Valentines Crafts for Kids

Valentine’s Day is such a fun time for kids. The love making Valentines for their friends and family. If you are looking for alternatives to store bought Valentines, then you came to the right place! Just the other day I had some great Valentines alternatives for you, and today I have some more Valentines crafts that are perfect for kids to use as their class Valentines. Best part is, they are super easy to make and put together! For this non-crafty mom, that is right up my alley!

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valentines crafts

Aren’t these Valentines crafts super cute?!? There is truly something for everyone. With some paper, a printer and very minimal other supplies, you can have your kids class Valentines done in no time!

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Valentines Crafts for Kids

Is your child into Minecraft? What about American Girl? Are they too old for the kiddish stuff, but love emoji’s? There is truly something for everyones taste here! You can print these out, tape them to a treat or pencil and BAM! You are done!

Star Wars Non Candy Valentine

Printable LEGO Valentines

Printable Minecraft Valentines

American Girl Valentines

Disney Villains Wicked Cute Valentines

Valentine’s Day Treat Toppers

Yoda Valentines Printable

Star Wars Valentines Printable

LEGO Valentines

Emoji Valentines

Printable Bear Valentines

Valentines Tips

Let your kids pick out what they want to do. Trust me. If you try to steer them towards something, they won’t want to have anything to do with it and I am a huge stickler that they need to write their own name on the Valentines. They are from them, after all! Who cares if they can’t write their name very well. No one cares! Plus, it’s super cute AND they will be very proud of themselves and what they are taking to their friends at school!

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Looking for More Valentines?

Still looking for different Valentines crafts for your kids to do for their classmates? Don’t worry! I have you covered! Check out these super cute Valentines!

Valentine’s Day Crafts

5 Non Candy Valentine’s Day Ideas

Alternatives to Store Bought Valentines

More Alternatives to Store Bought Valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day!


The Best Freezer Friendly Meals

2018 was a year of surgeries for me. I started the year with gallbladder surgery and I ended the year with knee surgery. While I would love to say my surgery days are behind me, the truth is, my knee surgery I had in October was part one of two. The second part is scheduled for April 8th. One of the things I told my self was that when I had surgery again, I wanted to make sure I had a bunch of freezer friendly meals made. This way, my husband has one less thing to think about while he is taking care of everything. I’m a nice wife like that!

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I’m not really one to make New Years resolutions. However, I do like to set goals for myself. One of my 2019 goals was to be better about making things ahead, stocking the freezer and making life easier for me. With a husband that travels for work, a kid in high school that takes 45 minutes (one way) to get to, plus kids in travel sports, never mind the stuff I need to do for myself, I need to embrace making life easier whenever I can.

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9 Freezer Friendly Meals

These nine freezer friendly meals are super easy to make and are perfect to stock your freezer with.  Be sure to check out the freezer cooking tips below. If you have any other tips, please leave a comment with your tip!

Lasagna Freezer Meal Recipe

Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

Freezer Friendly Shepherd’s Pie

Instant Pot Braised Beef

Cheesy Jalapeno Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Mamma’s Famous Roasted Chicken

Mouthwatering Garlic and Mushroom Turkey Meatballs

Spicy Sausage Egg Muffins

Make Ahead Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie

Freezer Cooking Tips

When it comes to making freezer friendly meals, you want to make sure you do the following things to ensure your meals come out perfectly!

  1. When you are making something like the egg muffins, allow the muffins to cool completely and then wrap each individual egg muffin in plastic wrap and then in foil.
  2. For casserole type dishes, you can assemble and freeze uncooked or freeze after cooking. If you choose to freeze uncooked, thaw the casserole completely before baking.
  3. With the stuffed chicken breasts, I would assemble, freeze and then cook.
  4. Label everything with what it is, how to cook it and the date.


What are your favorite freezer friendly meals? I’m always looking to add more to my freezer menu!

