Gourmet Fettuccine Alfredo with Stella®

Favorite Alfredo

 

Favorite Alfredo

I love Italian food- it is one of my favorite foods.  Growing up I remember trying every Alfredo recipe I could find but I have finally tweaked a few to create one that I love and everyone that has tried it as well.

Stella 3 cheese blend

Alfredo Sauce

3 TBSP butter

8 fluid oz. heavy whipping cream

1 cup 3 Stella® Cheeses Italian Blend or Parmesan Cheese

salt & pepper to taste

1 tsp garlic powder

1 egg yolk + 2 TBSP heavy whipping cream

 

 

Melt butter over medium heat.  Add cream & stir constantly until boiling- once boiling stir for 5 minutes and turn heat to med-low.

Add cheese, salt & pepper, & garlic powder- stir constantly until cheese is melted.

Mix yolk & heavy whipping cream together til smooth.  Slowly add to sauce while constantly stirring to mix egg in smoothly.

Simmer 3-5 minutes

Garnish with Stella® Parmesan Cheese

Tastiest Alfredo Sauce

Best italian food

Let me know if you try it and what you think.

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10 Holiday Traditions

Toddler Fashion OshKosh

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Holiday traditions are so fun.  I love hearing about other peoples holiday traditions and seeing what I want to implement into ours, so I thought- why not share some of our favorite traditions that we do over at the Moehle home.  Now some of these are ones that we took from when we were kids and some of them are ones that I have heard others doing and thought- that is so magical we are doing that now.

