Delicious Strawberry Tart Recipe

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A wonderful dessert that is fancy and yet simple. The delicious blend of chocolate, strawberries and citrus make this a light after meal delight.

Delicious Strawberry Tart Recipe

Serves: 8

Prep time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Strawberry Tart Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons warm water
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Strawberry Tart Recipe Instructions:

Process almonds in food processor until finely ground.

Add butter, sugar and egg yolk. Mix until dough is  a ball.

Chill dough for 1 hour.

Spray bottom and sides of the tart pan (make sure the bottom is removable)

Press dough into pan and up the sides.  (The dough should be sticky)

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until crust is golden.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

In small bowl mix together honey, cocoa, orange zest, and water.

Assemble tart:

Spread honey mixture in bottom of cooled tart shell.

Arrange Strawberries, in overlapping rings, to cover chocolate.

Melt Chocolate chips in microwave (about 1 min) .

Drizzle chocolate over strawberries.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Mediterranean Penne Pasta Slow Cooker Recipe

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A slow cooker is any busy family’s best friend in the kitchen. I especially like to use mine in the summer to keep the temperature in the kitchen nice and cool. The flavors and distinct look of this dish make it seem exotic and special. So easy to prepare in your slow-cooker that it makes a wonderful meal for a busy day. What I really love about this recipe is that it doesn’t call for a lot of “pre-cooking” food, like so many other slow cooker recipes do.

Mediterranean Penne Pasta Slow Cooker Recipe

Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 6 hours
Total time: 6 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients:

• 1 medium sized eggplant, peeled and cubed
• 1 medium zucchini, sliced thin
• 1 medium red or green pepper, diced
• 1 large white onion, sliced thin
• 1 (10 ounce) can tomato soup
• 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
• 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
• 16 ounces uncooked, Penne pasta

Instructions:

1. Mix all ingredients, except pasta, in slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on low 5 1/2 to 6 hours. (On high cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.)
3. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
4. Serve vegetables over hot pasta.

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Easy Kids Craft: Upcycled Dog Toy

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My kids loved making toys and crafts for our dog. This project was a particular favorite because not only is it easy to make, but the materials are easy to find (you probably already have them!) and it can be done in less than an hour.

Upcycled Dog Toy Kids Craft

Upcycled Dog Toy Kids Craft Materials:

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• a piece of soft crafting felt (any color would do)
• an empty plastic water bottle
• a small jingle bell (or anything that will make noise inside the bottle)
• crochet thread
• a pair of scissors

Upcycled Dog Toy Kids Craft Instructions

Step 1:

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Measure the soft crafting felt to the empty piece of a plastic water bottle. There should be a significant allowance on the top and the bottom part of the bottle in reference to the felt because we will be creating vertical cuts on both sides.

Step 2:

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Place the small piece of jingle bell inside the plastic water bottle. Tightly close the cap afterwards.

Step 3:

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Tightly wrap the crafting felt on the body of the plastic water bottle. Place the bottle in the center of the felt and start wrapping it around.

Step 4:

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Tie one end of the wrapped plastic bottle with a crochet thread. This should create a candy-wrapped effect now. Make sure that you tie one end firmly because this is a dog toy and our pets tend to ruin their toys easily if it’s not sturdy enough.

Step 5:

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After creating several loops on one side, cross to the opposite side of the plastic bottle and do the same process on this side. The tassel on both sides of the plastic bottle should be prominent by now.

Step 6:

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Cross the opposite side of the bottle again and create several loops. Continue creating horizontal lines using the crochet thread until you finish the walls of the plastic bottle.

Step 7:

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Create vertical line wraps using the crochet thread. When you reach one end of the bottle, wrap the thread in a vertical manner around the walls of the plastic bottle. This will create more tension to the whole plastic bottle and will avoid the unnecessary tears on the crafting felt whenever the dog tries to munch or bite it.

Step 8:

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Secure the end of the thread firmly on one end of the toy. This will prevent the dog from ruining the toy that early if you get to tie this properly, without the spaces and gaps as seen in the photo.

