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Easy Chicken Nuggets

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Easy to make chicken nuggets that taste so much better than those greasy fast food ones! Kids love these!

 

Easy Chicken Nuggets
Serves 4
Easy Chicken Nuggets that Kids Love!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 chicken breasts, defrosted and cut into large cubes or strips
  2. 1 cup bread crumbs (I used Italian bread crumbs)
  3. 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  4. 1 egg
  5. salt, pepper, Italian seasonings
  6. 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus a little more to spray on top
  7. 2 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. In a bowl, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Combine melted butter to 2 tablespoons of olive oil and pour into baking pan, making sure to coat the whole pan. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  4. Cut defrosted chicken breasts into approx 1 inch wide cubes or strips.
  5. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings over the chicken cubes.
  6. Crack an egg over the chicken cubes and rub it throughout all of your chicken pieces, making sure to coat a little over each piece.
  7. Dip the chicken pieces, one at a time, into the breadcrumb/parmesan cheese mixture and place them into the pan. Avoid stacking them onto one another.
  8. If you have an oil sprayer, lightly spray the top of each chicken piece. If you do not have a sprayer, just drizzle a few drops of olive oil over each piece.
  9. Place your baking pan into the oven and bake at 425° for 25 - 30 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. I use stoneware pans that are easy to clean. If you are not using a stoneware baking pan, I recommend lining your pan with a little aluminum foil before adding the olive oil and butter (for easier cleanup).
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10 Minute Pizza

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A quick and easy pizza recipe. It cooks in less than 10 minutes!

 

10 Minute Pizza
Serves 4
A quick and easy pizza recipe
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large loaf of Italian bread, cut in half horizontally
  2. 2 cups of pasta sauce (canned or homemade)
  3. 2 cups shredded cheese (I used a pizza mix, but mozzarella or other mixes can work here as well)
  4. 40-50 pepperoni slices
  5. 2 cups of diced vegetables (bell peppers, onions, olives etc.) if so desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to broil
  2. Lay out the two pieces of the bread loaf (placing them on a baking sheet now will save you time)
  3. Spread the pasta sauce evenly across both halves of bread
  4. Sprinkle the cheese evenly across both halves of bread
  5. Layer the pepperoni slices evenly across both halves of bread
  6. Spread the vegetables evenly across both halves of bread
  7. Place your pizza slices on a baking sheet and cook in the oven on broil for 8 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. For added flavor, try sprinkling a little garlic or Italian seasoning over the pizza before baking
  2. Try other toppings as you like, ground Italian sausage (cooked before placed as a topping) and tomatoes are two of my favorites.
  3. For a Hawaiian style pizza, top with Canadian Bacon and pineapple chunks
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Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs

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Here is an easy to make meal that takes less than 10 minutes to prep for. Since it cooks in the slow cooker, all you need to do is simply prep your meat, turn your slow cooker on and go. What could be better than that?

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs
Serves 4
An easy to make slow cooker recipe that everyone will love!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Ingredients
  1. 4 lbs. pork ribs
Dry Seasonings as follows
  1. 1 Teaspoon Cajun Seasonings (can substitute with 1/4 tsp each: salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper)
  2. 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  3. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
BBQ Sauce as follows
  1. 1 Cup Ketchup
  2. 1/2 Cup Honey
  3. 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  4. 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
  5. 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  6. 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  7. 1 Teaspoon Salt
  8. 1 Teaspoon Cajun Seasonings (can substitute with 1/4 tsp each: salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper)
Instructions
  1. Mix the dry seasonings together and then, spread them all over the meaty part of your ribs.
  2. Mix all of the BBQ sauce ingredients together, making sure to eliminate any large clumps. Set aside.
  3. Place ribs in slow cooker as flat as possible. If you need to, layer them one on top of another.
  4. Liberally pour the BBQ sauce all over the ribs, making sure to cover the meat in between layers.
  5. Place the lid on your slowcooker/crockpot.
  6. Cook on HIGH 1 hour, then cook on LOW 5 hours
Notes
  1. You can always use a ready-made dry rub instead of making one.
  2. You can substitute the BBQ sauce here, with your favorite store bought kind.
  3. You can also cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours OR on LOW for 8-9 hours.
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Kids Eat Free at IHOP

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Here’s a great way to go out to eat with the kids and save a little money too!

This information is for the IHOP in Hanford, California. It may not be the same at other locations. Feel free to leave a comment if you know of any other locations that have this promotion. 

Location: Hanford, California
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7am to 10pm
Friday and Saturday: 7am – Midnight

Kids Eat FREE

Everyday 4pm-10pm
*one free kids meal per adult meal that you pay for. Also, the drinks are not free, but there are free refills on the drinks that you pay for.

Facepainting Day

Saturday and Sunday 9am-1pm
*one free kids meal per adult meal that you pay for. Also, the drinks are not free, but there are free refills on the drinks that you pay for.

 

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This looks like fun!