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  1. Gingerbread houses
    This was one of my favorite things to do as a kid.  My family has a major sweet tooth so maybe it was the fact that we were creating crafts with candy but this is my favorite thing to do.  We use to make houses out of graham crackers and icing but the last few years I have cheated and bought those gingerbread kits- best inventions ever.  I do like to still buy a few candies that I am use to always using from childhood but those will save you a lot of money actually and a lot of time.
  2. Wrapping books under the tree
    My mom loves to buy books- I never thought I would think you could have too many books but we are at that point.  This year I wrapped 42 christmas books underneath our tree.  You guys this is just books that are about christmas that we only pull out during this time.  Anyways the tradition with this is to have 25 christmas books that you wrap and have under your tree, each night your child(ren) get to pick a present, open it, and read it together that night.  We already read books to Olivia each night so this is a fun tradition for us.  Not only does our tree look so cute the entire month having presents under the tree, but the girls get to unwrap presents all month long.  Who wouldn’t love to do that.  I also think this helps to reduce how much we feel like we need to give on christmas day because she has already unwrapped a lot of gifts all month.  My mom actually asked me if I thought she would get sick of unwrapping a present- she hasn’t yet but in all honestly I hope she does a little bit so she doesn’t expect a ton on christmas day.
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  3. Hot Chocolate & Christmas lights
    I love lights and all the colors.  It is so fun to me to go drive around and look at all the christmas lights.  So many places have where you can drive through a park now and look at lights or neighborhoods have themes.  We also have the Salt Lake Temple where they decorate Temple Square.  It is gorgeous.  So we choose a place to go, drive around or walk around and look at the lights, and than we come home and warm up with hot chocolate.  Again my sweet teeth is calling me here but who doesn’t love to get some hot chocolate, some fresh baked cookies, grab a blanket, turn on christmas music, turn off the lights, turn on the christmas tree lights and snuggle up together while drinking hot cocoa.  It seriously warms your soul.
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  4. Santa Photos
    We are lucky that we have a location here that allows parents to dress up like santa claus and take children’s photos that way.  The first place I ever took Olivia I thought that was what we were doing- instead an employee dressed up and Olivia screamed the entire time and tried crawling away- I ended up loving the photos anyways but love the idea of my kid looking happy towards santa.  The last 2 years I went to a place called FotoFly (Utah Locals) that if your child doesn’t warm up to the santa they have than you wear the costume.  I have loved how these turned out- you should check out their site and look how adorable they are.  We took ours today and Olivia thought it was so funny that I had big belly and a beard- she told me santa wouldn’t be too happy that I was wearing his stuff.
  5. Pancakes with Strawberries and Whipped Cream
    This is a tradition that is from my family- again with the sweet tooth.  Every major holiday this seems to be the breakfast we have and honestly I love it.  My pancake might be more whipped cream than strawberries but thats ok.  We have done this a couple of times at our home but my daughter wasn’t a fan of the whipped cream when she was younger plus I was the parent that it was ok for me to eat junk food but not her.  Now that she is getting a little older this tradition will be brought back into our home.
  6. Each Person takes turns opening gifts
    In our house we were all allowed to open the stockings whenever and together if we liked but the presents we had to take turns.  My mom loves to write down what everyone got and from who so it was easier for her to do this when we took turns.  In all honestly I loved it as a kid.  I had the role of finding gifts for everyone in the family and passing them out.  I loved seeing what everyone got and loved seeing the joy on their faces.  As we have gotten older and had our own families this tradition has gotten a little lost.  I remember one year all the grandkids just dug in- not only did it go by so much quicker, but I felt like the kids had a greedier heart.  I hope that makes sense but I don’t feel like the appreciated what they truly got when they were just ripping open every gift like crazy.  When you take turns the presents take up more time of the day and it slows down the child to truly notice what they got and appreciate it.
    Holiday Chill Decorations
    Toddler Christmas Tree
  7. Christmas Movies
    I need to create a list of some of my favorite christmas movies as well- there are just so many but there is one that I watch every christmas eve.  My brother and I started this tradition probably later in life because I don’t remember my other siblings joining in as much.  Family of 5 over here and I am the baby.  I remember the year as well- my brother and I were watching the grinch who stole christmas- the old cartoon one and my sister pulled out Christmas Vacation and told us we would enjoy it.  We were obviously in our teenage years because my toddler isn’t going to enjoy this movie.  I remember thinking it was the funniest movie I had ever seen and now I watch it every year.  My first year at my in-laws they even bought it for me so that I could watch it.  I don’t think my husband enjoys it as much as I do so I can’t wait for my kids to be older and join in with me.
    Oshkosh Cheer
  8. Homemade Carmels
    Neighborhood gifts at our house were always homemade carmels.  I love the smell of these carmels and often would join in baking these with my mom.  We would make so many batches of these that I could start telling when they were ready not from the temperature but from the color of the carmels.  Everyone loves my moms carmels and I will be honest they are amazing.  I have only ever found 1 other place that can make them like my mom.
  9. Present from the North Pole
    I went to this adorable Pinners class about making christmas more magical for children and one of the ideas was to have a gift come to the front door from Mrs. Claus.  It would usually be items to bake a treat together and have it in a cute wrapped gift that is cold.  She would wrap everything up and than place the present in the freezer so that it felt like it really came from the North Pole.  I think that is the cutest idea ever and since my daughter loves to help bake I am going to start doing this.
    Oshkosh Toddler Fun
  10. Good Acts of Kindness for Baby Jesus
    When we were younger we had this wooden manger with a baby jesus swaddled.  There was no hay in the manger and the goal was to give baby jesus a nice bed by the time Christmas came.  Each week we would draw names in the family and that week we had to do little acts of kindness for that person.  Each time we did this we could place a piece of straw in the manger.  I loved doing this as a kid- I apparently was always a child that was concerned about others feelings.  My aunt told me that as a young child I was always in tune with others emotions and was concerned if someone was down.  So this activity hit my personality type right in the little heart and let me go wild.  I would leave little notes under pillows with a treat saying how much I loved them.  I would clean peoples room, anything I could think of.  I wanted to make sure that baby had the best bed ever.  A few years ago I saw a shop start promoting this idea again and I was thrilled they were bringing it back.  Isn’t that what Christmas is about- is spreading good cheer.

