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Queen Bee Market Review & Local Vendor Meet and Greet

My mother, Katherine and Aunt Mary pleased with their purchases!
Conference Center of las Vegas

Conference Center of las Vegas

I come from a family who LOVES all things crafts and DIY. Whether it’s homemade soaps, handmade seasonal decor, DIY signs and home decor, we will buy it or make it and maybe even sell it! So when my Mom and Aunt found out that the Queen Bee Market was coming to the Las Vegas Conference Center, I was all sorts of giddy!

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 Walking into the Conference Center, we were immediately satisfied by all the eye candy. It was the perfect blend of modern, vintage and glam. Each Queen Bee facilitator was dressed in darling matching T-shirts and were there to greet you with a grab bag filled with handmade products and immaculate treats. And y’all, the booths! This was not your average craft fair where it almost feels like a community yard sale and the tables are covered by stained sheets. No, no. Each booth was its own 5th avenue merchandised storefront-just darling.  

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Goodie Bags

The coveted Grab Bag. Sadly, we were one woman away from receiving one.- Photo from Queen Bee Market Facebook page

I was shocked to find out how many vendors were there from all over the West part of the states. I met talented women from Arizona, Utah, California and even Colorado and was nothing short of impressed by every single one of their creative and truly beautiful products. I wish I could have bought something from every booth. As much as I would love to talk about every single vendor and their products, this post is all about the amazingly talented Las Vegas local vendors and their stories.  

Wanna meet them?

Posh Pilar 

IMG_5015Meet Nastasia. Even though I don’t have little babies anymore, I could NOT walk past this booth without “oooing and awe-ing” at all the sweet things. Nastasia makes stylish nursing ponchos and baby accessories. I was desperate to turn back time and use one of these ponchos while nursing and carrying  my boys.  Nastasia and her husband have 3 daughters and are Vegas natives.

 

 

 

Staysi Lee Bridal Boutique 

17264296_1341327125924013_1233935571899720049_n This is Staysi Lee. She is everything right about Vegas. Her hair, her style and her beautiful designs all reflect beauty and fun. She designs everything from infinity dresses, retro skirts to girls dresses. I mean, this cactus dress? Are you kidding me? She and her husband have a beautiful 5 year old daughter, Wynter who models most of Staysi’s designs!

 

 

 

Just Charms & Pretty Things

IMG_5017Lacey Cowan’s pretty charms and things have been our favorite at every craft fair we’ve been to in the valley, so far. Her handmade treasures are incredible and there is something for everyone. Lacey is a mother of a strong little girl and is accompanied here by a very helpful husband (which I love to see.) 

 

 

Whatcha’ Got Cookin’

Photo Taken from Whatcha' Got Cookin' Facebook Page

Photo Taken from Whatcha’ Got Cookin’ Facebook Page

My Mom and Aunt absolutely LOVE Lisa and Roxanne’s easy to use go-to recipe’s and my family and I love to consume them! These fabulous friends have worked together to create some amazing recipes without any additional preservatives, MSG or stabilizers- they even offer some yummy Gluten free options! 

 

 

 

Cultivate Floral+Paper Goods

IMG_5014Sara Lunn is a sweet soul. I spoke with her for about half a minute and knew she was as sweet as southern tea. Her Bouquets were stunning enough for a wedding event yet simple enough for a dining room table. Her paper goods are equally wonderful. You can find her next at West Elm for her Pop-up Shop on April 1st. Sara and her husband have a one year old daughter. Give it up for this talented and ambitious Momma!

 

 

November Charm

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270 E Horizon Dr #100 Henderson, NV 89015

I loved these matching mommas. Who loves chalk paint? Who loves renovations? Who loves home decor? Well these girls have it all and more! They are “Southern Nevadas plaster paint retailer” and they are PROUD of it. As they should be! Bravo, Ladies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambers Umbrella 

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7960 West Sahara Ave. 89117, Las Vegas, NV

Amber’s story is what Las Vegas Moms Blog is all about. Our mission is to encourage, support and inform local moms and this mom deserves all the reward for the journey she’s been on. Visit AmbersUmbrella to read more about her story and why Ambers Umbrella exists. Amber is a mother of 6 and she is here accompanied by her 14 year old daughter Joslyn, who is just a doll. Amber’s Market features repurposed furniture, home decor, salvaged pieces, accessories, jewelry, clothing, and party supplies. Her shop opens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The next opening is Thursday, March 16th from 10-5pm. Or you can purchase products online any time at www.ambersumbrella.bigcartel.com 

 

 

BBFrosch

IMG_5023Kristin from BBFrosch is the reason Queen Bee Market came to Vegas from their prime location in San Diego. We couldn’t be more thankful for that! Kristin is the owner and developer of BBFrosch Chalk Paint Powder. Her painstaking journey through what it took to create an easy to use paint powder is why so many are flocking to her Workshops in 12 states! You can purchase the chalk paint powder as well as other products on the BBFrosch website. You can also attend one of the workshops to learn how to do it yourself!

