Time for a virtual chat and my new flavor of Instant Pot Crio Bru – Creamy Cashew! No matter your mood, this Creamy, frothy cup of Crio will soothe your soul in no time.
My goodness, has it really been 6 months since our last TIDBITS chat? Between starting local InstaFreeze Meals classes and then launching InstaFreeze Meals Online, oh and that little virus who shall remain nameless, and the hard reality of becoming a homeschooling mom overnight . . . my life has been quite the blur.
Kind of reminds me of the mind blur of 2012 when I had two preemies enter my life!
Today just so happens to be my birthday and since I won't be doing much “going out on the town”, today seemed like the perfect day to reach out to all my TIDBITS peeps for some entertaining chit chat.
Ask my kids how much they like my Savory Blue Cheese Cheesecake I make every year for myself. “It's my party, I can make the dessert that I want to . . .”
In case you're new around here, these “TIDBITS Talk” posts are all about answering questions I get from my readers, asking you questions, telling you things I've learned, and sharing new products I've found and love.
It's basically the conversations I would have with you all in person if we could all live next door to each other.
IMPORTANT ITEMS OF BUSINESS FOR TODAY
- Rapid Fire Questions – questions you've asked me and a few I threw in for fun
- Mini Miracles
- Pick me ups you need to listen to – SAVED MY SANITY!
- Homeschooling – How are you doing?
- Brain Balance – have you heard of it?
- Things I'm lovin' lately – my hair's a mess but my feet are gorgeous!
- Need Face Cream and Tanner recommendations!
1) RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
Instead of a lengthy Q&A today, I'm doing 10 Rapid Fire questions – some of them are ones I get asked, and a few I threw in for fun. I'd love to know your answers too! I love knowing these little tidbits about you!
- Favorite hobbies (other than cooking): Running and riding motorcycles.
- Bucket list dream: To tour the world on a KTM Adventure motorcycle, sigh.
- Favorite season: Fall . . . or Spring . . . basically weather that's not too cold or too hot.
- Biggest pet peeve: Lights being left on. Why, just why.
- Super Power I wish I had: Flying, I've had dreams of it since I was a kid 🙂
- Favorite color: Blue – light, never dark
- Favorite recipe on TIDBITS: Chicken Tikka Masala – my answer for the past 2 years (image below – I'm drooling!)
- Talent you wish you had: Creating a pretty home – my sister Cami took all those genes.
- Most daring thing I've ever done: Bungee jump off a bridge in Moab and basically any moment I have to talk in front of a crowd.
- Favorite dessert: Dark Chocolate forever.
NOW TELL ME YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS!
2) MINI MIRACLES
Every now and again I get a mommy lightbulb moment that I think is pretty great and I wanted to share this one with you.
One day I noticed my kids getting a little hung up on the issues of the world and it upset me so much to see them feeling fear because of it.
We talked about how when things are the toughest, we get the opportunity to witness some of the greatest miracles.
Every evening before bed we are looking back at the day to see if we can pick out the “mini miracles” of the day. I have loved this practice so much not just for them, but for this tired mommy who wants to fall into bed at 7:30 p.m. every day. It's a beautiful way to remember that there is a Higher Power and that He is indeed aware and blessing us more than we could ever imagine.
When I stopped agonizing over the horrible timing of the worldwide shutdown, I realized instead that so many things couldn't have been timed more perfectly.
My recent mini miracle was this past week when my son and daughter almost hit head-on while riding dirt bikes. Gratefully my daughter veered into a fence to miss him, just barely hitting her hand on his handlebars. It was enough impact to rip her nail halfway off, but it was the perfect amount of warning to them to slow down and stay in your lane.
Also, two members of our InstaFreeze Meals family had babies in March and this turned out to be the perfect time for them to stay home, heal, and keep their babies safe from ALL illnesses. Mini miracles 🙂
Tell me: What are some of your Mini Miracles?
My InstaFreeze Meals partner in crime, AKA, little sis'
3) INSPIRING WORDS
If you are struggling to figure out the who, what, when, where, why, and how of life right now, I recommend you take a listen to a couple of inspiring things I discovered lately. These listens are all about Finding your Life Purpose no matter what stage of life or situation you are in. Truly, these both were music to my ears and inspired me to make a much needed attitude adjustment.
- Brooke Snow: Finding your Life Purpose
- Don't Miss This – Special Edition: Finding your Purpose in this Place
Older picture but one of my favorites for reminding me of my “life purpose”
4) HOMESCHOOLING, AKA, WHO AM I AND HOW DID I GET HERE
I'd like to be very honest here – no sugar coating whatsoever . . . I sobbed every hour of my first day as a homeschool mom. Please tell me someone out there relates or I will be completely mortified that I revealed that.
I spent the entire day trying to figure out the program, crying to teachers, text crying to teachers, and running to my own mommy to insist she make everything all better.
All the while my kids sat shocked at their crazy mother and then fought because they were also confused, tired, and overwhelmed. It was not my proudest day ever.
A few weeks out now I'm happy to say I haven't lost my cool to that extreme again, and I might even say, “I kind of like this!” (sometimes, let's not get too crazy here).
Since it looks like this will be my life for a while, I would LOVE to hear what you've discovered that makes it work as smoothly as possible. I would like to look back at this time and feel proud of how we did, so give me all the tips you've got!
I can't do a fourth-grade math story problem to save my life, but I've embraced some other methods of “homeschool”. For example:
Engineering/Math: Sled + Skateboard = Scooter!
Cooking/Math with Frozen Whipped Cream Dollops.
Shop/Art Class with the cutest little nativity scene I've ever seen. He drew all these pictures using Art for Kids Hub (amazing! Check it out!)
Reading of course. Lots of big words in this book 🙂
And then we have Recess/PE with the cutest little moto girl I've ever set eyes on.
I'm not saying they'll get to college going to Marci's School, but they'll be happy, right?!
5) BRAIN BALANCE
Quick question here, have you heard of Brain Balance or know a child who has gone through the program? I'd love to talk to you if you have experience with it! It's a program for helping kids retrain their brains, particularly those with ADHD type symptoms. I've been on a hunt for answers on how to help one of my kids, and I'm wondering/hoping if this program is it.
6) THINGS I'M LOVIN' LATELY
Foot Peel: Have you ever tried this peel? IT IS FANTASTIC!!! If nothing else, watching the calluses peel off your feet is gonna be the best entertainment you've had all month! Consider it a little something special you can do for yourself while a pedicure is out of the question.
Natural Calm Magnesium: Do you care if we talk about constipation for a sec? If you happen to have a lot of stress happening in your life right now and find it's affecting your digestive system in a slightly unpleasant way, THIS IS FOR YOU. It's not necessarily advertised for constipation, but it is wonderfully calming to a stressed belly. Also great for older kiddos.
Nutpods Unsweetened Nondairy Creamer: Nutpods is my new favorite treat every morning. Not only do I add a splash to my cup of Crio Bru, but I simply can't eat fruit anymore unless it's drizzled with French Vanilla Nutpods Creamer. It feels so luxurious, but at only 10 calories per serving, it's still totally breakfast-worthy. Use the code MARCITIDBITS to get 15% off your order!
