Strawberry-Lemon Water

If you are like me and have to make yourself drink enough water to stay hydrated, and you don’t have a need to make¬†3 gallons of spa water, try adding a little something special to your water glass.

Strawberry-Lemon Water

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 strawberry
  • Mason jar
  • water
  • ice

1. Cut lemon into wedges.

2. Slice strawberry.

3. Add to water and ice in Mason jar.

4. Sip slowly on front porch swing.

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4 Moms Share Vegetarian Recipes

Have you bought our ebook yet?

The 4 Moms of 35+ Kids are sharing vegetarian recipes today, so this is the day you find out The Smockity Family is not vegetarian.

As in, we like our meat.

But I don’t want to let you down, so I have dug around and found some vegetarian recipes for you.

Gluten Free Crustless Quiche

Vegetarian Chili Pie

Do these veggie cups even count as a recipe?

Okay, that’s all I’ve got. See I told you we love meat around here.

Now, be sure to visit the rest of my 4 Moms team to see what vegetarian recipes they are sharing.

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Keep Strawberries Fresh Longer

Have you ever been frustrated by strawberries getting moldy only a day or two after you buy them?

I hate it when I find a great price on strawberries, and buy several cartons, only to find they have started to turn moldy the next day.

Here is a way to keep your strawberries fresh longer.

1. In a bowl, combine white vinegar and water in a 1:10 ratio. I used 1 cup of vinegar and 10 cups of water in the above photo.

2. Add strawberries.

3. Stir around to make sure all strawberries are covered with the water.

4. Let soak 10 minutes.

5. Drain.

6. Rinse if desired. (I did not rinse mine, and there was no vinegar taste at all.)

7. Pat dry and refrigerate.

My strawberries lasted 4 days after I bought them without a single sign of mold appearing. After that we dipped them in melted chocolate bark and shared them with friends, so no telling how long they would have gone mold-free.

This is the method I am using from now on to keep strawberries fresh longer. Now, you can use your un-moldy strawberries to make your own strawberry jam.

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Chocolate Banana “Ice Cream”

This simple chocolate banana frozen treat has the texture and taste of ice cream without the hassle.

You can make this with 3 ingredients in 2 minutes! Super simple!

Chocolate Banana Frozen Treat Recipe (Serves 1)

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 Tablespoons milk (or enough to make texture smooth)

1. Place all ingredients in blender.

2. Blend.

3. Add more milk if desired texture is not achieved.

4. Enjoy!

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And if you’d like to make another frozen banana treat, here is how to make chocolate banana pops.

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Simple Summer Veggie Cups

When I was hosting my good friend, Karla, who has 11 children, I knew I would want something easy for all our combined 19 kids to handle for lunch.  I decided to prepare these simple summer snacks ahead of time and set them out on the counter while I was dishing up the taco soup. Everyone was able to easily grab a cup of veggies along with their soup, and there were no worries about little hands spilling the ranch dressing!

These were simple to prepare in just a few quick minutes. Here’s how I did it.

Simple Summer Veggie Cups

  1. Squirt ranch dressing in bottom of small cup.
  2. Add carrots, celery, sliced bell pepper, and grape tomatoes.
  3. Slice cucumbers and make a slit half way across each slice.
  4. Place cucumber, at slit, on edge of cup.

And here’s the simple refreshing spa water I like to have on hand for large crowds. I love this 3 gallon dispenser!

Here’s another variation I made, at my husband‘s request. This one has sliced lemons (1), limes(2), and oranges(3).

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How to Brown and Freeze Ground Beef {Plus Recipes}

Since we are a family of 10, we buy our ground beef in 5 pound packages. I brown it up and divided it into 1 pound packages for the freezer so it’s recipe ready the next time I need it.

Here’s how to brown and freeze large amounts of ground beef:

  • Chop 1 large onion and 2 cloves of garlic.
  • Place ground beef, onion, and garlic in slow cooker.
  • Cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 5-6 hours. Check for pink spots and cook longer if needed.
  • Place a large strainer on a cookie tray and transfer the ground beef to the strainer.
  • Allow grease to drain for several minutes.
  • Divide ground beef into gallon size Ziploc bags.
  • Squeeze out air before zipping, and smash flat for easier defrosting.
  • Freeze.

Now, be sure to check out these ground beef recipes:

Alternately, if you have uncooked ground beef, try these easy homemade meatballs.

Then run, don’t walk to try these homemade White Castle sliders. You won’t be sorry. They will rock your world. Seriously. Your hair will be shinier, your teeth will be whiter, and your friends will be more charming. (Results vary.)

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