 

 

 

 

I cannot wait to see all these vendors again at the next Queen Bee Market event! Will you be there too? 

Your welcome, Queen Bee!! Please come back soon!

You’re welcome, Queen Bee!! Please come back soon!

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Gift Guide and Bucket List of Our Favorite Holiday Things

Tis the season…We put together a list of our favorite places, products and services from stocking stuffers to bucket list events around town. Happy Shopping and Socializing, mamas! 

Gifts for your #1 mom (Yes, YOU!)

Vent Salon also has 2 locations also: Downtown Summerlin and Henderson 3 blowouts per month runs about $55/month. Look Style Society has 2 locations in the Valley – Tivoli Village and Town Square. They offer unlimited blowouts for $99/month and unlimited makeup application for $99/month!

For furry babies: Barking Dogs on Blue Diamond has a great selection of treats and toys to reward your pets after you have them groomed or just do the self wash option. I love the friendly, resourceful staff here and the products are top notch.

I have worn the same lipstick for probably the entire time I’ve lived in Las Vegas (since 2003!) It’s called Stay Currant and it’s a Revlon Colorstay lip stain. I know, the drug store under $10 choice for the win! I’ve tried other brands, other shades, but this is my absolute go to – fancy or casual, day or night, summer or winter. I love this deep red and the fact that it lasts all day & even into some mornings – Lol! Just remember to pick up Neutrogena make up remover too (or the Up & Up Target brand works just as well for half the price) or the fancy Bifacil by Lancôme. They all take off lip stains with minimal effort.

Tervis cups are my new jam. They have been around forever, are super sturdy and incredibly stylish. I love drinking just about everything out of them! There is a Tervis store at PH’s Miracle Mile Shops, but they are also available at Macy’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond(home of the never expiring 20% off coupons!). You can rep your favorite sports teams or choose fun festive designs. With an active, bull-in-a-china-shop toddler you need to be ready for the next foul ball or rogue plane. We also have pets so cleaning up broken glass is too much of a risk! 

Speaking of drinks… The good folks at Total Wine can help you find great wine and spirits to fit any occasion. They carry much, much more than simply wine! There is beer and cordials and hard alcohol as well as unique accessories and paraphernalia to make any wine connoisseur squeal.

Comfort food from Yardbird Southern is a cozy way to spend time connecting with your honey amidst the craziness of the holidays. When it’s cold out, rich foods are the way to go! We need to get our winter coats on – What else will we have to work off in the New Year?! Mandarin Oriental has a festive high tea as well. Start your new tradition today!

Brunch at Craft Kitchen, tea and multiple menu offerings at Truffles N Bacon, Filipino gastropub from Cutting Board & anything from Served LV and now at Americana… These are a handful of favorites around town for taking friends to share a unique experience that will give them something new to try or just make every day meals feel like a special occasion.

I love Hobby Lobby and Michaels for easy DIY kits from ornaments to toys, but the unique finds will be at Cost Plus World Market! Our elf even shops there!

There are 2 indoor playgrounds that we absolutely love (warning, sock zone!): Rockin Jump the trampoline gym is fantastic for the whole family so definitely head over when you have restless visitors in town. Super clean, open warehouse style, a stunt bag, dodge ball courts, a climbing tower, basketball hoops of varying heights, lockers and great music playing. For kids 10 years and younger, go to Kangamoo. You will not be disappointed! You could literally be there all day, they have a walking track, slides, swings, trampolines, a zip line, miles of crawl space, free massage chairs, free coffee, tea and water, a charging station and plenty of wifi.

