My most recent pregnancy craving has been smoothies… lots of them! So I thought we would share one that has great nutrition and super filling for breakfast! This smoothie recipe is great for a summer breakfast meal, full of protein and yumminess. Adding oats and chia seeds will fill up your tummy while also filling it with lots of nutrients to start your day – fiber, protein and calcium! Enjoy!
Joanna & MollyMango Banana Breakfast SmoothieThe perfect way to start your day off on the right foot!
1 Cup Frozen Mango
1/2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1/4 Cup Oats
1 Cup Almond Milk
Honey (to taste)
1. Add chia seeds and oats to blender with milk. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to soak.
2. Then add frozen mango and banana.
3. Taste and see if honey is something you would like to add, add to taste.
4. Serve to immediately.
NOTES: Milk measurements are approximate. Add more if smoothie is too thick and would like it to be thinner. Oats tend to dilute the sweetness of the fruit a little bit, so add some honey if its not sweet enough for you!
Now that your kitchen tools and dish collection have expanded since your wedding, it’s time to get real about organization and storage. We’ve recently teamed up with Macy’s to bring together a handful of awesome Registry to Reality ideas. And today we’re chit-chatting all about tackling those cupboards of yours! Plus? We’ve got the cutest DIY message board that ever existed.
- First and foremost, you need to take stock! Chances are, there’s a handful of things you’re missing. Try to dedicate one afternoon to pulling everything out of your cupboards and really going through it all. Make a list of what you already have, and then work out your wants and your needs. It’ll help you build a really amazing registry!
- To eliminate clutter, try to keep only the every-day essentials out on your counter. We use our Cuisinart DCC-1200 Coffee Maker multiple times daily so it just makes sense to keep it front and centre. But that toaster or panini press you only use every few days? Unplug it and tuck it into a drawer!
- There’s no need to keep every spice under the sun at arms length away. Determine your top 10-12 that you use time and time again and keep them in a rotating spice rack. The rest can be tucked away in the pantry for special occasions or specific recipes.
- If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on gorgeous everyday cookware the likes of All-Clad Copper Core 10 Piece Cookware Set, you’ll want to treat each piece with tender loving care. Keep everything on a rubberized shelf liner to protect from nicks and scratches. In addition, we love those pot lid holders you can install on the cupboard door to help wrangle all those loose bits!
- It’s always a great idea to reach for matched sets of dishes (or at the very least, a single color or color family). This helps reduce visual clutter, making your cupboards feel significantly more streamlined with little to no work at all! We are ridiculously obsessed with Mikasa Antique White Dinnerware as each piece is of crazy high quality, and totally timeless to boot.
- When it comes to your tupperware, here at SMP we strongly suggest picking up a set where every lid is the same size. They totally exist, and it makes your life so. much. easier. – I’m a big fan of hanging anything that clutters up your drawers: think stick on hooks on the inside of your cupboard to hang measuring cups and spoons, KitchenAid mixer attachments and oddly shaped utensils!
- Though this may seem like a no-brainer, I can’t tell you how often I’ve seen people do the exact opposite. Store your pots and pans as close to your stove as possible for quick and easy access.
And our best tool to stay organized? An awesome message board, a family command centre, if you will, that contains a calendar, grocery list and anything else you need to keep your family on track at all times!
½ yard printed fabric of your choice (we got ours at Jo-Ann’s)
Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Cut the fabric to be 2” wider than the cork sheet on all sides. Lay the fabric printed side down. Spray one side of the cork with a light coat of spray adhesive then center the fabric over the cork and press down, starting in the center and working outwards to smooth out any air bubbles. Step 3: Pull the edges of the fabric tight against the backside of the cork and hot glue in place. Cut a diagonal line in the fabric at each corner and layer the fabric as smooth as possible so the fabric doesn’t bulk up at the corners, and hot glue in place. Step 4: Hang the corkboard inside your cabinet door. Depending on how permanent you want it to be, you could screw it in with very shallow screws, or use 3M sticky tape. Step 5: Hang tacks and cute organizing tools like grocery lists and calendars for the whole family to use. *Note: We used a single 12” x 24” cork panel, but if your shelves are in the way, you could buy smaller cork squares or cut a cork panel to fit the dimensions inside your cabinet.
Ready for even more inspiration? Check out our Macy’s Registry to Reality Pinterest board!
I’m telling you right now that this recipe is everything. And though it doesn’t always work out this way, I can assure you that these mini blueberry tarts are as tasty as they are adorable. One part sweet, one part tart, and one part pure deliciousness all wrapped up in a tiny pie shell. Big hugs to Tasteful Temptations for sending this yummy treat our way!
Jacquelyn ClarkMini Blueberry Tarts
prep time 15 Minute/s
cook time 40 Minute/s
total time 55 Minute/s
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter cold diced or sliced
¼ cup ice water
4 cups fresh blueberries, washed, drained well
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 tbsp. corn starch
2 tsp lemon juice
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup flour
3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
pinch of salt
1/2 stick softened butter (4 tbsp.)
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Roll dough out cut out to fit tart pans. Butter and flour tart pans and place pie dough in making sure to press out any air pockets and trim to fit top of tart pan.
FOR THE FILLING:
In a bowl combine the blueberries, granulated sugar, corn starch, and lemon juice, and mix to combine evenly. Place into pie crust lined tart pans about ¼ inch above top of pan it will shrink after baking
FOR THE TOPPING:
In the same bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter. Stir with a fork until the mixture is crumbly and evenly blended. Spread the mixture over the berries and bake at 375 degrees F. for 40 minutes. Let cool to warm before serving. To serve, remove tart from pan after cooling and top with Fresh whipped Cream and lemon zest, Garnish with fresh sprig of Mint.