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These mouth-watering, vegan blueberry muffins are the perfect way to start the day. Made with almond flour, fresh blueberries, and a hint of lemon - you can't go wrong with these quick and easy muffins for breakfast or a mid-day snack.  

What I love most about baking muffins is that they usually require only a few ingredients and a couple minutes of your time to prepare. 
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They're also the perfect way to get everyone involved in the kitchen, especially the kids. From scooping to mixing, these blueberry muffins are sure to get everyone excited about taking part. 


These blueberry muffins will result in a super fluffy and moist texture, making them even more enjoyable.


vegan blueberry muffins

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
Blueberries - you can use fresh or frozen. I chose fresh for this recipe. Simply use as many cups as recommended for both. 

All-purpose flour - you can substitute whole wheat, or gluten-free if you prefer. 

Almond flour - a hint of almond flour goes a long way in this recipe. The lighter texture allows for the fluff that you'll get from these muffins. 

Almond milk - any non-dairy milk will do, whatever your preference. 

Maple Syrup - maple syrup helps to create a vegan 'buttermilk.' Some may use apple cider vinegar instead. 

Baking powder

Salt 

Vegetable oil - for these, I used regular vegetable oil, but feel free to use coconut oil, canola, or whatever your preference of oil may be. 

Vanilla extract - for a hint of added flavor

Lemon essential oil - essential oils have so many benefits and I use them daily. So instead of using lemon zest, I added two drops of lemon essential oil. The results? Amazing! Feel free to add lemon zest if you don't have any essential oils on hand, or simply leave it out if you prefer. This step is totally optional! 



INGREDIENTS:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, I use pink Himalayan
- 3/4 cup raw sugar
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup canola oil 
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup 
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen 

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line muffin tin with liners and set aside. 

2. In a small bowl, whisk together almond milk and maple syrup. Set aside. 

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients

4. Add the almond milk and maple syrup mixture, vegetable oil, vanilla and lemon oil, or zest. Stir with a wooden spoon, being careful to not over mix. 

5. Gently fold in the blueberries. Using an ice cream scoop, add batter to liners about 3/4 full. Top with extra blueberries, cinnamon, sugar, and flour, if a crumble top is desired. I also added a few sliced almonds to the top to compliment the almond flour. 

6. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

7. Remove from the oven and allow muffins to cool before removing them from the pan. 


HOW TO STORE MUFFINS:
Leftover muffins can be stored in an airtight container for 3-5 days. You can also freeze them for up to 2 months. 

CAN I MAKE this OIL-FREE?
Yes, you can substitute apple sauce.






This post is sponsored by Dollar General 


Back to school looks a little different for just about everyone this year. Whether you’re sending the kids back to school in a classroom setting, or getting ready to homeschool - these back to school tips are perfect for keeping your home organized, functional and productive throughout the year. No matter your choice, Dollar General has all of the supplies parents and teachers need. 


Staying home this school year may seem like an overwhelming task at first. However, if you have the right systems in place from the very beginning - you and your children will be just fine. The key here is to plan ahead. That brings me to tip number one.


Plan Ahead:
This tip is crucial and comes in handy for staying home AND sending your kids to school. You want to make sure you have all of the necessary tools to be successful. 

That goes for you and your kids. Just like a traditional school supply list, you’ll want to make sure you have your own list of must-haves and that they’re all checked off your list by the time school starts. DG has made it easy with their school supply list. https://content.dollargeneral.com/for-the-home/school-supply-list/


Whatever you decide, Dollar General is here to provide all of your back to school essentials. From planners, to name brand notebooks, Crayons, Elmer’s glue and DG brands like Office Hub and DG Office - Dollar General is a one-stop shop for all your back to school needs. 


Create A Budget:
There are so many must haves when it comes to back to school season. So many in fact, that it’s so easy to go over your budget - if you even have one. Use the DG App Shopping List feature or DG GO to stay on budget. 


If you don’t, consider the costs of school supplies, school clothes, after-school activities and tutoring (if applicable), it all adds up - especially if you have more than one child. 