Sharing experiences and quality time with loved ones is really what the holidays are all about. There are several notable seasonal events and attractions around town. You can never go wrong with Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest where there are so many local sponsors who are annual contributors. The trees are ever changing and can be a constant inspiration for your own home decorations. New to the Valley is Operation North Pole: an interactive experience with our favorite jolly couple! This includes photo opps, visiting the candy shoppe, the toy workshop, and one on one time with Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Make it a point to visit seasonal exhibits at Bellagio, Venetian and now The Park for festive gatherings and holiday decorations. Ice skating is always a fun family night too at Downtown Summerlin, Cosmopolitan and also The Park now too! There are also several homes decked out in Christmas Lights with synchronized music too! Hypnotist Marc Savard’s home on East Robindale is for sure a local favorite. The schedule for House on Robindale can be found on Facebook. If you want to stay in your car, try the Glittering Lights at the Speedway! They have Groupons and deals for bringing canned goods too.

Great shows to see anytime, but going to shows is more festive during the holidays: Terry Fator at Mirage, Jabbawockeez at MGM, and Absinthe at the theater in front of Ceasar’s (<–Absinthe is NOT for suitable for kids! …or anyone easily offended by vulgar language and suggestive content).

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Halloween Tutu Tutorial

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Hello mamas and happy fall! I seriously love this time of year. The weather is finally starting to cool down and best of all…. Halloween is right around the corner! I mean what’s not to love? You get to carve pumpkins, dress up, and eat a bucket full of candy. Amazing. This Halloween is super special for me because we recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl to our family. My son has been talking nonstop about taking her trick-or-treating and finding her a costume. G decided that he and his daddy were going to be Power Rangers. As for me and baby E, he wanted us to be something else. Although I think I would have been an amazing Pink Ranger, I agreed. It ended up being an easy decision. Before baby E was born we bought her an adorable Minnie Mouse dress that I absolutely love. Who better to go with Minnie Mouse than her BFF Daisy Duck. image9I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a costume so I decided to make one. A quick Pinterest search later and I had a plan. The costume consists of a white tutu, a purple shirt, and a pink bow. I had the shirt and bought the bow and supplies for the tutu.

Here’s what you need:image2
Tulle (I used 3 spools)
Elastic band
Needle & thread
Scissors

First thing you need to do is measure the elastic. Make sure it’s snug around your waist.

When you have your elastic measured, simply sew it together.

Now onto the tulle. From what I gathered during my tutu making research, the average length for the skirt is between 10 to 12 inches. Now you can measure and cut the tulle one piece at a time, but who has time for that?image4

Here’s an easier way to do it:

First find a piece of cardboard and cut it double the length of your tutu. Since I wanted the length of my tutu to be around 12 inches long, the cardboard was cut 24 inches long. 

Next, tightly wrap the tulle around the cardboard. Once you’re done, take your scissors and cut it on one end. Then, grab all your tulle, fold it in half, and cut it down the middle. Repeat with at least 2 more spools.

Now we are ready to start tying.

Take your elastic piece and put it around something sturdy. I used my dining room chair. Next take a piece of your tulle and fold it in half. This will be the length of your tutu.image6

Now take the tails of the tulle and pull them over the elastic and through the loop and gently tighten to form a knot. Repeat until your tutu is nice and full.

Remember the elastic will stretch so make sure you pack on the tulle. I ended up only needing three spools, but you really can use as much as you want. It will just make your tutu even fluffier.image7

I think this project could be done within a couple hours with no interruptions, but with an infant and a toddler it took me a couple days.

With all the supplies, plus a pink bow, the total cost of my costume was less than $10. Look for coupons and sales.

Here’s the final product. What do you think? My little sidekick is cute too.

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Flipping Vegas With Scott and Aime Yancey – On to the Houses…

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I had the opportunity to spend the day with Scott and Aime Yancey of A & E’s Flipping Vegas…Come read the first and second installments in this series…

At the first house, I love that Aime chose to tile the entire front of the house. Where there used to be a garage, there is now a great room which really opened up the place adding tons of square footage too. Without a garage door, the front end of the house could be tiled. It gives the house an edgy, modern, industrial feel. She used the same panels to lay a chevron design for the back patio pulling the whole place together. The kitchen was doubled in size including an island in the center to add even more storage and counter space. I love the wine rack on the bottom of the glass cabinets. I’ll be honest, and I even told Aime this, I never would have chosen that particular backsplash – it is simply not a pattern that would have stood out to me. I would not have been able to visualize how beautifully all the elements would come together. It blew my mind – I must have told her five times that I would have never chosen that tile! {Good thing I am not an interior designer!} I can admire the work even more since I am not talented in that way! That is where the design team comes in handy…

