Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Chicken Broccoli Ring

This was an old Pampered Chef recipe, but I can't seem to find a link to the recipe on their website.  My sister loves to make this recipe when she has friends over for dinner.  It has only 5 ingredients.
  • 1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup (I use the Campbell's Healthy Request) You can substitute with Cream of Chicken soup.
  • 2 Cups of cooked chicken
  • 2 Cups of Frozen chopped Broccoli (10oz package) - thawed
  • 2 Cups of Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 Packages of Crescent rolls
I cut this recipe in 1/2, so your dish may look different.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
First, Chop up cooked chicken.

In a bowl, mix the cream of mushroom soup, cheese, chopped chicken, and thawed broccoli.

On a baking sheet or stone, arrange the crescent rolls in a circle, overlapping the corners.

Next, scoop the chicken broccoli mixture onto the crescent ring.

Fold the tips of the crescents over the top of the mixture and tuck them under the crescent.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Use a pizza cutter to cut the chicken broccoli ring and enjoy!
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Monday, March 26, 2012

Make your own bath toy holder

I was tired of paying $10 and up for containers and nets to hold the bath toys.  I decided to make one.

First, I bought a $1 plastic basket at Dollar Tree.

Next, Using a  permanent marker, I marked dots on the bottom of the basket 1 1/2" apart.
This is what the bottom of the basket looked like, covered in dots.

Then I drilled holes in the bottom of the basket, using a 3/8" drill bit.

This is what the bottom of the basket looks like after the holes were drilled.

Next, I placed plastic bumpers on the bottom of the basket.  You can pick these up in the picture hanging section of the hardware store.  This will help the water drain away from the basket.

And fill it with your favorite bath toys.  It works 10 times better than the bath toy net that we were using and it costs a lot less.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Banana Bread

3 bananas
1/4 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
3Tablespoons of vegetable shortening (butter flavored Crisco)
2 Eggs
2 Cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour pans.  If you don't know how to do grease and flour a pan...It is really easy.  First, pick your grease...butter, margarine or Crisco.  I choose to use Crisco, since I was using it in the bread.  Next, take a paper towel with Crisco and spread it on the inside bottom and sides of the pan.

Next, sprinkle 1-2 Tablespoons of flour in the pan.

Turn pan on side to make flour fall to the side.  Tap on the side of the pan to spread the flour.  You want the pan to be lightly floured.  You don't want clumps of flour in the pan.

Continue to tap and turn the pan until the inside bottom and all 4 sides of the pan are floured.

Dump out excess flour and set pans to the side.

Mix together bananas, sugar, shortening, and eggs.

Sift flour.  In a separate bowl, mix together flour, soda, baking powder and salt.  Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the bananas, sugar, shortening and eggs.  Mix thoroughly.  Pour batter into 2 large pans or 4 small pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes for 2 large pans or 20-25 minutes for 4 small pans. 

Test doneness, by inserting a toothpick in center of bread. If the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done.  If the toothpick comes out with batter on it, continue to bake the bread for 5 more minutes.  Test bread again with a new toothpick.
When bread is done, allow it to cool for 15 minutes.  Run a knife between the bread and pan.  Turn pan over and allow bread to fall out of the pan onto cooling rack.

It tastes especially good while it is still warm with a little bit of butter spread on it.  Enjoy!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Rain Science Experiment - Preschool Science

A few weeks ago, Lillie and I tried this science experiment.  I found the idea on Pinterest and this site: http://msdsgarden.blogspot.com/search/label/Science%20Experiments
First, We cut a 2 liter bottle in half.
Next, we put about 1" of warm water in the bottom of the bottle and colored it blue with food coloring.
Last, we inverted the other half of the bottle (with the lid on) and put ice in it.

 Then waited for it to rain.  We watched the condensation accumulate and a few drops of water.
 I expected it to rain more, but Lillie enjoyed the experiment and it was really easy.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Magnetic Dry Erase Board

I love to organize by using lists.  But my lists and recipes were overwhelming my kitchen counter, so I bought a magnetic dry erase board and mounted it on the inside of my kitchen cabinet.  It cleaned up my counter top and it keeps me more organized.
On the board, I write out my meal planning, to do list and shopping list.  I use magnetic clips to post my grocery list and the recipes that I am making that week.
I used 3M Picture Hanging strips to hang the board on the inside of my cabinet door.  These strips are like a heavy duty velcro.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Cheese Dip

We got this yummy recipe from our great neighbors.

1 - 8oz package of cream cheese (I use the 1/3 less fat)
1/2 package of 8oz cream cheese (I use the 1/3 less fat)
1 glass jar of Kraft Old English cheese
1 teaspoon of onion juice (this is in the spices area)
3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
Your choice of crackers

Let cream cheese soften for a few minutes and mix the above ingredients together.  Serve on crackers and Enjoy!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Crock Pot - Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 lb of cooked chicken, shredded
1 - 15oz can of diced tomatoes
1 - 10 oz jar of enchilada sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 - 4oz can of chopped green chili peppers
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 cups of water
1 -14.5 oz can of chicken broth
1 tsp of cumin
1 tsp of chili powder
1/4 tsp of black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 - 10 oz package of frozen corn
1/2 can of drained and rinsed kidney beans

Tortilla strips:
1-2 flour tortillas
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

When ready to serve, sprinkle 1-2 Tablespoons of cheese on bowl of soup
1 package of shredded cheese - your choice

Add all of the soup ingredients, except cheese, to crock pot and cook for 6-8 hours on a low or 3-4 hours on high. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  

Lightly brush both sides of tortilla with oil.
Place on baking sheet and cut tortilla strips with pizza cutter. 

 Bake tortilla strips in oven until crisp, approximately 8-10 minutes.
When ready to serve, sprinkle 1-2 Tablespoons of cheese on bowl of soup. Top with Tortilla strips.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cutting Activity for Kids - Coupons

Cutting coupons is a great way to improve your preschooler's fine motor skills and help you out too.  I print out coupons or mark coupons with an "X" for Lillie to cut out.  It is great practice for her and helps to strengthen her hand muscles. It also saves me time from cutting out the coupons.

Cheesy Wild Rice Soup

1/2 pound of bacon
1 medium onion
2 cans of Broccoli cheese soup
3 cups of milk
1 box of Uncle Ben's Wild Rice (Original)

Fry bacon and place on plate with paper towel when done. Chop up onion and fry in bacon grease.  Prepare rice as directed on package. Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook on low to medium heat. Stirring frequently. Once heated thoroughly, serve and enjoy!

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