Make Your Own Paint Recipe! Homemade Doodle Paint

Make Your Own Paint Recipe

This DIY make your own paint recipe uses ingredients you likely already have in your pantry right now! This fun paint recipe for kids is super easy to make and there are endless possibilities for your kids to create! Even better, it is technically edible paint, so even your littlest ones can experiment!

My kids love to paint! We go through a lot of paint in this house, so when I saw this super easy make your own paint recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it out right away.

First off though, I had to track down some squeeze bottles. I ended up using the Wilton Cake Decorating squeeze bottles (they are super cheap on Amazon!) that I found at Michael’s. Everything else I had in my kitchen already.

Or so I thought. 

For this recipe you need equal parts salt, water and flour. 

Apparently, a little birdie in this household has misplaced or thrown out my table salt however, so I was forced to make do with Kosher salt.

I’ve never made this particular recipe before, so I’m not sure how it usually turns out if you use table salt, but the measurements used here don’t exactly work with kosher salt!

Because of this, I had to do some trial and error and ending up finding a balance that worked well for me.

So my recipe uses Kosher Salt, but head on over to Delaware County Mom’s for the recipe that uses table salt 🙂

Make Your Own Paint Recipe

Inspired by Delaware County Mom’s

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Since I didn’t have a funnel, I used the measuring cup that came with my immersion blender to mix the paint in since it has a good spout:

2. Measure out 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup kosher salt, 3/4 cup water and stir together until it’s not lumpy at all. I learned the hard way that if there are any lumps…it will stop up the doodle bottle!

3. Add some food coloring or food gel to turn the paint the color you desire and mix it. I had to use a pretty decent amount of food gel to get the bright and vibrant colors I was going for!

4. Make sure the consistency is paint like. Not too thick, not too thin. Add a bit more water if it’s too thick.

5. Pour it into the clear bottle.

6. Doodle to your hearts content!

Now, kids will enjoy these but I definitely recommend supervising this activity closely, especially if your kiddos are as young as mine. Guide your children to not squeeze too tightly and to spread the paint all over the paper. It does take awhile to dry and the thicker they put it on, the longer it will take.

It’s a really fun activity though and if you can include your children in the making of the paint, it will make the experience that much more special! 

And not that you would want your kids eating it…but it’s made with all edible ingredients so it won’t hurt anyone! (my make your own play dough recipe is also edible!)

You might consider letting your kids use this paint in my “No Mess Allowed Painting” activity as well!

Let me know if you try this out! I’d love to hear your results!

How To Cook Thick Boneless Pork Chops – Perfect Every Time!

How To Cook Thick Boneless Pork Chops

This super easy recipe for how to cook thick boneless pork chops is foolproof! You start by pan searing these pork chops and then finish them off by baking them in the oven. This super easy recipe results in tasty, juicy pork chops every single time! You have to try these!

 

It’s time for an admission. I love pork chops, but I am awful at making them. Honestly they are always way too dry and disgusting. They are such a budget cut of meat though, so I just keep trying!

(Looking for more budget meals? Check out this awesome one pot chicken with rice recipe!)

Recently, I was sent a box of meat from Butcher Box (here is the unboxing!) and included in the box were some very thick cut pork chops. I had never cooked pork chops that were this thick before, so I ran to google for suggestions. I ended up taking several different suggestions and coming up with this!

(Need a side item? Check out this awesome creamy Parmesan spinach OR this creamy cauliflower mash! If you are not following a low carb/keto diet, you could make my awesome mashed potatoes!)

Now, every time I make pork chops, I know they will be PERFECT!

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How To Cook Thick Boneless Pork Chops

Ingredients: 

  • Thick Boneless Pork Chops (between 1 1/2-2 inches)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Directions: 

  1. First you’ll want to bring your pork chops to room temperature (or close to it).
  2. Also, if there is fat along one side of the pork chop, you might want to “score” (cut into) it about every half inch or so.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  4. In a heavy duty, oven safe pan, heat up about 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  5. Season your pork chops with salt and pepper
  6. Place your pork chops in your pan and brown them on all sides. This will probably take a couple of minutes per side.
  7. Once your oven is ready, put your pork chops in until they reach 145 degrees internally. This took about 10 minutes for me. (these will “cook” more during rest. Don’t skip the rest! The rest is essential!)
  8. Take your pork chops out of the oven and put them on a plate. Tent some aluminum foil over your plate.
  9. Now make your gravy (I made a simple packet gravy in the pan the pork chops cooked in…it gave it extra flavor!) and any sides while your pork chops rest for a bit.
  10. Serve your pork chops and enjoy!

