DIY Homemade Shamrock Shakes

Shamrock Shape // Life Anchored

Shamrock shakes are a big deal this time of year. Who doesn’t love a cold, minty green milk shake? I’m kind of loving all of these fun green foods and St. Patrick’s Day treats. Last week we shared with you how to make tasty Leprechaun Bait (a great craft for the kids) and our Rainbow jars are the perfect gift to put anyone in the St. Patrick’s Day mood.

I decided to put my own spin on the shamrock shake recipe and share it here with you.
 
You are going to need to gather the following:
 
2 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
Mint extract to taste
Green food coloring
Whipped cream
1.5 cups Whole milk
For a special twist mint/chocolate chips can be added.
 
Shamrock Shape // Life Anchored
 
Now you can enjoy a delicious Shamrock Shake year round and not just at St. Patrick’s Day!
Looking for more fun St. Patrick’s Day ideas, follow up in Pinterest.

Perfect Banana Bread

The Perfect Banana Bread // Life Anchored

This morning I woke up and it was freezing outside, okay maybe no quite freezing it was 34 degrees. If you are a native Texas girl that is cold enough for you to exaggerate the temperature. 

The little man is happily crawling all over the floor and I decide that its the perfect morning to bake. Amazingly enough I actually have everything on hand to make my favorite banana bread recipe. I get everything out and get to work. This banana bread recipe is my favorite because it is versatile, you can add walnuts (I did) or chocolate chips, or both. 
 
The only downside to this recipe is the wait! It takes an hour and twenty minutes to bake and then you need to let it sit for 30 minutes before you cut and serve it.
Perfect Banana Bread
The perfect banana bread.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
3791 calories
535 g
379 g
170 g
51 g
16 g
1132 g
2630 g
336 g
1 g
145 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1132g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3791
Calories from Fat 1479
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 170g
261%
Saturated Fat 16g
81%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 54g
Monounsaturated Fat 91g
Cholesterol 379mg
126%
Sodium 2630mg
110%
Total Carbohydrates 535g
178%
Dietary Fiber 17g
66%
Sugars 336g
Protein 51g
Vitamin A
17%
Vitamin C
38%
Calcium
27%
Iron
39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs beaten
  2. 1/3 cup milk
  3. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  4. ½ cup oil
  5. 2 medium mashed ripe bananas
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  7. 1 ½ cup sugar
  8. 1 ¾ cup flour
  9. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  10. ½ teaspoon salt
  11. 2/3 cup chopped walnuts and/or chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 340 degrees.
  2. Prepare your loaf pan by greasing and flouring the sides of the pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs.
  4. Pour milk into a measuring cup, add lemon juice to the milk to let sit for 2 minutes.
  5. Add oil to eggs and beat again. Add milk and vanilla and beat again.
  6. Mash bananas thoroughly and add to eggs, oil and milk.
  7. In a separate bowl, mix sugar, flour, baking soda and salt together. Slowly stir into wet ingredients.
  8. Add in optional walnuts and/or chocolate chips.
  9. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  10. Let cool for 30 minutes before cutting and serving.
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Lately bread is one of my favorite things to bake, I’ll make sure to share a few more recipes soon.
 
What is your favorite kind of bread to bake?
 

Baby Shower Gift Basket

Baby Shower Gift Basket // Life Anchored

Years ago I purchased baby gifts off of registries or gifted something handmade. Now that I’m a mom I feel like I have a better grasp on what you really need for that little one I like to be more practical than the adorable jammies. I have put together a sweet gift basket that is my go to for baby shower gifts.

Baby Shower Gift Basket // Life Anchored

These are a few of my favorite products as a new mom.

Handmade Burp Cloth or one from a fab shop like Dilly Dally Boutique.

Initial Note Cards- Perfect for the little ones first thank you notes. 

Aveeno Baby Wash & Lotion- The calming lavender is my favorite. 

Clip and Blue Paci Clip- The leather pacifier clip is stylish and helps avoid pacifiers on the floor. 

Pearhead Handprint Keepsake- A friend did this with Baby D when he was 6 months old for Christmas. I love it!

