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Fancy Frugal Life: July 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

Cooking with Wonton Wrappers

 I've been having fun cooking with won ton wrappers lately and my family has loved it. (Even my picky kiddies!) I thought I'd share pics of two meals I've made recently. This is not really a recipe but more an idea to incorporate some fun in your everyday recipes. Plus at just 20 calories per wrap it can be a lighter way to make lasagnas and tacos. Plus everyone loves cute fancy looking food, right?!

 For these mini lasagnas I made my basic tomato meat sauce and then layered the muffin tins with the wrap, meat sauce, skim milk ricotta, and a little Parmesan. Also the wrappers can be found by the refrigerated organic dairy items in your grocery store. I had to ask about 4 people where they were and mostly I got a "what?" or "hugh?"...

After just a few minutes in the oven they look fantastic. Remember to use non stick spray.

 I think next time I might use two wrappers per muffin tin. This plus a great salad make a yummy easy meal!

We love our taco Tuesdays at our house!...It's one of the few meals there's no whining at the dinner table.
For this meal I just made my taco filling using this homemade taco seasonings recipe via Whole New Mom. (Great website by the way)...
Then I topped with a little cheddar cheese and baked in the oven. I used cilantro, tomatoes, and avocado as toppings.

I'm sure there's so many ways to use these cool wrappers....Wouldn't these look cool as a holiday party appetizer?
Have a wonderful week!

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Arctic Zero (150 cal per Pint) Organic Frozen Dessert Review

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own***
As soon as I heard from a friend about Arctic Zero's 150 calorie per pint frozen desserts I knew I needed to try some. We've made some major positive changes to our eating habits lately and ice cream is always my downfall especially in the summer! This is such a great substitute.
Arctic Zero is an all natural organic gluten free frozen dessert that can be best described as a delicious frozen protein shake!

I've been having a tough week adjusting to the idea of moving out of state next month for my husband's job. They are unexpectedly relocating us from Phoenix to the Fresno, CA area. I'll be scrambling trying to find us a house and schools next week :)

This insulated dry ice filled box came in the mail a couple days ago and it really cheered us up! We've had great little "ice cream" socials this week.

 Make sure you visit Arctic Zero's website for all the ingredients and nutritional info.

What is Arctic Zero?
Arctic Zero is a high quality guilt free frozen dessert that is all natural, gluten free, suitable for lactose intolerants, and low glycemic. Like "super foods", we like to call it a "super dessert". People consume it for many reasons: just a snack, to replace a meal, indulge guilt free and the list goes on.
What is Arctic Zero sweetened with?
Arctic Zero is sweetened with a proprietary blend of monk fruit concentrate and organic cane sugar. We do not use artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols of any kind. What is monk fruit? One of the sweetest melons in the world, monk fruit concentrate is 150 times sweeter than sugar and one gram replaces 40 teaspoons of sugar.
Is Arctic Zero dairy free and or vegan?
Arctic Zero contains whey protein concentrate, which is a milk derivative and therefore is not dairy free or vegan. If you have dairy/milk allergies please consult your physician.
Where can I buy Artic Zero?
Yop retailers include KROGER STORES, DILLON'S, KING SOOPERS, FRYS, FRED MEYERS, RALPHS, QFC and SMITHS! Visit here for the store locator.

My husband and I were the first to eat the vanilla chocolate covered bars...They were delish and his fav at only 86 calories per bar!
 My daughter loved these pictured flavors: Mint Chocolate Cookie, Cookies & Cream, & Stawberry.

My favorites were these three. I hid the coffee flavor in the back of the freezer just for me! ha. The mint chocolate cookie tasted like Thin Mints! Yummmm..

 My son was all about the chocolate!

Yay Arctic Zero was a great big huge success at our house!!

Have you tried this product yet? Let me know what you think about it!
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teacher Monogram Wreath & Crayon Chalkboard Sign

Hi Friends! I have two more back to school projects to tell you about today....First I wanted to say THANK YOU so much for your comments and response to this wreath. I appreciate it. My sis in law LOVED it and is going to display it proudly in her first elementary school class!
Also, I was featured in our little local newspaper this past Sunday. I contacted them to see if they wanted any back to school ideas and they sent over a reporter and photographer two days later! It was a nice article you can read here if you'd like. :) 

So here is a back to school monogram I made this weekend for another very special person. I had lots of crayons and pencils left over and used them here. 
I painted the K from Joanne's craft store blue. Then I added pencils and crayons with hot glue.

I love these little details from Hobby Lobby. I painted a star and added ribbon to make a little award.
My aunt is such a special person to us. Her bravery, joy, and all around positive funny attitude on life is a true inspiration. Not only has she battled MS and recently breast cancer, she is now starting her 20th year of teaching kindergarten at Gilbert Elementary in AZ! She was getting her class ready today and I brought this treat for her :)

 How cute is she?! I think she liked the K for Mrs. Ketron.

So the next project is a cute chalkboard sign I made as a photo prop for the first day of school, but it would make an excellent gift for a teacher too. Maybe a sign for the door.

I found this unfinished sign at Hobby Lobby for around $3. I used some paint for the trim and chalkboard paint for the middle.

 I used a sharpie to make ruler marks on the sign, and hot glued crayons to the back. I also used this clear chalkboard paint coating on the apple. It makes anything a chalkboard. Cool right?

Here's a practice picture for the real picture next month :-) I know I have back to school on my mind lately!? Do you? Take Care!

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