Vegan Rice Krispy Treats

Vegan Rice Krispy Treats

When you’ve got someone in your household that is allergic to dairy, eggs, and nuts finding treats for them can be very challenging.  Most ready made snacks contain at least one or more of these allergens or are made in a facility that uses these ingredients.  So really the best solution is to make homemade snacks, that way you know they’re allergen free.  That’s pretty much what we do for my grandson Jett.  And one of his favorite snacks are Vegan Rice Krispy Treats.

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We used to make a vegan and non-vegan versions of the same snacks, but that just got too tedious.  Then we discovered that the other kids will happily eat the Vegan Rice Krispy Treats so we just started making the vegan version.

Really you can convert most of your recipes into a vegan version, just find substitutes for animal products.  The hardest thing to sub in my opinion are eggs, but since the original recipe for rice krispy treats don’t require eggs any way Vegan Rice Krispy Treats are the perfect choice to start with.

The recipe for these treats have just 3 ingredients rice krispy cereal, marshmallows, and butter.  Easy enough to substitute right?  Well it should be as long as you can get your hands on vegan marshmallows.  What?  You thought marshmallows were already vegan?  Surely you jest!

First of all one of the ingredients in marshmallows is gelatin, and gelatin is an animal product.  Don’t ask me to go into details, but if you don’t believe me ask Siri or Alexa.  Anyway there are vegan marshmallows in the market, you just got to find some!  The most popular ones seem to be Dandies Vegan Marshmallows, we use the mini ones for Vegan Rice Krispy Treats, I find they melt better and faster than regular sized marshmallows.

Ok we got the vegan marshmallows now we need to find a substitute for the butter, now butter is definitely an animal product, but you knew that right?  There are several brands to choose from, we use Earth Balance.

Now that’s 2 out of 3 we got substitutes for, now for the good news.  Rice Krispy cereal is Vegan!  Yaaay!  We’re ready to roll!

What you need to make Vegan Rice Krispy Treats:

3 Tbs Earth Balance Buttery Spread or any brand of Vegan Butter

4 Cups Vegan Marshmallows

6 Cups Rice Krispy Cereal

And here’s how to make your Vegan Rice Krispy Treats

Melt butter in a large pot over low heat

Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted

Remove from heat and stir in cereal

Spread evenly in to a 9×13 pan that’s been coated with your vegan butter

Let cool then cut into squares

Store left overs in air tight containers

Did you know that there are seasonal Rice Krispy cereals?  Yes there are!  It’s the same cereal, they just mix in seasonal colors like red and green kernels for Christmas.  So if  you’re making holiday treats look out for the seasonal cereals to make your Vegan Rice Krispy Treats more fun!

Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze

Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze

This is the most effective … ever!” I laugh whenever I scan such a claim and not as a result of I don’t believe them. I do believe them as a result of I mean it whenever I say it too. It’s simply typically we have a tendency to find yourself feeding our words after we realize one thing else that’s “the best ever”. Thus with cautious optimism, I with boldness state this can be the most effective ham ever! By golly, I mean it too!

Last year I shared a beautiful ham instruction and claimed it to be the most effective ever. I truly stand by the tactic of cookery the ham to be the “best ever” however I realize this glaze to be way superior to the coca-cola sauce I created for the opposite ham. The glaze fantastically coats the ham with a lightweight, sweet, however not too sweet, sauce. It tasted wonderful, really one in every of the most effective things I’ve ever created. I virtually created yum sounds after I Ate this.

Max wasn’t affected by my manners as he gave Pine Tree State cat side-eye whereas I Ate my dinner. Personally, i feel he was simply jealous. He doesn’t build yum sounds whereas he eats!Again, this technique of cookery ham is uncommon however leads to Associate in nursing implausibly tender and damp ham. The ham just about falls apart as a result of its thus tender, like force pork, thus you won’t find yourself with nice, thick slices. However, tender morsels versus slices are unquestionably not a deal breaker to Pine Tree State once the top result’s thus succulent and attractive.

