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With the summer heat turned up full force here in Arizona (on our cross-country summer road trip), we needed to find some cool family fun.

Great idea! Have a popsicle making bar for some summer family fun together! ♥ #Family #Fun #Summer #Popsicle #RealCoake

I came up with the most delicious idea! Have you heard of the fairly new Zoku Quick Pop Maker? They are fantastic. You can make a popsicle in 7 minutes! Instant gratification makes for fun times.;-)

Popsicles seem like the perfect summer treat. Turning them into a fun activity for the whole family is just up my alley. Sound good to you too? View full post »

Do you use your slow cooker recipes more during the summer? or winter? I know lots of people use the slow cooker more in the summer because it creates less heat in the kitchen. I tend to use mine more in the winter. Either which way, I’ve got a great tip for you today for using your slow cooker.

The quick and easy way to cook with ground turkey in the slow cooker. No pre-cooking necessary. Love this! #Turkey #SlowCooker #Tips #Recipe #RealCoake

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m all about simplifying things. Why do 2 steps when you can do 1? When it comes to using slow cooker recipes, I’ve never liked that many slow cooker recipes have you cook everything before you put it in the pot. Hello, it is going to cook everything for me, right?

Most of the time, I just throw things in and let it cook for me rather than pre-cooking like the recipe calls for. With ground beef it works fine, you just have to skim the fat off the top. I also use a low-fat ground beef in the slow cooker to reduce the problem.

The problem I had was with ground turkey in the crock pot. It disintegrates and changes the texture of the meal. You can’t even tell you put meat in.

I found a solution that works perfectly to cook ground turkey and save the whole pre-cooking time. View full post »

I have got the easiest recipe for you today. It almost seems wrong to post it, it is so easy. Yet I know that many of you are busy moms, like myself, and that you have picky eaters in your house as well. If you have ever wanted an all natural and crazy easy Spanish rice recipe your kids will eat…then today is your lucky day!

This looks like the easiest Spanish rice recipe ever! Sounds totally delicious, too. #Spanish #Rice #Recipe #RealCoake

I’m telling you sometimes feeding my kids is the hardest part of being a parent. They can be a bit picky, though I know I’ve got it easy in that department compared to a lot of my friends.

I grew up in the Southwest and Mexican food is one of my favorites. As you may remember, I also like to eat as natural and organic as our budget can afford. For a really long time Trader Joe’s sold a Mexican Rice seasoning kit. It was really good and really easy. However, they either stopped selling it or they don’t sell it in the region in which we currently live. I had to come up with a new plan. My new plan is what we call cheater Spanish Rice, but that didn’t sound very good for a title, so I changed it to Crazy Easy Spanish Rice.

You ready for the secret to my Crazy Easy Spanish Rice recipe? View full post »

  • Viv - July 23, 2014 - 6:11 am

    Hi, I’m from Spain and was baffled thinking why you would call this recipe Spanish rice, until I read it all *LOL* Seems yummy, though, I’m definitely trying it.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 23, 2014 - 11:20 pm

      Glad you were willing to read the whole post and find out why I called it Spanish rice…which it really isn’t. It is yummy and crazy easy. Hope you enjoy it if you give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • Lori Hart - July 29, 2014 - 7:52 pm

    You had me at “Crazy Easy.” I found your recipe over at the Show Me What Ya Got link party. I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you would come over and share this recipe. I’m sure our party goers would love it! Here is the link http://bit.ly/1nY3oYQ. Have a wonderful day!ReplyCancel

Today I have another post for you that is from my quest to complete projects that have been on my to-do list for a really long time. I recently made wool dryer balls.

How to make your own wool dryer balls. Full tutorial. #DryerBalls #RealCoake #Wool

It has been over a year that I have been wanting to make wool dryer balls. Yay for another thing off my to-do list!

Of course I’ve got you covered as well. I’ve got a full tutorial so you can make your own wool dryer balls.

First, let me tell you a little bit about wool dryer balls and why you might want some as well.

