Sloppy Nachos

I don’t know about you, but I’m always up for easy dinner nights and new ways to use up leftovers. Especially during busy week nights. One of our new favorites to make is Sloppy Nachos.

If you’re a fan of Sloppy Joes and you’re a fan of nachos, you’ll really love this. Sometimes we make Sloppy Joe mix just to make these nachos and other times we use our leftovers from the sandwiches to make them. Either way, they are a hit!

To make your own, layer chips, shredded cheese, and Sloppy Joe mix to your liking. 

I like to make my own Sloppy Joe mix. I brown up seasoned, ground turkey meat and then add organic ketchup and my favorite barbecue sauce (brown sugar and honey) to taste. The beautiful part is you can make it as ‘sloppy’ or saucy as you want! 

After you are happy with your layers, heat it up in the microwave until the cheese is melted. You can also put it on a pan and heat it in the oven. In the summers, I try not to use my oven. 

The kids are bound to love it and you could even have them make their own plate of nachos. If you wanted to spice it up, you could add green onions or jalapeños to your Sloppy Nachos! 

Let us know if you try it and like it! 

What are some of your favorite, quick weeknight dinners to make?

15 Heart Shaped Foods

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share 15 Heart Shaped Foods… just in time for Valentine’s Day. I absolutely love crafting and food… combining the two is even more fun! So here are some ways you can show a little love in the food you make around Valentine’s Day! 

Hearts just happen to be my favorite shape, so I’ll put all the hearts on all the things if I have an excuse. Even food! Some of these heart food ideas would be great for breakfast, lunch,  dinner, and dessert. 

Here are a few breakfast ideas you might like for Valentine’s Day…

Eggs in a Basket by Juneberry Lane

Nutella and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast by Mel’s Kitchen

Loaded Baked Omelette Muffins by Skinnytaste

These heart shaped foods would be great for lunch or dinner…

Cheese Burger Pockets by Pocket Change Gourmet

Heart Raviolis by Hungry Happenings

Heart Shaped Sushi Rolls by Holly’s Helpings

Mini Heart Pepperoni Pizzas by Sarah Hearts

Chicken Noodle Soup with heart carrots by Recipe by Photo

Heart Cheese Quesadillas by Smart School House

 

Heart Shaped Monte Cristo by Williams Sonoma

Heart Shaped Calzones by Messy Aprons

Veggie Salad of Hearts by Jo and Sue

Heart Shaped Grilled Cheese and Creamy Tomato Soup by Make Myself a Home

These recipes would be delicious for Valentine’s Day dessert…

Sweet Heart Cherry Pies by Cake Student

Pear Raspberry Heart Pies by Martha Stewart 

So there you have it… 15 *unique* heart shaped foods that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Do you make something special for this holiday?

Join us next week for even more Must Have Craft Tips!

Your hostesses,
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Tips for Creating Fall Tablescapes

Hello and Happy Friday! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips. Kara from Mine for the Making here to share tips for creating fall tablescapes!

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it would be fun to chat about how to create the perfect tablescape without spending too much money or too much time. If you know me, then you know I’m a busy lady and all about saving a buck, but not sacrificing on the pretty stuff of course. 

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1. Shop your house.

Check out the decor in other rooms of your house and see if you can find some things that go nicely on your tablescape. Examples of this are candles, sconces, a throw used as a runner or tablecloth, etc. Most times you will find exactly what you need around your own home.

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Image from Canadian Living

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Image from Worthing Court

2. Bring nature inside.

Using branches, twigs, pinecones, apples, acorns, wood, and pumpkins in your tablescape really brings fall into your home. Most times it will cost you nothing at all if you go out into your backyard or collect things while walking your neighborhood or going on a hike. 

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Image from Country Living

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Image from Little Green Notebook

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Image from Country Living

3. Use free printables.

There are so many awesome bloggers who have created free prints for your personal use. Anything from place cards, tags, banners, napkin rings, food labels, and menus. Be sure to leave a comment on their blog to let them know you loved using their prints!

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Printable banner from Just Destiny

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Printable placemats from Ella Claire Inspired

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Printable pumpkin tags from Ella Claire Inspired

4. Make your own decor.

Get crafty! Make napkin rings, paint pumpkins, build a planter box for the center of the table, make sconces out of dollar store glass vases and candle holders… let your creativity go wild! Often times you can buy supplies at your local dollar store and make something for your table in an hour or less. It doesn’t have to be expensive or take a ton of time if you don’t want it to. 