Kiwi Crate: I LOVE LOVE LOVE Kiwi Crate! I have a monthly subscription for each one of my kids and it is the highlight of the month for them, especially my budding engineer. My crafty daughter adores the Doodle Crate, my engineer brained son loves the Tinker Crate, and my son who likes simple, quick projects likes the Kiwi Crate. My personal favorite is the Atlas Crate because it's basically a tour of different countries, but my daughter preferred the Doodle Crate so we switched her subscription this past month.
To give me some backup activities, I ordered a few extra boxes to have on hand. These are amazing when the kids are needing something to do and have exhausted my craft bins.
EzyRoller Drifter X: To say my kids have a lot of energy is the understatement of the century. My sister Cami even texted me one day to say, “Wow, your kids take the energy level of my house WAY up.” I'm always on the hunt for fun outdoor activities, and this Drifter Bike has been a ton of fun. I only ordered one, but it's becoming very apparent that I might need at least 2 . . . or 3 if I ever want a chance at a turn. They are such a good workout!
Notice the pink splinted finger? That would be the fingernail she lost. She had to get stitches too, poor girl.
7) FACE TANNER AND KID FACE CREAM
I know it sounds a little shallow perhaps since I'm just hanging out at home, but I just feel better about life with a little color on my face. My favorite Clarins face tanner is no longer available (WHY!!!!), so I desperately need your suggestions! Do you have a favorite that doesn't stink, is easy to apply, and has a natural-looking color?
Also, my daughter is almost 10 and is showing interest in caring for her skin more. Any good kid face products out there? Cleansers, lotions, etc. I've never really seen anything geared towards kids specifically so I'm not sure where to start!
CRIO BRU FLAVOR OF THE MONTH – CREAMY CASHEW!
I tried this flavor out after seeing this recipe for Cashew Coffee. I had high hopes that it would work great for my beloved Crio Bru as well.
I had the recipe hanging on my fridge for nearly 3 months before I actually tried it, but once I did, whoa mama, H-E-A-V-E-N!
The froth, the cream, the super silky texture, soothing all my troubles away with every glorious sip.
I can't emphasize enough the importance that you try this one ASAP! Chores, laundry, hungry children . . . it can all wait. Mama needs Cashew Crio Bru.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE INSTANT POT CASHEW CRIO BRU
- Super frothy, creamy, and comforting. This is Crio Bru like you've never experienced!
- Slightly nutty, but not too much. Peanut butter is sometimes a little strong for me, the cashews instead make it super creamy with the perfect amount of nutty flavor.
- Amazing hot or cold – however you drink it, it's the perfect guilt-free treat.
HOW TO MAKE CASHEW CRIO BRU
- Pour hot Crio Bru into a blender
- Add cashews, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt
- Blend until smooth and frothy
MORE CRIO BRU FLAVORS TO TRY
CRIO BRU GIVEAWAY – giveaway is over
As per tradition, Crio Bru is giving away some of their most popular products to one of you lucky people! Up for grabs:
- Limited Edition Cuyagua: This is a new flavor and it is truly amazing! The smell alone is addicting and the hint of cloves and cinnamon is setting it apart as one of my favorites of all time.
- Criosa Chocolate Covered Cacao Beans: Hands down my favorite chocolate treat of all time! The quality of the chocolate covering the perfectly crunchy beans is unreal. Honestly, I've never tasted anything better. I wish I could get a giant bar of it!
- Criosa Cacao Syrup: This one I haven't tried yet, I didn't even know it existed until they offered it in this giveaway package. To be sure, I'll be ordering it soon!
- Nutpods Unsweetened Dairy Free Creamer: As I mentioned above, this is my new favorite creamer so I begged Crio Bru to add it to the giveaway. You're welcome 🙂
Thanks for being here! I value your opinions and thoughts more than you know and I love that it becomes a resource for so many others too.
Instant Pot Cashew Crio Bru
Creamy and frothy to the max, this Cashew Crio Bru is delightful!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Drink
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: American
- 1 ½ cups hot brewed Crio Bru (see note for how I brew it in the Instant Pot)
- ¼ cup unsalted cashews (roasted or raw)
- Optional: 1-3 teaspoons maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)
- small pinch of kosher salt
- Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender. Start on low for 10 seconds then increase speed to high for 60 seconds. Finish with about 10 more seconds on low. This variation of speed will make it extra smooth and frothy.
- Pour into a mug and enjoy!
- You will need Instant Pot Crio Bru ready for this recipe.
- If you do not have a high speed blender, pour your hot Crio Bru into the blender and add the cashews. Let it soak for 15-20 minutes, then blend. Reheat in the microwave if needed.
- Make a larger batch by doubling or tripling the ingredients and store the leftovers in a mason jar in the fridge. When you’re ready to drink it, give it a good shake then pour it into a mug. Warm it for a minute or two in the microwave.
- The sweetener is optional and you can add as much or as little as you like. Honey, agave, or regular white sugar are all good substitutes for maple syrup.
- Also tastes great cold over ice!
Keywords: Crio Bru, Chocolate Drink, Healthy Chocolate
Watch this!! So yumm..
Elaine Soetaert says
I am a grandmother and intrigued by the idea of the kiwi crates. Will be checking that out for my grands…
I have yet to try crio bru, and I can’t believe I haven’t tried the Tika Masala either! I’ll put it on my list. I love the mini-miracles idea! I have been trying to be grateful, but haven’t made it part of a bedtime routine with my kids. Brilliant!
I love this entire post!! My life totally changed the first time I had a cup of crio bru (thanks to you Marci!!) , and as an avid lover of cashews I can’t wait to try this recipe!!
I’ve seen a bunch about kiwi creates, and can’t wait to try them with my kiddos! Where they are a little younger I’m contemplating the Loverly subscription for the next few years, and then switching over to kiwi crates. I love that you said which one your kids prefer!
Brain balance. What can I say?? My nephew is in the program, and my sister in law says she LOVES the approach. There’s no medication, and there’s no labels/diagnosis given. It’s all about exercising the brain and having new and stronger connections formed in the brain to help balance the body and emotions, sensory, and all that that entails. She does the program remotely with my nephew, and wishes she could do the program in the intensive style – three sessions a week for the amount her kiddo needs. Having a high energy girly myself, we will most likely be enrolling her into the program in a couple years.
A foot peel sounds amazing! My sand paper feet need this!
Tiny miracles – The Voldemort virus (he who shall not be named, get it?? 🤣) has made my hubby transition to being at home and we have LOVED all the extra time with him! Even if he’s coming out to just get a snack, having him around more is heavenly!
Also, I loved getting to know the random Marci facts!! You are simply the best thing that entered my life in 2019!!
Steph, I wish I could make you a cup of Cashew Crio Bru right now!
Kiwi Crates have been in my life for 3 years now. I never even consider canceling it, I love them so much!
I’m glad you could have him home too. He gets to know his baby even better!
And you are my #1 of 2019 as well 🙂
Vione Graham says
My mini miracles come when someones eyes light up with an aha look when they become inspired about a wonderful IP method or recipe that works for them when I share.
We love you, Marci! Thanks for all the great recipes. I’m a committed convert to Crio Bru now too. 🙂
Maybe some of the things my Mom and I have incorporated into our care for my Dad as he declines with Alzheimer’s Disease will work for those with young children.
