Sunday, July 20, 2014

Chicken, Broccoli, Alfredo Pasta



This is a really simple recipe with only 4 ingredients.
Ingredients:
2 cup of thawed broccoli or 2 cups of thawed broccoli, cauliflower and carrot vegetable mixture
2 cooked chicken breasts, chopped
1 jar of Alfredo sauce
1/2 package of linguine noodles

Directions: Cook linguine noodles according to directions on package. Cook thawed broccoli (or mixed vegetables) in microwave for 2-3 minutes. You may also use fresh steamed broccoli. Heat Alfredo sauce in sauce pan and add cooked chicken and broccoli. Once heated pour over linguine noodles and enjoy!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Stove Top Stuffing Chicken






This is a really quick and easy recipe to make.

Ingredients:
1 package of stove top stuffing
1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1/3 cup of sour cream
1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables

Make the stove top stuffing according to directions on the box. Place chicken breast in a 9x13 baking dissh. Mix soup, sour cream and vegetables and spoon over chicken breasts. 

Top with stove top stuffing and bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees until chicken is cooked thoroughly.







Friday, June 27, 2014

Tie Dye Cake


My daughter asked to have a super 70's party for her birthday. I surprised her with this Tie Dye Cake. It was super easy to make and cheaper than buy a tie dye cake mix.
First, I mixed up a white cake mix according to the directions on the package of cake mix and separated the cake batter into 5 small bowls. In each bowl, I added food coloring to create the different colors of the cake. I slowly added the batter to the pans one color at a time. I swirled the batter after pouring it into the pan.
I kept adding the batter until all of the batter was in the pan. Below is a photo of the cake batter before it went into the oven.
 Bake the cake batter according to the directions on the cake mix box.
 Final cake decorating on the outside.
 The birthday girl was surprised when she saw the inside of the cake.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Influenster.com: Mom's Specialty: TLC Vox Box

If you haven't heard me say it yet...I love Influenster.com. You can write reviews of products and be selected to receive FREE boxes of goodies. This the 3rd one that I have received. One about every 3 months. This by far was the best.

 First, I received a coupon to try Breyer's new Gelato Indulgences. I picked out the Raspberry Cheesecake. I had to take a picture before I quickly ate it all.  I had some tonight and it is really rich and creamy.  My favorite part of the Gelato Indulgences was the graham cracker crumbs on top of the Gelato.
 The next thing that I tried was from Avon. Their Anew Reversalist wrinkle smoother. I tried it on the few fine lines that I had and I could not believe the difference it made. It made such a difference that it even smoothed my rough pores. I really liked the slide back cover and exterior mirror on the case.
 I thought that the Gelato would be the first item that would be empty in this box, but after my youngest taking a tough fall today, This Neo to Go spray from Neosporin may not make it through next week. We have used it twice since I have received the TLC box. I love using this spray, because it has pain relief included and I can quickly spray it on boo boos and make them feel better faster.
My Daughters have sensitive skin. I am always cautious about what I put on their skin including soap. Since, Ivory is pure, I put it in my daughter's bath tub. They have not had any reactions yet.

Puffs Plus Lotion Tissues: I have tried other brands and they just are not strong enough or gentle enough for my allergies.

The last item that came in the TLC Vox Box was a Shell Fuel Rewards card. We already have one and you can earn points to save money on gas. You have to use it when you purchase items inside the store. I don't usually go inside for a pop or snack, so we don't use it as often.
I received these products complimentary from Influenster.com for testing purposes. If you are interested in becoming a member of influenster.com and receiving free items to write reviews on, please leave me a comment and I will refer you.



Friday, May 2, 2014

Raspberry Jalapeno Vinaigrette




I have a new favorite summer salad and the highlight of the salad is the raspberry jalapeno vinaigrette. It is a sweet dressing with just a little kick of jalapeno.
To make the dressing, I first make the jalapeno sauce. In a blender, I blend 1/2 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 chopped and deseeded jalapeno.
To make the dressing  I combine 2 teaspoons of the jalapeno sauce to 1/2 cup store bought raspberry vinaigrette in a bowl. Dip a salad green in the dressing before pouring it over your salad. If it needs more jalapeno kick, add more of the jalapeno sauce.

The summer salad had spinach and salad greens, red peppers, feta cheese, craisins, carmalized walnuts or pecans.
We topped the salad with grilled chicken. It was so yummy and I plan on making it several times this summer. Enjoy!

Here is a list of the Linky parties that I link up to.  Thank you to all of the hosts for letting me post my favorite recipes, crafts, money saving ideas and activities for children.
Sunday - The Foley Family  Nifty Thrifty Things  Momnivore's Dilemma TitiCrafty

Monday - creating really awesome free things Creating my way to success Clairejustine Sew Can Do Scattered thoughts Kitchen Table Art A pinch of Joy Flour me with love Cherished Handmade Treasures Mad in Crafts

Tuesday -Inside BruCrew Life Coastal Charm  Mandy's Recipe Box Kathe with an E Our Delightful Home Cupcakes and Crinoline Memories by the Mile My uncommon slice of suburbia VMG206 Hope Studios Sugar Bee Crafts  Elizabeth and Co. Not just a housewife  The Winthrop Chronicles  Funky Polkadot Giraffe Tip Junkie  Tasty Tuesdays