So do yourself and your wallet a favor, by taking some time to plan how much you can and want to spend.



Dollar General is the perfect place to shop and save this back to school season. Dollar General is offering parents a $5 off $15 stationary digital coupon. Along with the opportunity to save even more on Saturday’s with the $5 off $25 digital coupon. Check out the digital coupons, here.

I highly recommend downloading the DG App, making keeping up with coupons, deals and savings opportunities easier. Download the app, here. To help with budgeting even more, you can check to see if your store has DGGO, a service where you checkout by yourself and calculate your total BEFORE checking out. See if your store has it, here.

Create A Designated Space:
When you start planning and once all of your shopping is done, you’ll need somewhere to store all of your supplies. 

Create a designated homeschool space. This can be as simple as creating a small corner in your child’s room, decorating a wall, or even using an entire room in your house. 



Create A Schedule:
Along with having a designated homeschool space, you want to make sure you’re abiding by some sort of schedule. 

This is not a one-size-fits-all. Do what’s appropriate for your child, their age and their needs. Don’t forget about yourself! 



Dollar General has so much to offer when it comes to lunches and snacks. We were able to grab a nice sized lunch bag, peanut butter and jelly, veggie chips and applesauce. I love how easy it is to snag quality, name brand items, as well as a mix of Clover Valley and Good & Smart items - to create the perfect lunch on the go for the kids. 

You don’t want to bombard yourself or your children with too much at one time. So be sure to take breaks, get some fresh air outside and relax when you need to. After all, traditional schooling provides ample time for kids to play and exercise - so you want to make sure you’re doing the same.

Provide blocks for each subject, including outside time, nap time (if applicable) and lunch.
That way, you can easily decipher when school is in session, versus when it’s not.
If you’re a teacher headed back to school this year, you can get 20% off with a teacher’s discount. Just show your badge at checkout to save on your entire purchase.

Dollar General has so much to offer when it comes to lunches and snacks. We were able to grab a nice sized lunch bag, peanut butter and jelly, veggie chips and applesauce. I love how easy it is to snag quality, name brand items, as well as a mix of Clover Valley and Good & Smart items - to create the perfect lunch on the go for the kids.




Stay Neat, Tidy and Clean:
You will thank me later for this. Because you’re staying home, overlooking and helping with schoolwork, crafting, watching the kids as they come into and go outside of the house to play, fixing lunches and snacks, etc. - you still want to make sure you’re cleaning up after yourself as you go.

It’s also a great practice to stay clean and sanitized for the safety of others when stepping outside of the house. With social distancing and sanitizing practices being enforced all over, you’ll want to make sure you’re providing the same cleanliness for yourself and your kids at home.
This way, by the end of the school day, you won’t have a pile of housework to complete before dinner and bedtime.


Dollar General is creating a safe shopping environment with sneeze guards in all stores, social distancing and some stores even have the option of DG pickup. 

Click here to see if your store has it. Pickup is a great option for viewing your total costs, too. Saving you more money and time in the long run - talk about being eco’mom’ical.

All in all, you want to make sure you give yourself the proper time to plan ahead, gather all of the supplies you need, create a sustainable budget, maintain a productive schedule and stay tidy! 

These tips will ensure maximum productivity for staying home this back to school season. Don’t forget to check out all of the incredible ways you can save with Dollar General this year. Teacher’s check out their Teacher’s Central and parents check out their hub for you: https://www.dollargeneral.com/office-school-supplies.html.
Mushroom Alfredo Sauce

Rich, creamy, made with butter and Parmesan cheese - this mushroom alfredo sauce is the perfectly easy and quick, weeknight dinner idea.


The secret to a great-tasting, homemade, alfredo sauce is the cream cheese. For years, I never knew why my alfredo never tasted like the restaurants I loved visiting. Between the texture never coming out right and the taste being off - figuring out what was the cause, testing it out, and finally mastering a homemade alfredo - I can now share it with the world.

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I've always been a pasta lover and I find that as a busy parent - pasta is the quickest thing I can whip up on any given night. 

This easy mushroom alfredo is also perfect for a stay at home date night, girl's night, or even for a tasty entree for yourself. 

