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Pepperoni pockets

This is our version of a hot pocket. These are fun and easy to make. The kids will gobble them up really quickly too. They can be made as a snack or pair with a salad to make a meal out of them.

Pepperoni pockets

Ingredients:

  • 2 tubes of crescent rolls
  • pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pack sliced pepperoni
  • block of mozzarella cheese,sliced thinly
  • 1 T. butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and brush with butter.
Open the crescent rolls and pat them out just a bit. Spoon about a teaspoon of sauce onto each roll leaving an edge on them. Place 2 pepperonis and a slice of cheese on the roll and top with 2 more pepperonis.
Fold the rolls up to make a  little pocket. Place onto the pan. Lightly brush with butter and sprinkle with Parmesan.
Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes and then cool for about 5 minutes as the filling will be extremely hot! Serve warm.

Pizzelles

These dainty little cookies are a real treat. They take me back to my grandmother’s kitchen. Her neighbor would make these delicious little cookies and bring them over every so often. How I loved them! I can’t say that these are as good as the ones I remember but I really do enjoy them.

My kids are amazed at the details in each cookie too. You can play around with the flavors to make suit the tastes of your family. Sprinkle them with a bit of powdered sugar for a extra special treat!

Pizzelles

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 t. baking powder

Directions:

Beat eggs and sugar until thick. Add in the melted butter and vanilla. Sift together the dry ingredients, and blend into the batter until smooth.
Heat the pizzelle iron, and brush with oil. Drop about one tablespoon of batter onto each side of the iron. You may need a little more or a little less depending on your iron. Bake until steam is no longer coming out of the iron. Carefully remove cookies from the iron and cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Chocolate pizzelles, sift 1/4 cup cocoa with flour and baking powder, add 1/4 cup more sugar and 1/4 teaspoon more baking powder.

Egg carton snow man craft

These are fairly simple to make. They are also very easy for kids of all ages. 

You will need:

  • one egg carton 
  • Glue 
  • pipe cleaners 
  • sequins 
  • sharpies 
  • construction paper 
  • other craft supplies, as desired

Cut each egg carton into four pieces. Turn over add eyes and mouth with marker. Make hats from construction paper. Use pipe cleaners as hanger. Allow kids to decorate with sequins and other supplies as their imagination guides them.

Popsicle snowflake crafts

This is another easy craft for kids of all ages. Adults will need to use the hot glue gun to assemble the basic snowflake and to attach the ribbon but after that let the kids have use own imaginations.


You will need:

  • Popsicle sticks, 3 per snowflake
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon or yarn to make hanger
  • Sequins
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Other decorations, as desired


First glue the three popsicle sticks together to form a snowflake.


Next add the ribbon to the back to form a hanger.


Finally, let the kids decorate as desired. Let dry and hang on tree.


Quesadillas

Quesadillas are a simple and quick meal or snack around here. They can be made from just about anything and come together very quickly.

Ingredients:

  • tortillas, flour or corn
  • shredded cheese
  • Fillings (Optional): mashed potatoes, refried beans, cooked shredded chicken, cooked hamburger or just about anything else hiding out in the fridge
  • sour cream, if desired
  • salsa, if desired

Directions:

Heat oil, butter or margarine in a skillet. Place the tortilla in the skillet and flip quickly to warm. Place fillings, if desired, on one half of the tortilla and top with cheese. Fold over and flip to brown both sides. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Serve with sour cream and salsa.

 

 

Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies

We love peanut butter here at our house. This is our go to recipe when we get the urge for peanut butter cookies. These are super simple to make and taste delicious. The kiddos love to help with rolling the dough into balls and using the fork to flatten them.
Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies (link to original post from Real Mom Kitchen)
 Ingredients
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (can also use crunchy if you like)
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the sugar. Mix together until well combined.
  3. Shape dough into small round balls and place on a cookie sheet. Using a fork dipped in sugar, lightly flatten the balls making a criss-cross pattern on the top.
  4. Bake all cookies at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes (check at 9 or 10 minutes to prevent over-browning). Makes 2 dozen cookies.

December 11-17, 2016 meal plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forget to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Lunch:

PB & J w/fruit

Dinner:

Oven Fried Chicken, Baked sweet potatoes, slaw

Snacks:

cupcakes


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Leftovers

Dinner:

Pintos, hoe cakes, greens

Snacks:

Popcorn


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Bean Quesadillas w/leftovers

Dinner:

Tater Tot Casserole, Veggies

Snacks:

PB Toast


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Muffins

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches

Dinner:

Chili Dog Casserole, salad, chips

Snacks:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Leftovers

Dinner:

Salmon Patties, Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Peas

Snacks:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

ramen noodles, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Sweet N Sour Meatballs, Mac N Cheese, Veggies

Snacks:

Boiled Eggs


Saturday

Breakfast:

Bagels w/cream cheese, fresh fruit

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Broiled Parmesan Tilapia, Steamed Asparagus, Steamed Red Potatoes

Snacks:

Russian Tea Cakes

Polar Express Party

This our annual family Christmas get together. It is based on ‘The Polar Express’ movie. We have so much fun with this every year and it just gets better and better. It has become a fun family tradition here that everyone looks forward too!

