This salad is sure to be a hit! I took this one to a big church event. I had a HUGE bowl and it was gone in minutes. Everyone wanted the recipe so here it is! ; ) The dressing coupled with almonds, bacon, and croutons is the perfect mix!
A bag of spinach
A bag of Romaine lettuce
Bacon Pieces (crumbled)
Sugared Cinnamon Almonds
1/4 of a red onion
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1 cup of olive oil
Blend together in blender, pour over salad and enjoy.
These cookies are yummy and made from a simple cake mix! Adding a couple seasonal sprinkles make this a fun holiday treat too! We made these for the 4th of July and have made them for Halloween by adding black and orange sprinkles, you can also replace the yellow cake mix for chocolate and it works great too.
1 box cake mix (I used yellow cake mix, any mix works)
1/2 cup veg oil
1 tsp baking powder
1 pkg. chocolate chips (I used white)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together. Don't follow the directions on the cake box just add what is in the package with eggs, veg oil, baking powder and choc chips. Spoon onto cookie sheet and cook for 8-10 min. These are a lot better soft so try not to overcook.
This is a simple recipe and one we do a lot because it is fast. Everybody makes these a little different, we like to mix it up too but this is the recipe we use most of the time.
2 Tbs. olive oil
3 boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 sweet red bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
1 sweet yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
1 sweet green bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
1 (1.25 oz) pkt. McCormick fajita seasoning
8 flour tortillas, warmed
In a large skillet add oil, chicken breasts, bell peppers and seasoning over high heat until chicken cooked through and peppers have softened. Serve hot with warm tortillas, sour cream, shredded cheese and tomatoes.
We love these around our house! You can't beat how easy they are either. If you haven't tried these, give them a shot. My husband and my 3 year old love them! ; )
1 pkg. cocktail smokies
2 cans of crescent rolls
Cut crescent rolls in half the long way, so they still look like triangles. Wrap smokies into crescent pieces. Sprinkle with cheese if you would like. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Okay, so instead of the traditional recipe tonight, I thought I would share our family gingerbread houses and how we make them. This is the easy way, so if you want fancy....this isn't it! We started out with chocolate milk! Chocolate milk?? Okay so really you just need the empty milk carton. We rinsed out the cartons and let them dry and used that as our foundation. The small gingerbread house below is an empty milk jug covered with frosting and then graham crackers covering it. My husband got a little fancy with his...the mansion (as we call it)! It has a milk jug under the crackers to make the entry way but the back part of the house has no real support. It's just A LOT of frosting, crackers and some patience.
Here is a picture of everything we used to make our gingerbread houses. I wrapped a piece of cardboard in aluminum foil to use as a base. For our frosting we just bought 2 cans of regular vanilla frosting from the store and spooned them into zip-lock bags. I know you can make it, but we are keeping this EASY! Anyway, to get the frosting out, just cut a small hole in a corner of the zip-lock and squeeze (make sure the bag is zipped tight). Make sure to get a variety of candy for decorating!
Personally, my favorite part of making gingerbread houses is the decorating! Check out what me and my 3 year old made! Easy enough, cover the crackers with frosting and stick the candy to it.
People have asked if you are supposed to eat these when you are done! I don't know if you are supposed to or not, but we sure do! It's the kids FAVORITE part! ; ) Have fun!
Okay, so you have most likely heard of the oh so popular "Elf on the Shelf"? It's a children's book that comes with a magical elf. The elf watches the children and reports back to Santa. He tells Santa if the children have been naughty or nice. I thought that it looked like fun, and actually wanted to buy it a few years ago...until I saw that it cost $30.00. Okay, so we are students and cheap....so I didn't buy it and life went on. ; )
Last week I was reading through some of my friends private blogs. My dear friend Savannah had this awesome idea where she had bought a reindeer at dollar tree and wrote a poem similar to the one used with elf on the shelf.
In the book it says that if children touch the elf then it will loose it's magical powers. Savannah has 3 boys, and I have 2 of my own. We didn't like the idea of our children not being able to touch the elf.....with this "Reindeer on the Rug" your little ones can touch the reindeer all they want! No magical powers lost here! ; ) Anyways, I thought this was a BRILLIANT idea, and I'm so glad that Savannah was willing to share the words of her poem with us.
I've made a free printable for anyone wanting to save some money and join in on the fun! All you will need to do is print this off and swing by dollar tree and pick up a little stuffed animal reindeer and you'll be ready to go.
My husband and I introduced "Reindeer on a Rug" to my 2 boys tonight and they loved it! My boys have been excited to watch the movie "The Polar Express" all day long. Right before the movie started they found the reindeer and the poem. We introduced it to them, they seemed excited but were ready to watch the movie. I'm excited for them to find the reindeer in the morning and maybe even come up with a name!
Our family is still young enough, we are are experimenting with family traditions.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?
This is a classic and a personal favorite of mine. It tastes a lot like Olive Gardens Zuppa Toscana soup...although I think this recipe has more flavor. If you haven't tried this before it is a creamy soup full of yummy bites of potato, sausage and kale.
Yields: 8 servings
1 lb Italian Sausage
1 large onion, chopped
4 cups water
2 (14.5) cans of chicken broth
3 large russet potatoes, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup Real Bacon Bites
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups kale or Swiss chard
Cook sausage and onion over medium heat until cooked, drain.
Boil water, broth, garlic and potatoes over medium heat until potatoes are cooked through. Turn to low heat, add sausage, onion, bacon, cream and kale, cook about another 10 min.
2 cups of minute rice white or brown
2 cups of water (to cook the rice)
1 green pepper
3 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
1 lbs hamburger
1.5 cups of shredded Colby Jack cheese
1 (15.25 oz) can of corn
salt and pepper to taste
Brown the hamburger. Dice the green pepper and add it to the uncooked rice. Follow the directions for cooking the rice. I usually just put 2 cups of water and 2 cups of rice in a microwave safe bowl for about 8 minutes with the peppers. Mix in the remaining ingredients and cook for a couple more minutes. At this point everything is cooked, so you are just cooking to get everything warm. Sprinkle the top with leftover cheese and enjoy.