Monday, February 29, 2016

Shamrock Pretzel Pops

Housewife Eclectic: Shamrock Pretzel Pops
St. Patrick's Day is one of those random holidays that I just absolutely love. I love that there are no expectations of it, so I can do nothing or go all out and nobody is upset either way. I personally LOVE going all out for St. Patrick's Day because it is the anniversary of my husband and I's first date and it is such a fun day to remember.

One of the things I try to do for every holiday is chocolate covered pretzels of some kind. They are my favorite treat, my mom used to make them for me at Christmas when I was a kid and it made me decide that chocolate covered pretzels should be a year round treat, not just a Christmas one. Thus, these cute Shamrock Pretzel pops. They are darling, easy to make and perfect to individually package for friends if you want to!

You will need: 

  • Green Melting Chocolate 
  • Pretzels
  • Sucker Sticks 
  • White Sanding Sugar (sprinkles) 
  • Wax Paper

Friday, February 26, 2016

Decadent Mint Brownies

There is nothing like a rich chocolate brownie. Unless that brownie has a layer of mint of course. These three layer brownies are 1 part delicious homemade brownie, 1 part mint frosting and 1 part chocolate topping. Together they made the most amazing, rich and decadent chocolate brownie. They truly are brownie perfection. 

These brownies are made in three steps. Each of the steps is pretty darn simple, it just needs time to set in between, so I like to make them when I am home most of the day doing other things. 

The first step is a rich chocolate home made brownie. 


  • 1 c. butter
  • 2/3 c. cocoa powder
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. flour

Melt the butter. Mix the butter with the cocoa and sugar. Add the eggs slowly, making sure to mix each one in. Then add the flour and mix well again. Pour batter into a 9x13 greased pan. Bake at 350 for about 22-25 minutes.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

10 Ideas For Your Frozen Addict AND Disney on Ice Presents Frozen in SLC

We just hit Frozen Fever round 2 in our house. The little one has discovered Elsa and Anna and begs to watch it every chance that she gets. I am pretty sure we have almost every piece of Frozen merchandise every created, but I have done my fair share of DIY Frozen items for my girls too. In celebration of Disney on Ice presents Frozen headed to Salt Lake City I thought I would share my favorite crafts that have come out of our Frozen obsession.

If you want to join us at Disney on Ice, Disney on Ice presents Frozen will be in Salt Lake City at the Vivant Smart Home Arena, March 2 – 6, 2016 for the following shows. Tickets are available for purchase online at, select Smith’s Grocery locations, charge by phone at 800-888-TIXX or in-person at the venue Box Office.

Wednesday, March 2              7:00 PM
Thursday, March 3                 7:00 PM
Friday, March 4                      3:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 5                  11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 6                    11:30 AM & 3:30 PM 

Now for the fun crafts! Throw one of these together for Disney on Ice! 

 Elsa and Anna Frozen Hair Bows
 Frozen Anna Cloak
 Frozen Elsa Gloves
 Frozen Lunch
 Frozen Party Table
 Glitter Elsa Shirt
 Let It Go Pencil Case
 Easy Frozen Cake

I know my daughter will be at Disney on Ice wearing that cute Anna cloak! What will your kids be dressed up as?

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St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Mantel

I am so excited to be able to share my mantel with you today. I thought I loved this year's Valentine's Day mantel, until I created this one. This is hands down my favorite mantel I have put together. I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for mantel inspiration and I just couldn't find anything I liked, let alone loved. As much as I love Shamrocks, I love colors that pop even more. I want a bright and happy mantel, not a subdued one. 

I was lamenting lack of bright and cheery St. Patrick's Day mantels to my 7-year-old when she told me to make it a rainbow. A light bulb went off and I headed to a local thrift store to put together all of the pieces for this rainbow mantel. 
Most of the frames were different colors when I first started the project. I went to the thrift store and looked for frames of all sizes. I knew I wanted a large frame to paint green or blue to be in the middle. This is the break down of the rainbow.

