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Friday Favorites- 4/20

Happy Friday! It’s time for some Friday Favorites. Well, actually, Friday Favorite. I haven’t had many chances to sneak away and browse the web this week.
Favorite 3 Dimensional– Foldable Me 
You can create a little person that looks like you! How fun. Good gift idea, too. It’s coming soon, so I’ll be sure to let you know when you can make your own!
With that, I’ve got to run! Have a good weekend!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Friday Favorites- 4/13

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a great Friday so far! Here are some of my favorite finds from the week!

Favorite KitchenRetro and White


Favorite OutfitSummer Sunshine

Summer Sunshine

Favorite Healthy Snack Baked Zucchini Chips
Hoping to try these this weekend!

Favorite CraftGift Card Cozy
Fun (and easy) way to give a gift card!

Favorite Rooftop- Garden Oasis
Perfect.

Favorite RecycleBelt Chair
Great way to use old belts. Would be a perfect chair to have in the rooftop garden. 

Happy Friday! Have an awesome weekend!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Friday Favorites- 4/6

It’s Friday, and it’s a good one (pun intended).
I know there have been a lot of Easter crafts and activities in my Friday Favorites lately, but I’ve been looking forward to Easter more than usual this year. I think it is because it is my son’s first Easter celebration. While it has been great fun picking out fun Easter basket presents, even more than that, it is an honor to be able to show and teach him the great, deep, unconditional love of his Savior. 
Anyway, here are a few cool things I have found on the web this week!
Fresh lemonade that is perfect for summer. 
Favorite Transformation– T-shirt Onesie
Another way to re-purpose cool t-shirts! I made t-shirt bibs for my son out of our favorite old t-shirts. These onesies look great, and don’t look very difficult, either.
Favorite Easter DessertCheesecake Filled Chocolate Eggs
Perfect for an Easter Sunday dessert. These look awesome.
Favorite BitePork Tenderloin Sandwich 
A low fat alternative to traditional pulled pork. Looks delish. My mouth is watering.
Favorite Craft For Kids– Bottlecap Stamps
All you need are a few bottlecaps and foam stickers and you have yourself a fun and super easy craft for kids! 
Favorite Organizers– KVISSLE by Ikea
Ikea’s new line of organizer look sleek and trendy. Perfect for any office.
Favorite Easter EggsSubway Art 
Make these cool Easter eggs with acrylic paint.
Happy Friday and Happy Easter everyone!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Chocolate Nutter Butter Truffle Ice Cream Cake

What is better than chocolate nutter butter truffle ice cream cake? Pretty much nothing. It is by far the most delicious cake I have ever made. I made this cake for my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday party last week and it was a hit! I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but it was so good that my husband and I fought over the last piece. He’s even requested that I make it again for his birthday next month. I’m already excited to eat a piece (or two) of this cake again!

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 jar hot fudge
1/2 gallon chocolate chip ice cream
1 package nutter butter cookies
1 8oz. package cream cheese
1 bag Wilton chocolate candy melts
2 9″ round silicone baking pans
Cake Layers
We’re going to start in the middle with the ice cream layer, because the ice cream will need the most time to set. Let your ice cream soften for a couple minutes at room temperature and spread it into a 9″ inch round pan. I used silicone because it is very easy to transfer the layers out of the pan and into the cake. For convenience later, place saran wrap in the bottom of your pan, making sure the edges hang over the side of the pan. This makes it easy to take the ice cream out of the pan. The ice cream will take a while to set, at least a couple hours. This step is best done early in the day, or even better, the night before.

After the ice cream is set, or just before it’s done, bake the chocolate cake. I took a 9″ round silicone pan and used almost the entire cake mix. I had enough batter left over to make about 4 cupcakes. This provided a good sized layer for the cake. After the cake is cooled, cut the top off so the cake is level. (And of course eat the leftover cake top while you work!)

To assemble the nutter butter layer, send a package of nutter butter cookies through the food processor or blend them in a blender, until finely chopped.

Mix the chopped nutter butters together with a block of softened cream cheese. 
Then spread it into a 9″ round pan and store in the refrigerator or freezer until you are ready to assemble your cake. 

Assembly

Pour over about half a jar of hot fudge over the chocolate cake, making sure that the fudge is not too hot. In fact, if you can, don’t even heat up the fudge. It can make things complicated when you add the ice cream. Trust me, I know. Then, working quickly, place the ice cream layer on the cake. Spread over the rest of the jar of hot fudge. Now, add the nutter butter truffle layer. At this point you may need to place the cake in the freezer to firm up a little.

