year : 2015 133 results

How to Ripen Green Tomatoes

If you have a garden like mine it is slowing down and I’m slowly cleaning up my garden for the year. I have many tomatoes still on the vine that are green. What do I do with those? Throw them away with the plant, eat green tomatoes or ripen them? Did you know you can ripen green tomatoes? Supplies Needed: Green Tomatoes Wide, shallow thick cardboard box How To Ripen Green Tomatoes Remove the green tomatoes from the vines before the frost. Wash under running water and ...

Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan

Some good friends of ours first introduced us to grilled asparagus a few years ago. It was strange and new and my kids didn't know what to expect, but they/we all loved it. Since then we have discovered we especially love the thin tender asparagus spears. Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan is an easy recipe that can be made just before serving. The baking temperature is not a misprint. Crank that oven up and roast them at 550 degrees F. The spears come out pipping hot. Using a microplane ...

Raspberry Sweet Rolls

Sweet rolls is a special treat in our home. The prep time is a little long (most of it is rising time) so I don't make them very often. Honestly I would love to make them all the time because they are that good, but then I would eat them and that isn't great. Christmas day is one of those special times where cinnamon rolls are a must. They are requested by my girls each year. Because of our abundance of raspberries this year I have been making a lot of easy recipes with raspberries; ...

Creamy Chicken with Vegetables

When soccer and volleyball season are in full swing we are going every night. My girls get home from school and have a 30 minute break, then it is off to the races. We are bouncing from one place to another usually doing homework in the car. When we do come home it is either for a short window or it is late and everyone is grumpy because they are hungry and tired. These are the nights when I need a super quick easy recipe. This Creamy Chicken with Vegetables can be put together so quickly I ...

Mini Sausage Frittata

I'm happy to be working with Johnsonville to bring you this Mini Sausage Frittata recipe. This breakfast recipe takes a little longer to cook because I like my hash browns crispy. Most of your time is waiting for the fritatas to bake which makes the preparation simple which means this an easy recipe. All of my kids LOVED this recipe. After just a couple bites they told me we needed to make this again. This was a home run! They especialy loved the sausage in the middle! I have found ...

Raspberry Cream Cheese French Toast

We are having raspberry everything in my house right now and I love it! I have been picking about 2 cups from my raspberry bushes each day. We have more on the vines but those end up in my kids mouths before we make it to the kitchen! Our Homemade Raspberry Syrup as well as this Raspberry Cream Cheese French Toast are easy recipes. This is an overnight french toast recipe or if you love breakfast for dinner just prepare this early in the morning. Before you start making this Raspberry ...

Chocolate Turtle Cake

Sometimes I need an easy recipe that is also quick to make. This Chocolate Turtle Cake is one of those recipes. I always seem to have a cake mix in my pantry as well as a variety of chips and nuts. Add a can of evaporated milk and stick of butter and you have everything you need. This recipe uses my favorite cake mix, german chocolate!  Mix the melted butter with the cake mix and evaporated milk. Put half of the cake mixture into your pan and cook for 10 minutes. Pull it out of ...

Homemade Raspberry Syrup

Raspberries hold a special place in my heart. When I was little the raspberries grew on the side of our house. I would jump over the side of the front porch to pick. Each time I went out I would come back with a huge bowl! When my kids go to Grandma and Grandpa's house they like to have their snack outside in the garden. The main thing they eat are raspberries - which Grandma calls "candy" because they are so sweet. This year at my house we have an abundance of raspberries. I have been freezing ...

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

I love nights when I can dump and go. This Chicken Broccoli Casserole is one of those easy recipes. The hardest part is cooking and dicing the chicken. To make it even faster use left over chicken or thanksgiving turkey, canned chicken or even rotisserie chicken. The recipe calls for frozen broccoli because it is ready to go, no need to thaw. In fact the extra water makes the sauce a little more soupy which is the way we like it. You are welcome to use fresh broccoli, just make sure to cut ...

Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

When we have a busy night with so many things going on dinner is always an easy recipe which usually means something from the slow cooker such as this Chicken Taco Soup. I love spending just a few minutes in the morning and then reaping the reward hours later when the chaos is in full swing. I always feel like a good mom when I can feed my family left at home while I am in the car driving other kids. This chicken taco soup is full of flavor. My favorite part of this recipe is the mexican ...

Breakfast Quesadilla

My kids love helping me in the kitchen. My 2 year old is my biggest help right now--sometimes a little too helpful if you know what I mean! My kids love creating recipes. Working with Johnsville Sausage we have created an easy Sausage and Egg Breakfast Quesadilla that kids can make because my kids will eat anything wrapped in a tortilla. The hardest part of this recipe is the sausage. But fear not! I want to tell you about Johnsonville Fully Cooked Sausage. All the hard work is done. No ...

Halloween Decor: BOO Sign

I love halloween decorating ideas. It is that time of the year to start thinking about how we are going to decorate our house as well as what we are going to wear. Most of the time this means we have a lot of creating to do. Sometimes easy crafts can be easy but time consuming. Today's BOO Sign is an easy craft that can be finished extremely quickly.  The hardest part is to cut the wood board to the correct size. I love putting halloween signs on the porch and all around the house. I found ...

