Lemon Brownies

These lemon brownies add a bit of sunshine to any day. I know most people prefer lemon treats in the spring and summer, but I actually like them best in the winter when I need to engage my senses with bright smells, tastes and color. These lemon brownies check all those boxes for me.

Another thing I like about this recipe is that you can make them with whole white wheat flour (like I do) OR you can make them with all purpose flour if that is more your thing. I will share instructions for what to do with both types of flour as well as what you can do to tone down the lemon flavor.

Valentine's Class Gift Ideas- No Food Required

I love Valentine's Day (and most any holidays that give me a reason to celebrate). What I don't love is the load of candy my kids bring home from their class Valentine's party.  Many years I have found different ways to give the kids a treat that isn't loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. This year I went a step further and created printables for some really good Valentine's class gift ideas that involve NO FOOD at all!

Pom Pom Preschool Activities & Penguin Craft

Pom Pom Preschool Counting Ideas

I have taught children (in varying capacities) my entire adult life. In my experience I have found that the most simple, every day items really seem to capture the attention of kids a lot better than flashy, extravagant toys. These pom pom preschool activities are the perfect example of that.

 

pom pom preschool

 

Valentine's Day Party

I had so  much fun planning this Valentine's Day party. I was able to keep it fun by doing simple ideas that don't take a lot of time to prepare but keep in the spirit of a heart theme. The more relaxed I am, the more fun everyone else has. Today I'm going to share some simple, inexpensive ideas for decorations, treat and activities. Hopefully these simple ideas will inspire you to create your own Valentine's Day party that your kids will love.

Valentine's Wreath for Less than $5

As I have said before, I love to change my seasonal decorations around a lot. That doesn't mean I like to spend a lot of money doing it. I actually enjoy the challenge of finding ways to repurpose what I have or, in this case, find inexpensive ways to make something new. Which is exactly how this Valentine's wreath was born. 

Valentine's Printable

Ah, love is in the air. At least it is at my house where I am figuring out how to use these cute new Valentine's printable that I made. I think sticking a printable in a frame is one of the easiest ways to add decorations for holidays, birthdays or other special events. Because it is so inexpensive and takes hardly any time to put up, it's one of my go to tips for decorating with limited time and budget. 

Valentine's Decor-Inexpensive and Easy Ideas

You made it through the endless round of holidays that begin in October and continue through January.   Now you have a little breather. But wait, Valentine's Day is just around the corner and before you know it, that will be over too. Today I am going to share some inexpensive and easy Valentine's decor ideas that will help you to celebrate without feeling like you have to spend a lot of time or money on it.

Corn Chex Waffles

I'm so excited to share this Corn Chex waffles recipe today.  It actually came about accidentally. I improvise with ingredients when I don't have everything on hand, especially in the middle of winter when it is difficult to jump in the car and head to the grocery store. In this case, I was trying to make cornmeal waffles to pair with some homemade chili. I searched through my cupboard and found that I only had a little bit of cornmeal left.