Wednesday-JAQS Studio My Girlish Whims Ginger Snap Crafts DIY by Design Lady Behind the Curtain
 Life with the crusts cut off Someday Crafts Ivy and Elephants Seven Thirty Three

Thursday- Think Tank Thursdays A creative Princess Marigold's Loft All things with purpose  Sweet Haute Lamberts Lately Rhinestone Beagle A glimpse Inside Glued to my Crafts Aftsy Fartsy Mama 5 little Chefs Living well, spending less Krafty Cards

Friday- My Romantic Home Home Maid Simple Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons The Grant Life The best blog recipes my turn for us craftdictator crafts a la mode nancherroTruly Lovely Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Simply Sweet Home Diana Rambles What-about.co Peek-a-boo pattern shop justusfourblog  Make it Pretty Monday Craft-o-matic

Saturday-Mandatory Mooch Cheerios and Lattes  Pierced Pastimes





Sunday, April 20, 2014

Learning Letters with Beans




I have done this activity with both of my little learners. It helps them to identify the letter, develop their fine motor skills and prewriting skills.
Materials needed:
paper
liquid glue
dry beans

First, with a large marker write the letter on a piece of paper. I used the other side of a recycled piece of paper.
 Next, make a line of glue on the letter.
 My little learner then placed the dried beans on the line of glue.




 Until she was all done. After the glue was dry, I had my little learner trace the letter with her finger.




Coconut Cake



We just had this cake for Easter dessert and it was delicious. The frosting is made with cool whip which gave it a lighter taste. I saw this recipe in a Jello ad in an All Recipes magazine.  www.jello.com/recipe/classic-angel-flake-coconut-cake

Shopping list:
1 yellow cake mix (2 layer size)
1 7oz package of Angel coconut
1 1/4 cups of milk
1 3.4oz package of coconut flavored instant pudding
1 3.4oz package of vanilla flavored instant pudding
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
1 8oz tub of Cool Whip, thawed

Cake ingredients and instructions:
1 yellow cake mix (2 layer size)
ingredients on cake mix box to make cake
2/3 cup of coconut
1/4 cup of milk
1 3.4oz package of coconut flavored instant pudding

Preheat oven to 350 degree. Prepare cake according to directions on the box for 2-9" round layers. Before pouring the batter into the greased pans, stir in 2/3 cup of coconut, 1/4 cup of milk and the dry coconut pudding mix.
Bake according to directions on cake mix package and test doneness with a toothpick to check.
 Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, before placing them on wire racks to cool completely.

Icing ingredients and instructions:
1 3.4oz package of vanilla flavored instant pudding
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
1 8oz tub of Cool Whip, thawed

Beat dry vanilla pudding mix, powdered sugar and 1/4 cup of milk in a large bowl with a wire whisk for 2 minutes. Stir in Cool Whip and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Place 1 cake layer on plate and place approximately 1 cup of icing on bottom layer. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of coconut on bottom layer.
Place top cake layer on bottom iced layer and frost top and sides with remaining icing. Sprinkle remaining coconut on top and press into sides of cake.
 Refrigerate for 1 hour and Enjoy!

Note: The icing looks white in the photos, but it will have a yellow tint from the vanilla pudding mix.

Here is a list of the Linky parties that I link up to.  Thank you to all of the hosts for letting me post my favorite recipes, crafts, money saving ideas and activities for children.

Sunday -   The Foley Family  Nifty Thrifty Things  Momnivore's Dilemma TitiCrafty

Monday - creating really awesome free things Creating my way to success Craft-o-matic Clairejustine Sew Can Do Scattered thoughts Kitchen Table Art A pinch of Joy Flour me with love Cherished Handmade Treasures Serendipity and Spice Mad in Crafts All Things Fee

Tuesday -Inside BruCrew Life Coastal Charm  Mandy's Recipe Box Kathe with an E Our Delightful Home
Cupcakes and Crinoline VMG206 Memories by the Mile Hope Studios Sugar Bee Crafts  Elizabeth and Co. Not just a housewife  The Winthrop Chronicles  Funky Polkadot Giraffe Tip Junkie My uncommon slice of suburbia Tasty Tuesdays

Wednesday- Chef in training JAQS Studio My Girlish Whims Ginger Snap Crafts DIY by Design Lady Behind the Curtain Life with the crusts cut off Someday Crafts Ivy and Elephants
Seven Thirty Three

Thursday- Think Tank Thursdays A creative Princess Marigold's Loft All things with purpose  Sweet Haute Lamberts Lately Rhinestone Beagle A glimpse Inside Glued to my Crafts Aftsy Fartsy Mama 5 little Chefs Living well, spending less Krafty Cards

Friday- Truly Lovely My Romantic Home Home Maid Simple Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Simply Sweet Home Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons The Grant Life Diana Rambles What-about.co The best blog recipes  my turn for us Peek-a-boo pattern shop craftdictator justusfourblog crafts a la mode nancherrow Make it Pretty Monday

Saturday-Mandatory Mooch Funky Junk Interiors  A Sorta Fairytale Cheerios and Lattes  Pierced Pastimes


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
3 oz of cream cheese
1 diced jalapeno
1/2 lb of bacon
 In a bowl mix shredded cheese, cream cheese and diced jalapeno.

Spread cheesy jalapeno mixture on each chicken breast. Fold up edges and hold with toothpicks.
Wrap bacon around chicken and over toothpicks. Poke the toothpicks through the bacon.
 Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and is 165 degrees.
 Remove toothpicks and Enjoy!





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