17 Delicious St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Happy Friday everyone! Are you ready for the last of the St. Patrick’s Day ideas for this month? I can’t believe we are already at the end of February and March and St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner!  Allison here once again bringing you some delicious recipes to add to your menu for St. Patrick’s Day.

 Whether you are Irish and looking for something new to serve or you aren’t and just want to add some more Irish fun into your life, I am sure some of these recipes will make your day extra delicious!  
There you have it!  Which one of those made your taste buds go wild?

Do you have a favorite dish you make on St. Patrick’s Day? Stay tuned next month for all new tips! 

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Recipe: Easy Berry Smoothies

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Hello friends and Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I am sharing my growing love for being intentional. I’ve been talking about this a lot as it is my focus word for this year, and I have found ways to implement it into most of my life and daily routines. Being intentional with my time and my health means I need to make sure I say ‘yes’ to things that will nourish my mind, body, and soul and ‘no’ to things that don’t. Our new morning routine consists of daily meditation, yoga practice, and easy berry smoothies, which sets us up with such a positive and nourishing start to our day. 

Because I am not a professional yogi, I often utilize YouTube to find yoga flows for my daughter and I to try and practice. And for kids 10 and under, I highly recommend Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube. The instructor themes her flows to fun stories, songs, and movies your kids will recognize. Practicing yoga and meditation together is so much fun and I feel like I am modeling good practices for my daughter as well.

After our yoga practice, we make easy berry smoothies, packed with all the good stuff including wanu water. I love using wanu water in our smoothies because they are naturally flavored and include essential nutrients like B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, K, Folic Acid, Biotin, Fiber and antioxidant Vitamin E. They are also gluten free and vegan and are naturally sweetened by Monk fruit. 

For my easy berry smoothie recipe, you’ll need:

  • handful of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen black & blue berries
  • 5-6 frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek Yogurt (*optional… remove if you want vegan/dairy free)
  • 1 cup wanu water (any flavor)

Add everything to your blender or Ninja and blend until smooth. Transfer into a cup and don’t forget a smoothie straw! Such a great invention, those smoothie straws. 

We love all of the wanu water flavors: Kiwi Cucumber, Peach Passion, Watermelon Raspberry, and Dark Cherry. We take them with us when we go hiking and biking too. You can find them all at your local Safeway. Save $1.00 on the purchase of any two (2) 16oz bottles of wanu with this coupon (Expiration date: 12/31/18). 

I can’t wait to hear if you try out our easy berry smoothie recipe! Be sure and let us know!

What does your morning routine look like? Are you intentional with that time so that you can start your day off right? 


Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

Hello there makers! I’m all about Christmas decorating, crafting, and shopping… how about y’all? Although I’m completely in the Christmas spirit, I’m still looking forward to Thanksgiving (around the Christmas tree) with my family. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen, turning some of my favorite recipes into gluten free versions. I’m also trying to limit my sugar intake and completely get rid of dairy. But I love food, so I had to figure out a way to not sacrifice some of my very favorite things because of my new no sugar, no dairy, no gluten choices. And one of my favorite things to bake up during fall and winter is pumpkin bread. After some trial and error, I have a delicious Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread recipe to share with y’all.

I wish you could have smelled my house as this was baking. My daughter kept coming downstairs to ask if it was ready to eat. It’s an absolute MUST try if you love pumpkin bread.


  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (butter replacement)
  • 3/4 cup of maple syrup (sugar replacement)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of vanilla or plain nut milk (I used almond)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups of gluten free baking flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)


Preheat your oven to 350* and grease your loaf pan with coconut oil. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut oil and syrup. Then add the eggs, milk and pumpkin and whisk again. Next, whisk in the seasonings, baking soda, and flour (start with 1 1/2 cups of flour and add a bit more if needed). Don’t over whisk…it’s not good for the bread! It’s okay if it’s a little lumpy. Pour the pumpkin bread mixture into your greased loaf pan and sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour. I always check it at 50 minutes with a toothpick. If it needs a bit more time, I turn off my oven but leave the loaf in it for another 5-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow cool time. Then it’s ready to serve!

