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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Homemade Play Dough- Video

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Easy Meals- Salads and Sandwiches

What is worse than the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner mom”? In the summer, it’s the thought of turning on the stove or oven to make dinner. I thought it would be good to share some great summertime dinners, everyone in your family will love. Not only do they not require any cooking, but they are healthy and delicious as well. In the summer many families enjoy some wonderful salads. Here are a few of favorites. Of course you can incorporate whatever ingredients your family prefers.  

Not your traditional tossed salad 

A traditional tossed salad is awesome and easy to make, but sometimes as a standalone meal, it may not fully satisfy those hungry appetites at dinner. To enhance a traditional tossed salad try adding some of the following ingredients for extra flavor and protein:
  • Chunks of cubed cheddar cheese
  • Slices of lunchmeat, like turkey, chicken breast or ham
  • Leftover chicken breast
  • Zucchini squash slices
  • Yellow squash slices
  • Crumble some leftover taco meat, tortilla chips and Catalina dressing for a taco salad
Find more salad recipes.

Chef’s Salad 

Basically a chef’s salad is an upgraded tossed salad. Just add hard-boiled eggs, chunks of cheese and sliced ham, turkey, chicken breast and roast beef and voila, you have a chef’s salad. Hearty and yummy!
 

Spinach Salad

Made with yummy spinach leaves or baby spinach leaves, a spinach salad is cool, refreshing and yummy! I like to add shredded cheese, slices of ham, turkey and roast beef, cucumbers, pickles, black olives and for added zest some jalapenos! I top mine with an Italian dressing or balsamic vinaigrette.

Sandwiches

Another great meal idea you can create without cooking is sandwiches. Yes, sandwiches for dinner. When it’s too hot to cook, some cool sandwiches are the ticket. Not only are they easy and heat free, but they are also less filling than a big huge dinner! Some great summer sandwiches are:

I love chicken salad and love to have a batch made up for last minute, easy on the go meals. Serve some on a pita or flat bread, in a tortilla or in a croissant to change things up a bit.

I love to sink my teeth into a yummy, thick sandwich filled with all of the fixings of a deli. Pile on the meats, cheeses, and veggies!

Some of my favorites are:
  • Turkey 
  • Roast Beef 
  • Chicken Breast 
  • Corned Beef 
  • Salami 
  • Pepperoni 
  • Bacon 
  • Alfalfa or Bean Sprouts 
  • Cucumbers 
  • Pickles 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Romaine or leaf lettuce 
  • Green Peppers
Serve on thick bread with brown mustard, if you like, and mayonnaise.
Find more sandwich recipes and ideas.


Dinner doesn’t always have to be a huge 3 or 4 course cooked or baked meal. A hearty salad or sandwich will satisfy your kids, hubby and guests, while keeping you cool at the same time.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Cupcake Decorating Class and Decorating Set GIVEAWAY

I'm rather excited about Craftsy's new giveaway. cake decorating is a hobby of mine and we love cupcakes the most in our house. I've written about having a cake decorating kids cooking party here.
This decorating set is a perfect addition to add to your kitchen so I encourage you to join the giveaway.  All you need to do is create an account with craftsy.com (its free) and they have a lot of free online courses as well.

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will get a 55-piece Ateco Stainless-Steel Decorating Set PLUS free enrollment in the new online Craftsy class The Perfect Cupcake! In this online class, you'll learn how to combine creative cupcake flavors, fillings and frostings with gorgeous decorating for out-of-this-world treats! WINNER ANNOUNCED

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