The V Spot

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Sunday Rewind: Cadillac Margarita Ice Cream

I love ice cream and I love a good margarita, and this easy recipe lets you have both!  One of the things I love about this no-churn ice cream recipe is that you just mix and refreeze the ingredients.  No need for an ice cream maker! Pin It is so yummy and creamy, with a little kick to it from the tequila, some tangy lime…

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

Procrastination and I go way back.  I promised this week that I would be writing a bit more.   I think I will start that next week. Pin Sunday Rewind:  A yummy Mexicorn Dip. Wednesday: How Instagram has had a negative impact on the frequency of my blog posts and hurt my inner storyteller.

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Instagram's negative affect on my blogging.

I love Instagram.  I love to check out the photos in my home feed.  I love to quickly post a photo and see who liked it, and engage in comments back and forth.  It’s fast and easy to pop up a fun photo and be done with it.  However, I have recently come to realize that use of my beloved Instagram is having a negative…

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Sunday Rewind: Mexicorn Dip

I don’t know about you, but I love a good party dip.  Even better?  When the dip is versatile and can be used in other dishes.  This delicious Mexicorn Dip is good in quesadillas and tacos as well as on a chip. Pin   It’s really, really tasty and is very easy to make.  My friend Shannon brought it to a get together last year…

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

I am very excited to tell you that I will be speaking at the SNAP Conference in Salt Lake City this month!    I will be talking to other bloggers about how being able to tell a story helps to create good content, can it help you grow your blog and can help to create loyal readers. Writing is an outlet for me, and the…

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Note to self: do not take 10 year old boys into a lingerie store.

I had a few errands to run this week.  One of them was to exchange a bra I had purchased.  I thought nothing of bringing my trusty side-kick, Grant, along for the errands.   When will I get it through my head that baby’s grown’ up? Pin We had two quick stops in the same shopping center.  I parked the car, we got out and…

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Chocolate Mint Spinach Smoothie

I promise that this tastes really good!  I have a Green Smoothie recipe that I like, but I wanted a new one, so I played around and came up with this Chocolate Mint Spinach Smoothie recipe.  It isn’t a prefect replica, but it has enough minty-chocolate taste that I feel like I got a little treat instead of a dose of veggies. Pin   What…

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Sunday Rewind: A great way to use up leftovers - The Circle Sandwich.

With a large family to cook for, I always try to be as economical as possible.  I buy items on sale and stock up when I can, I cook from scratch whenever possible, and I always, always try to use up leftovers.  (With all of these growing boys around here there aren’t many leftovers, but when there are, I try not to let them go…

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Sunday Rewind: Slow cooker carnitas quesadillas

Sunday dinners are good.  Easy Sunday dinners are great!  So I thought I’d post a little reminder about this easy slow cooker carnitas recipe, and the yummy way to use them in quesadillas. Pin   It does not get much easier than tossing a few ingredients in a crockpot, right?    You can check out the full recipe right here.  What are you cooking up for…

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

Remember the days when there was something new on the blog Monday through Friday?  Yeah, me too.  Those were the good ‘ol days.  This busy week, there was something new on Thursday.  That’s progress, right? Pin   Sunday Rewind: Chalkboard Egg “place cards”.  This easy project takes only minutes but brings a fun detail to any spring table. Thursday: I tried out the new Mod…

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Skeleton Key Stenciled Mirror with Mod Podge Rocks stencils.

Do you read Mod Podge Rocks?  My friend, Amy Anderson is the brains behind that blog (and DIY Candy, and Washi Tape Crafts) and she is such a genius that she has her own line of stencils on the market. Pin I was really excited to give the Mod Podge Rocks stencils a try and make this Skeleton Key stenciled mirror. Pin (FYI?  It is…

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Sunday Rewind: Chalkboard Egg "place cards"

I love a simple project that helps to create a big impact.  It can be the little details that make all the difference when it comes to setting a table or entertaining.  These simple chalkboard eggs make really fun place cards at an Easter or spring brunch. Pin   These started out as your everyday, run of the mill plastic Easter eggs.  You can see…

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

Hi all!  Not much to wrap up this week…  A Sunday Rewind and new adventures with Grant Pin   Sunday Rewind: How to make faux foil wrapped chocolate eggs (using empty wrappers from Valentine’s Day candy, no less!) Monday – Thursday: There was lots of busy stuff happening around here, none of which bodes well for blog posts. Friday: I had to share a story…

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Hamster shenanigans and a 10 year old's building plans.

