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Goodie Girl Cookie Pop Tarts

Summer is in full swing and Kate and I have a super fun, easy and delicious breakfast or even dessert idea for you to make!  First things first, go find some Goodie Girl Birthday Cake and Magical Animal cookies. They’re gluten free and to die for.  You can make this recipe gluten free by replacing the All Purpose Flour with Gluten Free Flour. Or if you want to skip the homemade dough all together you can use pie crust in the refrigerated section at the grocery store! 
Here’s what I did..

HOMEMADE POP TARTSYIELD: 9 servings PREP: 1 hour COOK: 25 minutes TOTAL: 1 hour 25 minutes These are simple and SO delicious! A flaky, buttery pastry with strawberry and brown sugar cinnamon fillings, and they’re frosted, of course! INGREDIENTS:For the Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Filling½ cup light brown sugar1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon4 teaspoons all-purpose flourFor the Strawberry Filling¾ cup strawberry jam1 tablespoon cornstarch1 tablespoon waterFor the Pastry Crust2 cups all-purpose flour1 tablespoon granulated suga…
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Family Room DIY makeover

Remember that one time my husband bought a tv wall mount and then I decided we needed a new tv stand? And then it made me realize our dark furniture would look way better if I lightened it up? And then it was time to get rid of the old dark throw pillows and dark rug? And then all of a sudden that fireplace looked so out of place. So we gutted it. All because we put the tv on the wall! 
Here’s a little walk down our DIY family room makeover. 
Before


I started with this old corner cabinet that i got for free years ago and painted chocolate brown.  I dusted her off and went to town with chalk paint. 






Then I got rid of the old dark rug and started changing out our throw pillows. 


Then it was onto the fireplace.  Before






Chris took out part of the wood floor to extend the floor of the tiny fireplace. 
We also cleaned out the fireplace and sprayed it with cream paint that can withstand 1,200 degree temperatures.  And then we sucked out the old volcano rock and put in this fire glass from amazon.
The…

The best iced coffee, ever.

When Chris and I went to Mexico this past winter we quickly become addicted to their  blended espressos. I found myself craving them when we got home so I played around with a couple of instant espressos and ended up making the best iced coffee, ever. 


What you’ll need.  Medaglia D’oro instant espresso Water IceCoffee creamer of your choiceHeavy cream + caramel Trust me on the instant espresso. I tried them all. This is the best. I get it at Kroger. I’ve also heard Walmart carries it as well as trusty amazon. 
Step one.  Get your ingredients out. 

I fill my glass up halfway with water and pour a capful of instant espresso in. 

Mix it real good. 

Time to cool it down. 

Now comes the sweet part. 



This next step is money.  Lordy. 

If you’re feeling really naughty you can add caramel sauce.  Do it. 

If you’ve been wanting the recipe for the BEST homemade caramel ever then you’re in luck.  This is the recipe from my mother in law.  It is life changing. 


Ta-Da! 



Tag me on Instagram at @southernatheart so I …

Homemade Pop Tarts

To be honest, I’m not a fan of the boxed pop tarts but homemade ones make me weak in the knees. Our local coffee shops here in Tennessee sell them and they’re my guilty pleasure.  I decided to take a quiet Tuesday morning and make some with my sweet boy. 
Here’s what I did..
HOMEMADE POP TARTSYIELD:9 servings PREP:1 hour COOK:25 minutes TOTAL:1 hour 25 minutes These are simple and SO delicious! A flaky, buttery pastry with strawberry and brown sugar cinnamon fillings, and they’re frosted, of course! INGREDIENTS:For the Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Filling½ cup (99 grams) light brown sugar1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon4 teaspoons all-purpose flourFor the Strawberry Filling¾ cup strawberry jam1 tablespoon cornstarch1 tablespoon waterFor the Pastry Crust2 cups all-purpose flour1 tablespoon granulated sugar1 teaspoon salt1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed1 egg2 tablespoons milkFor the Egg Wash1 egg1 tablespoon milkFor the Plain Icing¾ cup powdered sugar1 tablespoon milk¼ teaspoon vanilla extractFor the C…

Playroom makeover

If you've followed our life on Instagram for a while then you know that our kids don't have any toys in their rooms besides their favorite stuffed animals. We try to keep their rooms a place of calm. The only place they have toys inside the house is the playroom. It's a pretty massive room above our garage and just down the hall from their rooms.  I literally tossed things in there when we moved in late 2014. I recently did a mini make over and a huge toy clean out and organized the whole room and the difference is amazing. 
Our whole house was a dirty tan color.  We have now painted every single room.  This was the last one to be tackled. 



The new paint color is Seagull Gray by Behr in an eggshell finish.  Did you know that you can take a picture of this barcode and have the paint person at Home Depot scan it and you're set! 

We also updated the ceiling fans, added receded lighting and a few new fun accessories.  One of my favorites is this rug from Overstock

Amazing what a li…

A healthier me.

Remember my Trust your gut  post?I feel like a whole new girl since I wrote that a month ago.  So many things have been confirmed and I feel like my happy healthy self again. 
All because of two things; 1. The gallbladder cleanse that I posted about.  Literally saved my gallbladder and my sanity.  No more stomach pain! And I can drink wine and margaritas without pain again! 🙌🏼
2. I found out that I have a sensitivity to gluten. It's still a mystery to me as to how I developed this but all I know is that when I do have gluten my joints hurt, I get awful headaches and an upset stomach along with bloating. 
Back to my first post about this... I took a "before picture" thinking I was going to 5-10 pounds and then post my "after" picture. 😂😂😂
Truth is, there are still plenty of calories in gluten free food. The other truth is I'm 80-20 gluten free. I still enjoy a few non-gluten free treats here and there (and then pay for it later). 
I love food. I reward myself wit…

So you've got a teether?

We all know Sophie is going to be a newborn forever. She might have 4 teeth and love food but she's technically still a newborn. 😍Girlfriend loves to chew on all the things, my shoulder included 🤦🏼‍♀️. So, we are never without teething toys and we like to mix it up over here.  After 4 kids here are a couple of my favorite tried and true teething toys. 
This Fresh Food Teether Pacifer is the bomb! Forget those cheap mesh ones that were impossible to clean. These are clean and safe and they can have their favorite fruits and veggies without worrying about choking. 




So proud showing y'all her grapes and blueberries! 

You can order yours on Amazon here

Our other favorite is the banana toothbrush teether. How fun to scrub those little teefers and relieve some pain at the same time! 


It's easy to hold and the whole thing is apparently fun to chew on.  Amazon has a wide selection of banana teethers. Here is the standard yellow banana teether.  Banana Teether

Last but not least... The Moo…