                                  

At Walker Zanger, the design center seen on the show, we met showroom manager, Michelle who has a great eye for design and thinks of all aspects of the stone or tile you choose. She and Aime collaborate to make selections that are cost conscious and yet still the most beautiful stone available in the world. Aime pairs a less expensive slab of granite with a gorgeous glass back splash-et voila, gorgeous design that looks like a million dollars without spending it! In the bathroom, Aime can a less expensive tile for most of the job, then uses more elaborate pieces to allow the stone to be the art on the wall or floor. Not only is the result aesthetically pleasing, but it makes great use of smaller places, elongating the height of the room. It’s a genius idea, I never thought to do anything like that. I’ve always thought I had to pick out one piece of granite and stay within my price range. I love that anyone could walk into Walker Zanger and pick out an elegant, custom design even with a budget.

                              

At the second home we visited, the first feature you would note is the cobblestone path on the floor. It leads from the front door right to the wet bar! The walls are painted a bright cheery shade of blue giving it a beach house feel. My favorite part was the master bedroom with a big walk-in closet, and the wall previously known as the backyard fence. I am a huge fan of recycling and re-purposing so it was a beautiful, rustic touch to take wood slats and nail them to the wall for a gorgeous headboard wall.

Wouldn’t you love to see what Scott and Aime could design and build with no limits???…Ooooh…If sky’s the limit, what would you build?! Personally, I think it’s about time we have housekeeping robots like Rosie from the Jetsons. She does it all…

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Flipping Vegas With Scott and Aime Yancey – Why This Works

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Would you want to work with your spouse? Would you want cameras there? Flipping Vegas shows how Scott and Aime Yancey make this work…This symbiotic relationship exists and thrives only with the other! Aime has proven time and time again how her contribution to the finished product has been the final extra beautiful seal of the deal for buyers looking to view a potential house as their future home. She adds warmth where needed, style and flair always and she loves beautiful things so her attention to detail can be appreciated from the first glance at the refurbished, old school solid wood front door, the herringbone lay of the tile throughout, the ambiance created by lighting fixtures to the details of the back patio and drawing attention to ceilings. It really is all in the details as any home buyer can tell you: Seeing themselves living in the space will sell them on their new home! With all this sparkle, there is a catch…

This cannot be carte blanche for Aime since the whole point of flipping is to work within a budget and get fixes and flowering finished fast! Phew…This is where Scott is indispensable. He is not a pushover! When I mention the show, anyone who has ever seen it says, “Scott is SUPER INTENSE, is he really like that in person – or is it just for the show?” I’m here to say, Yes – Scott Yancey really is THAT INTENSE! He has a very strong personality, a commanding presence and has a great sense of humor too…which I may add here that Aime does too – c’mon, she deals with Scott neck & neck no problem! Scott is great for making executive decisions (which yes, Aime undermines from time to time…only when needed-sometimes she has to!), motivating his team to stay late to get the job done (I’m guessing cash and/or beer), negotiating prices (they flip so many houses, who wouldn’t want to work with them?!), scorpion killing, his explosive personality, and for the laugh factor for the show.Things Aime does are hilarious and half the joy in the show is seeing what she can get away with under Scott’s rigidity! But when it all works out in the end, it’s comical to look back at what gets Scott’s goat up. Simply put, it shows his passion for his work. Without Scott, the budget would be shot, they would go through all that drama for zero profit! Flipping houses is a business and keeping the bottom line in mind is key to making money. He kept saying, “With what we have to work with…” but it is so true. The house looked like something just about anyone would turn around and run away! The investment has to be worth their while. It is just mind-blowing what can be improved, revamped, framed, and fabricated. Scott & Aime also have really great realtors who are able to show the houses in their best light, featuring the hard work put into the details of the house. It is a great way for home buyers to get some serious custom bang for their buck. These days, especially in Vegas, where we were hit hardest in the housing industry, getting more for your mighty dollar means having a beautiful space to call your own with all the bells and whistles already in place in a your new not so humble abode.

