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May 1st, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and the United States, in remembrance of Mexico’s victory over the French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. The holiday is rich in Mexican heritage that everyone can appreciate, including delicious traditional dishes! Whether you’re looking for something authentic and true to the culture, or you want something more Americanized, check out these great dishes to try for Cinco de Mayo!

Pork or Beef Tamales

Chalupas Poblanas

Chicken in Mole – Puebla Style

Chiles en Nogada

Enchiladas Verdes

Enchiladas Suizas

Spicy Chicken Empanadas

Carne Asada Tacos

Churros

Tres Leches 

 

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April 11th, 2014 at 8:38 am

Planning an Easter Brunch

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One of my favorite things about Easter is the meal. It’s the one time a year where we eat my favorite meal, breakfast, with lunch as well! There are so many different things you can do with brunch. Here are some things to consider when planning your meal.

Buffet or Served Plate?
Personally, I like to offer my brunches as a buffet. This way, everyone can choose what the foods they like best, and they can control how much they take of each. Seconds are much easier to handle as well.

Planning Your Dishes
When choosing food types, you want to consider the time it will take to make them…simpler recipes will allow you to enjoy your party more. Some things that are easy to make ahead of time are breakfast casseroles, pancakes, quiches, scrambled eggs, waffles, french toast, and fruit and vegetable platters. Also think about things like taco bars or waffle bars, where your guests or family can personalize them and put them together. I also like to include a deli meat selection, pulled pork, or shredded chicken or beef for build-your-own sandwiches. Ham, lamb, and chicken are typical Easter meats, so you can offer one of these as well…especially if brunch is the main meal you’re planning for the day. Here are some categories you can incorporate into your brunch:

  • Egg dish
  • Pancakes, French Toast, Waffles, Crepes
  • Meat Dish
  • Potato Dish
  • Bread Dish (Easter bread with dyed hard boiled eggs is a nice idea!)
  • Light Pasta Dish
  • Salad or Fruit
  • Dessert

Drinks to Serve
Have fun with the drinks – think about coffee, juices, water, and milk. You can also make fun punches or alcoholic drinks like mimosas, bellinis, and sangrias for the adults.

Brunches can be lots of fun, but portions are difficult to control, so make sure you have enough food on hand. My guests always get excited when they hear i’ll be serving brunch – the BEST of breakfast and lunch!!

 

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April 3rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Easter Treats

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Easter is only a few weeks away and it’s never too early to plan your holiday meals. Instead of saving the best for last, we like to start with it…DESSERT! Cakes, candy, cookies, and more, there are so many choices! You can go traditional or get creative. Do you have a special family recipe for an Easter dessert? Share your delicious creations on our Facebook page!

 

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March 17th, 2014 at 6:44 am

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Who’s There?
Irish!
Irish Who!
Irish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Has the leprechaun been tricky and visited your home yet today? Our leprechaun does some tricky things like turning our milk green! He’s a sneaky little fellow! He can show up any time so if he hasn’t appeared yet, be aware!

In our house we will be eating lots of green foods today! Think kale, sugar snap peas, green M&M’s, spinach, and more! We also like to make some foods green that aren’t usually green. Ever have green pancakes or green floats?  Check out this rainbow treat with gold at the bottom of it. An adorable treat for the kids or a great item to send to friends! I also think this rainbow of fruit may have to make its way to our dinner table.

As my boys get older, it might be more fun to do a treasure hunt for the leprechauns gold. Check out some of these great ideas:

Lucky the Leprechaun Treasure Hunt

St. Patricks Day Limerick Scavenger Hunt

St. Patricks Day Hunt for the Gold

Remember to leave a little treat from the Leprechaun like a lucky penny, some chocolate gold coins or a box of Lucky Charms cereal.

Here’s a few more sprinkles of laughter to bring fun to St. Patricks Day.

What is Irish and left out on the lawn all summer?
Paddy O’Furniture

What happens when a leprechaun falls into a river?
He gets wet!

Why do frogs like St. Patrick’s Day?
Because they’re already wearing green!

Why can’t you iron a four-leaf clover?
Because you shouldn’t press you luck!

