How to Make Pedialyte: Natural and Homemade Recipes

How to make Pedialyte

How to make pedialyte

How to make Pedialyte. I had no idea so many of you were wondering how to make Pedialyte at home! Now I’ve met so many new readers just because my post for Homemade Pedialyte is so popular.

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 Since I wrote that post, I’ve received tons of emails from people sharing their own instructions for how to make Pedialyte plus more homemade Pedialyte recipes.

Most of what I received were pretty similar to those that I listed, but there were a few new Pedialyte recipes that I wanted to share. Scroll down to see them :)

Before getting to the recipes, I wanted to discuss one point that has come up a few times.

There were a few comments in the other post about real Pedialyte and vitamins. Those same comments stated that my homemade Pedialyte recipes don’t have vitamins. According to the corporate website, Pedialyte does not contain vitamins.

Keep in mind that the purpose of Pedialyte and other electrolyte-replacement beverages is to prevent dehydration, rehydrate, and/or replenish vital minerals and nutrients lost during diarrhea and vomiting. It is not to provide vitamins.

Of course, if you have any medical concerns about your little one or yourself, please don’t hesitate to seek the advice of a doctor!

How to Make Pedialyte Recipes

Back to learning how to make Pedialyte! When you make homemade Pedialyte you should store it in a pitcher in the refrigerator.

I prefer an airtight glass pitcher: this one for large batches, and this cute little glass pitcher for the Pedialyte recipes that only require 2 cups of water.

Another nice perk of making it in a pitcher: it’s easy to pour into ice pop molds if you want to make DIY Pedialyte freezer pops. Any of the Pedialyte recipes below can be used to make popsicles, too!

Need ice pop molds? I’m happy with my Tupperware popsicle molds, and I know a lot of people who love their colorful silicone ice pop molds.

Here are more homemade Pedialyte recipes:

How to Make Pedialyte

Pedialyte recipe #1:

  • 2 cups water
  • Juice from 1-2 fresh lemons or 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (or honey if your child is at least 1 year old)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Pour the hot water, salt and sugar into a pitcher and stir until dissolved. Stir in the cold water and lemon juice. Serve in small amounts. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

Pedialyte recipe #2

  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup juice, any kind
  • 1 liter water (1 liter = just over 1 quart)

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Serve in small amounts. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

Pedialyte recipe #3:

  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon clear light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch of baking soda
  • pinch of salt.

Combine all ingredients and stir until it’s thoroughly mixed. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

See the original list of homemade Pedialyte recipes!

Did you already know how to make Pedialyte? Share your recipe in the comments!

How to Pair Wine and Chocolate

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I’m not a huge chocolate person and I’m definitely not a wine connoisseur, so I’ve never thought about how to put those two things together.

That’s not to say I don’t like either one. I can assure you that I enjoy chocolate often and I like to relax with an glass of wine.

How to pair wine and chocolate

When I received a gift of wine and chocolate from my friends at Brookside, it occured to me that I have plenty of friends who also appreciate both. I decided that it would be fun to serve them wine and chocolate if I can get all of us together this holiday season.

I did some reading to learn about pairing wine and chocolate, and it turns out I’m the last person on earth to know that wine and chocolate should be intentionally paired. There’s a lot of information out there!

I think almost everyone knows that a glass of wine can have a complex blend of flavors, and I learned that choccolate can be the same way. Add in the various textures of chocolate and learning about the best combinations of the two could turn into a full on hobby!

While I don’t need a wine and chocolate hobby, there are some basic rules to pairings that will make it easy if I have the opportunity to do it.

How to Pair Wine and Chocolate in 5 Easy Steps

How to pair wine and chocolate

  1. Choose wine sweeter than the chocolate you’re pairing it with. Without getting into the chemistry behind it, the wine will taste bitter if the chocolate is sweeter.
  2. Pair dark chocolate with red wine and pair lighter chocolates with whites or rose wines.
  3. Rich, intense chocolates should be paired with full-bodied wines.
  4. Taste from light to dark. When you’re presenting the pairings to your guests, serve white chocolate and milk chocolates first. End with the darkest and most bitter chocolates. If you’re following steps 1-3, you’ll serve wines from white to your most full-bodied red.
  5. Champagne goes with everything. If you can’t decide the right wine to pair with a particular chocolate choose a dry champagne. It will compliment any flavor.

