NOV
19
2014

Chocolate Caramel Cake

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Strawberry Shortcake made this delicious dessert for her co-op baking contest, and I wanted to share the recipe with you! It’s super moist and yummy, and easy to make. Like the title says it includes chocolate and caramel and you can’t go wrong with that! This recipe is great for kids too since it’s so simple.   Ingredients: 1 chocolate cake mix 1 jar of Carmel ice cream topping 1 can Sweet & Condensed Milk 1 container of cool whip 3 Heath bars (Break into small pieces using a food processor or with end of a rolling pin.) Directions: Bake cake according to directions. When done, remove from oven and immediately poke holes in cake with round handle of a wooden spoon. Pour on Carmel topping and sweet and condensed milk. Let cake cool completely. Break up Heath bars into small pieces using a food processor or wooden rolling pin. Ice cake with cool whip. Sprinkle Heath bar bits on top and serve. Hope you enjoy! … [Read more...]

NOV
05
2014

Creamy Chicken & Rice Casserole

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Good day readers! I have an awesome, and of course easy, recipe to share with everyone today! This creamy chicken and rice casserole is awesome for any day that you need to toss something together in a hurry. And if you’re me, that’s just about everyday. So let’s get on with it shall we? Ingredients: 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs or 4 boneless skinless breasts 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 3/4 c. water 2 cups white or brown rice (You can even use instant rice if you want to) 1/2 tsp. onion powder 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (we like peas, carrots, corn, and green beans) bread crumbs salt and pepper to taste Directions: Preheat oven to 375°F In casserole dish mix in soup, water, onion powder, rice, and vegetables. Stir around so that soup mixes in well. Place chicken on top of rice mixture and lightly sprinkle chicken with bread crumbs. Cover and bake for 50 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and rice is … [Read more...]

OCT
29
2014

November 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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Good morning readers! I hope you’re having a beautiful fall day like we are today! I love the cool air, and am excited to be in a comfy sweater, my favorite jeans, and flip-flops. Yes, I said flip-flops. For those of you who don’t know, in Colorado, we like to wear flip-flops unless it’s snowing. Literally. And with the coming of a new month, it’s time for another monthly meal plan for you all! I actually veered from my plan the last few months but I’m getting back on track this month since we’ve been eating what seems like the same thing over and over due to lack of creativity on my part! A little planning can do a lot for the budget, and help keep people from whining about my meals. So here we go!   Download the 2014 November Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 November Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 November Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable)   If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the … [Read more...]

OCT
22
2014

Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

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Hello readers! Oh my goodness, you have to try this amazing slow-cooker white chicken chili recipe! Okay, that sounded kind of bossy. But seriously, it’s so delicious and since it’s a slow-cooker recipe, you just toss everything together in the morning and let it cook until you’re ready for dinner! And this homeschooling mama loves anything that can help reduce dinner time chaos! I did want to mention that I’m not that creative, so this recipe was modified from the original Taste of Home recipe to fit the likes of our family. I was introduced to it by my sister-in-law who made it at a family gathering, and we all loved it! Which is rare for a family of 6. There’s usually at least one person who doesn’t like my cooking on any given day. Anyway, ready to get started? Ingredients: 1 lg can white chunk chicken (or 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breasts) 1 jar Alfredo sauce (I used Emeril’s) 2 15 oz. cans white Northern Beans, drained and rinsed 2 cups chicken … [Read more...]

OCT
21
2014

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe

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It's that time of the year again...time for roasted pumpkin seeds! And really who doesn’t love pumpkin seeds? Here’s a great roasted pumpkin seed that’s so easy your kiddos can do it themselves!   Step 1: Head to the pumpkin patch and pick out some sweet pumpkins! Next seed your pumpkin. I usually cut off the top of the pumpkin, then we use a spoon to scoop out all of the gooey insides.   Step 2: Find a willing participant to pick out all of the seeds from the orange stringy pulp.   Then finish cleaning them off by rinsing them in a colander under cold water. Shake them dry just to remove the excess water.   Step 3: Preheat your oven to 300 °F. Spread seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast them for 30 minutes to finish drying the seeds out.     Step 4: Toss seeds lightly in olive oil and salt, then bake them for another 20 minutes or until they’re golden and … [Read more...]

