Dinner needed to be quick last night. We had errands to run and Sophia had practice. I grabbed a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store and improvised with ingredients I had at home. I could not believe how quickly I had dinner prepped and in the oven. It took me less than 10 minutes to make the stuffed pepper filling and the peppers cooked in the oven for about 30 minutes. This was the perfect week night meal. I made the kids a quick quesadilla because buffalo chicken is a little spicy for them, but perfect for a low carb dinner for us! I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!!!!
3 large Peppers ( I used Green Bell Peppers)
1 tablespoon cream cheese
2 tablespoon sour cream
1-2 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles
1 stalk celery chopped
few stalks of green onion chopped
1/4 cup buffalo sauce
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese ( plus some to sprinkle on top)
Preheat oven to 350. Pull apart chicken and break into small shreds, put into mixing bowl. Add all ingredients and mix well. Cut peppers in half so you have 6 pieces. Stuff peppers and finish with a sprinkle of cheese on top. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until brown. Enjoy! 🙂
Homemade stuffed bread was a staple in our home growing up. Whether it was for a holiday, a football game, or just a simple Sunday gathering, my mom always had her stuffed breads baking in the oven. She would start the homemade dough early in the day and let them rise on the counter. I remember the smells from the kitchen and how much I loved watching her and learning to make these breads. As I got older I learned to make them myself and of course found some easy “mom hacks” along the way to make these breads accessible for every day of the week. Today Sophia made these special breads with Nana. We did not have time to make the dough from scratch so we decided to do the next best thing and stop at our local pizza restaurant. We bought two fresh doughs and came home to make our bread fillings. We made a sausage and spinach bread and a pepperoni and cheese bread. Equally delicious and easy to make! Sophia made both of the breads today and was so proud to cook with her Nana! Check out the recipe below!
Italian sausage ( casing removed ) we used hot ( small package )
Spinach ( 1 container)
* to taste
Remove casing from sausage and cook on med – high heat breaking into small pieces until browned. Remove from pan. Cook spinach in left over oil. Add spices. Cook till wilted. Remove from heat and let cool. Roll out dough and all filling. Roll into jelly roll like form closing ends to hold filling in. Cut small slots on top. Gently put water on top of bread with hands. Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes
1/4 lb slicing pepperoni sliced thin
1 bag mozzarella
Roll out dough add pepperoni and mozzarella. Roll dough into jelly roll like form closing ends to secure filling. Cut slits in top and gently rub water on top of bread with hands. Bake 400 for 25-30 minutes
Sophia loves to practice her Pre- K / Kindergarten skills during nap time with mommy. Today we had so much fun doing this awesome spring worksheet from Education.com. They have so many amazing and fun age appropriate work sheets that are great for learning.
These pretzels from Stew Leonard’s are a family favorite! Today I decided to whip up a very quick and easy homemade cheese dip for the girls snack to go with their pretzels and they loved it! I thought I would share this simple, kid approved recipe here. I am all about making things fresh at home with no additives or food dye! Check out the recipe below!
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1/2 cup milk
Few handfuls of cheese ( I eye balled it )
I used a small pop over med/high heat. I melted the butter and added the flour. I cooked for about 1 minted until it was slightly golden brown. I added the milk stirring till it was smooth about 1-2 minutes. I let this thicken slightly. I added the cheese. I used shredded cheddar and Swiss because that’s what I had in my fridge drawer but you can use anything that melts. In just seconds the girls had a yummy afternoon treat food dye free!
Hope you enjoy this at home! This cheese sauce can be delish on so many things!!!
Do you believe in Magic?!? In our house we do! We love the excitement of holidays and the enchantment of magic! Today we spent the morning making our very own Leprechaun Traps! Legend says you put these out at night before bed and if you catch a leprechaun your 3 wishes will be granted!! It is such a fun activity to do with your children! My girls had a blast designing their own little houses and talking about their wishes! You can download your very own Leprechaun Trap and print it today! Be sure to make your wishes and leave it out tonight! A special thank you to PersonalCreations for this awesome activity!
I remember it like it was yesterday, that moment when I said, “My children will never do that!” Yes, that was the time when I was a young twenty-something watching a mother with her small children navigate her way through dinner at a restaurant. I was so young and naïve. I thought I had it all figured out. I thought that thing called motherhood would be so simple. You would have children and raise them to be exactly who you would mold them to be.
We love to celebrate Holidays in our house! We sing songs, make yummy treats, read stories, and decorate for the occasion. St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate because there is so much you can do with your imagination! I have partnered with personalcreations.com to bring you some awesome and fun ideas to get your party started. The kids and I love to set aside a day to celebrate and this week were are celebrating today. We are making yummy green food and treats all day long. To go with our lunch we are having the Leprechaun Bait which is really vegetables and dip. I bet if your kids are anything like mine, they are going to be so excited to eat these veggies because they are in party mode. For snack the girls are going to help me make a really fun and easy Leprechaun Treat Mix. I love to have my girls in the kitchen with me. If you follow us on Instagram I am sure you have seen my girls in the kitchen. Be sure to check out the video of us making this yummy snack mix! This afternoon we will also be making Leprechaun traps! These are fun and creative little houses that the girls will have a blast making with the templates you can download below. I love to do crafts with the girls and these are perfect to get their imagination going. These little traps are to help catch a Leprechaun in hopes for 3 wishes. You set them out the night before St. Patrick’s Day. It is a fun interactive craft that will get the whole family excited about the holiday! You can find the recipes and the template to download your very own leprechaun trap below!
