Have you ever thought there was a way you should be doing something (to maintain traditions, etc.) and then thought, ‘what the heck, I’m going to do it my way’ and did? Good – me too. I had to work last night at my other job, but that didn’t stop me from having a fun morning with the kids creating some tasty treats for them to enjoy while my husband watched some games on TV.
Why not create crazy powder puff pink decorations and sugary treats in lieu of lunch? After all, you only live once.
We just got back from a quick overnight trip to Mt. Hood for Emma’s birthday – we had tons of fun snow tubing and exploring in the snow. I will have lots to share soon, but today I wanted to share this tasty Snickers® Dip recipe that can be found on the Albertsons website. It’s a fun sweet dip that can be served at any gathering or party. It’s on my list to make for our Big Game viewing in a couple of weeks. Of course I had to test it out ahead of time, you know, to make sure it had everyone’s approval. It did.
It’s the first Monday of 2016! If you are like me, today is more like the official start of the New Year as I begin implementing goals and changes that I didn’t get around to over the holiday weekend. I don’t know if I’m necessarily going to write down resolutions this year but I do know that I am going to concentrate on balancing my life more.
It seems like we are always teetering back and forth between calm and chaos and in 2016 I really want to focus on preventing from falling to one side or the other (normally it’s the chaos side!) With more work comes less time to focus on myself, and my health – and last year it hit me hard. This year I want to make sure that it doesn’t happen again, so I’m going to consciously do things that are better for me, like jumping jacks when I wake up, hot baths to soothe aching muscles, and making sure I have snacks that keep me energized throughout the day so I’m not holding my eyes open with toothpicks by 2pm every day.
You know, the kind that looks like the shape of the can when you pour it out? Many people love canned cranberries and they’re really not that bad, however, once I made homemade cranberry chutney for the first time I fell in love.
A few years ago I was scrolling through a magazine that I had received in the mail and it had a recipe for homemade cranberry chutney. I was in charge of creating Thanksgiving dinner for our families and I wanted everything to be homemade, so I decided to use the recipe from the magazine. The chutney was a hit and I haven’t used canned cranberries since.
Lunch; it’s a necessity, but it used to very rarely be a luxury. Lunchtime used to consist of getting three little ones to decide on what we were going to eat, get them all sitting in one spot for more than 5 minutes (all at once) and try to coax them into eating the veggies on their plates. Half of the time back then I would be standing so long going back and forth between the three of them that at some point I just gave up making myself a plate and either just picked and nibbled, or caved in and ate whatever was left from their plates.
Lunch was hard work.
Now they are getting older, and this year they are all in school, and I’ve suddenly found myself with time to actually sit down and enjoy lunch. On nice days I can even sit outside and eat while I’m working – without any interruptions.
It’s quite an experience I’ll tell ya.
Most of the time I don’t’ really like to make anything too much when it’s just myself, so I’ll make a wrap or a salad using leftovers from the night before. I have been using the new Reynolds ™ heat & eat disposable containers to put dinner in when we are through, and I can then easily re-warm it in the microwave the next day and add it to my lunch. The Reynolds ™ heat & eat containers come with a BPA free, recyclable plastic lid that snaps shut to help prevent messy leaks, and are also awesome to for guests to take food home with them after a dinner party.
What you need:
1. Place all of the ingredients into your slow cooker and cook covered; on high heat (my setting is for 4 hours.)
2. Pull apart the chicken and serve on a bed of rice noodles. Add sautéed vegetables if desired.
Yesterday, I used the Teriyaki Chicken and turned it into a teriyaki chicken salad which was delicious!
I placed my Reynolds ™ heat & eat container in the microwave, but only for about 30 seconds -Just enough to warm the chicken slightly so I could build a salad around it.
I added shredded lettuce, julienned carrots, diced pineapple, and a drizzle of sweet onion sauce and tossed it in the Reynolds ™ heat & eat container for lunch. It’s a great lunch to take out somewhere to work, or to have at home too.
The Reynolds ™ heat & eat containers can be found at Target in the same aisle you find Reynolds ™ Aluminum foil.
Do you normally eat leftovers the next day? Do you transform them into something else really quickly or just heat and eat them?
Oh the holidays. What can I say? I absolutely adore them – especially this time of the year. From Halloween, to Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Emma’s birthday on January 14th, we have lots of moments to make fun memories together.
During special dinners or events I like to make not only treats to eat, but original drinks as well that the entire family can enjoy. Whether it be parties or ringing in the New Year, my kids know that we will have something special to “Cheers” with.
You guys – we’ve been so busy this past week that I’ve not gotten back out to pick blueberries with the kids yet! I promised to make some more jam with them though, so this morning we drove over to our local fruit stand to buy a flat of blueberries…bad idea on a weekend! They were nearly out of fruit for the day, and only had a couple pints of blueberries.
Instead I ended up grabbing a half flat of blackberries and the last half flat of raspberries that they had to create a different kind of jam (and to freeze some too!)
As you can imagine – making jam can be, well – downright messy. I always keep cleansing wipes on hand for easy clean up – like Wet Nap® Cleansing Wipes. We always seem to get jam on our hands when I’m pouring the jam into the jars, and it is inevitable that the kids will dip their fingers into jam and sneak berries whenever possible!
I decided to do something a little different with this batch of jam and added a tablespoon of orange emulsion to give it a little bit of a unique twist with the berries, and I think it turned out pretty darn delicious.
Want to make some jam? Grab some sugar, berries, a Wet Nap Cleansing Wipes and get ready to create something tasty! 😉
What you need:
4 cups raspberries
4 cups blackberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange emulsion
8 8 ounce canning jars; sterilized
Wet Nap Cleansing Wipes can be found at Walmart and just make cleaning up super easy –whether it is jam off of sticky hands, or dirt from the county fair (I’ll share photos from that soon!) They are just great to have on hand.
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