If you wanted to, you could add chocolate chips or raisins or chopped nuts to your mix also! Variety is always a good thing. 

I love it just like this, but my husband and daughter love to smear butter on it. I probably would if I wasn’t trying to limit my dairy intake. Either way, it’s delicious with or without!

What’s your favorite thing to bake during this season? Are you a pumpkin bread fan too?

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to get your bake on!


Chocolate Candy Cookies

Hi friends! Im excited to share this yummy cookie recipe with you today! It’s the perfect time of year to make these cookies because they are SO versatile and you can use some of that pesky Halloween candy you have laying around. We always pick 3 chocolate candies for our Chocolate Candy Cookies, but you can do it however you want!

I love making these cookies after trick-or-treating because it uses up some of the candy. You can make several batches to use up even more and you can make different combinations. Today, I’m sharing the cookies we made using M&Ms and chopped up mini Snickers and mini Reeses cups. It was a really yummy combo. 

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Chocolate Candy Cookies…


  • 3/4 cup of butter (or coconut oil)
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate candies


Preheat oven to 350*. Mix butter and sugar together well. Then mix in vanilla and egg. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking soda. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing well. Fold in chocolate candies. Chill in the fridge for 10 minutes. Form into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool for 3 minutes. EAT YOUR HEART OUT!

Tip: I love using my Silpat mat for baking cookies! They come out perfect every time.

They are SO delicious and so versatile. Next time my daughter wants to use KitKats, Twix, and Butterfingers in the cookie mix. Sounds like a plan!

Let us know what you like to do with all the kids’ Halloween candy. Do you save it for your Christmas advent calendar? Turn it into he candy fairy to get a toy or prize? Or do you bake with it like we do?


Easy Pizza Night with Buffalo Chicken Salad

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Hello friends! I am so excited that fall is approaching. I love everything about it! It always reminds me of happy memories and fun times. It’s also a super busy time of year for me, so it’s always a goal for me to have a strong dinner game plan. I’ve got lots of simple dinners lined up for during the week to help us out in the evenings. One of our family’s favorites is our Easy Pizza Night with Buffalo Chicken Salad.

Thanks to Tony’s Pizza, we are able to have a quick meal all together as a family. Often we save this dinner for a Friday night so that we can eat and rush off to the high school football game. Fall is when I met my husband when we were in high school. We spent many Friday nights together at football games. Now, he’s a high school culinary teacher, so we still spend our Friday nights under those Friday night lights supporting his students.

But before we head off to the game, we gather around the table to talk about our week and enjoy our pizza and Buffalo Chicken Salad. 

Our favorites are Tony’s® Pizzeria Style MEAT-TRIO® Pizza and Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Cheese Pizza. Tony’s Pizza has been making authentic pizzeria style pizza for over 50 years and always with 100% real mozzarella cheese. They are quick to bake up in the oven and so delicious! 

Right now, you can win all kinds of cool prizes by entering Tony’s Pizza sweepstakes!
#WinWithTonysPizza #Sweepstakes – Walmart (9/19 to 10/17)

Our favorite side to pair with our Tony’s Pizza is Buffalo Chicken Salad. It’s perfect for a Friday pizza night! You only need a few things to make it and it’s so good! 

  • salad mix
  • wing sauce (store bought or homemade)
  • frozen chicken nuggets
  • Ranch dressing
  • carrots and celery

First, you need to bake your frozen chicken nuggets as directed on the packaging and warm up your wing sauce.

When your nuggets and wing sauce are done, toss them together in a bowl until they are coated well. Tip: add butter to your wing sauce when you are heating up to cool down the spiciness. 

Slice up your carrots and celery and lay them on the plate with your salad mix. After your chicken cools a bit, place them on the salad. In a separate dish, mix Ranch dressing with a tiny bit of wing sauce (the more you add, the spicier your dressing will get). Drizzle the dressing over the salad.

