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Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Cookies are always a favorite around here. Did you know that August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? Be sure to share a link to your favorite recipe in the comments below.

Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 12 oz packages of chocolate chips
  • 1-2 c. chopped nuts, optional

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.

Cream together the butter, sugars, and vanilla.

Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well.

Gradually add in the flour mixture.

Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop by Tablespoons on ungreased cookie sheetI love these pans!

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool 2 minutes and remove from pan.

Enjoy with a tall glass of cold milk!

 

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

As promised I will share the recipe for the cookies we made earlier today. These are super easy to make and I had made two batches, or about four dozen cookies, in less than 30 minutes.

I’ve always called them haystacks but Mr. Awesome knows them as Noodle Cookies. You can probably add other ingredients, desired or maybe even swap the butterscotch chips for chocolate ones.

Mr. Awesome likes them without marshmallows but with plenty of peanuts. The kids like them with marshmallows. That’s how I ended up making two batches.

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 11-12 oz bag butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 c. Peanut butter
  • 10-12 oz Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/2 – 1 c. Salted peanuts, optional
  • 3 1/2 c. Mini marshmallows, optional
  • Directions:

  • Line two baking pans with wax paper.
  • Place the chips in a medium to large size bowl. Microwave on 50% for 1-2 minutes or until mostly melted.
  • Stir in the peanut until smooth.
  • Add other ingredients and stir until well coated.
  • Drop by spoonfuls onto the prepared pans.
  • Cool in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Feeling The Pain of Undecorating…

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Well yesterday went better than I thought it would in some ways. The kids were motivated to help clean up the house as they wanted me to help them open, assemble, and set up some of their new toys.

In 2 hours we had the tree down (I don’t usually take it down so early but it was taking up some prime space in our little house on the pond) and all the decorations put away on the newly reorganized porch. We also had 2 loads of laundry done up and a third in the washer. The kitchen had made good progress as well.

As the kids went down for quiet time I played catch up on some emails, updated some posts on Kirby’s Koupons, and finished the laundry. Well this morning it seems I was a bit overzealous in my attack on the house and I am feeling it in every little joint and muscle. Big time fibro flare… gotta love it.

So while I was stumbling around in the kitchen trying to fix a cup of coffee and find some ibuprofen Jacob came in. He told me it was Wednesday and wanted to know what kind of muffins we were going to have. (Gotta love the fact that the four year is reading the calendar and telling time on his new watch.) Continue reading Feeling The Pain of Undecorating…

FREE Download: 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make

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My kids love the lessons from Kids Cook Real Food Site. Your kids will love them too!

Why don’t you check out this FREE Download: 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make and see for yourself!

Go ahead and give it a try… you never know you may just find your kids are helping you out a lot more and you can take a well deserved break! You might even enjoy the snacks they make and find a new family favorite!

Love with Food

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Have you heard of this site? I just found it a couple of days ago and it seems interesting enough:

‘Love With Food is the easiest way to Snack Smart and Do Good.

We help you discover new organic, all-natural or gluten-free snacks delivered to your door monthly. Receive a box of mystery better-for-you snacks and go on a fun foodie adventure with us every month. Our membership starts as low as $7.99/month.  Continue reading Love with Food

FREE Download: 5 Paleo Snacks Your Kids Can Make

My kids love the lessons from Kids Cook Real Food Site. Your kids will love them too!

Why don’t you check out this FREE Download: 5 Paleo Snacks Your Kids Can Make and see for yourself!

Or if Paleo isn’t your thing you can try FREE Download: 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make.

Go ahead and give it a try… you never know you may just find your kids are helping you out a lot more and you can take a well deserved break! You might even enjoy the snacks they make and find a new family favorite!

July 16 – 22, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot 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.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday 

Breakfast:

French Toast Roll Ups, sausage

Lunch:

Hot dogs, Veggies

Dinner: ++

Boston Baked BeansGrandma’s Mac N CheeseCole Slaw

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Popover PizzaSalad

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Fried Apple Pies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Easy Burrito Casserole, Yellow Rice, Salad

Cookies  (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Ham & Cheese sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Red & White PastaSalad, Bread

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Chicken Salad, veggies

Dinner: ++

Chicken Cordon Casserole, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Mac ‘n cheese, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Cupcakes (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

PB & Banana Toast, Eggs

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner: ++

Weenie Roast

Snacks/Desserts:

S’mores

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or other vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. 