Unfortunately we are not having a party this year but the following pics are from previous parties. I also have a Polar Express board and a Polar Express ‘Fish Fry’ 2015 board on Pinterest.

I will continue to update this page as I can. I may be able to add menu ideas as well. Last year we had a Fish Fry as the weather was really nice. Just have fun with it and build on it year by year.

Here is an example of the Facebook invitation I send out:

‘All Aboard! Our annual trip on the Polar Express Train is scheduled and plans are being made. We hope to see everyone there. Make sure you wear your PJs and get your tickets to board the train! We’ll have lots of food, hot chocolate, crafts, games, and of course a viewing of ‘The Polar Express’. I’m still trying to get through to the North Pole to see if maybe we can arrange a visit from Santa too!’

We always have lots of food and special treats which include chocolate covered marshmallows. Use sprinkles to decorate them and small stirring straws as handles. We also dipped pretzel sticks in chocolate and decorated those as well:

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We also have a ‘gingerbread’ decorating activity, among other activities, and each child gets to decorate a house or in this case a train. I used graham crackers and Homemade Buttercream Icing to make the trains. I make them a few hours before the party so the icing has time to set up a little before the kids try to add decorations.

I usually fill several small pastry bags with icing (no tips just a small angled cut at the end) and have an assortment of candies for them to decorate with.

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These were some of our party favors one year. Small pastry bags, red pom poms, hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, and brown pipe cleaners for the antlers. Use a black marker to make the faces. So cute!

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Paper conductor hats. The black conductor’s hat is worn by our ‘conductor’ when he comes through to punch the tickets for all of our ‘passengers’. I bought the hat at Dollar Tree one year. I used scissors, some sparkly ribbon, a couple of buttons, and a hot glue gun to transform it into a conductor type hat.

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Of course a visit from Santa will make any party extra special. I bought a Santa Outfit from Oriental Trading a few years back and it was well worth the investment. This unhappy child is the same one who has been begging to see Santa this year! (This picture is hard to see but we also had a couple of elves who joined us for the festivities as well. Those outfits were also bought from Oriental Trading.)

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You can also have a cookie exchange, a ‘Guess how many candies are in the jar?’, a gift exchange, or anything else your heart desires. These are just a few of the ideas that we have done. I was trying to locate some pictures from last year’s party but my phone died around Christmas last year so those pics may have been lost.

I try to have some small gifts as party favors. For the kids it might include train whistles, wind up trains, small games, coloring books, or a small stocking of treats. For the adults I usually have a variety of pocket calendars, small bottles of Bath & Body works products (that I find on sale), small games, or hand made items like jars of hot cocoa mix.

There are some more pics of some of the decor that we used from Oriental Trading on the Polar Express ‘Fish Fry’ 2015 . We went with a ‘Winter Wonderland theme’ and I plan on building on that theme through the years to come. It doesn’t have to be big or fancy. Just do what works for you.

After showing some of these pics to a friend last night I got so excited that I am thinking of doing a low key party for the kids this weekend. Just seeing the smiles on their faces is motivation enough for me to pull something together really quick. I’ll be sure to do another post on that. Now where can I find a Santa on such short notice?

Refried Beans

So easy to make with leftover Pintos.

Ingredients

  • 2 T oil
  • 2 T. minced garlic
  • 1 small onion, minced (optional)
  • 2 -3 c cooked pinto beans
  • 1 t cumin
  • salt to taste

Directions

Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic and onion until brown 4 to 5 minutes.

Add Pintos and seasonings. Stir and cook until beans are heated, about 5 minutes or so.

Use a potato masher to smash beans to desired texture. Serve while hot.

Steamed Red Potatoes

The kids can help wash the potatoes for this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of small red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 c. dried parsley

Instructions

Wash potatoes well and cut off any large blemishes. Place in pan with butter, water, salt and pepper. Cover and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with liquid from the pan drizzled over top. Serve hot.

Larger potatoes can be used but will need to be cut into smaller chunks.

Salmon Patties

My kiddos really didn’t care for these when I first started making them but now they do ask for them from time to time. Salmon is a great source of protein and is full of other very beneficial nutrients that we need. you can read more about the health benefits of Salmon here.

Salmon Patties

Ingredients:

  • 1- 15oz can of salmon, undrained
  • 1 c. bread crumbs or crushed crackers (try using crushed pork rinds or oatmeal for a lower carb version)
  • 1/2 t. pepper
  • 1 T. sugar (I have been using Stevia in place of the sugar)
  • dash of lemon pepper seasoning, optional
  • 1 egg, optional
  • oil or butter for frying

Directions:

Use a fork to mix together salmon, bread crumbs, egg (if using) and seasonings. Use hands to form into small patties, set aside.
Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet. Fry patties, in small batches, until crispy and brown on both sides.
Makes about 8-10 patties.


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Tater Tot Casserole

1 lb hamburger, ground turkey, or ground pork
1 can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
1 lb tater tots
pinch of parsley
1/2 can water
1/2 c chopped onion
1 pack Lipton Onion Soup Mix, optional
shredded cheddar cheese

Brown meat, drain, add onion and parsley. Add soup and water. Put into 9×13 greased casserole dish. Top with tater tots and then shredded cheese.

Bake according to Tater Tot directions.