Archives for October 2016

October 31, 2016

Lime Cilantro Rice

 Lime Cilantro Rice: is the perfect accent to any Mexican meal.

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I feel like most Mexican food has a stand out flavor. I hate trying too hard to create sides that go with such a strong tasting main course. Hence the reason I created this lime cilantro rice. I don’t typically mix foods when I eat, but with Mexican food, I am always mixing. [Read more…]

October 30, 2016

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas: are simple to make and rolled in honey, lime and chili verde. 

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I love making dinner, especially when I can create a theme dinner! Who doesn’t like Mexican food? My family goes wild for these honey lime chicken enchiladas, and who can blame them? Anytime a recipe calls for shredded chicken, I go straight to Costco and get a whole chicken, a $5 timesaver! I always shred it before refrigerating, if I’m not going to cook it right away. [Read more…]

October 28, 2016

Friday Faves | Halloween Adventures

Friday Faves | Halloween Adventures Pumpkin Patch, Gardner Village Witch Festival, Pre-school Halloween Parties, and Trunk or Treats.

Fall always seems to bring exciting outside adventures and this year was no exception. I love having fun things to do with my children and most of all love watching them experience new things.

Peterson’s Family Farm:

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Gardner Village Witch Festival:

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Pre-school Halloween Party:

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Trunk or Treat:

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Favorite Pinterest Finds:

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’ve started collecting helpful recipes and ideas to lighten the load. First is a portion guide, probably the hardest part of cooking for a crowd is planning enough food. This lays it all out!

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http://www.simplemost.com/the-best-thanksgiving-serving-size-cheat-sheet/?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=organic#_a5y_p=4641831

 


Keeping healthy through the holidays is a priority for most! Check out these healthy holiday recipes.

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https://poshinprogress.com/2015/11/11/10-healthy-thanksgiving-sides/


 Who doesn’t look for a fun new pie every year? This is one I have to try!

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http://www.iheartnaptime.net/snicker-caramel-apple-pie/

October 27, 2016

Interactive Dinners

Interactive Dinners: Some of my favorite dinnertime memories are those where I was able to help create part of the meal. This week’s menu: calzones, Sarah salad and sugar cookie bars. They are sure to create memories for your home.

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Some of my favorite dinnertime memories are those where I was able to help create part of the meal. Making dinner together as a family is such a fun, bonding experience. I love including my children in the creating process and allowing them to take ownership on the meals we create.

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Build your own calzones are a fabulous meal to bring your family together and create tabletop memories. I love that everyone can personalize their meal and spend time bonding as they wait for them to cook.

Sugar cookie bars are another favorite. My kids love choosing the frosting color, spreading the frosting and adding sprinkles to the cookie. I love that we can spend time together and not have such a big mess. We always love sharing our cookies too, so package them up and take them to friends and family.

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Menu:

Build Your Own Calzones

Sarah Salad

Super Simple Sugar Cookie Bars

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October 26, 2016

Super Simple Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars are the easiest way to prepare your favorite cookie and always feeds a crowd.

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I love sugar cookies! I love to decorate and bake them and let my kids get creative. Most times, however I do not have all day to mixup, roll out and decorate our favorite sugar cookies. Time and cleanliness are both major factors in our non baking days. My life changed when I found this recipe of sugar cookies in a pan.

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Sugar Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  • Bar
  • 1 c butter, softened
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t almond extract
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2 3/4 c flour
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 2 t vanilla
  • splash of milk
  • food coloring (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bars:
  2. Combine butter, cream cheese, and sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in egg, almond extract and vanilla.
  4. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated.
  5. With a floured knife, spread into greased and floured 12x17 sheet.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  7. Cool and frost.
  8. Frosting:
  9. Blend butter and cream cheese well.
  10. Gradually add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  11. Add vanilla and a splash of milk to reach spreadable consistency.
  12. Stir in food coloring, if desired.
  13. Frost and decorate with sprinkles.
  14. Cut and serve.
  15. Recipe: Keeping up Cookbook
http://www.ateaspoonofhome.com/sugar-cookie-bars/

It literally takes 30 minutes to mix and bake and you have an entire 12×17 pan full of cookies. After they cool you frost them like brownies and can decorate them with sprinkles. You can bake these for any holiday because you can easily change the frosting color and add some fun sprinkles.

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My kids still help me select the frosting color a pour the sprinkles. I have even doubled the recipe and bake it in a cookie sheet! It works perfect and feeds a crowd.

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