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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

25 Crockpot Meal Ideas

It's getting chilly here which is a great time of year to pull out the crock pot and get some yummy things simmering while you go about your day. Here are some of our favorite crockpot meals.


Sweet Soy Sauce Chicken

2 Tablespoons catsup
1 Cup water
1/2 Cup white vinegar
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 Cup carrots, chopped
1 1/2 lb chicken breasts, cubed
2 Tablespoons corn starch
2 Tablespoons cold water

Pour the catsup into the crock pot. 
Add the water, vinegar and soy sauce.
Stir well to combine.
Add the brown sugar and stir until most of the sugar lumps are dissolved.
Place the chicken in the mixture and stir to cover.
Cover and cook on low 8 hours.
Place the corn starch in a small mixing bowl.
Slowly add the water and stir until smooth.
Add mixture to the crock pot and stir well.
Cover and place temperature on high.
Cook 30 minutes longer being sure to stir about every 10 minutes.

 

Easy Cheesy Chicken and Ham Tomato Soup

1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts, chopped
1 Cup diced cooked ham
1 can (10 oz) Cheddar cheese soup, condensed
1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
1/2 Cup water

Brown chicken in heavy skillet with a little oil. Arrange chicken in crockpot then put ham over chicken. Mix together the soup, tomatoes, and water, then pour over all. Set crockpot to Low and cook covered for 6 to 7 hours or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.


Easy Marinara Sauce

2 cans (28 oz each) crushed tomatoes
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp crushed oregano
hot cooked pasta

Put tomatoes, onion, garlic, and oregano in crockpot. Turn heat to low, and let cook for 6 to 9 hours. Serve over hot cooked pasta with Parmesan cheese on top.




Lots More Crock Pot Meal Ideas

Roast Beef in the Crock Pot
Crockpot Chili
Roast Chicken
Crockpot Mac and Cheese
Meatballs
Pork Steak in Mushroom Sauce
Shredded Beef Tacos
Apple Butter
Baked Beans
Potato Soup
Applesauce Pork Chops
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Apricot Sauce with Pork Chops
Hamburger Vegetable Soup
Hungarian Goulash
Barbecue Beef
Bean Soup
Chicken Corn Tortillas
Chalupas
BBQ Pork Chops
Crockpot Mushroom Chicken
Baked Pears in the Crockpot

Teach your kids to use the crockpot and they can have dinner ready for you!
Tips on teaching your kids to use the crock pot.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Frozen Yogurt Snacks

Frozen Yogurt Bites- Easy Kids Snack


If you need a simple snack that kids can easily put together or maybe a quick after school snack, these are perfect for you! Using your favorite yogurt, berries, chopped fruit and toppings of your choice is all you need.





Ingredients:
Yogurt berries or chopped fruit
toppings: chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, etc.

Directions:
Layer silcone cups with yogurt and berries. Top with your favorite toppings. Place in the freezer until solid. Enjoy a frozen mini treat!







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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Kitchen Clean Up

An important detail of teaching kids to cook is how to clean the kitchen! Perhaps not their favorite part of cooking but a necessity to teach.




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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Homemade Pumpkin PIe Spice

Are you busy making pumpkin recipes at your house? Try this homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe.


Here are more homemade mix recipes.



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Thursday, October 6, 2016

How to Make a Rainbow Cake with Kids

Do you love to bake with your children, but need new creative recipes for kids? The increasingly popular Rainbow Cake could be one of those simple recipes for kids.

Great as either a surprise gift or to serve at a party rainbow cakes have real ‘wow’ factor that children will love. In this article we describe everything you need to undertake this fun activity for kids. It’s a great bonding activity with a tasty result.

What You’ll Need
Start by getting together all the necessary materials. These include:
• Cake tin

• Cake stand

• Multiple bowls

• Icing-spreading knife

• Oven

• Whisk

• Ingredients (see below)


How To Prepare
This is quite an undertaking, so start early!

Three days before the party or birthday: Make sure you have all the necessary equipment and ingredients in the house. Considering the time needed to color, bake and assemble all these layers it’s best to make sure you are prepared well in advance.

Two days before the party or birthday: Bake the cake and leave to cool (you could combine this with tomorrow’s activities, but considering it could take a good few hours and you may have other preparations to do, it’s often sensible to separate the two steps. The cake keeps fine in sealed containers.)

One day before the party or birthday: Assemble! This is the fun bit and probably the part your child will enjoy most. Make sure to supervise at all times and perhaps provide a photo of the finished product to help. Full instructions below!

Rainbow Cake Recipe

Ingredients
• Six bags of sponge mix (if you have a tried and tested recipe use that, but if not we recommend using a mix for simplicity)

• Six eggs 

• Water

• Food coloring: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple

• 500g – 1kg icing sugar (depending on size of the cake)

• Butter – roughly equal amount to icing sugar

• Milk – amount depends on icing sugar/butter, but usually just a few splashes are needed to soften the mixture up

• Rainbow sprinkles (optional)


Method
Whip up the sponge mix with the eggs and water according to pack instructions. Allow kids to have a go on the electric whisks or do some hand beating. Separate out into six bowls and add different food coloring to each, creating one sponge mix for each color of the rainbow. This can be messy! Especially with little ones around. Ensure they’re all in old clothes and put newspaper on any surfaces before starting.

Pour one mixture at a time into a greased round cake tin and bake according to the sponge mix instructions. Unless you have six identical cake tins this will take a little while. Leave each cake to cool down on a wire rack while the others bake.

If you’re doing this over two days, pack your six cakes away in a sealed container overnight and return when your children are fully rested the next morning. Start the assembly process by helping the kids to mix up icing: butter, icing sugar and milk. Amounts don’t need to be exact as it’s more about ratios depending how much icing you need. Introduce your children to the concept of trial and error as you add a little of each until reaching the required consistency.

Once the icing in ready, place the purple layer on the cake stand and help your child to spread icing in a even 0.5cm layer over the top. Now add the blue layer and another layer of icing. Repeat this process until you finish with the red layer on top. If a few different kids are helping let them take it in turns to add each layer. Now spread a final layer of icing over the top then give your little one(s) a plastic knife or spoon and get them to help you cover the edges in icing too. And for the final touch: allow the children to pour rainbow sprinkles over the top. Voila, a beautiful cake for that special birthday or party!

See more cake decorating and fun cake ideas here.


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Cooking for your Dog Ideas

Have your kids make a treat for the family dog or neighbors! One of our favorite videos we put together this summer!





Find more dog treat recipes here!
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