1. No violent or heavy television. We like to say that we live in a “Hallmark Movie” house.
2. Aromatherapy. We find that the lavender and orange scents help with getting a good night’s sleep.
3. Singing and dancing to favorite music.
4. Slapstick humor. Silly, and gets us all laughing. 🙂
5. Looking at old photos.
6. Driving around in neighborhoods where we used to live.
7. Walking around our neighborhood.
It’s a hard time for us, but also precious time.
Teresa, those ideas are beautiful, thank you! They are good medicine for brains of any age 🙂
All the things – Crio bru, the foot peel & mini miracles.
Thanks for your uplifting message and introducing me to Crio Bru, as I’d never heard of it. Would love to try it. My mini miracle is the walk I take with my husband around our Over 55 community every morning with several neighbors. While using social distancing, we can still visit with each other, lift each other up, even share recipe ideas. It is the bright spot in my day.
The cashew Crio bru sounds yummy, would love to try it.
The foot mask is intriguing! I love Crio bru! Always happy to try new flavors & recipes!
My mini miracle is taking a walk around our property (we live in the Rocky Mountains) and watching nature wake up – birds are singing, deer are prancing, flowers are peeping out – reminds me of the poem “God’s in his heaven and all’s right with the world.” We WILL get over this lock down.
I ordered the crio bru when you had a blog on it. I love it! Can’t wait to try this recipe!
Renee Bunnell says
Wow. Never heard of Crio Brew. Hope I win and then get to try it!
We love crio bru thanks to you! My husband has rebelled against my everything-better-in-the-IP and brews his in a French press he bought himself just for the purpose of his morning cup!
Mini-miracles. Mine is just the miracle and blessing that kids are so resilient. They are handling this would-be-bummer of a situation like champs. They have their moments of disappointment about not being able to do certain things and of refusal to do school and the recent video-game obsession of my oldest’s is likely his way of coping… but it’s amazing that kids are built to handle this. It eases my burdens and is a good example of what is possible for me too.
Oh… and how have I not tried your #1 favorite recipe! I love your recipes so much so I’d better be getting on the one YOU say is best!
Stephanie, he likes it in the French press over the IP!? How is that even possible 😉 . I got rid of my French Press once I figured this trick out.
And I agree, kids are inspiring. I told my daughter I learn from her and she looked at me like I was crazy, “shouldn’t you already know this stuff?” haha! The Tikka Masala is heaven!
Ok now I have to try that tiki Masala AND definitely the cashew crio bru. I LOVE crio and agree that simply dark chocolate in any form or alone is always my dessert of choice.
Would love to try Crio Bru. Bucket list Fiji…Peeve, husband thinking we have a live in maid…
Dessert, lemon anything
I’m with you about leaving the lights on! Drives me crazy. Your yogurt recipe was how I found you and is a favorite of mine. The best yogurt I’ve ever had!
Mary Deatherage says
Would love to try the Crio Bru – and your yummy recipe!
So….bucket list…a round the world cruise in one of the really nice suites. Yes. Very shallow, I know. But…it would also dovetail nicely with favorite desserts…chocolate anything.
Love your blog and your recipes are always spot on!! Thanks!
PAMELA GENDRON says
Thanks for posting it is so helpful to “talk” and find out we are all in this together!! I am going to sign my son up for the kiwi box thanks for the tip!
I am intrigued by this recipe and really want to give it a try! Thanks for sharing.
Great post, I just ordered Crio Bru, I am not a coffee fan so I am hoping this will be a good “substitute.” Thank you so much, I always enjoy your ideas and recipes! 😊
Karen Mahoney says
Looks like we both had at-home quiet birthdays this year and like you, it was fine, though I did have my heart set on seeing a movie with my husband that night, hopefully, those days will come again soon. I loved all your topics this post and the topic I know most about is the homeschooling since I did it for so long. My best tips are what you are already doing–keep your kids immersed in real life and use those as teachable moments. The cooking/baking/math is perfect and a great way to build many skills at once, including reading and following directions. The best thing I did with my kids was following their interests and working our education programs around that as they are much more receptive to learning about what they love. You are doing a fantastic job–it is ok to lose it now and then and apparently, that’s why God invented Crio Bru and foot peels! haha. Go easy on yourself, get the kids to watch a movie and then take a motorcycle ride with your husband for a few minutes. All will be well! God bless you, Marci
Karen, I was happy as can be to have a quiet bday, it’s my style 🙂
I’ve learned to stop being perfect with homeschool. There are certain assignments that create so much contention, so I kicked them out and teach them things I’m good at. Thank you for your words of encouragement, they always mean so much to me. And yes, motorcycle rides are finally on the radar again! Bless this beautiful sun!
I love the Crio Bru and cannot wait to try the whipped cream dollops. I just ordered monthly subscriptions to Kiwi Crates for my grandkids. Thank you for all the delicious recipes and ideas. I so enjoy reading all you post.
Thanks for the ideas on subscription services for kids. I have been looking for something for my granddaughter, who will be 8 in June. She’s having a rough go of things and celebrating her birthday monthly would hopefully help to lift her spirits.
I haven’t tried crio bru yet, but am definitely intrigued!
marcel g champagne says
I need to try cashew crio bru! Belated Happy Birthday!
Sandy Knapp says
Would love to try Crio Bru but cannot find it in my area.😕
Anxiety: Wim Hof Method Breathing on YouTube. I was blown away! Had my Husband do it and he was skeptical and couldn’t understand my excitement, until he tried it, too. I downloaded the app and LOVE it!
Self Tanner: Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun from Walmart. Medium tan color is what I’m using. I’m breaking in that pasty winter skin and this stuff beats the high end brands I’ve been using for years. Very inexpensive!
Thanks for all you do ❤️❤️
Liz C says
Although there have been many events our family has “missed” this whole thing makes me realize how much friends and family really mean to me. We’ve adapted and learned to use technology in new ways.
Thanks for the upbeat ideas. Mini miracles are always important reminder and it’s good we have time to remember to look for those. In our community a family has actually opened a little restaurant in the middle of this and has been a rallying point for our little small town to make sure it’s successful. Praying for it to continue beyond this craziness! Thanks for the introduction to Crio Bru — ordering some now, will let you know what we think.
Love this blog! Can’t wait to try the cashew crio bru!
We love dark dark chocolate here. Not big on things very sweet. And we are black coffee drinkers every morning. Wondered if the Crio Bru would be a satisfying substitute occasionally. We don’t care for milk or sugar in our coffee. I would love to try a rich dark chocolate drink that is not too sweet or milky. What is it like without milk? Would you just make it a little stronger instead? Thanks.
i’m anxious to try the crio bru.
I just ordered the Crio Bru double chocolate 😋
I keep saying I’m going to try Crio Bru, but never get around to ordering it. I’m going to check out your links for “finding your life’s purpose”. After losing my Mom, MIL, and Dad in 11 months, I’m floundering. Thankfully, I’m blessed with a truly wonderful husband who understands.
Fredda, I hope you found a moment to listen to it! It was so amazing to me, I felt like my eyes were opened.
Which flavor of Crio Bru do you use? There’s so many!
Mitzi, basically every new flavor the come out with these days 🙂
I think a good basic go to is the Ghana light roast.
