Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DIY INSTANT OATMEAL


I am always looking at ways to save money, especially on things we buy all the time.  

My kids LOVE oatmeal for breakfast before school.  We go through ALOT of oatmeal.  Well it may not seem like alot to spend $2.00-$3.00 for a box of 10 packs for instant oatmeal. But when the kids eat almost all of them in one morning it can get costly.  So I start wondering if there was a way I could make my own instant oatmeal.  I turned to PINTEREST of course.  





I found a recipe HERE for apple cinnamon instant oatmeal.  

She stored hers in individual zip lock baggies, but I just stored mine in an large tupperware.  

Her recipe is just for a single serving, but I wanted to make a huge batch so that I had a bunch on hand for breakfasts.  

Let me show you how to make it.  It is very simple. 

Here is the original recipe for a single serving. 

1/3 c. instant oatmeal
2 tbsp. chopped dehydrated apple slices
1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt


I multiplied her recipe by 20.  

Here is what my recipe came out to be :

6 2/3 cups instant oatmeal
2 1/2 cups chopped dehydrated apple slices
5/8 cup brown sugar
5/8 cup granulated sugar
1 2/3 tbsp cinnamon
2 1/2 tsp salt

I just chopped up all the dehydrated apples and mixed everything together in my big tupperware and put the lid on.  I then shook it up so give it a good mix.  I then  stirred it up with a spoon again just to make sure it was mixed up well.  

To cook I just take about 2 cups and add milk and butter and heat up in a pan on the stove.  Just depending on how creamy or thick you like it depends on how much milk and butter you add.  I usually add half a stick of butter and then just add the milk as it cooks.  Because as it heats up it gets a little thicker, so if it seems too thick I just add a little more milk as I go.  

It is really good and actually makes me want a bowl of oatmeal right now.  :)  

What kinds of things to you make in bulk?  Id love to hear what recipes you make in bulk.  

~NICOLE

Monday, September 29, 2014

MEDIEVAL TIMES

This is one of my favorite pictures I took while we were at Medieval Times.  I love all the colors surrounding the horse.  


For Jacob's birthday me and the kids took him to Medieval Times.  None of us have ever been and Jacob and I love the time period.  I would love to live back where there was castles and no phones or televisions and the way to communicate was with messengers on horses.  I love the clothes they wore back then and just the castles.  Who wouldn't love to live in a castle?  Well even the way they lived back then, seemed like life was much simpler than it is now.  I think I was born in the wrong time period.  Even one of my favorite tv shows is REIGN on the CW Network.  

So I was excited to be able for our little family to go to Medieval Times.  

We got there and I had to take a picture of Jacob and the kids in front of a Knight on a horse out front.  Chloe had to go to the bathroom really bad too.  

We went in and had a picture taken with the King and Princess.  Then we were given our color.  We were going to be seated in the yellow section.  We got the cool yellow crowns to wear for the night.   



Our wench came around and asked us what drinks we wanted and brought us some castle bread (also known as garlic bread).  
The food was really good.  We a tomato bisque soup with the garlic bread.  Then we had chicken and ribs and these potatoes that were really good.  
The show started and they introduced the knights and the King and Princess.  





The show was really good and the knights fight in a battle.  

After all the battles the knights go around and throw carnations to the audience.  Chloe got one and was SO excited to get a flower from our knight.  She LOVES knights and princesses and castles.  She still asks almost everyday when we will go back to the castle.  

Towards the end In the end one knight calls out another and they battle each other.  












After you are done eating they come and take all your plates and bring you boxes if you have food to take home.  Then they bring you an apple pastry for dessert.

It was alot of fun to watch the knights fight and have your own color to root for.  The food was good and it was a fun way to spend some family time to celebrate Jacob's birthday.

Next time I think we want to try the Pirates Dinner Adventure.  It is just a few doors down from Medieval Times and it is the same concept as this, just with Pirates.  Which we also love pirates. 

Have  you ever been to Medieval Times or anything like it? Id love to hear or read about your experience.  

~NICOLE 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL LAYOUT

This past week I was over on the LAYOUT A WEEK blog sharing my first.. well layout.  It is a back to school themed layout.  Come on over HERE to check it out and get all the details on how I created the page.
Here is the layout I shared over there.  



~NICOLE

Saturday, September 27, 2014

LAYOUT A WEEK DESIGN TEAM MEMBER

Recently I joined a few other talented ladies as a member of the LAYOUT A WEEK DESIGN TEAM.   I am excited to be part of the team and looking forward to seeing all layouts these other talented ladies share as well.
Let me share the team with you.  

This is me, and you are here on my blog.  

Jennifer is the founder of this blog and you can find her HERE.  


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Thanks for stopping.  

~NICOLE

Friday, September 26, 2014

GUEST DESIGNER AT IMAGINISCE PART 2

I completely forgot to share this with you.  Last Friday was my last day over on the IMAGINISCE blog sharing some projects.  

I shared this layout which I LOVE.  "DADDY'S LITTLE PRINCESS " My daughter is a total daddy's girl and I wanted to capture that relationship they share. This is by far one of my most favorite layouts I have ever created.  
I also created this card "BUNDLE OF JOY".  I only had the stickers for this line, so I used the sticker packaging on the card.  

You can find my blog post HERE  .  

Thanks for stopping by.  

~NICOLE

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