                    

On to the houses…

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Hanging out with Aime & Scott Yancey from A & E’s Flipping Vegas is just the way you would expect it to be: fast-paced, playfully competitive and incredibly productive in the shortest amount of time. If you aren’t already a huge fan of the show, you’ll be hooked after watching one episode. They have an awesome real estate team who dedicate their time to finding diamonds in the rough, the one in a million house that can be saved through the power of magical design genius & let’s face it, some pretty pennies…

The flipped houses we viewed are spectacular! Who doesn’t love home renovation shows for the plethora of ideas and inspiration?! Reinventing your space may be just what you need to fall in love with your home all over again. In Vegas, we have so many “cookie cutter” communities, it is really makes a difference to have custom touches to give your space its own identity. Although the home flips they do on the show may cost a lot when you total them, there are tons of tips and tricks that you learn on the show that you can use today!

We visited their design center and got to check out a couple of properties you see on the show. Wow, is all I can say! When I look at a beautiful work of art, I don’t believe I could go home & paint a replica masterpiece. In the same way, I took one look at the jaw-dropping finished product of Flipping Vegas stars, Aime & Scott & had even less faith (if possible?!) that I could make these home improvements that would showcase my creative genius, impeccable style, make use of space in the most creative way possible while still maintaining a budget and time line to increase the marketability of my own home. But alas, there are tools of the trade…

For one, find one of the most talented designers in the industry, or anywhere, for that matter, who has magical super powers to see through what is to get to what could be! Aime can look at old junk furniture & see its potential: sanded, painted & reborn classic pieces that give the space character without spending another dime! Add in her money-minded, witty, hubby who has his own visions while holding the cash for the transactions and a desire to make his wife happy while still keeping his eye on the bottom line. which hubby wouldn’t want to make his wifey happy?! READ: Wife = Happy, All = Happy! Time is money and Scott’s approach to getting things done also has a simple formula: expect nothing but the best available with no time to spare and a miracle-working team (and money) to back it!

Why this works…

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Mediterranean Slider Recipe

Mediterranean sliders

Happy 4th of July Yummy SlidersHappy 4th of July Mamas! Hope you are all having a wonderful, safe & of course relaxing holiday! Check out my easy delicious twist on sliders. I like to add the “Queen of Spice”, Tumeric cause of the many health benefits from of it. Tumeric is known for preventing cancer, aiding arthritis, maintaining weight, improving digestion, immune booster and it has a nice flavor profile!

Mediterranean Sliders

2 lbs of ground beef
1 small onion, blended well in a blender liquified if you need to add a little water to get it going)
2 tsp of Tumeric
2 tsp of sea salt
Cracked pepper as much as you like (my kiddos only like a little bit)

1.   Combine ground beef, liquified onion, turmeric, salt and pepper. Shape into 16 sliders about ½ -in. thick and 2-in across.
2.   Cook on medium high on the grill for about 5-7 minutes per side or until just cooked through. Tip: I like to put a thumb print in the middle so it cooks faster and evenly, once you see clear juices on top of the meat flip over. If you want cheese, add it on top on the last 1 minute of grilling to melt cheese.
3.   Then put sliders on rolls I like using pretzel rolls from Costco!
4.   Top sliders with homemade tzatziki sauce (Stay tuned for my recipe!).

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Strawberry, Blueberry, & Banana Smoothie Recipe

red white blue smoothie strawberry banana blueberryHey Mamas hope you and your fambam are keeping cool this summer especially with this extreme summer heat. My family and I like to keep cool with delicious smoothies from green to fruity to get our daily dose of natural vitamins and hydration besides our water. Here’s a simple delicious 4th of July smoothie for any smoothie beginner, for smoothie novices you could also add 2 handfuls of greens of your choice of spinach/ kale to maximize more health benefits. Hope you and enjoy and I wish you all a safe and Happy 4th of July!

 

Strawberry, Blueberry, & Banana Smoothie Recipe

2 cups of milk of your choice: regular, almond, soy, coconut, etc.
1/4 cup of greek or regular yogurt
1/2 tsp of organic vanilla extract
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup fresh/frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh/frozen strawberries
1 cup of ice or more as needed

In a blender, add whatever liquid you are using, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, banana chunks, blueberries, strawberries. Blend until combined, about 30 seconds. Then add ice and blend another 30 seconds. Enjoy. Makes about 4-5 servings *You could also put this smoothie (without ice) in popsicle molds and add fresh berries in the mold too for another delicious treat.

