Thursday, October 29, 2009

Spaghetti & hotdogs = weird looking food for kids!

Have you ever tried this weird looking food??? No, what is wrong with you? Just kidding, I think it's kind of gross but my kids LOVE it! It's very easy and takes only a few minutes to make and the best part is they can do it all by themselves!! Take some spaghetti and shove it through some cut up hot dogs. Boil some water and throw them in! You can top it with a little melted butter and Parmesan cheese if you want.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Delicious flatbread taco's!!!

I don't know if any of you get the magazine Taste of Home but it usually has a few really good recipes in there that become family favorites for us. Well last night I tried a new one and all it took was one bite to seal the deal for all of us. It's called flatbread tacos with ranch sour cream and it was sent in by Jennifer Eggebraaten.

This is her recipe:

1 cup sour cream

2 tsp. ranch salad dressing mix

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef

1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1 can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 envelope taco seasoning

1 Tbsp. hot pepper sauce

1 tube(16.3 oz.) large refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

Optional toppings: shredded cheese, lettuce, sliced olives

In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, dressing mix and lemon juice; chill until serving.

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add beans, tomatoes, taco seasoning and pepper sauce; heat through.

Meanwhile, roll out biscuits into a 6 inch circle. In a small non-stick skillet over medium heat, cook each for 30-60 seconds on each side or until golden brown; keep warm.

To serve, spread each flatbread with ranch sour cream; top each with meat mixture and sprinkle on toppings.

The only thing that I changed was I didn't add the beans or hot sauce because the first time I try recipes I try and make them pretty bland for little kids! They are very filling and the biscuits are soooooooo yummy. I had a hard time rolling them out without sticking to stuff so I just flattened them with my hands and fingers. Very easy and oh so very good!!

She suggested that you make the stuff ahead of time and keep the meat warm in a crock pot, put the sauce in a squirt bottle and have the toppings already chopped up for a party. I think I will try this next party!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fun nature scene craft for kids

I saw something like this in a magazine recently and thought it would be a great craft to make with my son. He has a HUGE container of animals that we are always trying to find interesting places to play with them. Sometimes it's blocks in the shape of cages that quickly get broken up by the little brother, UGH! So when I saw this I thought it would be perfect. It took less than a haf hour to make and we had lot's of fun doing it together. The only part that I wouldn't let him do was the hot glue because one set of burned fingers in the house is enough!
All you need is cardboard, pinecones, glue and paint/moss if you want to add that in there too.

So what do you think????

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

MMMMMM Apple pie!!

Okay, enough already about the fall baking but I can't stop! It's like the weather gets cold and I get a green light to bake and eat sweets. Probably not a good thing but oh well. I hate cold weather so this helps!! Here is tonights dessert before it was baked... and after..... gotta go and take a bite!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Quick and easy Halloween hanger

I finally dragged out some Halloween decorations today at the boys request! I have done the fall decorating thing but neglected the spiders, witches, spooky eyes etc. So I wanted to hang up my welcome witch and just had the tarnished gold door hanger.

Well this wasn't going to work
so I got out a piece of scrapbook paper and glued it onto the hanger and in less than 2 minutes had a cute door hanger.I just love simple quick fixes like that!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fall baking is in the air!!!

It's that time of year again that somehow gives me the green light to bake! I shouldn't be eating all of this stuff but how do you not?? The other night I made an apple pie that didn't last more than a day. My middle son stuck his head in the fridge one morning and said, hey where did the pie go? Um, yeah don't go to bed child because mommy likes late night sweets eating when there are no children around to bug me!
Then I just made a banana bread because that same child insisted that I NOT throw out the 2 rotting bananas that were sitting on the counter. So while he was at school I slaved for him and made him his bread. Which I have to say he has only eaten one time, ugh! Later that night I had to do something with the huge apples that were glaring at me so I baked an apple crisp. YUMMY! See it was so good that it didn't last long enough to take any pictures. So you will just have to use your imagination!!
Happy baking people!!