Monday, August 15, 2016

five on monday

five on monday
Happy Monday! As you know (or don't if you're new here) I typically post "Five on Friday" links- those which inspired me or I enjoyed reading this week. I've been slowly getting back into blogging. I don't have the best consistency, yet. Hope you don't mind me sharing 5 links today instead of this past Friday. :)

Here are my 5 from last week:

1. Make Your Own Personalized Photo Ring Dish! by Laura Gummerman | cute project!

2. Do You Have the Same Love Language as Your Partner? by Gal Szekely | I've read The Five Love Languages before and am rereading it to refresh my memory.

3. 25 Popsicle Recipes Your Family Will Love by Jessica Turner | yum!

4. 6 Simple Ways to Boost Your Happiness by Steven Schwanitz | good list!

5. 100 Pep Talks by Elise Cripe | Elise shared 100 pep talks as a challenge on Instagram (#100daysofelisepeptalks). I enjoyed reading along. She created a book of her pep talks- really cool.

Read through more posts like this here.

Photo credit | Kaboompics

Thursday, August 11, 2016

greek yogurt 52 ways: #36 crepes with greek yogurt cream

It's been a long time since I've shared a Greek yogurt recipe for my "Greek Yogurt 52 Ways" project! I think I needed a little break, but I'm looking forward to being more consistent with this, again, until I complete the project.
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 36 crepes with greek yogurt cream
I came across this recipe last week. I had crepes for the first time in high school. I took French for my foreign language requirement. I can still count to ten and I know how to say hot chocolate amongst other things, but I don't sound nearly as good as I sound in my head. Anyway, my teacher made crepes in class towards the end of the year, and I loved 'em. I've made crepes a handful of times in my life and I'm thinking I should make them more often. They're delicious and less caloric than pancakes.
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 37 crepes with greek yogurt cream
To make about 8-10 crepes, combine all of the following in a blender and blend until smooth: 1/2 c of water at room temperature, 1 c of milk, 4 eggs, 4 tbsp of melted butter, 1 c of flour, 2 tbsp of sugar, and a pinch of salt. Melt butter on a nonstick pan, pour a bit of batter into the pan and form your crepe. Cook until golden on both sides.
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 37 crepes with greek yogurt cream
After you've made your crepes, combine 8 oz of cream cheese at room temperature with 1 1/4 c of vanilla, Greek yogurt. Beat until smooth. Spread a layer of Greek yogurt cream onto each crepe and roll or fold the crepe. Top with fruit preserves and/or fruit of your choice. You can add powdered sugar if you'd like, as well.
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 37 crepes with greek yogurt cream
I'll definitely be making these again. This recipe for crepes was a good one!

Have any Greek yogurt, dessert (or breakfast!) recipes you'd like to share? Leave your recipes or links in the comments. :)

If you try a recipe I share, be sure to let me know! Use the hashtag: #greekyogurt52ways.

**I'm making Greek yogurt 52 ways. Read about why I'm doing this project right here and read about the health benefits of Greek yogurt right here. See all of the ways I've incorporated Greek yogurt into my dessert or breakfast so far here. I recently completed a 52 sandwiches project. Read more about that project here.**
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

summer break diary 2016: week #6

My daughters are currently on summer break. I am planning to do one, fun activity with them every day of their summer break. I will be documenting our various projects together and sharing them here every week and possibly more detailed projects within the week. This is our fourth summer doing this. 

Related: My Girls Summer Break/Kids' Activities: 2015 2014 / 2013 Summer Break Diary 2016 (introductory post) | Summer Manifesto 2016
summer break diary 2016: week # 6
summer break diary 2016: week # 6
summer break diary 2016: week # 6
summer break diary 2016: week # 6
summer break diary 2016: week # 6
summer break diary 2016: week # 3
summer break diary 2016: week # 6
summer break diary 2016: week # 6
On days 38 - 44, our girls went to VBX (formerly "VBS." The "X" stands for "experience"). My girls enjoyed singing songs, listening to stories, watching skits, playing indoor and outdoor games, doing arts and crafts, and spending time with friends. My mom still took my girls to the library on Tuesday for the weekly library program. They watched a magic show this week. On Saturday, we went on a moonlit hike at Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area. This was the first time we went hiking at night. It was a fun experience. Some portions of the hike were challenging. My girls slipped a couple of times and some parts were steep. Addy broke out into an encouraging song that she learned at VBX as she was climbing a steep incline: "I know that I can make it..." It was funny. :) (P.S. Going on a moonlit hike was on my summer manifesto).

Related: Tips for Hiking with Kids

It was another good week this week. I only have a couple of weeks left to share. Thanks for reading along. :)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

summer break diary 2016: week #5

My daughters are currently on summer break. I am planning to do one, fun activity with them every day of their summer break. I will be documenting our various projects together and sharing them here every week and possibly more detailed projects within the week. This is our fourth summer doing this. 

Related: My Girls Summer Break/Kids' Activities: 2015 2014 2013 Summer Break Diary 2016 (introductory post) | Summer Manifesto 2016
summer break diary 2016: week # 5
summer break diary 2016: week # 5
summer break diary 2016: week # 5
summer break diary 2016: week # 5
summer break diary 2016: week # 5
On Sunday, day 31, we played the game 5 Second Rule. This game involves coming up with 3 answers to various questions in 5 seconds. A couple of the questions asked in this round included: Name 3 romantic movies, Name 3 TV bosses, Name 3 planets, etc. The game is for those 10 and older. Addy (she's 6) also played and she did very well. We had a good time.

On Monday, day 32, we celebrated the 4th of July. We headed to a BBQ at my parents' house, then we went to a "Freedom Festival" in a city neighbouring ours to watch the fireworks show. It's a really good show. My girls waited in line with my brother-in-law and sister for funnel cakes. They enjoyed day 32. :)

On Tuesday, day 33, my girls went to the library with my mom and saw a cool magic show.

On Wednesday, day 34, I painted my girls' nails in summery, vibrant colors. This was on my summer manifesto.

On Thursday, day 35, my girls played the game Ticket to Ride with my sister Jasmine and brother-in-law Siquem. In this game, "players collect cards of various types of train cars they then use to claim railway routes in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who fulfill Destination Tickets- goal cards that connect distant cities; and to the player who builds the longest continuous route" (via). It is a challenging and engaging game. (Jesse and I went out on a date. Weekly date nights are also on my summer manifesto).

On Friday, day 36, we had dinner at the park at sunset and then played red light, green light. (We played several games this week!)

On Saturday, day 37, we went to the drive-in AGAIN. I'm not complaining! :) We watched The Secret Life of Pets (funny!) and The Legend of Tarzan.

I had a great time this week. :)