Step 9:

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Finally done and ready to roll! You can now give this unique plastic bottle dog toy to your lovely pooch!

This unique dog toy will simply make your fur babies happy since the plastic bottle offers flexibility whenever they bite the body and at the same time, the dog toy will also produce a sound due to the presence of the small jingle bell inside when they try to munch and wiggle the toy extensively. They would definite love you for this because they would not have any dull moments anymore! Have fun with your fur baby!

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Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School

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One of the most common struggles parents face when homeschooling high schoolers is helping them learn how to manage their time and priorities effectively. It’s a skill that will help them now and later in life.Teaching your child how to organize and manage his or her time is one of the most valuable skills you can teach.  Not only will it help prepare them for college and work, but it will also give them a sense of security and control in knowing exactly what is expected each day.

It took a bit of trial and error but by the time my oldest daughter was in her “junior” year (I use the term loosely. I know you homeschool parents know what I mean, though), we finally found a system that worked for us. Based on what I created for my own children, I worked with a designer (because, no, I’m really not good at fancy graphic design) to make one for you and your high schooler.

Take advantage of this Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School by simply printing out what you need and use a simple three ring binder to keep it all organized.  Every Monday, have your high schooler fill out his or her schedule for the week in the schedule column. You can work together to complete the assignments and chores portion in advance as well, but we found it better to complete those at the beginning of each day, since there are times when assignments and chores need to be more flexible. You can even have your teenagers put all of their completed assignment behind that day’s page and you have a neat, tidy, way of keeping your homeschool records together!

Just click the image below to be taken to the download page for your Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School!

The daily planner page is absolutely free but if you’re looking for something more, be sure to take a look at the entire planner system. It’s packed with 23 printable planner pages for high school homeschoolers that include a weekly planner, project planner, study guide, monthly calendars and so much more!

PS – If you’re looking for a Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for Kids, you can find it here!

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Healthy Carrot Walnut Muffin Recipe

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Muffins are a lot of fun to make and even more fun to eat. This healthy muffin recipe using carrots and walnuts is dairy-free too. It’s great for breakfast or a quick snack.

Healthy Muffin Recipe

Vegan Carrot Walnut Muffins

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup oil (coconut/sunflower)
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ cup soy milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup carrot, grated
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon powder
  • 3-4 cardamom (only seeds)
  • Small piece of ginger, crushed
  • Handful of raisins, almonds

Vegan Spicy Carrot Walnut Muffins Ingredients

Method:

Preheat oven to 190 C (or 375 F) for 5 minutes.

Beat milk, oil, sugar and water together until sugar dissolves and to form a smooth consistency.

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Stir in rest of the ingredients except walnuts to the mix and lightly mix all ingredients.

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Pour the batter into the baking tin and garnish with grated/chopped almonds.

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Bake at 190 C (or 375 F) for 30-35 minutes.

Allow the muffins to cool on the rack for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Tips:

  1. You can check if the cake is cooked by poking a toothpick right into the muffin.
  1. You can increase/decrease the amount of sugar based on your taste.
  1. You may need to increase/decrease the amount of water as carrots might lose some water in the mix.

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The Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Cupcake Recipe

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Oh, hello chocolate! This recipe is to. die. for. The Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Cupcake recipe is a made-from-scratch chocolate cupcake using Smuckers fudge in the batter and topped with a homemade frosting of extra rich chocolate.

Seriously. Yum.

The Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Cupcake Recipe

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 C Flour
  • 2 C Sugar
  • 1 C Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 C Whole Milk
  • 1/2 C Oil
  • 1 C Boiling Water
  • 1 bottle of chocolate fudge

Cupcake Directions:

Line the cupcake tins with paper liners. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

In a separate bowl add the eggs, whole milk, and oil.

Add the bowl containing the eggs, whole milk, oil, and vanilla to the bowl holding the dry ingredients.

Mix all together until fully incorporated.

Beat for 3 minutes on medium.

Slowly add the boiling water starting with a small amount then pour in the remaining boiling water.

The batter may be a little runny.