Little Sapling Wooden Teether- They come in a variety of adorable shapes, We love our cell phone teether.

Dr. Smith’s Diaper Spray- This stuff is amazing, not only does it have a non-medicine smell, but it doesn’t drip or run AND you don’t have to rub it in. So your hands stay clean of diaper cream while changing the diaper.

I stocked up on these adorable wire market baskets from the Target Dollar Spot, only $3 each! I will be using them a ton for various projects and gifts. After you have delivered your baby shower gift basket and its been unwrapped, the basket is perfect for a diaper station too. We have this basket on the bottom of our coffee table downstairs. Everything we need to get the job done without having to head to the nursery.

Baby Shower Gift Basket // Life Anchored

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What are a few of your favorite items to gift at baby showers? Do you follow the registry?

St. Patrick’s Day DIY Water Bottle Labels

St. Patrick's Day DIY Water bottle labels // Life Anchored #stpatricksday

There really is no reason that you should get to decorate every aspect of your St. Patrick’s Day Party. While the kids are enjoying their green sherbet punch, lots of adults will stick with water (hey, this is a day time party and there are kids present, Green Adult beverages are for later). Complete your party table with these simple DIY water bottle labels. 

I used green glitter scrap booking paper cut in strips to cover the packaging label, taped into place. For the gold label I used metallic gold streamers found in the party section at Target. 

I dressed them up with shamrock glitter scrap booking stickers and dug out gold washi tape to use for attaching the paper straws. 

Are you hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party? What is your favorite green food?

Check out our other St. Patrick’s Day crafts

Leprechaun Bait // Rainbow Jar

Rainbow Jar: St. Patrick’s Day Craft

St Patrick's Day Rainbow Jar // Life Anchored #stpatricksday

 

Looking for an easy way to brighten someones day? How about a Rainbow Jar? As you know I love pretty much any craft that can be put into a mason jar. This one is no different. The hardest part about this project was trying not to eat all of the Skittles while sorting them by colors. for this project I chose to use a larger jar so that I could make my color layers thick and really stand out.

Start with your gold at the end of your rainbow, I used gold wrapped Rolos, but gold chocolate coins from the Dollar Spot @ Target would work great too.

Layer your Skittles by color and top off your rainbow with a layer of clouds, delicious mini marshmallows. 

Of course you are going to need an adorable tag to put on your rainbow jar.

Click below for your free printable tags.

St Patricks Day Rainbow Printable

St. Patrick’s Day Treats: Leprechaun Bait

Time to dig through your closet and find your green. St. Patrick’s Day is on the horizon and you don’t want to be the only one getting pinched all day. I’m not a big fan of green clothes, in case you missed it, I’m pretty fair skinned and have strawberry blonde hair. Throw in a green shirt and I might as well look like a leprechaun. Don’t think for a second this stopped me from buying my little leprechaun the cutest St. Patty’s outfit, lots of green. We’ll be a pair, I promise there will be pictures. I’ve been filling my Pinterest board full of adorable ideas.

St. Patrick's Day Treats // Leprechaun Bait // Life Anchored

Back on track, St. Patrick’s Day, green clothes, green food and leprechauns. Time to get in the kitchen and make some St. Patrick’s Day treats, also known as Leprechaun Bait. We put a fun spin on a traditional recipe to make it a little more festive and green of course. 

Leprechaun Bait
A fun St. Patrick's Day spin on traditional Muddy Buddies.
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
3998 calories
591 g
209 g
165 g
37 g
103 g
827 g
340 g
439 g
2 g
48 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
827g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3998
Calories from Fat 1478
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 165g
254%
Saturated Fat 103g
516%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 41g
Cholesterol 209mg
70%
Sodium 340mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 591g
197%
Dietary Fiber 17g
66%
Sugars 439g
Protein 37g
Vitamin A
46%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
72%
Iron
268%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 9 c. Rice Squares cereal
  2. 1.5 c. Chocolate chips
  3. 1/4 c. butter
  4. 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  5. 1.5 c. Powdered sugar
  6. 1 c. mint M&Ms
Instructions
  1. Place chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl, heat in 30 second incriments until no lumps present.
  2. After completely melted, add in vanilla extract and stir.
  3. Pour melted mixture over mixing bowl containing cereal. mix until all cereal coated.
  4. Place powdered sugar in large gallon food storage bag.
  5. Add coated cereal to bag of powdered sugar.
  6. Shake until all cereal coated in sugar.
  7. Place on cookie sheet to cool.
  8. Once cooled add M&Ms to mix and package.
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 St. Patrick's Day treatsLove that adorable Irish Blessing in our pictures? It’s available as a free printable!