RELATED ARTICLE: Cheap Date Night Ideas



WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
As I mentioned before, CREAM CHEESE is a must for this recipe. Whatever is your favorite kind, be sure it's at the top of your list for this dish.

It adds so much flavor and richness to the sauce and you'll think you hired a personal chef for a quick second. 

You'll also need the following:
  • Butter - salted or unsalted works fine
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese - the fresher the better! 
  • Half & Half - some like to use heavy whipping cream instead, especially if you'd like a thicker sauce 
  • Garlic Powder 
  • Onion Powder
  • Blackening Season - totally optional, but adds an extra kick!
  • Parsley
  • Garlic 
  • Mushrooms


HOW TO MAKE ALFREDO SAUCE:
Homemade alfredo sauce can be made within minutes. Once you have the recipe down, you won't even need to reference anything and can do most of this by hand. 

Cook fettuccine noodles as directed on the box. Drain and set aside. 

In a medium saucepan, saute your mushrooms in butter until they're soft and brown. Usually for about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, then set aside. 

In another saucepan, bring the half and half to a slight boil. Add the butter until it melts. 

Next, you'll add the cream cheese and whisk until fully melted into the half and half. Once everything is melted down, you'll add your grated cheese and seasonings. 

You can also start the alfredo sauce in the same pan as your mushrooms. However, I always like to have a few mushrooms on the side. I just love mushrooms that much! 

WHAT IF THE SAUCE IS TOO THICK?
If your sauce turns out too thick, you can always add more half and half. Some people also use reserved pasta water. 

Personally, I use vegetable broth, but you can use whatever broth you'd like - especially if you're adding chicken or beef. 

Bonus, if it's a little bit of white cooking wine! I use a few tablespoons when reheating, making it the best white wine mushroom alfredo sauce. 

WHAT IF THE SAUCE IS TOO THIN?
Cream cheese, cream cheese and more cream cheese. The cream cheese is what gives this delicious alfredo sauce the right consistency. 

If your sauce came out too thin, you can always add small slices of cream cheese at a time until you get your desired consistency.


CAN I USE MILK?
You can use regular milk instead, but again, you won't have a super creamy consistency. Don't get me wrong, some people prefer it that way.

WHAT ABOUT HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM?
Yes! This is what I was initially using in the beginning of trying this recipe. 

However, after running out and always having half and half, I found out I prefer the texture of the half and half and cream cheese. 

The heavy whipping cream is included in just about every other alfredo sauce recipe you can find. However, it's a bit TOO creamy for me. 

Try it out and see for yourself. Either way is totally fine! 

HOW TO STORE ALFREDO SAUCE:
After letting your sauce cool, it can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Freezing the sauce isn't recommended due to separating. 




HOW TO REHEAT:
When you're reheating your alfredo sauce, you'll want to turn the stove on medium heat. 

Scoop your sauce onto the saucepan (it will be thick) and slowly stir the alfredo sauce around the pan, until it starts to liquify. 

You can also add more half and half, broth, or cooking wine, to speed up the process and to loosen the sauce.  






INGREDIENTS:
  • 16 oz mushrooms (sliced and thoroughly rinsed)
  • 1 lb fettuccine noodles 
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 pint half and half 
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan 
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp blackened seasoning (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • freshly ground black pepper 
  • freshly chopped parsley for garnish


DIRECTIONS:
  1. Cook fettuccine noodles according to package. Drain and set aside. 
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of butter. Add mushrooms and garlic. Saute for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the mushrooms are dark brown in color. 
  3. In a small pot, add the half and half until a slight simmer. 
  4. Add your cream cheese and whisk until melted. 
  5. Slowly add the grated parmesan cheese. Whisk until melted. 
  6. Add garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper (a few sprinkles of blackened seasoning if using) and continue to whisk.
  7. Bring to a simmer until desired consistency and add in your mushrooms and garlic. 
  8. Pour over fettuccine noodles, sprinkle with fresh parsley and enjoy! 
**I even added some fresh pico de gallo to top it all off, yum!**


Follow me on Pinterest for more dinner recipes inspiration. Enjoy!



