My very big news!

Okay… so I may have been carrying around a littttttttle secret for the past SIX months! And I may have hinted about it on instagram a couple times. I am so excited that I can finally spill the beans!

Last Friday I sent off THE biggest contract I have ever signed. After reading through it with my husband and attorney about a bazillion times I finally decided to put my pen on paper and sign that baby! Eek! I am so excited (and nervous at the same time) to share my very big news! Okay, here we go…

Organized cook books

I’M WRITING A BOOK! Like a real one …that will be in Barnes and Noble. A cookbook to be exact. There I said it. I’m running out of words to say how I feel about it. I am so very excited and scared out of my mind at the same time. Never in a million years would I have guessed 5 years ago when I started this little ol’ blog, that I would be writing my very own book.

This book has been in the works since about April when I was first in touch with my amazing agent Stacey. Together we created one heck of a proposal (or 5) and then sent it off to all the big publishers. The proposal was 55 pages to be exact. It was definitely no easy task but totally worth all the drafts, sweat and tears. The very next day we had an offer and then there were many phone calls and decisions to be made. After passing all the ideas around, the proposals, the auction with different publishers I have decided to publish with Grand Central Publishing! I am absolutely thrilled to be working with such an amazing publishing company! I love their whole team already.

I can’t tell you the title quite yet but I can tell you this… it will definitely be a reflection of all the best things on I Heart Naptime. The majority of the book will be easy and delicious recipes, with a few craft and entertaining ideas mixed in. I will be doing the photography (which I’m very excited …okay and nervous… about) and there will definitely be BIG bright photos on every page.

The book will come out sometime in fall of 2016. Still a ways out… but I have a feeling it’s going to come quick. The due date for my manuscript is June 1st, so I only have about 5 months left to finish the book. Crunch time baby!

How you can be involved…

My amazing head recipe tester Kate is looking for recipe testers who would love to get a sneak peak at the recipes beforehand and test them in your own kitchen. If you love to cook and/or bake apply HERE! It’s going to be lots of fun!

This book will definitely be a treasured cookbook with lots of well-loved recipes. I’ll be sharing at least 75 NEW recipes in the book with a few of my absolute favorites from I Heart Naptime. If there’s any recipes that have already been posted on the blog (that you love and adore) or one you’d like to see in the book, please leave a comment below. :)

So grateful to celebrate this with you. I couldn’t have done it without you, so thank you for joining me on this journey! I’ll definitely keep you posted with more info along the way. Here we go!!

xo – jamielyn

DIY Galvanized Memo Board

DIY Galvanized Memo Board by Marie of Blooming Homestead for I Heart Nap Time.

Hello Friends! I am so excited to be back at I Heart Nap Time sharing this DIY Galvanized Memo Board. I don’t know about you, but this time of year just gets so busy. I love the holidays and all the fun decorations and celebreations, but by the time the New Year is here I am ready to get organized and calm the craziness in my life. This memo board is a cute, fun way to add a little organization and it couldn’t be easier to put together!

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Supplies:

  • frame (desired size under 24″x36″)
  • galvanized sheet metal (can be found at lowes or home depot)
  • metal sheers
  • marker
  • measuring tape
  • Opt: Vinyl and craft cutter for lettering

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First off you’ll want to measure the size of your frame and mark where to cut your sheet metal. These come in sheets from the home improvement store and are sized 24″x36″ so you’ll want to make sure your frame the size or smaller (unless you want to go have custom sheet metal cut).

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Using the metal sheers, you’ll cut the metal into the measured size. *Be careful, sheet metal can cut you so you might want to wear work gloves as a precaution.

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DIY Galvanized Memo Board on iheartnaptime.com

When your metal is cutout you can put it into the frame and secure it as you would a photo. DIY Galvanized Memo Board on iheartnaptime.com

And that’s it! Super simple to make and so versatile it makes the perfect piece of functional home decor!  I decided to add a vinyl “to do…” to the top of my memo board. (I used Carolyna Pro Font)

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This board makes a great gift and can even be used to display Christmas Cards!

DIY Galvanized Memo Board on iheartnaptime.com

I’d love for you to stop by Blooming Homestead and check out some of my other projects:

Blooming Homestead

2015 Calendar Printables | Christmas MantleFamily Planner Printables

 

Skillet breakfast potatoes

Skillet breakfast potatoes -easy, delicious and family friendly. Potato lovers will go crazy over these!

This is one of those basic recipes that goes perfect with just about anything. We love to serve these skillet breakfast potatoes with eggs but they go great with pancakes as well. My family never seems to fill up on just pancakes so these add some sustenance to the meal. These potatoes are even great served with a big juicy steak. Just add a big dollop of sour cream and you’ve got yourself some delicious loaded baked potatoes. Mmm… seriously, there is nothing better than potatoes loaded with bacon, cheese and sour cream.