It goes without saying that you should use good wines and quality chocolates if you’re serving wine and chocolate pairings to…anyone. Even yourself!

While it’s not the time for your liquor store bargain bin wine and dollar store chocolate, you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to create intersting pairings.

How to pair wine and chocolate

Pair Clos du Bois Pinot Noir with Brookside Pomegranate Flavor dark chocolate. The soft fruit flavored centers covered in smooth dark chocolate are a perfect compliment to the lighter red wine.

Clos du Bois Merlot can easily be paired with Brookside Dark Chocolate Acai & Blueberry Flavors. The smooth, full red wine goes hand in hand with the rich berry and dark chocolate combination.

I also urge you not to overthink this. Ask yourself, Do I like wine? Then ask yourself, Do I like chocolate? 

If you answered yes to both of those questions, just nibble on some chocolate and sip some wine. If you don’t like how one tastes with the other, try a different combination. I’m positive you’ll find the pairing that appeals to you!

Visit Brookside online and on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about wine and chocolate pairings.

Enter the giveaway!

Now I have a little giveaway to help you pair wine and chocolate. Here’s what I’m giving away:

How to pair wine and chocolate

The winner will receive Brookside chocolates, red and white wine glasses, wine bottle stoppers and a winged corkscrew!

Wait for the giveaway form to load and use it to enter the giveaway.

Brookside Wine and Chocolate Gift Basket

The giveaway ends December 6, 2015. Good luck!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Brookside Chocolate via MomTrends Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Brookside or Momtrends Media.

Feed Your Whole Gang: Crescent Roll Chicken Strips and Charlie Brown Sauce Recipe

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I’m from Minnesota, which means Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of Charles M. Schultz’s creations are in my DNA.

I don’t think you need to be a Minnesota mom blogger like me to appreciate the loveable characters of Peanuts. In fact, it seems like excitement for the whole gang is at an all-time high with the recent premiere of The Peanuts Movie!

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If you haven’t seen it, take a look at The Peanuts Movie trailer!

My family has been getting in the spirit by watching classic Peanuts movies. There are so many of them on DVD at our local library that we’ve been discovering all sorts of “new to us” titles to borrow.

In addition to watching those fun films for our family movie night, I also recently made a great Peanuts-themed meal to celebrate The Peanuts Movie!

Tyson chicken at Sams club

Haiden, Piper and I visited Sam’s Club to pick up Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips. We just moved, so the three-pound bag was exactly what I needed.

tyson chicken strips at Sam's Club

Quick, easy dinners that my kids love are a must right now while we’re living out of boxes and still finding all of our kitchen stuff!

Tyson provided me with a recipe for Flying Ace’s Bones, which are crescent roll-wrapped chicken strips. It’s a quick and easy twist on the classic chicken strips!

crescent roll wrapped chicken strips

I added more to the theme with my own Charlie Brown Sauce, which is really homemade honey mustard with a zigzag made from balsamic glaze. I think they turned out really cute!

Crescent Roll Wrapped Chicken Strips With Charlie Brown Sauce:

Crescent Roll Wrapped Chicken Strips Recipe:

AKA: Flying Ace’s Bones

Ingredients:

8 Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips
1 8 ounce can crescent rolls

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Separate the crescent roll dough into 8 triangles.
  4. Roll each chicken strip up in a crescent roll triangle and place on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake the crescent roll-wrapped chicken strips for 12-15 minutes.

