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Sunday, October 30, 2016

20 Chicken Recipes You won't Want to Miss

I don't know if I ever mentioned to you guys that I stopped eating beef and pork? I mean, it is not that I don't love those two meats, but I am kinda going thru this picky eater stage and I am only consuming chicken and fish these days.

So, chicken or seafood every day takes some skill. I have to prepare it in different ways or I will dread dinner time! I turned to my fellow bloggers and started discovering some amazingly delicious recipes for dinner that I know you won't want to miss.

Here are 20 Chicken Dinners that you will want to try. From chili to wraps, tacos to fajitas, there is a chicken recipe for everyone in this collection!





Cheesy Chicken Taquitos
Peanut Butter Chicken
Dr. Pepper Smoked Chicken
Easy Chicken Marsala
Red Chicken Chili

Hot Chicken Salad Braid
Buffalo Chicken Avocado Ranch Wraps
Chicken with Bleu Cheese and Grapes
20 Minute Skillet Chicken and Spinach Parmesan
Chicken & Cheese Stuffed Shells

Roasted Chicken Fajitas
Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Baked Chicken Fajitas
EasyTex Mex Chicken
Chicken Bacon Pizza
Garlic Chicken Pesto with Tomato Cream Sauce
Chicken and Cornbread Casserole

We love Cheesy Chicken Taquitos! This is one of my husbands favorite recipes! I can't wait to make my own Chicken Bacon Pizza and skip carry out pizza! Which of these recipes do you want to try first? Do you have a go to chicken recipe? I would love to hear about it!


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Monster Hand-print Puppet

These hand print puppets are adorable and they will be a monstrous hit with your kids! They take the most basic of supplies and come together in a flash for a lot of fun for everyone!

We love to make puppets you guys. Harper and I can craft up a handful of puppets and she will spend the rest of the day, wrapped up in a world of her own dramatic creation! 

We decided that now was the perfect time to make a few easy peasy hand print monster puppets! These were fun because they ready to play with in a matter of moments and they were so cute!

Supplies
construction paper
pencil
scissors
squiggly eyes
craft stick
glue
marker




Trace a hand on construction paper.

Cut it out.



Glue on as many eyes as your child desires. We used 3.

Draw polka dots, hearts or whatever you like to give your monster a fun look.



Glue the craft stick on the back, leaving enough room for small hands to hold on to the stick.

There you have a fun handprint monster for Halloween dramatic play!

You might also like this hand print fish puppet idea.




Sunday, October 16, 2016

Saturday #328- Saturday #332

On Saturday #328 we spent the day preparing for a visit from Grandma. She wanted to come up to visit and go to lunch. This means I spent a great deal of the day cleaning up toys galore.

We did manage to fit some outside playtime in with the kids up the street. Rolf and Harper were thrilled to have a bunch of kids to make noise with.

On Saturday #329 my mother came to visit. The kids were happy that she brought pumpkins and donuts. The managed to break away from the visit to play with the neighborhood kids.

On Saturday #330 we went to Cedar Point for a break from the normal. The family enjoyed the park while I attended bloggy con and gave a session after the conference on the subject of facebook live.

On Saturday #331 we went for a hike at Heckert Nature Preserve. The kids did pretty well on the hike, alrhough we did leave the binky behind and half way through the walk Harper had a melt down and needed to be carried out of the woods.

On Saturday #332 we woke up early and went to a fall craft show. After that we took the kids to an Oktober fest. We in the evening headed out to buy pumpkins and gourds.

I regret that I have not prioritized these entries in the 940 Saturday series and have resorted to lumping them together to the best of my memory, but I am still glad to have some kind of record of how we spent our Saturdays together as a family.



Saturday, October 15, 2016

Paper Plate Crowns

Paper Plate Crowns are super easy to make and incredibly fun for kids! You need only a few items to make these and your kids are going to adore them!



Harper is into all things princesses these days! The gowns, the shoes, the crowns! A few weeks ago, I made these fun paper plate crowns on Quirky Momma, and I knew I wanted to recreate the craft with Harper! You guys, these are so easy to make. You are going to want to pin this for rainy day reference!

All you need is a paper plate, a pair of scissors and some markers or crayons.

Begin by gently folding your plate in half.

 
Cut it thru the center, extending to right before the plate becomes textured on the side.


Make another cut in the opposite direction, Repeating until you have made 4 cuts. It is kinda like cutting a pie.



Next, fold the cuts so they stand up. Repeat until all sections are standing up.



Color the crown, in whatever colors you like, I added hearts for Harper.



Now you have a crown, fit for a princess! 

