APR
10
2014

Easy Chicken, Rice, and Bean Burritos

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  Hi everyone! I have another simple and fast recipe to share with all of you busy homeschoolers out there! After saying this was fast, I realized that I normally make these a few days after I’ve made my Southwestern Chicken Tacos, refried beans, and Spanish rice. That way I can just pull out the leftovers, stuff them into burritos and heat! It’s a great way to use up the leftovers but make it seem like a whole new meal! But if you need to take the long way…the directions for the insides are at the bottom of this post! Ingredients: 4-5 Cooked and shredded chicken breasts 2 cups Spanish Rice 2 cups Refried beans 1 can cream of chicken soup 1/2 c. milk Tortillas of your choice. I like the small corn tortillas, just heat in a warm skillet for about 30 seconds each side. Optional: Toppings of your choice, we use sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, and lettuce. Maybe a little hot sauce if we’re feeling crazy ;o)   Directions: Spray a casserole dish … [Read more...]

MAR
28
2014

April 2014 Monthly Menu Plan

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Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying 2014! We’ve only got a few months left of school, then we’re out for summer! Yay! .   So today I have another monthly meal plan for you. I hope these are helping you to keep your days a little more organized and stress free! I don’t change my meals up too much, but the plan helps me stay on budget when grocery shopping. It also helps me avoid ordering out for dinner, or heading out for lunches. I normally shop once a week either on the weekends on on Mondays. That way we have all of our needed ingredients for the week’s menu plan. I also do my best to stay to my shopping list so I don’t go over budget or come home with a lot of extras I didn’t intend on buying. Download the Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 April Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 April monthly meal plan Word Doc (Editable) Here are some of our yummy smoothie recipes: … [Read more...]

MAR
18
2014

Kid friendly Green Smoothie Recipe

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  Hi everyone! I’ve posted several of our smoothie recipes before, and today I wanted to share my kid friendly Green Smoothie recipe! We’re always experimenting with smoothies here, and we drink them almost every morning. Turbo is our resident smoothie expert, and since we drink them frequently he’s been working out a recipe that tastes both great for kids and makes mama happy! This recipe is a nice bright green color which I’ve found helps when convincing kids to drink something that is good for them.   So let’s get started shall we?   Ingredients: 2 cups Fresh spinach leaves 2 cups water 3 cups combination of frozen mango & pineapple chunks 1 banana, peeled Optional: 1/2 lemon The above recipe is one we’ve decided is our favorite, but really you can make your own combination. Here is a handy chart to help you out. If you’re trying to get kids to drink these, I recommend starting out with the ratio below. Having more fruit than … [Read more...]

FEB
27
2014

2014 March Monthly Meal Plan

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Good morning! I hope you are having a great year so far! I’m back today with another Monthly Meal Plan for you. I hope it’s helping you get your meals planned, and relieving a little bit of stress from your day!   So today I have our March 2014 Monthly Meal plan for you all! Download the Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 March Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 March monthly meal plan Word Doc (Editable) Here are some of our smoothie recipes: … [Read more...]

FEB
25
2014

Cucumber, Lemon & Mint Detox H2O Recipe

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Good morning! With the weather starting to warm up a little, the realization that I’ll be wearing shorts is starting to creep up on me! With our recent move, general school craziness, and everything else going on in our lives I haven’t been eating as healthy as I would like to. I’m definitely ready to get my heath back on track and one of the best ways to do that is to start off with a delicious and refreshing detox water!   Why Detox Water? We all know that water is beneficial for our bodies, and a necessity to our good health. But it’s also a great way to flush out toxins, and it helps reduce bloating and makes you feel better all around. This particular recipe is like a double detoxifying beverage because of it’s yummy ingredients! Lemon: Not only is lemon known for it’s antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers. But it’s also a powerful detoxifying cleanse for your liver and a digestive aid as well. It helps cleanse and alkaline the body. If … [Read more...]

FEB
11
2014

Valentine’s Day Popcorn Recipe!