Charlie Brown Sauce Recipe:

AKA: Balsamic Honey Mustard Sauce

Ingredients:

1/4 cup yellow mustard
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons mayonaise
Balsamic reduction glaze

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Layer mustard, honey and mayonaise in a small dish.
  2. Stir until well combined.
  3. Drizzle balsamic glaze over the honey mustard in a zigzag pattern to mimic Charlie Brown’s shirt.
  4. Serve with Crescent Roll Wrapped Chicken Fingers.

Enjoy while celebrating The Peanuts Movie!

crescent roll wrapped chicken strips charlie brown sauce

Do you have a favorite Peanuts character or a fun way to show your love for The Peanuts Gang?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all mine.

20 Hot Fall Drinks To Keep You Warm When the Temperature Drops

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It’s possible that we’re about to enter this Minnesota mom blogger’s least-favorite time of year.

Fall is absolutely gorgeous in this state, but it only makes me think of how short our summers always are. For me, fall is just a reminder that winter always seems to be just around the corner here!

But there are a few things I like about the change in seasons, and one is hot fall drinks! I can’t bring myself to drink hot coffee or tea when the temperature is hot outside, but as soon as it starts to drop I start dropping all sorts of different capsules into my Keurig!

These 20 hot fall drinks don’t require recipes. You just order up the K-cups, mixes and more and start warming up from the inside out.

Hot fall drinks:

1. Gloria Jean’s Buttered Toffee Coffee K-Cups, 18 ct :: $13.59
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Just $0.76 Per Serving.

2. Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice K-Cups, 24 ct :: $15.27
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Just $0.64 Per Serving.

3. The Bean Co. Pumpkin Spice Ground Coffee, 16 oz – 2 pk :: $22.92
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Final Price: $9.74 Each or $0.31 Per Serving.

4. The Coffee Fool Pumpkin Spice Drip Grind Coffee, 12 oz :: $12.74
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Final price: $10.83 shipped, or $0.45 per serving.

5. Grove Square Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino K-Cups, 24 ct :: $10.99
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Final price: $9.34 shipped, or $0.39 per serving.

6. Caza Trail Pumpkin Spice Coffee K-Cups, 24 ct :: $13.03
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Final rice: $11.08 shipped, or $0.46 per serving.

7. Assorted Fall Flavored K-Cups, 20 ct :: $17.99
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Final price: $17.99 shipped, or $0.90 per serving.

8. Christopher Bean Apple Cinnamon Ground Coffee, 12 oz :: $11.64
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Final price: $11.64 shipped, or $0.49 per serving.

9. Grove Square Caramel Cappuccino K-Cups, 24 ct :: $7.95
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Final price: $6.76 shipped, or $0.28 per serving.

10. Cafe Escapes Caramel K-Cups, 24 ct :: $17.75
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Final price: $17.75 shipped, or $0.74 per serving.

11. Milford T Toffee Chocolate Hazelnut Loose Black Tea, 55 servings :: $14.99
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Final price: $14.99 shipped, or $0.27 per serving.

12. Lipton Vanilla Caramel Black Tea Pyramids, 20 ct :: $2.12
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Final price: $1.80 shipped, or $0.09 per serving.

13. Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Black Tea Bags, 20 ct – 6 pk :: $16.25
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Final price: $13.81 shipped or $0.12 per serving.

14. Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime Herbal Tea Bags, 16 ct :: $6.16
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Just $0.39 per serving.

15. The Republic of Tea Caramel Vanilla Tea Bags, 50 ct :: $10.25
Pay $5.99 shipping.
Final price: $16.24 shipped, or $0.32 per perving.

16. Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Bags, 20 ct :: $7.99
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Final price: $7.99 shipped, or $0.40 per serving.

17. Celestial Seasonings Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Black Tea Bags, 20 ct :: $7.00
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Final price: $5.95 shipped, or $0.30 per serving.

18. Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Herbal Tea Bags, 22 ct :: $6.67
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Final price: $5.67 shipped, or $0.26 per serving.

19. Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea K-Cups, 24 ct :: $16.99
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Final price: $16.99 shipped, or $0.71 per serving.

20. Greenfield Chocolate Toffee Black Tea Bags, 25 ct :: $9.95
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Final price: $9.95 shipped, or $0.40 per serving.

