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Kandoo Wipes & Hand Soap

I have been potty training my son for far too long. He loves playing with wipes and toilet paper and soap and water…. and everything in between! It’s almost always a MESS. However, we just received a pack of Kandoo wipes and hand soap. Kandoo is making potty training easier already.

As compared to other flushable wipes, Kandoo wipes are much smaller and perfectly sized for little hands. I also am not as nervous about flushing them because of the size.  They clean messes well, too.

 

Kandoo hand soap is foamy fun for toddlers. Most mommies know that toddlers love washing their hands and playing with soap and water. My son is loving Kandoo soap and so am I. He uses less soap because it’s foamy and it’s easy for him to use. It’s brightly colored, letting him know when his hands are completely covered in soap. He loves smelling it, too! I also love the value… 200+ pumps per bottle = fewer trips to the store to get his favorite soap!

It’s great to have products made just for toddlers so they can feel more independent and more likely to continue with their progress. Have you tried Kandoo products?

Head to my Facebook Page  today for a chance to win some kandoo products!

Carrot cake waffles with  maple cinnamon cream cheese topping

Carrot Cake Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Topping


Waffles:
2 Cups – Bisquick / Pancake Mix
1 1/2 Cup – Carrots
1 1/2 Cup – Buttermilk
2 Eggs
2 Tbsp – Packed Brown Sugar / Maple Syrup
1 Tsp – Vanilla
2 Tsp – Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp – Ginger
1/2 Tsp – Salt
Optional Add-Ins – 1/4 Cup Raisins, 1/4 Cup Walnuts or Pecans

In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients – pancake mix, cinnamon,  ginger, salt.

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Dry ingredients mixed together

In a small bowl, whisk together wet ingredients – egg, buttermilk, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add carrots to wet ingredients.

Wet ingredients + carrots

Wet ingredients + carrots

 Mix together wet and dry ingredients.

Wet and dry ingredients mixed together...
Wet and dry ingredients mixed together…

At this time you can add raisins and/or nuts. Let mixture sit while you preheat waffle iron on high and make your topping.

When waffle iron is ready, turn heat to medium. Cook waffles until they stop steaming – about 5 minutes.

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If you don’t have people hovering over the waffles ready to eat them as soon as they come out the waffle iron, like I always do, put them in a 200 degree oven until you are ready to serve. I learned tonight that these waffles are best with raisins, and cooked very well.

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*To make these into pancakes, use 1/4 cup less buttermilk.

Carrot cake pancakes with topping

Carrot cake pancakes with topping

Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Topping:
4 oz – Cream Cheese – Room Temperature
2 Tbsp – Maple Syrup
1/2 Tsp – Cinnamon
Optional Add-Ins – Toasted Pecans or Walnuts

Mix cream cheese, syrup, and cinnamon until smooth. Add nuts if desired. This topping is very rich!

Carrot cake waffles with  maple cinnamon cream cheese topping
Carrot cake waffles with maple cinnamon cream cheese topping
Carrot cake waffles with maple cinnamon cream cheese topping and  powdered sugar
Carrot cake waffles with maple cinnamon cream cheese topping and powdered sugar

Gak Tutorial

Ingredients for Gak
Ingredients for Gak

Gak is a slimy & stretchy substance that is so fun to play with! It’s fun for the whole family… it’s cheap and easy enough to make that you can make lots of different colors. One tip I have: use ELMER’S glue. I’ve made it with cheaper brands and it just doesn’t come out the same.

Recipe:

1 tsp Borax
1 Cup – Elmer’s Glue
1/2 Cup – Warm Water
Food Coloring

Equipment: Bowl, spoon, cup, wax paper, measuring cups and spoons.

Start by pouring all of the Elmer’s glue into a bowl. Put a little warm water in the bottle(s) and shake to get remainder out of bottle. Mix in food coloring of choice until you get desired color. In cup, mix 1/2 cup warm water with 1 tsp borax until borax is fully dissolved. Pour into bowl of glue and immediately start stirring. Mixture will immediately become stringy. When it gets too thick to stir, place on wax paper and knead until it’s an even consistency. I’ve found that not all the water will be absorbed. The more you play with gak, the stretchier it becomes.

Pour glue into bowl…
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Add food coloring. For my gak, I added 10 drops each of green and yellow. It is somewhere between pastel and neon green…

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Mix food coloring into glue until there are no more streaks.
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Mix 1 tsp borax into 1/2 cup warm water. Mix until borax is fully dissolved. Pour into glue and stir immediately.
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Once borax and water is poured into glue, it will immediately become stringy. Mix until you can no longer stir.
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Knead gak well. There may be leftover water. Keep kneading until it’s an even consistency. It will take a while before it really feels like gak. The more you play with it, the more gooey it becomes.
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When it stretches like this, you are done.
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Put into an airtight container when not in use.