There's something particularly fascinating about cars, trucks, airplanes, and boats - specifically to growing toddlers.

Something about things moving freely and fastly that sets them off and into wonder. Even as an adult, I can see why! Who doesn't like to get up and go, go, go?


Which is why these transportation-themed count and clip cards are the perfect counting games for toddlers and preschoolers.

Back when my kids were smaller and even when I was teaching preschool, I ALWAYS had to have these types of printable counting games.

WHAT WILL YOU NEED:
Setting up is relatively easy. Once you've downloaded and printed the count and clip cards, you can set this activity up with a small bucket filled with clothespins.

Ask your preschooler if they can count the 'bus,' the 'helicopters' and so forth - and have them clip the correct number with the clothespin. You can even use other objects to place directly on top of the number if you'd like.





This will help your toddler or preschooler learn counting and number recognition, as well as hand-eye coordination and can keep them busy for a while.





You can also laminate these cards for more durability and later uses. Check out more of our learning printables here:


These transportation-themed clip cards are the perfect morning, or afternoon, activity for homeschool. To download, just click the 'download here' button at the bottom of the picture below and viola - instant learning activity for your busy toddler!

If you're in need of some helpful homeschool tips, check these out below:

- FREE DIY Homeschool Curriculum
- Time Management Tips For Homeschool Moms 
- Inexpensive Extra-Curricular Activity Ideas 



Be sure you're printing the booklet and not the web page. The link should take you to six sheets total, giving you count and clip cards up to the number ten. Enjoy!

Follow my Pinterest board 'Learning Activities & Tips' for more inspiration.




It's summertime and you know what that means - fresh peaches! This vegan peach cobbler is the perfect peach recipe ideas to complement those tasty summer dinner ideas.

vegan peach cobbler


Similar to a vegan peach crisp, this vegan peach cobbler - complete with a crumble topping -  is super simple to make and is ready to serve and enjoy in as little as thirty minutes.


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If you're up to it, you can even enjoy this as a tasty treat for breakfast. It's so delicious, you'll want to devour this peach cobbler until the very last bite. Be sure to add this to your list of favorite vegan peach recipes.

What's the difference between a peach pie and peach cobbler?

This question comes up a lot when discussing cobblers.

Simply put, a peach cobbler is more of a freeform desert with a fruit base and more of a biscuit-like topping.

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vegan peach cobbler





Whereas, a peach pie, is more put together with a pie crust base and a pie crust topping. A pie requires more prep time, as you have to knead the pie dough for both the bottom of the pie - and the top.

Don't get me wrong, I love a great pie! But if you're looking for something sweet, delicious and simple, a peach 'cobbler' is the way to go.

What makes this peach cobbler vegan?

Simply put, there's no added dairy products such as eggs and dairy milk. You can also make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free flour. 

The oil and the nut milk work together to combine the flour and make the perfectly appetizing and flavorful dough topping. 

What you'll need:

As I stated above, this peach cobbler doesn't require much thought beforehand and can be made mostly with ingredients you already have. You'll need the following:




  • Fresh peaches
  • Sugar, I use raw sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking powder
  • Salt, I use pink Himalayan salt
  • Canola oil
  • Nut milk of choice, I use almond milk
  • Vegan butter, I use Earth Balance 
I also added a crumble topping, per my family's request and it came out amazing! 

Can I use canned peaches?

Yes, you can use canned or frozen peaches if you'd like. Just make sure your canned peaches are drained from all of its juices. 

You can use equal parts canned and/or thawed peaches, to equal parts fresh peaches. One pound of frozen or canned peaches is about three medium peaches. 

Now, you're ready to get started. With less than two handfuls of ingredients and no prep time for the dough - you'll be enjoying this deliciously sweet summer treat within no time. The crumble topping is optional, but was highly requested!




