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Tips to Lower a Child’s High Cholesterol

Easy Steps to Help Your Child Lower Their High Cholesterol

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It is a tough day when you get the call that your child has High Cholesterol and is only 9 years old. Instead of thinking how we got here, I sat down with her and came up with a plan that everyone could follow and made the changes easy and simple. It also does not require you stop eating out but instead make healthy choices.

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Food and Fun with Kids: Chocolate Cookie Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Food and Fun with Friends

Last week, I wrote on how to host a party without breaking the bank. Last night was my chance to put that in action. My family and I had my 2 best friends and their families over for a night of food and fun. Since I love to bake it was an easy decision to center the food around desserts. I made 6 different recipes and decided we would do a taste testing and pick out our favorite at the end of the night.

The afternoon was spent baking and my husband and daughter even joined me in the kitchen. Some people bake every day in December but I like to get it done in one day and feel like I have accomplished a minor victory.  The one thing that made the whole baking process faster than usual was using refrigerated Great Value products. I used Great Value pie crust, chocolate chip cookie dough, crescent rolls, biscuits, and sugar cookie dough.

Even before everyone arrived laughter was already flowing in my house as my husband used my Kitchen Aid mixer for the first time. Can we say powdered sugar shower? The baking laughter turned to hysterical laughter when my Father in Law brought me home steaks and  fresh lobsters to cook for dinner. When I say fresh I mean alive and moving which left me totally freaking  out. I did learn an oval crockpot will hold 2 live lobsters until you are ready to cook them. That is a story for another day.

We were already in a festive mood when everyone arrived around 7 o’clock. We spent the next 5 hours talking, eating, and laughing. I don’t think we will forget the Coke volcano shooting up in the kitchen or Henry (our elf on a shelf) creeping people out as he hangs from the ceiling fan. We all enjoyed spending time together and have already made plans for spending New Years Eve together. Knowing that we can get together without anyone spending an excessive amount of money because we followed of the ideas in Party Planning on a Budget.

The dessert menu consisted of Chocolate Cookie Peanut Butter Pie, Quick Pecan Rolls, Mixed Berry Pizza, Apple Turnovers, Monkey Bread, and Cinnamon Roll Cups.

It was a hard decision but the favorite recipe of the night was the Chocolate Cookie Peanut Butter Pie. I have included the recipe below.

Chocolate Cookie Peanut Butter Pie



1 roll GREAT VALUE Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

3 cups powdered sugar

1 cup peanut butter

2 Tbsp butter

1/4 – 1/2 cup water

1 can chocolate frosting


Heat oven to 350* . In bottom of ungreased round cake pan (you can also use a 9″ springform pan) break up GREAT VALUE chocolate chip cookie dough . Press cookie dough evenly on the bottom of the pan. (You may want to put a little flour on your hands so it doesn’t stick.)

Bake 14-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and cool for 15 minutes.

While the cookie is baking and cooling, combine peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, 1/4 cup water in bowl until well blended. If mixture is not getting smooth enough add the remaining water slowly until it is the texture you want.

Drop mixture unto cookie crust and spread evenly to cover the crust.

Heat chocolate frosting in the microwave to melt. (10-15 seconds) Remove and pour on top of peanut butter mixture.

Refrigerate 1 hour or until set. Slice to serve.

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Hi I’m Gwendolyn and I have been a stay at home mom since 2009. I have been with my husband, James, for 10 years and we are proud parents of Jayme (8) and Nicholas (14). We are also parents to 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 hamsters, and a snake. My father-in-law lives with us so it is always non-stop at our house. I had the honor of becoming a step-parent when I got married and have a great relationship with my step-son. I always used coupons and shopped for bargains but was forced to step up my game when my husband was disabled in 2005. I get an incredible rush from saving money and finding great deals. My life is a constant journey and I look forward to sharing it with you all.

Gluten-Free: For the Love of Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker® has come out with a few new gluten-free products which I just have to rave about (even though I am not getting paid to do so.) However, if anyone from Betty Crocker® reads this, they are welcome to send some free samples our way.

This past week we celebrated my son’s tenth birthday. We had the birthday party at our local gym which has a kid’s facility with a large play room, bounce house, various games like Foosball and basketball, a large climbing structure with slides, and a few interactive computer games on large screens. Needless to say, this is a wonderland for kids, and all twenty of them had a really fun time. For the party I baked two Betty Crocker® gluten-free devil’s food cakes and made a double decker cake with homemade butter cream frosting. (It looked like an Oreo® before I frosted the top of it. ) And this Betty Crocker® cake was amazing! Translation: it didn’t taste like it was gluten-free. My husband and Madame Deal’s husband confessed to eating two slices of cake each. The leftover cake didn’t last more than a day in our house after the party. Sadly it has lasted longer on our bodies- but it was definitely worth it.Continue reading

June 29, 2012

Crafting with Kids: Vacation

While vacations are great, they can also be stressful for both kids and adults a like. Even if your little ones aren’t stressed out but, you are, they can tell. It doesn’t matter the reason causing the stress, if they can sense that you are stressed out, they too will become stressed out. Which typically doesn’t help the “relaxed” feeling vacation is supposed to bring.

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How can we minimize vacation stress?

One of the biggest ways to minimize vacation stress, is to do your best to keep to your routine. You and your kids will appreciate this. For example: if you typically do art after nap time, than continue doing that while on vacation.

How do I continue art while on Vacation?

Just keep up with your normal routine as far as art time goes. Try to keep the timing about the same as well.

What should I take with?

There is no reason to take all of your crafting supplies with you on vacation. That would be crazy.

All I suggest that you bring are: a handful of construction paper, a glue stick, markers or crayons, and a few pieces of white paper (or a sketch pad). If you are feeling adventurous, take along some of the small finger paints (this is one of our favorite sets). I suggest putting in a ziplock for transportation (better safe than sorry). You can bring a whole set of paints or, just a few. Either way, it is another option for your child to be able to create something.

I also suggest that if possible these items have their own backpack or small bag so they are easy to transport and find. Nothing is worse than knowing you brought something with you but not being able to find it because you don’t know which suitcase it ended up in.

Keep it Simple

There is no need to go over the top with art projects while on vacation. This is just simply to keep your child’s routine.

What types of art projects should we do?

This depends on your child’s age.

Our favorite things to do on vacation are to use a sketch pad and have our kids draw something from the day and color it (or paint it). The beauty of this is each child can interpret it they way they want to. They don’t need to be able to draw full pictures for this to be done.

Another project we do is use what is around us and paint with it. Check out the directions here.

What to do with the art projects you did

You can take them home and punch them with a 3 hole punch. Tie them with a ribbon and you created a memory book that was illustrated by your child.

You can also have your kids create a photo book with pictures from the trip. Check it out here.





Meet Stephanie! She’s a 24 year old stay at home Mom, who couldn’t ask for a better blessing than to be home with her daughter!! Their favorite things to do together is working on art projects and they enjoy sharing them with people at Crafting with Bug!! In her free time she enjoys reading and scrapbooking!!


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What is a Good Price for Produce?

What is a Good Price for Produce?

The best way to save money at the grocery store is to be knowledgable in what a good price is. If you know what a good price is, you will know when to stock-up. Remember that just because the sign says sale, does not not mean that it is a good price. If you are just joining us, I have posted the good buy prices for Meat, Dairy and Beverage items and pantry items. When I get all of the prices gathered, I will make a master list for you all! Here are some good tips for learning What is a Good Price for Produce!Continue reading

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