3 Easter Recipes

This year I must admit Pinterest had so many recipes I wanted to do, but only a few things actually got made. I wanted to document these so next year when Morgan is a little older we can do these again because they were delicious!


Rice Krispy Easter Eggs
6 cups Rice Krispies
3 tbsp. butter-melted
1 bag marshmallows (we used the miniature)

Microwave marshmallows for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Dump Rice Krispies and melted butter. Mix together and then form into Easter Egg shapes.

Trick to doing this while still hot-wet your hands. When the water starts to dry, wet again till finished. Its amazing that water will not allow them to stick to your hands.

Resurrection Rolls

Resurrection Rolls
Source: Blue-Eyed Bride
I look forward to doing these next year when hopefully Morgan will understand a little better.

1 (10 oz.) can  crescent dinner rolls
8 large marshmallows
1/4 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar

Symbolism

Let your kids have their own crescent triangle. This represents the tomb.

Then have your child take one marshmallow . This represents the Body of Christ.

The butter, cinnamon and sugar represent the oils and spices that Jesus’ body was anointed with when he was buried.

The marshmallow is laid in the crescent roll representing Jesus’ body being laid in the tomb.

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Lightly grease a baking sheet
3. Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles
4. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar
5. Dip a large marshmallow  into melted butter, then roll in sugar mixture. Place marshmallow into the center of the dough triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together very tightly to seal the marshmallow as it melts. Place on baking sheet. Repeat.
6. Bake until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.
(Make sure you pinch the seams really well or the marshmallow will ooze out of the sides)

I ended up mixing the leftover cinnamon, sugar, and butter and putting it on top of the crescent rolls. I thought it was a nice addition.

When you cut into the crescent roll (tomb) you’ll see that the marshmallow is no longer there!
The tomb is empty! Jesus is risen and He is alive!

Birds Nest

Birds Nest Treats
Source: We love Being Moms!

These were really good and so easy to make.

1 C butterscotch chips (or chocolate chips)
3/4 C peanut butter
1 C chow mein noodles
1 bag  Reeses pastel eggs or cadbury eggs (Im not a fan of Cadbury eggs)
Directions:
1.In a medium bowl, melt chips and and peanut butter in microwave for 30 seconds at a time until melted.  I ended up having to do 2 min.
2. Add chew mein noodles to mixture, mix well.
3- Form nests in muffin tin or wax paper, let cool.
4- Add Reeses or Cadbury eggs to nest, Enjoy!

Chicken Fajitas


We love fajitas in our household but Ive always used the mix that is by McCormick. One day over on Pinterest I found a recipe that sounded amazing that I knew I had to try but made a few changes to it. My husband tried it and he is a super picky eater and since cooking I’m not sure I have ever received a rating of 10 by him but he gave this recipe a 10 so its a sure winner and will be making its 2nd appearance this week in our house.

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1.25 lb Tyson chicken strips (I buy the bag at Sams and usually lasts about 2 times of fajitas)
1 lime squeezed
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh minced garlic
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp liquid smoke flavoring
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 onion
1 bell pepper

I did not marinate the chicken (as it states in original post) in it due to time, I cooked it with the seasonings and it was delicious!

Directions
Add chicken, then add all ingredients. Cook until chicken is done.

Super simple and low in fat.

pumpkin + chocolate=fun

So tonight Morgan and mommy got in the kitchen to cook Morgan some muffins for her first ever Halloween party. I decided that I would try this recipe I pinned a while back on Pinterest. I thought this recipe cant be that good something has to be missing. I mean how could a recipe be delicious with only two ingredients? Well Im here to say this recipe lives up to it!

 

Pumpkin Chocolate chip muffins
1 can of pumpkin
1 box yellow cake mix
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (this was an addition we made)
powdered sugar
(No eggs, no butter, no oil-the above is it)

Bake at 350 for 18 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

My little helper put the liners down into the muffin pan. She of course wanted to help remove the liners as well.
Then we had to add in the yellow cake mix and pumpkin
She had so much fun stirring the pumpkin and cake mix together
Mom-what are these little things? They look good and my size
Yeah mom these are pretty good.
The fun part was when we added them in and she wanted to take them out because she enjoyed the little chips so much.

Then we had to put the muffins in the tin. Getting Morgan to not take the liners out was a fun task.
Our finished product. It made 40 muffins. Its a really good thing these are not staying around-wow they are good and very addictive.

Bye-Bye Baby Weight {week 11} + Recipe

This Week’s Loss/Gain: -1.0 lbs
Total Weight Lost: -9.6 lbs
Weight to Go: -30.2 lbs

Food: Food has been ok this week. I think desserts are getting easier and easier to resist. Its even easier when you dont have them around the house. Another good of this week was to eat out less.

Fitness: 1 night of walking. Not a great fitness week.

Last Week’s Goals-
-eat one fruit or veggie every day-FAIL-still need work in this area
-get in one night of exercise other than walking-FAIL-AF was in town and fitness just wasnt sounding real great.
-eat out only 3X this week (this includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)-FAIL
Even though I didnt meet a single goal I had said I would, I think its making me much more aware of things.

