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At Home Frappe

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Yesterday was one of those super hot days where you just cannot escape the heat. In order to make up for it, I decided to make homemade frappes and thought I’d share my recipe with you here. 🙂

I’m not a big coffee drinker, but my husband loves the stuff (especially in frozen form). These are one of the few things we can actually agree on. When it comes to coffee, that is. It’s a perfect summer treat when you’re looking for something cold and refreshing with a little boost.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer.

homemade-frappes-whatimademondayAt Home Frappe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup strong coffee, cooled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 12 largish ice cubes (one tray)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Chocolate or caramel sauce (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add in chocolate or caramel sauce if desired (I added it on top)
  3. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite summer drink? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. 🙂


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August Goals

Here we are in August. I can’t believe how quickly this summer has flown by. So far it’s been filled with friends and smaller adventures and I look forward to what this coming month will bring. Here are some of my goals.

Go on mini/weekend vacation – I really want to go to the beach. Need I say more?

Get vacation photos printed – I’m absolutely terrible about printing photos. I know it’s an important thing to do, but I tend to just dump them all on my computer and forget about them. I want to start filling my home with the memories we’ve made.

Organize bookshelves – This summer I’ve done a lot of pulling books out, reading part of them, then shoving them back on a shelf, table, or any other surface I can find. I think it’s about time to go through my bookshelves and organize them a bit better.

Schedule my days before they come – This is a tough one for me. I always seem to have something popping up and I change my plans or make new ones, but I’d really like to be more organized with my time and how I spend it.

What are your goals for the final month of summer? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. 🙂


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Lemony Chicken And Pasta

Light and lemony chicken served over a bed of delicious lemon pasta with walnuts and broccoli on the side. This dish is simply perfect for this time of year.

With my new meal plan, Monday night is set aside for light chicken and/or pasta or fish. One of our absolute favorites in this category is a lemony chicken and pasta with Parmesan and walnuts.

It’s so good that we’ve been eating it every week!

lemon chicken pasta easy dinner

 

Lemony Chicken and Pasta

  • 1 box of (gluten free) pasta
  • 7 chicken tenders, cubed
  • 3-4 lemons, juiced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • Parmesan (to taste)
  • Salt, pepper, dried parsley (optional, to taste)
  1. Cook pasta, drain, and set aside.
  2. Use 2 Tbls olive oil to coat the bottom of a large pan.
  3. Lay chicken tenders in single layer in pan, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and pour half the lemon juice on top.
  4. Cook over medium heat, flipping when chicken begins to turn white. Cook until chicken is fully cooked.
  5. Add walnuts to the chicken.
  6. Add pasta, 2 Tbls olive oil, and rest of lemon juice. Stir well and heat until it’s all warmed.
  7. Season with pepper, dried parsley, and Parmesan cheese.
  8. Serve with a side of steamed broccoli, and enjoy!

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Fried Eggplant

A friend of mine recently gave me a couple eggplants from her garden. Originally I was going to use them for eggplant parmesan (which I’m still planning on, by the way, it’s one of my absolute favorites!), but I decided one day that fried eggplant sounded like the perfect treat!

Fried Eggplant

It’s so easy! Just slice them up, fry them in some coconut oil with salt and pepper, then they’re ready to enjoy!

What are your favorite eggplant dishes?

Easy Mexican Casserole

Hello everyone!

Today I’m making a Mexican casserole to share with all of you. This is one of our go to recipes for a quick dinner, and it uses the cheese sauce I posted last week.

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Mix up some rice and black beans in a casserole dish.

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Pour about half a batch of cheese sauce over the top.

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Add refried beans, and then any veggies you’d like to add. I love adding jalapenos and/or fried peppers and onions.

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Use the rest of the cheese sauce to top it off.

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Bake until browned.

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And it’s ready to serve!

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Enjoy!

Mexican Casserole

Stained Paper And Scrapbook

Happy Monday, everyone!

My husband and I have been talking for a while now about how we need more actual photos printed and things of the like. So we came up with a solution: a seasonal scrapbook where we will gather our memories from each season and put them together in a single book to save forever.

For a part of this little experiment we decided to have 5(7) different pages. Photos, food, questions, journal overviews, and a page for our different tickets or mementos of sorts (movie tickets, if we travel, different flyers for events, etc).

I thought that it would be fun to have stained paper for our journal overviews, so last week I decided to make some!

