Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Cards

Cutie Easter cards :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tissue paper "stained" glass art

Yes...more inside toddler activities....hehe!  This one Brody was involved from start to finish - he LOVED being able to rip the tissue paper before sticking it :)  Another spin on this would be to let them decorate and then take and either cut it into a "holiday/fun" shape -- or put a piece of card stock behind it to keep the art work.

Press n Seal
Tissue paper

Put press n seal on window - sticky side out...then rip up some pieces of tissue paper and let your little ones stick them up! WOOT WOOT

Friday, April 18, 2014

Picture Basket

As everyone knows - I LOVE since I have so many laying around, I decided to make a little basket for Brody that contains fun pics for him to learn names / words!

It's awesome -- he sees himself doing fun things in them, and he has picked up on names of family members and new words!

Butternut Mac n Cheese

Friday in Lent so needed something the whole family would enjoy....Brody and I really liked this -- Ross was not impressed.  He said it didn't have enough flavor (but I just think that's because it didn't have any meat...hehe)

8 oz whole wheat rotini
1/2 C fat-free milk
6 oz butternut squash
1 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp dry mustard
pepper to taste
1 tablespoon parmesan, freshly shredded
1 tablespoon bread crumbs 

Prepare 8 oz whole wheat rotini according to package directions.

In medium saucepan, simmer 1/2 c fat-free milk with 1/2 12 oz package frozen butternut squash until combined. Remove from heat and mix with 1 c shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp dry mustard, and pepper to taste.

Pour drained pasta into 8" x 8" baking dish, stir in cheese mixture, and top with 1 Tbsp each Parmesan and bread crumbs.

Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

 One of my favorite things about my week nights, is coming home from work and playing with B!  However, I always walk in the door - and start making this cuts down on play time with my favorite little guy...SO you have to LOVE crock pot meals :)  I swear they were invented for the working parent!

4 chicken breasts
1 jar of salsa
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans
1 packet of taco seasoning
Toppings: taco shells, shredded cheese, hot sauce, sour cream

Put chicken, salsa and taco seasoning in crock pot.  Set on low and let cook for 7 hours.    
Shred chicken breasts at around 7 hours; add corn and beans.  After an hour, enjoy! 
Put on taco shells or make a taco lettuce wrap.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Science Experiment

Baking soda (enough to fill the bottom of 9x13 pan)
Food Coloring
Eye dropper

B couldn't quite figure out how to get the liquid out of the dropper, so I had to help him....BUT he loved the fizzing!!!  He kept touching it and making very excited noises :)

After we were done with the dropper - I let him play around with the baking soda...he thought it was moon dough :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fine Motor Skills

Working on B's fine motor skills...and his appetite :)