Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What Would You Do With. . . Strawberries???

It is time for another installment of What Would You Do with my girl Aubrey, also known as the only time I ever blog any more.
This month we're talking STRAWBERRIES.  You guys.  This is my favorite food of all time.  Except when my favorite food is perfectly ripe freshly picked peaches.  But according to the Miss Lancaster Pageant 2001, my favorite food is strawberries, so that's usually what I tell people.

So of course, I have SEVERAL recipes I want to share with you today.

First, my strawberry lemonade slush.  I wrote this frozen lemonade recipe when I was in college, but it was my friend Tiffanie that came up with the idea to add strawberries.  She's a genius.

1/3 c lemon juice
1/4 c sugar (you can do 3 T if you like it less sweet)
1/4 c water
2-3 strawberries
as much ice as it takes to get thick. . . like 4-5 cubes?  It just depends of the size of your ice.  You can always add more if its too liquid.

BLEND!  Enjoy!

Second, low calorie strawberry shortcake.  I made this recipe soon after Olivia was born and I was working to lose some baby weight.  I have found that I lose the most weight when I avoid all processed foods regardless of calories.  But if you like to count calories or maybe induldge in a processed food treat on occasion, here is a recipe for you ;)

Cupcake: (I broke down a cake mix into a smaller portion, because you KNOW what happens if you have extra cake lying around the house. . . and you're hungry. . . )
1 c Betty Crocker white cake mix (put the remainder of the cake mix in a Ziploc bag and back into the box)
1 egg white
2 T sugar free applesauce
1/3 c + 1 T water

Mix all ingredients, beat on medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes. Spoon into 8 cupcake liners. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. I let them cool, kept two for our dessert and put the rest in the freezer for another day. Because of the applesauce, these cupcakes will go bad faster than regular. I guess I could have made an even SMALLER batch, but I just didn't want to figure how to break down 1 egg white.
Cupcake: 100 calories

Strawberry topping:
2 cups fresh strawberries cut in half or fourths
2 T sugar (I'm going to try just 1 T next time)

Place strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Use two knives working like scissors to cut the strawberries into smaller pieces. The sugar will help draw out the strawberry's natural juices and make a really good topping.
1/2 c of topping: 45 calories

Whipped Topping:
1/2 c evaporated milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 T powdered sugar (must use powdered)

Place milk in a mixing bowl and place in the freezer until ice crystals form around the edges of the milk. (Consider freezing your beaters as well) Mix with a hand mixer on high for 1 minute until frothy. Add vanilla and sugar gradually. Mix on high for 2 more minutes until stiff. Serve immediately. (This can only be used on cool or cold desserts. It will melt on anything hot or warm) Makes 2 cups.
1/4 c whipped topping: 25 calories 

Next month we're doing the colors red, white and blue in anticipation of Independence Day!!!

Make sure you link up your strawberry posts!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What would you do with . . . a floral print?

Hi! Welcome to the one day a month I still blog!  You can always follow me on instagram at @shopolivethethings or @olive_thethings if you totes miss me.  I post a lot more there :)
Aubrey and I are asking you (and each other!) "What would you do with a floral print?"

I don't have a lot of florals in my closet, but I do love them for spring.  I needed (still a work in progress actually) a wardrobe overhaul soooo bad.  So I headed to the thrift store for some floral print fun.  Check out @thedailymer on instagram to see my awesome friend Meredith and her thrifting genius.  I was hoping to have some of her luck/fashion sense when I went shopping.  

I think I did pretty good!  This was my only floral print item haha!  I have like 10000 pajama pants but these were so soft and I love the color.  Maybe I could make them into a maxi skirt?  Or more likely I'll just keep them to lounge in.

This is my "look at how flat my stomach is getting" pose.

And this isn't really a floral, but the pretty coral color and ruffles make it feel like a floral to me :)

I feel like this picture looks like me, how I imagine I really look.  I know it's weird that it's blurry and I'm in the middle of saying something.  Maybe I just wasn't made for high def cameras and face forward shots!

Next month we'll be doing strawberries!!  This is my favorite food, so I'm really excited!

Now go check out what Aubrey did with florals!  She always has the best outfits!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What Would You Do with. . . Gold Glitter??

Happy March!!  Can you believe how fast the year is going!  And I thought last year went fast.  Every year is faster, I tell ya.

This month Aubrey and I are playing with gold glitter!