The instant pot enchilada soup sounds yummy, can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe.
Megan Christensen says
Knowing you are interested in Brain Balance, check out Quantum Neuro Reset Therapy. It’s powerful. Katy Willis is the only certified QNRT practitioner in Utah and it has helped both myself and my son.
Megan, I looked this up, how fascinating. I will be diving deeper into this, thank you!
My mini miracle:
I was able to have shoulder surgery days before many surgeries were cancelled. This will end 2 years of chronic pain! Not being able to drive for 6 weeks suddenly was not an inconvenience at all. It was the gift of time for healing! Praise the Lord ❤️
The Ezyroller looks like the perfect thing for my kids! And I love love love crío bru. It would be so cool to win! 🤞🤞🤞
The Crio Bru sounds delicious, first time I’ve heard of it.
I really like the idea of looking for Mini Miracles. I am a nurse who works in PACU. Our volume of surgeries is way down since we are not doing elective cases. So far we have been good with having the PPE we’ve needed and our hospital has given administrative pay to stay home if they have not needed us for tasks like screening visitors.
Two of my coworkers are pregnant, and one just had a baby , which reminded me of the Carl Sandberg quote “Babies are God’s opinion that the world should go on.”
Thanks for sharing your Mini Miracles idea, a much needed practice in these stressful times. Would love to win the Crio Bru ….. perfect for when we can’t go to the coffee shop.
No one is homeschooling right now. Even us homeschoolers. Sure, we can continue with our normal schooling, but homeschooling includes music and art lessons, library trips, co-ops or enrichment classes, and so much more.
My mini miracle:
Just as all this coronavirus/quarantining started, my boyfriend broke up with me. And not just that, but I found out that he’d been cheating on me for about a month and was breaking up with me to have a relationship with this other woman. I felt betrayed and rejected, and I mourned the loss of not just the relationship I had with him, but the relationship I had with his kids (from a previous marriage). The mini miracle is that with the quarantine, I was able to fall apart for a while. I didn’t have to try to put on an act and go through my daily life smiling and making chitchat with people. In fact, I was a crying mess for almost 2 weeks. I sure wish I could go see friends and my sisters and get lots of hugs, but I’m incredibly grateful for this time to heal and focus on me.
Oh Julie, my heart aches for you, what a hard thing to go through alone right now. But I absolutely see your point, I mourn best alone and often times resent people trying to make things all better until I’ve had a chance to work through it myself. Prayers of healing coming your way!
Thank you so much for your kind words, Marci. I have ups and downs pretty much every day, but I am definitely healing… the downs are getting fewer and farther between. I believe things happen for a reason, and once I’m on the other side of this, I’ll be able to fully appreciate that.
You introduced me to Crio Bru 🙂 Cannot wait you try this Crio Bru and Cashew recipe. Sounds like heaven.
Some how I had not heard of Crio Bru. I am anxious to try it. But first in response to your questions
Favorite hobbies (other than cooking): GethealthyUTV workouts, Gardening, Knitting, Painting, Sewing
Bucket list dream: Tour Alaska
Favorite season: Almost always the one that I am in. Sorry just can’t pick.
Biggest pet peeve: Negative comments. Let’s be happy and constructive.
Super Power I wish I had: Super Strength so I could do all the chores I want – cut wood, split wood, pull out large bushes, lift over stuffed luggage…
Favorite color: Royal Purple
Favorite recipe on TIDBITS: Instant Pot Chipotle Ranch Chicken Enchiladas – Chipotle is always good
Talent you wish you had: Minimalism
Most daring thing I’ve ever done: Challenged a senior board member when he made statements that were wrong and out of place, as it turned out most everyone else present agreed with me.
Favorite dessert: Dark Chocolate anything. Molten Chocolate Cake is always a bonus.
Mya Murphy says
This is my first time..EVER with homeschooling. It’s been a trip and a half. I need anything coffee at the moment to keep me sane. I’m not one for waking before noon, for one. Dealing with the newfangled math has gotten me all sorts of confused. I am literally doing around 45 minutes tops. I am not made out to be a teacher.. Lol. Signed.. Caffeine-deprived Mya.
Angelia Ulrich says
I have never heard of Crio Bru. I will have to check it out. I really, really like cashews so if this is a form of frothy coffee, I know I’ll love it!
Please note new email addy. I’ve moved from GA to SC.
I loved that Brooke Snow podcast! Thanks for hosting another Crio Bru giveaway. I really can’t get enough of it! It’s my favorite thing to wake up to and have in the morning 🙂
Happy Happy Birthday!!
The Nutpods creamer sounds really good, I will have to try to find some.
I love NutPods….hazelnut is my fav. I have never heard of Crio Bru but am intrigued. Looks yummy! My four kids would love it too.
Ann, NutPods and Crio Bru are meant to be together!
Happy, Happy Birthday!
So many things to comment on in this post. Where to start–yes and yes–my InstaFreeze meals have been a lifesaver during this time. I am still lucky enough to be working but limiting my trips to the store. These have been great to have ready to go and not worry about not having what I need on hand for dinner.
Crio Bru is amazing!! And using the pressure cooker to make it takes it to the next level. Can’t wait to try this new recipe–BTW I ordered the Mealthy Immersion Blender on your recommendation from Christmas and am anxiously awaiting it’s arrival.
I am also really wanting to try the Nutpods Creamer so I would love it if I won!! The flavors sound amazing!
Several of my co-workers mentioned they have pressure cookers and don’t use them–they are a little scared and never used them. I thought we cannot have this, Soooooo—I brought mine in and made one of your steel cut oats recipes and did a quick demo for those interested. Everyone loved them! Thank you!
Loving the pictures of your adorable kids! I think they must get some of that energy from you as I cannot believe all you do!
Tawney, I’m so glad you could get your meals before we were closed down! I pray we’ll be back up sometime soon! The Nutpods is the perfect companion to Crio Bru, you’ve got to try it! Tell your coworkers to get the online version of InstaFreeze Meals, they’ll fall in love with their pressure cookers in no time. And my kiddos definitely push me to my max, but some days I honestly love having them close by. I’m learning to be a B grade teacher at least 🙂
Happy Birthday Marci! 🎂 Glad you had an awesome week and got to have your birthday cake of choice! Even if you had to bake it yourself… It looks amazing! I’m always excited to try out your new instant pot recipes. There hasn’t been one that I haven’t loved! Thank you for putting your heart and soul into what you do! God bless you and your beautiful family!
Discovered your post about Crio Bru last fall. I’m a diabetic hot-chocolate lover but I have never loved trying to drink or make low-sugar hot chocolate. So I was intrigued by being able to brew and sweeten Crio Bru to my liking. Tried their sampler kit and brewed using your recipe in the instant pot. Loved it! We let everyone use their own sweetener after it’s brewed, so it’s a favorite for the whole family! My husband loves pure Maple syrup. I use monk fruit sweetener. And we both like to indulge with a bit of real cream. Eventually, just to make it faster, we even bought a coffee maker to brew it. It’s now a daily ritual. We’ve tried nearly every flavor/blend Crio Bru offers. Just last night I asked my husband if it was okay that we are now Crio Bru addicts. Haha! We can’t wait for it to warm up outside so we can try drinking it cold. Sounds delightful! I now recommend it to all of our friends.
