Chamomile Strawberry Orange Cold-Brewed Tea ~ The Way to His Heart

Spring is here and summer will be here soon enough, right? It’s time to put those mugs away and bring out tall glasses, tumblers for the beach, and mason jars for super cold and tasty beverages. This doesn’t mean you have to put your tea away though. Try this cold brewed method and toss in some fruit and honey as a natural sweetener and you have a delicious and cheerful drink. I simply can’t be grumpy when I am drinking out of a mason jar, drinking tea, or around this much fruit. It’s impossible. This also holds true for a mug of hot chocolate, but I’m putting that out of my mind for a while.

This is super easy to make you can whip up a large batch for the week or a party or break it down and only make one or two for you. That’s what I do since they are easy to make and I’d rather have the fruit as fresh as possible. Just remember to put some water out and let it get to room temperature before you get ready to actually prepare this. Enjoy!

Chamomile Strawberry Orange Cold-Brewed Tea ~ The Way to His Heart

Chamomile Strawberry Orange Cold-Brewed Tea

Ingredients

  • 8 chamomile tea bags
  • 12 cups filtered water, at room temperature
  • 2 small juice oranges (thin skinned), peeled, cut into slices, and seeded
  • 24 large strawberries, halved
  • 4 tsp honey
  • 4 tsp hot water

Place 1 tea bag and 1 1/2 cups water in each of 8 pint-size canning jars with lids. Place 2 orange slices and 6 strawberry halves in each jar. Cover with lids; refrigerate 12 to 24 hours.

Remove tea bags from jars. Combine honey and hot water. Divide honey mixture evenly among jars, about 1 scant teaspoon in each.

Serves 8

Source: Cooking Light May 2016

Buttery, Crispy Egg Noodles

 

Buttery, Crispy Egg Noodles ~ A great side dish that is easy to whip up and brings comfort food to side dishes ~ The Way to His Heart

Some recipes go way back and this is one of them. I have hesitated for years about posting this side dish because it was so simple and easy and then I realized that that was what makes it great. Why shouldn’t I share it? This isn’t some revolutionary idea, but I’ve never met anyone else who has made egg noodles like this so I thought I should share.

These noodles were one of the side dishes in my mom’s arsenal. Growing up I loved when she made these buttery, crispy noodles and would always vi for the crispiest ones. We never even had a name for them. They were just “egg noodles” to us. If a bag of egg noodles were in the cupboards then this is how they were served. I’m not sure where my mom got the idea for these, but I’m so glad she did. When I met my husband I made these and as he did with much of my cooking, he hesitantly looked on. One spoonful though and he was sold. The kids love these noodles as well. Caroline and my husband enjoy the softer noodles while I now have competition for the crunchy ones with George.

What I love about these noodles is that they are easy to make yet are a comfort food side dish. A lot easier than mashed potatoes, but serve that same warm, buttery comfort goodness purpose. I serve these with any kind of protein. No sauce is meant for these noodles, just a little sprinkle of salt and eat them just as they are.

Buttery, Crispy Egg Noodles

Ingredients

  • 12 oz package of egg noodles, I prefer Extra Broad
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season with salt. Add egg noodles and cook according to directions on package. Drain.

Add noodles and butter to a large nonstick skillet and cook on medium-high until about half of the noodles are crispy, about 10 minutes. Stirring only occasionally so that the noodles set on the bottom and will crisp up.

Serve warm. I love sprinkling just a bit of salt on top for a great buttery, salty flavor.

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Sea Glass Rock Candy

Sea Glass Rock Candy ~ A pretty favor gift for showers and weddings and a cute idea for kid's birthday parties! ~ The Way to His Heart #kids

When I was looking for ideas for Caroline’s Mermaid birthday party I found a slew of great sweet treat ideas. I wanted to work smarter and not harder this year since a lot has been going on around these parts. While I’ve gotten better at making large batches of cupcakes, cake pops, and decorated sugar cookies, I wanted to do something different. Now that the kids are older and can handle a little bit more sugar I decided that making straight candy would be okay. Everything in moderation, right? When I happened upon this adorable sea glass rock candy I knew I wanted to make it for the girls favor bags. I asked Caroline and got her stamp of approval! The best part is since its candy it can be made in advance and have one less thing out of the way for the days leading up to the party. I love having favor bags basically assembled and practically done at least a week before the party.

Sea Glass Rock Candy ~ A pretty favor gift for showers and weddings and a cute idea for kid's birthday parties! ~ The Way to His Heart #kids

This candy was so easy to make and a lot of fun. While it’s difficult to mess up and even if you did, you’re going to smash it anyways so looks aren’t everything here. You can use any flavor you want to and any color so you can really mix it up and personalize it. Toss it in a cellophane bag, add an adorable favor tag and ribbon, and you’re done! I saw some where people put brown sugar as sand on the bottom before placing the candy inside but since I was making these for kids I figured I’d save the parents sanity of not having brown sugar go all over the place! I think they are adorable just the way they are. Since I made some cute seashell chocolate candies for the cake I decided to throw the extras in the favor bag for a little extra.

Sea Glass Rock Candy ~ A pretty favor gift for showers and weddings and a cute idea for kid's birthday parties! ~ The Way to His Heart #kids

Sea Glass Rock Candy

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 or 2 drops food coloring (I used teal and blue)
  • 1/4 tsp candy flavoring (I used cotton candy)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar for coating

Lightly spray a 9×13″ baking sheet with cooking spray.