I’m telling you, this dinner is going to be a family favorite for y’all too! Quick, simple, and delicious. The perfect meal to share with your family before heading out to the football game, or to share with friends while you watch the NFL games on TV! Either way, it’s a win. 

You can find Tony’s Pizza at Walmart and you can get 1/2 off using this Ibotta offer! Add it to your grocery list for the week so you don’t miss out!

Does your family love going to the local high school football games? Do you have Easy Pizza Nights on Fridays too?

Sloppy Nachos

I don’t know about you, but I’m always up for easy dinner nights and new ways to use up leftovers. Especially during busy week nights. One of our new favorites to make is Sloppy Nachos.

If you’re a fan of Sloppy Joes and you’re a fan of nachos, you’ll really love this. Sometimes we make Sloppy Joe mix just to make these nachos and other times we use our leftovers from the sandwiches to make them. Either way, they are a hit!

To make your own, layer chips, shredded cheese, and Sloppy Joe mix to your liking. 

I like to make my own Sloppy Joe mix. I brown up seasoned, ground turkey meat and then add organic ketchup and my favorite barbecue sauce (brown sugar and honey) to taste. The beautiful part is you can make it as ‘sloppy’ or saucy as you want! 

After you are happy with your layers, heat it up in the microwave until the cheese is melted. You can also put it on a pan and heat it in the oven. In the summers, I try not to use my oven. 

The kids are bound to love it and you could even have them make their own plate of nachos. If you wanted to spice it up, you could add green onions or jalapeños to your Sloppy Nachos! 

Let us know if you try it and like it! 

What are some of your favorite, quick weeknight dinners to make?

DIY Cleansing Facial Pads

Hello Mine for the Making readers! The Oily Bee here to share more healthy, chemical free goodness with y’all this month.

One thing I can’t stand is washing my face right before bed. Can you relate? The entire process makes me not want to do it, because really I just want to get into bed. Plus, the sink gets all messy, my shirt gets soaked, and I don’t like feel like cleaning the sink right before bed! LIGHT BULB! DIY cleansing facial pads! Yes!

I’ve tried to use the store bought cleansing pads, but I haven’t found one I super like. I also don’t feel like using chemicals on my face. NO THANKS!  So I decided to make my own, chemical free cleansing pads! It’s SUPER easy my friends! Lets get started.

You’ll need:
– 4oz glass container (I got mine at Target at the dollar wheel!)
– Small squirt of Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Unscented Castile Soap (you can get at any Sprouts or Whole Foods store and Amazon)
– 1 tsp unscented or (MY FAVORITE) rose Witch Hazel
– 8 drops of Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil  
– 2-3 drops of Young Living Manuka Essential Oil  
– 1/4 cup of distilled water
– 15-20 exfoliating cotton rounds (purchased mine at Target)


Mix everything together really well in a glass measuring cup. This makes it easier to pour in your jar after.  Fill your glass jar half way with the cotton rounds and slowly pour half of the mixture on top. Then add the rest of the rounds and continue to pour the rest of the mixture onto them as well. Seal your jar and let it sit for at least one hour before using. You want the mix to really soak into the rounds.

That’s it! Now you can make your own DIY Facial Cleansing Pads in just a few easy steps. No chemicals. No mess. I love the way Frankincense and Manuka work together to make my skin feel clean! And it makes washing your face before bed quick and easy…. perfect for the busy mom!

Until next time friends, stay happy, healthy, and chemical free!

The Oily Bee

DIY Sunscreen

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Hi there Mine for the Making readers! Bee here with the-oily-bee.com! It’s summer time here in the desert, and that means I’ll be out by the pool! So what is the number 1 thing we need during the summer to protect ourselves? Sunscreen! It’s super important to protect that precious skin of ours from that bright sun! I want something that is ALL natural, and SAFE to use on myself and my family. I have a great recipe you can try out! Thanks to my all time favorite oil educator, Jen O’Sullivan. I love her recipes, You can find her books on amazon and I recommend them! Let’s get started.

