Two Reasons Handwritten Thank You Notes are Important
Writing thank you notes is not as common today as it has been in the past. More often I receive a text with the letters ‘TY’ to express appreciation or quickly typed emails. Rarely do I see handwritten thank you notes. When someone takes the time to choose out a card and write a thank you note they are personal. More time, thought and effort is put into handwritten notes.
Two reasons a thank you note should be written.
What's the big deal with writing thank you notes? Before w...
Strawberry Rocky Road
Strawberry Rocky Road is one of my favorite desserts as a kid...ok, I still really like it! I remember my mom making angel food cake from scratch so many times. Baking it in the oven and then flipping it over on top of an empty glass soda bottle that was kept under the kitchen sink for this purpose only-according to my recollection. When it was cooled for some reason mom always carefully broke off the more browned crunchy parts and passed those out to eat before dessert time. Those crunchy ...
Potty Training Party
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Potty training is a BIG event. As a parent I look forward to this day just as much as my kids look forward to their birthdays. Why not celebrate it just as much?! I have potty trained 4 kids so far. My son is my last one and I am SO excited. I decided that this time around we are going to have a big potty training party. We are going to celebrate with ...
Honey Mustard Chicken Wrap
Honey Mustard Chicken Wrap is a fast and easy recipe when you are using leftover Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken. This is great for lunch, dinner or on the go! It is packed with a variety of vegetables to give texture to each bite. Use the extra marinade to drizzle on top before wrapping.
Honey Mustard Chicken Wrap
When I make Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken I like to add an extra piece or two of chicken above what I think we will need for the meal. The leftovers are sliced or shredded to use ...
Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken
Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken has been a great recipe for my Little Chefs to help make. This is a perfect BBQ recipe for your family or for entertaining. We always get recipe requests from this one!
The ingredients are simple and probably already in your pantry and refrigerator. All you do is blend everything together then throw it in a zip top bag with your raw chicken. Let it marinade overnight and it is ready to grill. I like to reserve some of the sauce the night before in a small ...
Tater Tot Casserole
When you are feeding a lot of kids this Tater Tot Casserole is the perfect easy recipe. Kids love tater tots. If they haven't had them before just say they resemble french fries and they will love them. Keep a bag of tater tots in your freezer and you will be able to make this any time because chances are you have the rest of the ingredients already in your pantry or refrigerator because they are common ingredients.
This is a mild tasting casserole. My kids loved it, especially when ...
Mint Oreo Milkshake
This Mint Oreo Milkshake is a perfect no bake dessert. It is so easy the kids can make it themselves - only 3 ingredients!
Milkshakes remind me of summer! Our weather here can't decide if it is winter or spring. In fact, we had snow this past weekend! Just a little but I saw it coming down! Regardless of the weather we decided after soccer and volleyball games that we were going to make a classic milkshake. Mint chocolate chip with oreo. My kids have never experienced these delicious ...
Strawberry Lemonade Muffins
I love strawberry season! Do you love it as much as I do? I can find one pound of strawberries for 1.25! This is the time to make Strawberry Lemonade Muffins or Balsamic Strawberry Napoleons, Strawberry Rocky Road, Chocolate Filled Strawberries, Cream Filled Strawberries, Strawberry Rosemary Scones or many other delicious strawberry recipes. Now is also a great time to freeze strawberries for a refreshing Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie.
This delicious strawberry lemonade muffin recipe is ...
Eggplant Tomato Stack
Today's Eggplant Tomato Stack recipe is fun to make at harvest time if you have a garden. If not, this is great whenever your find the ingredients in the store. We are still working on our gardening skills. We get a lot of green tomatoes but they have a hard time turning to red. This recipe can be used with the traditional beef steak or roma tomatoes but heirloom tomatoes work well and even cherry tomatoes can be used.
The eggplant and the tomatoes are cut into 1/2 inch thick slices. As you ...
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
Chocolate and peanut butter is a combination LOVED in my house. These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars are no different. I love bar recipes more then cookies because there is only one baking time. I do not need to babysit the oven after all the mixing is done. In this recipe the base layer and the top layer is the same filled with quick oats and a few other ingredients. Sandwiched in between is sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, vanilla chips, chocolate chips and sliced almonds. ...
Cherry Pineapple Punch
Cherry Pineapple Punch is a great party punch for all ages! This easy recipe has a couple of unexpected but well known ingredients. First you start with boiling water. Dissolve some sugar and amazingly a box of cherry jello. Put this mixture into the fridge to cool. Just before the party starts add juice, soda and almond extract. I wasn't sure of the extract so I tasted it before and after. I can't believe the difference it makes. Try it yourself and tell me which way you prefer.
Easy Chicken Burritos
Easy Chicken Burritos has become a favorite go to recipe. Sports season has begun and we are running after school every night to at least 2 activities. Dinner has to be easy and fast! This is a super easy burrito recipe because it uses a frozen blend of corn and black beans as well as shredded rotisserie chicken. If you are teaching your kids to cook this is a great recipe to let them try. My easy chicken burrito recipe is a dump recipe. Everything is dumped into a skillet at different interv...
Roasted Mixed Vegetables with Basil
I made these Roasted Mixed Vegetables with Basil last night and they were a HUGE hit! I was shopping at a store where I get fruits and vegetables when I saw baby eggplant 5/$1. I had never seen eggplant in baby form and I thought it was a good deal so I bought some. A lady there who was also buying the baby eggplant said she loved it roasted.