You might also enjoy this Tree Silhouette Placemat Craft




Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Every Smile and Snack Counts With Goldfish

As a mom of a few kids, there are a few things I am well versed in. Snacks, smiles, and stories are a few of the things that I know well after years of experience in motherhood. When we can combine snacks, stories and smiles together, it is kind of like a hole in one moment for everyone involved!



We often turn to a good book and  a snack that smiles back, a family favorite brand, Goldfish Crackers baked with real cheese. I feel less guilt for offering a snack, which makes me smile. My kids are grinning from ear to ear, every time they munch their snack as I read a story.









I love to serve goldfish because they are made without preservatives, and they are made with real cheese! That is a recipe for delicious in my opinion!



Goldfish are available at many retailers and they are available in so many yummy flavors! From original to whole grain cheddar and in fun colors to make snack time even brighter!



As if Goldfish crackers aren't fun as is, there is a monthly Goldfish Tales promotion you won't want to miss! There are awesome prizes to be won, and all you need to do to enter is snap a pic and share!



With Goldfish and a good book we are making every smile count, every smile add up and every snack that smiles back moment a happy one.



What kind of snacks do you feel good about feeding your kids? Do you turn to Goldfish for a smiling snack to offer the kids?


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Paper Plate Witch Craft

This paper plate craft is perfect for toddlers and school aged children. This one requires simple supplies you likely already have and comes together in a flash!

We have been crafting up a lot of Halloween fun! The kids are really excited about spooky fun and awesome costumes, so I have been indulging their interest and excitement with easy crafts! 




To make this fun witch craft all you will need is:

A paper plate
Green Paint or Markers
2 fun googly eyes
Glue
Black Construction Paper
Orange Construction Paper
Scissors





Color or Paint the Paper Plate Green


Cut a triangle from the black paper, then cut a strip slightly longer than the triangle, glue these onto the paper plate like a witch's hat.



Tear a few strips of orange paper for hair. Tearing instead of cutting will give kids a chance to use fine motor skills plus make the paper curl slightly, which is just fun! Glue the hair onto the witch. 

Next, add eyes and draw on a nose and a mouth. We gave our witch a cute smile.



There you have a cute, friendly and fun Paper Plate Witch craft! This is great for little ones because it is creative, it gives them the opportunity to use their scissor skills and work their fine motor skills too. Additionally, it offers your home a touch of personalized Halloween decor!

You might also like this cute Angry Bird's Pig Craft.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

How to Rock a Hurricane Like a Boss

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Hurricane season is here and many of our readers are in the path of the latest storm. While it is a major pain in the hiney to face a tropical storm or a hurricane, have no fear wonderful people. I am going to share a few of my tips to help you handle this hurricane and any others that come your way like a boss in reasonable style and comfort, given the situation.



Stock Up!
Ok, I know the experts are going to say buy things like bottled water and tuna fish, but come on people. Drastic weather calls for comfort. Instead of getting in a fist fight over the last cans of spam on the store shelves, let's get real. No one wants to eat spam in good weather, let alone terrible weather. Buy all of the pop tart's, granola bars, cold cereal and snack cakes you can get your hands on. Buy soda, booze and single serve fruit juice drinks. Buy candy, coffee singles that are like tea bags, and shelf stable milk. Buy the damn doritos and bean dips like there is no tomorrow.

Kiss Your Ice Goodbye
Accept that ice is going to be something you want, but don't have. Do not stand in line at the gas station for an hour for a bag of ice, just will yourself to go without it. I once paid $10 for a bag of ice and got a handful of laffy taffy as my change. Never again. Ice ain't worth $10, no matter how hot it might be outside.

Run, Don't Walk, to the Sporting Good Store
No, I am not crazy. But I am going to give you a tip to help you keep your cool. Buy as many cooling towels as you possibly can. There are these great ones out there by Mission that will make life feel a little cooler in the sweltering temps while you wait on your power and beloved air conditioning to return.

Dust Off the Board Games
In 2004 we lost power for a week during a hurricane, 2 weeks later we lost power for another week during a second hurricane. We played board games with reckless abandon. We battled it out over every game we could get our hands on and somehow we survived a week without electric, air conditioning, television and gasp even our phones as charging them was nearly impossible.

When In Doubt...
Fondue
Get your booty to the hardware store for denatured alcohol right now if you have a fondue set. If not, Get. One. Now. You can heat soup, make ramen noodles and even brew hot coffee if you have a handy dandy fondue set. You will be the envy of your friends and neighbors if they get a whiff of some hot soup, oatmeal or whatever cooking. If they smell your hot coffee, look out  cause you might just become block president or something if you are willing to share. I am not certain, but I would be willing to guess that in a pinch votive candles would heat a fondue pot nicely if you can't get the Denatured Alcohol easily.

What are your pro tips for riding out the storm? Do tell so that everyone can hunker down with minimal annoyances and maximum comfort!