Last night as I was preparing to go to bed, a quick, scurrying movement caught my eye. Hamster. On the loose. Oy. Grant often takes “Speedy” out of his cage for play time and on occasion does not get his cage properly closed up again. Handsome Hubby was already asleep, and I did my best not to wake him up, but that damn hamster ran…

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Sunday Rewind: Faux Foil Wrapped Chocolate Eggs

I love it when I am able to take something headed for the trash and give it a longer life with a little creativity and spray paint.  (Seriously, everything is better with spray paint.)  In the case of this craft project, I literally used trash to make these faux foil wrapped chocolate eggs for Easter. Pin I happened to have eaten a lot of foil…

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

Well I seem to have missed the whole week! Not much happened on the blog this week because there was much going on in real life.  Busy schedules, unexpected adventures and lots of work! Pin   Sunday Rewind: Gold foil eggs in peat pot “baskets”.  I loved this sweet and easy spring craft. Friday: Conner and a few of his school mates made a video…

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Teacher Tweets: My son's first experience with having something go viral.

My son Conner is learning first hand what a roller coaster ride having something go viral on the internet can be.  He is in the video production class at school, which seems to be the modern day equivalent of high school journalism.  Griffin News is a bi-weekly news show that the students write, produce and air for the student body.  I’ll be honest…  As a parent…

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Sunday Rewind: spring crafts - gold foil eggs in peat pots

I love spring crafts that say “spring” without screaming Easter.  If I take the time to make something, I usually want to be able to have it out all season long. Pin You can get peat pots at any garden center or home improvement store and you can click here to get the full tutorial on how to make this easy spring craft project. Happy…

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

Can you believe it’s already March?  I feel like I’m still finding pine needles in the carpet from the Christmas tree!  It was a short week at The V Spot, but here’s what happened: Pin Sunday Rewind: The best way to freeze and store tomato paste.  A seriously handy trick! Monday: Brownie Bites inspired by Samoa Girl Scout Cookies.  Darn those Girl Scouts! Tuesday: Oreo…

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Easy Dessert Recipe: Oreo Cheesecake Bites

Yesterday I shared a dessert I took to an Oscars Party on Sunday night: my easy recipe for Samoa Brownie Bites, a brownie dessert inspired by those evil Samoa Girl Scout Cookies.   I also brought my Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies and these little gems: bite sized Oreo Cheesecake Bites. These mini cheesecakes are just the right size and the recipe is so easy and…

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Samoa Brownie Bites: Inspired by Samoa Girl Scout Cookies

I hate Girl Scout Cookie time.    I have no willpower.  Those sweet girls with their little beanies and sashes, and their boxes of Thin Mints!  I can’t take it!  They make me do bad things like come up with desserts that remind me of my all time favorite, the Samoa Girl Scout Cookies.  (That caramel-chocolate-coconut combination will be my undoing, I’m not even kidding.)…

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Sunday Rewind: The best way to freeze and store tomato paste.

When a recipe calls for tomato paste, does it bug you that you need to open up a 6 oz can in order to get 2 tablespoons of tomato paste?  A few years back I finally figured out the best way to have tablespoon sized portions of tomato paste at my fingertips and ready to go…  freeze and store it. Pin   Freezing tomato paste…

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

Whenever there’s a 3 day weekend with a Monday holiday, it throws me off for the remainder  of the week.  This past weekend was a 4-day weekend where the kids had Valentine’s Day off as well as the Monday of Presidents’ Day.  So nothing happened around her from Sunday through Tuesday. Pin   Wednesday: I gave a makeover to a metal plant stand that I…

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Why I felt a blue chicken was necessary.

So a few days ago I shared a makeover I did on a little plant stand.  I put a little wooden chicken in with the flowers, but he wasn’t really showing up against the color of the house… so I thought he should be blue. Pin See?  Now he shows up against the house.  He was easy to paint with a simple dry brush technique…

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The best lasagna recipe.

The best lasagna recipe. Ever.

I’m half Italian, (Sicilian, to be precise) I love to eat and I love to cook.   I’ve tasted a ton of lasagna recipes and I think this is the best lasagna recipe ever.  It’s flavorful, hearty and will satisfy your culinary soul.  (And also, your children.) Pin Before we get started, DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE NUMBER OF INGREDIENTS.   There are quite…

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