Olivia has loved doing a lot of these things and we will continue to do others throughout the month.  A lot of these activities require a child to be warm but also move around and be comfortable.  That is one reason why I love OshKosh and their holiday line.  We were able to buy so much clothes for such a great price.  Olivia has been wearing them all month and we haven’t worn everything yet.  I also love that so many of items look great together.  I highly encourage you to head over and check them out.  They have been having amazing sales since before black friday, so you are able to get ever more for a great price.  You can get 20% off your order of $40 or more using code: In-store: 037264 and Online: OKBG3418 so head on over to find a store near you here and online here.

Head over to my instagram on this post to enter to win a $50 gift card to OshKosh

 

 

Cardboard House

Easy Italian Cream Soda

Italian Creme

 

Sparkling Ice

Italian Cream Sodas are a favorite in my family.  When Todd and I got married we had Italian Cream Sodas as our featured drink, my nieces always make them when I go over to watch them, my brothers are obsessed- it’s easy to say it is a favorite drink at the Olthuis house.  So with the holidays upon us and much family time in the near future I thought it would be fun to share an EASY Italian Cream Soda recipe that helps to limit the amount of items used.

 

Items Needed

Sparkling Ice– any flavor desired

Ice

Heavy Cream

Flavored Water

Fill a glass with desired amount of ice

Pour flavored Sparkling Ice 3 parts to 1 part heavy cream.

If desired add whipped cream to the top with a cherry or garnish.

 

The whipping cream I just use the heavy cream with some sugar and vanilla and mix on high.

Creme Soda

What I like about doing the italian cream sodas this one is each person gets to pick their flavor when using Sparkling Ice instead of buying several large sized flavors.

 

I hope you enjoy- how do you like to drink your Sparkling Ice?

Quick Italian Cream Sodas

 

Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Immaculate Baking

Quick Apple Cinnamon Rolls

 

Quick Apple Cinnamon Rolls

It’s fall, the perfect time of year to start craving everything apples.  Apple pie, caramel apple, apple rolls.  You know when its late at night and all you want is a snack that is quick to whip up but has that yummy home-made taste, I can’t be the only one that gets these cravings often.  Well I devoured pinterest and came across a few recipes and started looking into my cupboards and fridge to see what I had available and created my own- altered/combined recipe of an Apple Cinnamon Rolls.  You can save  $1.00 using this coupon on the cinnamon Rolls

What you will need

Organic Cinnamon Rolls by Immaculate Baking

2-3 apples peeled & diced

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp of cinnamon

2 TBSP of butter

 

Icing Glaze

2 TBSP cream cheese

2 TBSP of unsalted butter

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/4  tsp of vanilla extract

pinch of salt

 

Apple Cinnamon Recipe

Peel & Dice 2-3 apples

mix 1 TBSP & 1/4 cup brown sugar with apple dices

Medium heat- melt 2 TBSP butter and add apple mixture. Stir constantly for 3 minutes- until softened to liking

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Let apple mix cool and unroll Immaculate Organic Cinnamon Rolls

Immaculate Baking

unravel cinnamon rolls just a tiny bit so there is spacing between each spiral

Organic Baking

add apple mixture on top and push some apples in between spaces to fill up the cinnamon roll

Organic Recipes

bake at 325 degrees for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown

Cinnamon Rolls with Apples Alternate Cinnamon Rolls

Pour the packaged icing on top while still warm to melt into the cinnamon roll

Apple Cinnamon Rolls

after has cooled about 5-10 minutes spread on more icing to your liking (icing recipe below)

Yummy Apple Cinnamon Rolls

ICING

mix 2 tbsp cream cheese (softened)

2 tbsp unsalted butter (softened)

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of salt

mix until smooth

Our Diaper Rash Journey with Desitin

 

As parents we have a million things going through our heads at all times.

did I change the load in the wash

what is for dinner tonight

do I have those groceries to make that

I hope I am going to have time to get Ryan to her doctor appointment without waking her from her nap

did Olivia eat enough for breakfast and was it even healthy

 

Lets be honest do our minds ever stop- I know mine doesn’t.  I went and got a massage the other day and the entire time I was thinking about a million things.  I couldn’t even relax.

