REPOST: Homemade, No Sugar Added Fruit Rollups!

REPOST: Homemade, No Sugar Added Fruit Rollups!

These look awesome and according to the author, can be made from pretty much any fruit! Great alternative to the sugary, store bought ones.


HOMEMADE Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup in the Crock Pot! (it’s possible?!)

Today, I was looking online for a nice recipe for creamy chicken and dumpling soup to make in the crock pot…. yeah right. You know what I found? “Mix 2 cans of creamy chicken soup and water, then add in pop-n-fresh biscuits, broken into pieces and cook for an hour or two” WHAT THE CRAP?! I was pissed. Like, thanks guys, I’m so glad that’s a recipe. Now, if that’s how you cook, that’s totally cool… but that’s just not what I was expecting when I searched for an actual recipe. I’m talking from scratch, mothereffers, FROM SCRATCH. What’s good about this is that it is relatively low-carb (you can leave out the roux and make it not creamy and it would still be delicious).

So here it is… I actually made this recipe up! It’s totes mine and I love it. Even my hubby said it’s some the the best soup he’s ever had. (it’s a lot easier than it looks, I REALLY didn’t want to leave anyone stranded not knowing what to do, so I spelled it all out.) Make this and you will never love another soup like this one again…. never. ever.

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken and Dumpling Soup


  • 1 – 2 lbs chicken (I used the leg quarters because they are so tender in soup and fall right off the bone – and they’re usually cheap)
  • 62.5 oz chicken broth + 14.5 oz water (1- 48oz College In Low sodium chicken broth + 1 – 14.5 oz can of chicken broth + 1 can full of water. Feel free to chance this up, but make sure you cover the chicken with liquid in the crock pot!)
  • 2 large (3 small) carrots, diced medium
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced medium – large (you want the onions to still be onions after sitting in the crock pot all day!)
  • Spices! Try thyme, sage, parsley, oregano, rosemary, lemon pepper, garlic powder, and a little salt.
  • 5 Tablespoons flour
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Cup milk

For the dumplings:

  • 2 Cups flower
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 – 1 Cup COLD water 


  • Place Chicken quarters, broth, water, veggies, and spices in the crock pot and turn to high.
  • Cook on high for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Turn the crock pot down to low and let it cook for another 1 – 1.5 hours, or until the chicken in cooked and falling off the bone. (You can also leave this on low for about 6 hours or so, instead of starting it off at high)
  • Take the chicken out of the crock pot and separate all the bones out. You can also shred up the chicken and cut pieces that are a little big.
  • In a saucepan, combine the butter and flour together, and stir the whole time (this ensures you cook the flower without burning it)
  • Add in the cup of milk and STIR, STIR, STIR! (you will end up with something that kind of looks like mashed potatoes)
  • Add some of the chicken broth from the crock pot to the roux (this is called tempering) until it is nice and creamy, then add the whole thing into the crock pot and stir it around.
  • Let this cook on high while you mix up the dumplings.
  • To prepare the dumplings: Mix the flour, salt, and spices together in a bowl and make a well in the middle. Slowly add in a little bit of the water, mix, and then a little more, mix, then the rest of it. (Don’t kid yourselves here; you need to be using those hands for this!) Finally knead the dough out on a clean, floured surface. Let the dough rest for a few minutes so it can breathe and get ready to be yummy. Finally grab little, 1 inch pieces and roll them into a ball-like shape and you’re good to go!
  • Drop the dumplings into the soup but MAKE SURE you stir the soup up before you add the dumplings because if you do it after ,you will just break them up into mush.
  • Let this whole thing cook for about another 45 minutes to an hour (depending on the size of the dumplings)
  • Serve
  • Happy dance.

Please do me a solid and if you post this someplace else, let me know or link back to me. It would be awesome. 🙂

A not-so-great picture of my soup!

A not-so-great picture of my soup!

Time for Crafting (literally!) A Tutorial?!

This is probably one of the coolest crafts/projects I’ve done to date.

For Father’s Day this year, I made my husband’s gift from the kids. What did I make?

A freakin’ clock with the kids picture on it!


Super simple stuff too. Here it is:


How adorable is this? Scrunchy faces because well, look at them!

What I used: 

  • Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium 
  • Mod Podge in gloss finish
  • ArtMinds Quartz Clock Movement Kit – 3/4 inch thickness (make sure to note the measurement of this against the piece of wood you are using!)
  • 1- 10″ x 10″ piece of square wood with a hole drilled in it for the clock mechanism (I found this by the clock parts in the craft store)
  • 1- 10″ x 10″ LASER COPY of my photo of choice (you NEED a laser copy, this will NOT NOT NOT work with an inkjet printer copy. Staples, and almost any other commercial copier service, uses laser printers, so these are still easy and cheap to get your hands on, don’t worry)
  • Sand paper (medium or light grade)
  • A medium size sponge brush


What I did:

  • First, I sanded down the edges of the wood to make it smoother and a little rounder around the corners, and sanded the front of the clock to make a more even surface.
  • Next, I took the image transfer medium and applied it EVENLY (not too liberally, but to too thin either) on the entire front of the clock (This part is really important) What I chose to do for this was to add a little brush texture to the edges of the wood so that the image would have a distressed look. You can go for that too, it looks awesome, but I would suggest trying this out as simply as you can first and then getting a little fancy with it. 🙂
  • Then I placed the image ink side down onto the wet transfer medium exactly where and how I wanted it to be. Be sure to get allllllllllllll of the bubbles and pockets of medium flattened and out from under the paper before you let this bad boy dry! I’m not sure if moving the image after placing it will mess anything up, but why chance it right?  Then I let the sucker dry overnight.
  • In the morning, I grabbed myself a wet paper town and laid it over the paper on the wood to get it all wet then used a much less wet, but still damp, towel to gently rub all the paper off of the wood, leaving me with a block of wood covered in adorable scrunchy faces! Be careful with this part. You do NOT want to go to town on the wood because you WILL take the image off and leave but white spots on the wood that will look like crap, I promise.
  • I covered the entire block with a pretty thin but even layer of gloss finish mod podge to seal the image to the wood and make this a little sure durable. It only took about 15 – 20 minutes for this to dry completely, but it did take over a week for it to completely harden and not have that slightly sticky, sort of tacky feeling to it. I know online it said to wait 2 to 3 weeks if you plan on using a mod podge item for storage or for something that will get dinged up (a tray bottom where you throw your keys or something maybe)
  • After this was dry, I added the year to the bottom because it WAS a Father’s Day gift after all.
  • Then, I grabbed the clock parts (which were a lot easier to assemble than I thought they were going to be). I only used the quarter points instead of all 12 spaces, but obviously all 12 are provided. I did have some trouble with the mechanism not fitting properly, and we did end up using the hands upside down because they didn’t seem to really work the way they were supposed to be, but it didn’t really affect the overall result.


My husband loved this and I did it in one day. This only cost about 20 bucks and it is a great project to do (fun, quick, and easy-ish) and it’s super personal and professional looking. I’m sure you would pay a reasonable amount more for this to be custom made.

I’m actually thinking of selling these!