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Blueberry Flax Microwave Muffin

There is one thing this college girl loves, and it is a meal in a mug! A friend and I experimented with meals in a mug this past school year for our newspapers food column, and the results were not visually appealing, but they tasted great! The only problem with the recipes we tried is that they were not the healthiest choices. When it comes to muffins, there are many healthy variations nowadays, and when I came across this recipe made with all natural ingredients, including flax, I was stoked to try it! It only takes one minute if you have a shallow mug or bowl, and it serves one, which is a perfect breakfast option for the person on-the-go!

 

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Ingredients:

1 ounce frozen blueberries

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp sugar-free pancake syrup

1/2 tsp orange zest

1 egg white

1/2 tsp nutmeg

 

For directions and nutritional facts, visit SparkRecipes.

The Sunbathing Companion

It seems like women like to have huge bags with many unnecessary items on hand at all times. When my girlfriends and I head to the beach, this gets to be a bit much, as you want as little as possible for fear of someone snatching your stuff while we are having fun in the water. When I found this precious towel craft, I wanted to go make one right away and hit the hot sand! This extremely simple and even more useful project is a great way to bring your towel and the essentials that are needed for the beach, without the huge tote.

 

For full directions with photos, check out the “recipe” for cuteness at Moda Bake Shop.

 

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DIY Soup Can Caddy

As a college student, I am always looking to do two things cheaply — eat and decorate. With this darling Soup Can Caddy decoration, I can use the leftover cans from my cheap dinner to decorate and organize my kitchen. You can add as much extra decoration you would like and all of the supplies can probably found in your craft drawer or garage. The supplies list is small — 3 soup cans (any size), small amount of paint (in two colors), three screws, a wooden dowel, jute and anything else you would like to decorate your caddy. Most of these items can probably be found leftover from other crafts you have completed. I plan on making at least one for our kitchen table this weekend!

 

Directions on how to make your own can be found at Sow & Dipity.

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Project Marble Run

As a child, I was always avid to make a contraption like the breakfast machine in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Anything that MacGyvered household items together to make something work amazed me. Even though I never had the talent to make something that intricate, this Marble Run is a great alternative for kids who want to use their problem-solving skills to create their own colorful invention! You can get as simple or as complex as you would like, adding decorations or even making your run function like the game of Mouse Trap! The possibilities are endless for this one!

 

Supplies:

Cardboard tubes (paper towel, wrapping paper, toilet paper tubes, etc.)
Shoebox
Large cardboard packing box (or large pieces of cardboard)
Scissors and packing tape
Colored masking tapes (from the hardware store)

 

Find the photo step-by-step instructions at momfilter.

 

Project Marble Run

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

Looking at salad dressing labels can be a scary thing sometimes! Although it tastes great,  it most often is not great for your body too. This is why I was elated when I came across recipes for my three favorite dressings — homemade dairy free ranch, honey mustard and balsamic! These three recipes are extremely versatile, as they not only go with salads, but also can be paired with any kind of chicken dinner, especially homemade chicken tenders for the kids! Your mouth and body will thank you for taking the extra minute to make your own sauces for your meal.

You can find the recipes for the other two dressings on My Whole Food Life, and here is the recipe for the balsamic vinaigrette:

 

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/3 cup olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
1/2 T red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic minced or pressed
1/4 scant tsp ground mustard
1 T lemon juice.

Whisk all the ingredients together. That’s it. I store my dressing in a small mason jar in the fridge.  It should keep for a couple weeks.  Since there are no additives in this, it will solidify in the fridge.  Pull it out a few minutes before you use it again.  Or just make it as you need it.

 

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One-Song Workouts

Sometimes, music is the only way I can get through a workout, especially if it is running. The only problem is, running is easier for some than it is for others. I am one of those who dread running as a form of exercise. Swimming, dancing and aerobics are much better for me, as it provides a fun alternative to running that keeps my mind off the workout with music! While surfing on Pinterest, I found four great workout regimens that can be tacked onto a simple 10-20 minute run. Not only do they work different sets of muscles, they are also designed to go as long as an average song!

Originally from The Tumblr Gym.

Originally from The Tumblr Gym.

 

 

DIY Mason Jar Wall Storage

Living in a house with nine girls will always pose space problems, especially in the bathroom. While searching for ways to utilize our space wisely, I found this cute and simple idea to organize items that usually get lost in a girl’s bathroom, such as bobby pins and hair ties. I plan on making this decorative space saver to hold hair ties, bobby pins, toothbrushes, cotton swabs and maybe even mascara. I have a feeling I will be making more than one, as this could really work for any small item! For example, in the kitchen you could use it for spices, herbs, or even silverware. This might just be the cutest and most versatile craft I have found with mason jars yet!

I will probably not be adding the yardsticks like it shows on the full directions at Upcycled Treasures, but they go in depth with their steps on how to drill the holes in the metal clamps that go around the Mason jars, which was helpful for someone who is not a very good “handyman.”

 

Upcycled Treasures Mason Jars

Upcycled Treasures

Tangy Summer Citrus Pie

My aunt claims that she is not a good cook, but whenever she brings something over for a holiday dinner, it is gone within minutes. One of her specialties that she makes for the 4th of July and my July birthday each year is her signature citrus pie. I celebrated the 4th alone this year, being that I am not living at home this summer and I decided that my solo celebration could not be complete without one of my Aunt Lynette’s famous pies, so I decided to make one for myself! Oh, did I also mention I have no kitchen? It is being remodeled and I have limited cooking supplies. Lucky for me, this recipe is 1. cheap for a college student 2. quick to make and 3. super easy! I was so pleased with the first one that I spiced up the recipe and made a second one that was raspberry!

You will need:

1 can of frozen lemonade (any flavor) (6 oz.)

1/2 tub of Cool Whip

1 pint of vanilla ice cream

1 premade graham cracker pie crust

Blend together with a beater mixer until smooth. Pour in a pre made graham cracker crust and freeze until hard. Finish with fresh or frozen fruit on top for taste or decoration.

 

I had extra, so I put graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of a muffin tin and poured the excess there for mini citrus pies!

I had extra “batter”, so I put graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of a muffin tin and poured the excess there for mini citrus pies!

 

 

Safe Sunscreen

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My husband and I do our best to mindfully select products and food that are the best for our health and the environment.  It can be tricky with so many different labels (ie organic vs natural) and products claiming to be good… MORE.

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Now that spring has finally arrived we’re already starting to cook differently.  With warmer weather I like to shed the heavier dishes we eat in the fall and winter for lighter, fresher fare.  MORE.