The Best Oreo Dirt Cake!

If you are looking an easy (and cheap) dessert that your family will love, look no further than this Oreo Dirt Cake! This is the best Oreo Dirt Cake that I have EVER had, and I just had to share the recipe with you… My kids love it, the hubs loves it, and I love it!

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Spotlight On Handmade: The Dizzy Windmill

Okay, so you all know how much I LOVE handmade (and especially repurposed) items! I just found the cutest little shop that has just that! Shelly, over at The Dizzy Windmill has a variety of items that are cool (and kinda quirky, just the way I love them) for you to take a gander at!

The Dizzy Windmill

The Dizzy Windmill

If you’ve ever talked to me in person, paid attention to my blog posts, or my Facebook posts, you know that I am all about supporting small businesses instead of big corporations. Shelly’s business is one of those that I can really get behind. First of all, while I can crochet, I cannot knit, and she has some of the most AMAZING hand knit items (like this beanie that I really want and this really cool and awesome Raven scarf!). Secondly, she has jewelry made with paper beads that she makes herself! Take a look at this purple paper bead bracelet if you will, and see just how great it is!

Why The Dizzy Windmill?

What do I love about The Dizzy Windmill so much? Mainly because the owner repurposes items in her jewelry in order to make it eco-friendly. My favorite example of this is this necklace here.

steampunk jewelry The Dizzy Windmill

If you haven’t done so already, you need to go check out Shelly’s store and look around! Come back and leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite item in her store is… I hear that she has a big sale (and maybe even a GIVEAWAY!!!) going on at the end of this month (the 26-28th), so stay tuned for more info on that.

You can follow Shelly on Twitter (@dizzywindmill) or on Facebook to keep updated on her sale and all of her new creations!

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Three Ingredient Dog Treats

As you know, I am always on the hunt for healthy treats for Trigger, and this has led to me making some of my own! You and your dog will LOVE these three ingredient dog treats that I made for Trigger, they are super easy to make, and he absolutely loved them!

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Three Ingredient Dog Treats

Without further ado, here’s the recipe!

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a food processor or blender, grind your oats until they’re powder.
  3. In a bowl, beat together the banana and peanut butter until smooth. A few small chunks of banana here and there is ok. The dough should stick together, but shouldn’t be sticky.
  4. Reserve about a tablespoon of ground oatmeal and pour the rest into the banana peanut butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Dust your surface with the reserved ground oatmeal and roll your dough to about a 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. Cut into desired shapes and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake treats for approximately 15 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
  8. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to a week

You can add additional peanut butter if the dough is too dry or additional oats if too sticky.

three ingredient dog treats

Did you try three ingredient dog treats?

If you tried making these treats, please leave a comment below and let me know what you thought! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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Crockpot Cinnamon Roll Casserole

In my family, we ALL love cinnamon rolls! Like, really love! But no one wants to get up and make them on the weekends, so I searched and searched, and came up with an awesome recipe for crockpot cinnamon roll casserole.

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A Green Challenge: Cleaning The Kitchen With Vinegar

Last week’s green challenge went over so well that I thought I would give you another challenge and some helpful hints about cleaning the kitchen with vinegar! That’s right, good old cleaning vinegar! I bet (or at least I think I do) I have some used for it that you have never thought of! So, hold on to your seats, because here we go!

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Cleaning The Kitchen With Vinegar

Cleaning Vinegar can be bought on Amazon, or at your local grocery store.

Now, on to the list…

  1. Cleaning China and Glass– Add a splash of white vinegar to your rinse water or dishwasher. Cloudy glasses will show their sparkle again if you soak them for 10-15 minutes in a solution of equal parts hot water and white vinegar and scrub with a soft bottle brush.
  2. Grease stains– Tackle grease marks around the home with a cloth dampened in equal parts white wine vinegar and and water. It will get rid of the stain and any smells associated with it.
  3. Cutting boards– Clean wooden and plastic cutting boards where food prep takes place with undiluted white vinegar before and after each use to get rid of harmful bugs such as E. Coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. If wooden surfaces need deodorizing afterward, remember to use some baking soda.
  4. Can openers– A lot of nasty gunk can build up on your can opener. Clean and disinfect it by immersing it in undiluted white vinegar and scrubbing the mechanism with a small brush.
  5. Food containers– To get rid of stains and smells, wash food containers in equal parts white vinegar and water, and then rinse clean. Store with the lids off.
  6.  Berry stains– To remove stains from your hands and food prep areas, wash surfaces, bowls, and hands with white vinegar and rinse well with water afterwards.
  7. Disinfect cloths– Soak dishrags, sponges, and brushes in neat white vinegar and hot water for a few minutes, then rinse and let air dry.
  8. Clean the fridge– Equal parts of white vinegar and water make an effective and safe cleaner for inside and outside the fridge.
  9. Clean dishwashers– Remove soap build up from the dishwasher by pouring 4 oz of white vinegar into the bottom of the unit and running a full cycle with no dishes or detergent.
  10. Steam clean and deodorize the microwave– Place a small microwave safe bowl inside with equal parts vinegar and water and microwave on high for five minutes. Once cool, use the solution to wipe away splatters from the inside surfaces.

Did you try cleaning the kitchen with vinegar?

If you tried cleaning the kitchen with vinegar or intend to try it, leave a comment below and let me know what you think! Also, let me know if you think I left anything out.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

XO, Alicia

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