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South of the Border S’Mores

Written for Kids Cuisine on the Well Fed Network Getting creative at snack time is always a challenge for me. I know that other moms share this struggle as well. It is hard to get out of the cheese and crackers rut. Thank goodness there are resources out there to help us out. One of my favorite places to turn for snack time inspiration is Family Fun Magazine and the Family Fun website. This family of resources is my number one place to turn when I need something creative for the kids...whether it be a craft, party ideas or simple snack solutions. A couple of years ago, Family Fun Magazine posted a snack recipe that caught my eye. It is a recipe that I make several times a month now for snack. It is simple, the kids can help to make it, we always have the ingredients on hand and it is a tasty snack that they love. South of the Border S'Mores 4 servings 10 min 5 min prep 2 flour tortillas (8-10 inch) 3 large marshmallows, cut in half 2 tablespoons milk chocolate chips 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon sugar, mixture Generously coat a medium skillet with vegetable spray and heat it over medium heat.Place a tortilla in the skillet, then sprinkle the marshmallow halves and the chocolate chips evenly over it.Top with the second tortilla and spray it with vegetable spray as well.Cook the tortilla stack for 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned, then carefully flip it and cook on the other side for an … [Continue reading]

Really…We Are Still Sick

 I know... I am a horrible kid/family blogger. I am sorry I haven't been keeping this part of the blog updated. Truth be told, sickness is still going around in our house. Jacob, knock on wood, is healthy but has to visit a specialist on Friday about a possible hernia he may have, which would mean two surgeries this summer instead of the initial tonsillectomy we thought we would be doing. I had Ella into the pediatrician last Friday because she was wheezy and fussy. Ended up that she has another ear infection and an upper respiratory infection. I took Kelly in today because half way through school she laid her head down on the table and told her teacher her head hurt. They took her temperature and it was at 102. I took her to the doctor and she has Strep throat and "crackling" in her chest (whatever that means.) All of this stuff keeps getting circulated around their school. There hasn't been a single family not hit a few times this year with all of this crud. I am looking forward to summer just so we can all get well...finally!Here are a few pictures to keep you (Mom) satisfied until they get well and provide me with better material. Hopefully that will be real soon.  … [Continue reading]

From Disaster to Divine

 The first time I ever made clover rolls it was a kitchen disaster. To this day I have no idea what went wrong. The rolls that I had such high hopes for were hard as a rock. My husband and I had a fun time kicking them around the kitchen. I tried to give our dog one and he, the dog that normally inhaled people food, took the roll in his mouth, ran outside and buried it. I think he knew deep down that these rolls should be out of site because of the danger they could cause if one was thrown and bonked someone in the head. We are talking concussion quality rolls.That was a few years ago and I had stayed clear of clover rolls because of that one disaster. Today, however, I had a change of heart. I was trying to decide what to make for the Waiter There's Something in My...Bread event. I was browsing through my recipes and was feeling uninspired. What happened next was nothing short of fate. I literally stumbled upon a food blog called "What We're Eating". This blog sucked me in from the first post I read and I kept reading and reading. It is a brilliant blog. As I was browsing through the posts I noticed some amazing photographs. Particularly, a photo of some incredible looking Rosemary Clover Rolls. I knew that this was my sign to get back on that horse and try to make clover rolls again. I was going to give this recipe a try and hope that it would be a success.Let me tell all of you... I think these have got to be the best rolls, hands down, that I have ever … [Continue reading]

A Taste of Yellow

 Over the weekend I heard about a food blogging event put on by Barb of Winos and Foodies that will show our support for LIVESTRONG Day. LIVESTRONG Day is the Lance Armstrong Foundation's (LAF) grassroots advocacy initiative to unify people affected by cancer and to raise awareness about cancer survivorship issues on a national level and in local communities across the country.  LIVESTRONG Day 2007 will occur on Wednesday, May 16. Barb is asking that all of us participate in her event "A Taste of Yellow". The challenge is to make a recipe using some kind of yellow food. I knew right away that I wanted to participate in this worthy event. Cancer has touched each of us in some way or another. We have an Aunt on my husband's side who is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Two of my close friends are struggling with the recent diagonsis their dad's have received regarding prostate cancer. I have several more examples but these three are the ones that are close to us right now.As I sat in my kitchen trying to decide what yellow food to use, I glanced over and noticed some ripe bananas on my countertop. It is so rare that we have ripe bananas... my kids usually eat a few bananas a day between the three of them, so we go through bananas quickly. I knew right then and there that my yellow food was probably not going to be unique, but it would be tasty! Banana Bread would be my contribution to the "Taste of Yellow" event.A few months ago Claire at Cooking … [Continue reading]

Simply Salmon

 I know a lot of people who claim to not like fish. They often say it is because of the "fishy" flavor that fish has. A lot of people I know who do like fish don't like to make it at home because they think that the recipe has to be elaborate or the process of making the fish is time consuming. They would rather go out to a seafood restaurant and order up their fish than to make it at home. My husband and I used to be like that. We would only go out to eat if we wanted seafood. We had a "fish phobia" that neither of us were willing to do anything about...we were intimidated by the entire fish process.A few years ago this all changed when I decided to give Tilapia a try at home. I had several great attempts with various Tilapia recipes (click here to see some of my favorite Tilapia recipes). My confidence and desire to learn how to cook other varieties of fish grew. I discovered that cooking fish is really simple. I have no idea why I thought it was so difficult because it really is not.One of the seafood recipes my husband and I love to make now is just about as simple as it gets. It is a cedar plank salmon recipe that uses few ingredients but packs restaurant quality flavor into every single bite. We don't go out to eat at seafood restaurants anymore, thanks to recipes like this. If you are ready to get over your fish phobia head to your nearest fish market, of if you are in the midwest like us, head to Costco. Make it easy on yourself and buy your … [Continue reading]