Because it will cook during a water/vinegar mixture, the ham will have Associate in nursing initial sour bite, that doesn’t trouble Pine Tree State. However although you’re involved that, don’t worry. Once you coat it with the sweet glaze, it’ll be heaven on a plate.

This dish is ideal for company as a result of you cook the ham the day previous (your house can at first combat a sour smell), to serving, creating it the proper dish for Easter. You’ll be able to even prepare the glaze the day before, thus all you would like to try and do is mix the ham and glaze and heat up within the kitchen appliance or slow cooking utensil.

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Ingredients
10 lb ham, bone-in (not spiral-cut)
8 cups white distilled vinegar (approximately)
16 cups of water (approximately)
2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups brown sugar
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
4 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
Instructions
Place the ham in a large pot and cover with 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar until the ham is covered by at least an inch or two of liquid. Bring to a slow boil and cook for approximately 3-4 hours (without a lid) or until the meat falls off the bone. Depending on the size of your ham, you may need to adjust the length of time you boil your ham. You should not be able to remove the ham without it falling apart. Carefully remove the ham and cool for 30 minutes or until you can touch the ham without burning your fingers. Shred the ham or cut into large chunks and place in a large container and refrigerate.
In a medium pan, combine pineapple juice, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, cornstarch and water together over medium-low heat. Bring to a boil and stir until slightly thickened. Refrigerate until ready to reheat the ham.
Combine glaze with ham and place in a 9×13 pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until heated through.
Notes
Boiling the ham in the vinegar/water mixture results in the most tender ham. I can eat the ham without the glaze, but for others, it will be too tart. I’ve added leftover ham (without glaze) to soups, omelets, scalloped potatoes with no problems. If you are still concerned, you can also bake the ham (that is not intended for the glaze but to be enjoyed in other dishes) with some brown sugar to minimize any vinegar taste.

 

 

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Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

 

Easter Egg Decorating This year Easter will be April 1, that means we’ll  dying Easter Eggs later this month..

All the discount and dollar stores are selling egg dying kits and many of us find it easier to just buy a kit and call it a day.  We’ve done this many times and somehow are always disappointed with how it turns out.  Our eggs never seem to look like the pictures on the box.

Those kits really don’t sell you anything more than 4 tablets or packets of food coloring, a flimsy wire “egg dipper”, and simple instructions on how to mix the dye.  This year we’re going to do it differently using supplies we already have in the house; food coloring, napkins, sharpies, and other crafting supplies.

Here are some great ideas and tips you may want to try this year.  Most of them use things you already have in the kitchen and are designed to make the activity neater and easier.  Click on the photos for instructions.

Before you begin you will need hard boiled eggs.  Here’s a tutorial from Recipe Lion on how to boil the perfect egg.  Click here for tutorial.

 

Easter Egg DecoratingHere’s a chart and recipes for making your own dye using food color from Dollar Store Mom.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

Easter Egg DecoratingKeep dipping process neater with this great idea from Inner Child Food.  Place the egg in a wire whisk and dip, it make taking them out of the dye easier.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

easter egg Or you can use Kool-Aid to dye your eggs.  Learn how from Totally The Bomb. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Easter Egg Decorating Make edible marble eggs using Cool Whip and food coloring.  Learn how from Shannon’s Tot School.

You can get a similar effect using shaving cream and food color, but eggs made this way should not be eaten, you may become sick. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Easter Egg DecoratingIf you don’t want to use food color you can dye your eggs with natural dyes you make from fruits, veggies, and other natural ingredients.  Let the Home Based Mom show you how to make your own natural dyes.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

Easter Egg Decorating

Skip the messy dyes with this unique egg decorating tip from Housing a Forest.  They use Sharpies![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

Easter Egg DecoratingCraftaholics Anonymous can show you how to make these glitter eggs for your little divas![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Easter Egg Decorating Martha Stewart can show you how to make these metallic eggs.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Easter Egg DecoratingMartha Stewart also makes these decoupage eggs using paper napkins.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

eaaster egg Make these Washi Tape Easter Eggs by Lovely Indeed. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]


Easter Egg Decorating
 These pretty eggs by Our Best Bites only look difficult to make.  It’s easy using silk ties, simply put they are tie dyed![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

Easter Egg DecoratingThese Ukrainian Eggs are absolutely gorgeous, but they do take time to make.  If you want to try your hand at here’s a tutorial from Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom

After you’ve make all these lovely Easter Eggs you may find yourself with a ton of hard boiled eggs! Don’t let the eggs go to waste!

