Archives for the month of: September, 2012

If you have kids and you celebrate Easter and you want to have a little bit more fun on Easter morning before/after church, this is perfect.  It’s obviously not something you can screw up, unless your toddler doesn’t buy into it.  Then, well, you’re out of luck.

My son was just over 3 when he and I planted jelly beans in the garden last year.  I put on a big show about it and let him know that magical jelly beans can only be planted the night before Easter and that when we got home from church the next morning the jelly beans would have grown.  His little mind raced with what they could possibly grow into.  The next morning, I popped the big colorful lollipop in the ground, diverted his attention until after church and then watched his little face light up as he ran to the garden when we got home.  So basically, if you can handle straying from the real reason of Easter, this is well worth it.  I’m hoping he will buy into it this year too. 🙂

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Difficulty 1-5:  1

Result 1-5: 5


Baked (not fried!) Cinnamon Breakfast Bites - simple and yummy!... On the list to try soon!

This has been on my Pinterest for months now, just waiting for the right time to make them with my little boy.  We are not big donut fans in this house.  In fact, I’m quite certain my 3 1/2 year old had never had one before, but he sure was excited to assist with this baking project.
Let it be known that I am not a baker and don’t even pretend to try to be.  Love to cook, borderline hate to bake.  But it’s donut bites, how hard could it be?  Turns out it was very easy, even with the (un)steady hand of my son helping.

Things I would modify next time, because yes, I WILL make these again!

1.  Add a splash of vanilla extract

2.  Add a Tablespoon more of milk (batter was just a bit too dry, I think)

3.  Lessen bake time by 2 minutes.

They are yummy though, they will just be even better next time.

I should probably add that if you are looking for a “typical” cinnamon & sugar donut hole, this is not it.  It is definitely the healthier version since these are reduced in calories and most importantly, they are baked, not fried.


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Difficulty 1-5:  2

Results 1-5:  4 (hoping for a 5 next time with the modifications!)

I’m not a big fan of spicy food but this sounded DELISH so I figured, what the hell, I’ll give it a try. The only changes I made were no bacon and I used Panko bread crumbs instead of whole wheat. All I can say is this chicken is AMAZING. By far the best thing I’ve made from Pinterest so far. We serve it with wild rice and make it at least once a week. Sometimes more.

Instead of using chicken cutlets which I found way too messy I cut a pocket in the chicken breast, almost like I’m butterflying it and then put the filling in and then dip in the lime juice mixture and toss in Panko. The cooking temp and time are just about perfect in my gas oven.

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Difficulty 1-5 – 3 only because of the separate containers and time involved when you first try this.

Results 1-5 – 5, it has become a weekly staple in our menu.