This was a new recipe from Kraft that I tried last week-end on a cold and blustery day! It was a nice change from our usual meals.
A little cheese on top is always nice!
- 1 can (15 oz.) dark red kidney beans, rinsed
- 1 can (15 oz.) light red kidney beans, rinsed
- 1-1/2 cups TACO BELL® Thick & Chunky Mild Salsa
- 1 can (15 oz.) no-salt-added tomato sauce
- 2 Tbsp. chilli powder
- 1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces ( I used half thighs and half breast)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 cup KRAFT Finely Shredded Four Cheese
COMBINE beans, salsa, tomato sauce and chilli powder in slow cooker. Top with chicken, onions and corn. (Do not stir.) Cover with lid.
COOK on LOW 6 to 8 hours (or on HIGH 4 to 5 hours); stir.
SERVE topped with cheese.
Lets hope that pretty soon we are thinking about cooking dinner outside on the BBQ! Come on SPRING!!
Happy Monday everyone!
This is the treat I made for my husband for Valentine’s Day. Orange Slices and Chocolate seemed like a good combination to me!
Here are the orange slices.
- To make them I just melted some milk chocolate chips in the microwave. (melt the chocolate 30 seconds at a time and stir in between so the chocolate does not burn) Start with about half a cup of chocolate chips with 1/2 tsp. of oil to start. Melt more as needed.
- Using a spoon I covered half the orange and laid it on a wax paper covered cookie sheet.
- Then I used different sprinkles that I had on hand to decorate them.
- I chilled them in the fridge for about an hour until the chocolate was firm. Then I put them in a sealed container. I didn’t want the oranges to get too hard by being in the fridge.
I laid them out in the shape of a heart since it was Valentine’s Day!
My husband seemed to enjoy his Valentine’s Day treat and these were very easy to make. I wonder what else I could dip in chocolate?
During the Sochi Winter Olympics my coworkers decided to have a Multi-cultural Potluck luncheon. I started out teasing my coworkers that I would bring “Canadian Bacon”. They thought that was pretty funny and even funnier was the fact that Canadians don’t refer to it as “Canadian” bacon. They were all amazed by that bit of news! (We just call it back bacon or peameal bacon.)
Well, I didn’t bring bacon because I had a better idea. It just so happened that my Daughter was here visiting from Canada a few days before the lunch. I gave her a list of ideas of cookies and candies that she could bring for me to share with my American friends. It worked out perfectly and her suitcase was packed full!
I made up a platter complete with a flag and labels for the treats. I even left the wrappers so people could check them out. They enjoyed the French that was written on them. Here is what I brought:
- Ketchup Chips – These are not on my list of favourites! The people were very cautious as they tasted the chips. Most people didn’t like them but a couple did.
- Oreo Cookies with an Olympic theme – my family find that they taste different then the ones they sell here.
- Maple Cookies – I got a lot of positive feedback for these cookies!! YAY for Maple!!
- Coffee Crisp Chocolate bars –bite sized pieces – if you love coffee flavour then you will love these.
- Aero Chocolate Bars – Everyone loved these pure chocolate bars.
- Smarties – People were not too sure if they liked these. Americans are big lovers of M&M’s I have discovered. Personally, I think Smarties are awesome.
- Caramilk Chocolate Bars – chocolate with caramel in the middle, there is lots to love about these!
These chips got a bit squashed while traveling in my Daughter’s suitcase en route from Canada …. Oh well, everyone only needed a taste anyway.
Not only did I get to share some fun treats from Canada but it also caused some discussions around the lunch table. My coworkers asked me questions about Canada and then there was the discussion of hockey. Our lunch did take place during the Olympics so there was a bit of groaning and moaning about how the Canadian men’s and women’s teams beat the Americans in hockey. I however, was not the one moaning or groaning… I just politely smiled when the topic came up.
I must share with you some of the laughs I had in my kindergarten classroom during Olympics. Our classroom did an Olympic themed week. We looked at different flags from around the world and the Canadian flag was one of them. I got a chance to tell the kids that I was Canadian and it was fun to watch them learn about my country and our sports that we love that aren’t too popular in Kansas. The kids all had a chance to design their own flags for our Kindergarten Olympics and one boy made his own Canadian flag. He came over to proudly tell me, “guess what kind of flag I am making?”. I am not sure how his parents would feel about it but I thought it was very sweet. He carried his “Canadian” flag during our opening ceremonies.
I guess the Olympics really do bring the world together!