Yum!

How To Cook Thick Boneless Pork Chops – Perfect Every Time!
Ingredients
  • Thick Boneless Pork Chops (between 1 1/2-2 inches)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. First you’ll want to bring your pork chops to room temperature (or close to it).
  2. Also, if there is fat along one side of the pork chop, you might want to “score” (cut into) it about every half inch or so.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  4. In a heavy duty, oven safe pan, heat up about 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  5. Season your pork chops with salt and pepper
  6. Place your pork chops in your pan and brown them on all sides. This will probably take a couple of minutes per side.
  7. Once your oven is ready, put your pork chops in until they reach 145 degrees internally. This took about 10 minutes for me.
  8. Take your pork chops out of the oven and put them on a plate. Tent some aluminum foil over your plate.
  9. Now make your gravy (I made a simple packet gravy in the pan the pork chops cooked in…it gave it extra flavor!) and any sides while your pork chops rest for a bit.
  10. Serve your pork chops and enjoy!
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One Skillet Skinless Chicken Thighs With Red Wine Vinegar

One Skillet Skinless Chicken Thighs With Red Wine Vinegar

This tasty skinless chicken thighs recipe is made in just ONE skillet! This one skillet chicken thighs recipe is an inexpensive meal that tastes super expensive. These chicken thighs are absolutely mouthwatering in this red wine sauce. Super simple and uses ingredients you already have on hand for an easy, cheap, frugal flavorful meal that tastes like big bucks! #chickenthighsrecipe #oneskilletmeals #oneskilletchickenthighs #cheapmeals

 

There aren’t many words to describe this dish that really do it justice.

Oh, I was a bit skeptical at first. Some of the ingredients gave me pause.

I don’t cook with vinegar that often, but I always enjoy the taste of the finished product, so I’m not sure why I was nervous.

I didn’t even take as many pics as I typically do because I wasn’t sure it would be blog worthy.

Speaking of vinegar related dishes, I make a killer rissoto with balsamic vinegar that I’ll have to share some time (actually, it’s right here).

For now though, I present you with Skinless Chicken Thighs in Red Wine Vinegar!

Skinless Chicken Thighs in Red Wine Vinegar

adapted from Gina’s Skinny Taste

Ingredients:

  • 8 skinless chicken thighs with skin removed
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 1 tbspn honey
  • 1 tbpsn tomato paste
  • 1 tspn butter
  • 1 onion sliced thinly (she used shallots, I couldn’t find any)
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (or you can just use more chicken broth)
  • 2 tbspn Light Sour Cream
  • 2 tbspn Parsley (fresh)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

    1. Pat your chicken dry and season it well with salt and pepper
    2. Meanwhile combine the red wine vinegar, 3/4 cup of the chicken broth, honey and tomato paste and bring to a boil. Bring down to a simmer and reduce down to about 3/4 cup. Remove from heat

    1. Melt the butter in a large skillet and brown the chicken on both sides. About 6-8 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan
    2. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook until tender and browned.

  1. Return the chicken to the pan and pour the red wine vinegar sauce over the chicken. Add salt and pepper, remaining broth and wine to the pan and cover. Let simmer 20 minutes
  2. Remove the chicken and add the sour cream in. Stir until thickened and add parsely. Serve over chicken.

I served this with veggies and mashed potatoes. The sauce made an amazing gravy for the mashed potatoes and this was even good as leftovers the next day. This is definitely a keeper recipe in our household and I love that it uses simple, basic ingredients.

You’ll definitely want to bookmark this recipe! Be sure to check out Gina’s original recipe as well. I changed things up a bit, you might find you like hers better!