I know I don’t have it bad compared to some but between dealing with Ryan’s acid reflux and than adding her plagiocephaly & torticollis into the mix I feel like we are always on the go.  The last thing that I want to have to deal with is a diaper rash.

When Ryan was about a month old she started getting really bad diaper rashes & was upset all the time- the only thing that would calm her down was to nurse her but that only lasted a few minutes and than she would arch and scream.  Come to find out she was reacting to all the dairy that I was eating (which I live off of my dairy) and she had acid reflux.  One thing that really helped during this time was Desitin Rapid Relief.

Every now and then we still deal with diaper rash but it is nothing compared to those earlier days.  I also know that we are staying on top of it to help prevent it from happening.  If you are dealing with diaper rash right now Desitin shares some of their secrets how to deal with it here as well as how to prevent it from happening here.  We love using the Desitin Rapid Relief but I also recommend trying their Desitin Maximum Strength Original paste.  Have you tried Desitin? What are some secrets to keeping your little ones bum from turning red?

 

Chores For My Toddler

Chores are an excellent way to teach children responsibility as well as being a part of the family and contributing.  One thing I have noticed with children is the desire to help out so I knew I wanted to teach her things while she still had this desire.  We started some of these chores around the age of 1 but thought I would write a list of a few chores we have her do and most 2 year olds are capable of doing.

2 Year Old Chore List

  1. Wipe up spills
    We started this early- around 1 1/2 years old- every time she would spill something on the floor I would give her something to help wipe it up- sometimes she would go into the drawer and get a towel herself as well to help clean it up.  She doesn’t always do the best job and I often have to go after her and finish cleaning it up but I love that she knows that if something spills she needs to clean it up.
  2. Pick up her toys & books
    This task isn’t always easy- she gets distracted very easily when picking up her toys and will sit down and start playing.  I probably end up cleaning most of the toys up but I do like knowing that she can do it.  There are times that I tell her I will not help to pick them up and make her do them herself.  I think it is good to teach them that you are not there to serve their every desire.  If they make a mess it is their responsibility to clean it up.
  3. Make her bed
    Thanks to Beddys bedding this is an easy task.  I think a made bed makes the room but how hard would it be for a 2 year old to always make that bed when I can’t even seem to make my own all the time- thanks to the zipper feature she is able to zip her bed made and she loves doing it as well.
  4. Brush her teeth
    I am a dental hygienist so this one is extremely important to me and I love that she wants to do it.  Obviously I go in and do it as well but I love that she wants to brush them herself.  It will create a healthy habit for when she is a teenager and older.
  5. Throw away her garbage
    Another task that she has loved since a young age.  She often asks to throw away our garbage.  I wanted to teach her to not leave her trash everywhere for me to find.  Outside I do not allow her to leave her garbage all over the yard either.  There are times that we eat outside and she will get distracted and want to run off and play but I still make her throw things away.  Hoping it will help to prevent littering in the future as well
  6. Feed the cats
    This chore more came about from her begging to do it.  We help her with this task and measure out the amount the cats need but she goes and puts it in their bowls.  She often goes and calls for the cats to come to dinner as well if they aren’t already up in the kitchen begging for it.

 

Picnic Essentials

Picnic essentials

 

 

Olivia is obsessed with eating outside.  She will always go and get our blanket and say picnic outside.  It is adorable and I hope she continues to want to hang out with me all the time.  It got me thinking though of some things that are essential to have a great picnic and thought I would gather some of our favorite products.