Janna, I’m so excited you can enjoy your chocolate this way! I’ve never used monk fruit sweetener, does it have a strange after taste at all? I drink Crio Bru year-round, hot and cold 🙂
I haven’t noticed an aftertaste with the munkfruit sweetener. That’s one of the other reasons I like it, in addition to it’s low glycemic load. Just makes me happy to be able to enjoy Crio Bru on a regular basis!
I’ve never heard of Crio Bru, but I do love Nutpods! A friend of mine introduced me to your blog as a good resource for all things instant pot. I’m still learning and trying things, but I’m inspired by your enthusiasm for it!
Jen Seeley says
I need to try the crio bru… the hubs has a strong affinity for all things chocolate. Speaking of which, have you tried anything up at Aggie Chocolate Factory? Once it opens back up, I highly recommend it. If nothing else, you HAVE to try their hot chocolate. It’s like drinking dark chocolate ganache. Seriously, so good.
Jen, Aggie Chocolate Factory?! Where is that? Is it with the ice cream shop?
Jen, Aggie Chocolate Factory?! Where is that? Is it on campus?
It want our first day of quarantine, I think it was the third… but I melted down, boy melted down, and the level of escalation shamed me. We had to have a hot bubble bath to calm down. After that, I decided they would get our best and that was that. Since then, our district has acknowledged the insanity they were imposing on us, and the requirements are much more attainable for all of us. I think a Crio Bru in there would have helped! 😉
Andrea, Yep, sounds like me about once a week. Crio Bru has soothed my aching soul many times over the years. It sounds weird to say that, I know, and maybe it’s all in my head, but I’ll take it!
I have tried your recipe and loved them. I must admit I add 6 cups of almond milk and 2 cups of water. Can’t wait to try this recipe with the cashews as it should be super yummy and creamy!
I hadn’t heard of Crio Bru until this post but I’m intrigued. I won’t bore you with all my answers but here are a few:
Favorite season: SUMMER (why do I live in the Midwest?)
Favorite color: blue – every single shade
Favorite recipe on TIDBITS: refried beans – they are heavenly!
Talent I wish I had: interior design
Most daring thing I’ve done: going up on top of a really old cathedral in the southern part of the Netherlands. I’m terrified of heights and although I was completely paralyzed with fear and didn’t get to go around and elsee everything, it was still daring.
Favorite dessert: lemon meringue pie with a graham cracker crust
Jennifer Cluff says
I’ve been meaning to try Crio Bru for a long time, looks like it’s time to get on it! I don’t drink coffee and have three toddler boys (who all happen to be 3 years old right now!!) so any pick me up is a good thing!
Jennifer, Oh wow! Yes, you need a cup of Crio and a good nap!
I never heard of this until today. It sounds delicious!
I would love to try Crio Bru! Homeschooling has been going well enough but my tea consumption is through the roof. I love super dark chocolate so the idea of a healthy chocolate flavored option that isn’t overly sweet sounds fantastic.
I have never tried this and would love to! I am from the UK and I am embracing the varied diverse foods & drinks.
Ps I love all of your recipes.
Sarah, Thank you! Crio Bru is trying to get to the UK!
That’s interesting! I can’t wait to try it! 🤞
1) I’ve never heard of Crio Bru, but now I’m very excited to try it.
2) Also never heard of Brain Balance, but I’m going to look into it now!
3) I love the idea of starting a practice of looking for Little Miracles. Also going to try that with my four kids!
I have heard of Brian Balance and have also heard it’s super expensive and needs to be paid out of pocket AND that it’s actually not evidence-based. They say it is but the only research done has been through the same organization and there haven’t been any reliable longitudinal studies done to prove its worth. So I’ve been heard it’s a waste of time and money :/
Sana, it is so expensive! thank you for those tidbits, I did not know that!
marci, check out the Safe and Sound Protocol by Dr Stephen Porges. That is research based and seems to have helped a lot of people!
Sana, I’ve never heard of this, thank you!
My fave recipe of yours, so far, is the white chocolate lemon bar cheesecake. You saved Easter!!
Beth, that would bring smiles to any situation!
We started homeschool last week and this week have actual assignments from teachers. I have been very disappointed so far. My son is in first grade and his preschool brother is able to do the work. I don’t know if they are just taking it easy this week or what, but it makes me think I need to actually homeschool my children in order for them to learn anything! Also, I’m usually a tea drinker but have heard about CrioBru twice now…thinking I need to try it!!
The Crio Bru sounds delicious. Definitely want to try it in the future! All the recipes/photos you post of your meals/desserts looks amazing! I like to cook/bake but am not always the best at it.
Oh my, you have been busy! I thought about homeschooling for about a second when my son was in 2nd grade. I just couldn’t wrap my brain around it. Goodness I can’t even imagine how challenging it must be.
Ok, I’m going to try to answer your rapid fire questions. Here goes:
Favorite hobbies : gardening, painting, and riding with my hubby on his motorcycle.
Bucket list dream: To spend a month in Great Britain.
Favorite season: Fall . . . or Spring . . . basically weather that’s not too cold or too hot. Yep, me too.
Biggest pet peeve: TV being left on. Why, just why.
Super Power I wish I had: Flying, I’ve had dreams of it since I was a kid 🙂Oh yes! Me too!
Favorite color: green! Like all the beautiful greens popping out for Spring!
Favorite recipe on TIDBITS: Instant Pot Black Beans.
Talent you wish you had: Being comfortable talking to people I don’t know.
Most daring thing I’ve ever done: I’m rather embarrassed to admit this one but skinny dipping at night.
Favorite dessert: Coconut Cream Pie
Have a good week!
Cecilia, it’s been a humbling few weeks for sure. But I’m determined to make the most of it! If I have to drink more chocolate, so be it 🙂
I was so excited to read you also ride with your hubby! It’s one of the greatest joys of my life. Hahaha, the skinny dipping made me laugh out loud! I just love you and love knowing those extra bits about you, thanks, Cecilia!
Wow I have never even heard of Crio Bru. Image me a chocolate lover never hearing about this delicious looking drknk. The Coconut Orange sounds wonderful. A nice start for your daughter is Neutrogena. They have a great line. Then if she gets that wonderful teen acne that we all had at one time or another they have it for that also. My daughter is now 24 and stills uses it. Would love to win some Crio Bru. Thanks for the entry.
Linette, I’m also crazy about chocolate, but only the deep dark kind :). Why didn’t I think about Neutrogena! That’s a great place to start!
I started homeschooling 5 years ago–and my transition looked a lot like yours, but off and on for months. And I CHOSE to do it! But, it has just gotten better and better and we all love it now! Also, I think that crisis schooling is tougher than homeschooling. It’s put on you unexpectedly and you have someone else’s agenda driving how you (your kids) use their time.
I love Don’t Miss This, though I haven’t yet listened to that episode. I did, however, recently complete Brooke Snow’s Christian meditation course and it has truly been life changing for me! I wasn’t one who enjoyed consistent meditation before taking the course, but I’ve made meditating a daily practice in my life now. It has given me such wonderful insights and personal growth since I started over 2 months ago.