Animal Jokes for Kids

We have been busy this week but we didn't accomplish a whole lot. Seems like some weeks are like that. Some of my kids go back to school next week so they want as much play time and relaxation as possible. This week I have animal jokes for your kids. I hope they like them as much as we do. Here is the complete list of printable jokes for kids. Printable Animal Jokes #1  While you are here, check out a few other posts you might have missed. Taco Skillet Dinner - Easy one dish meal. ...

Tombstone Halloween Party Favors

Can you believe my kids are already planing their Halloween costumes? It seems early to me, but at the same time I'd rather have more time to figure out how to create their costumes. I have one child with an October birthday. One year she had an amazing costume party with tons of easy crafts, decorations and scary food. The kids loved it! My kids still talk about that fun party. Today, Little Chef D had a fun time helping me create these Tombstone Halloween party favors. This is an easy ...

Taco Skillet Dinner

Our busy season has already started! We have soccer, piano, volleyball and gymnastics at night during the week making it hard for dinner. Only some of us are home for dinner or we are eating in the car on the way or between places. For the next 8 weeks dinner time at my house is crazy and hard. Crock pot meals make easy recipes as well as one dish meals. One of our favorite one dish meals is this Taco Skillet Dinner.  This taco skillet dinner is so versatile. It can be eaten on a bed of ...

Play Money Coins

My kids love to play store, restaurant, tea party and all that jazz! Not only do they love the play food but they love the play money. They even use the pretend credit cards that come in the mail. The play money coins that you can sometimes find are great. The dollar bills, not so great. I always find the paper money crumpled up or ripped. When I try to throw it away but I can't because my kids NEED money. I was tired of the paper money so I convinced them to only use coins. However, ...

Bug Jokes – Lunch Box Jokes

We have had a fun couple of weeks with my kids being off track. We have decluttered many rooms in our house and it feels good. Today for our lunch box jokes I'm sharing Bug Jokes. Printable Bug Jokes #1  While you are here, check out a few other posts you might have missed. Easy Peach Pie - Prepped and in the oven within 15 minutes with fresh peaches and a premade pie crust. Budget Friendly Diapers - See what I thought about these diapers for the first time. Don't forget to ...

Save on Kidgets Diapers at Family Dollar

I have tried many different diapers with my 5 kids. When I was offered a chance to work on a sponsored campaign on behalf of Family Dollar, I was excited to try Kidgets Diapers. This is one diaper that amazingly I have not previously tried. Parents with young children spend an enormous amount of money on diapers. These are a necessity so we endure the cost, however it never stopped me from finding better deals. Anything to save a little here and there is a good thing. Kidgets diapers ...

Easy Peach Pie

It is peach season! One of my trees is producing large beautiful peaches that are ready to be picked. My girls helped me pick a few and wanted to make an easy recipe. We decided to make Easy Peach Pie. This recipe can be prepped and in the oven within 15 minutes! The peaches can easily be prepared by using a trick I'll share, the butter/flour/sugar mixture is combined in a food processor and the crust is premade. Put it all together and it is ready to cook. The cooking and cooling time is ...

School Lunch Box Jokes #2

This week my kids went "off track" from school. But, a lot of people I know have started school this week. These back to school lunch box jokes are just the way to make new friends and become reacquainted with old friends. School Lunch Box Jokes #2  While you are here, check out a few other posts you might have missed. Chalk Couture - Elegant framed chalkboards, chalk paste and stencils. Candy and Ice Experiment - A creative way to teach your children about recognizing service ...

Candy and Ice Experiment

One thing I want to instill upon my children is that there are many people in this world besides them. When we only think about ourselves we are not aware of the ways we can help others. I seem to be teaching this to my kids over and over again. It does become redundant unless I find a new analogy to use to make it seem like a new and exciting concept. I recently ran across a snippet of the candy and experiment. I took the idea and ran with it. Candy and Ice Experiment Supplies ...

Chalk Couture

Good old fashioned chalk boards are back. Perhaps not in schools, but in homes, stores and at parties! Chalkboards allow your creativity to take over. You don't need to be super creative or perfect the first time because if you don't like it, just erase and start all over again. Let me introduce you to Tara Roark and her company Chalk Couture. She has elevated the plain old chalkboard to new heights. Here are 3 reasons I love Chalk Couture. The chalk boards are magnet boards. I find ...

Food Lunch Box Jokes #1

Before I get to this weeks lunch box jokes I first wanted to share some things we have been up to lately. Thanks for RISING to the Task We learned about the sun and earth with this Shadow Chalk Experiment. Grow Your Own Stalagtites and Stalagmites Here is the next installment of Jokes for Kids. This week we are sharing Food Lunch Box Jokes. These jokes are all about food in one way or another. Remember, don't forget to print the Food Lunch Box Jokes and then cut them out for ...

Grow Your Own Stalactites and Stalagmites

We recently went on vacation to Carlsbad Canyons in New Mexico. My kids loved seeing so many stalactites and stalagmites. Through the Junior Ranger Program they learned the difference between the two. Stalactites hold tight to the ceiling while stalagmites might reach the ceiling. This science experiment is fun to watch each day as the crystals grow a little more and a little more. Grow Your Own Stalactites and Stalagmites Supplies Needed:  2 glass jars spoon shallow dish or ...