I’m hoping this list has also helped you remember that pumpkin spice is not the only fall flavor! It definitely reminded me that warm, rich flavors like caramel, toffee and hazelnut will add a bit of extra warmth to my coffee or tea!

Be sure to check out some of my homemade hot drink recipes that are perfect for fall and winter:

A copycat recipe for Starbuck’s Caramel Apple Spice:

Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Recipe

How to make a homemade mocha with brewed coffee:

how to make a homemade mocha

Fourth of July Recipes: Festive & Family-Friendly 4th of July Treats!

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Independence Day will be here before we know it, and I’ve been on the lookout for Fourth of July recipes that my kids and my friends’ little ones will like. I want to make some simple red, white and blue treats to help my kids celebrate the 4th of July!

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Here are five kid-friendly Fourth of July recipes and treats that are as delicious as they are easy to prepare!

Fourth of July Recipes:

 

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Red, White & Blueberry Skewers

 

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Red, White & Blue Parfaits

 

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Pretzel Americana

 

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Fireworks Cookies

 

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Star-Spangled Stained Glass Jello

 

Not feeling like getting crafty in the kitchen on a holiday? You could always fill up an apothecary jar with red, white and blue gumballs and call it a day:

baby deals Will you be making any fun, patriotic treats for the Fourth? I’d love to hear your Fourth of July recipes and ideas!

Easy Appetizer Recipes with Olives

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easy appetizer recipes with olivesOlives are a funny food for me. I love eating a few if they’re right in front of me, but I totally forget about them if they’re out of my sight.

Another weird thing? I never even think about cooking or preparing food with olives as an ingredient. I guess I’m inadvertently an olive purist!

easy appetizer recipes with olives

That doesn’t mean that I don’t like recipes, especially easy recipes, with olives. Now that I know olives are a good source for vitamin E, fiber and iron, I think I’m on my way to changing that!

For high-quality olives, make sure you turn over the jar or tin and look for the Olives from Spain logo.

I love reading recipes, and I’m always saving easy appetizer recipes. Once I knew I wanted a recipe with Olives from Spain, I started keeping an eye out for easy appetizer recipes with olives.

easy appetizer recipes with olives

When I couldn’t find any perfect easy appetizer recipes with olives I came up with my own: Cilantro Lime Hummus with Black Olives.

This easy appetizer takes about 5 minutes to make, and just a few extra minutes to chop up veggies and slice some bread to serve with it!

2 Easy Appetizer Recipes with Olives

Cilantro Lime Hummus Recipe

Ingredients

1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained with liquid reserved
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 to 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Sliced black ripe olives
Paprika (optional)

Directions

  1. Put garbanzo beans, cilantro, garlic, olive oil and lime juice in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. If the mixture is too thick, add reserved liquid from the garbanzo beans and blend again. I add 1 tablespoon at a time until it’s the desired consistency.
  4. Sprinkle sliced black ripe olives over the finished hummus.
  5. Garnish with paprika and additional cilantro leaves, if desired.

Another one of those easy appetizer recipes with olives was provided by Olives from Spain: marinated olives. I love that these can be served on their own or with a variety of breads and crackers.

easy appetizer recipes with olives

Marinated Olives Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup pitted green olives of your choice, drained
1 cup pitted Spanish green olives, drained
1 cup pitted black olives, drained
1 cup pitted pimento stuffed olives
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
4 bay leaves
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon sugar
2 ounces Sherry vinegar
2 ounces balsamic vinegar
8 ounces olive oil
2 lemons, peeled & juiced
Salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Combine garlic, sugar, oregano and crushed red pepper in a bowl.
  2. Add the vinegars, lemon juice and olive oil.
  3. Fold the olives into the mixture and gently add the lemon peel and bay leaves.
  4. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before serving.

This month, Olives from Spain is heading to Miami for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. If you’re also going to be one of the 18,000 attendees at this festival, stop by the Olives from Spain station to sample some tasty bites!

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