One last thing: after living out of the US for the past couple of years, and just getting settled again a month ago, I haven’t been able to try Crio Bru yet! It’s been in my Amazon cart for a few months, but as we’ve been reestablishing ourselves here, other things keep taking budgetary priority. I hope to try it very soon, though!
Amanda, it gave me the chills when you said you just completed the mediation course. It has also changed my life! I’m excited for you to try the Crio Bru, the best deal is with the discount code I gave everyone to use on their website. Happy meditating 🙂
I tried a foot peel at home last year and loved it! Thank you for the reminder. Now is the perfect time to do this, right before sandal season while stuck in the house!
Janette, Isn’t it amazing!? I just love doing it!
Having a few food allergies, I absolutely enjoy learning about new food items or recipes out there. I am an adventurous eater and I enjoy the food experience overall all, so I am excited to hear about the Crio Bru.
If I had more flexibility, I think one of my dream jobs would be to travel places, try their cuisines and rate it. I feel that I am a pretty fair evaluator because I’ve been recruited by a few vendors to test several products . 😊
As a teacher, homeschooling should be much easier for me than it is. I’m a newly single mom, trying to help both my kids adjust to online learning, while keeping up with my students and my homework for the classes I’m taking this semester. Tears of frustration here!
Bobbi, I feel you! We will survive! And probably grow a ton 🙂
I am enjoying the time home with my daughter, but it does definitely make it a challenge to work (I just had to convert my college biology courses to fully online as well) while she is finishing her senior year of high school online. I find cooking delicious foods is my therapy and really enjoy your recipes!
Lori, what a gift to have that one on one time during her final year of high school, made me tear up!
Hi Marci, Happy Birthday and thank you for all that you share, I feel like you are often a mini miracle daily in my life. There are so many wonderful instant pot recipes and tidbits from you that make my life better and easier! Please enter me in to the drawing, I’m really loving crio bru right now but really don’t have the funds to spend on that luxury at this time. All my best to you and yours. Be safe and be well! Kelly Fitzpatrick
Kelly, your comment just warmed me all over. I’m so happy to hear that something I say might bring mini miracles into your day. Lots of love coming your way!
I have also wondered about Brain Balance. I have an extremely intelligent child who just can’t seem to get it together!
Cissy, It’s a little heartbreaking, right!? He can engineer and create things that I can’t even comprehend but struggles to sit still and do his work. There should be a different way of teaching kids like this!
One good thing about staying home is I have been loving getting to do yoga every day! I could have done it before, but I never got around to it unless I went to my MW class.
Also, I love Crio! I would especially love to try Cuyagua after reading your description!!
Kaisha Isaacson says
I love that you guys are looking for the miracles present in your own lives. We might have to adopt that into our routine as well!
I love the mini-miracles idea! I think our recent one is more of a blessing in disguise, engineered by God to help us cope with The Virus That Shall Not Be Named. My husband was furloughed at the same time that my son’s school was shut down, so that gave us time to come up with a strategy for child care, figuring out the e-learning thing, and getting Wi-Fi service (finally) to our rural home.
Also, I’ve only had one bag of CrioBru, but I LOVE it. Winning the package would be amazing, but whatever – I’m planning on using that discount code!
P.S. Not to sound too fan-girlish, but I love your IP recipes.
Ruth, Those miracles are everywhere if we take time to find them, right!? I’ve been taking my son on runs every morning and it’s done us both so much good. And I giggled at your fan girl comment, haha, thanks for that!
Hi Marcy. I would like to encourage you as you homeschool your children. Having homeschooled my son for 6 years it was one of the most memorable and rewarding times. It really brought out his creativity and built up his self esteem. Some days we would dig up worms in the yard or go for walks in the woods. Its the unplanned days of exploring God’s beautiful creation that will forever be planted in his heart. He is in his 20s and is a creative writer. The best advice I ever received was to remember you only have your young children for a short time and to make the most of those precious days.
Beth, I’ve decided to work more of these things in. It might mean I don’t get all the computer stuff completed, but it will definitely infuse more joy and bonding into it. Thank you for your message!
I’ve followed you on Instagram for a while and use your crio bru tips (just classic), but this my first time really diving into your blog. It’s delightful! I’m going to have to use some of this at-home time to really go through your posts.
Love the mini-miracles idea. At our home I’m noticing the miracle of my kids learning to look at what we have and make it enough. It’s been good for them. When I sit down to myself at night I’ve been trying to reflect on the times I’ve seen them shine despite the circumstances.
Sherry, it’s so nice to have you here and thank you for your comment. You’ll find some tasty IP recipes around here, it’s one of my most favorite things to write these recipes. That would be a good habit for me each day to look back and see what experiences the kids had that day that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. Makes it all seem so purposeful!
I haven’t heard of brain balance but it does sound interesting. I don’t have kids with ADHD (that I’m aware of ) but I’ve notice I’ve some ADHD tendencies so I wonder if I could utilize it for myself. I wouldn’t mine a “retraining” if it helps me stay focused and on track.
Love this! My favorite hobbies when I have the time are painting with watercolors, reading, and going for walks. Having to homeschool unexpectedly has been hard for me too. Trying to balance working full time from home with kids and try to educate them at the same time is so hard! Definitely tears over here too.
Roseann, comments like yours give me hope to keep going. We can do this!
Wow! So much good info. Love the tidbit on the foot peel. I’m very curious about it now and wondering if the bottom of your foot becomes super sensitive after all the callous is gone?
I homeschooled my two children through high school and while I was going through it I was stressed and frustrated half the time, but looking back on it all, I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. God is faithful and if He has called you to homeschool, he will never ever let you down. My daughter is getting her Bachelor’s in Infant and Early Child Mental Health. My son is currently going through Tech College getting certified to be a Surgical Technologist. I couldn’t be prouder or more blessed. My best advice for homeschooling moms is to trust in God to provide and keep on persevering. It’s so worth all your sacrifice.
Barbara, no sensitivity at all! And I run every day and haven’t had issues with it.
I’ve definitely learned to trust in God these past weeks. I listen for inspiration every day and pray that I can do what I’m meant to in this time. Thank you for your beautiful words!
Oh my gosh I can’t wait to try cashew crio bru it sounds amazing!!!
OK we have some similarities, dark chocolate forever and spring or fall are the best times of the year, and I want to fly, too!
A couple of my hobbies include making jewelry and sitting in my empty house all by myself watching 48 hours mysteries and eating treats (that’s a hobby right?? 😂)
Something I’ve always wanted to learn how to do is dance. I just love watching people dance and I’m always so envious of how beautiful and powerful their bodies are!
We do a similar thing to mini miracles…we do great and grumble with our kids at dinner and everyone has to say the worst and best part of their day. Really the main miracle I’m seeing on a daily basis is the fact that no one has killed anyone in my house, and I mean that in the most sincere way. But the one thing I keep thinking about is the inspiration behind the Come Follow Me program and how much that has blessed our lives to have that in place. Speaking of that, I have also loved the Don’t Miss This podcast! I need to check out the one you mentioned. Did you do the Easter week one? They do such a great job.
My sister does “brain train” they call it with her daughter who is now 23. I can’t remember if it was Brain Balance exactly but something similar. Sage says it really does help her (she’s mildly autistic as well, diagnosed at 17 but they started brain train before that because she struggled so much in school) but it’s something she benefits from doing multiple times, kind of like it wears off if that makes sense? Anyways I think there truly are benefits and I’m sure everyone has a different experience.
