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June 3, 2012

Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles Recipe

Want to try a fun, new frozen treat? How about Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles?

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp honey, divided
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups raspberries
  • 2 cups raspberry juice
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds (we omitted this)
  • Combine the peanut butter, yogurt, milk, 2 tablespoons of the honey, and the vanilla extract in a food processor or blender; process until smooth.
  • In a spouted cup, combine the raspberries and raspberry juice.
  • Partially fill small paper cups with the peanut butter mixture. Freeze for at least 1 hour.
  • Partially fill small paper cups with the raspberry mixture. Insert the sticks. Freeze for at least 1 hour.
  • Fill the paper cups with the remaining peanut butter mixture. Freeze for at least 8 hours.
  • Remove from the freezer; let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before removing the pops from the paper cups.
  • Spoon some of the remaining honey around the rim of each pop. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the honey to coat. Enjoy peanut butter and jelly flavors in a whole new package!
    Thanks to Parents Connect for the inspiration!



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June 2, 2012

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Ask a Nurse: Easy Skillet Meals

Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters. To see all Ask a Nurse articles click here.

Easy Skillet Meals


Do you ever get caught up in the busyness of life and realize that you have eaten out of a box or drive-through several times in a week? Easy and healthy meals do not have to be a chore to make! You can quickly whip up a healthy meal in less than 20 minutes with a few healthy ingredients that you keep on hand.

Begin with deciding what type of protein you want. You can use any meat, fish, tofu, or beans. Keep canned beans on hand to save time. Let’s say you chose fish. Take frozen fish out of the freezer and thaw slightly in the microwave. Cut into bite sized pieces and brown in a skillet with a little olive oil. The fish will start to get crumbly if you keep it in the pan, so after it is browned, put it on a plate to the side. Next, you will put in whatever vegetables you have on hand. The author keeps frozen chopped onions and peppers on hand for busy days. Add frozen vegetables first, cooking over medium high heat. Now you are ready for any fresh vegetables you have on hand. Bagged spinach is great, sliced portabella mushrooms are wonderful! Other good choices are green beans, broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.

Now you can decide what filler you want. Rice and pasta are easy to do. If you just want the fish and vegetables, season to taste and you are done! Quick cooking rice (or leftover) works well in this meal, pasta works well, also. You need extra liquid when adding the rice or pasta directly to the skillet.  If you want a tomato base, add one or two large cans of crushed, diced, or pureed tomatoes. You can also use any kind of broth, or mix some up with powder or cubes. Add ½ to 1 cup of uncooked rice for a large skillet, or ½ box of pasta. You may need to add a little water to provide enough liquid for the rice or pasta. Cook until rice or pasta is tender, add fish (or meat or beans) and enjoy!

If you have time, you can make the rice separately, and serve the skillet meal on top. Experiment with different combinations; see what your family likes best. Enjoy this quick and healthy meal on busy days!

This is the chicken stir fry that I made

To finish your healthy meal, have some fresh fruit! We added sugar free cool whip on top-yum!
I will be away next week on a medical mission trip to Peru, have a great week!

Be Well,
Nurse Pam

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June 1, 2012

Madame Deals Meals

 

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I am a working mom living life “within” the budget. I have three kids and two job and less than 15 minutes each night to get something on the table. I needed to figure out ways to feed my family healthy meals in a snap. I am not a chef I am just a mom on the mission to provide the best I can for my family one meal at a time. I try each Wednesday to cook something different.

June 1, 2012

Frugal Kid: Donut Day Crafts

June 1st is National Donut Day so I couldn’t resist doing a craft around this yummy holiday! Don’t forget about FREE donuts this day too!

 

National Donut Day-Math With Donuts

Materials:
Card Stock
Glue
Hole Puncher or Scissors

Directions:
1. Using the donut template here, cut out donuts and icing from card stock (save the “holes”).

2. Using a hole puncher of your choice, create the “sprinkles”.
3. Label the donut holes with numbers and have your child add that many sprinkles to the donut icing.

4. Glue the sprinkles and icing the donuts and you now have a number matching game!

Educational Acitivies:

      • Math: 1. Discuss the word dozen with your child and practice making piles of a dozen items (toys, shoes, crayons,etc). Then talk about a baker’s dozen and the difference between them both. 2. Create math problems with donut toppings or mini donuts (you can use cheerios as mini donuts).
      • Language Arts: 1. Use the book Arnie, the Doughnutand discuss the character, character feelings, and the different vocabulary found in the book. 2. Make a whole week out of things with the letter D (obviously including donuts).
      • Body & Mind: 1. Play hide and seek with the paper donuts. Create different colored donuts and have your child locate the color you yell out to them. 2. Play the game Learning Resources – Smart Snacks Mix and Match Doughnutsto help your child work on their memory skills and creativity.

Thanks Mom on Dealz!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

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