I’ll send you off with an irish blessing:

Here’s to me, and here’s to you. And here’s to love and laughter.
I’ll be true as long as you. And not one moment after.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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March 13th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

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You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s an excuse to have some fun with the kids…make some treats, do some crafts, maybe watch a parade. Dress up in your best green gear and check out this list of St. Patrick’s Day fun!

Outfits:

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Treats

Leprechaun Cupcakes

Lucky Charms Cookies

Leprechaun Hat S’mores

Mint Chocolate Pretzels

Green Ombre Rice Krispy Treats 

Pot ‘O Gold Rainbow Fruit Platter 

 

Activities/Crafts

St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt

Leprechaun Visit – Footprints

Hanging Rainbow Pot ‘O Gold Craft

Fingerprint Rainbow Pot ‘O Gold Craft

Paper Plate Leprechaun Craft 

Handprint 4-Leaf Clover Craft

 

Printables

Coloring Sheets

Gift Tags

Printables

Quote Printables

 

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March 10th, 2014 at 5:00 am

Breakfast for Dinner – A Waffle Bar

plainwaffleMy kids could eat breakfast for every meal of the day, so a couple of times a month we have breakfast for dinner! It definitely is right up there with taco night at our house. We rotate french toast, pancakes and everyone’s favorite – waffles. Our waffle maker is one of our most used appliances because of this. Here is our family’s easy recipe, but sometimes we just buy an easy box mix to use.

Waffles

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

4 teaspoons baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

1/3 cup melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

In a bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. In another bowl, beat the eggs. Add milk, butter and vanilla to the egg mixture. Pour this mixture into the flour mixture and beat until blended.

Once waffle iron is preheated, ladle in batter. Cook the waffles until golden and crispy. Serve immediately or place on cookie sheet in warm oven.

Once cooled, place in freezer bags and keep in freezer up to 3 months. Place in toaster to reheat.

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Using these waffles you can create a waffle bar using any of the following favorite toppings:

Fruits
Raspberries
Blueberries
Strawberries
Blackberries
Cherries
Bananas
Pineapple

Syrups and other Sauces
Maple Syrup
Flavored Syrup
Butter
Warm Honey
Salted Caramel sauce
Apple Butter
Peanut Butter
Nutella
Strawberry Jam

The Final Touch
Powdered Sugar
Whipped Cream
Yogurt

A Sprinkle on Top
Granola
Nuts
Bacon

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You can use whatever combinations interest you. Try to mix the healthy choices in with the fun ones. Feel free to get creative. Or make waffles your dessert with these great ideas:

S’mores – Waffle with nutella spread, marshmallow fluff and a little sprinkle of crushed graham crackers
Banana Split –Waffles with a scoop of ice cream, bananas, pineapple chunks, strawberries and some chocolate sauce with a dollop of whipped cream and a cherry!
Apple Lovers –Waffle covered with apple crisp and a dollop of whipped cream and a little bit of caramel sauce.
Stuffed Waffle – Use flavored cream cheese in between two waffles with fruit for a “stuffed” variety.

We also use our waffle iron to make other things from paninis to eggs. One of our other favorite things is to put refrigerated cinnamon rolls in the waffle iron to cook and spread on the yummy frosting when it is done. We have also used it to make hash browns by putting frozen hash brown scoops in.

I think I might need to make some waffles now.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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March 6th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

The Paleo Diet

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The “Paleo” (paleolithic) diet has risen in popularity over the past few years. According to ThePaleoDiet.com, it involves eating only foods that our ancestors from the Paleolithic era ate, which includes meats (poultry, beef, lamb, pork, etc.) fish and other seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and natural oils such as olive, coconut, avocado, etc. Things like dairy, cereal grains, refined sugars, legumes, and any type of processed food are not included, as the hunter-gatherers of that age did not have the tools and knowledge to cultivate or create them (although some variations of the diet do include eggs and beans). Overall it’s a type of low-carb diet. Advocates of the paleo diet believe it aids in preventing certain diseases and ailments, including acne, obesity, some types of heart disease, diabetes and others. If you’re interested in trying this diet, you should consult your doctor first. The are skeptics who don’t find this diet to be as effective as others in terms of balanced diet and weight loss, so it’s important to do your own research and determine if it’s something that’s right for you. Here are some great Paleo resources for information, recipes and more.