Red: A prepainted square red canvas
Orange: a 5x7 frame
Yellow: 8x10 textured frame
Green: a three opening collage frame
Blue: a large 20x20 frame
Indigo: an 11x14 frame
Violet: a 5x7 frame

I wanted most of the frames to be open, but I did want a few pictures on the mantel. I made a large rainbow tutu and took pictures of my girls in it for the 5x7 frames. Find the tutu information here. My 7-year-old and I made a large Luck watercolor for the middle frame, find the tutorial here. I sanded and used acrylic paints to paint each of the frames, making sure the largest frame would be in the middle and the 5x7s with the pictures in them would be near the ends. You could fill in all the frames or leave them all open. I love the look with some of the full and some of them open.
After I finished the frames, I wanted some flowers on the mantel too, so I created these cute centerpieces with items I had on hand and from the dollar store. They were really easy, find the tutorial for them here
Overall, I am completely in love with the way the mantel turned out. It is bright and colorful, it has pictures of my sweet girls on it and a fun watercolor that I made with my oldest daughter. It is the best of all my worlds!
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Skinny Shamrock Shake

I love a delicious mint shake. Every year I have always looked forward to the limited time of year when Shamrock Shakes are back at McDonald's. I used to drink them all the time as a kid and as a teenager and then one day when I was an adult, I made the mistake of looking at the calories of it. While I still grab the real thing once a year, I like to enjoy the flavor without giving up the healthy lifestyle I work towards. This skinny version is delicious and SO much better for you. There is protein, fruit and the taste of mint. Yum!

You will need:

  • 1 cup 100 calorie Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Bananas, peeled, sliced and then frozen 
  • 3/4 cup of Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Peppermint Extract 
  • ice
  • food coloring (if you want it to be green)

Add the frozen slices of banana, almond milk, yogurt, a small handful of ice and if you want a couple drops of green food coloring. Start with 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract and blend it all together. If it isn't minty enough, add a little more mint and blend again. You can top it with light whipped cream and a cherry, but when I am going for a really light treat I omit this step. 

This shake is smooth, delicious and has just the right hint of mint. Most of the time I am not even tempted by a Shamrock Shake anymore! 
Do you have a favorite mint treat? 
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Large Luck Watercolor

I had a completely different plan for the centerpiece of my St. Patrick's Day mantel this year when my 7-year-old asked to help. The original plan wasn't something she could help with, so I decided to go with something she could. We made this large water color together and it was an absolute blast. I love watching her look up at the mantel and smile too. It was fun, easy and it looks fantastic on the mantel.
You will need: 
  • a large frame 
  • posterboard or watercolor paper
  • masking tape
  • water colors

You need a heavier kind of paper for this project so you can peel the masking tape off of it when you are done. I used the matte side of a piece of poster board and peeled slowly and it worked fantastically! 

Measure the size of your frame and cut your posterboard to size. Using masking tape mark off what you want left white when you are done with the watercolor. We went with the word luck. 

Staring from the left fill in the entire poster board with rainbow colors. Make sure you paint all the way to the top and all the way to the bottom and around the masking tape letters. Allow the watercolor to dry completely and then slowly peel off the masking tape, revealing white poster board underneath. 

I framed the watercolor and it sits in the middle of our mantel at the moment. I love that we made it together and my daughter is SO proud of it!

Are you decorating for St. Patrick's Day this year?
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Caramelized Banana Sundae

A banana sundae is a favorite around here for sure. There aren't many ways to make it better, except maybe if you caramelize the bananas. The additional flavors in this banana sundae are just what you need for an impressive dessert. post signature

20 Celebration Recipes

A special thank you to all of our friends helping us celebrate:

Mini Lemon Bundt Cakes

Lemon Lover's Bundt Cake

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

Cookies & Cream Texas Sheet Cake

Copycat Hawaiian Punch

Pink Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

Milky Way Crumble Bars

 PB&J Bars with Strawberry Jam

Texas Sheet Cake with Whipped Ganache Frosting

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

White Cream Cupcakes

German Chocolate Cake Roll

Homemade Italian Cream Sodas

The Croissookie (Oreo Pastry)

Simple Dark Chocolate Brownies

Baileys Kiss Cupcakes

Mom's Best Ever Coconut Cake

Mini Oreo Cheesecakes Recipe for Two

If you loved these recipes, check out 112 Birthday Cake Ideas for Boys! 

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