It’s super easy. Just take a black tea bag and some instant coffee granules and pour hot water over them in a cookie sheet. You might have to stir it around a bit.

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Once the water cools and you have your tea/coffee mix, take a piece of white paper and submerge it in the liquid. Be careful not to leave it in too long or the paper will become really fragile and begin to tear. I just covered it, flipped and covered it on the other side.

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Gently lift the paper out and place it on an overturned cookie sheet. Let it dry 10-20ish minutes, flip, and let it dry the rest of the way.

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Once dried, stack your freshly stained papers and use them as you wish.

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I hope you have as much fun doing this as I did. I’d love to hear what you use it for! Have a wonderful week everyone!

Update

Happy Monday afternoon!

I just wanted to give a quick update as to what I’m up to. The past couple weeks have been really full and during that time I’ve also done a lot of thinking about this blog.

What I Made Monday has veered off course from what I intended it to be.  My original plan was to make Mondays brighter and share projects I’ve been working on, or foods that I’ve made.

I wasn’t planning on having a food blog. Not that I wouldn’t post food and recipes, but just that the blog would consist of more than just that. I’ve been struggling with this discrepancy for a while now and I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with it.

I may change the tone of the blog to be more open, or I may just decide to roll with the whole food thing. What do you guys think?

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and week ahead! 🙂

First Post Of 2015

Happy Monday, everyone!

Can you believe it’s already almost one week into 2015?

My New Year’s was great! I hope yours was too!

This Monday I made something a little extra special: a schedule. I also made some lemonade. Then made myself stick to the schedule. So far, so good, although I did get up a little later than I had been planning on. Oh well.

Anyway, that’s all I have for today. I’m hoping to have something a little more exciting next week. I hope you have a wonderful Monday, and a fantastic New Year!

Gingerbread House

Happy Monday, everyone!

Can you believe that Christmas is in only a few days from now? Crazy!

It has certainly sneaked up on me this year, although I’ve become more prepared as it’s neared.

As I mentioned on Friday, I’ve done some more Christmas baking. Honestly, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, and I’m a tad overwhelmed with it all. Too many cookies!

My husband loves it though, which I suppose is good considering it’s just the two of us and I couldn’t ever eat all those sweets on my own.

We did, however, have one bigger project planned. A gingerbread house.

I used my modified version of the grain-free gingerbread cookies. It would have worked perfectly if only I hadn’t screwed up. But screwing up is just a part of life, and, well, I guess that’s just how it goes.

Even with the absolute mess of it all, I can’t help but share it with you. Besides, the mess is what made it so much fun! Who cares about being perfect anyway? Where’s the story in that? I’m always up for a good story, so this one worked out perfectly!

Here was my fatal mistake.

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Stacking the house pieces on top of one another, and storing them in the oven–which I inevitably ended up preheating for some other baked goods, and I didn’t realize I left the gingerbread in there until I went to put the other tray in.

What difference did that make, you may ask? Well, for starters, the pieces stuck together. This wasn’t overly terrible, I still could have managed–but what really killed it was the softness.

They went from nice, sturdy, solid walls and roofs to a soft, soggy mess.

Of course, that didn’t deter me, and I decided to proceed anyway.

This is what it resulted in.

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The sugar glue helped, but not enough. Besides, the roof also sagged in.

After assembling and beginning to decorate, the roof caved in, or, fell off. So we did a… deconstruction… of sorts, and here’s what we ended up with.

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Simply beautiful.

We’re saying that a pipe burst, and apparently sharks are hiding in the pipes. Ooo… freaky.

Not really sure what else is going on here, but we still had fun decorating!

Have a wonderful Monday! I hope our lovely house has brought you just a little bit of joy.

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Happy Monday, everyone!

I’m sorry this post is so late. Today I have some yummy treats for you! Gluten-free (grain-free) gingerbread cookies! I started with this recipe from The Coconut Mama.

It looked great the way it was, but I wanted to use molasses to give it that traditional gingerbread taste.

The addition of molasses changed it just a bit, so I decided to make my own card for what I did.

After the cookies were done, we decorated them.

These were my two favorites.

Snowflake

Star

I’m really looking forward to having a gingerbread house this year! When I was growing up we would make them every year. I haven’t made one in so long. Hopefully I’ll have a post about that sometime this week.

Is gingerbread a traditional part of your Christmas celebration?

Have a wonderful week!

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