Let me know in the comment section what you think!

Mexican Pizza Waffle

Mexican Pizza Waffle


Cornbread Waffles
Recipe:

Cornbread:
1 box Jiffy Cornbread Mix
3/4 Cup – Whole Milk
1 – Egg
2 Tbsp – Oil
Optional Add-ins: 1/4 cup chopped jalapenos, 1/4 to 1/2 cup cheese

Preheat waffle iron on high. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in bowl. Will be slightly lumpy. Turn waffle iron temperature to medium. Spray waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Put about 3/4 cup of mixture in waffle iron. If you have one that turns, turn over. Cook until light golden brown.

 

Putting it together:
Top with your choice of toppings. I prefer meatless… I top mine with refried beans – every crevice overflows with beans, taco sauce, cheese, and tomatoes. Place waffle on wire rack (to ensure crispiness), cook until cheese is melted.

Refried beans, loaded into waffle crevices…
Diced tomatoes and green onions… layer however you like! Treat these like personal pan pizzas.

 

All ready to eat, unless you prefer adding more toppings!
Mexican Pizza Waffle
Mexican Pizza Waffle

Top with sour cream, green onions, olives… Whatever you choose! Here’s a list of ideas:

Refried Beans (Pinto or Black beans) (Canned or homemade)

Taco Seasoned Ground Beef / Turkey / Chicken
Tomatoes (Fresh or canned Rotel)
Salsa (Corn and black bean would be delicious!)
Pico de Gallo
Cheese – Mexican Blend
Green Onions
Olives
Sour Cream / Drained Plain Yogurt
Olives
Taco Sauce
Cilantro or Parsley

 

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Refried Beans: Slow Cooker Recipe

 

Refried beans are a staple in our house. I make mexican pizza at least twice a month here. Any leftover beans get used for dipping chips. Until today, I used the canned stuff. However, since I have lots of dried beans on hand, I thought I’d make them myself. It’s much cheaper to make your own and you can control the ingredients. I like knowing what’s in my food.

And now for the recipe:

1 lb – Dried Pinto Beans
3 Quarts – Water
4 Cups – Water
2 tsp – Salt
1/2 Onion – Diced
4 Cloves Garlic
2 Tbsp – Olive Oil / Bacon Fat
2 Tbsp – Vinegar

Optional: 2 Tbsp minced Jalapeno, 1 tsp Chili powder, hot sauce

Sort and rinse pinto beans. Combine beans and 3 quarts water in slow cooker. Cook on high heat for about 4 hours or until soft.

When beans are fully cooked, turn slow cooker off. In a large saucepan, heat 2 – 3 tablespoons of olive oil or bacon fat. Saute onions on medium heat until translucent. Add garlic, beans, jalapeno, vinegar, salt, and water. Stir often. I mashed beans while stirring, but you can certainly wait until the end and mash them all together. If you’re lucky, a big strong man with lots of muscle will be more than happy to flex those muscles for you! Or you can use an immersion blender or potato masher.

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Refried beans served with Mexican cheese as a dip…
Pretzel Waffle Bacon Cheddar Slider

Pretzel Waffle Bacon Cheddar Sliders: Part II

My Burger Recipe:

2 lbs – Ground Beef
1 Tbsp – Cajun Seasoning (I prefer Tony Chachere)
1 Tsp – Garlic Powder
1 Tsp – Onion Powder / Salt
1 Tbsp – Worcestershire Sauce
1 Egg
1/3 Cup – Bread Crumbs

Mix all together and form palm-sized patties. If you are grilling on the stove, press slightly in the middle to prevent burger from swelling and ensure even cooking. I make about 16 patties from 2 lbs of beef.

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For Bacon Cheddar Sliders: slice Pretzel Waffle / Roll in half. Dress with mayo, 1 slice of bacon folded, 1/4 slice of cheddar.  Other toppings to consider – tomato slices, lettuce, pickles, grilled onions, bbq sauce.

Pretzel Waffle Bacon Cheddar Slider
Pretzel Waffle Bacon Cheddar Slider
Pretzel Waffle Bacon Cheddar Slider
Pretzel Waffle Bacon Cheddar Slider

 

 

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Pretzel Waffle Bacon Cheddar Sliders: Part I


I know what you’re thinking… And yes I did.