Sunscreen SPF 35 (Essential Oil Make & Takes, By Jen O’Sullivan)

You will need:

  • 4 Ounce glass jar
  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon Beeswax
  • 1/2 tablespoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Carrot Seed Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Zinc Oxide Powder (Non Nano)
  • 10 Drops each Lavender and Frankincense Essential Oils
  • Gloves
  • Facemask


Directions to make: In a double Boiler (or you can totally do what I do, and put a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water), melt the cocoa butter. Turn off the boiler and add your Carrot Seed, and Raspberry Seed Oils and blend well. Add essential oils and stir until combined. Grab your mask, and put on your gloves for this next step! Once your gloves, and mask are on, slowly start adding your Zinc Oxide Powder into your mix. Add a small amount at a time until fully blended into the lotion. Use a mixer for several minutes to make sure all is evenly blended. Pour lotion into your container, and let cool before using.

Side note: Always use gloves and a face mask when you are dealing with Zinc Oxide powder. Although this is an all natural ingredient and non-toxic when used in your lotion, it should not be inhaled. Do not have young children in the room when working with zinc oxide powder.


Directions to use: Apply to exposed skin before heading out to enjoy your nice sunny day! This sunscreen is water-resistant but not waterproof. Reapply after swimming or every 30 minutes (depending on your skin, if you are more likely to get sunburned apply more often) while swimming.

Apply every hour or as often as you need.

There you have it! Your DIY Sunscreen!!

Make sure you always reapply your sunscreen. Take care of that skin!!

Just a quick little tip if you happen to get too much sun (I did this weekend): After a long day in the sun, get out your pure Aloe Vera gel (this should be a clear gel substance). Pour some gel in a 4oz container, and add 10 drops each Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils. Apply on red areas and start to feel the relief. This felt so GREAT on my shoulders! I will have this in my bag ALL summer long.

Thank you for stopping by!! Enjoy and visit me on Instagram for even more healthy tips and tricks.


The Oily Bee


Patriotic Food Ideas

Hello, friends! Welcome to a new month of our fun series, Must Have Craft Tips & More!

You can catch up on past Craft Tips here!

This month we are bringing you sorts of red, white, and blue ideas to get you ready for upcoming patriotic holidays! I don’t now about you, but I love to celebrate and decorate for July 4th from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
This week I’m focusing on patriotic food ideas. I have found 15 easy, festive recipes that you can whip up for summer barbecues and 4th of July celebrations. They range from snacks and appetizers to side dishes to fun dessert ideas and even a fun beverage idea.

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
American Berry Pie from Land O Lakes

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Fourth of July Deviled Eggs from Singing Through the Rain

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Popcorn from The Scrap Shoppe

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Lightened Up 7-Layer Dip from Mariah’s Pleasing Plates

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White,  & Blue Layered Drinks from Like Mother, Like Daughter

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Easy Flag Fruit Dessert from Family Fresh Meals

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Pretzels from The 36th Avenue

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
4th of July Star Cookies from The BakerMama

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Fruit Cubes from Pip & Ebby

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Popsicles from Oh, the Things We’ll Make

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Cupcakes from Wilton

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Rose Cake from I Am Baker

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White, and Blue Pie from Smart School House

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
4th of July Glittery Candy Apples from Rose Bakes

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White, and Blue Gumdrops from Hungry Happenings


Don’t these look perfect for summer?

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Stay tuned all month long for more patriotic ideas!



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Delicious and Creative Easter Foods

Welcome to the final Must Have Craft Tip and More post for March. Easter is only a few weeks away and it is never too early to start planning your menu. Today, I am sharing some delicious recipes you can include in your Easter dinner as well as some fun creative foods that are perfectly festive for other times of the day.
 We’ve got everything you need for breakfast, brunch, treats, and hearty eats! Click the links to for the how-tos and recipes.
What are your favorite recipes to include in your Easter meal?
Be sure to join us again next month when we begin a whole new topic of Must Have Tips. 

Your hostesses,

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