iced coffee

if you come by my house during the warm weather months, there's a good chance you'll be offered one of my iced coffees!  i've been having them so frequently that i make a container every morning and drink (or serve) it throughout the day.  it's nice to have for play dates as a treat for the mothers and thanks to my lovely sister for the new anthro pitcher, i can now serve it in style.

here's how i like it:
3 parts coffee to one part milk (i usually brew half-caffeinated.)
sweeten to taste before refrigerating (i've been using torani syrup purchased at sam's)

my newest twist on this is to make a tray of coffee ice cubes every morning too.  one 10 oz. mug fills up one tray and it prevents the watered down taste that most iced drinks have after a few minutes in the hot sun.


no bake snack bites

1 cup quick oats
1 cup coconut flakes (i used unsweetened last time and they were just as good.)
1/2 cup ground flax seed (i find mine at kroger.)
1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or mini chocolate chips, chopped dried cranberries or a combination of anything else you might like.)
1 tsp. vanilla

mix everything together and chill for 30 minutes.  once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  
store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

these make the perfect after school (or anytime) snack.  they would even work for a quick breakfast on the go. 
 my boys ask for these and love to help me make them.

adapted from smashedpeasandcarrots


making butterflies

we made spring butterflies!  i will tell you straight off that this craft might better suited for GIRLS.  they probably wouldn't want to get so messy!  of course, i had no idea that food coloring was a DYE (i hardly ever use it), but after many google searches, shaving cream did the trick of removing the stains from my boy's fingers...faces...legs...

you'll need coffee filters, food coloring, a spray bottle, pipe cleaners, and thread (or string).

spread the filter out flat and drop the food coloring onto it and any pattern.  lightly mist with water to allow colors to blend.  after it dries, gather in the center and secure with a pipe cleaner.  curl the ends with your fingers and hang them up with thread or string.