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Image from Lemon Thistle 

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Tutorial for dollar store napkin rings at Mine for the Making

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Tutorial for Pumpkin Succulents at Simply Happenstance

 

Do you decorate your table for fall or Thanksgiving? What tips do you have to create a beautiful fall tablescape? We’d love to hear!

 

Your hostesses,
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Veggie Flats

Hello friends and Happy Friday to you! Today I am going to be sharing a healthy recipe that your kids will love to help you with. Plus it’s a great way to squeeze in those vegetables that are so important. This recipe for Veggie Flats can be used as a meal, side to a meal, or even a healthy snack! It’s one of the many awesome recipes found in the Children’s Culinary Institute curriculum. 

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INGREDIENTS:

1 med  head cauliflower

1 med head of broccoli 

4 large eggs

1/4 cup chopped fresh spinach 

2 tsp onion powder

2tsp. garlic powder 

salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Trim the cauliflower,and broccoli  cut it into small, uniform pieces, and pulse in a food processor in batches until you get a couscous type consistency. The finely chopped veggies should make about 4 cups packed.

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3. Place the fine veggies in a microwave-safe bowl  with the chopped spinach and microwave for 4-6 minutes. Place the mixture in a fine cheesecloth or thin dishtowel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible, being careful not to burn yourself. Dishwashing gloves or nylon pot holder mitts are suggested as it is very hot.

4. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Add in veggie mix ,  salt and pepper. Mix until well combined. Use your hands to shape 4-6 small round flats on the parchment paper. 

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5. Bake for 10 minutes, carefully flip each flat, and return to the oven for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until completely set. Place tortillas on a wire rack to cool slightly.

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6. Heat a medium-sized skillet on medium. Place a baked flats in the pan, pressing down slightly, and brown for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Repeat with remaining flats.

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We love to add cheese and fresh salsa to the tops of our Veggie Flats. But you could also add pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and toppings!
 
 
Look at that proud smile! I guarantee had I made this without her she would have never tried a bite. Having kids involved in the cooking process often encourages them to try new things that they otherwise wouldn’t have. 
 
As mentioned before, this recipe (and lots of others) can be found in the Children’s Culinary Institute curriculum. I have been a CCI instructor for 4 years now and I will be the first to tell you that I LOVE it. I am able to use the CCI curriculum and be apart of a team of instructors (nation wide!) who continue to support and help you grow. I can make my own hours and work right from home doing something I love, teaching kids of all ages how to make healthy choices and how to cook and bake. This is an important life skill that so many kids miss out on since it’s often not something offered in schools anymore. Cooking and baking incorporate math, reading comprehension, and science all while learning how to prepare healthy meals and snacks. We have themed months, cooking competitions, field trips, and the kids can even progress through the courses and move up in apron colors. They absolutely LOVE it. Their sense of accomplishment after starting with raw materials and then creating something that they can eat and enjoy… that’s priceless. If you follow me on social media, you have had an inside peek to lots of my kids cooking classes and how fun they really are!
 
Interested in learning more about becoming a CCI instructor? Click HERE and fill out the form at the top of the page. 
Interested in finding classes for your kids in your area? Click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.
 

Five Princess Tips and Tricks

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Friends! Have you heard? Disney’s Sleeping Beauty DVD has been re-released! If you know my daughter then you know she LOVES Sleeping Beauty (Aurora is her personal fave!) and we check out the DVD from our local library *often.* To say that we are excited for the occasion is an understatement! So, in honor of such a glorious occasion, my princess is helping me out with this post by sharing Five Princess Tips and Tricks. 

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We are very familiar with Disney princesses in this house (can’t wait to share our recent Disney trip with you!), and we often make references to their etiquette, bravery, and loyalty. After heading to Walmart and picking up our copy of the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition DVD gift set and a few other princess supplies, we made our list of Five Princess Tips and Tricks (keeping princess etiquette in mind!) to share with other princesses out there. 

1. Be a good hostess. Invite friends over for some fun!

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Since my little princess was not feeling well (you can hardly tell in the photos…she’s a natural), she decided to invite some of her doll friends…you may recognize them.  ;)

2. Set the table with cute dishes and napkins.

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The princess table, plates, napkins, and cups can all be found at Walmart in the party and toy sections of the store. This is great for the busy mom who loves cute decor, but doesn’t have the time to craft something up!