Sophia will be in Kindergarten soon! I cannot believe I am even saying this out loud! I am not ready, but this little girl sure is. We went to the parent orientation last week and met with the staff to find out just what we needed to do to ensure our little girl will be ready in the fall. Sophia loves to learn, she always has, so we find that challenging her with new tasks keeps her mind moving. The principle suggested we start to introduce numbers and letters to get our children familiar with what will be expected of them next year. Sophia is great with writing her name, but addition and subtraction has yet to be introduced. We immediately went to Amazon to see what products were on the market. We came across Plugo Count by PlayShifu. We know Sophia is already a wiz kid when it comes to her I-pad and loves to have screen time, so a learning game that incorporates that seems like a match made in heaven. We decided to order this on Amazon prime and it was here the next day! When we opened the package it took just minutes to set up. Sophia and I set the game up while daddy downloaded the app. The entire set up process is so simple and quick, which is great for a four year old. We were counting with rocket ships in just minutes. I say this because out of all of the fun counting games on the app, this is the one Sophia is choosing to play over and over again. She has become slightly obsessed with it. The basic premise of the game is you set the iPad up on the pad to read the cute little figure which holds the number counting pieces.
The game then asks you to follow the instruction and find the numbers. You will either add ( 1+1) or subtract (4-2), you get the idea, it is fun and teaches the children basic math skills.
The game takes you through an exciting story line till you win the game. It is fun and interactive learning which keeps the children engaged and for me really happy to see my daughter having so much fun while learning. She asked to play a little longer this morning and for me that was A-Okay!
Be sure to check them out at their awesome website below and shop their Amazon link to start learning today!
One of the things I remember most about this time of the year is the shamrock shakes from MC Donald’s. I didn’t really eat there often, but my mom always took me to get one of these yummy green shakes for St. Patrick’s Day! Gosh I loved these! There was something so exciting about the green shake and whipped cream, it was just so delicious. As a grown up I still crave these yummy treats and want my daughter to experience them too. As you know we have eliminated food dye in our home when the New Year began so I needed to be creative and make these shakes at home. I bought all of the ingredients and decided to make a shake for my girls and an extra special one for Mama! Mom life is hard work, so we deserve a little treat at the end of the day. There is nothing wrong with a little boozy ice cream every now and then. So I made a little mommy and me shamrock shake and they were a hit! I am in love with the all natural food dyes from McCormick. We are able to still make fun treats at home and keep our diets in check. I also was able to give our shakes a minty flavor too! I hope you love these as much as we do !
Vanilla Ice Cream
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
blue & yellow all natural food color ( or you can use green)
sprinkles ( optional)
🙂 Baileys for the Mamas!!!!
Blend Ice cream, milk, coloring in blender. Add extract & food coloring. ( for the mamas this is where you can add the baileys too!!! ) Blend and pour into and adorable cup or mug! Top with whipped cream, sprinkles, cherry, anything you want! Enjoy!!!
Mamas… You will want to make these boozy shakes all of the time… with mint or no mint…. Yummmmmmmmmy!
St. Patrick’s Day is all about tradition. That yummy corned beef and cabbage dinner that tastes delicious but takes hours to make. I have decided to make a version of that meal that tastes amazing, is fun to eat, and can be made in 30 minutes, or even faster if you are pressed for time! This fun nacho treat is a great play on an old classic meal. I made homemade chips because I was dying to use my new mandoline slicer my mom bought me for Christmas, but I have a few time saving tricks up my sleeve to save you time too! If you are not the type to slice your own potatoes you can go to your local grocery store and pick up store made potato chips. We love the potato chips from our local Stew Leonard’s! You can also use french fries too! Instead of cabbage I made a quick homemade coleslaw! If you are pressed for time your deli counter will have awesome varieties of coleslaw to choose from. You can pick up a small container while you grab the shaved corned beef at the deli. These short cuts will help you decide if you will have this meal on the table in under 30 minutes ( from scratch ) or 15 minutes ( with short cuts)! Either way I can promise you this will be a favorite, especially with the hubby’s!
1-2 white potatoes washed and sliced thin
shredded corned beef
shredded swiss cheese
shredded cheddar cheese
*** Fry potatoes in a deep frying pan on stove in vegetable oil on med- high heat. Look for them to be golden brow. Let dry on paper towels and add salt when hot. While potatoes are frying slice and cook onions in oil. Slow cook then till golden brown in a 1 teaspoon of oil. Once golden brown add shredded corned beef. Cook till slightly crispy. Assemble potatoes on sheet pan add shredded cheese, meat & onions, more cheese and broil. Take out of oven and add coleslaw and scallions. I added chips on top for more crunch!
*** If you decide to buy chips skip the frying step and start with onions and corned beef. Assemble same way and broil. Top with store bought coleslaw and scallions!
** Coleslaw Recipe
1 bag coleslaw mix
2 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp sugar
2 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon mustard
1 teaspoon celery salt
Salt & Pepper
1/2 cup mayo
2 tablespoon onion powder
Mix all ingredients except coleslaw mixture together in a bowl till mixed well. Add coleslaw mix.