9 Must Try Trifle Recipes

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We are a little trifle crazy over here. I really don’t need a reason to whip one up, but for the sake of all of our waistlines I try and wait for one. Trifles are the easiest dessert to make and always look SUPER impressive. Here are a few of my favorites that I have whipped up over the past few years and a few I would like to try!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle

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OREO Brownie Trifle

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Strawberry Trifle

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Banana Pudding Trifle

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Carrot Cake Trifle 

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Red, White, & Blue Trifle

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Birthday Cake Trifle

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Cookies & Cream Trifle

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Caramel Apple Trifle

Are you drooling yet? So which one do you think you will make first? 

Money Tips from Mom

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Mother Knows Best. I am blessed to have a mother that embodies this truth. She definitely knows best and knows that best doesn’t always mean best for her, but for those that she loves and cares about. I consider it a true blessing to be her daughter and have learned so much of what I know about being a mother and a wife, a sister and a friend from her. When SunTrust asked me to write a post sharing advice my mom gave me about money I must admit I hesitated at first. Not that my mom is bad with money, but I couldn’t think of any real heart to hearts we have had on the subject. Then I realized that is because she taught me by example.

Without getting into any details growing up we had some ups and downs in “bank account” department. I of course never knew this until I was older. My parents never let it impact how we interacted as a family or how we gave to our community. I have a vivid memory though of being in college and sitting in my car one day when it all hit me. All my parents had done over the years and all they had sacrificed in my 20ish years of existence. They helped to make me who I was at 20 and continue to shape who I am today. So while we never really had a “money conversation” here are a few things I learned by watching their example.  

BE GENEROUS

My mom (and dad too!) taught me to give my time, give my money, and give my ear. To whom much is given, much is expected. We have all been blessed in many ways and my mom taught me we should use our gifts to bless others as well. She is a shining example of living out “what is mine is yours.” This is because she knows whatever she has is a gift from the Lord and those gifts are meant to be shared. So when she is not busy loving on her kids and grandkids or molding young lives in her kindergarten classroom, you will find her giving her time taking meals to shut-ins, holding babies in the Philippines, raising money for a family who lost their house, or meeting a friend for dinner who just needs to talk. I am honestly not sure how she does it all. Anyone who knows my parents know they are generous in so many ways, more than I could ever list here.

WORK HARD

Mama both worked and stayed home when I was growing up. She has always had a heart for children, so the years she was not home with us she ran a preschool program at a church or taught kindergarten. She puts her heart and soul into her job. Teaching is a calling for sure and she has answered it to the fullest. She continues to work hard teaching kindergarten and does not take the responsibility of molding young lives lightly. This has taught me the importance of working hard and doing what needs to be done to take care of your family. (and as I work hard on this little blog it helps me do just that!)

GET CREATIVE

You don’t need money to create memories! As I mentioned before there were a few time growing up where things were a little tight. However, that never kept us from having fun. My mom taught me how to get creative, in order to save money. For example, she has told me stories of how I would spend hours in the tupperware cabinet or banging pots and pans while totally ignoring the brand new toy my grandmother had sent. Cooking and baking was often a family fun activity. And boxes, well boxes could be made into anything…like a spaceship that will take you to the moon or a full functioning grocery store stocked with the food from my mom’s pantry.

NEVER PAY FULL PRICE

My mom’s shopping habits are a little bit of a joke in our house. I’ve often heard my mom tell my dad about a great sale on ____fill in the blank____she just had to buy them. And he respond jokingly “Well you should have bought 7!” My mom knows how to shop a sale, and she has definitely passed that trait onto us. TJMaxx and Marshalls are often my best friend when it comes to looking for new clothes for me. As for the kids I buy a majority of their clothes consignment where I find the best deals on clothes that often look brand new. When at the grocery store I’ve learned you can save A LOT when sticking to what is one sale and using coupons. Buy One Get One Free, anyone?

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Whenever I find myself in a stressful situation whether about money or motherhood I always turn to my mom’s advice, because let’s face it…she probably told me the best way to do it in the beginning. Love your mom this #MothersMay and every day. Let’s celebrate them all year long! A little encouragement goes a long way. 

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Popsicle Stick Puzzles

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It’s been raining. Any other moms out there notice? We have been baking, coloring, sculpting, and sneaking in a little “Frozen” here and there. And when the sun breaks through we are outside in a flash! Wouldn’t want to keep Sprout from eating all that mulch (just kidding!). Lately, Chickadee has also really liked putting together puzzles when inside. We have done these puzzles over and over….so the other day I thought maybe we world make some of our own. 