Creamy Garlic Chicken – Keto

For Christmas, the one thing I really wanted was a cast iron skillet. I’ve wanted one for years. Up until a few months ago, we had a glass cooktop stove. I was told you could not use cast iron on a glass cooktop (so not true, by the way). Anyway, we got new appliances and switched to a gas range and oven. Best decision ever! So, since I finally had my gas range, I just had to ask for a cast iron skillet. My mother in-law got me one! I finally got a chance to use it and I made THE BEST creamy garlic chicken recipe. Best part is, it’s totally Keto friendly!

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Creamy Garlic Chicken Recipe

Delicious, Keto friendly, creamy garlic chicken recipe.

Course Main Course
Keyword chicken, keto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Chicken
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 TBSP Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup Asiago, Romano, Parmesan Blend shredded
  • 1 Cup Spinach chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place your olive oil in your cast iron skillet (or a regular skillet) and allow to fully heat up. 

  2. Place your chicken in the hot skillet and cook about 6-7 minutes on each side (may be longer, depending on how thick your chicken is). Remove from the skillet.

  3. Lower the heat and add the garlic to the skillet. Heat for about 30 seconds. Next add the heavy whipping cream, Italian seasoning, and the Asiago, Romano, Parmesan cheese blend. Add your chopped spinach and stir for about 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper, as needed.

  4. Add the chicken back into the skillet and allow it to simmer together for few minutes before serving.

The nice thing about this recipe is that you can choose the type of chicken you prefer having! I had chicken tenderloins on hand so I used that. Let me tell you, this creamy garlic chicken recipe is the best chicken recipe I’ve ever made. My daughter, who insists she doesn’t like spinach, devoured this dinner! Since we are following the Keto diet, I served this over cauliflower rice for my husband and I.

Creamy Garlic Chicken Keto Macros

When I was figuring out the macros for this recipe, I decided to figure it out for the sauce only. Since I plan on using different types of chicken, I figured that would be easier. I used Carb Manager, my go to app for tracking my macros, to figure this out. As always, be sure to put this recipe in your own tracker with the specific ingredients you use, since different brands have different nutritional information sometimes.

creamy garlic chickenIf you are wondering about the Asiago, Romano, Parmesan blend, I get this at Sam’s Club. It tasted amazing in this recipe. I also like to eat it on salad. If you have a Sam’s Club membership, definitely give it a try. However, if you do not have a membership, I have seen something very similar at our local grocery store.

But I’m Not on the Keto Diet

No worries! If you would like to make this recipe, but not have all the fat and calories in the heavy whipping cream, simply sub in half and half! Next time I make this, I plan on having two skillets going. One for my husband and I, and one for the kids. They aren’t doing the Keto diet with us, and to be completely honest, I never imagined they would eat this yesterday!

Other Must Try Keto Recipes

Since we have been doing the Keto diet for a little over three years now, we have quite a few favorite Keto recipes. Some other must try recipes are:

Creamy Cauliflower Andouille Soup

Chorizo Chicken Soup Recipe

Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe

The Best Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Enjoy!!

The Best Homemade Valentines

I cannot believe it’s already February. As usual, the year is already flying by. For kids, Valentine’s day is super fun! From the moment they set foot in school, they get to make Valentines for their classmates. If you’re like me, by the time you get all the way through elementary school with the second child, you get a bit bored with the store bought Valentines. These homemade Valentines are super cute and easy to make! Your kids will love giving them to their classmates!

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The Best Homemade Valentines

Your kids will love taking one of these homemade Valentines to school. Especially if it’s the bubble gum Valentine. They would be the hero of the classroom with that Valentine! The teachers may not be as appreciative, but oh well! It’s all about the kids, right?!? So take a look at the list of Valentines below. Show them to your kids (or just pick one you wouldn’t mind putting together) and have a fun, crafty day! And if you’re a little uneasy about the crafty part, take it from me, as someone that is NOT crafty at all, I could easily put any of these Valentines together!