It is a teenagers dream come true! A self serve candy buffet! It was fun to put together and even more fun to eat the treats! This was the highlight for my Daughter’s Sweet 16th birthday!
I apologize that the photographs are not that great. The best location for this table just happened to be in the darkest corner of our basement family room – not the best location for photographs, but hopefully you can see it well enough.
This little elephant creamer made the perfect holder for an assortment of suckers. I bought some of the big ones from the Martha Stewart Clearance sale! I also tied on a bouquet of balloons to his tail.
I used these crystal ice cream bowls for candy. They looked so pretty on the table and they were the perfect size to put out a small amount of candy.
I made little tags from my Martha Stewart set to label the candy. I used the ribbon to tie it on to the jars and bowls.
A favourite Canadian treat especially with children.
I bought 2 of these candy jars at Target for approximately $5.00 each.
I used these small “punch cups” as the ‘bowls’ for the girls to eat their candy from. They were small, the perfect size I thought.
These are the little boxes that came with my Martha Stewart party ware supplies. ( I got an amazing deal on all these supplies at JC Penney) I gave each girl one and at the start of the party, they could fill it with candy and we tied them up to take home.
The Candy Buffet was a big success! I sent some of it home with the guests and we ate a bit too. Luckily I got a good price on most of the candy so it did not cost me too much. I filled one jar with chips and another jar with popcorn too. That is definitely a cheaper way to fill some jars up!
I hope I haven’t made you too hungry for a sweet treat by looking at these photos!!
Here is the birthday cake my Daughter and I made for her birthday party! We originally planned to cover the whole cake with m&m’s however I wasn’t sure how many m&m’s we would need. Once we got started we decided that just covering the top looked pretty good!
The cake itself is the chocolate cake recipe that my Mom made for my brothers and I when we were kids. I shared it last month when I blogged about my race track cake. The cake is called Mother’s Best Fudge Cake and you can get the recipe by clicking this link.
There isn’t much for me to explain about decorating this cake. I think its pretty self explanatory!
I thought you might like to see how all of my ‘Martha Stewart’ paper ware looked on the table! It was a great purchase that I bought on clearance!
I can’t believe that February is almost over! Boy, the time goes fast, this birthday celebration seems so long ago!
I hope you have a great Monday!
Our recent theme in the kindergarten class that I work in was Kings, Queens and Dragons! I offered to make a snack but I didn’t know what it would be. I looked around online for ideas of something to make but I couldn’t find anything that worked. So I put my thinking cap on and I came up with these castles.
These were fun to make and pretty easy too! Lucky for me we had a snow day in Kansas so I had a whole afternoon to work on them. The kids loved having their own castles and they all wanted to keep their flags too.
- I made a 9×13″ pan of recipe krispie squares and another smaller pan too (to make the second level of the castle) I had some leftover cocoa rice krispies from making spiders so I used them up by mixing them into the castles, which is why they are only partly brown!
- I used a bit of icing to stick the top square shape to the bottom rectangle shape.
- I used spiced gumdrops on the castle but any candy in that shape would work.
- I made the flags by typing the names on my computer, printing them out and cutting them into triangles and then using hot glue to attach them to a toothpick. Leave a little extra paper on the end to wrap around the toothpick as you glue.
- I added a gumdrop cut in half to make the door.
I would have liked to made these rice krispie squares a bit thicker to make taller castles, but I did the best I could since I had to make enough for a whole class of children.
This recipe from Picky Palate caught my eye when I saw it involves Junior Mints which are a new favourite of my Daughter’s. I decided to give this recipe a try to bring to our monthly potluck at work. If you want to see great photos of the process, check out Picky Palate’s Blog link. http://picky-palate.com/2013/10/23/double-chocolate-junior-mint-and-chip-cookies/ I was a bit apprehensive when she mentioned oozing mints that might stick to the pan, but I did what she suggested and I used parchment paper and I used a plastic spoon to reshape the few cookies that oozed (when they are first out of the oven) It all worked out quite well.
I included a few slight changes when I made them here:
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 4 ounce box Junior Mints for in the dough and a few more to put on top if you wish.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F’ and line a large baking sheet with a parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla mixing to combine. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, mixing to combine. Stir in chocolate chips then Junior Mints. I cut all the mints in half to go into the dough and I used my hands to make sure it was all blended up well. Chill dough for an hour or so for best results.
- Use a spoon to scoop the dough and place it 1″ apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until baked through. Please note, if mints ooze out of cookies, use a plastic knife to form cookies back to round shape right out of the oven when hot. Set a junior mint on the top of the cookie when it comes out of the oven. Let cool before transferring to cooling rack.
