Living Dayton Easter Segment

Living Dayton Easter Segment

Well looky here… I have been on quite the blogging roll this week!  Honestly, I miss my every day posting a lot.  I feel as if there is just so much I want to share with all of you, but there isn’t enough time in the day to fit it all in!  Hopefully I am keeping you entertained with my drop-in posts lately though.  Next week I am hoping to give a little update on what’s been going on in my life, and I will also be sharing a new campaign partnership that I have been working on as well.  Lots to come so make sure you stay tuned!

In case you missed yesterday’s Living Dayton Easter Egg Decorating segment, I wanted to share the link –> here!

Living Dayton Easter Egg Decorating Segment

Image via Living Dayton

 

Also, if you would like a more complete guide to creating festive Easter eggs, feel free to visit yesterday’s blog post as well.

Festive Easter Eggs - Use Chalkboard Paint, Looking Glass Spray or Glitter!

Have a great day and if I don’t talk to you before the weekend, enjoy your Easter holiday!

Conversation Time.

  • Tell me something new that’s been going on in your life!
  • What are you making for Easter dinner this year?

 

Festive Easter Egg Decorating

Festive Easter Egg Decorating

Easter is a very important holiday in my family and as far back as I can remember, decorating Easter eggs was always a fun part of the tradition.  Easter is truly for celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and that is what was always remembered in the midst of the fun, but we also enjoyed many secular Easter activities as well such as visiting the Easter bunny, receiving Easter baskets, and decorating Easter eggs.

Festive Easter Eggs - Use Chalkboard Paint, Looking Glass Spray or Glitter!

We used the basic dyes to color the eggs, but I never imagined all the possibilities back then for taking decorating to the next level.  Today I will be on Living Dayton sharing a few fun tips and tricks for making your Easter eggs extra festive this year, and I wanted to share those ideas here as well!

Festive Easter Eggs - Use Chalkboard Paint, Looking Glass Spray or Glitter!

First things first, boiling the eggs.  In my opinion though, there is a better way to cook them…

The Easiest Way to Hard Boil Eggs Actually Requires No Boiling at All!

Baked ‘Hard Boiled’ Eggs

Step 1 – Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Step 2 – Place un-cracked eggs into a cupcake baking pan (One egg into each cupcake section)

Step 3 – Bake 25-30 minutes

Step 4 – Place eggs into an ice bath to stop the cooking process

Step 5 – Dry egg and decorate as desired!

Once the eggs are cooked, cooled and ready to go, decorating is the final step.  How you want your eggs to look is obviously a personal preference.  Store bought dyes are the most popular way, but you can also use natural items like brewed coffee, wine, grape juice, beet juice, or even blueberries to color the eggs.  Here are a few more ideas that will be sure to take your Easter eggs to the next level! (Please use parental supervision as needed.)

Festive Easter Eggs - Use Chalkboard Paint, Looking Glass Spray or Glitter!

Festive Easter Eggs

Chalkboard Paint

  • Spray and let dry.  Kids can design and color their own eggs with less mess by using chalk instead of dye.
  • Feel free to mix up the chalk colors including pastel pinks, greens and yellows (Perfect for spring and Easter!)
  • Hint – you may need to do a couple coats of chalkboard paint in order to write on the egg.  Also, a high quality chalk with a smooth flow will work best.

Spray Adhesive + Glitter

  • Feel free to get creative with this one by mixing up the glitter colors and the amount of glitter used.  (I recommend saving this craft for the older children)
  • If it’s a nice spring day, head outside to glitter your eggs, or use a box to contain the spray adhesive + glitter inside.

Looking Glass Spray

  • Gives eggs a sparkly, ‘mirror-like’ finish.
  • It’s okay if the paint is not perfect and the egg is not fully covered!  A drippy look adds character to the egg as well.

I like to save the egg container to store the eggs after they dry.  Make sure to keep eggs in the fridge for freshness!

Festive Easter Eggs - Use Chalkboard Paint, Looking Glass Spray or Glitter!

Conversation Time.

