Tres Leches Cake

Delicious for any occasion

Homemade Watercolors

For homeschoolers, or just fun at home

DIY Toothpaste

Great for good health, and a happy pocketbook

Vegetarian Meals for the Whole Family

Even picky kids will love these meat-less dishes

Sewing Projects and Tips

Even more tutorials to come soon

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

GREAT Find at Dollar General- HUGE Clearance Sale Going On!

Today a friend & I stopped in at Dollar General and found out they were having a heck of a clearance sale. .25 for Christmas items! We got TONS of Christmas decorations fro next year...wreaths, ornaments, poinsettia arrangements... EVERYTHING was a quarter! Even the gifts that were in Christmas packaging were a quarter. I've never seen a sale like this. I picked up a couple "remote caddies", I had stolen ours for my make up brushes-ha! Right now one of the new ones is sitting on our dining room table as a silverware/napkin caddy.
They also had all Christmas baking supplies on clearance for a quarter as well. Even the spices that they only carry at where close to expiring! We picked up plenty of rubbed sage, ginger, nutmeg, etc for .25... about a $3.00 savings around here...per jar! Sprinkles, cake mixes, candies, and frostings were the same. We really wished we had some coupons, we'd have made it out of there with free items!

Dollar General really knows how to have a clearance sale! Check and see if your local store still has some left! 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sugar-Free Chocolate Candies

I saw a GREAT post over at Suzie Homemaker's Facebook page for a diet/sugar-free chocolate candy to bust your sweet tooth. We used to occasionally get the sugar-free chocolates because Mr. Disheveled is diabetic, and I am always dieting. BUT- I didn't like that they were made with sucralose (Splenda). Because of the um-tummy troubles- it gives, and because I try to avoid chemical sweeteners (and ingredients in general.) These have stevia, a natural sweetener, and also coconut oil, which we've been adding to our diet for The Princess' eczema and overall health reasons. Win. (It is also NO COOK!)

I made a couple changes to the original, because The Princess is allergic to peanuts, and I wanted to use my dark chocolate cocoa powder. (I've been putting it in everything- YUM!)

It is really quite simple too.
Mix together in a bowl:

  • 1/4 cup almond meal (I couldn't make a drive to the city, so I omitted, plus my almond butter is "dryer" than PB)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (We used almond butter!)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 packets of stevia 

You can then drop into candy molds (or silicon ice mold like we did.) 
Let harden in the fridge (or freezer if in a hurry, )
Pop out and enjoy. Remember to keep in the fridge or keep cool because they melt very quickly! 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Influenster Violet VoxBox

Between Winter Break and major life changes in the Disheveled house, I'm a little behind on some things. Blogging being one of them, and by default- reviewing my awesome "VoxBox" sent to me by the good people at Influenster.

So, without further delay, the good (very good!), the bad (unfortunately), and the ugly (my neglected cuticles.)

Let's start with the bad. Let's get it out of the way. Soyjoy. I am very disappointed in you. The picture on the wrapper looked tasty, the brand Soyjoy proudly displayed, promising me a quick and yummy mommy-breakfast on one of our busiest days. 

One of these things was not like the other. & it was VERY dry (I even dipped it in my coffee!) and very not-dark-cherry-chocolate flavored. At least I had my coffee. & the rest of the VoxBox.

The rest of the products were pretty straight-forward and met my expectations.

The mask from Montagne Jeuness was weird at first, I'd never used a clay mask that was A MASK before. The fabric to it was sturdy, but easy to apply. It smelled heavenly. Fruity, but not sweet- like real fruit even. It left my face soft and didn't break me out. I can't seem to find the pictures of the mask, but that's probably better for you ;)

Some of the boxes got a Goody Quickstyle brush, and some a Goody Athletique Headband. I received the headband. In grey! Perfect! Not much to show, but I can tell you it was super comfy, slipped very little, and the adjustable feature was something I didn't know I needed. It whisked away sweat, even while bouncing away on the wii Fit, and didn't get moist and stinky itself.

I also received the Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo. Which is a mouthful. But not a handful. Even though I'd never used a dry shampoo before (which is weird b/c I am a no/low poo-er, right!?) I found it very easy to use, didn't seem dusty or overly powdery at all. The really-gotta-brush-the-hell-outta-it-or-you'll-be-grey feature of dry shampoos is why I hadn't tried them before. I am very glad this one left me with a good impression. Plus it smells great! Not really there....but clean.

And finally, the Sally Hansen Triple Shine polish. It took me foreeeever to get a chance to try it, kids and all. And when I finally did I didn't get to sit down and do the whole pampering thing, so excuse my HORRIBLE cuticle care. It is temporary, I promise.

But on the bright side, the polish was thick and smooth enough to apply quickly given my lack of time. Just a couple coats and I was done. I didn't even to a white base-coat like I usually do with bright colors, it just popped on its own! It may be weird, but I do have to say I really liked the brush on this product. It was a touch bit wider than normal, the teensiest bit tapered. (Even if my spell-check is yelling at me that teensiest isn't a word- whatever...) and a bit flat. It applied beautifully. I may just go and buy all the colors because I love the feel of the brush so much!

So, a quick reminder/disclaimer:
Yes, I was sent the VoxBox for fun & review, but all the opinions are strictly mine and mine alone. (Sorry SoyJoy :( ) I received no payment for my participation in the program, other than the products themselves.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Roasters Are for More Than Thanksgiving (Pt.1?)

Chicken quarters can go a LONG way. When they go on sale, a 10 pound bag for less than $5.00, I am SURE to grab one because I can bake it up and have several meals of shredded chicken in the freezer. (There are SO many recipes I use them in!) Usually, it will take me 2 or more pans to bake off all the chicken. I'll bake it, serve up a few pieces for dinner that night, then put the rest (minus the bones and skin!) in the freezer, portioned for a few more meals. Then I got a roaster.
Before I bought a roaster for Thanksgiving (to make cooking everything at the same time easier) I made myself promise it would get LOTS of use. Even though it was on sale, I wanted to be sure I could use it more than once a year.
So, I was really excited to see that the WHOLE bag of chicken quarters fits, bakes evenly and there's enough room that the skin browns and crisps nicely.

Plus it leaves the oven free for other dunno... cookies!
I'm also looking into MORE uses for my roaster, if you know any- let me know in the comments! :)