Nutrition Info: Serving Size 2 thighs per person-240 cals/  7 g fat/ 11g  carbs/ .3 g fiber/ 28 g protein 6 WW Points Plus


10 Ways to Make Living On One Income Easier

 

Nowadays, living on one income is harder than ever. Most families simply don’t think they can make it work. Unfortunately, most are right! However, if you do need to live on one income (or you just want to financially live as if you are living on one income) here are some tips to make it easier!

Bargain Shop:

First and foremost, you will need to learn the art of bargain shopping! This includes knowing how to use coupons and how to follow sales. Here are some helpful articles to get you started:

You might also find it helpful to shop at thrift stores and clearance racks. Set aside a day a week to go peruse the clearance racks and thrift stores. You might ask your local stores when they have their restock days or markdown days. You can start to form a weekly schedule to go check out what is on sale.

You can get some amazing deals if you stay vigilent and stay ahead of the needs for your family (for instance, if you know your son has a program coming up next month that he’ll need a white shirt for…put that on your list now so you don’t have to pay full price at the last minute!).

Make food from scratch:

This is a big one. For the most part (and especially if you are cooking for a family), you will save a ton of money if you make most of your food from scratch. Pre-prepared meals or meals that you eat out will almost ALWAYS cost more than you can get away with spending if you make it from scratch at home. This does mean more work in the kitchen, but the money you save will be well worth it.

Here are some great from scratch recipes that your family might enjoy:

If you DO decide you need a night out every once in awhile, be sure you are following me on Facebook either on my page or in my group. I try to post good restaurant deals there whenever I see them!

Get a side hustle

Just because you are planning to live on one income does NOT mean you can’t earn some extra income from a side hustle! My side hustle is this blog (learn how to make money blogging here!).

Depending on  your skills, some options are:

  • Tutoring
  • Sell on Ebay
  • Freelance writing (check out Fiverr!)
  • Freelance Photography
  • Selling on Amazon
  • Babysitting

There are so many different ways to make money from home. You can do one thing or many things. Chances are, every little bit of extra funds you can bring in will help!

Live minimally

If you have less, you’ll find you need less. This one is a struggle for me in my already very cluttered household! The truth of the matter is, the more you have to store, the more expensive your lifestyle will be. Live with less and you will be able to live ON less.

To begin this new minimalist lifestyle, you should have a yardsale!

Build an emergency fund

I have written extensively about having an emergency fund and on it’s importance. This emergency fund will be used and it will need to be regularly replenished. If possible though, don’t go down to one income until you have this well funded.

If you are already down to one income and do not currently have an emergency fund, read this article for details on how to build yours up quickly.

Use cash instead of credit

This could also be called just living within your means. If you can responsibily use a credit card each month and pay it off (and earn the associated perks), by all means, you can continue to use your credit card.

If you have a habit of letting the month get away from you and just paying minimum payments on  your debt, I would strongly advise paying cash wherever you go. Don’t allow yourself to drown in debt!

Downsize where possible

Move to a smaller home. Purchase a less expensive vehicle. Go to the lowest cable plan. Whatever it takes to trim  your budget to be more manageable on one income…do it! You might be able to live on one income VERY comfortably if you just cut some costs by downsizing!

Constantly shop around

Make a phone date with your electricity, phone, cable, insurance, etc providers on a regular basis. Pay special attention to special rates and when they expire. Do not let yourself get caught “off contract” and paying some overly inflated market rate because you did not pay attention to your terms and contract dates.

Sometimes loyalty pays off, but sometimes it doesn’t. If another company can give you a comparable service/product, then jump ship. If loyalty is so important to the company you have been with for years and years, they will be able to match the quote. This alone can take HOURS of your time, but it is worth it for the savings!

Make a budget and stick to it

This should have probably been first! The only way you can be succesful living off one income (unless you have an endless amount of discretionary funds, in which case you are probably not reading this article!) is by budgeting!

I have written a whole series on budgeting, so rather than reinventing the wheel, just check out these posts:

Step 1: Decide Your Non Negotiables

Step 2: Write Down All Your Monthly/Yearly Expenses and Prioritize them

Step 3: Starting from the top, create your budget

Step 4: Revisit your budget often. At least once a month, more if your situation changes.

Sacrifice

Finally, you just might have to sacrifice. You will need to decide if the sacrifices you need to make to be a one income household are worth it. Maybe you won’t have the hot new bag the second it goes on the market.

