August 27, 2014

Lemon Mousse Pudding Cups

As much as I'm chomping at the bit to get going on some fall recipes, I do have one last summery treat to share with you.  It is still August, after all.  I have to keep reminding myself that the first day of fall is well into September!


Lemon Mousse Pudding Cups @ Blissful Roots

I got the idea for this recipe from a Gooseberry Patch Kids in the Kitchen.  We loved the chocolate version of this (the cup of dirt with worms), and when I found a bag of Mini Golden Oreos (there are even Lemon Twist Oreos, but they're a limited edition item) on sale a few weeks ago, I instantly thought of pairing them with lemon pudding for a fresh, summer twist on our traditionally chocolaty dessert. 

Lemon Mousse Pudding Cups @ Blissful Roots
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This recipe isn't just for kids, and you could really try it with ANY pudding and cookie combination.   I love this one just as much as the chocolate version, and I can't wait to try out a few more.  Pistachio pudding is calling my name, and when fall come, there is a pumpkin spice pudding that hits the shelves- pumpkin and gingersnaps.  YUM!

Lemon Mousse Pudding Cups @ Blissful Roots

And here's the chocolate version of this easy, crowd-pleasing dessert.  It's a Halloween edition, but that's perfect because the spooky holiday will be here before we know it!

Chocolate Mousse Pudding Cups at Blissful Roots
Chocolate Mousse Pudding Cups

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August 26, 2014

Faith is the Antidote for Fear {Printable}

If there's one thing I love more than creating holiday printables, it would have to be creating inspiration printables.  Holiday printables make me completely giddy, but if I really want a dose of wisdom and guidance, I turn to the inspirational quotes.

Faith is the Antidote for Fear {Printable} @ Blissful Roots
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I've been reading the May issue of The Ensign (a monthly magazine put out by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), and this article/talk entitled Let Your Faith Show by Elder Russell M. Nelson was a favorite of mine!  There were so many amazing thoughts in his message, but this short and simple one sums up faith perfectly!

I'm not sure what you worries are in life, but I'm sure you have them.  I know I do!  And while I'm not perfect at it, I have come a LONG way in replacing my fear with faith.  I've come to realize worrying doesn't get me anywhere, but in knotted mess.  I'm very grateful to know that I have a loving Heavenly Father who knows me, loves me, and will make everything work out for me in the end.  It may not be the way I want it to work out, but the way He wants, and I know His will is better than mine.  


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August 25, 2014

Favorite Color Combination Websites

I've come to appreciate the talent of those who can come up with beautiful color combinations.  Whenever I create a printable to share, I'm always on the lookout for fresh, eye-catching color pallets.  For a long time, I just relied on what looked good to me, but I found myself using the same color schemes over and over.  I needed something new!


Favorite Color Combination Websites @ Blissful Roots

I can't quite remember how, but I found a website several months ago, and it has quickly become my best friend when it comes to creating pretty much anything digital.  The site is called Color Combos.  I love this site because you can choose any color, click on it, then you can view tons of color palletes using your chosen color as a base.  Plus, you'll get the hex number (see the 6-digit numbers below each color) for each color, so you can copy and paste that into your editing program, and have the exact colors you want.  Love it!!  (I tend to have a lot of gray hues on my mind these days with little boy number four on the way).  
Favorite Color Combination Websites @ Blissful Roots
Color Combos
I am most familiar with Color Combos, and use it the most, but here are a couple other sites that I love to draw color inspiration from.

Favorite Color Combination Websites @ Blissful Roots
design seeds

I love design seeds because of the endless color palletes that are all based around nature and art.  Just look at these gorgeous roses, and the stunning color 
combinations you could use based on them.  My only hang up with this site is that you won't get a hex number, or RGB number to duplicate the exact colors.  You can purchase their books, and I'm sure you'll find the numbers in there, but otherwise you just have to eyeball it.  When I create anything digital, I always like having an exact hex number.  But, if you just want some inspiration to use for home decor, then this site is perfect!  You can match the colors provided with paint samples, and you'll be all set.


Favorite Color Combination Websites @ Blissful Roots

Favorite Color Combination Websites @ Blissful Roots

Another site I found recently is called Colour Lovers.  It's a lot like Color Combos because you'll get the hex number for each color provided, but you'll also get the RGB number as well!  I can't wait to explore this site more.  So many great sources of inspiration!