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  Good morning readers! Today I have a great Valentine’s Day gift idea and party recipe for you! Today we’re making some Valentine’s Day popcorn! And truth be told, I make a version of this holiday popcorn at Christmas as well, just with a different color scheme ;o) YOU WILL NEED: Popcorn: I use microwave popcorn, but you can use whatever you prefer. (Sometimes I get crazy and use kettle corn, yay baby!) Pink and red candy melts Some Valentine’s Day M&Ms or other candies you prefer Optional: Gift bags (I found our cute boxes at Michael’s Craft Store)     Step 1: Start off by popping your popcorn, then spreading it out over some waxed paper.   Step 2: Next melt your candy melts in a glass container. I melted mine in the microwave. Check and stir the candies every 30 seconds until it is nice and smooth.   Step 3: Next drizzle your pink mixture on to the popcorn using a spoon. Repeat with the red candy.   Step 4: … [Read more...]

FEB
10
2014

Nutella Brownie Recipe

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  You will need: 1/2  c. sugar 1/3 c butter 1 tsp. vanilla 2 eggs 1 c. Nutella 3/4 c. flour 8x8 baking dish     STEP 1: Start off by creaming the butter and sugar together in a mixer.   STEP 2: Add your eggs and mix well.   STEP 3: Next add in your vanilla.   STEP 4: And of course don’t forget to add in the Nutella!   STEP 5: Finally mix your flour in slowly. STEP 6: Place your brownie mix into a greased baking dish and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean!   Yummy goodness is on the way people! STEP 7: Time to decorate! We used some fun little candy toppings, and cupcake icing with fun tips that make it really easy to decorate your brownies!   Now you can give these out to your friends as gifts or  serve them at a Valentine’s Day party. Or you could … [Read more...]

FEB
05
2014

Red Velvet Milk Shakes!

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Oh Nelly do I have an awesome recipe for you today. I love red velvet cake. And I love shakes. Add them together and you get a red velvet shake! I just have one word for you. Y.U.M. These are so easy and they only take about 3 seconds to prepare. They’re most definitely the perfect Valentine’s Day party recipe around! Well, except for the Neutella brownies I have coming up for you next week. Those are really good too. But I digress… Let’s get started shall we!   On to the ingredients, you will need: 1 cup vanilla ice cream 1/2 cup milk 3 tsp. red velvet cake mix (dry) 1 tsp vanilla extract Optional: Whipped cream & sprinkles!   (Just pretend there is milk and vanilla in this photo. Oops!)   STEP 1: Get out your blender and have a willing participant scoop in some ice cream…   STEP 2: Once your first assistant gets bored, call in his big sister and have her add in 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 … [Read more...]

JAN
30
2014

February 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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Good morning readers! I hope you are having a great year so far! Like I mentioned earlier this week, meal planning is a must for us! So today I have our February Monthly Meal plan for you all! Download the Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 February Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 February monthly meal plan Word Doc (Editable) I’ve had a lot of requests for our smoothie recipe, so I’ll link some of them below. We mostly experiment these days with our smoothies. Turbo is in charge on most days and he’s getting really good at them. Today we had one of Turbo’s original creations: 2 cups frozen mixed fruit (We had a mixed bag of peaches, strawberries, bananas, & mango) 1 cup orange juice 1 cup water 1 handful of spinach 2 Tbsp. Raspberry Flavoring (this was an experiment and it turned out really good!)   Here are a couple more posts with our smoothie recipes: … [Read more...]

JAN
26
2014

eMeals Giveaway!

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Good morning everyone! A new year has started and most of us have returned to homeschooling after a long winter break. And with the return to school comes less and less time to plan and prepare meals. So today I have a great resource to share with you called emeals! emeals is an online meal planning site that offers great recipes, grocery lists including weekly sales, and a variety of plans to pick from. You can pick your plan based on your eating style, your family size, and even your favorite grocery store! You’ll receive your meal plans via email every week including your grocery shopping list. They have over 20 menu plans for families ranging from 2-6 people and in addition to their traditional menus they offer low carb, low fat, and vegetarian options as well! One of the coolest things I think is that you can pick your grocery store! They plan their menus so that you get the best deals for your store! Each weekly menu also comes with a grocery shopping list, which … [Read more...]