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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Expressing Feelings with Inside Out!

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Summer is in full swing here at Gallamore West! My blog is slow, my days are busy, and my boys are home with me ALL.DAY.LONG. And I love it... I really do :) My boys and I love the lazy days of summer, but I also like to add in some fun activities for us to do occasionally too. So we made DIY Glitter "Calm Down" Jars, and decorated cookies this week. All with Disney's Inside Out movie in mind.


First, we went to the drive-in movie theatre to see Inside Out. We've so lucky to live about 5 minutes from a great drive-in theatre! 


But things aren't all peaches and cream here every day. We definitely deal with our share of arguments, disagreements, differences of opinion, etc. I try to let the boys work out their issues as much as they can without my intervention, but sometimes tempers flare and Mom has to step in. So, taking all of the boys to see Disney's new summer movie, Inside Out, has been a great way for us to talk about expressing our feelings appropriately. Inside Out is all about an 11-year old girl, Riley, working through her emotions after a cross-country move away from all of her friends, her hockey team, and all of her favorite memories.  Her emotions get all out of whack and she spends a lot of time feeling sadness. 

After watching the movie, the boys and I talked about how to handle it when they feel sad- that it's okay to feel sad sometimes, that it's normal to feel sad sometimes, how to best express our emotions to others, and how to overcome negative feelings. We even decorated cookies to look like some of our favorite characters from Inside Out. 


Here's Sadness...


And Joy... (she must've tasted too good to wait for a picture!) 


And Anger. 


We also made DIY Glitter "Calm Down" Jars for those times when we really need to take a deep breath, relax, count to ten, and watch the glitter fall down to the bottom of the jar. I'm telling you- that Calm Down Jar has been a wonderful calming thing... for me :) 


These DIY Glitter "Calm Down" Jars are so great and easy to make. Just fill your jar with vegetable oil, pour in your favorite color glitter, and seal the jar (you can hot glue it sealed also if you think little hands may try to open it). 


I bought a multi-color pack of glitter at Walmart, where I also picked up some fun toys that go along with the Inside Out movie! I bought Joy- one of the main characters and my personal favorite emotion. 




And my little guy couldn't resist Bing Bong, who happened to also be a favorite character in the movie. Bing Bong talks too, and says some of his cutest lines from Inside Out. 


Have you seen Disney's new movie, Inside Out, yet?

 It's an adorable movie, and brings up the importance of discussing our feelings. It was a great way to kick off summer here at Gallamore West, especially because we were able to talk about expressing our feelings AND do some super fun things along with the movie, Inside Out! 


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Star Wars Cereal- May The Force Be With You!


With a son named Luke, you know we just HAD to have a Star Wars Party here.  And of course we have our own little Luke Skywalker! 


He was over the moon excited when he saw that I had new Star Wars cereal for him and his brothers... I mean, Jedis. 


There are currently two Limited Edition Boxes of Star Wars cereal, Yoda and Darth Vader. Both have the same fruity flavored cereal with Star Wars shaped marshmallows inside.  How fun are those lightsaber marshmallows?!


Both boxes are packed with fun on the outside too!


You can get a $1.00 off coupon here! And get these Yoda and Darth Vader boxes while you can because they'll soon be gone and two more Limited Edition Boxes will come out next! 

So, which side of The Force are you on? This little Luke will never go to the Dark Side :)


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Red White & Blue Ice Cream Sandwiches!

4th of July is my favorite holiday! I love everything about it- the colors, the decorations, the food and mostly the meaning behind it. Today I'm SO excited to be gearing up for 4th of July with this fun Blog Hop packed full of awesome NEW ideas for you! 


 Red, white and blue desserts are always part of our 4th of July celebration. Today I'm sharing a classic All American dessert with a red, white and blue twist.


Here's the recipe for you: 

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 sticks butter, room temp
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups red white & blue M&Ms candies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large cookie sheet (jelly roll pan) with non-stick cooking spray.  In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside. In a stand mixer, combine butter and sugars until well mixed. Add in the eggs and vanilla until well blended. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients. Fold in the M&Ms. Spread onto cookie sheet and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake until lightly golden, about 18-22 minutes. Cool completely. Use a round cookie cutter (or ANY shape!) to make your sandwiches- 2 cookies cut per sandwich. 


For the ice cream part, I like my ice cream sandwiches to have a nice, smooth look to them so I use a cutting board, 2 sheets of freezer paper (parchment or wax paper would work too), and a rolling pin.  I just scoop out my ice cream onto the cutting board lined with one sheet of freezer paper. Then I place the other sheet of freezer paper on top and roll it out until it's smooth. Pop the whole thing in the freezer and once your cookies are cooled and your ice cream is frozen (it gets a bit soft during the rolling part) then you can assemble your ice cream sandwiches. Just cut your ice cream using the same cookie cutter you used for the cookies so everything is the same size.  