Have you tried the Paleo diet? Share your experiences here and on our Facebook page!

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February 28th, 2014 at 5:00 am

Quick Tips to Lose the Mommy Weight

photoAre you dealing with losing that last 10-15 lbs that you gained while you were pregnant? Here are some tips your can use to help lose the mommy weight.

Portion Size – Think about the actual portions of food you are eating. Make sure the plate you are filling has the correct proportions according to the food pyramid plate. Also, while you are filling that plate be sure to look at the size of the plate you are using. A regular dinner plate is a lot bigger than what you should be using. I like to use a salad plate because it looks like it is overflowing when I fill it up.

Snacks – One of my biggest downfalls is snacking throughout the day. Part of the downfall is the portion of the snack I am eating. Do you ever eat your child’s snacks and end up eating a lot more than you should? Think about pre-bagging your snack selections. Always have a snack in your purse or diaper bag to grab on the go when you are hungry.

Breakfast – You’ve heard that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. This is so true! It starts your day off right and sets your hunger for the rest of the day.

Water – Drinking water will help curb your appetite. While you are eating be sure to sip some water between your bites. This will help you feel fuller faster!

Exercise –  Exercise isn’t easy when you are a mom, especially a new one.  Try to get some exercise in while you are going about your day. Check out this Pinterest board for ways to exercise with baby.

Planning – If you schedule your meals, snacks and exercise then you have less decisions that are made with your stomach instead of your head. Also, try to eat at the table when you are hungry. Distracted eating makes you eat more than you planned on or need to!

Hope these tips help you to lose that last chunk of baby weight! What are some of your tried and true ways to shed the pounds?

 

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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February 27th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Cake Pops!

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Cake pops have exploded onto the foodie scene as the dessert du jour. They’re delicious, bite-sized portions that are easy to eat. Because of this, they make great gifts or party favors for any occasion. For us, the fact that kids can eat them with minimal mess and not go into sugar overload means they’ve risen to the #1 dessert spot! There are so many recipes on the Internet, ranging from “simple for beginners” to “holy cow, that’s a delectible work of art!” You can match them to holidays, party themes, or favorite characters. Take a look at these awesome cake pop recipes.

 

Red Velvet Cake Pops

Funfetti Cake Pops

Lego Cake Pops

Hello Kitty Cake Pops

Mickey/Minnie Mouse Cake Pops

Sports Cake Pops

Princess Cake Pops

Monster Cake Pops

Sesame Street Cake Pops

Flower Cake Pops

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February 17th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Making Lunchtime at Home Easier

Kids-lunchSometimes I feel like the greatest challenge of each day is meals. My family would love for me to be a short order cook, but I refuse. Instead I have to make sure that each meal has elements that each kid will eat. Lunchtime is definitely not an exception to this.

I’ve written previously about ways to make the lunchbox fun, but how do you break up the monotony of the everyday lunch at home.

If I have good leftovers I like to take advantage of those first. Mix things up to reinvent the leftovers if the kids don’t want the same thing again. My mom always took leftover sloppy joes and added in noodles. Another way to reuse leftovers is to make a smorgasbord of all the different things in the fridge and choose a little of each.

Pizza is another of my favorite lunch options. Make your own dough and freeze it so it is ready to go, buy pre-made dough, or pre-made crusts. You can also make pizza with english muffins, french bread or bagels. Plus each child can make the pizza to their liking.

The same can be done with Quesadillas. These are made quickly and can contain so many different things!

Have you ever thought of offering a salad to your kids? A salad seems like something for older kids, but  young kids love to eat salads. Top them with some cut up chicken for protein and you have a well balanced meal.

Ever think of making breakfast for lunch? We make breakfast for dinner all the time but don’t always think about it for lunch. That’s the key to lunch… it doesn’t have to always be sandwiches. Anything you eat at other times of day can apply. Sometimes lunch is when my boys are truly the hungriest so I’m fine with it being their biggest meal of the day!

What are some of your favorite lunchtime options?

 Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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