How to Get Rid of Your Winter Belly

Winter is just around the corner and we all know what that means, comfort food to keep warm and holiday season over-indulgence. Try as you might, year on year we always give in to temptation during the winter and end up spending New Years Eve promising ourselves that January will be dedicated to shifting the fat that weve accumulated. I wont be so foolish as to write a post about how you should be keeping in shape during these coming months, although of course, it is advised. Instead of that Im going to give you some tips on how you can best shift that winter belly once January comes.

Exercise Should be Focussed on Cardio

When it comes to getting rid of fat, cardio will be your best way out of it, there is nothing wrong with lifting light weights with lots of repetitions to help shift the weight but ultimately it will be cardio where you should be focusing your efforts. When exercising, you cant target fatty areas and cardio will work out your whole body, when you hit the gym in January, head straight for the cross trainer and the treadmill for your road back to slimsville.

Dont Crash Diet



It can be easy to fall for one of the fad diets in order to get rid of your bulge, these will only serve you in the short term and by February you will be back to where you started. I see people all of the time trying the cabbage soup diet and others such crash dieting, believe me, it isnt the way to go. Focus on a healthy, nutrient filled diet that will gradually lose the weight and ensure that it stays off.

There is Nothing Wrong With a Little Help

There is nothing wrong with supplementing your diet with some vitamin and plant-based supplements, these can often aid your weight loss and give your body a much-needed energy boost. Programs like Le-Vel Thrive can really help during your get-fit mission, it's a simple patch that you place on your arm and will give you a unique blend of nutrients that your body needs to help your weight loss and boost your performance.

Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork

If you have friends who have also fallen by the wayside during the holiday season then team up with them to work on shifting the kilos that youve put on. Losing weight with friends as a team will keep you driven and make the whole experience more fun. You can create meal plans and exercise regimes with your friends and even hit the gym together to spur each other on. When you are dieting you may have slip ups, that cheesecake, that bottle of wine or that take-away that you knew you shouldnt eat, what often happens is that you decide you've ruined your diet and you may as well carry on with the junk, having the responsibility of supporting your friends will help you to stay on track after a mistake.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

25 Deliciously Scary Snacks


It will be Halloween soon! To help get you in the mood for the season of Spook, I found 25 of the most delicious and scary snacks to share.



                                            These Dead Lady Fingers are to die for... literally.


When the Candy Corn Cookie Bark is gone, it might be scary to face the crowds clamoring for another chunk of this sweet orange treat.



Is it a ghost? Or is it cheese? Or could it be ghost cheese? You be the judge.


Halloween treats don't need to be elaborate to be a hit. These Simple Pumpkin Cupcakes are sure to be a crowd pleaser.



These cute little Gingerbread Vampires are ready to take a bite out of Halloween.



Chilly and Spooky, these Halloween Treats are sure to be a delicious addition to any party or gathering.




Every Halloween Party needs festive punch. This recipe sounds delicious and I love the punch of pumpkin it packs.




No Baking required and so yummy that it is downright scary. This Halloween Eclair is the perfect addition to any party.



These Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops would be ideal for a a classroom Halloween party.




I love bark, this Candy Corn Oreo Bark is festive and fun and sure to be a favorite treat for your family this Halloween.



This Gingersnap Pumpkin Milkshake sounds so good I had to shriek a little when I looked at the recipe...



Coconut Orange Truffles make a perfect treat for a spooky yet sophisticated crowd.


These Halloween Goody Bars will bring screams of horror from your guest.... when they are all gone.


If you serve Mummy Twinkie Pops to your Halloween party guests, they are guaranteed to unwrap a good time.


Funny, yummy and easy to make, these Waffle Mummy Pizzas make a spooktacular lunch option.


These Halloween Spider Web cookies might give you a case of the creepy crawlies, but you will overcome that feeling once you taste them.


If you have extra Halloween candy on hand, these Halloween Butterfinger Fudge Brownies make a decadent and festive treat.


Candy Corn Punch makes a sweet offering at any gathering.



Ooey Gooey Rice Krispie Treats are part of the equation for a spooky good time!



Spooky, easy and fun, these Halloween Cake Pops are bound to be a welcome sight at any Halloween event.


Bloody Shirley Temples offer a frightening spin on a favorite drink.





Oranges and white chocolate come together for a juicy and sweet  Candy "Corn"ge Slices style Halloween snack.


There are no bones about this Halloween Kit Kat Cake. It is simply spooktacular! 



Creepy Carrot Fingers give Finger Food new meaning.


A little spooky, a little fancy, a lot yummy! Trick or Treat Cupcake Parfaits will have your guests saying "Boo!" when they are all gone.




What is your favorite Halloween Treat?