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Mommy, What Is That For? – Book Review

Mommy, What Is That For? is the debut children’s book written by Carolyn Powell. This book is particularly dear to me as Carolyn is a personal friend and it’s illustrated by yours truly! The book stems from Carolyn’s extraordinary life experiences and I’d like to share her-story before launching into the review. To begin, Carolyn is a fighter. Four years ago, her heart stopped due to a genetic condition called Long QT...

Refreshing Watermelon Punch

This uber refreshing punch is the perfect drink for a hot summer night.  It’s based on the classic combination of watermelon and citrus.  Then we added raspberries to really take the flavor to a whole new level…  It’s like a fizzy watermelon lemon-limeade.  It makes a delicious non-alcoholic punch using tonic or club soda.  Or for an adult version it makes a killer mimosa (vodka or coconut rum would also be...

How to Make a Watermelon Keg

In less time than it takes to carve a pumpkin, you can make the cutest little keg you’ve ever seen.  A watermelon keg is easy to make, looks awesome and impresses both kids and adults alike.  Bring one of these bad boys to your next summer party and you’re guaranteed to feel happy every time you look at it:) How to Make a Watermelon Keg Supplies: One whole watermelon Spigot (see note below) Knife and spoon Pen or...

How to Make Deodorant

Over the past few years I’ve made a lot of deodorants: sprays, sticks, creams, powders…  And there are two ingredients that consistently stand out as the best all natural odor fighters – coconut oil and baking soda.  These two simple ingredients provide excellent odor protection, especially in combination.  However, there are pros and cons to each: Coconut oil is a great deodorant base because it’s a stable oil...

No Sugar Added Nectarine Jam

Nectarines are totally under-rated when it comes to making jam.  In season they’re sweet and plentiful and dripping with summery peach-like flavor.  And they have a major advantage over their beloved cousin peach– they don’t require peeling!  When cooked, their thin skin practically disappears making for a quicker and easier jam.  Actually this may be the simplest jam recipe ever.  It uses just fruit and juice and...

5 Great Summer Popsicle Recipes

In anticipation of the first day of summer, I wanted to post Young Mother Hubbard’s top 5 popsicle recipes (based on reader popularity).  All 5 are easy to make, use wholesome ingredients and of course taste delicious.  So break out your popsicle molds and enjoy these refreshing summer treats! Fruit Salad Popsicles: The most popular popsicle on this blog and always a hit with the kiddos – it’s literally...

Lemon Curd Recipe

Lemon curd is a fancy word for a simple (and delicious) lemon custard.  If you like bold lemon flavor, this one’s for you… Curd is quite easy to make, the trick is to cook it very gently.  Use the heaviest pan you can find (cast iron is ideal), stir constantly and don’t let it boil or the eggs may scramble.  This sounds annoying but all it takes is a watchful eye and since the cooking time is so short it’s really...

Puddle Jumper Review

The Puddle Jumper by Stearns might be my new best friend.  I seriously love this thing.  I have an active 3 year old who’s in the pool almost every day of the summer.  I want him to be a confident swimmer but I constantly worry about his safety and this is the first floatation device that’s really worked for us.  Prior to the Puddle Jumper we tried regular swimmies, life vests and a floatsuit (looks like a body...

Wholesome No Cook Chocolate Pudding

This pudding is rich and creamy and chocolaty sweet.  It’s also the healthiest pudding you will ever eat and you’ll never guess what it’s made of!  I made it on a whim one night when I made the mistake of scheduling dental work over dinnertime.  My stomach was rumbling but I wasn’t supposed to chew for several hours so I scoured the kitchen for something satisfying that I could puree.  This crazy recipe is the...

Pectin Free Strawberry Jam

This recipe makes a rustic strawberry jam so rich it almost verges on strawberry butter (Marshall says it tastes like a strawberry fruit roll up).   I specifically wanted a recipe using common ingredients that could be made anytime without a trip to a specialty store.  For this reason I omitted pectin, a common gelling ingredient.  I don’t actually have a problem with pectin, it’s just not something that people keep...