3. Serve yummy snacks with cute picks, little cups, and tiny silverware.

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This part is just plain fun! My little princess loves using cute picks and utensils, and I’m betting your kids will too! She picked the menu which was turkey rolls, olives, string cheese, a fruit smoothie, and chocolate pudding with pink sprinkles for dessert. 

4. Drink fancy drinks with fun paper straws. Pinkies up!

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We made berry and spinach smoothies to put into the cute princess cups we got from Walmart. Put a cute paper straw in it, and stick that pinky out, princesses! Now you’re fancy. 

5. Have a fun activity planned!

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Since we are celebrating the release of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty DVD, our activity was watching the movie! The gift set also came with a bonus DVD that we plan to check out today. You can design your own Disney fashion adventure! How cool does that sound?

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Pretty simple right? And with these Five Princess Tips and Tricks, you and your little princess just can’t go wrong.

Need to see those one more time? Go ahead and print out this printable for your princess!  Just remember that all freebies are for personal use only. (Thanks to We Lived Happily Ever After for her free digital downloads!)

Princess Tips and Tricks print copy

 

Head on over to your local Walmart to pick up Disney’s Sleeping Beauty DVD for your #DisneyBeauties! There’s a terapad coupon affixed to the shelf front of American Greetings/Disney product displays for $3 of f $10 spent on Disney themed party supplies (at participating Walmarts) for the month of October. 

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Now go get your princess on!

Food-a-licious Friday {90} Meal Planning

Happy Friday, friends!
Today for Food-a-licious Friday, I am going to share some FREE ways for you to stay organized in your meal planning! I have found that it is so much easier for me to function if I am organized. In this busy life, I NEED organization. 
Can you relate?
I have found that planning ahead for meals and keeping an on-going grocery list makes my life so much easier. At first, I started planning one week at a time, rather than day-to-day. Now I try to meal plan for the entire month, and keep an on-going grocery list for my weekly shopping trips. 
A couple tips that may help you…
I always plan for the following throughout the month: crockpot meals, breakfast for dinner, Italian night, Mexian night, Chinese night, left-overs, family date night, etc. Plotting a few of these throughout the month really relieves some of the anxiety that meal planning can cause (I’m not alone, am I?). I also try a new recipe (from my Pinterest recipe board) once a week if possible. If we like the new recipe, it’s something I can use for next month’s meal planning too!
Now where are you going to write all of this down?
Not to fret, my friends. I have a great round-up of FREE printables from around blogland that you can download and print to make your meal planning and grocery list making so much easier. 
Just double click on the image to get to the printable you desire. 



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There you have it, friends. So helpful, right?
Now, let’s get organized in our meal planning!

Have a great weekend!
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Food-a-licious Friday {78} E-Cookbooks & Meal Planning

It’s FRIDAY!!! 
Can it get a “What! What!”
I LOVE finding new recipes to try out, and I figure you do too if you are here for Food-a-licious Friday. I thought today it might be fun to share some FREE e-cookbooks with you. Just click on the image to download one for yourself!
With our busy life style, I find it so important to plan out and organized our meals. This makes grocery shopping and meal preparation so much easier during our busy week. Here is a great FREE resource you can use to help you organize your family’s meals.
Where are your favorite places to find new recipes?
and
How do you organize and plan meals for your family?
Happy Friday and I hope you have a great weekend!

Muffin Tin Meals

Have you heard of the fantastic blog, Muffin Tin Mom? It’s full of fun ways to get your kiddos to eat at meal time! This blog is right up my alley, as our 3 year old can be a finicky eater. I thought I would try out the concept of doing lunch in a 1/2 dozen muffin tin to see how Luci liked it.

Here is my first muffin tin meal…

Pickle, 1/2 ham and cheese sandwich, cheese stick, vanilla yogurt with sprinkles, carrots and dip, and some gold fish crackers.

Did she like it?

Looks like it….

She ate almost all her lunch and totally enjoyed it! I will definitely be doing this again and I will try to get more creative with it as well.

Have you tried muffin tin meals? Check out Muffin Tin Mom for more inspiration and head to your local Dollar Tree for 1/2 dozen muffin tins.

Thanks for stopping by!

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