Scoop batter into cupcake lined cups until 3/4s filled.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 C softened butter
  • 3 c powder sugar
  • 1/2 c cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chocolate fudge
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-5 tbsp heavy whipping cream

Chocolate Frosting Directions:

Add in all ingredients into a standing mixer and mix until combined and stiff peaks form.

If powder sugar pebbles form, add 1-2 TBSP more of heavy cream.

If the frosting is too thin add 1/2 C more of powder sugar.

Mix until the the frosting becomes stiff and doesn’t fall off a spoon.

Directions to prep cupcakes:

Spoon the frosting into a piping bag with a star tip and frost the cupcakes starting at the base in a circular motion.

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Fun and Easy Muffin Tin Recipes

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You can turn any ordinary recipe into something unique with muffin tins. Finally, muffin tins have earned its place as an entertaining and useful kitchen gadget. Enjoy making these creative breakfast recipes in a tin.

Sausage Egg & Cheese in Hash Brown Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 Package frozen hash browns, thawed
  • 8 eggs
  • 8 sausage links
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or mixed blend cheese
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and spray muffin tin with non-sticky spray.
  2. Fry sausage links in skillet until cooked, chop into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Squeeze water from hash browns and place in mixing bowl.
  4. Add cheese and scallions.
  5. Place hash browns into muffin cups and form a nest. Spray with cooking spray.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Add chopped sausage into each hash brown nest.
  9. Bake an egg into each nest.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes until egg whites are done and hash browns are crispy.
  11. Cool for 5 minutes.
  12. Remove from tin and serve.
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Finding Dory Printable Educational Worksheets and Activities

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Many of us fell in love with Dory in the original Finding Nemo movie and we’re super excited that she’s getting her own movie in June!

To celebrate, Disney Pixar Studios have made available 6 adorable printable worksheets and kid’s activities!

Finding Dory Printable Educational Worksheets

Just click the images below to download and print!

Finding Dory Memory Match

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Finding Dory Printable Craft: Character Mobile

 

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Finding Dory Printable Kids’ Calendar

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Finding Dory Printable Maze

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Finding Dory Printable Dot-to-Dot (set of 5)

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Finding Dory Printable Coloring Pages (set of 5)

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Official Move Information:

Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute,

a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.

Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016. For more information, like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PixarFindingDory, and follow us on Twitter, https://twitter.com/findingdory and Instagram, https://instagram.com/DisneyPixar.

 

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Free Father’s Day Printable: All About My Dad

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Father’s Day is right around the corner. Help your little one show dad how much he’s loved with this adorable free Father’s Day Printable.

All About My Dad will be a cherished keepsake for years to come. Let your child answer the questions and draw a picture, then frame his or masterpiece and present it to dad!

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Easy Citrus Chicken Skillet Dinner

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Don’t you just love an easy weeknight dinner you can put together in a flash but tastes like you’ve been cooking all day?

This Easy Citrus Chicken Skillet Dinner fits the bill! With lime, fresh squash and zucchini, it’s such a perfect dish for a summer night.

Easy Citrus Chicken Skillet Dinner Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3-4 large chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp.Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Citrus seasoning
  • 2 Yellow squash
  • 2 Zucchini
  • 3 limes
  • Parsley for garnish

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Directions

  1. In a large sealed tight container add your chicken breasts, the lime from ½ of a lime, and citrus seasonings let refrigerate for 2 hours.
  1. In cast iron skillet add 3 tbsp. of olive oil and place on your stovetop at medium heat to high heat.
  1. Once the oil is bubbling add your chicken breasts cook on high for 5 minutes until the breasts look crispy then rotate and cook for another 5 minutes.
  1. Now reduce your heat to medium and cook on both sides for 12 minutes each to insure it’s completely cooked.

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  1. Pull the chicken out and place to the side. Add your sliced yellow squash and zucchini slices to the cast iron add your 1 tbsp.of citrus seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.

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  1. Cook on medium heat till tender.
  1. Turn off your heat on your stovetop and place the chicken back in the skillet. Garnish with Parsley and lime wedges.

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