Wool dryer balls are supposed to reduce your drying time. Saving you money by saving energy. They are said to reduce drying time by up to 50%. They will eliminate static, eliminating the need for dryer sheets or sprays with chemicals or perfumes. You can also eliminate the cost of buying those sheets and sprays. They will often help soften your clothes and reduce wrinkles naturally. By using wool dryer balls, you are doing one easy thing to help the earth in multiple ways. Sounds good, right? View full post »

  • Tina Ernspiker - July 22, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    I have heard of tennis balls and dryer balls but not these! Very cool! You will have to let us know if you still like them after using them for a few months ;-) ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 22, 2014 - 11:30 pm

      I will try to remember to do that. I’m pretty sure I’m still going to be loving them. It will be interesting to see how long they last for and when I need to make new wool dryer balls.ReplyCancel

  • Kim @ Sand & Sisal - July 24, 2014 - 10:44 am

    I have never heard of these before! What a neat idea. Thanks for linking them up to Inspire Me Monday! Pinning them today!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 24, 2014 - 11:02 pm

      They are a great idea(which of course is not my original idea at all, but probably goes back a really long time)….glad you like them. :-) ReplyCancel

  • suzy - July 26, 2014 - 6:31 am

    Thanks for this tutorial. I actually bought some dryer balls on amazon a few months ago, but I think I have already lost one. I love the idea of adding essential oil to them too. I need to find one that both me and my hubby will like.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 29, 2014 - 12:33 am

      Glad you liked it! Let me know what essential oil you decide to give a try. I need to try some when I get home. :-) ReplyCancel

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  • Pamela - July 29, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    I love dryer balls but have not made any yet. I buy them on Etsy and always give them as baby shower gifts. The dryer sheets are seriously bad for us because we essentially rub chemicals on ourselves when using towels dried with dryer sheets. But static-free and softness are important and so I give new moms wool dryer balls. I find the best ones are Austalian virgin wool. My daughter loves them as she lives in a cold climate and it does decrease drying time quite a bit. I SSTILL have to buy some for myself! So maybe I’ll make some!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 29, 2014 - 11:25 pm

      Sounds like a great baby shower gift! I never really thought about all the chemicals in them until the last year or two. I’m slowly greening myself over the last 10-11 years. You definitely should make some for yourself. A gift for you!ReplyCancel

Today I’ve got a project for you that I have wanted to complete for a very long time. I labeled my spices and homemade mixes.

Pretty and easy way to label homemade spices and mixes for ease of finding them in your pantry. #Spices #Labels #Organizing #RealCoake

As I showed you earlier this week with my taco seasoning recipe, I make a few of my own spice mixes. It saves me money and more importantly, to me, I know exactly what is in each mix.

For several years now, I’ve stored them in reusable plastic containers. It worked, but I had been saving spice jars as I emptied them in hopes that some day I would finally make pretty containers for my mixes and spices. That day finally came!

This was a very easy project. I LOVE the result. It makes me smile to open my pantry and see these pretty little jars in there. It really is the little things! and it is getting things checked off my to-do list as well.:-)

Eventually I want to re-organize my pantry and I want to have all kinds of pretty labels and such. Eventually.

This project would work great for the mixes and spices as I used them, but it would also work great for labeling any other containers or baskets in your pantry. Let me show you this easy project so you can pretty up your pantry as well.  View full post »

  • Shannon Payne - July 18, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    On the to do list! I’ve been holding out far too long, now is time to tackle the infamous spice cabinet (LOL)ReplyCancel

  • Jamie@southmainmuss - July 19, 2014 - 8:35 am

    So neat. Do you have a post showing the best way to dry herbs from the garden. That a project I’ve been wanting to try.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 21, 2014 - 10:28 pm

      Thanks, Jamie! No, I don’t know about drying herbs. If I could get things to grow in the garden, then maybe I could figure the drying things out…but I totally have brown thumbs. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth Harrell - July 19, 2014 - 11:03 pm

    These spice jars look amazing! Love it. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Patty Lucas - July 22, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    I just bought pretty little jars for my spices but I didn’t know where to start for the labels until now. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Cherry Warrick - July 22, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing the source of these very cute labels! And what a great idea to label your homemade spice jars – thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ The Teacher's Wife - July 24, 2014 - 11:58 pm

    Such a cute way to store spices!!ReplyCancel

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