4/21/18

Homemade Kool-aid Popcicles (using Kool-Aid and Jello gelatin)

Today is... warm!  And sunny!  And it has me looking forward to more warm and sunny days even though deep down I know starting tomorrow it's going to be rainy and cold.

I decided I wanted to make homemade popcicles and I was so surprised to search my site to see I haven't blogged about these since... get ready for it... 2007!  It's time. 



The recipe is the same one my Mom used to make these for me and my siblings back in the 70's.  And the little white popcicle molds in the photo?  Those are the actual Tupperware popcicle molds I ate my little homemade popicles from back in 1973!   My mother handed them down to me when I had kids of my own.  (I just checked and you can still find a few vintage Tupperware original popcicle molds on ebay and Amazon as of this posting.)




Homemade Kool-aid Popcicles

3 oz. jello
1 c sugar or sweetener of choice
1 pkg. dry Kool-Aid
2 c cold water
2 c boilding water

Mix all. Pour into your molds. Freeze as usual.















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Popsicle Molds Ice Pop Molds Maker Tupperware Quality 6 Pieces BPA Free By Mamasicles


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4/17/18

Healthy Almond Muffins! Packed with hidden Pumpkin - Sugar Free and Wheat Free






Usually when I make these I use sliced almonds to top them but last week when I made these I didn't have sliced almonds - just whole almonds - so I left them off.  This is the same low carb, sugar free almond muffin recipe I've posted before but it's my favorite go-to muffin recipe and I know I absolutely love these! 


Almond Muffins
Wheat free, low carb, sugar free!

2 c almond flour
1/4 c flax meal
3/4 c unflavored or vanilla whey protein powder
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/3 c thin sliced almonds
3/4 c sweetener granules - brand of your choice (Ideal or Just Like Sugar are my top choices)
3/4 c pure pumpkin puree  (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 stick real butter, melted
3 eggs
2 t almond extract
1/2 c half and half or cream

In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients;  almond flour, flax, protein powder, baking powder, soda, salt, sliced almonds and sweeteners.    In another bowl mix the pumpkin, butter, eggs and extract.   Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry mixture and stir with a wooden spoon while adding the cream or half and half.  Add a little bit more cream if you have to make it thinner, but remember your batter should be thicker than a cake mix yet still able to be scooped or poured into muffin tins.  Add a little more almond flour if you need it thicker.  Pour batter into greased or lined cupcake tins filled  3/4 full. You can top the muffins with a sprinkle of additional sliced almonds if you wish.  Bake at 325 for approximately 25 - 30 minutes.   This will make roughly 16 muffins.




     



























4/16/18

Review Time! Got fruitflies from your bananas? Need a nightlight? USB Charger too? The DynaTrap FlyLight

Thank You to DynaTrap for the product used in this post.


I'm often approached by companies or marketers to do a review of their product for my website.  I turn many down but if I think it looks interesting, could be useful to my readers or is just a pretty cool or exciting product then I'll say yes.

I'm familiar with DynaTrap products as we own the 1 acre outdoor mosquito/moth trap already.  (Dynatrap Heavy Duty Insect Trap 1 Ac Coverage) so when they asked, I was ready to say 'sorry' when I spied this...

The DynaTrap FlyLight.  This is an indoor product - which I didn't realize they made.  And the first thing that came to mind was those pesky fruit flies that seem to go hand-in-hand with bananas and peaches in the fruit bowls!  So I said "sure" and they sent me one to try for free in return for my honest opinion.




I had no idea they even made these!

Wait... what!?  This version has 2 AC outlets AND 2 USB chargers built in!?

It's a bug catcher.
A nightlight.
A power source with two AC outlets.
AND has 2 USB chargers!


From their product description:

Whether you are looking to keep moths out of your pantry or trying to keep the fruit flies out of your kitchen, the Flylight by DynaTrap® provides effective protection from disease carrying flies and other flying insects in a discreet, quiet unit.

  • No Pesticides/Odor-Free
  • Pass-Thru Power to AC and/or USB Outlets
  • Attracts Insects with UV AtraktaGlo™ Technology
  • Safe, Silent, Simple – Indoor Use Only
  • Easy installation, just plug it in!


Even though we don't have any pesky fruit flies, the fact that this has A/C outlets, a USB charger and is a night light makes it a WIN!

Taken from the packaging, you simply remove the 2 extra glue strips (save them for later) and use the 3rd strip inserted as it is.  You simply plug it in.  That's it.

But what is really cool about this review is that perhaps some of my readers have construction guys that for whatever reason, decided to install every single plug in in the house upside down.  No?  Just ours?  Well they are.  So I wasn't sure how the DynaTrap FlyLight would work... upside down.


No worries!
Strip stays in.  It's perfect.
Now however... I had to wait.  Because our bananas were not brown, we had no pesky fruit flies to 'test' the product on.  But we had a couple really nice days this past week so while I played outside on the deck with the little ones, I kept the door open. 


And last night I checked the strip so I could review the product and yay!  I captured some little critters!


This product is so incredibly awesome and I admit I never would have known about it had they not contacted me.  I'm thrilled to tell my readers about this.  Even if you don't have fruit flies or pantry moths, the two USB chargers and power outlets as well as the nightlight capabilities make this a great product. 

You can see their entire line up of DynaTrap Indoor products at this link as they have various versions of this product; some without USB and A/C outlets if you prefer a model without them.

Thank you DynaTrap for introducing me to a great new product!











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