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Right now I’m teaching my almost 3-year-old the alphabet. Each week we concentrate on a new letter while introducing letter specific flashcards, crafts, worksheets, books, sensory, and fine motor play. I made this easy DIY Felt Magnetic Fishing Game the week my son was learning the letter F. It’s a simple game for kids that help encourage the development of fine motor skills. This catch and release game can be played with again and again while helping your preschooler develop hand-eye coordination. [Read more…]
Summer fun always includes cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables. For me, raspberries are high on my list of delicious seasonal fruits. They’re right up there with strawberries and watermelon. I eat all of them as often as possible while they’re fresh and easily available. This Raspberry Skillet Cake makes a nice treat for breakfast, bunch, or dessert.
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Raspberry Skillet Cake Ingredients:
- 1 C. Self-Rising Flour
- 1/8 tsp. Baking Soda
- 3 Tbsp. Butter (2 for batter/1 for pan)
- 2 Tbsp. Honey
- 1 Egg
- ½ C. Almond Milk
- 1 C. Raspberries
- Whipped Cream or Confectioners’ Sugar for topping
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- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Put 10″ cast iron skillet in oven.
- Mix together flour and baking soda in medium bowl.
- Melt butter (2 Tbsp.) in a medium bowl in the microwave.
- Mix honey into butter.
- Beat egg in small bowl, then add to butter and honey.
- Stir almond milk into liquid ingredients.
- Stir liquid ingredients into dry ingredients.
- Fold raspberries into the mix.
- Melt remaining 1 Tbsp. butter into a skillet and then spread around.
- Pour mixture into skillet spread evenly.
- Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool slightly before removing from skillet.
- Top with whipped cream or confectioners’ sugar.
When I was little my mom grew raspberries in her garden (along with a lot of other fruits and vegetables). I used to love going out on summer mornings to pick berries to add to my cereal or a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Raspberries taste good in almost any dish, but Raspberry Skillet Cake is simple, easy, and delicious.
Raspberries always feel like such a delicacy with their delicate appearance and feel. Also, they go bad rather quickly—they only stay fresh for 2 or 3 days in the refrigerator. Raspberry Skillet Cake is a tasty way to enjoy your delicious summer raspberry bounty.
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What are your favorite summer fruits and vegetables? How do you serve raspberries?
For the past 15 years, our little family, along with my husband’s large side of the family, has been gathering on the white sandy beaches of Captiva Island for our summer ritual of fun and relaxation. One week spent in the same time share, for over thirty years, first began with my husband, his brother and sister, and his parents. A once small, but traditional family vacation, has now turned into a great gathering of friends and family where we share food, wine, laughs, game nights, ice cream, burgers, and more wine. [Read more…]
Now that summer is officially here, fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful. I love having a huge selection of all my favorites available whenever I’m in the mood for their deliciousness. There are lots of them and they taste great! My all-time favorite fruit is strawberries. There are so many different ways to prepare them. [Read more…]
The right potty chair or seat can be the key to a smooth potty training experience. And I’m here to tell you that not all potty training chairs and seats are created equal. If your little one is potty training or close to starting, check out this Guide to the Best Potty Training Chairs and Seats. [Read more…]
This is the time of year I like to go to my local nursery or the garden departments of all nearby big box stores. I try to stick to easy to grow plants as much as possible. Check out my post about Low Maintenance House Plants & 5 Essential Tips for their Care. But no matter how easy plants are to grow, they’ll still need some care. One item of business with plant care is [Read more…]
Now that summer is here, it’s time for outdoor activities like swimming, picnics, and vacation fun. Unfortunately, summer activities can be rough on our hair. To keep your locks from damage, be sure to use a deep conditioner every week. This DIY Coconut Rosemary Hot Oil Hair Treatment is an excellent way to keep your hair healthy and looking good.
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- 2 Tbsp. Liquid (fractionated) Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 10 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 Drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
- Mix all ingredients in a glass measuring cup.
- Warm in microwave for about 15 seconds. Make sure the oil isn’t too hot before applying.
- Apply to dry hair, massaging in thoroughly.
- Leave in for at least ½ hour or for best results leave in overnight.
- Shampoo twice.
- Style hair as usual.
* I recommend putting an old towel over your pillowcase if leaving oil in while sleeping.
**Makes enough for 1 treatment for long hair of average thickness.
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The oils in this recipe will moisturize and nourish your hair. Rosemary promotes hair growth and thickness as does lemongrass and lavender. They are also soothing to your scalp and the senses with their calming scent.
Pamper your hair and yourself this summer with a Coconut Rosemary Hot Oil Hair Treatment. Not only is it quick, easy, and inexpensive to make, it’ll keep you looking and feeling good all season and year round.
Do you like hot oil hair treatments? Have you ever made your own hot oil hair treatment? Let me know in the comments below.
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