 

Check out my post 12 Recipes To Use Hard Boiled Easter Eggs!

 


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Easter Paper Crafts for the Entire Family – Free Templates

Easter Paper Crafts for the Entire Family – Free Templates

Easter Paper CraftsIf you haven’t already heard our family loves holidays, we like to celebrate every single one.  Right now Easter’s coming soon and we’ve been busy with various craft projects.  We’ve made pom pom bunnies and chicks, chick aviator hats and peek-a-boo bunny hats, and Easter plaques.  The last couple of days I fired up my Cricut Explore Air cutting machine to cut some Easter bunnies and eggs to use for our paper projects.  To add texture to the cardstock I used my cute little Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.   Here are some of our Easter Paper Crafts for the Entire Family!  I’m sharing some templates too!

Many of these projects are very simple, all you need are cardstock or construction paper, glue, scissors, small pom poms, and scraps of ribbon and twine.  If you have a cutting machine you can definitely use that to cut out cute little bunnies; if not you can use the free templates I’m sharing and cut them out by hand.

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Click here for templates!  It’s free!

One of the easiest, and in my opinion, cutest Easter Paper Craft is this Bunny Frame.  I just used an 11″x 14″ frame I already had, luckily it was light blue, a perfect Spring color!  Here’s how I made this:

Supplies:

Frame – any size you want, mine is 11″ x 14″ which holds an 8″ x 10″ photo.

Cardstock – any color you prefer, I used dark pink for the background, pearly white for the front card, and blue for the bunny.

Small pom pom – you can get some from the craft store

Die cut machine, letter stencils, or letter stickers

Easter Paper Crafts

Cut the background cardstock to the size of your frame opening

Cut the front piece of cardstock 1/2″ smaller than the background piece.  If you have a die cut machine you can cut out the letters for “Hippity Hop Easter’s on its way!”

If not you can stencil the words on, or use stickers.  Or you can just print them on with a marker!

Cut out the bunny shape using a die cut machine or the free template here.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

Easter Paper CraftsIf you want to you can emboss the bunny with an embossing machine if you have one, but you don’t have to.  You can also hand emboss it, here’s a great tutorial from The Frugal Crafter to show you how to emboss with out a machine![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

The picture tutorial below will show you how to emboss with the Sizzix Texture Boutique!  It’s a cute little machine that’s shaped like a purse.  The item you want to emboss is placed into an embossing folder (sold separately in different designs).  The folder is then sandwiched between the 2 black plates and in this case because I was embossing a single sheet of cardstock, a mylar shim (plates and shim is included with the machine).

Easter Paper Crafts

The “sandwich” is then placed in the slot of the machine and cranked thru.  When the “sandwich” get thru the cardstock is embossed with the pattern.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsOnce you’ve cut and embossed all the pieces it’s time to assemble the picture.  I used Elmer’s Craftbond Glue Runner, to glue all the pieces together.

Easter Paper CraftsFinally I used Aleene’s tacky glue to glue on the pom pom then placed it in the frame.

Easter Paper Crafts

 

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Another Easter Paper Craft we did is this adorable Bunny Banner.

Like the Bunny Frame I cut out the bunny shapes with the Cricut and embossed some of the with the Texture Boutique.  I wanted each bunny to be different so I stamped a couple of them with white ink. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Easter Paper Crafts Cut out the bunnies.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

Easter Paper Crafts Emboss and/or stamp each bunny. [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsPunch a hole on each ear of each bunny.  Make the holes evenly.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsGlue a pom pom tail on each bunny.  To learn how to make pom poms using a pom pom maker click here![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsThread twine thru the holes and you’re done![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsWe also made this vertical Bunny Banner using glitter paper.