July 2 – 8, 2017 Meal Plan

I almost didn’t get this out today. I had been working on it and procrastinating a bit. I planned on finishing this up yesterday but after I mowed during the kids quiet time I really didn’t feel like doing much of anything for the rest of the day. After dinner I went to sit down for a minute and was out until late last night. But here it is, I hope you all enjoy and have a blessed, safe, and happy Independence Day celebration!

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot 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.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday 

Breakfast:

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups, scrambled eggs, fruit

Lunch:

PB & J, fruit

Dinner: ++

Chicken Mexicana, Rice, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Jello w/fruit


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Poppy Seed Chicken, Rice, Green Beans, 7 Up Biscuits

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Something patriotic themed– will post the recipe as soon as I figure it out

(** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Soup, grilled cheese

Dinner: ++

Cookout (Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and all the fixins)

Snacks/Desserts:

Something patriotic themed


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Tuna Salad, veggies

Dinner: ++

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, French FriesSalad

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Hot Dogs, veggies

Dinner: ++

45 minute spaghetti sauce, noodles, SaladCheesy Garlic Bread Sticks

Snacks/Desserts:

Cake


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Ham & Cheese, veggies

Dinner: ++

Free Day

**(Check the freezer/pantry and use items to make a meal.)

Snacks/Desserts:

7 layer cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Breakfast for Dinner

Snacks/Desserts:

Blueberry Dump Cake

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or other vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Wheels

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Wheels

Ingredients:

  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 1 c. peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips

Directions:

Cream together the sugar, cream cheese and vanilla together until smooth.

Unroll the crescent rolls onto lightly floured surface.

Pinch together the seams and pat or roll the dough out into a rectangle.

Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top of the crescent sheet to about 1/2 inch from the edge.

Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of cream cheese, press down lightly.

Roll the crescent rolls up tightly and wrap in plastic wrap.

Chill in freezer for at least 2 hours but don’t let it get it get hard.

When chilled preheat oven to 350°.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Slice into 1/4 inch slices.

Bake for 12 -14 minutes until golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack.

June 25 – July 1, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot 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.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

NOTE: This is a Pantry Challenge Week for me.

Sunday 

Breakfast:

Pancake Poppers, scrambled eggs, fruit

Lunch:

Tuna Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Upside-Down Meatloaf,Mashed Potatoes, Veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins/Root Beer Floats


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Spicy Chicken and Bowties, Salad

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cinnamon Toast/Cookies  (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

PB & J, fruit

Dinner: ++

Mississippi Pot RoastMashed Potatoes, Veggies

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Wheels **new recipe, link will update soon

(** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Pepperoni pockets, Salad

Dinner: ++

Crockpot Chicken Joes , French Fries, Cole Slaw

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese

Dinner: ++

Meatball Sandwich Casserole, Chips,  Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Free Day

Snacks/Desserts:

Sopapillas (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Waffles,  Fruit

Lunch:

Oven Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Dinner: ++

Chili Dog Casserole, Chips, Potato Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Banana Splits

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or other vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few lot of extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. 

June 18 – 24, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot 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.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday 

Breakfast:

Cinnamon Muffins, scrambled eggs, fruit

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Alice Springs ChickenBaked Potatoes Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Crackers/Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese

Dinner: ++

Impossibly Easy Pizza Bake, Salad

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cupcakes


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Fix It and Forget It Crockpot Chicken30 minute Rolls

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner: ++

Fish w/Honey Mustard Sauce, Baked Sweet Potatoes, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Bacon Wrapped Pork TenderloinMashed Potatoes, Veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Pepperoni pockets,  Salad

Dinner: ++

Crockpot Tortellini Soup, Buttered Bread

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Cheese Danish, Fruit

Lunch:

Soup (probably leftover soup), grilled cheese

Dinner: ++

Crunchy ChickenMashed Potatoes, Cheesy Squash Casserole

Free Day

Snacks/Desserts:

Apple Crisp in a Crockpot

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or other vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc.