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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Go Off The Normal Path

This past weekend we had the time to go off the path and take a different route. This led us to being able to enjoy a free fairy ride and some open fresh air. The other route would have taken us over a bridge and on the path that is most often traveled. My tip is whenever possible take a moment and go off the regular path .

Apple Orchard Chicken Salad


This past weekend we were able to enjoy spending time outside with some friends. It was a great time to have a picnic sandwich and to enjoy the sites that we saw. It is becoming apple picking weather here and the sandwich recipe from Taste of Home idealy named Apple Orchard Chicken Salad

1-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
1 celery rib, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped red apple
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup fat-free mayonnaise
2 lettuce leaves
1 bacon strip, cooked and crumbled
2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons chopped almonds

In a small bowl, combine the chicken, celery, apple and cranberries. Stir in mayonnaise. Serve on lettuce; sprinkle with bacon, blue cheese and almonds

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pumpkin Cake

check this cute little pumpkin cake out here

Tail Gate Party : Victory Finger

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows

4 cups miniature marshmallows

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal

Canned frosting or decorating gel

Food coloring

Assorted candies

In a large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated. Using buttered spatula or wax paper, evenly press mixture into 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool slightly. Using cookie cutters coated with cooking spray cut into foam finger shapes. Decorate with frosting and/or candies. Insert ice cream sticks. Best if served the same day.

Microwave Directions: In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

recipe source : Snack Picks

Tailgate Snack : Barbq Bites

1 cup deli barbecued pulled chicken or pork (about 7 oz.)

32 Keebler® Town House® Flipsides® Original crackers

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 oz.)

1/4 cup sliced green onions

Cut up any large pieces of meat. Set aside. On baking sheet arrange KEEBLER TOWN HOUSE FLIPSIDES Original crackers in single layer. Spoon meat on crackers. Arrange cheese on top. Sprinkle with onions. Bake at 375 ° F for 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through.

recipe source : Snack picks

Three Cheese Pizza Snack Mix

5 cups Kellogg's® Crispix® cereal

5 cups Sunshine® Cheez-It® White Cheddar crackers

5 cups pretzel nuggets

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup grated, reduced fat Parmesan cheese

4 teaspoons dry spaghetti sauce mix

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

In 2-gallon, zipper-type, plastic bag combine KELLOGG'S CRISPIX cereal, SUNSHINE CHEEZ-IT crackers and pretzel nuggets. Pour oil over cereal mixture. Close bag and gently toss until evenly coated.
In small bowl combine remaining ingredients. Add to cereal mixture. Close bag. Gently toss until evenly coated. Store in airtight container.

Waffle Fry Dip

1 (2.1-oz.) package fully cooked bacon slices
1 (16-oz.) container sour cream
2 cups (8 oz.) freshly shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup sliced fresh chives
2 teaspoons hot sauce
Garnishes: cooked, crumbled bacon; sliced fresh chives; freshly cracked pepper
Microwave bacon according to package directions until crisp; drain on paper towels. Cool 10 minutes; crumble. Stir together bacon and next 4 ingredients. Cover and chill 1 to 24 hours before serving. Garnish, if desired. Serve with crispy, warm waffle fries. Store leftovers in refrigerator up to 7 days.

Pumpkin Bread Starts With Cake Mix

1 2-layer-size package yellow cake mix

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 cup mashed banana

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 of an 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix cake mix according to the directions on the box, omitting water, and adding the pumpkin, cinnamon and bananas. Spoon into one sprayed 9-inch loaf pan or 4 5-inch loaf pans. Bake at 375 degrees F for 50 minutes for 9-inch loaf or 30 minutes for 5-inch loaf or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (cover with foil the last 10 minutes if loaves get too brown).
In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until creamy. Stir in the vanilla, and then gradually mix in the powdered sugar. Let the pumpkin bread cool completely and then frost. Chill to store.

recipe source : Parents online

Planning A Dinner Party Table Tips

Planning a dinner party? Hope the above information helps and if you are looking for more tips check out the blog post here

Fall Craft Idea : Pressing leaves

The trees outside will soon be spotlighting lovely colors of fall. Perfect time to participate in an old craft of sorts. Pressing leaves. There are a few things that you will want to do in order to be ready to press leaves. Take a walk and look at all the beautiful leaves pick some off the ground or choose a few to pick from the tree of your choice. After you have your leaves be sore to place them some where they can be dry and flat between two sheets of newspaper between two heavy books. Keep leaves flattened in such a manner for at least 24 hours.

Now you are ready to press your leaves. Place the leaf between sheets of wax paper. Gently press wax paper with medium hot iron over the entire surface slowly for about 10 seconds. Each leaf will have to be pressed like this Allow leaves to cool Pressed leaves can be done in a variety of ways like

craft source : Kids Turn Central


Ghost of a Treat

White Bread (1 slice per ghost)

Whipped cream cheese


For each, toast a slice of white bread and then cut a ghost shape from it. You can do this freehand using a knife, or you can use a gingerbread-girl cookie cutter. When the cutouts have cooled, spread on a generous coating of whipped cream cheese. For eyes and mouths, add currants.

recipe source family fun

shared at Jam Hands Melt In Your Mouth Monday

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Stuffed Biscuit Cups

Stuffed Biscuit Cups

1 can Grands Homestyle Reduced Fat Golden Wheat Biscuits

1 pkg cream cheese, softened

1 c. finely chopped broccoli

3-4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled (I use turkey bacon)

1/2 lb turkey burger, cooked

1 tsp. worceshtershire sauce

shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Press biscuits into lightly greased muffin cups. In a large skillet, cook bacon strips to desired crispiness. Let cool, then tear into crumbles. In the same skillet cook the ground turkey burger until brown. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until well blended with no lumps. Stir in chopped broccoli, bacon crumbles, meat, and Worcestershire sauce. Drop by tablespoon into each biscuit cup. Top with shredded cheese and bake for 8-10 minutes or until biscuits are golden. You will have excess filling....but don't you worry, it's delicious just by itself

Recipe Source : Sweet Treats and More

Morning Music Rocks When Was You Born?

The Partridge Family Opening Theme Song. In the pilot episode this group of musical siblings convinces their mother to help them out by singing with them as they record a pop song in their garage. Through the efforts of the 10-year-old son Danny, they find a manager who helps make the song a Top-40 hit. After some more convincing, Mom finally agrees that the family can go on tour. They acquire an old school bus, paint it and depart to Las Vegas for their first live gig at Caesars Palace.

Each subsequent episode features the band performing in various locations and types of venues. The shows would often contrast their suburban life with the adventures of a show-biz family "on the road". After the first season the show focused more on the "at home" themes and less on their touring. The series originally ran from September 25, 1970 until August 31, 1974 on the ABC television network, as part of the Friday night lineup following The Brady Bunch. It had a few subsequent runs in syndication.

Monday Music moves me them this week is sharing a song from the year you were born. I was very lucky because there were many great songs of that year and decade. I decided to share this song because while i was born in 1970 I can remember watching this show not at its original airing time but when I was a teen ager in re-runs right after school.


Corn Cob Painting

Where I live it is nearly time for farmers to head into the fields to reap the rewards of their harvest. A fun thing to do this time of year is to try out corn cob printing with your toddler. I can remember walking the freshly combined fields and finding left over pieces of corn. The dried corn on the cob offers a texture that can easily be used for creating a painting print. Perhaps on a fall day when the weather is not so grand you will want to try this fun craft.

•paper plates (for paint)

•ears of corn (some stripped of kernels, some with kernels)

•tempera paint

•paper (large sheets if available)

Eat some corn a day or so before! (or simply head out to the field and get a few cobs)  Cover a table with newspaper, and place paper on top. Dip corn cobs in paint, roller-style, and roll along the paper in any direction. Use different colors for different effects. Compare prints made by cobs with and without kernels

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Bounce It Off Millions

Trying to make a hard decision. Whether it is who to spend the holidays with or what to name the baby Bounc wants you to allow them and millions others to help decide what the answer will be. Bounce recently asked you to decide between the bar or the sheet for the best laundry softner and now they want to help you with that burning question as well. Simply visit the Bounce facebook page at the tab bounce it off millions and you can ask or help others answer the questions that are so trying.

Awesome Fall Craft

Looking for a fun fall decor to make? Well here is a super cute one that seems easy to make as well. You can check out how to make it at Crafting Up My World blog