LouAna Coconut Oil Review

LouAna is your one-stop Coconut Oil resource. LouAna (short for “Louisiana”) cooking oils have been a staple in Southern kitchens for over 120 years. Long before Coconut Oil became all the rage, we were in the LouAna kitchen cooking up a storm with it. An easy swap in recipes for butter, shortening or margarine, and a wholesome addition to smoothies, drinks and more, our versatile Coconut Oil has 0 trans fat, 0 cholesterol and no coconut aroma or taste. No wonder LouAna is the #1 seller of coconut oil by volume in America.*
I have been using LouAna coconut oil in pretty much everything. I absolutely love it. From delicious recipes you can find on the LouAna site to my own that I make up. It is really easy to substitute LouAna coconut oil in some of your favorite recipes instead of butter/ shortening etc.
Here I made up my own recipe for an amazing smoothie that is so yummy it tastes like you are having dessert!

1 tbs LouAna Coconut Oil

1 cup of ice

2 tbs nut butter (we prefer almond butter or sunflower butter)

1/4 cup dried coconut flakes

1 tsp chia seeds

1/3 cup dark chocolate

1 cup milk (we used 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup coconut milk)
LouAna coconut oil scoops relatively easy if you have trouble I just warm it up a little and its super easy to scoop
Mix all the ingredients in your favorite blender. I love my Vitamix. Once everything is completely blended enjoy the yummy goodness!
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Disclaimer: I received LouAna products in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Meal Planner

i had a large bulletin board in my kitchen that was just an accumulator of  various paper clipping, business cards that were out of business and other various things. It really was not doing anyone any good and was more of an eye soar than anything else. So I decided to do something about it! Believe it or not I already had everything  I needed. It was all around my house leftover from other projects. The fabric was leftover from a dress I made Kaia when she was One! I knew it would come in handy some day.

These letters were bought at Discount School Supply they are the Large Wooden Letters

I had an idea for my old pushpins to maker them cute again without buying new ones. I hot glued some rhinestones and gems on them.

Here they are all cute and snazzy.

I also wanted to make pockets for my menu cards

I hot glued fabric on them and used felt letters (I got these at Michael’s a few years ago)

Once that was done I stapled them to the board

I made cute clothespins too! So simple I just cut some ribbon to size and hot glued it to the clothespin with a gem

And then I hot glued the clothespins to the board

I made recipe cards by making a list with my husband of our favorite meals.  I then added more by going through our cookbooks and finding recipes I knew we had liked in the past or ones I wanted to try.

On the back of each card is the title of the cookbook and the page plus basic ingredients needed.

The clipboards are the kids chore charts. I covered them in the fabric as well. I have around 60 recipe cards, Once used for the week it goes into the “old” card holder. when most of the cards are used up those cards go back into rotation. This ensures that we are not eating the same thing every night.

Pancakes- Our New Obsession

Okay not sure if any of you have seen the yummy Birthday Cake Pancakes floating around on Pinterest. I have and they sound great. Problem is I do not keep buttermilk in the fridge I do however keep Bisquick in the cupboard. I like to keep things pretty simple and easy to make so I came up with this recipe which is awesome!

1 Cup any cake mix (I used yellow in the pictures below)
1 cup Bisquick
1 cup milk
2 eggs
Sprinkles (optional)

For Glaze
Heavy cream
Powdered sugar

Pour some powdered sugar in a bowl add a little bit of cream at a time to get the consistency for the glaze you like.

Follow Directions on the back of the bisquick box. Just substitute 1 cup of cake mix for 1 cup of bisquick the rest stays the same.

They are endless!
What we have tried:
One of our favorites is using 1 cup of carrot cake, 1 cup of bisquick, 1 cup milk, 2 eggs and throwing in some dried cranberries. They taste amazing!
Use Chocolate cake mix, red velvet etc

You can use any kind of sprinkle to coincide with any holiday etc!

Yummy Stew

I know it may not look super delicious but it was. We made a Veggie Stew entirely from scratch. It started with some super delicious not so pretty tomatoes from our Garden. We have a ton of them and I was trying to figure out what to do with them so I thought soup. Then from there I started thinking about the other veggies we had. And it turned into an awesome stew that Kaia helped make. She did most of the work except for the peeling and the seeding of the tomatoes. (I will not be doing that again) It was a lot of work.

Let Schwans Help During Back to School!!- Review and Rafflecopter Giveaway

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I tried the meal below and I have to say it was so easy! This is definitely one of those meals you really don’t have to think about that turns out super yummy. What I liked best about this meal besides the fact that it cooks up really fast, is the fact that my kids actually ate it. I have super picky eaters and they gobbles up every last bite of their chicken and potatoes and the dessert was of course devoured! We put vanilla ice cream on top of the apple crisp- it was incredible! The amount of food in the bags was enough for about three meals for our family which was also pretty fantastic. I definitely will be purchasing food from Schwan’s because we all have those nights where we just don’t feel like cooking. I like to have something quick and easy in the freezer that will turn into a delicious meal that we will all eat.

Main Dish:

Crispy Chicken Breast Strips – We take boneless and skinless chicken breast tenderloins, coat them in savory seasoning and then batter fry them to golden crisp. To prepare, simply bake or deep-fry for an extra-crispy delicious entrée. Anything goes with these versatile gems. Slice over salads, perfect for wraps with sliced avocado, cheddar cheese and salsa, or serve piping hot with dips on the side.

Side Dish:

QUIK TATERS® Potato Rounds – Creamy, tender inside and crispy, golden outside—these shredded potato rounds bake-up or deep-fry fast, delicious and versatile. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve with eggs, dunk in ketchup for a crunchy side or add to your favorite casserole.


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