Saturday, August 15, 2009

School Pictures

School is starting soon, and I recently saw a idea I like in a magazine. Most parents take pictures of their kids on the first day of school, but what about taking their picture on the last day of school too? Take it in the same spot you took the first day of school picture. This way you can really see how they have changed and grown over the school year.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Yummy Potato Soup

I love potato soup, but I never make it because I think it is hard to make and it's really not all that healthy with the heavy cream and all. But I found a yummy and easy recipe for potato soup. The best part is that you make it in your crockpot.

Potato Soup
2-3 lbs potatoes
small onion (around 1/3 cup chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (I used about teaspoon of the pre-crushed kind I have in my fridge)
2 cans chicken broth
1/2 teas. black pepper
1/2 teas. red pepper
8 oz lite cream cheese

Peel and dice the potatoes and dice the onions. Place potatoes, onions, garlic, broth, black pepper, and red pepper in your crockpot (you can add seasoning salt if you like, but with the salt in the chicken broth I didn't feel like it needed any.) Cook on low for 8 hours. NOTE: ***Because I work full-time, I knew there was no way I would get all this done in the morning. I did all the prep work the night before and covered it with plastic wrap. Make sure you press the plastic wrap down on the top of the food. This helps get all the air out and helps keep your potatoes from getting brown. In the morning I just put it all in the crockpot and turned it on and left.***

Once the potatoes are tender, smash with your potato smasher. (I wish I had a hand held immersible blender because I think it would have made the soup creamier) Once the potatoes are smashed, add the cream cheese in 1 inch pieces. Cook until the cream cheese is melted. Serve!

It's serves about 6 people. Only around 350 calories per serving. Serve with a yummy salad and you have dinner. We topped ours with a little shredded cheese, but bacon bits sounded good to. If any of you try this, let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Summer Advent Calendar

I found Chocolate On My Cranium last fall. She is a great resource. Check out her FHE ideas. One of the ideas I really loved was her summer advent calendar. Check it out here. She will explain what different ideas she uses. Even though she has a beautiful and elaborate calendar, you can make yours as simple as you want. You could even just stick different ideas in different envelopes and have the kids randomly pick on every day. Good luck this summer. If you have any fun summer activites, please share.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

All-Purpose Spice Rub

About a year ago I found a recipe for an all-purpose spice rub on We love it! I use it on chicken and veggies all the time. By making so much ahead of time, it makes it easy to spice up your dinner (pardon the pun). I store it in my old baby food jars. The kids can help you make it too. I put all the ingredients in a large Ziploc bag and let the kiddos shake it up to mix everything together.

  • 1/3 cup coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (optional if you want a little spice)

This is a very versatile recipe. Feel free to try different spices. We have used rosemary and red pepper flakes instead of thyme and cayenne.

One of our favorite ways to use this rub is to make roasted cauliflower. Place the cauliflower florets in a baggy. Pour in a tablespoon of oil (I use olive or canola because they are the healthiest for your heart). Then our in some of your spice. Shake the bag till all of the cauliflower is coated. Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes, turning once. Yummy! Yummy!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

FREE R.A.M.P. Days at Treehouse (and other free activities)

The Treehouse Museum in Ogden, Utah has three free days this year. The dates are June 6, July 18, and August 1. If you have any questions, visit their website or call the Treehouse Museum at 801-394-9663.

To get the whole RAMP schedule of free activities in the Weber county area, click here and click on the download for the RAMP Summer activities calender.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Toothpicks With Lunch

Just wanted to share an idea I discovered. My 18 month old has become a lousy eater. After two bits, he wants out of the highchair. He would rather play than eat. I have found an easy solution to this. Use toothpicks! I now cut up food into bit size pieces and stick a toothpick in every piece. He loves it! He thinks it is s fun to eat the food off the toothpick. For lunch we had cheese and ham and fruit. He ate it all and asked for more. I'm thrilled! I'm sure I will be going through a lot if boxes of toothpicks, but that is a small price to pay.

If anyone else has a great idea on how to make food more fun so baby D will eat better, I would love to hear about it. Thanks!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Fun blog find

I found this totally cute blog that has a ton of homemade projects. My favorite is the binkie clip! And if you don't like to make things, she sells a lot of her projects on etsy. Check her out!