Homeschooling has been a challenge over here, mostly because I have 4 completely different kinds of kids. One thrives on it, one struggles with feeling overwhelmed, the youngest just really needs his sweet sweet teacher…The hardest is my oppositional defiant 10th grader where the grades matter the most and he thinks he can get away with not doing the work and lying about it. Did I mention the mini miracle of no one killing anyone in our house?…
I have never found a plant based creamer I like so I will have to try the nutpods one. I’m absolutely loving the water kefir Amber got me started on! Doing a second ferment makes it like soda and it’s soooooo good even my kids like it! Except my said 10th grader who tells me everything I make is gross and why can’t I make good food like I used to in our old house (he was 3 when we moved)…again mini miracles…😅
Megan, you’ll love the Cashew addition! Let me know what you think!
I watch my daughter do gymnastics and am in total awe at how she can move. Why didn’t I do this as a kid!
I did watch the Easter one, they have such great insights, it helps me teach my kids.
I’m definitely checking out Brain Train! Thanks for that!
It’s the defiance of my 7 year old that makes me struggle as well! It’s been a challenge trying to figure out what works. I’ve started doing a prayer for our homework angels every day before we start and I make him call his teacher to work through his writing since that’s the part he gave me the most push back on. Every day is an experiment, right!
I tried water kefir once, but it tasted so funky, I bet I did something wrong. Try the Nutpods, I know you’ll like it!
My kids have also made the comment, Why can’t we just eat mac and cheese and pizza every day like we do at grandmas, haha!
Tina Jespersen says
Crio Bru is so amazing! I miss their warehouse here in Utah. Can’t wait to get more and try the insta pot recipe.
Corona Homeschooling – it’s not for the faint of heart! Especially with several kiddos. I work in special education and am now home Zooming 20+ students a week. Oh, how I’d rather be at school to see their sweet faces and be able to help them in the moment. Each one that I talk to wants to be back at school so much. This too shall pass.
Enjoy your day!
I love crio bru! I can’t wait to try the creamy cashew recipe for it. Sounds incredible!
I’m a teacher, so I know how frustrated the parents of the world must feel right now. Believe me, teachers miss their students and classroom too! Sounds like you’re making it work as best as you can in an impossible situation.
I thought this was fun, so I filled it out too! I’m also a motorcycle enthusiast and grew up riding them on and off road.
Favorite hobbies: singing, learning piano, baking with my husband, board games with friends, decorating
Bucket list dream: Go on a trip of the Mediterranean countries for a month or so. Backpack the UK and visit family history sites.
Favorite season: Fall because the smells are amazing. It would be spring if my allergies weren’t so bad.
Biggest pet peeve: Not being taken seriously
Super Power I wish I had: super speed to get everything done that I want to get done. Or the ability to freeze time.
Favorite color: Yellow
Favorite recipe on TIDBITS: all the Crio BRU ones! Seriously, crio BRU keeps my teacher brain sane haha!
Talent you wish you had: Sewing. I wish I could just whip things up!
Most daring thing I’ve ever done: Paragliding in New Zealand and white water rafting.
Favorite dessert: pretty much all desserts but usually anything with chocolate and ice cream involved. I also LOVE strawberry shortcake!
Julie, Try the cashew! You’ll love it!
I love that you ride, it’s one of the greatest joys of my whole life!
I Loved learning more about you here! Paragliding in New Zealand is now on my bucket list too. And I laughed that the Crio bru recipes are your favorite, mine too 😉
You are so creative with your Crio Bru! I’ve read that the grounds are an edible superfood. Have you developed or considered developing any non-beverage recipes that include Crio Bru grounds?
Shawn, I haven’t experimented with the grounds yet, I need to though. I’ll start doing some research!
Your recipes are always so interesting! I can see really enjoying the Cashew Crio Brew. In fact, I had almost forgotten that I had some in the cupboard and was inspired today to make up a batch. Although I am wondering if a darker roast would be better for me. I love dark chocolate and the light roast Ghana is very mild. Do you have a recommendation?
Now for a talent I wish I had: That would be organization skills. It’s not that I can’t organize, it’s just that I get to a certain point and run out of steam and things end up being half organized. My mother is the consummate organizer and I guess those genes skipped a generation! 🙂
Keep up the great work! I look forward to seeing more recipes!
I love Crio Bru! I miss their warehouse here in Utah. Can’t wait to get more and try your insta pot recipe.
Corona Homeschooling! Especially with several kiddos. That’s a juggling act for sure. I work in special education and now Zoom with 20+ students a week. Oh, how I miss seeing them each day and they miss the personal attention and interaction they get. Everyone of them wishes they could go back to school.
Krista, I love the Maya, if you like a little spicy kick, or the Uber dark is SUPER dark and heavenly!
I think my family wishes I would stop organizing everything 🙂
Stephanie Smith says
I found you because I love love Crio Bru and the idea of making a dark rich blend in my instant pot is genius!!! I just need to get another ring because I only make savory things. I am even toying with the idea of buying a mini insta pot just for my crio! So thank you.
I have used BrainGym and it was particularly helpful for my little sister who had some special needs for Learning. It was a huge game changer. But must be used consistently to see results. Combined with some dietary changes. She moved out of special Ed and even graduated from HighSchool. And they said she might not ever be able to achieve that.
Thanks for the reminder for me to start using that tool at home with my 3 kids at home while we homeschool. Baby steps. We all got this!
I’m excited to check out Brain Gym, thank you! Crio Bru in the IP is so amazing!
Marci thank you for the cashew CrioBru recipe and thank you for the idea to use my pressure cooker to brew! You’re right, the flavor is deeper and you don’t need to use as much. I’m a convert!
Thanks for “chatting” with us out here! 🙂 You are not alone in this homeschool gig! I am trying to teach 4 kiddos at home all while going through nursing school online as well, so if your day feels overwhelming just think about me, ha ha!
I have been trying to reduce my coffee intake lately so I am taking you up on the Cashew Crio Bru and the new flavor sounds amazing so I just ordered a stock supply! Can’t wait to try them along with the Nutpods creamer, very intrigued by that. Thanks for all your recommendations!
We do the Raddish monthly kits for cooking and the kids love it! May try some of these hand-on kits next.
Brandy, Oh wow, I did nursing school without kids and it was a challenge! You go girl!
You’ll adore Crio Bru and the Nutpods combo is the best thing ever.
Raddish is the best! The crafty/building nature of Kiwi Crate is so fun.
Amen on the dark chocolate! Thanks for a fun post, it was nice to come read and feel as if life was a little “normal” for a bit. Very intrigued in what you find out about brain balance!
I love all of your Crio Bru recipes and can’t wait to try this Creamy Cashew version! I had been using a French Press to make my Crio Bru but switched to using the Instant Pot after finding your recipes – genius! Also, a quick thank you for your detailed Instant Pot Yogurt recipe. And happy birthday to you!
First off, I love You! I’m super impressed by your homeschooling Talent! I say talent because you are dang good at it. Tears and all! ;p
Second, I love the mini miracles thought! I was telling my husband the other night, after a long day or tears, and fights from all of us, that the fact that my kids had dinner on the table was a mini miracle. They almost went to bed at 5. Let’s just say hormones rock!