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A Drink to Your Health

Temps should get into the 110s this week in Las Vegas!Ah, Summertime…the living is easy (and if you live in Vegas, sweaty). With temperatures expected to hit 110◦ later this week staying hydrated is a priority. Most of our body is made up of water and the heat can quickly become overwhelming, especially for infants and children. Studies show that by the time you sense thirst you have lost 3-7% of your body’s water volume. Symptoms of dehydration include: thirst, dry or sticky mouth, lethargy, and low urine output. Sunken fontanelles (the soft spot on top of the head) are another symptom in infants. Although urine color can be affected by diet, medications, and vitamins it is still a good way to determine hydration status. Ideally it should look like lemonade. Lighter or clear urine suggests overhydration while darker color urine can indicate dehydration.

Woman Drinking Glass of WaterWe get water from the foods and beverages we consume. Choosing a beverage is almost as important as making sure you are drinking enough liquids. Many sugar sweetened beverages, such as soda, lemonade, or iced tea, have excess calories and can contribute to weight gain. Diet soda is no better as new research shows it can actually lead to weight gain! Juice has a little more nutrition but is still comparable in calories to other sugar sweetened drinks. Crystal Light and other similar products are okay in moderation but probably shouldn’t be consumed frequently due to the artificial sweeteners and colorings they contain. Gatorade is only recommended if you are doing hard physical labor or exercise and have been sweating excessively. Water really is the best drink in the house. But it can get boring. A great alternative is fruit infused water (or as I call it frusion water). A quick internet search reveals thousands of recipes some including herbs. These waters are not meant to be sweet but to have a light fruity flavor, think cucumber water you get at the spa. Below is a simple and tangy recipe to get you started.

Raspberry Lime Infused Water
Berries1. Slice two limes and squeeze juice into a mason jar or pitcher.
2. Add a handful of raspberries and with a muddler or wooden spoon lightly press the berries to release some of their juice (but don’t crush them).
3. Fill the jar or pitcher with ice and add water to the top.
4. Stir and cover with mason jar lid or saran wrap.
5. Refrigerate. Allow water to infuse for about an hour and then enjoy!

Be sure to remove the fruit with a strainer after three to four hours to keep the flavor from getting too intense. The water will have a light pink color and subtle Limes and Lemonsraspberry lime flavor. You can use any fruit combination you like. I don’t recommend bananas as they get very mushy and hard to strain out. Fresh or frozen work equally well. Frozen will be the better choice when the fruit is not in season. Since frozen fruit is picked at the height of its ripeness you may find that it offers a sweeter flavor. Vary the quantity based on the size of the jar or pitcher you use and the intensity of the flavor you want.

Fruit infused water is quick and simple to make with limitless combinations and something the whole family can participate in making. And it’s a much healthier beverage choice.

Assorted fruit

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Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Wow! I can’t believe how easy, tasty, and economical it is to make your own yogurt! Having a family of five makes you find ways to stretch your dollar. So it makes sense to save in the kitchen, eat healthy, and it is especially satisfying to control the quality of ingredients that ultimately make up my delicious yogurt. Hope you enjoy mamas!

 

 

YOGURT RECIPE

Ingredients:
1 quart whole milk, nonfat, lowfat or unsweetened soy milk
1/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt, has to have the live and active cultures

  1. Warm up your oven til it reaches 145 degrees, then turn it off
  2. In a large pot heat the milk until it reaches 180 degrees, I used a stable read thermometer, like the polder. Remove from heat so it can cool, keeping the thermometer in the pot.
  3. Once the temperature drops to 115 degrees, stir in the yogurt until it’s thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Cover the pot and place it in the oven and leave it undisturbed for 10 to 12 hours. I put a towel over it and closed the oven. (I like a thicker and tangier yogurt so I let the yogurt sit an additional 3 to 5 hours)
  5. Refrigerate yogurt for at least 3 hours before eating.

 If you want, you can make it into greek yogurt by straining it with a cheesecloth, bouillon strainer, or a yogurt cheese strainer for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator or how thick you want it to be (I spooned the yogurt into the yogurt cheese strainer because it’s easy, less messy and I like to use the other homemade yogurt to put in my green smoothies, homemade frozen yogurt, or put in my mashed potatoes). Then you can use the excess liquid (whey) to put in your smoothies or fermented vegetables.   You can reserve 1/4 cup of your homemade yogurt to start a new batch.

CREDIT: Thanks to one of my favorite fitness healthy real foods advocate instagrammers @fitalicious_me for sharing this recipe!

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