Let’s Talk About Buttercream

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It’s all about Buttercream today folks!

It is one of my favorite things to make, and it is not as hard as you may think. All it takes is a little patience. One of my favorite buttercream’s to make is Italian Buttercream, you can’t go wrong with it. It’s definitely my go to buttercream when I am decorating or frosting a cake.

It is not greasy, heavy or overly sweet. It’s perfect.

Let’s get started….

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Confetti Party

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Sophia is officially TWO! This past weekend was her Confetti Birthday Party! I had a ball planning this party. A few months back I wasn’t not sure if I was going to have a theme except “Birthday Party.” Thrilling I know.

Until one very late night on Pinterest I came across a cake that I loved and became my inspiration. I made the cake above, this cake was my inspiration that I found on Pinterest.

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Tropical Sunset Drinks

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I am a total avid youtube watcher, it’s a serious addiction. I have been following a few channels for quite sometime now, but one of my favorite channels is called HeyKayli. I just love her, she is so crafty and down -to -earth. If I was a ‘youtuber,’ I would want a channel like hers.

The other day I saw she made some non-alcoholic tropical drinks with her two kids. And I thought “I have to make those for Sophia.” Considering we only have about a month left of summer these drinks are perfect way to celebrate the season a little bit longer.

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Banana Yogurt Bites

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Today I am sharing with you another healthy recipe that I enjoy myself, especially when I am on the go! I wish I would have known about this recipe when I was in school, it definitely would have made eating breakfast a lot easier. Since I am not typically a breakfast eater this would be perfect to have on hand.

Yes, we are using more Greek Yogurt!!

What You Need:

Chobani Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or any flavor or brand)

1 Banana (or two..or three..depends on how many you want to make)

Blueberry Crumble Granola with Flaxseed (any kind of granola you want)

Wax Paper

Container to put the Yogurt Banana Bites in to freeze

What To Do:

  1. Peel your banana, cut it up in nice thick slices. Put your yogurt & granola in a separate bowl.
  2. Cover the bottom of your container with the wax paper.
  3. Take one slice of your banana and cover it with the yogurt. (not to heavy).
  4. Then roll it is the granola. If there is to much yogurt on the banana, then granola will roll off.
  5. Set it on the wax paper in your container, continue to do the same for the rest.
  6. Once you have coated all your bananas, put then in the freezer for about 6 hours or overnight.
  7. And Enjoy!

**Please note: if your granola is to chunky, put it in plastic bag, hit it a few times with a rolling pin…don’t make dust!**

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All of my ingredients are prepared and ready to go!

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Rolling my banana in yogurt!

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The Blueberry Crumble is my favorite, if you can find it at your local grocery store..try it out! What did I do with the left over yogurt and granola? Around 11pm when I was working I mixed everything up and ate it…it was heavenly!

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All ready to go in the freezer! I let mine sit overnight.

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The next day! Be careful, they are frozen and really cold!

These would be great to give your kids as they are running out the door to catch their bus or even an after school snack.

If you make these..show me I would love to see how yours turned out! My snapchat, instagram and twitter is Sarah_BellaLife.

Have a fantastic day!

 

 

 

Healthy Yogurt Fruit Bars

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I was at the store the other day picking up some odds and ends, when I came across popsicle molds. So, I thought it would be a perfect week to share my Greek Yogurt Fruit Bars. This is also a much healthier version of “ice cream,” that you could even give to the kiddos for breakfast or it would make a perfect late night snack.

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Serve Up Some Hawaiian Tonight

Do you want another excuse to fire up the grill this week? Look no further! Yesterday, for dinner my mom and I made Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs. They were delish!

I am really particular about how chicken is prepared…like extremely picky. I can thank Adrian for that one.

What you need:

1 Box KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce & Dry Rub, Sweet Honey

1 3/4 C. Pineapple Juice

4 Large boneless skinless, Chicken Breasts

1 C. Mushrooms, halved

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Orange Bell Pepper

1 Green Bell Pepper

1 C. Pineapple, diced

1 Purple Onion

Directions:

  1. Combine 1 3/4 Pineapple Juice and 1 Pouch KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce & Dry Rub. Set Aside.
  2. Either cut the chicken up into bite size cubes or leave the chicken breast whole. Marinate them in the ingredients above that you set aside. Let them marinate for at least 30 minutes. We did ours for about 6 hours.
  3. Wash & dry your veggies..and cut them up.
  4. Preheat your grill on high
  5. Assemble the chicken veggies on skewers any way you want to. Tip: The mushrooms and pineapples make good stoppers.
  6. Grill for about 12-16 minutes until cooked through. Tip: Brush the finished kabobs with the left over marinate.

** You can find the original recipe here on Yummly**

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We marinated our chicken in the fridge 6 hours, if your chicken breasts are really thick you can poke holes in them. Like how you would to a baked potato before putting it in the oven.

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We ended up using Shiitake Mushrooms, because the local little store didn’t have whole mushrooms..only the pre-cut ones.

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Assembling the Kabobs!

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Prior to grilling.

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The rest of the marinade was brushed on the Chicken Kabobs.

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Look at these beauties!

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We paired ours with Oriental Rice, that my grandma Sue in Hawaii taught my mom.

What kind of Kabobs do you like?

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Homemade Unicorn Ice Cream

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For the longest time I have been wanting to make a homemade ice cream. When I was at Le Cordon Bleu I was taught how to make it, but it was sort of a process. Since Sophia is here..there…and everywhere within a blink of an eye, quick treats are right up my alley.

This recipe can be found at Some of This and That blog. The author did hers as a galaxy theme. My inspiration was my new Alex and Ani Unicorn bracelet, when I think of Unicorns I think tons of colors! Plus, I thought that Sophia would enjoy all the bright colors!

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Summer Peach Iced Tea

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On Saturday night my best friend Charnaye came over for dinner and a movie. This has always been one of our favorite things to do together ever since we were in high school, and we do it several times a year. I went to Target and bought ten peaches they were .71 cents each and in beautiful condition. Have I told you that I have an obsession with fruit this summer? I can’t get enough of it. If you were decided to randomly stop by my house you would notice I have an over abundance of fruit. And yes it all get eaten.

So, I decided to make Peach Iced Tea! If you missed my Homemade Iced Tea you can check it out here.

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