3rd, I love Brooke Snow, thanks to you. I need to listen to her more!
4th, I wish I knew more about face tanner, or brain balance…. but, you if you’ve seen me, you know I’m crazy and translucent. Yet, you still accept me as me. Thank you 😊
5th, MOST IMPORTANTLY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I HOPE ITS SERIOUSLY AMAZING!!! YOU DEAERVE IT! ***pretent I’m hugging your head***
Love you Marci!
Kami, Oh my gosh, you’re so awesome and I love you, crazy/translucent, and all. Another mini-miracle was your back getting a solid break so you could completely recover, Yay! And why are you hugging my head 😉
Michelle C B says
I’ve been thinking about trying that foot peel! Since I can’t get an actual Pedicure right now and my poor feet are ready for one!
Also wanted to try the nut pods I haven’t seen it any of my local stores (though lately I’ve only been to 2 different ones! I should just order some from amazon!
Hi Marci, first of all HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!. May you continue to have many, many more. I can’t offer any homeschooling advice but you do seem to have found creative ways to teach your adorable children. Keep up the good work.
Regarding skincare, I use Oil of Olay. My mother used it all her life and people used to comment on how lovely her skin was. I was never much in to skin care but when I got into my 60s I was not happy with the way my face looked at all! Particularly around my eyes. So… I decided if it was good enough for my mom, why not try it. I saw a a big difference in just a week! They have a sale of summer going on right now and are offering a cute summer tote free with some of the sets.
I’m delighted you started your talks again. I did miss them. I should tell you I only follow 2 bloggers and you are one of them so keep doing what you’re doing! Thank you and stay safe during this crisis time and always.
Oh Grandma Anita, I sure love your comments! I’m running to check out the Oil of Olay sale now, my mom also use this when I was little! I’m honored that you take the time to visit my blog, I hope it makes your days brighter and delicious!
I’m relatively new to Tidbits and have been working my way through the recipes. As a vegetarian, I’m enjoying the bean-based recipes and the desserts. So far, my favorite is the healthy cookie dough. I have a sack of crio blu in my cupboard and seem to save it for days when I need a reward. I don’t have a fine sieve, so I use a paper tea bag intended for loose tea and make one cup at a time.
I love Crio Bru! I am so excited to try the cashew recipe. It looks amazing. Home schooling was super frustrating for us at first too…not my best moments as a mom. But I think we are getting into somewhat of a good groove now. Thanks for your post! I’m new so it was fun to learn more about you!
Your mini motor girl looks just like her mommy! She’s so cute!!
I think Brent would love Crio Bru! I’m going to have to order some!
A few things about me!
My favorite hobbies are RZR rides and seeing all the pretty back country. Also I love yard work and watching Brent race dirt bikes.
My pet peeves are lights left on and cupboard doors left open.
My favorite colors are silver and any shade of blue.
My favorite recipes from your recipe book is Breakfast Peach Cobbler, Coconut Vanilla Syrup. and Healthy Tamales.
My Mini miracle is I don’t have to go back to work for two more weeks! I had a hysterectomy six weeks ago and my doctor wants me off for another two weeks!!! Yay! With this virus mess I would rather be home!
The face moisturizer I’ve been using lately is CeraVe facial moisturizing lotion SPF 30. Along with this face tanner! https://www.ulta.com/bronze-glow-self-tanning-glow-by-morning-gradual-tan-drops.
Angie, I love when people say she looks like me, I’m crazy abot that girl.
I think you both would love Crio Bru, it’s the best warm drink I’ve ever tried.
Perfect timing for your surgery! My sis had her baby right before everything went down and I’m so grateful she can stay home with her.
Those are some of my favorites too, I need to make the breakfast cobbler, we haven’t had that one for a while!
I love Cerave, that would be a great one for my girl too!
Thanks Angie, and I’m checking out the face tanner now!
I have so much respect for all of you homeschooling right now! I have a 1 year old at home and that is hard enough, but multiple kids plus school?! So much respect for all the sudden homeschool parents!
I bought crio bru last time you did a giveaway with them, and it is still sitting in my pantry, I think it intimidates me!!?? I think I will be brave and make some this morning!
I am a homeschooling mom of 12 years, and my advice is give yourself grace! And to remember that your relationship with your kids is way more important than random facts for a test. The way we homeschool changes constantly. We are always adapting to different kids’ needs, and different seasons of life. Good luck! You’ve got this.
Kathryn, no time like the present, get it out ASAP! It’ll make your world so happy 🙂
Grace and Adapt – 2 words I need to plaster on my fridge!
Thank you for all your insights! It lets me know I’m not the only mom who struggles! 🙂 My kids love their Kiwi crates as well! For younger kids, IvyKids subscription boxes ROCK! It has a full month of activities and learning, plus you can add a sibling for a just a few dollars more (score for twin moms!). They have previous months’ boxes you can get so you don’t even need a subscription. Highly recommend!
I love your Mini Miracles idea! I am going to start doing this daily!
A few things about me:
1. Favorite hobbies: baking, reading, gardening
2. Bucket list dream: tour Europe for at least a month (not right now of course :)).
3. Favorite season: Spring. I have a goat farm and love new life! The kids running around without a care in the world is a blast!
4. Biggest pet peeve: Not closing the door. Because it is always cold in Wisconsin, and heat is precious! 😉
5. Super Power I wish I had: Like you, flying!
6. Favorite color: Blue, also like you!
7. Favorite recipe on TIDBITS: Crio Bru, homemade vanilla (it’s the best!), steel cut oats
8. Talent you wish you had: Being more mechanical so I could fix my car!
9. Most daring thing I’ve ever done: Been in the same pen as a very mad 900 lb bull who decided to throw me up in the air while I was trying to get away. Thankfully I got out of the pen before he could kill me…
10. Favorite dessert: Absolutely anything chocolate!
Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🎊
Happy birthday! I’m sorry it’s during corona time. We have birthdays in our house tomorrow and Wednesday. It’s a bit crazy.
I don’t have any great homeschooling tips. I thank heavens every day that I can do math and help me kids and feel bad every day for all the math phobic parents. As I recall, though, you were a great math student, so I’m sure you can conquer that 4th grade stuff!!
Mini miracle-I’m working on my masters degree right now and the slow down has made it so i have more time to work on it right now and I should be able to finish in six months instead of a year, which will save me a lot of money AND another six months of high stress. There are definitely blessings and things to learn from this time and I hope I won’t forget and take for granted the many simple pleasures of life again.
Heidi, my daughter made my bday special, it was actually super fun 🙂
Yes, I killed Math 1050 with you and even scored higher on the final than my brothers, which was a huge accomplishment for me, haha! Smarter than Bruce? That was a confidence booster.
And that’s an amazing mini miracle! What a relief that will be!
Vicky, Kiwi crates is worth every penny! My daughter is doing one as we speak! I’ve never heard of IvyKids! I’m going to check that out!
I loved hearing those things about you! Spring is definitely food for my soul right now! My goodness, your 900 pound bull comment made my heart flutter, that would be terrifying. Chocolate, Blue, and flying forever 🙂