Fun Friday: Starbucks Edition

Who wants to spend $6 on a coffee drink, when you can make it at home! (it happened to be my favorite Starbucks drink)

I am so happy I found this recipe. The weekend is the perfect time to experiment with different recipes. I hope this made your day like it did mine!

 Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

3/4 cup double-strength coffee

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 cup low-fat milk

2 cups ice

3 Tbls. Hershey’s Chocolate

 Optional:3 Tbs whipped cream

MOCHA Version:

For this version, add 3 tablespoons Hershey’s chocolate syrup to the original recipe and prepare as described. Top each glass with whipped cream, if desired.

CARAMEL Version:

For this version, add 3 tablespoons of caramel topping to the original recipe and prepare as described. Top each glass with whipped cream and drizzle additional caramel over the whipped cream.

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-Denea Duran


Fun Friday: Save your money $$

Do you want to save money and create your own cleaning products?! Found some great recipes to help you save money!  


12 oz. of White Vinegar

12 oz. of Dawn Dish soap

1 tsp. of Laundry Detergent

also known as “kitchen Magic” This stuff will get through anything, make your sink and shower shine like new, and save you when just about nothing else works. The laundry detergent is optional-I add it simply to cover some of the vinegar smell!

Window Cleaner

 1 oz. of White Ammonia

4 oz. of Rubbing Alcohol

1 drop of Laundry Detergent

Fill remaining space with Water

This is streak free, just like we like it. You can add a few drops of blue food coloring if you want it to resemble windex more (since it’s mostly WATER), but there’s truly no need~I’ve actually found I like this more than windex!

Bleach Cleaner

2 oz of Bleach

1 tsp. Laundry detergent

Fill the remaining space with Water

Because everyone needs a bleach cleaner!

-Denea Duran


TGIF and Happy Friday! 13 days until Valentines day and you may need some fun ideas. Have fun and enjoy!

And for classroom treats for kids, you can’t ever go wrong with marshmallow pops in Valentines colors. Make a batch for the whole class in an hour or so and wrap them in cellophane or a ziploc with the zipper cut off. Tie some ribbon around it….
add a sweet tag and you’re go to go!
Ben wanted to say something sweet to his Valentines….  not.
The dynamite was made from Rollo’s candy rolled with red paper.  The wick is a bit of black licorice and we tied up the bundle with some black pipe cleaner (because that’s what I had on hand.)  This Valentine could have read, “You’re Dynamite!” or “You’re a Blast”…. but Ben wanted it to read “You’re the Bomb.”


Candy-Gram Card Supplies:Poster Board or Foam Board
2-inch Ribbon for the Trim
Hot Glue & Glue Sticks
(Option: Use glue dots to attach the candy bars.)
Printed Poem on Paper
Glue Stick
(Option: Use a marker to write the poem onto the board.)
Candy-Gram Bouquet Supplies:Flower Pot
Floral Foam
Shredded Paper
9 Wooden Skewers
Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
Printed Poem on Paper
Red Construction Paper
Glue Stick
Hole Punch
Candy Bars:
Big Hunk (for a guy) or SweetTarts (for a gal)
100 Grand
Good & Plenty
Bit O’Honey
Card/Poster Steps:
1. Cut a large heart from the poster board or foam board.
2. Glue ribbon around the edge of the heart.
3. Write the poem onto the heart, or print out the poem and cut out the words, then glue each word onto the heart with a glue stick, leaving space for the candy bars.
4. Glue the candy bars to the heart, with glue dots or hot glue.
Bouquet Steps:
1. Fill a flower pot with foam.
2. Cover the foam with shredded paper.
3. Glue the candy bars onto the skewers, and tie ribbon around the skewers at the base of the candy bars.
4. Push the skewered candy bars into the foam, arranging so that you can read the names of the candy.
5. Print out the poem, cut it into the shape of a heart, and glue to red paper, cutting around the edge for a border. Punch holes around the edge to make a lacey effect.
Candy-Gram Poem:
Life is a (Symphony) on Valentine’s Day!
And to my (Big Hunk or SweetTart) I just wanna say….
Please don’t (Snicker) at my silly rhyme,
And we’ll celebrate with a (Whopper) of a time!
I wouldn’t trade you for…(100 Grand)
Because you’re (Good & Plenty) and my best friend.
You probably think this gift is funny,
But I’ll always be your…(Bit O’ Honey)
So, let’s have (Mounds) of fun today,
And have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

-Denea Duran


Fun Friday: Flu Keep Away

If you have not noticed everyone is catching the nasty bug called the flu. It is the worst epidemic seen by the CDC in years. Please do everything to keep yourself protected from the flu.

If you know someone is suffering from the flu here is a great gift to leave on their front porch for them. I’m sure they will need a little pick me up!

22 Deaths in SC read more……..


-Denea Duran

Fun Friday: Food Fun

Want something yummy and easy for dinner? Most of the time you have these ingredients on hand in your kitchen. I thought this would not only be easy for you but also for me!



Simple to whip up with ingredients you have on hand, this side is a sure kid-pleaser that adults will enjoy as well.  I employ one of my favorite kitchen tricks with this recipe:  Any time I use frozen broccoli or spinach that needs to be thawed and drained well, I put it inside a tea towel and literally wring it out.  You will be surprised by how much water is released, and getting rid of it will prevent your finished product from becoming soggy.

Vary the cheese if you like or bake in a casserole dish or jumbo muffins tins.


1 cup quick-cooking rice (like Minute Rice)

1 cup chicken stock

1 10-oz. box frozen, chopped broccoli, thawed and excess water squeezed out

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1/4 cup Homemade Ranch Dressing, or store bought

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Prepare rice as directed on package, substituting stock for water.  Place cooked rice in a large bowl and let cool slightly.  Add the remaining ingredients, using only 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese, and stir until combined. Transfer mixture to eight well-greased muffin cups–I like to use an ice cream scoop–and top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.  Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees or until tops are lightly browned and edges are starting to get crispy.


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and for dessert here is another simple recipe



Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffin Knock-Offs of Whole Food’s 6 Dollar per 4 Chocolate Chunk VitaTop Muffins


1 3/4 c oats

  •  3 egg whites
  •  3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or regular plain low fat yogurt)
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar (or 1-1/2 Tbsp. vinegar)
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup sugar substitute (like Splenda granular) OR 1/4 cup + 2 tbs stevia
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or use white chocolate or peanut butter chips!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with foil cupcake liners, or spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a blender, (or food processor), mix all of the ingredients together, except for the chocolate chips. Blend until oats are ground and mixture is smooth.

Place mixture in a bowl and gently stir in 1/2 of the chocolate chips (set the rest aside). Scoop mixture into prepared muffin pans.

Place muffins tins in the oven for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, remove muffins from the oven (but don’t shut oven off), and distribute the other half of the chocolate chips on top of each muffin.

Place  the muffins back into the oven and bake for an additional 2-5 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. *Note, you could skip this step by putting all of the chips in the batter, and baking the muffins for 12-15 min straight, but this method gives the muffins the traditional 



-Denea Duran



New year means a new you…. Right?! Well im sure on Facebook this weekend everyone will post their new years resolution. Instead of taking something big like (working out everyday for 30 minutes) which Im sure everyone would love to do that but sometimes my schedule does not allow me to do such.  Just follow some simple tips to improve your health, body and skin!

13 Skin Care Recipes
-Denea Duran