My blogging friends and I have a whole Red, White, and Blue board filled with amazing ideas for you!

There are almost 100 awesome NEW Red, White, and Blue ideas for you!


Want even more ideas?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches with Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SunsOutSpoonsOut #CollectiveBias


Summertime is here and we are SO ready to enjoy all of the fun things that summer is all about... sunshine, lazy mornings, playing with friends, celebrating summer holidays, and of course... ICE CREAM!  One of our favorite summertime treats at Gallamore West is Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches made with homemade chocolate chip cookies.  Today I'm sharing my recipe with you! 

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches with Homemade Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 sticks butter, room temp
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large cookie sheet (jelly roll pan) with non-stick cooking spray.  In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside. In a stand mixer, combine butter and sugars until well mixed. Add in the eggs and vanilla until well blended. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips. Spread onto cookie sheet and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake until lightly golden, about 18-22 minutes. Cool completely. Use a round cookie cutter (or ANY shape!) to make your sandwiches- 2 cookies cut per sandwich. 


For the ice cream part, I like my ice cream sandwiches to have a nice, smooth look to them so I use a cutting board, 2 sheets of freezer paper (parchment or wax paper would work too), and a rolling pin.  I just scoop out my ice cream onto the cutting board lined with one sheet of freezer paper. Then I place the other sheet of freezer paper on top and roll it out until it's smooth. Pop the whole thing in the freezer and once your cookies are cooled and your ice cream is frozen (it gets a bit soft during the rolling part) then you can assemble your ice cream sandwiches. Just cut your ice cream using the same cookie cutter you used for the cookies so everything is the same size.  


Blue Bunny Ice Cream is the best for many reasons- it's delicious, affordable, and can I tell you how much I love the lid?! I know, that sounds silly but really... so many other ice creams get all messy when the cardboard lid starts getting soft.  Blue Bunny's click-on lid is so much easier to deal with. It's the little things here :) 


I got to ice cream while grocery shopping the other day (hello, delicious!) and you can too. Look for the next Blue Bunny demo at your local Walmart, coming up on June 20th. And if you're looking to buy some Blue Bunny Ice Cream, you'll find it right in the Ice Cream section in the freezer aisle. 

I loved being able to eat ice cream while grocery shopping at the live Blue Bunny demo at Walmart last weekend! Look for a Blue Bunny demo at your local store coming up the weekend of June 20th! 

Want more great ideas using Blue Bunny Ice Cream? Check out more here! And for more info on Blue Bunny, visit Blue Bunny on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Google +, and YouTube

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins & Coffee Gift Basket

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #McCafeMyWay #CollectiveBias

Coffee is my love language. There are few things better in this whole wide world to me than a good, hot cup of coffee. I seriously go to bed every night dreaming of the next morning because... COFFEE. And homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins alongside my delicious cup of coffee and I'm in heaven. I know many of you would be too! 


Here's the recipe for these absolutely delicious little muffins. They are sweet enough for an afternoon treat with a cup of coffee, but not too sweet so they can still be for breakfast with a cup of coffee. See a trend here... with a cup of coffee! 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 cups cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup 1% milk 
1 stick butter, room temp
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips 

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a bowl mixer combine butter, peanut butter and sugars until well combined. Add in eggs until blended. Slowly add in milk and vanilla extract until combined. Fold in peanut butter chips and chocolate chips. Fill pre-lined muffin tins 2/3 full and bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned and set in the middle, about 20 minutes.  This recipe makes A LOT of muffins- 15 full size muffins and 24 mini muffins (bake for 7-8 minutes). Store at room temperature for up to 3 days... but they won't last that long! 


And if you haven't tried McCafé Coffee, it's delicious. I love strong, rich coffee and McCafé's Premium Roast is perfect. 


Next time you need a delicious morning breakfast... or an afternoon pick-me-up... or even a delicious, cute gift basket for the coffee lovers in your life, pick up a bag of McCafé coffee from Walmart. It's available in eight varieties and it comes in premium bags and coffee pods available for flexible options on how to brew your coffee. I'm a BIG old pot of coffee girl myself :) 


I had the pleasure of attending a Demo at Walmart where I got to drink coffee and eat dessert while shopping... that is basically a dream come true for me. 

If you're looking for McCafé Coffee at Walmart, whether your a big bag of coffee kind of person or a coffee pod person, you'll find them all in the coffee aisle.



If you need more inspiration, check out the Kick Off Your Summer Cookbook website. It has recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What's not to love? If you're looking for a new dinner idea or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out!

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