Picnic essentials

top 5 picnic essentials

Picnic Essentials

  1. A great blanket
    We are obsessed with our Gathre mat and I highly recommend investing in a good quality blanket for any occasion.  This mat gets brought out on a daily and during the winter we use it for indoor picnic as well.  I love that it is waterproof so if the grass is wet we don’t get wet and you are able to wipe off anything easily that is spilt.  Lets be honest we are eating with kids- there is going to be a lot that gets spilt.  Olivia has gotten lasagna all over this mat and it never stained- just wiped right up.
  2. A picnic basket
    We have one similar to this one– that I got from my parents house- it helps to have all of your stuff together in one spot.  Plus I think it is adorable to have a picnic basket.
  3. Umbrella
    We bought a budget friendly $20 one from Target in their seasonal area and we use it all the time- there are often times we can’t find shade so its nice to have this to protect us some.
  4. Portable speakers
    We are a family that loves to always have music playing.  Olivia also loves to dance so it helps to entertain her while the rest of us are still snacking.  We have a small bluetooth one that we got from Amazon.
  5. Easy Nutritious Food
    Obviously a picnic wouldn’t be complete without the food.  I like to keep it simple when going on a picnic so that I am not juggling a lot of things and makes clean up easy as well.  I still want the food to be nutritious for us.  That is what I love about the Papa Johns ne w gluten-free crust pizza.  They use ancient grains making this a healthier option than your regular pizza.  Whenever I am breastfeeding I try to be a little more health conscience than I normally am.  I am also the mom that gives my child fruit & veggies while I am hiding eating fast food.  I like that I don’t have to hide while eating this meal.  Try it out tonight with this PROMO CODE for a small 2-Topping Gluten-Free Crust Pizza $9.99 : GLTN2T

 

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How To.. Heatless Curls with Savvy Curls

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How to curl your hair easily without heat. These are all things I love to hear.

If you know me at all you know I am hair & makeup challenged. I have always been somewhat of a Tomboy growing up, having 3 older brothers right above me.  My mom was never into hair and makeup so my sister and I weren’t really taught much in that department.  When I use to curl my hair it would honestly take me hours and it still didn’t look good. I don’t know why it has always been so difficult for me. I’m thinking I must not be the only one though with so many curling hair tutorials and how to’s on youtube. (let’s hope I’m not the only one).

Since I am beauty challenged and a new mom the top knot has been my hairstyle for more than a year now.  I’ve been wanting to change this so I have attempted tying socks on my head (flashbacks to pink curlers at night), the sock bun, twisting my hair & braids.  Nothing was working and then I found Savvy Curls.

So what is Savvy Curls?

It’s a “heat insulating material & curl forming material” that uses the heat from our scalp to produce beautiful curls.

How to use Savvy Curls:

They have instructions inside the package but I am more of a visual person so I watched their tutorials on their website.

I washed my hair & let it air dry for a couple of hours, my hair is pretty thick. After it was dry I applied mouse all over my head.  I put the savvy curls on top of my hair.

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^BEFORE^

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^AFTER^

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I then wrapped my hair in about 1 inch sections around the Savvy Curl and pulled through.  Once pulled through I combined that piece with about an inch more of hair and continued to wrap about the Savvy Curl.

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Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

 Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Once you get to the end you leave out the last piece after wrapped once.  You move onto the other side and repeat.  Once you reach the end of that side you will combined the two ends and wrap until all wrapped around the Savvy Curler. You will then  hold the ends with bobby pins.

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Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

After a few hours of wearing, sleeping, or a whole day of wearing for a night out you will untwist your curls.

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This is what it looked like after several hours of wearing around and taking a nap in it. Hey a mamas got to rest when the baby does.

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Easy curls without damaging my hair.  One bonus of never being able to do my hair growing up is my stylists always compliment me on my gorgeous healthy hair. Now I can style my hair and still keep the healthy locks.

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Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Savvy Curls is easy to use, you get great results and its healthy for your hair as well.

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What do you guys think??