I also found this cool site (RGB to Hex) that will convert your hex number to an RGB number, and vice versa.  That way if you only have one number, or the other, then you type it in and the site will convert it for you.  So cool!


I hope you'll take the time to explore a few of these sites.  I do have to warn you, you'll be wanting to redecorate your entire house with the amazing color palletes you find!

Happy coloring!

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August 21, 2014

Eric Carle Inspired Garden Art For Kids

I was going through some papers the other day, and ran across these garden art pages my boys and I made quite awhile ago.  I had forgotten how cute they were!

Eric Carle Inspired Garden Art For Kids @ Blissful Roots

My twins were only about three when we made these, so drawing the vegetables was a bit tricky.  The perfect solution?   Go Eric Carle style.  They just colored papers in different colors, and then I cut out the shapes of the veggies.

Eric Carle Inspired Garden Art For Kids @ Blissful Roots

They painted some papers, and used crayons, markers, colored pencils, and whatever else we had.

Eric Carle Inspired Garden Art For Kids @ Blissful Roots

Then I cut out the vegetable shapes and attached them to some card stock.  The boys helped me write each vegetable name when we had everything glued on.  And by the way, we have never ever planted an eggplant, but they had learned about it in a book, so we had to include it!

Eric Carle Inspired Garden Art For Kids @ Blissful Roots

I also added a favorite garden quote, and then had my boys tell me what they liked about the garden.  I typed up what they said, and added them to the page.  Cute art, and some journaling as well .  It's making me realize we need to do this activity again!

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August 20, 2014

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

August means zucchini days, doesn't it?  My in-law's usually have and abundance of zucchini  (as I'm sure many of you have), but this year they've had a mother deer and her twin babies (darling, but a bit of a nuisance) visiting the garden daily.  They seem to love the blossoms, so this year each zucchini we do snag is kind of precious!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread @ Blissful Roots

I got this recipe from my mother-in-law several years ago.  I didn't get around to posting it last year, and I wanted to make sure to get it done this year.  The recipe takes about 3 cups of zucchini, so for those of you who have zucchini coming out of your ears, it's the perfect way to use up a lot of it!
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I always add the chocolate chips (semi sweet), but that's about it as far as optional ingredients go.  I do remember my mother-in-law making it with all the optional ingredients, and it is fantastic!

I also have to say I loved getting out the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for this bread.  Fall ingredients are beginning to make more of an appearance these days at our house.  I LOVE them, and how they smell when baking!!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread @ Blissful Roots

We also have a family favorite pumpkin bread that is very similar to this zucchini one.

Old Grist Mill Pumpkin Bread
And here are the most AMAZING zucchini cupcakes you'll ever taste!  The frosting is perfection!

Zucchini Spice Cupcakes
What are you doing with your zucchini this summer?

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August 19, 2014

Dream Big Printable

Well, we had a very successful first day of second grade here! One of my twins even told me he wasn't even scared as we were getting ready for bed the night before.  Now, a few fist day jitters did settle in in the morning, but just for a second, and that was it!  I can't wait for the fun and exciting year that's awaiting them.
Dream Big Printable from Blissful Roots
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I often get a bit sentimental when my boys head off to school. I'm so proud of the good, kind-hearted, hardworking boys they are becoming.  And I often wonder what they'll be when they grow up.  Right now it's football players for both of them (one of my twins is convinced he can break all of Jerry Rice's records).  I find myself almost discouraging any such idea, but then I stop and remind myself that we all need big dreams to work towards.  They don't always pan out exactly as we want, but we can always...

Dream beautiful dreams and then work to make those dreams come true.
-Spence W. Kimball

What are your big, beautiful dreams these days? 

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August 18, 2014

Lullabies Playlist {On Spotify}

  I seem to have all things baby on my mind lately, which I haven't had to think about in years.  And I have to say it's been a lot of fun!  I also haven't posted a playlist for awhile, so in honor of all things baby, I have a lullabies playlist to share with you today. 

Lullabies Playlist @ Blissful Roots


And actually, all three of my boys (ages seven and four) still listen to the Tender Lullabies CD (you'll see the songs in my playlist) to fall asleep at night.  It's so relaxing and peaceful!  So, along with those favorites, I'm excited to add a few new songs to add to the baby atmosphere that will be here in a couple of months for our family.


You can listen to my entire lullabies playlist on Spotify.  You just need to download it to listen, and it's free!  So, hop on over and download today.  Not only can you listen to my playlist, but you can listen to anything!  I LOVE Spotify!

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