The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

How to Make Almond Milk

Looking for an alternative to dairy milk? Homemade Almond Milk is a delicious, nutritional option. It's great used in baking, poured in cereal, or enjoyed plain in a tall, cold glass. And it's actually much easier to make than you might think.
My youngest son was diagnosed with a severe milk allergy when he was about five weeks old. For the first year of his life, he had to have a formula that was both dairy-free and soy-free due to both his milk allergy and his soy allergy. From there we tried rice, coconut, and eventually almond milk.

The almond milk seemed to be what he liked the best, but there were some brands that were making his stomach sick and causing him a great deal of tummy discomfort. What in store-bought almond milk was making him sick? When I looked at the ingredients for the almond milk from the store, I was shocked to see all the additives and ingredients with names that didn't sound healthy or natural. Something on the ingredient list was making my little guy sick, so I decided to try my hand at making some from scratch.

Was it a crazy notion--making my own? I was convinced it was going to end up being hard and complicated. I quickly learned how wrong I was though! It turned out to be a super simple process that required only a few ingredients and a nut milk bag. The best part? I knew exactly what was going in the milk.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

6 Recipes for Campfire Cooking & Grilling Out and Link Party #180

The warmer days of summer call for backyard barbecues, camping adventures, and meals enjoyed in the great outdoors. Step away from boring hot dogs and hamburgers with these sizzling recipes. From sliders to sides and kabobs to stuffed burgers, you're sure to find a crowd-pleasing recipe for your next outdoor meal!
1. Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Burgers / Simply Stacie
Stuffed with a creamy, spicy filling, these are NOT your ordinary burgers. Prepare your taste buds for a kick of delicious flavor!

2. Thai Flank Steak Kabobs / Simply Stacie
The secret is in the sauce for this recipe. Bring the Thai flavors of lime, chili, and peanuts to your next backyard barbecue!

3. Popcorn Shrimp Sliders / The Gracious Wife
What a perfect recipe for a summer meal! The best part? They take only 30 minutes to make!

4. Lemon Orange Roughy / Lou Lou Girls
This easy seafood recipe requires only six ingredients--many of which you probably already have on-hand. How's that for a simple meal prepared from your grill?!

5. Campfire Corn / Saving Money Camping
These corn cobs are bursting with the flavors of fresh cilantro, lime, and chili powder. Make plenty because they are sure to be gobbled up quickly!

6. Grilled Cheese Bruschetta / Oliver & Tate
The tastes of grilled cheese sandwiches and traditional bruschetta combine in this appetizer that is fresh and full of flavor.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Father's Day Gift Ideas and A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #179

Have you been on the hunt for the perfect Father's Day gift for your Dad, Grandfather, or Husband? How about a handmade gift from you and the kids? These thoughtful gift ideas are the perfect way to let HIM know how much you love and appreciate him. From edible gifts to Dad-themed office supplies, you're sure to find the perfect gift for the Father in your life!
1. DIY Leather Coasters / Love Create Celebrate
These leather coasters are both practical and stunning. Dad may find it hard to believe that they didn't come from a store.

2. Personalized Name Mug / Meet the Sullivans
Whether Dad uses this at the office or at home, he's sure to love a personalized mug from the kids!

3. Doughnuts for Dad / The Simple Sweet Life
These Cinnamon Toast Crunch Doughnuts would make a sweet gift packaged together in a box and tied with baker's twine. They'd also be perfect served with coffee for a breakfast in bed.

4. Father's Day Mason Jars / The Country Chic Cottage
These are the perfect storage containers for Dad's pens and office supplies! The best part is that they are super cute and super simple to make!

5. BBQ Rub / The Country Chic Cottage
This gift is perfect for the Dad who loves to grill! Don't forget to print off the cute labels to top off your jars of homemade seasoning.

6. Grill Platter / Gluesticks Blog
Here's another idea for the Grill Master of the family! I love kid-made gifts! I'm sure Dad will love this unique idea too!

Side Note: I know I missed a few weeks of hosting the party. I plan on explaining why later. If you follow along on Facebook or Instagram, you probably already know. For right now, I don't want to put a damper on the party. I'll collect my thoughts and share with you what's been going on soon. Thanks for following along, sweet friends!

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