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Food Prep for Kids

By Kay on Tue, Dec 30, 2008

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I know you’ve all been there. You just sat down to finally eat YOUR pancakes after standing at the stove cooking them all day and all the kids can say is, “Mommy, can you cut my pancakes?” Five minutes later your own pancakes are cold (GROSS!) and the kid who you first cut up pancakes for is now done and ready for the next one. So, here’s the scoop on how to make things a little easier on ya:

Pizza CutterWaffles:
My husband just discovered this method and I tried it this morning and FELL. IN. LOVE.

Use a pizza wheel. I still like to follow the straight lines of the waffle pattern. Shawn likes to cut waffles up like a pie. Follow your heart on that, but definitely pick up the pizza cutter to do it!
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What Do I Do with ALL This Artwork??

By Kay on Fri, Aug 29, 2008

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When you live with a budding artist, you live with piles and piles of artwork. And ALL of it is special. And NONE of it can be thrown away. At least, that’s what my 5 year old tells me constantly. And as gung-ho as she is about recycling, I still can’t manage to convince her that we can recycle some of her artwork, too.

So, instead of living with the masses of piles everywhere, I started looking for ideas of what to do with it all to help contain it and keep it from taking over my entire house. I came across several great suggestions like these:

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Egg & Sausage Muffins

By Kay on Fri, Jul 11, 2008

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I’ve been following lurking around the RocksInMyDryer blog for a little while now and have been thoroughly enjoying her “Works for Me Wednesday” posts.  She usually has it open to everyone to post their own links for whatever topic she’s designated and I wind up spending a few minutes hours following all the links to great posts.  

Works for Me Wednesdays

So, this week’s topic was 5-ingredient recipes.  My kind of cooking!  Needless to say, I’ve spent lots of time perusing everyone’s creative ideas and have bookmarked several to try out.

The first recipe I tried was for Egg & Sausage Muffins at ISpeakBeanish. They turned out great!!  I added some cheese (hello – I AM a cheese-aholic!) and then I blended up some fresh yellow squash and zucchini to “hide” inside the egg mixture that you pour over the sausage. You couldn’t even taste the veggies (thank goodness, otherwise my family wouldn’t have eaten them) and the two oldest kiddos LOVED them.  We had plenty leftover for breakfast the next day and I’m about to freeze the rest to have on hand for whenever Shawn needs a quick breakfast to go with his morning coffee.

So, slide on over to ISpeakBeanish for her great recipe (she’s a Houston local, y’all!!) or to RocksInMyDryer for more ideas for dinner tonight and enjoy.  Oh, and then you have to tell me which one YOU did and how it turned out so I can be sure to add it to my list! 🙂

Using Fresh Herbs

By Kay on Sun, Jun 1, 2008

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You know, if you read any of this blog, that we planted fresh herbs for Earth Day here with the kiddos. (Which reminds me, I still need to show you all my pics of our fun day!) While we did give some of them away as gifts for Mothers Day, I still have some fresh parsley, rosemary, and oregano on my windowsill.  And since I’m not exactly the world’s best cook, I wasn’t really sure what to do with them all.  I mean, I know you can use all three of those in spaghetti sauce if I ever made my own from scratch, but other than that?

And this is where we all thank God for Google and the internet and other bloggers out there that write about the things that they do!  I ran across this article on using fresh herbs and how to pair them with foods.  Great resource to keep bookmarked and refer back to when you’re cooking and want to try something new, but don’t know which herbs taste best with which foods.

Just thought I’d share!  🙂

Freezing Tips

By Kay on Mon, May 19, 2008

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Just found this GREAT article about freezing.  Almost makes me wanna thaw everything out and start over…  Okay, maybe I’ll just wait and do this the next time I buy ground beef…

Check out Lunch in a Box.

Let me know what you think and what creative ideas YOU have, too!

Holy cow!! Great use of visuals to help explain the proposed budget cuts and their actual impact on the overall budget.


You’ll never fold tshirts the same way again!

If you ever wanted to hear someone put a mommy’s day into a song, try this one! (I guarantee you’ll laugh your butt off.)

A little on the political side, but interesting nonetheless…

Children’s Books We’ve Read

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