Skillet breakfast potatoes -easy, delicious and family friendly. Potato lovers will go crazy over these!

Yum! Get in my belly!

Skillet breakfast potatoes recipe

Skillet breakfast potatoes

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 large baking potatoes
  • 6 pieces bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 (4 oz can) Old El Paso green chiles, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheese

 

Directions:

Wash your potatoes and then pierce several times with a fork. Cook in the microwave for 10-15 minutes or until fork tender. Remove and allow to cool.

While the potatoes are cooking, cook the bacon in a frying pan or large skillet over medium heat. Cook until crisp and then remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel lined plate.

Place onions and green chiles in the pan with bacon grease and saute until the onions are translucent. Next, dice the potatoes (I like to remove some of the skin first) and then place in the pan. Add salt and pepper and then stir around, breaking up any large pieces. Add cheese and bacon on top and turn heat to low and allow to cook until the cheese is melted.

Enjoy with a fried egg, salsa and sour cream on top. We also like to roll these potatoes up in a tortilla with scrambled eggs to make breakfast burritos. They even taste great as a dinner side. So many yummy ways to enjoy them!

This recipe tastes great with red potatoes too, just use 6 since they are smaller.

I like to top my potatoes with a fried egg and salsa. The green chiles from Old El Paso also adds the perfect flavor to these potatoes. My kids didn’t even notice they were in there.

Skillet breakfast potatoes -easy, delicious and family friendly. Potato lovers will go crazy over these!

These potatoes really are so versatile and easy to make. Enjoy!

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Easy Coconut Macaroons

Easy Coconut Macaroons by Jen of Yummy Healthy Easy

Simple to make coconut macaroons, soft, chewy and full of coconut flavor. Plus lighter and healthier than most cookies! These are a great addition to your holiday cookie plates!

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Hi there! Jen from Yummy Healthy Easy, back here today to share with you one of my favorite cookie recipes – macaroons! I am a HUGE coconut fan. When I was a kid, my grandma used to sprinkle coconut on top of sliced oranges for a quick side dish. It turned into a little thing she always did for me. From then on, I loved anything involving coconut!

From dinners like, Thai Coconut Chicken Skewers with Coconut Rice to desserts like Coconut Vanilla Pudding Pops or Carrot Coconut Bread, anything with coconut flavor is my favorite.

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One of my other favorites? Christmastime baking. I love making treats to give to neighbors and friends. I’m doing a whole week of cookies over on Yummy Healthy Easy and would love to have you stop by and see what I’m baking!

I love baking macaroons. They are one of the easiest cookies to throw together. They have only 6 ingredients and are mixed up really quick in a mixing bowl. This recipe was one I got years ago from a friend and I make them every year. It’s easy to cut this recipe to half, or to double, triple, etc. They’re soft, chewy and are chock full of coconutty goodness. These are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie plates!

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Easy Coconut Macaroons

Yield: 2-3 dozen (depending on how big you make them)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Ingredients:

2 2/3 cups flaked coconut

4 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

4 egg whites

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325ºF.

In a mixing bowl, combine coconut, flour, sugar and salt. Stir in egg whites and vanilla. Mix well.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool on wire rack and then enjoy!

Reese’s Fudge Recipe

Reese’s Fudge Recipe -smooth, chocolate fudge filled with reeses peanut butter cups. A chocolate lovers dream!

Seriously… if you love fudge and reeses you are going to LOVE these and must make them asap! This is possibly one of the easiest recipes ever!

One of my friends brought reeses fudge to a church event and I knew I had to recreate the deliciousness. I love the “simple” fudge recipe that I found on the back of the sweetened condensed milk can years ago and just added reeses to it. These were devoured… and so so good.

Reese’s Fudge Recipe -smooth, chocolate fudge filled with reeses peanut butter cups. A chocolate lovers dream!

I love them cold, but if you like a chewy fudge, just leave them out on the counter. They will go quick though. You have been warned. ;)

Reese’s Fudge Recipe -smooth, chocolate fudge filled with reeses peanut butter cups. A chocolate lovers dream!

Reese's Fudge

Easy no-bake Reese's peanut butter cup fudge

Yield: 16-24 bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 11 oz. bag mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (about 30 pieces)
  • 4 regular size Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Chop the mini Reese's into quarters and the regular size Reese's into eights. Reserve the regular size Reese's for the topping and then place the chopped mini cups in the bottom of the pan.
  3. In a large glass bowl, stir the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk together. Cook in the microwave on 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time.
  4. Once chocolate is melted, spread evenly over the peanut butter cups.
  5. Sprinkle reserved chopped Reese's on top and gently press into chocolate.
  6. Refrigerate until set and then cut into squares.

Reese’s Fudge Recipe -smooth, chocolate fudge filled with reeses peanut butter cups. A chocolate lovers dream!

Enjoy!!

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