 

DIY Taco Seasoning Mix

DIY Taco Seasoning Mix // Life Anchored lifeanchored.com

 

There are a few staples in our house, you know the items you pick up every week at the grocery store without adding them to your list. Taco seasoning mix is a must have in our house. Tacos are an easy go to meal, when I haven’t put a lot of thought into dinner, or just didn’t have to prepare something fancier. I use the same taco seasoning in my stove top traditional turkey tacos as I do in my slow cooker chicken soft tacos. Since I use so much of it, I decided that I  could probably save a few pennies and make my own in bulk (idea inspired by craft day at MOPS). 

So I add the bare ingredients to my grocery list and made my way to the bulk bins at Whole Foods. I love the bulk section of Whole Foods because I get to try new things with out spending an arm and a leg on a bottle of spices. For this project you are going to need the following. 

1 Tbsp. Ground Cummin

1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder

1 Tbsp. Onion Powder

1 Tbsp. Chili Powder ( I use the New Mexico Chili, it has a darker color)

1/2 tsp. Red Chili flakes

These proportions will make you about two servings of homemade taco seasoning mix. However, since I don’t want to mix this up all the time, I bought a cute jar at Target and did about 3 times the measurements to fill my jar. Now I have a months worth of taco seasoning mix made and I spent a fraction of what I would have on prepackaged seasoning.

Total spent out of the bulk bins for 6 servings was $1.89

1 Prepackaged Taco Seasoning is $1.67

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I’m thinking that homemade seasonings would make a great gift for neighbors or friends.

Do you make your own seasonings? How do you save pennies on the home front?

Healthy Instant Oatmeal Jars

healthy instant oatmeal  diy jar

We love cereal at our house. We eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and the occasional before bed snack. The one common trend is that it’s always healthy. There are two schools of thought when it comes to cereal at our house. Mine that says eat it the way it comes, whether out of a box with milk or from a packet warmed. Then there is The Mister’s school of thought, it goes a little something like this… add cereal to bowl (hot or cold), add any fruit in the house to the bowl, next search the pantry for any type of nuts and throw those in too. Lastly add in either some honey or a big spoon of peanut butter and enjoy. By the time he’s finished you can’t even see the cereal under all the add ins. Now, I’m not saying it isn’t delicious, it is. It just doesn’t look anything like my sad bowl of cereal and milk. 

I decided that I would make up a nice big jar of healthy instant oatmeal, perfect to have on hand for a sick day or a morning when you just want to stay in your pjs and stay warm. 

The make my healthy instant oatmeal I gathered the following:

Instant Oats-plain

Raisins

Walnuts

Dried cranberries

Shaved coconut

I added everything into a pretty jar and its the perfect amount for two heaping bowls of delicious health instant oatmeal. 

What would you include in your health instant oatmeal?

Valentines Day Game: Be Mine Bingo

Valentines day game gift Be Mine Bingo

Only 5 days left until the Day of Love, Valentine’s Day.  Plenty of time to put together this fun Valentines Day game for the kiddos, Be Mine Bingo.  We used these adorable cherry flavored heart shaped candies as out Bingo markers and the Love themed Bingo cards from Jenni Bowlin Scrapbooking. We packaged it all up in a few goodies from the Target dollar spot and these adorable packages are ready to go. How cute would these be at the table on Valentine’s Day when the kiddos wake up? A fun game of Bingo before breakfast starts.