This Week’s Goals: keeping goals until I can get them.
-eat one fruit or veggie every day
-get in one night of exercise other than walking
-eat out only 3X this week (this includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Easy Recipe that I just threw together last night-delicious!

Chili Corn
1 can corn
1 tbsp. butter
1/3 tsp chili powder
Cook for about 10-15 minutes. Absolutely delicious and so easy! Even Morgan ate it and she hates veggies.

Tuesdays at the Table {Tater Tot Casserole}


Ive had a recipe blog for a while and for a while now I never honestly use it. This week I decided to participate with Tuesdays at the Table and share the new recipe that was delicious last night.

I always love to find new recipes and I have a ton of them pinned on Pinterest. So many that we will never get to try all of them but Im trying to step out and try a new one so that we don’t fix the same thing each week. So without further ado-this recipe is simple, easy and delicious! This recipe really tastes a little like a good hamburger steak topped with tater tots.

Tater Tot Casserole
1 lb ground beef
5 oz cheddar cheese
1 can cream of mushroom/chicken soup (its a new one that combines both flavors into one)
1 15 oz bag of tater tots (I used the crispy crowns that are a little shorter)
1/2 yellow onion

Directions
Layers
ground beef ( I did not cook the meat before placing in the oven)
cream of chicken/mushroom
onions
tater tots
cheese

Bake at 375 for 50 minutes. It should be nice and bubbly. If you want to speed up cooking time, cook meat beforehand and it would reduce time to probably 25-30 minutes.

Next time I will probably add some type of veggie (corn, peas, etc) to make it a little healthier.

Recipe inspiration

Hitting Home

Not even a week old

Today was one of those days that it seemed like everything hit me like a ton of bricks all at once. First, when I went to pick up Morgan at daycare I got the memo that my little girl will be moving up to the next room on June 1. This is not just any little move this is a HUGE move for our little girl. Why you might ask?

Well, when she goes to the next room there is no bottles and naps are once a day. No more baby swings, no bottle warmers. Yep she gets to play more and be a big girl in her big girl room. I guess I knew this day was coming but maybe I wasnt ready for the memo to tell me it was officially happening YET.

So now the next turns to a question that maybe some of you moms can help me out with…how do you transition your child to no bottles? Morgan is doing great with a sippy cup with only her water right now. Daycare gives her bottles to her cold and we tried tonight and she did great. Maybe Im really thinking its going to be harder then it is. So any advice on the big switch to no bottles would be greatly appreciated.

Then on the way out, they have a board of all the children in the daycare that have birthdays for the month. This is a board Ive seen since day 1 of Morgan being at daycare but my little girl could not possibly be old enough to be put on this board. I mean this is only for big kids not for my sweet little Morgan. Yep her name got put up on the board and while it makes me happy she is doing so well it also made me a little sad to see my little girl almost turn one.

My big girl today eating puffs and lil crunchies

So to end the day on a great note I made the Shrimp Feta casserole and everyone enjoyed it! Its such a easy meal that makes a ton.

>Homemade Baby Food

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Well today was the first attempt at homemade baby food & I must admit it was pretty easy but I did have to make some changes. Above all what was made, babies r us containers, steamer

What I made-sweet potatoes, bananas, fuji apples. and carrots

What I needed-steamer, measuring cup for water, containers to put items in (got them for Babies R Us came in a 16 pack of 2.25 oz jars even though it says 2 oz its over 2 oz and they are PERFECT!), food processor, napkin for the spill ups when pouring in containers

Steamed the apples and carrots first

I thought I had it all figured out until I went to give it to Morgan and she about gagged…it just wasnt soupy enough as I like to call it so Ill post my findings and my additions…

Carrots
1 bag of carrots
1/2 c water
Steam-15 min
Pulse-3-5 min
Servings: 9 (2.25 oz)
I first steamed them, took them out and added only 1/4 c of water (it needed more). Well I added a little too much I think with 3/4 c of water and think that 1/2 c water would be perfect!

the right consistency finally of sweet potatoes

Sweet Potatoes
2 large sweet potatoes
1 c of water
Steam: 20 min
Pulse:5-7 min
Servings: 9 (2.25 oz)
Removed all peelings, tried to cut them in half only to realize that just wasnt happening even with a pretty sharp knive they were hard as a rock! Steamed the sweet potatoes and only added 1/4 c of water and boy was that a huge mistake it needed a lot more. Added little by little until I got to a full cup of water until it was the perfect consistency and Morgan would finally take a bite and not gag on it.

Apples
2 Fuji apples
1/4 c of water
Steam: 13 min
Pulse: 3-5 min
Servings: 4 (2.25 oz)
These were about as easy as it comes to be real honest. Cut them in fourths, and removed all the peelings. Steamed them added the water, pulsed them and they were perfect. We will see in the morning how Morgan likes them thats the real key:)

Bananas
3 bananas
1/4 c water
No Steam
Pulse: 2-4 min
Servings: 5 (2.25 oz)
These were so easy-no cooking required! Add bananas, add water, pulse and they are done! Morgan has not been a fan of bananas yet so I was hoping maybe making them would help but not much luck yet she wasnt crazy about them but I maybe mixing with something to get her to like them.

Hope this helps someone and if anyone who has made it has any tips please let me know because right now we are still experimenting and learning:)