To top it all off, melt your chocolate in the microwave and pour it over the whole cake, again, working quickly for the sake of the ice cream. Place the cake back in the freezer and you’re done!

Perfection! 🙂

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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How To Freeze An Avocado

Happy Monday! I hope you are all had a great weekend! We sure did! We didn’t let the lack of bountiful sun get us down, we did a whole lot of Spring cleaning! My husband wasn’t quite as excited as I was, but he was a good sport and helped a ton. We also squeezed in some time for a long 15.75 mile bike ride, (surprisingly I can still walk today) and loads of time hanging out as a family. My favorite!

 I even found some time to write. This time about… avocados! Avocados are such a wonderfully creamy and nutritious fruit! I love adding avocados to my diet whenever I can, but it is hard to keep fresh avocados on hand in the house all the time. Something always seems to happen. They ripen too fast. They ripen too slow. They all ripen at the same time. They’re too ripe. Ahh!

Well not anymore more, because there is a way to freeze avocados, and, get this, they won’t turn brown either!

Start with a ripe avocado. Cut it in half lengthwise and give it a little twist and take the pit out.

Wrap the avocado half tightly in saran wrap.
Place wrapped avocado halves into a freezer bag, and put them in the freezer. 
Then, when you need an avocado, take one out and let it thaw in the refrigerator. Easy as that! You could even say it’s oat so simple! 🙂

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Friday Favorites- 3/16

What a wonderful week it has been! It has been very busy, but fun-filled none the less. We enjoyed our first campfire of the season with friends, spent lots of time outside with our little boy, and now we are enjoying a super fun sleepover with our niece and nephew! Here are some of my favorite finds from around the web.

Favorite Trick Sideways Toaster
What a great idea! Give your toaster a little flip, and you can enjoy delicious cheese toast! Pretty cool retro toaster, too. This site has lots of other neat tricks and tips for around the home.
Favorite Outfit – Summer Fun
So, I discovered polyvore.com this past week. It is a cool site where you can create your own style-boards. Here’s my first creation!
Summer Fun!

Doesn’t this just look good? There is a local winery that makes a pomegranate wine that I love so I think this would be right up my alley for a fresh summer drink!
Favorite Sandwich– Slow Cooker Corned Beef 
I don’t have an Irish bone in my body nor do I really get into St. Patty’s day, but this sure looks yummy. 

Favorite Easter Egg – Edible Markers
For a fun little twist on traditional egg dying, check out these edible markers I found in Parents magazine. These are also great for little hands to help decorate cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more!
With that, I’m off to start the weekend early with a trip to the park with the kids and my husband! Perhaps a cup of coffee is in order first 🙂 Happy Friday! Have a great weekend! 

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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DIY Pallet Compost Bin

Thanks to a warm March afternoon, a sleeping baby and motivation to finally complete a few house projects, we have a compost bin. Yay! Now the 5 gallons of compost I´ve been saving has a place to go! This project is very easy to make, and the best part it costs absolutely nothing! 
Look at her, isn´t she a beauty?
We used 3 pallets for this project. Many stores will give them away for free. I snagged a few from the friendly people at Home Depot. We cut off part of the pallet for the back of the composter so that it wouldn´t be too wide. The extra cut off portion came in handy later.

We tried screwing the pallets directly together, but that didn´t provide enough support. In order to strengthen the corners, we added a cross brace on the top and bottom cut from left over pallet.

After attaching the brace, we cut off the extra wood hanging over the edge.

Then, we took a piece of scrap wood to make a front so our compost wouldn´t fall out. We cut the wood so it came halfway up and attached it with screws.

The place we were putting our compost bin was on a bit of a hill. We dug a little trench to help it be level in our yard.

Project complete. Ready for compost!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Coconut Milk Whipped Cream

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies

I really like to bake, but I don’t always want to spend forever in the kitchen. I like to get in and out with minimal dishes, and something delicious. No bake cookies fit this bill exactly. There’s no oven to preheat, no bake time to wait for, no cooling racks to find a place for on the counter, and best of all, fewer dishes. These cookies are easy and contain large amounts of  peanut butter and nutella goodness, and you probably have most of the ingredients already in your house. 

What you’ll need:
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup Nutella hazelnut spread
2 cups rolled oats

Start by melting the butter over medium heat. 

Once melted, add the sugar, milk, and cocoa powder and mix well.

Next, stir in nutella and peanut butter until smooth.

Add oats and stir well. I added a few extra handfuls of oats to thicken it up a little.

Reduce the heat to low. Using a cookie or ice cream scoop, place cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Refrigerate for about half and hour and enjoy! 

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Sassy Cup

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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