Valentines day game gift Be Mine Bingo

Romantic Restaurants Across the United States

Romantic Restaurants Across the United States

Romantic Restaurants

 

Want to find a great place to take your Valentine this holiday? Look no further! Members of Social Fabric have found places all across the United States that are romantic and perfect for a lovely date night! Just find your local area below and see what fabulous places it has to offer. You can make it a night to remember! #Dinner4Valentines

 

Northeast Region

Eastampton, New Jersey – Dawn from A New Dawnn

Jersey City, New Jersey – May from La Vie En May

New Rochelle, New York – Jason from The Social Media Samurai

New York, New York – Ginnie from Hello Little Home

Unadilla, New York – Miranda from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Reading, Pennsylvania – Betsy from Heavens to Betsy

York, Pennsylvania – Sarah from How I Pinch A Penny

East Greenwich, Rhode Island – Kristin from Mama Luvs Books

Newport, Rhode Island – Stephanie from Mammamoiselle

Providence, Rhode Island – Mary from Tall Mom Tiny Baby

 

Midwest Region

Barrington, Illinois – Teresa from Tiaras & Tantrums

Chicago Area, Illinois – Michelle from Honest and Truly

Chicago, Illinois – Kelly from Kelly’s Lucky You

Chicago, Illinois – Jen from Fashionably Employed

Miami County, Ohio – Linette from The Home and Garden Cafe

Columbus, Ohio – Abbey from The Cards We Drew

Columbus, Ohio – Carissa from All in All

Troy, Ohio – Kendra from A Proverbs 31 Wife

Omaha, Nebraska – Mary from Living A Sunshine Life

Omaha, Nebraska – Lisa from Mom on the Side

Box Elder, South Dakota – Melissa from Kids Are Grown

Madison, Wisconsin – Jessica from All She Cooks

 

South Region

Birmingham, Alabama – Jennifer from Simple Hacks Living

Northwest Arkansas, Arkansas – Jamie from Jamie’s Thots

Pea Ridge, Arkansas – Robyn from Create it. Go!

Boca Raton, Florida – Shaina from Take a Bite Out of Boca

Bradenton, Florida – Kelly from Virtually Yours

Lee County, Florida – Krystal from Krystal’s Kitsch

Mount Dora, Florida – Sherry from Family Love and Other Stuff

Pensacola Beach, Florida – April from Frugally Green Mom

South Florida, FloridaMelissa Ann from The Eyes of a Boy

Tampa Bay, Florida – Lauren from Lauren Paints

Tampa, Florida – C. Lee from Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

Augusta, Georgia – Candy from Candypolooza

Annapolis, Maryland – Ashley from Momma Rambles

Frederick, Maryland – Terri from Housewives of Frederick County

Durham, North Carolina – Jen from Jael Custom Designs

Memphis, Tennessee – Pamela from Still Dating My Spouse

Arlington/Ft. Worth, Texas – Danita from O Taste and See

Austin, Texas – Lani from Life Anchored

Dallas, Texas – Heather from Dallas Single Mom

Dallas, Texas – Emily from Fortuitous Foodies

Denton, Texas – Stephanie from The TipToe Fairy

Fort Worth, Texas – Julie from Julie is Coco and Cocoa

Houston, Texas – Christine from Xtine Danielle

Houston, Texas – Kelli from Eat, Pray, Read, Love

San Antonio, Texas – Sara from Sensibly Sara

Richmond, Virginia – Jen from JVKom Chronicles

 

West Region

Anchorage, Alaska – Laura from Day by Day in Our World

Chandler, Arizona – JoAnn from A Whimsicle Life

Phoenix, Arizona – Michelle from Fun on a Dime

Los Angeles, California – Stacy from Fancy Shanty

Rohnert Park, California – Jamie from Minnesota Girl in the World

Sacramento, California – Brandy from Gluesticks

Santa Clarita, California – Carolyn from This Talk Ain’t Cheap

Temecula, California – Kara from Ramblings of a Marine Wife

Victorville, California – Holly from Our Holly Days

Denver, ColoradoCallie from A Sweet Potato Pie

Missoula, Montana – Patty from Broken Teepee

Orem, Utah – Kristie from Beneficial Bento

Salt Lake City to Provo, Utah – Marissa from Raegun Ramblings

St. George, Utah – Kendra from The Things I Love Most