Maybe you won’t get to go on a fancy vacation every year, or even every 5 years! You and your family need to decide if the sacrifices necessary to maintain a one income lifestyle are worth the trade off of being/becoming a dual income household.

Do you have any tips/advice for anyone planning to transition to a one income household? Comment below!

 

From Scratch Easy Alfredo Chicken & Broccoli Recipe – Low Carb & Keto

Easy Alfredo Chicken & Broccoli

This easy low carb/keto Chicken & Broccoli with Alfredo Sauce is so simple and SO tasty. You will not feel deprived at all! The Cream Cheese alfredo sauce is a great way to get your fat in and is FULL of flavor! 

 

Looking for even more tasty low carb/keto recipes? Try these out:

Italian Sausage Low Carb Soup Recipe

Low Carb Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole Recipe

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash!

Creamy Garlic & Mozzarella Smothered Chicken Recipe

Low Carb & Keto Fathead Pizza Dough Recipe

From Scratch Easy Alfredo Chicken & Broccoli Recipe – Low Carb & Keto

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This recipe is delicious. I actually caught my husband licking the plate! If you like alfredo, this sauce is amazing and can be used over zoodles or if you are not low carb, you can totally put this on actual noodles!

The bacon crumbles are optional…but let’s be honest, is bacon ever a bad idea? Never!

 

From Scratch Easy Alfredo Chicken & Broccoli

Ingredients: 

For the sauce:

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  •  1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the chicken: 

  • Enough chicken breasts to feed your family ( I cooked 6 but only used 3 for this recipe and saved 3 for a future recipe)
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic & parsley seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried basil

The rest: 

  • steamed broccoli
  • cooked/crumbled bacon

Directions: 

  1. First off, you need to cook your chicken. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a 9×13 baking dish (mine was glass), drizzle some olive oil and put your chicken in to coat both sides.
  3. Disperse your seasonings on the chicken breast (on both sides)
  4. Cook chicken for 25-35 minutes (time will depend on thickness of chicken breasts…mine took 25 minutes).
  5. Remove chicken and set aside
  6. Steam broccoli (I just do the steam in the bag broccoli from Aldi…shortcut!)
  7. In a large sauce pan, melt your butter/cream/cream cheese together
  8. Once melted, add your parm cheese and seasonings.
  9. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken
  10. Add chicken ( I diced mine up…you don’t have to) and broccoli and heat through
  11. Add crumbled bacon if you desire.
  12. Serve!

It seems like it is a lot of steps, but honestly it really only took me 30 minutes total to get this incredibly tasty meal on the table!

Enjoy!

From Scratch Easy Alfredo Chicken & Broccoli Recipe – Low Carb & Keto
Ingredients
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  •  1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • Enough chicken breasts to feed your family ( I cooked 6 but only used 3 for this recipe and saved 3 for a future recipe)
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic & parsley seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • steamed broccoli
  • cooked/crumbled bacon
Instructions
  1. First off, you need to cook your chicken. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a 9×13 baking dish (mine was glass), drizzle some olive oil and put your chicken in to coat both sides.
  3. Disperse your seasonings on the chicken breast (on both sides)
  4. Cook chicken for 25-35 minutes (time will depend on thickness of chicken breasts…mine took 25 minutes).
  5. Remove chicken and set aside
  6. Steam broccoli (I just do the steam in the bag broccoli from Aldi…shortcut!)
  7. In a large sauce pan, melt your butter/cream/cream cheese together
  8. Once melted, add your parm cheese and seasonings.
  9. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken
  10. Add chicken ( I diced mine up…you don’t have to) and broccoli and heat through
  11. Add crumbled bacon if you desire.
  12. Serve!
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Easy Creamy Mashed Potato Recipe

Easy Creamy Mashed Potato Recipe

You will NEVER make another mashed potato recipe again! This Easy Creamy Mashed Potato Recipe is the BEST on pinterest and the whole world! Simple ingredients that really pack a punch. Bet you can’t guess what the secret ingredient is (hint, it’s what helps this mashed potato recipe be the creamiest!) #mashedpotatorecipe #potatorecipes #thanksgivingsides #thanksgivingrecipes

Check out these other great recipes as well!