OCT
06
2014

Co-op Baking Contest

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most of you know that we participate in a Co-op this year. And one of the fun things that come with doing a co-op group are things like science fairs, geography fairs, and my personal favorite….baking contests! Actually this year is the first year that my kids participated in the baking contest. They were to come up with a baked goods idea, and execute it on their own.   Tinker Bell & Pig Cupcakes: Tinker Bell decided to make “Pig Brownies”. She used a regular brownie mix and added in chocolate chips for a little more deliciousness. Then she cut pink marshmallows in half for the nose and ears. Next she used frosting to create the eyes and mouth. They turned out awesome, and she won 1st place for the 3rd – 5th graders!     Strawberry Shorcake & Caramel Chocolate Cake: Strawberry shortcake made a delicious chocolate caramel cake! She did everything on her own, and it was a total hit! She won 3rd place for the 6th-7th graders.   Turbo … [Read more...]

SEP
24
2014

October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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Wondering what to have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Don’t worry, I have the October 2014 Monthly meal plan for you today that can answer that question. And as always my plan includes meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! I really can’t believe how fast this year is going by, and so I’m thankful to have another meal plan to the rescue. They really do help save my sanity and keep my family fed! Hope you enjoy it, and that it relieves a little bit of your daily stress level.     Click below to download your preferred meal plan: October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan PDF October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable version) Want some more fall recipe ideas? Make sure to check out my Fall Recipe pinterest board!   Hope you enjoy! Have some recipes to share? Make sure to leave a comment below if you have a good recipe to share! … [Read more...]

SEP
03
2014

Easy Tacos de Carne Asada

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One of my absolute favorite meals in the world is tacos de carne asada! And since I’m a busy homeschooling mama I’ve found a quick way to make this delicious meal in a jiffy! Okay, it’s not exactly a jiffy, but still it’s pretty quick as far as meals go around here!   So I admit that I cheat a little bit on this dinner, but don’t worry there’s no skimping on deliciousness! I like to use Costco carne asada (Here’s where the cheating comes in…)  it already has a wonderful marinate on it saving lots of time. But if not, don’t worry I do have a marinade recipe below to help you get your carne asada goove on! Also please note, that I usually make my own Spanish rice and homemade refried beans to go with this dinner. The beans need to get started in the morning. But it’s super easy and cooks on its own all day, so not a big deal other than you have to remember to actually start the beans. Which can be difficult when you’re homeschooling. In which case you can resort to … [Read more...]

AUG
27
2014

2014 September Monthly Meal Plan

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Good morning everyone! Well, we’re finally back in school. I don’t know where my summer went, but I’m always excited when we get to start new curriculum and a new year. Fall is one of my four favorite seasons, and I H.E.A.R.T. September back-to-school time! And this is when my meal plans really start coming in handy. Getting back into the groove of things always takes time. I somehow forget…or maybe block out…just how much of my day is taken up by educating our children! Point being there really isn’t much time for me to think about meals these days! Anyway,  I hope my plans help you out as well, and can take at least one thing off of your busy plate each day!   Download the 2014 September Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 September Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 September Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable)     Coming soon! I’m working on putting them all together in a book for you as well to make it a little easier each month! And since you always ask, … [Read more...]

AUG
20
2014

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe

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Okay, this has to be the absolute yummiest most refreshing summer drink I’ve tried in a long time! And not only that but it’s also one of the easiest recipes I’ve made too! It’s my totally awesome Watermelon Agua Fresca recipe! Let’s get started with the deliciousness shall we?   Ingredients: 4 cups cubed seeded watermelon (I just buy mine seedless and throw it in, didn’t really measure it.) 1/2 cup water Tajin Seasoning (You can find this in the produce section) ice cubes Optional: Pinch of sugar to sweeten it up. We didn’t add sugar, ours was sweet enough as is! Optional: Lime slices to garnish. You can also squeeze in a little if you like!   Directions: Add watermelon and water in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over ice into a fancy cup and sprinkle with a little Tajin seasoning to give it some kick! Add the lime to garnish then sit back and enjoy the warm summer afternoon!     That’s it! Seriously. I kid … [Read more...]