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3.30.2015

Super Easy Super Hero Easter Eggs

 
Now that the kiddos are (almost) 3 and 5, they are getting much more engaged with holiday traditions and crafts.  This Easter is going to be especially fun, especially with these special super hero Easter eggs!
 
These are super easy (very much in line with Fab Everyday's theme of finding fabulous things that don't take a ton of time, effort, or dollars).  This is also a great craft to collaborate on with the kiddos because it's so easy. 
 
The boys love, love, LOVE anything to do with super heroes.  It occurred to me that we could make really simple super hero Easter eggs by drawing on eggs that have been dyed the color of the super hero costumes.  The kids loved the idea, and they loved making and playing with the eggs even more.
 
We decided to try Spiderman, Ironman (G's favorite), Captain America (S's favorite), Hulk, and a minion (because, why not?).
 
What you need:
  • Hard boiled eggs (if you need fool-proof instructions on boiling eggs, I like this one on Simply Recipes)
  • Easter egg dye - bright or bold, not pastel (I always like PAAS brand, which I was able to find for $1 at my local HEB)
  • Sharpie markers (I used a black and a silver)
 
Instructions:
  1. Dye your eggs.  Here is what we did for each character:
    • Spiderman - red on top, blue on bottom
    • Ironman - red on back, yellow on front
    • Captain America - all blue
    • Hulk - green on top, purple on bottom
    • Minion - yellow on top, blue on bottom
  2. Let eggs dry.
  3. Using a permanent marker, draw some very basic characteristics onto the eggs.  Keep it simple... it is not only less stressful this way, but it is also pretty cute.  Here is what we did for each character:
    • Spiderman - Eyes, spider symbol on chest
    • Ironman - Eyes and mouth (from his mask)
    • Captain America - Eyes, mouth, A on forehead, star on chest
    • Hulk - Angry eyes and mouth, nose, hair
    • Minion - Goggles, mouth, hair

Here is how they turned out:


Do you have any fun, simple egg decorating ideas? Comment below, or hit up @fabeverydayblog on social media to let me know!

3.20.2015

Product Review: Muller Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt Flavors


Disclosure: I received a sample of Muller yogurt for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience using the product.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

As you know, I love finding healthy recipes and snacks.  Yogurt is a great way to get your protein and calcium, without the guilt of other sweet and sugary snacks.  When I heard that Muller was coming out with yogurt flavors inspired by ice cream, I was more than down to sample it for Fab Everyday readers.  What's best is that each of these large serving sizes of yogurt is about 200 calories or less!

Here is my review of each of the four new flavors of Muller Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt.


Strawberries and Cream: The first flavor I tried was Strawberries and Cream.  It was light and creamy, without a heavy fruit flavor like a regular fruit-flavored yogurt.  It has more of a dairy, milky taste (much like the flavor of a cream-flavored ice cream). 


Mint Chocolate Chip: Now, I am probably one of the only people that doesn't love mint chocolate chip ice cream.  This yogurt was certainly good, though.  The yogurt was again creamy and light (not a heavy, rich mint taste), and the dark chocolate shavings certainly made it taste decadent.  It didn't really taste like mint chocolate ice cream to me, but tasted more like a mint chocolate patty, with that cool, white mint flavor (as opposed to a spearmint).


Vanilla Bean: This flavor I loved!  I normally opt for a rich, chocolate-y type of ice cream myself as opposed to vanilla, but as for the vanilla ice cream inspired yogurt, this was a win.  It was actually richer than the Strawberries and Cream flavor.  You can see the vanilla bean specs in the picture above, which gave it a rich, velvety vanilla taste, as opposed to a bland vanilla taste of regular vanilla-flavored yogurts.


Raspberry Chocolate Chip: This one was both my husband and my favorite flavor!  It was a rich, decadent raspberry tasting yogurt with rich dark chocolate shavings.  This tasted nothing short of indulgent, and reminded me of a raspberry mousse in flavor and consistency, though a little less rich than a mousse.  This certainly felt like a treat to eat, unlike many other lower calorie snacks.