Yesterday we made them with popsicle sticks and cookie cutters and they turned out really cute! Here is a little picture step by step if you are a visual person like me.

Line up your popsicle sticks and tape them together. Then flip it over.

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Use a cookie cutter or free hand your shape.

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Outline with a marker and then let your little one color it in…or if you trust your toddler let them go at it :) I did a little follow up once she finished!

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Turn back over and number the popsicle sticks in case you ever can’t figure out the order. I also put a D for dinosaur in case the stick gets mixed up with other “puzzle sticks”

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Untape and play!

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Keep creating!

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If you toddler isn’t really into puzzles or is younger it could be beneficial to use the larger popsicle sticks. Chickadee keeps asking to make more! We are storing them in a jar wrapped up in a rubber band. I love creating with her and watching her little brain work. 2.5 is really fun (and really hard all at the same time!)

So what are you doing on the rainy Spring days?

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe EVER

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I was at a mom’s group today and we were talking about fun summer activities with kids. Great ideas were shared, like fun in the sprinkler, playgrounds, sidewalk chalk, popsicle making, nature walks, and trips to the zoo. But, one mom brought up a different side of the equation…what do you do inside when it’s 100 degrees. My suggestion to the group. We bake. Chickadee LOVES helping me out in the kitchen and we all love enjoying the tasty results. Today I thought I would share what I have found to be the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. A favorite around these parts. They are perfectly crisp around the edges and nice and soft in the center. True perfection!

Make sure and follow this recipe exactly & you won’t be disappointed!

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When you are creaming the SOFTENED (not melted) butter and sugar together, make sure and cream for about 3 minutes to make sure your cookies are nice and fluffy/airy. 

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 Also using a mini cookie scoop is a MUST to make sure your cookies are nice and round and all the same shape. 

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Okay, so here are the details…

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever
Yields 24
Deliciously perfect mouth watering chocolate chip cookies
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Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) softened unsalted butter
  2. 1 cup light brown sugar
  3. 3/4 cup of sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  6. 3/4 tsp baking soda
  7. 3/4 tsp salt
  8. 3 cups of flour
  9. 1 package of semi sweet chocolate chips (I have found that the Ghirarrdeli Milk Chocolate Chips are the gooiest!!)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. 2. Cream together softened butter and sugars (both brown and white) for approx. 3 minutes until fluffy
  3. 3. Add eggs and vanilla
  4. 4. Add dry ingredients (adding flour 1/2 a cup at a time until mixed thoroughly)
  5. 5. Mix in chocolate chips
  6. 6. Using your mini cookie scoop, spoon onto an ungreased, nonstick baking sheet
  7. 6. Bake 8-10 minutes...you will want to pull them out of the oven right before they look "done." Allow them to sit on the sheet for another 2-3 minutes before moving to a cooking rack
Notes
  1. Feel free to mix in other ingredients (we like mini m&ms too!)
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Sounds amazing, right? And if you are feeling a little crazy, pull out a tub of icing and make some double doozies. I promise you won’t regret it!

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We brought these to a Sunday School party a while back and they were seriously gone in like 7 minutes. (So keep a few at home if you are hoping for leftovers!

Happy Baking.

DIY Toy Scoop from a Milk Jug

diy_toy_scoopStarting at about one we began teaching Chickadee how to clean up. We sing “Clean up, clean up, Everybody Everywhere…Clean up, clean up, Everybody do you share.” She started singing it with us a few months ago and now Sprout is starting to clean up too. This tidyness carries over to the bath tub.

The kid’s bathroom is also the guest’s bathroom so keeping it clean is important. For a while we had a blue netted scoop to clean up the toys but it held water and the netting was constantly needing clean. So I went to the recycling bin and found a solution in the kid’s milk jug. In about two minute I had a new scoop that works like a charm! Let me share a little tutorial with you!

I started with an empty milk jug and rinsed it out really well (we will wish is more in a little bit). You can throw away the top, you won’t be needing it.

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I tried peeling off the label but it wasn’t budging without a fight so I just left it. Then with a sharpie I drew a line under the handle from one corner, over the middle, and to the next. 

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Then using a razor blade I cut the black line. Next, with scissors I cut straight down from each corner and across the bottom. I used scissors so I could get a straighter edge. I then washed the inside and outside with soap and water.

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And that is it. You could use this in the playroom to scoop up games with little pieces or legos. Or use it in the bath tub like we do for all of the kid’s bath toys. I didn’t reattach the top and it’s perfect for draining the water after scooping up the toys!

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Any other ideas for getting kids to clean up? What about trash to treasure ideas?

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