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Tuesday, May 28

GETTING SUMMER READY WITH TREE HUT

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tree Hut for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of my favorite things about summer is going around in flip flops. I really dislike wearing socks and you'd often find me without them even in the winter time.  Sadly it has left me with extremely rough and dry soles - something I'm not very proud of. I've tried many foot creams claiming to soften and heal cracked feet but few proved to be very effective. When I heard about the Tree Hut foot cream and other pampering products in their new line, I was very curious and decided to check it out.

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Tree Hut hand & foot care products are developed to keep hands and feet feeling smooth and healthy. Certified organic shea butter, natural oils and extracts make skin smooth and soft. Besides the new Aloe and Peppermint Foot Cream and the Peppermint and Sugar Foot Scrub, I also saw a Moroccan Rose Renewing Hand Cream that looked quite good.

Ever since I had E, I've also been a lot more conscious about what ingredients are in the products we use. I was very happy to see that Tree Hut products do not contain parabens or  DMDM (a preservative that contains formaldehyde).  They are not tested on animals and are made right here in the USA.  Unlike other health-conscious products on the market, their products are affordable and can be easily found in numerous stores nationwide like Walmart and Target.  

I am definitely looking forward to relaxing this summer and these products seem like the perfect treat to getting me and my feet ready.  You'll also be sure to find me in comfy outfits just like this one:


Tree Hut - Casual Summer Outfit



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Friday, May 10

SWEET POTATO AND SPINACH MAC & CHEESE

Happy Friday everyone! This will not be my usual Friday Treats post, but I wanted to share this recipe that I recently found on Naturally Ella. Since E's a big fan of mac and cheese and I've been a big fan of one dish meals (especially as we're anxiously awaiting baby #2 to make his appearance soon), I was super excited when I came across this meal.  

I did simplify her recipe a little though and added panko for that extra crunch that our family loves on our mac & cheese. Hope you all will enjoy this dish as much as we did!



Ingredients
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 5 C farfalle pasta
  • 4 T unsalted butter
  • 2 T all-purpose flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely grated
  • 1½ C 2% milk
  • salt (depending on the type of cheese you use (ie. parmesan), you may leave out the salt)
  • 1½ C white cheddar + colby jack, shredded
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 C panko crumbs


Directions

Preheat the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Boil the sweet potatoes for about 15 minutes or until tender. I used a Japanese sweet potato which was white on the inside. Drain and then puree them in a food processor with 1/4 C of milk until smooth.  Set aside. 

Cook the pasta in salted water until al dente (do not overcook!) Rinse under cool water and set aside. 

In a medium-sized sauce pan, melt 2 T of butter over medium heat. Add the grated garlic and quickly move it around the pan until it's lightly browned. Slowly whisk in the flour to make the roux. Pour in the rest of the milk and whisk until the mixture starts to thicken. Add in the sweet potato puree and mix well until hot.  Remove the pan from the stove and stir in 1½ C of cheese. Salt to desired taste. 

In a large casserole dish, combine the pasta, sweet potato/cheese mixture and spinach. Sprinkle the remainder of the cheese over the top.  

Melt the remaining 2 T of butter in a small sauce pan. Remove from heat and pour in the panko crumbs. Mix well until the crumbs are well-coated and crispy.  Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the dish.  

Bake on the medium rack for 25 minutes until the crumb topping's golden brown. Enjoy!


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