Rice Krispie Treat Turkeys

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pecan Pie Bites

From Scratch Stuffing

Sweet Potato Casserole

We all have that one dish that we’re known for.

You know, the one you have to make EVERY single holiday.

It’s pretty much a given that that dish is yours and yours alone. Every year you make a bit more (because last year there wasn’t enough) and still…every single year you never make enough!

For me…that dish is THIS mashed potato recipe. 

My mashed potato recipe is not complicated.

It is SO simple.

The best dishes always are. 😉

They are not low calorie or low fat either (although, you could make it low fat by using low fat dairy products…but why would you do that?).

These potatoes will stick to you like glue…but it will be worth it.

Now…I never really measure anything in this recipe. I make it to taste, and the amounts can vary each time.

This is pretty consistently my recipe for big gatherings though. When I make them for just the 4 of us, obviously all the ingredients are taken down to portions consistent with a family of 4.

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this mashed potato recipe. It might have simple ingredients but it packs a big flavor punch.

Let me know if you try it!

Heather’s Famous Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 5 lb bag of potatoes (I like russet) – peeled, washed, and sliced
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 stick of butter
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • milk (amount will vary)

Directions:

  1. Boil your potatoes in a pot until they are soft
  2. Drain your potatoes
  3. While they are draining, throw your butter and cream cheese into the hot pot you just poured the potatoes out of and let it start to get melty as you drain the potatoes
  4. Put the drained potatoes back in the pot and season liberally with salt and pepper (you can always add more)
  5. Using a hand held mixer (or your Kitchen Aid stand mixer), mix up your potatoes incorporating the cream cheese and butter as you go.
  6. Now add milk slowly, a bit at a time until you get to a creamy (but not wet) consistency. This is usually between 2-4 tablespoons. The milk can make or break this dish! So add little bits at a time because you can always add more, but you can’t take any out.
  7. Taste your potatoes and see if they are flavored well, if not add more salt and/or pepper.

There you have it! Rich, creamy potatoes that everyone will rave over.

You can put this in a crockpot and set it to warm and it will do just fine on your countertop for quite awhile. It stores fairly well too (although I wouldn’t freeze it).

Easy Creamy Mashed Potato Recipe
Ingredients
  • 5 lb bag of potatoes (I like russet) – peeled, washed, and sliced
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 stick of butter
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • milk (amount will vary)
Instructions
  1. Boil your potatoes in a pot until they are soft
  2. Drain your potatoes
  3. While they are draining, throw your butter and cream cheese into the hot pot you just poured the potatoes out of and let it start to get melty as you drain the potatoes
  4. Put the drained potatoes back in the pot and season liberally with salt and pepper (you can always add more)
  5. Using a hand held mixer (I seriously swear by this. I’ve tried mashing, I’ve tried my Kitchen Aid…hand mixer is the way to go), mix up your potatoes incorporating the cream cheese and butter as you go.
  6. Now add milk slowly, a bit at a time until you get to a creamy (but not wet) consistency. This is usually between 2-4 tablespoons. The milk can make or break this dish! So add little bits at a time because you can always add more, but you can’t take any out.
  7. Taste your potatoes and see if they are flavored well, if not add more salt and/or pepper.
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Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table On Sale $28.29 (Reg $54.99)

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  • Water play table helps develop “put-and-take” and early motor skills with fun characters
  • Drop balls down spiral, watching them go round and round and down into the water
  • Turn the Ferris wheel to scoop up and drop off balls
  • Fill the cup with water and pour into the funnel to power twin water wheel
  • Includes 1 water cup and 5 round characters that squirt water

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9 Awesome Bucket List Worthy Slime Making Recipes!

Is slime making on your kiddos bucket list this summer?

If so, here are 10 different slime recipes to choose from!

Ultimate Fluffy Slime Recipe

You will need:

Crystal Clear Slime! 

You will need:

Emoji Slime Jar 

You will need (all supplies available on Michael’s web site):

Birthday Cake Confetti Slime!

You will need:

Unicorn Poop Slime

You will need:

Kinetic Slime

You will need:

Galaxy Slime

You will need:

Fluffy Sand Slime

You will need:

Edible Laffy Taffy Slime

You will need:

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