreath is so cute and it couldn’t get any easier.

Super Easy & Quick DIY Minion Wreath

You will need:

2 – 2 yard yellow boas (I used one that was more of a fuzzy boa with shorter feathers I got from Hobby Lobby.  Here is one from Amazon that would work!)
1 – 12 inch wire wreath
1 – traditional size paper plate
1 – cake or dessert size paper plate (white)
1 sheet of card stock
Acrylic paint Grey (I used Apple Barrel Pewter Grey and Americana Black)
Hot Glue Gun

Directions:

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Let’s start with the wreath.  You will want to tie one end of the boa to the wire wreath.

Super Easy & Quick DIY Minion Wreath

Then, simply wrap the boa around the wreath until the wreath is covered. Easy, right?

Super Easy & Quick DIY Minion Wreath

On the dessert plate, using the black paint, paint a circle in the center.  This will the the Minion’s eye.  Using the grey paint, paint the outside rim of the plate.  This will be the Minion’s goggle rim.

Super Easy & Quick DIY Minion Wreath

Paint a piece of card stock grey and allow the paint to dry.

Once dry cut the card stock so you have two pieces measuring 4 1/2 inches by 2 3/4 inches.

Super Easy & Quick DIY Minion Wreath

To assemble the wreath, turn your large dinner size paper plate upside down.  Put hot glue around the rim and set the wreath on top.  The bottom plate is going to create a platform for your ‘eyeball’ plate to sit on.

Super Easy & Quick DIY Minion Wreath

Super Easy & Quick DIY Minion Wreath

Hot glue a piece of stock to either side of the eyeball creating the sides of the goggles.

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Put hot glue on the back of the ‘eyeball’ and glue in the center of the wreath on top of the back of the larger dinner size paper plate.

Super Easy & Quick DIY Minion Wreath

Enjoy your new Minion wreath!

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Super Easy & Quick DIY Minion Wreath

 

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Tropical Pineapple Lemonade Recipe

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Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits.  And lemonade is one of my favorite summer drinks.  So it’s only natural that we would combine the two for a sweet, tropical refreshing drink!

P.S. If you are looking for a fantastic adult version, add a shot of rum and it will feel like you are on your own tropical island.  :)

Tropical Pineapple Lemonade Recipe
Sweet, tangy, tropical and so refreshing! You may never make regular lemonade again!
Ingredients
  • 4 C of pureed pineapple
  • 1 C agave
  • 1 C water
  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • 3 C cold water
  • 6 C ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Core and cut your pineapple. (I swear bythis pineapple corer! I can cut and core a pineapple in 30 seconds with it and it makes sure that nothing goes to waste.)
  2. Put pineapple in a bowl add the ½ C agave. Stir ingredients and allow to sit for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. Puree the pineapple with agave until all of the chunks are gone. (The pureed pineapple will last for about 2 days if kept in a refrigerator. You can also fill an ice cube tray with the puree pineapple to add to your next pitcher of Pineapple Lemonade.)
  4. Pour the other ½ C of agave into a large pitcher. Add the cold water and fresh lemon juice.
  5. Stir well to blend.
  6. Pour ⅓rd of the pureed pineapple into the pitcher. Stir well. Add ice to the pitcher.
  7. Stir the Pineapple Lemonade again before pouring into individual glasses with ice in each.

Tropical Pineapple Lemonade

Seriously, you may never make regular lemonade again!  Yummy!

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Zootopia Movie Preview!

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So many movies, so little time!  Have you heard about this new great movie from Disney?  It’s called Zootopia and looks like it’s going to be really funny and completely adorable!

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

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Super Easy 4th of July Patriotic Snack Mix Recipe

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I’m always on the look out for easy snack ideas, whether to serve at a party or just for fun at home.  This Patriotic Snack mix is perfect for the 4th of July!  Full of my kid’s favorite treats it is definitely a snack that I won’t have to try to hard to talk people into eating.  In fact, I may have to make my own ‘secret’ batch for myself!


Super Easy 4th of July Patriotic Snack Mix Recipe
This fun, festive snack mix is sure to be a hit at your next 4th of July or Memorial Day celebration!
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and toss to mix well.
  2. Pour into desired serving bowl and ENJOY!
  3. Optional: Melt ½ cupred Wilton baking chipsin the microwave and drizzle over the Chex mix

These star dishes are perfect for your Patriotic Snack Mix!

Super Easy 4th of July Patriotic Snack Mix Recipe

 

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