My family loved the Sun Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan, Roasted Balsamic Vegetables, Roasted Brussels Sprouts also here on Five ...
April Fool’s Day Food
April Fools Day is so much fun! My kids LOVE to plan pranks FAR in advance. They expect jokes to be played on them as well. I love using food to have some fun on April 1st. I have gathered a collection of April Fool's Day Food pranks you can enjoy at the expense of your family.
Ice cream cones with vanilla ice cream from My Recipes - These cones are actually stuffed with mashed potatoes with scallions. You might want to finely dice the scallions so they don't give it away.
Pizza Pasta Skillet
One Pot Pizza Pasta Skillet is a recipe that can be made in 30 minutes. This is one of those easy recipes for busy families. Go ahead and add more cheese if you love it extra cheesy!
Whenever I run errands I go in and out with kids in tow as fast as I can. If you have kids you know what I mean and why I do it. Recently I was able to go shopping without kids. I saw so many new things! Down the pasta aisle I found some really neat pasta, Barilla Pronto. The claim on the box is "One Pan. ...
Chocolate Coconut Pecan Brownie
Easy Chocolate Pecan Brownie recipe is made from a boxed mix. But wait, it is then taken to a new level by the addition of mini chocolate chips, coconut and pecans. This is a fast way to make a good brownie.
Just a few tips:
Go ahead and use your favorite boxed brownie mix.
Line your pan with foil and spray with non stick spray. When it is cooled lift it out holding onto the foil. It is so much easier to cut outside of the pan.
Always check for doneness starting at 5 minutes ...
General Conference Packet Updates
As you may know in October 2015 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sustained 3 new apostles to the Quarem of the Twelve Apostles. I previously created a get to know the LDS Apostles. Now that it is outdated I had some work to do. These new 3 apostles have been so hard to search for and find fun facts. If you know of any other fun facts that would be great for this activity please let me know.
Make sure you go back to the main Get To Know The LDS Apostles link. (for ease I ...
Eat Smart Bok Choy
This time of the year when the weather starts warming up I begin thinking about summer. One way to get ready for summer is to focus again on good nutrition. To celebrate National Nutrition month my family is consuming Eat Smart's Gourmet Vegetable seven unique salad kits. All look amazing and taste very different...I know because I have tried them! We have been experiencing some different tastes because of the superfoods included in these kits but we have discovered new is also good!
Sometimes you just need a super easy after school snack to surprise your kids with. These bunny noses are just that...super easy. All you need are a few supplies when you are doing your weekly grocery shopping and 5 minutes before the kids walk in the door.
Mini nilla wafers
Strawberry premade frosting
Black skinny string licorice
How to Make Bunny Noses
Using some scissors cut the licorice into about 1" pieces. You do not need a ruler just eyeball ...
Kraft Macaroni and Cheese with Veggie Mobile
I like to empower my kids. I like to teach them to become self-sufficient. One way I do this is through cooking. I love teaching my kids how to make a simple meal. My 12 year old knows how to make Kraft Macaroni and Cheese all by herself. My 7 year old had a desire to make it for everyone. Instead of being in the kitchen myself showing her the way I thought I could empower my 12 year old to teach her sister. The best way to solidify your knowledge of something is to teach it to someone ...
12 St. Patrick’s Day Food and Drink Recipes
St. Patrick's Day is a FUN holiday! Rainbows, leprechauns and the color green everywhere is what this day is all about. I've compiled 12 great food and drink recipes to help you celebrate this year.
St. Patrick's Day Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels by Five Little Chefs
St. Patrick's Day Pretzels by Momcrieff
McDonald's Copycat Shamrock Shake by Kid Friendly Things To Do
Mini Grasshopper Pies by Thristy DIY Diva
Shamrock Oreo Truffles by Bam's Kitchen
Mint Cream Ice Box ...
St. Patrick’s Day Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels
Do you love celebrating fun holidays like St. Patrick's Day with food?! This Cinnamon Sugar SOFT PRETZELS recipe is amazing!
These pretzels smell and taste just like the mall pretzels.
Every now and then we invite a bunch of kids over for a late night. They ALWAYS want something to eat. Instead of having food available for them we make it fun and let them create their own pretzels. Not only is it a fun activity but kids love it because they can make their own and then eat it ...
Lime Sugar Cookies
Crispy Lime Sugar Cookies are sweet and refreshing. This recipe is a perfect treat for families or parties such as St. Patrick's Day. We tinted these cookies green to make it fun for the holiday. Do you serve green food or even rainbow food like this fruit parfait for your St. Patrick's Day meal? My Little Chefs find it really fun especially after doing our St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt.
This sugar cookie recipe is just for the Dad in our house. He loves lime and he loves crispy, crunchy ...
Toasted Sesame Balsamic Asparagus
Asparagus is one of those last minute side dishes that I love because they are easy recipes. Usually you trim the ends splash a little oil and a few extras on top and bake for 6 minutes. That is about how long it takes for all my little chefs to wash their hands and get to the table. By the time they are sitting down the asparagus is ready to enjoy hot. This Toasted Sesame Balsamic Asparagus is just that. Roasting results in crisp, tender stalks with a nutty, earthy flavor.
Toasted Sesame ...