  • Do you celebrate Easter at your house?  What are your favorite Easter memories from your childhood?
  • Do you decorate Easter eggs?  Have you ever tried to decorate in a different way besides dyes?
  • What are your Easter plans this year?

 

 

Peanut Butter Cocoa Green Smoothie

Peanut Butter Cocoa Green Smoothie

Over the weekend I received an amazing surprise from my thoughtful husband…

Vitamix

Seriously, I almost fainted when he walked through the door with that box.  I have been yearning after a Vitamix for years, but spending as much on a blender as I would on a full kitchen appliance made me feel a little nauseated.  I wanted to finish the rest of the kitchen before purchasing such an expensive blender and now that I finally had my new stove delivered last week, pictures coming soon for that beauty too (!!), I began hinting around again that I would really love a Vitamix.  With warm spring and summer weather well on its way, I knew it would be put to good use with smoothies, shakes and frozen treats galore.

Tim just happened to be at Costco Sunday evening picking up a few grocery items and spotted a Vitamix for a great price.  (I like to think it was a sign of fate, but Tim seems to just think it was a special offer running that week.  Either way, I am not one to argue about a gift!)

Vitamix

Now that my Vitamix is finally home, you can just imagine how much I am anticipating creating some delicious treats daily.  I think two recipes I am looking forward to making the most though are almond milk and peanut butter.  I have a feeling there will be a lot of those two items being made in my blender-using future!

A few months ago I began a Starter Green Smoothie series, and I plan on continuing to add onto the series every so often.  So far I have shared a recipe for a Berry Banana Green Smoothie and a Peanut Butter and Berry ‘Jelly’ Green Smoothie.  In honor of my new Vitamix, I thought I would share a recipe today that would be perfect for just about any blender.

The Starter Green Smoothie: Peanut Butter Cocoa Green Smoothie

Today’s recipe is one of my absolute favorites for green smoothie beginners because it literally tastes like a peanut butter and chocolate milkshake.  I could easily eat this smoothie for breakfast, a snack, or even for a healthy sweet treat after dinner. Don’t let the green tint scare you either; any smoothie that can sneak in spinach and still taste like dessert is a winner in my eyes!

Peanut Butter Cocoa Green Smoothie

The Starter Green Smoothie: Peanut Butter Cocoa Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)

1 ripe, frozen banana

2 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 cup ice

2 cups spinach

Optional Ingredients:

¼ teaspoon xantham gum (Helps thicken the smoothie.  A little goes a long way so be careful when adding!)

2-4 teaspoons stevia (I don’t use any extra sweetener in my smoothie, but some people prefer theirs to be a bit more sweet!)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (In case you want your smoothie to have extra staying power.)

2 tablespoons chocolate chips (For fun!)

The Starter Green Smoothie: Peanut Butter Cocoa Green Smoothie

Directions

Place all ingredients into a blender except the spinach.  Once smooth, add in spinach and finish blending until combined.  Serve immediately for best results.

The Starter Green Smoothie: Peanut Butter Cocoa Green Smoothie

Conversation Time.

  • What was the last kitchen gadget or appliance splurge that you made?  If you could buy one thing new for your kitchen, what would it be?
  • Do you have a Vitamix?  What are your favorite recipes to make in it?
  • What is your favorite smoothie recipe?
‘Our Good Cooks’ Video

‘Our Good Cooks’ Video

Good morning and happy Saturday everyone!  Last night was filled with two of my favorite things; shopping at Costco and shopping at Whole Foods.  Note to self: when grocery shopping is a big night out, you’re probably either a) a blogger, b) a blog lover, or c) finding contentment and joy in the little things of life…  (All of which are wonderful things in my personal opinion!)

I have a full weekend ahead with a lot of family time planned, but I wanted to stop by to share the link to the Our Good Cooks video that I did for the Dayton Daily News last week.  I shared the link on my Facebook page Wednesday, but I wanted to make sure and share it here on the blog as well.  The article is not available to be read without a subscription, but the video is open to anyone who wants to watch.