Ingredients:

6 freshly peeled and sliced peaches

1 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons flour, divided 

1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar, divided

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt, I use Pink Himalayan 

1/4 cup canola oil

1/2 cup almond milk, or any vegan milk you prefer

For the crumble topping (completely optional):

12 tablespoons vegan butter

2/3 cup sugar (brown, white or combination)

1 1/12 cups all-purpose flour 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the peaches, 2 tablespoons of flour, 1/3 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Pour in the bottom of a lightly greased pan (9x13"), or12" cast iron skillet. 

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. 

4. Add in oil and milk. Then which to combine. The dough will be lumpy. Do not overmix. 

5. Spread mixture over peaches.

6. If you're wanting to add crumble topping - dice cold butter, add all of the ingredients into another bowl and using a pastry cutter, potato masher, or your hands - mix butter, sugar, flour together until crumbs form. Sprinkle crumbles on top of the dough.

7. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes until golden and crisp. Let cool for about 5-10 minutes before slicing. You can even complement the slices with ice cream. Enjoy! 


Easy Homemade Strawberry Kiwi Popsicles


This post was sponsored by Sparkling Ice as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

It's officially summertime and I don't know about you, but icy cold treats are definitely on my radar! From frequent trips to the beach to spending hours in the summer sun at the park - an icy cold treat is a must.

Easy Homemade Strawberry Kiwi Popsicles


Popsicle recipes are always trending at an all-time high around this time of year. This easy strawberry kiwi popsicle recipe is sure to be a hit with everyone in the family this year.

With only three ingredients, it's the easiest summertime treat you can make for your backyard parties, barbecues, and summer snack ideas.

These strawberry kiwi popsicles are perfect to take with you to the beach or your nearby park if you think they can stand the heat.

Easy Homemade Strawberry Kiwi Popsicles


WHAT'S NEEDED FOR POPSICLES?

I know you're asking how to make popsicles. Popsicles are relatively easy to make. They are the perfect boredom buster during summer and can kick things up a notch as an easy afternoon activity for the kids.







All you will need is: 
  • popsicle molds
  • popsicle sticks
  • fruits of your choice (in this case strawberries and kiwi)
  • any type of juice 

WHAT JUICES DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR POPSICLES?

Any flavored juice that you think would pair well with your fruits of choice.

In this case, we went with Sparkling Ice.

Because we chose strawberry and kiwi, the Strawberry Kiwi Flavored Sparkling Ice was the added touch we needed!

Easy Homemade Strawberry Kiwi Popsicles


Sparkling Ice has 18 fizzy, fruity flavors with a splash of juice, colors, and flavors from natural sources, with zero sugar plus vitamins and antioxidants - making this beverage the perfect choice for a cool, afternoon treat!

Buy any Sparkling Ice products in Walmart stores and receive double points via Sparkling Ice Rewards through mid-August - plus, you can be entered to win a $250 Walmart gift card. To access your rewards, simply upload your receipt to earn points, which can be used for different rewards. Visit https://sparklingicerewards.com/ to learn more.






DIRECTIONS:

  1. Slice a cup of strawberries and a cup of kiwi (about 4 kiwi and about 7 to 8 strawberries)
  2. Gently fill each popsicle mold with fruit. Because the kiwi were a bit bigger, I started with them first, then outlined the mold with strawberries.
  3. Pour the Sparkling Ice into the mold.
  4. Cover the mold with top.
  5. Place popsicle sticks into the mold. Please note: You want to give yourself enough room to pull the sticks out once they're frozen, plus you want to be able to enjoy them - so be sure to give yourself enough of the popsicle stick.
  6. Freeze for two to three hours and enjoy once frozen! 
You can feel the very bottom of the popsicle molds to see if they're frozen all of the way. The tips of popsicles (or the very bottom), tend to freeze last - so make sure your popsicles are frozen all the way through. 

Serve them over some ice and voila! You can even use some plastic coverings like I did, to store your leftover popsicles in the freezer.


I mean, these are so cute and so much fun to make. 

Be sure to sign up for Sparkling Ice Rewards and take advantage of double point rewards this summer. You can also enter for a chance to win a $250 Walmart gift card. Look for Sparkling Ice in the beverage aisle at your local Walmart.

Enjoy your Summer!