Initially I wanted to get some really cool gold glitter fabric and make a limited edition item for my shop.  But I took a babysitting job, agreed to judge an FCCLA competition and got the MOST wicked flu ever.  So I'm. . . kinda cheating :(  (again!)

My very first Olive the Things outfit was these gold glitter leggings and glitter onesie.  And they're still in my shop while supplies last!  I love using spoonflower for my printed fabrics, but I love using fun metallics I find at the fabric store as well. 

So sorry I didn't do anything new!!  But I do want to see what gold glitter projects you have going on!  Link 'em up!  Even if they're not new, we'd still love to see them!

And our upcoming months are!!!
April: Floral print fashion post
May: Strawberries

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What Would You Do. . . for Date Night?

Aubrey's goal this month is to focus on love, so we decided to plan dates for our monthly link up!!
When we were dating I introduced Adam to the wonderful world of sushi, and he has become a huge fan!  So for our ultimate date, we would definitely get some sushi.

We would probably invite some friends.  Adam really loves our friends Brandy and Tony, and though we haven't been able to meet up with them in a LOOOOONG time, I know our ultimate date would have to include them.

Next we would probably hit up a movie.  That might sound dull to most, but after a year of breastfeeding Axel we were kind of out of the habit of going to movies.  We're just starting to get babysitters and go out to the movies again!

And then for dessert we would definitely get some Red Mango fro-yo.  It's been Adam's favorite dessert place since we were dating, and I liked it a lot.  Once they added their sweeter flavors (hello chocolate!!) I've been just as in love with it as he has!

For Valentine's Day we don't go out (thanks to the weirdest V Day ever here) and so I do a special family dinner.  I pull out all the stops and don't give myself a budget.  It's always cheaper than eating out, even if I spend like $30 on the whole meal.  This year we had brisket, baked potatoes and ceasar salad.  Not my fanciest, but maybe my yummiest!!  :)

Next month we're doing What Would You Do With GOLD GLITTER.  I am so excited.  Please join us and link up!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What would you do with . . . basic black leggings??

Today is the second Wednesday of the month so Aubrey and I have our link up for what would you do!
There's one thing I love about winter and it's MINI SKIRTS!!!!  Huh??  Well since I'm LDS and I've been through the temple, I can't wear clothing above my knee, shorts or skirts.  But in the winter, I can layer to stay warm, and that means mini skirts over leggings!  And I love it.

But I did not take a picture of that for today.  Ha!  I faced my fears and wore leggings as pants.  Although it helped that these are actually yoga pants.  I like how yoga pants are thicker and have a wider waist band than most leggings I have encountered.

So this isn't super innovative fashion, but it's what I would do, not what I'm telling you to do ;) 

Link up your fashion posts with leggings!  And join us next month for What Would You Do on a date night!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Word

So I've done my resolutions in a couple different ways the past few years.  In 2013 I did a goal each month.  I actually worked on all of them, accomplished most of them!  In 2014 I wrote a goal for each quarter and I did NONE of them.  Eek! 

This year I want to pick a word to focus on all year, but work on a different aspect of it each month.  I hope this will work better than last year!! 

So I gave it very little thought (because it just sort of popped into my mind) and I came up with. . .

This year I want to grow my business, grow my family and grow my spirituality.  I'm starting with the last one in January by reading the Book of Mormon in one month.  At least that's the plan.  18 pages a day is no joke!! 

Anyway, Happy New Year!!!!  I'll try and stop by this place as often as I can, but in order for somethings to grow, other things have to shrink. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What would you do with Gingerbread?

Today is the second Wednesday of the month so Aubrey and I have our link up for what would you do!
We made our annual pepparkaka hus (gingerbread house) using a set from IKEA and leftover candy from Halloween!  A few days after Halloween I went through the candy bucket and pulled out anything I thought would be good for our ginger bread house.  I wanted to buy some peppermint sticks to use also, but we didn't get around to it.  Oh well!

Adam doesn't like to waste frosting.  So he made it snow at our house!  Hahaha!!

Then I wanted to make my "clean" pumpkin bread into gingerbread.  This was not super successful.  Oh it's totally yummy, just not very gingerbread tasting.  More like really rich spice cake.  I swapped the pumpkin for applesauce, the honey for molasses and the spices for ginger and a little pumpkin pie spice.  And I still put in chocolate chips!  Any ideas for making it taste more like gingerbread???

Next month we're rocking chic winter fashion by styling our yoga pants or basic black leggings.  Join us!!