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How To Dust A Ceiling Fan

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My last post The BEST Dusting Tip was such a popular entry, that I decided to follow up with another great dusting tip. Those with asthma and allergies might really appreciate these dusting tips.

How To Dust a Ceiling Fan:

Use a pillowcase! This way, the dust is caught in the case instead of dropping to the floor or scattering through the air. 

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Where Does Rain Come From?

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A Conversation with Christian, (when 4 yrs old)

Christian Mommy, I think I know where the rain comes from.

Me: Oh? Where do you think the rain comes from?

Christian: I think it comes from when the earth gets sad. I think it rains when the earth cries.

Me: Why do you think the earth is sad?

Christian: Because all of the other planets that are bigger… they won’t let him play any games with them.

Me: Oh? Why not?

Christian: Because they are bigger and they don’t like to share their toys with the earth.

Me: Oh, I see. Do you think “Mommy Earth” should go into your room and make the other kids share their toys with you? 

Christian: I think you should. I don’t want it to rain today.

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How Do I Make My Cookies Softer?

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Are your cookies hard and slightly burnt on the bottom? Worse yet, they don’t seem to taste much better, even after dunking them into a glass of milk. It’s almost as if they can’t soak up any of the milk. Are you asking yourself, what did I do wrong? Don’t worry, I have the answer.Make sure to check out all of my tips and tricks to help you in the kitchen here.

I want big, soft, gourmet style cookies, but mine always turn out too hard. How do I make my cookies softer?

Use more brown sugar. That’s it. Brown sugar will make your cookie a little more crumbly after it bakes. For example, take my recipe for chocolate chip cookies here. It calls for only ½ cup of granulated white sugar, compared to, 2 cups of brown sugar. That is a full 4 to 1 ratio of brown sugar to white. The result is a softer, more granular cookie. It breaks apart easily and readily soaks up milk upon dunking it. Just be careful, it might just fall in! Now that is what I call a soft cookie!

Try experimenting with some of your existing cookie recipes. If your recipe calls for 3/4 cup of sugar, try 1/4 cup brown sugar to 1/2 cup white. If your recipe calls for 1 cup, try half white sugar and half brown sugar. You can have a lot of fun trying out different combinations. Put your own spin on your favorite recipes. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to fail. I went through at least a half dozen different recipes before I found the one that I liked best. If all else fails, throw your failed cookies in some ice cream and call it a day.

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The BEST Dusting Tip

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I don’t know about you, but I hate dusting and I am willing to try just about anything to keep from having to dust every other day. So here is a little trick I heard from a friend and I have been doing it ever since: I use a dryer sheet to dust with! I have found it works well for shelves, windowsills and baseboards. 

The method I have found that works best is:

First, go over the area with a cloth designed to “catch” dust, not simply spread it around. I found my duster at the dollar store. It has a removable cloth that can be washed in the laundry.

Next, I spray a little water on a dryer sheet (just a little, you don’t want it dripping). Then, I simply wipe everything down with a dryer sheet.

Think about it. Dryer sheets repel static on clothes, right? It does a pretty good job on windowsills and baseboards too.

Here is a comparison of two windowsills in my house after TWO WEEKS without dusting. The first one is a picture before I started using dryer sheets in my weekly dusting routine, the other picture is after using dryer sheets. I had to wait two weeks, because there wasn’t even enough dust on the windowsill after the first week to warrant a picture. Take a look for yourself.

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So what do you think? Are you going to try this?

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Easy Lunch Pinwheels

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Here is an easy, six-ingredient recipe that you’ll love! These are perfect for a quick lunch on the run, camping trips or in the summer, when it is just too hot to turn on the oven. Sandwich Wraps are easy to make and require no stove to make. Pinwheels are also kid-friendly! For a list of more Sandwich Wrap Recipes click here.

Easy Lunch Pinwheels
Serves 1
An easy, six-ingredient recipe that you'll love!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Flour or Wheat Tortilla (pictured: flour)
  2. Sliced lunchmeat of your choice (pictured: turkey)
  3. Sliced cheese of your choice (pictured: mild cheddar)
  4. Lettuce
  5. Tomato (sliced)
  6. Yogurt or Dressing of your choice (pictured: honey Greek yogurt)
Instructions
  1. Lay out your tortilla
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of your favorite dressing or yogurt and spread it out a little (try: light ranch, caesar, regular or greek yogurt)
  3. Add a layer of lettuce
  4. Add a layer of cheese
  5. Add a layer of lunchmeat
  6. Add a layer of thinly sliced tomato
  7. Roll your tortilla into a wrap shape
  8. Slice into 1 inch sections
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Another fun thing to try: Add a little yogurt on the side for dipping. Kids love it!
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Sandwich Wraps

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These are perfect for a quick lunch on the run, camping trips or in the summer, when it is just too hot to turn on the oven. Sandwich Wraps are easy to make and require no stove to make. Ingredients can vary. Here is a list of a few of my favorite Recipes (I will continue to add to this list throughout the summer) 

Easy Lunch Pinwheels

The Turkey Wrap

The Salami Wrap

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