All in all, I would definitely recommend any of these yogurt flavors (depending on what type of flavors you like), and would happily treat myself to the indulgent Raspberry Chocolate Chip and Vanilla Bean flavors again.  While you wouldn't mistake them for ice cream, the flavors - as they say - are ice cream inspired, and make a decent substitute to satisfy your sweet tooth with less guilt.  Look for yours at your grocery store now!

3.13.2015

Friday Faves: Delicious Popcorn Recipes using Kernel Season's Popcorn Seasonings

 
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive commission if you make a purchase using the link.
 
Man, oh man.   I have a new obsession.  Thankfully, I can enjoy a big quantity of this without feeling bad about it!  If you haven't tried Kernel Season's Popcorn Seasonings yet, do yourself a favor, and go get some.
 
We love making home popped popcorn using our air popcorn popper (we just have a simple one, similar to this one on Amazon here).  Not only does this save us a lot of money (a bag of generic popcorn kernels is under $2 at our grocery store, and makes batch after batch of popcorn), but it also makes a great, low-calorie snack.  According to LiveStrong, air-popped popcorn varieties are "low energy density foods -- they have fewer calories by weight than high energy density foods -- so you can eat a larger quantity of these than high energy density foods. Snacking on air-popped popcorn can help fill you up while helping you limit your overall calorie intake." I don't know about you, but I like the sound of that!
 
In the grocery store one day I noticed that next to my bag of popcorn kernels was a rack of several little popcorn seasonings, all reasonable in price.  With flavors like Ranch and Bacon Cheddar, it caught my attention and I had to try them.  I probably got six to eight of them, as I was eager to try them all.  They are good... like, crazy good.  My family (husband and kids alike) are now popcorn addicts, making popcorn every few days to munch on.  It doesn't get old when you have a variety of flavor options to mix it up.
 

My favorite Kernel Season's flavors: Nacho Cheddar, Kettle Corn, Garlic Parmesan, and Bacon Cheddar (which is also our kids' favorite)
 
I have had some fun experimenting with popcorn recipes using Kernel Season's Popcorn Seasoning plus some other additions, and am sharing my two favorite with you today.  Kernel Season's has all sorts of recipes using the seasonings on their website, and not all involve popcorn.  Click here to check them out, and see my popcorn recipes using Kernel Season's below.
 

Parmesan, Garlic, and Truffle Popcorn

Ingredients:
Popcorn kernels (white or yellow)
Kernel Season's Movie Theater Butter Popping Oil
Kernel Season's Garlic Parmesan Seasoning
Truffle salt
Parmesan cheese
Parsley flakes (optional)

 
Directions:
Pop the desired amount of popcorn in your air popper.
 
Coat the popped popcorn in a light amount of Kernel Season's Movie Theater Butter Popping Oil (this helps the seasoning to stick).
 
Mix in seasonings (Kernel Season's Garlic Parmesan Seasoning, truffle salt, Parmesan cheese) to taste.  I recommend going heavy on the Garlic Parmesan Seasoning, and lighter on the salt, as truffle salt goes a long way.
 
Top with a sprinkle of parsley flakes if desired, and enjoy.

The finished product!  Yum!
 
 
Cheddar Cheese and Cracked Pepper Popcorn

Ingredients:
Popcorn kernels (white or yellow)
Kernel Season's Movie Theater Butter Popping Oil
Kernel Season's Nacho Cheddar Seasoning
Fresh cracked black pepper
Salt (optional)


Directions:
Pop the desired amount of popcorn in your air popper.
 
Coat the popped popcorn in a light amount of Kernel Season's Movie Theater Butter Popping Oil (this helps the seasoning to stick).
 
Mix in the Kernel Season's Nacho Cheddar Seasoning, cracked black pepper and salt (optional) to taste.  I suggest going generous on the Nacho Cheddar Seasoning and black pepper (especially if you like a spicy kick).
 
Serve and enjoy.

Here's how it turns out.  Delish!
 
Do you have any popcorn seasoning recipes or variations?  If so, let me know in the comments, or hit up @fabeverydayblog on social media.