For purposes of making this recipe accessible to those who don’t have a waffle iron, I am including directions for waffle rolls as well. I hope this helps!

Here’s the recipe for the Pretzel Waffles:

1 1/2 Cups – Warm Water
1 Tbsp – Sugar
2 Tsp – Kosher Salt / Salt
1 Pkg – Active Dry Yeast
4 1/2 Cups – All Purpose Flour
2 Tbsp Melted Butter
Oil

10 cups – Water
2/3 Cups – Baking Soda
1 Large Egg Yolk, beaten with 1 tbsp Water
Pretzel Salt /Coarse Salt

Combine water, sugar, salt, and yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes or until foamy.

Add flour and butter and mix until well combined. Knead until the dough is smooth and doesn’t stick to bowl, about 5 minutes. Remove dough from the bowl, clean bowl, then oil well. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for about an hour or until dough has doubled in size.

For Waffles: Preheat waffle iron on high.

For Rolls: Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with oil.

Bring 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil. Make sure your sauce pan is big enough to comfortably remove the pretzels from the water.

Turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into …. equal pieces. Create the size of dough you would like and shape into a roll.

Place the rolls, one by one into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove from water using slotted spoon.

Brush tops with beaten egg yolk and water mixture. Sprinkle salt. (For waffles, salt may not stick, if this happens, lightly brush or dip in butter after cooking and dip in salt.)

Rolling in egg mixture.. easier than brushing!
Rolling in egg mixture.. easier than brushing! 
Sprinkling with coarse salt... Notice that the shape does not have to be perfect. These will be smashed anyway!
Sprinkling with coarse salt… Notice that the shape does not have to be perfect. These will be smashed anyway!

For Waffles: Turn heat to medium. (Always preheat on high, then turn to desired heat when ready.) Place one roll into each “wedge” of your waffle maker. If you are going to slice  your waffle in half, cook for 1 minute with waffle iron all the way closed (mine flips and locks it down). This will give it a chance to set its waffle shape but still rise enough to be able to slice.  After waffle has had a chance to set, cook for 7 – 9 minutes or until golden brown.

For rolls: Bake until golden brown, about 12 – 14 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack for about 5 minutes before serving.

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You can brush / dip pretzel rolls or waffles in butter and top with your favorite topping, such as cinnamon sugar…

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Waffle
Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Waffle

Or you can check out my next post to see how I made mine into sliders!

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DIY Powdered Laundry Detergent

First, let me start off by saying, I never thought I’d make my own detergent. I never thought it would work or be easy to make. BUT! It’s so incredibly easy. It works great and it’s cheap! The recipe I use is very basic. When I wash my clothes with it, it leaves no smell or residue. Others that have tried the detergent agree that it cleans the clothes well, but they aren’t thrilled that their clothes don’t smell good. I personally like having unscented clothes. I like knowing that all odors are gone, not covered up.  (I have cats and dogs… pet odors are no fun.) With this detergent, my towels are fluffier and more absorbent. When I was using cloth diapers, I used this detergent with no allergy issues with my son. I do like having fresh smelling sheets and blankets, so I use Purex Crystals when washing linens. As far as ingredients, there are several brands of laundry bar soap (low suds) that you can use, but Fels Naptha has been the most well liked scent and most easy to find.  Laundry bar soap is great to have on hand to rub on stains as a pre-treater. You can also grate it directly into the washer along with your regular laundry detergent to help lift stains. All that being said, here is my recipe:

1 Part Borax
1 Part Washing Soda
2 Parts Fel Naptha, Grated

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Grate fels naptha either with a cheese grater or a food processor. Mix ingredients by stirring. Do not shake, otherwise soap flakes will sink to bottom of container. Store in airtight container. Use 1 – 2 tbsp per load. (I only use 1 and it works great.)

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Laundry Detergent

*I am a member of Purex Insiders. I have received a free product sample of Fels Naptha. I have shared my honest opinions in this blog.

Falafel Waffle Gyro Extravaganza Part II: Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki Sauce
Tzatziki Sauce

Tangy yogurt, cucumber dip / sauce…

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe:

2 Cups – Plain Yogurt / Plain Greek Yogurt, Strained

1 Tbsp – Vinegar

2  Cloves – Garlic Minced Finely

1/2 Tsp – Salt

1/4 Tsp – Pepper

1 Cucumber – peeled, seeded, and finely diced

1 Tsp – Fresh Dill

1 Tsp – Fresh Parsley

1 Tsp – Fresh Cilantro

1 Tbsp – Lemon Juice

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Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.