Add sugar, corn syrup, and water to a saucepan. Bring up to a boil, while stirring to dissolve sugar. Once boiling, stop stirring and let it bubble away until it reaches 300F on a candy thermometer. As it gets close to 300F, add in the drops of food coloring, but don’t stir, it will mix itself in.

When it reaches 300F remove from heat immediately. Stir in candy flavoring and immediately pour out onto the baking sheet. Allow to cool and harden.

Flip baking sheet over and remove the candy. Using a hammer, or something sturdy, break the candy into desired sized pieces.

Working in batches, place the candy pieces into the powdered sugar and coat well. Using a dish cloth, rub the powdered sugar off of the candy, which will leave you with a dulled, sea glass look.

Store the candy in an airtight container.

Source: The View From Great Island, Mermaid Favor Bag Tags by Rachael’s Craft Shack

 

Thank you Stonyfield for sponsoring this post. As a member of the Clean Plate Club, I’m excited to review their new Grassfed and Whole Milk yogurts. As always, the opinions expressed here are solely my own.

Stonyfield Grassfed & Whole Milk Greek Yogurt Review ~ Why This Mom Loves Their Yogurt! ~ The Way to His Heart #review #Stonyfield #yogurt

Throughout the years I’ve always tried to keep up with what foods and products I consume. Is it healthy? What are the ingredients? Is it sustainable and ethically farmed? When I became a mother those thoughts became concerns. What would I provide for my children to ensure that they grew up as healthy as they could. Providing good ingredients that would help their development and also to educate them on how to go about picking and choosing for themselves. Being a mother to two children who have had food allergies, well that just added to my daily homework. As those of you who suffer from food allergies know, reading labels is key to a happy and safe life. You, as others know, that labels with less ingredients can also be trusted more!

About two years ago my daughter, Caroline, outgrew her allergy to peanuts and eggs. I thought we were home free, but recently my son, George, has been exhibiting food allergy symptoms. What this meant was eliminating certain foods to figure out what was going on. Lots of label reading and lots of crying from him as we removed some of his favorite foods from his diet. Thankfully, we were quickly able to bring back dairy and re-introduce his favorite snack, yogurt. I’ve been a Stonyfield fan for years and recently became a member of their Clean Plate Club. Not only can I stand behind their products as a label-reading, food conscious mother, but they are also absolutely delicious.

Stonyfield Grassfed & Whole Milk Greek Yogurt Review ~ Why This Mom Loves Their Yogurt! ~ The Way to His Heart #review #Stonyfield #yogurt

When I was asked to review their new Whole Milk Greek Yogurt and Grassfed Yogurts I was excited. I honestly am not a fan of Greek yogurt. I eat it because it’s good for me and to lead by example with the children. What I loved about the Whole Milk Greek Yogurt was that the consistency wasn’t as thick as your normal Greek yogurt, but the whole milk added a richness and creaminess to it. I wasn’t left with that bite at the end. They also come with great little flavor sidecars which I love because I can see the fruit being added to it and add as little or as much as I wanted. Really, we know I’m adding “as much.” The kids loved the yogurt and had a ball with the sidecars.

The Grassfed yogurt was what I was most excited about. We purchase grassfed beef, but I hadn’t heard of grassfed dairy before. There is a good reason for that. Until recently there was no true standard for dairy. Tim Joseph of Maple Hill Creamery, the source of the milk used in Stonyfield’s 100% Grassfed yogurt, worked with Pennsylvania Certified Organic to create and protect the standard. The cows at Maple Hill Creamery are fed all grass all of the time. One of the benefits of grass fed cows is the healthy balance of omega 3 and 6. When cows are left to eat corn and grains, these balances are thrown off. Milk from cows who graze naturally on lush grass gives yogurt a rich and unique flavor. Their pH is off balance as well. So when cows are grassfed, it is healthier for the cows and for those that consume their meat and dairy! So, how did it taste? Besides the fact that it was nice to know it was better for me, we really enjoyed these. It had the consistency of a regular yogurt and the fruit was at the bottom so the kids had fun stirring it and watching the fruit flavor the yogurt and change colors. The taste of the plain yogurt was delicious, which says a lot from me since I’m not a plain yogurt fan unless I am using it for cooking or baking. The blueberry and the strawberry was fought over by the kids, but I had a “taste testing” bite of each and it was easy to tell why the kids loved it so much.

Stonyfield Grassfed & Whole Milk Greek Yogurt Review ~ Why This Mom Loves Their Yogurt! ~ The Way to His Heart #review #Stonyfield #yogurt

Being able to provide the kids with a healthy snack is important to me. Being able to provide them with a ready made snack on busy days is even more so. Nothing beats being able to provide them with something that is good for them and gives them the benefits to grow strong and healthy. All of Stonyfield products are organic, non-GMO and made without the use of artificial hormones.

I love now being a member of the Clean Plate Club since it has already given me the chance to learn so much about their farming practices. If you’re interested, take a look at the links above and read more for yourself. Let me know what you think. Have you tried their new lines yet? Do you love the taste as much as we do?

Stonyfield Grassfed & Whole Milk Greek Yogurt Review ~ Why This Mom Loves Their Yogurt! ~ The Way to His Heart #review #Stonyfield #yogurt