I cut the bunnies from glitter paper which we glued vertically along a strand of ribbon.  We glued on the pom pom tails and tied on a bow.  Easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsHere’s an Easter Paper Craft the kids loved!  A paper plate wreath.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsAgain I cut out bunnies and eggs on the Cricut and embossed some, and stamped others.  Then I cut a circle out of the middle of a paper plate and let the kids glue the eggs and bunnies on it.

Easter Paper Crafts

 

 

 

 

 

 

When they were done I punched 2 holes on the top of the wreath and threaded a length of ribbon thru for hanging.

These are just a few crafts the whole family can do this Easter season.  They are all very inexpensive, easy, and fun.  You can decorate your whole house!  You can even use the cut outs to make cards and signs.  Check out my Easter Plaque craft!


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DIY Pom Pom Bunnies & Chicks

DIY Pom Pom Bunnies & Chicks

DIY Pom PomsPom Poms are one of the easiest and cutest way to dress up holiday decor, clothing,  and gifts.  They make great add-ons to gift wrap and tags, banners, baskets, and more.  They are very inexpensive, specially if you make them at home using scraps of yarn.  Best of all they are so easy to make and are a great project to do with your kids.

I love to add pom poms to my crochet hats, they make them super cute. But since it’s Easter in a couple of weeks I’ve been making these adorable pom pom bunnies and chicks to add to the Easter baskets I’m making for my grandchildren.

I used Pom Pom makers  to make the pom poms for my bunnies and chicks but if you don’t have any you can still make pom poms very easily using a fork or toilet paper rolls and a pair of sharp scissors.  Here’s a tutorial from Handimania to show you how to make pom poms using a fork or toilet paper rolls.  If you prefer to purchase a pom pom maker here’s a link for that too! Sets of Pom Pom Makers start at around $6.  Or you should be able to find them at your local craft store like Joann Fabric & Crafts.

Here’s how I made my cute Pom Pom Bunnies and Chicks!  I should add that it’s best to use sharp scissors, it makes cutting the yarn so much easier and less painful on your hands and fingers!

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Supplies

Pom Pom Maker or a fork or toilet paper rolls

Yarn

Felt (for ears, nose, etc.) – I used stiffened felt sheets, it made the ears stand up better, but you can use regular felt

Wiggly Eyes

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Fishing Line for the whiskers

Sharp Scissors

Small White Pom Poms (for tail) You can make your own or use store bought ones.

 

Directions:

If you’re using a fork or toilet paper rolls to make your pom poms make 2 pom poms (one large, one small) in your color of choice for bunny, and 2 more for the chick.

If you’re using a pom pom maker read on.

DIY Pom poms

 

Here is my set of Pom Pom Makers.  I got them from Amazon.

The set came with 4 sizes.  For my bunnies I used the large pink for the bunny and chick bodies.  The small yellow one for the bunny head, and the green one for the chick head.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsOpen the maker’s arms.  It should look like an “S”.  You will be winding yarn on both arms. Each curve of the “S” has 2 parts, be sure you hold both parts together and wind yarn around both.  There is a gap between the 2 parts, this is where you insert scissors when you are ready to cut.  [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsThe object of this tool is to wind the yarn from one end of each curve of the “S” to the other end.  So stating on the left side wind yarn tightly towards the right side.  You can tuck the loose end under the yarn as you wind.  Continue winding until you reach the right end. You can wind yarn back and forth from end to end for fuller pom poms, just be sure you end on the right end so you can tuck the end between the gap that’s on that end .  I wound mine back and forth a total of 5 times.

When you are done with the first curve shut it so it form a semi-circle, do this so the yarn you just wound will not unwind.

 

 

DIY Pom PomsRemember to wind yarn on the other curve of the “S” the same number of times you wound it on the first curve.  This is what it looks like when both curves have yarn.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsTurn the maker on it’s side and insert scissors in the gap between the 2 curves.  Hold both curves shut as you cut.

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsThis is what it will look like when you have cut both sides.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsSlip a strand of yarn  between the groove of the pom pom maker.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsPull yarn tightly and make a knot to secure the pom pom.  I wind the strand of yarn back around the center and knotted a couple of times to make sure it was tight and secure.