Which Valentine Do You Like Best?

The list below is such a fun list! Everything to put the homemade Valentines together can be purchased in bulk at the store or Amazon. Because I love the idea of someone else doing the shopping for me (and not leaving the house), I will find you the best Amazon deals I can so you can have your supplies delivered right to your doorstep!

I’m Stuck on You Valentine Printable

You Make My Heart Pop Valentines

Easy Valentine’s Day Printables

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I Chews You Valentine Printable

We Were “Mint” to be Friends

I Think You’re Sharp Valentine

Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine Printable

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Easy Valentine’s Day Bubble Favors

You Make My Heart Bounce Valentine

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Very Little Crafting Required!

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Choosing the Right Homemade Valentine

Aren’t these cute?!? All of these can be put together pretty quickly and even small children can help! Young children can help put the Hershey Kisses in little bags. While older children are quite capable of doing most of the crafting involved with these Valentines! One recommendation, for the bouncy ball Valentine or the gum ball Valentine, tie the bags tightly. Your child’s teacher will thank you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Banana Bundt Cake Recipe

Banana bread or banana muffins are things I make almost weekly. As I’ve said before, I think my kids leave bananas to get ripe just so I will have to make it. They know I hate to waste things. One thing I like to do is read a bunch of different recipes, read the comments and then start coming up with my own recipe by combining some of the ideas from like six or seven other recipes and comments. Sometimes it works out OK and sometimes it doesn’t. Today was one of those days that it worked out perfectly! This banana bundt cake recipe is amazing.

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Banana Bundt Cake Recipe

Delicious recipe for a must try banana bundt cake! 

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword banana, banana bread, bundt cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cool 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Butter softened
  • 2 Cups White Sugar
  • 5 Large Eggs room temp.
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 6 TBSP Milk
  • 5 Small Ripe Bananas 4 if they aren't all small
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups Gluten Free Flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300° and grease your bundt pan and set aside.

  2. Using your stand mixer (or hand mixer), cream together the sugar and butter. Add the eggs, one by one. Mix until thoroughly incorporated. 

  3. Next add the vanilla extract, milk, ripe bananas, cinnamon and baking soda. Mix until thoroughly incorporated. 

  4. Add the gluten free flour to the mixing bowl and mix it by hand. You want to to be completely mixed together, but don't over mix.

  5. Pour your batter into the greased bundt pan and place in the oven for 65 minutes. You will notice the top browning a bit. That's OK! It tastes amazing! When it is done baking, allow it to cool in the pan before transferring it to your cake stand or a plate.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer to use regular flour over gluten free flour, then use it! The measurements are the same!

In this recipe, as I do with pretty much ALL recipes requiring flour, I used gluten free flourbanana bundt cake. If you would prefer to make banana bundt cake recipe with regular flour, then by all means, do so! Not only is banana bundt cake recipe super moist, but the hint of cinnamon is perfect. And, believe me, that’s coming from someone that truly hates cinnamon.

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I can’t tell you how good my house smelled when this banana bundt cake was baking! The kids were dying to cut into it as I was pulling it out of the oven. Now I chose not to top this banana bundt cake with anything, but you could totally do so, if you wanted. You could go simple with powered sugar or you could make a cream cheese frosting glaze. Whatever you choose to do, this will be a banana bread recipe that you will want to make over and over again!

Other Banana Bread Recipes to Try

Like I’ve said, I’ve made a lot of banana bread/muffin recipes before. A few you must try are:

Oatmeal Banana Cinnamon Crunch Bread

Cranberry Banana Muffins Recipe

Banana Mini Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Banana Muffins with Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Bread

What is your favorite way to make banana bread? Also, another question…do you put butter on your banana bread? My husband does that. To me it’s gross, but he loves it and has gotten one of my kids liking it that way too. To each their own, I suppose!