 The video can be found by clicking here!

Jana Antil 'Our Good Cooks' via Dayton Daily News

P.s. – I have had a few inquiries about the dish I make in the video.  The recipe is for Chicken Cashew Collard Wraps and I plan on sharing the recipe here on the blog as well!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Conversation Time.

  • What are your plans for today and tomorrow?  Anything fun on the agenda?
  • Are you a fan of grocery shopping?  What are your favorite stores to browse?

Reebok Skyscape

Reebok Skyscape

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.  All opinions,however, are my own!

When I was presented with the opportunity to review the Reebok Skyscape shoes in thanks to a campaign through Fitfluential, I was more than happy to take a pretty pair of walking shoes off Reebok’s hands!

Reebok Skyscape - So Comfortable, You'll Forget You Have Them On

The last pair of Reebok shoes I reviewed, the Reebok ZQUICK, was a hit with its provided stability, comfy insole, and tread-like grip on the sole.  Perfect for the professional athlete needing to turn on a dime, or the sometimes uncoordinated people like me.  (No turned ankles is always a pro in my life!)  The ZQUICK’s have quickly become my go-to gym shoe, so how could I not have wanted to try a potential go-to lifestyle and walking shoe as well? I am not sure if it was the personalized gift tag or the perfectly tied bow that first won me over…

Reebok Skyscape - So Comfortable, You'll Forget You Have Them On

…but just like in plating and serving a meal, presentation is key in getting the recipient excited before they even open the try the dish, or open the box!  The personalization that went into the delivery truly set the stage for my first impression of the shoes.

Reebok Skyscape - So Comfortable, You'll Forget You Have Them On

Once I actually tried them on though, I realized a Skyscape is much more than just a pretty pink shoe made to sit in my closet.  It is a lifestyle shoe that you will want to wear as often as possible. The Skyscapes are incredibly comfortable, which is something I definitely require in leisure and walking shoes.  It literally feels like you’re slipping your foot into a comfy pair of socks as opposed to a shoe made for walking outside. Although the shoe is thin, it still offers enough support to protect my feet from rocks and firm concrete, and it fits snug, which gives me the foot and ankle support I need.

Reebok Skyscape - So Comfortable, You'll Forget You Have Them On

The tagline for the Skyscape is they are, “So Lightweight and Comfortable, you’ll forget you have them on.”  Whoever came up with this in the Reebok marketing department hit it spot on – the Skyscapes can literally act as slippers, socks and walking shoes all-in-one.  It is so hard to find a shoe that is both cute and functional, and the Skyscapes definitely deliver!

Reebok Skyscape - So Comfortable, You'll Forget You Have Them On

Here are a few product features to know:

  • Crafted from the same materials and soft molding process used to create lingerie
  • Very lightweight and only weighs 5 ounces
  • Designed to support the foot and provide all-day comfort
  • Seamless construction for minimized rub and irritation
  • Machine washable (!!)

Reebok Skyscape - So Comfortable, You'll Forget You Have Them On

When it comes to styling the Skyscape, I am still working on mastering the art of pairing athletic shoes with stylish outfits. I am usually a simple slip-on flats kind of girl, so wearing an everyday outfit with casual walking shoes can be hard to master.  However, I hope to continue working on my styling skills! I plan on using inspiration from some of the adorable outfits shared by fashion bloggers on the Reebok website.  (Definitely take the time to check out their ideas and pair fashionable outfits with your own gym shoe… or your future pair of Skyscapes!)

If you are in the market for a new pair of walking shoes that can act as an everyday lifestyle shoe as well, make sure to check out the Reebok Skyscape.  They come in a variety of colors and can be purchased online, in the Reebok FitHub or Outlet locations, or in Reebok stores.

Conversation Time.

  • What are your thoughts on pairing athletic shoes with dressier outfits?
  • Would you wear this fashion trend?
  • What are your go-to casual shoe choices – Flats? Tennis shoes?  Sandals?  Boots?
  • What is the most important factor in purchasing a pair of shoes – comfort or style?