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom Poms

 

Open the arms and pull the top maker off to release the pom pom.  Gently work the pom pom off the bottom part of the maker. [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom Poms

 

Fluff the pom pom and trim the ends evenly.  Leave the long middle strand of yarn long for tying head and body together.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make bunnies:

DIY Pom PomsWhen you have 2 pom poms made, one larger one for the body and another smaller one for the head, tie them together by knotting the 2 long strands in the center together.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsCut out ears from the felt, I honestly just cut the shape without a template.  2 White and 2 smaller ones in pink.

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DIY Pom PomsGlue the pink part on to the white part.  [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsGlue the ears between the head and body.  Glue the eyes in place.  Cut 2 strands of fishing line and glue to the triangle for the nose.  Glue the nose in place.  Also glue the tail in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom Poms

To make chicks

Make the pom poms and attach together like the bunnies.

Cut out a triangle for the beak and top comb from orange felt.

Glue comb to top of head and beak to the front of the face.

Glue on eyes.

DIY Pom Poms

 


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DIY Pom PomsHere’s another cute DIY Pom Pom Easter craft.  It’s quick and easy, a great way to use any extra pom poms, yarn, and felt.

For these Mason Jar bunnies you make pom poms about the same size as the jar lids.  Then cut out the feet, two larger ovals in white, 2 smaller pink ovals.  Glue the pink ovals on the white ovals and glue them on the pom pom.  Glue on a small pom pom for the bunny tail.

Fill jars up with Easter candy, I used Coconut M&M’s.  Tie a ribbon around the jar and it’s good to go.

Great gift idea or a prize for your Easter Egg Hunt!

3 Types of Royal men beaded bracelets to consider buying as a gift

3 Types of Royal men beaded bracelets to consider buying as a gift

Buying a gift for your loved ones can be an uphill task. Just finding something that they will appreciate and have it encrypted in their hearts for life be difficult. The situation will be complicated when dealing with men since they don’t openly disclose what they like. I will advocate that you go for something simple, precious and lovable. Beaded bracelets have and will always work for most men. They will love it, and the site of it on their hands giving the memory is priceless. Here are the three royal men beaded bracelets you must consider gifting your man.

1. Superior gold obsidian

A real man is defined with class. They should be a masterpiece in society. As such the gifts should match the credentials and you can stoop any lower than the royalty state.  The royal bead bracelet collection should be your thing if you value the man. The Superior gold obsidian royal beaded bracelet is elegant and bold so that your recipient of the gift will appreciate the present.

Made from gemstones combined with karat, the Royal men beaded bracelets will make the man outstanding from the mammoth. They typically consist of between 8 and 12mm beads in particular combination. They will be a suitable gift for that bald man in your life. You will love their exclusive, stylish and modern nature. They are available in different sizes, and you will be spoilt of choices. Getting the tight-fitting size will be a significant plus. It is also possible to customize the Superior gold obsidian bracelets to reflect the particular personality.

2. Superior Gold Tiger Eye

Every man wants to be the head of the social unit; as such, they should be protective and visionary. Well, in the jungle, we understand the traits of the tiger and is one respectable creature in the animal kingdom. For that man, you deeply treasure, you should revere to them. A man is receptive to all that will complement their character and stump their authority.

No gift can match that which will reflect on one’s desired personality. If they are not tigers already, then this bracelet will make them think otherwise and maybe transform them as they get the self-esteem from the gift. The bracelets are durable since they are made from the tiger eye beads stone as well as the 14K solid gold. The award will be with them for life.

3. Superior Gold Sodalite

Sodalite is one of the most precious stones in the world. The dark blue beaded bracelet should stand out at the birthday party for that dear man in your life. Made to withstand the extreme weather, the bracelet will be a companion to them in your absence. If you doubt, then there is a lifetime guarantee to drive away your uncertainties. You will have to get the measurements right so that the bracelet can be custom made to fit their wrist perfectly. Unwrapping the gift from the box will be sensational since they come with a luxurious box that the recipient of the award will adore and store as well.