Makes 2 dozen cookies
Here is the little sign I put on the plate of cookies at the luncheon!
These turned out to be a great cookie! The people from work enjoyed them and so did my family! If you love the minty chocolate of a Junior Mint, then you will certainly love these!
In my part of the world I have the day off of work and the sun is shining and the temperature will be warm. That is a great start for a Monday! I hope you have a great Monday too!
Good Morning and ♥ HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY♥ ! I love this day because its all about Hearts ♥ ♥ ♥ (there is a reason I am the Mom who is all Hart♥ )
Today is an in-service/professional work day for Teachers, so I have the day off! We celebrated Valentine’s Day in Kindergarten yesterday. Our theme in class has been Kings and Queens and Dragons which has been a lot of fun for the kids. I even came up with a Rice Krispie Castle treat which I hope to share soon. Anyway, one of the things I love most about working with young children is the celebrations we have. I feel blessed to get to share in making memories with children during these special times in their lives.
Here are a few photos from my day!
Here is my Castle mailbox for my Valentines! It is made from a box and i decorated it along with the children! How lucky am I? Plus it was filled with Valentines and treats too.
My Castle was filled with all of this and more! I am amazed how many children hand out candy these days! It is almost becoming like Halloween. I am just happy to see the kids wishing each other a ‘Happy Valentine’s Day” and taking a moment to think about being good friends to each other.
One little girl came with homemade Valentine Flamingos which I just loved. Aren’t they so sweet?
Many of the children made me Valentines during their free play time at the craft table! They are always so proud to give them to me and the other Teachers. I am happy to have something to display on my fridge!!
Heart Shaped Cookies!!! Oh yes!!
Since I have the day off I am going to make my husband a special treat as his Valentine’s gift. Just a little something extra to say, “I love you!”
Wishing all of you a Great Day and week-end! ♥ ♥
I have had a 21 year career that has been the most amazing job a girl could ever hope for! I am a Mom. I guess I always will be but my days are numbered for working at this job full time. I always wanted to be a Mom, it was my biggest wish. I was quite content to stay home for 8 years and be a Mom. I took the job seriously and I tried my best to raise responsible, caring children. I am not sure I have done the job perfectly and the journey has had its challenges! However, along the way there was always new milestones to celebrate and they all brought us such joy. Now, my baby is turning 16. It is something to celebrate but it also makes my heart ache. I remember back to when I was a stay-at-home Mom and she was heading off to kindergarten. I didn’t want her to see how sad I was to let her go, so I cheerfully talked about how much fun school would be. On her first day of school I hugged her a little tighter and I couldn’t help but whisper in her ear, “I am going to miss you”. She looked right back at me with her big beautiful eyes and said, “I am going to miss you too Mommy.” That was that … off to school she went. I am dreading the day that I say have to say “good-bye” again as my youngest child is ready to head out into the world.
Oh dear, I need to cheer this post up!!
I am putting that aside for now because I am celebrating my Daughter’s birthday and the beautiful person she has become inside and out.
Happy Birthday to my sweet Daughter who is so full of “Hart”. I love you. xox
A PHOTO OF US CELEBRATING HER FIRST BIRTHDAY!
The birthday girl trying out her new rocking chair!
CELEBRATING HER 16th this past week-end
I am going to savour all of the Mom moments that I am lucky enough to have for the next 2 years.
My family loves watching the Olympics. We are usually glued to the t.v. for the whole three weeks.
This year we are a bit apprehensive about what we will get to see and if we will be able to enjoy it as much as usual. That’s because we are Canadian (as most of you know) who moved to Kansas over a year ago. Its hard to get all excited about your Olympic team when you are totally out of the loop about what is going on! My husband discovered that access to online Canadian Olympic coverage is blocked since we are out of the country. BOO! You can’t even show up at work and share the enthusiastic chatter about how great an event was, because there is no one to share it with.
The Olympics began and we tuned in. I was so happy to see several events that Canadians took part in and they got some specific coverage on t.v. too. It has only just begun and we’ll be excited to watch in hopes of getting a glimpse of our homeland athletes!
It is funny how you can feel homesick over the simplest things that you never even thought about…
You can see how enthusiastic we are about the Olympics from this post http://prytulka.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/opening-ceremonies-of-the-london-olympics/
GO CANADA GO!!
and United States too
Happy Monday Everyone!
Here is my youngest Daughter wearing her new Olympic mittens that her older sister brought her from Canada for Christmas!