Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe

Going to have to try this one!


1 1⁄2 cup warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp kosher salt
1 package active dry yeast
22 oz all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups
2 oz unsalted butter, melted
1 vegetable oil, for pan
10 cup water
2⁄3 cup baking soda
1 large egg yolk, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
1 pretzel salt

Go to kitchme.com for the full recipe.

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Creative Back to School Lunch Ideas


1. Sandwich kebabs?  Not only are these easy to make, they’re fun to eat! What kid wouldn’t want to pull these out of their lunch box.  Via...


2. Stop cut apples from browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band. Via...


3. This set of 4 Match & Munch Lunch Punch sandwich cutters turns sandwiches into fun and interactive shapes while cutting off the crusts. They make kids' food fun to eat, removes crust with minimal waste, and cuts sandwiches into two or more nifty-sized pieces. Via Amazon


4. Banana Dog Bites. See how it's done in the video below!


5. Butterfly snacks.  Make butterfly shaped snacks that kids will love. Put grapes or other snacks in snack bags and clip with a clothespin. Perfect for school, special events, parties, daycare, etc. See how it's done in the video below!


6.Funky Lunch started out from a very simple place - the desire of a loving father to turn an ordinary lunchtime sandwich into something a bit different in order to encourage his children to eat a varied and healthy lunch. The book features many of the very best Funky Lunch sandwich ideas, from simple farmyard creatures and cucumber crocodiles to favourite characters from the world of children's TV, as well as some fun and creative interactive spreads to help get the little ones involved in choosing and making their own lunch. Get the book here...


7.Angry Birds Sandwiches. Via...


8. Chef’s Salad on a Stick. You could use turkey and whatever cheese your children enjoy. Via...


9. Edible Arrangements – Veggie Flower Bouquet. Via...

DIY - Painted Cross Stitch Lamp Shade

Learn how to make your own no-sew painted cross stitch lamp shade! This project takes just one hour of hands-on time to complete.

You will need:

Plain white lampshade with a flat surface (no pleats or texture)
16-gauge gold aluminum floral wire
Wire cutters
Piece of high-pile carpeting, thick cork or cotton batting (optional)
Free printable cross stitch flower pattern printed onto plain white copy paper
Painter's tape
Fabric markers (in red, pink, green, light blue, dark blue, gray and yellow)
Fabric paint (in red, pink, green, light blue, dark blue, gray and yellow)
Round detail paintbrush
Plastic paint tray

Head over to ehow for tutorial and free printable flower pattern!

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Savory Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Lemon Garlic Aioli

They were SO good. You have to try them!


For Sweet Potatoes

2 medium sweet potatoes
3 cloves minced garlic
1 Tablespoon quality olive oil
½ Tablespoon sea salt
½ Tablespoon black pepper
chives for garnish

For Aioli

¾ cup quality olive oil
juice of 2 lemons
zest of 1 lemon
1 clove minced garlic
2 egg yolks
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Get the full recipe at thefitchen.com

DIY Wood Pallets Picture Art

One of the best pallet idea I have seen!

Here is a wood pallet customized with a canvas. It hangs on a wall as a board. Picture is chosen with perspective to accentuate the profundity effect.

Sadly no tutorial was found for this but it should not be to hard to do.

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4 Ingredient Zucchini Tater Tots

These zucchini tater tots only have 4 ingredients; potatoes, zucchini, salt and olive oil.  And really, if you only count the ingredients that you probably don’t already have in your kitchen, there is just 2 ingredients! They are helthy and really easy to make!

Head over to shelikesfood.com for the recipe!

Beet Lemonade

Let’s have some BEET to BEAT the summery heat.

Try out this unusual combo and you would be stunned by the taste in a good way!


freshly squeezed lemon juice - 1 cup (approximately 5 lemons)
freshly squeezed beet juice - ½ cup or beets, peeled and cut into chunks - 2
honey or sugar syrup or granulated sugar - ½ cup
water, divided - 6 cups
ice, for serving

Hop on over to mygingergarlickitchen.com for instructions!