Thursday, April 19, 2018

Honey Sriracha Chicken Tenders with Fresh Mango

It may "feel" like winter right now, but its SPRING!!!  And, after months of casseroles and winter meals, I'm ready to enjoy some lighter fare!  So I went hunting for a fun new chicken dish - and also, a way to use the mangos we had on hand! As usual, Pinterest provided great inspiration!  I played around with a few ideas and came up with these baked chicken tenders that were a HUGE HIT in my house!  Honey Sriracha Chicken Tenders with Fresh Mango!




Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chewy Snickerdoodle Bars

I’m sort of the unofficial baker of our small group at church. I usually let other people cook the food. I’d rather bake up something fun!  I have some “old faithful” recipes that I make over and over again,  but I also love to just get in the kitchen and create something new! As any baking enthusiast knows, sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t.  Haha!  Well, today it worked! And I’m SO GLAD! I played around with the traditional “blonde” recipe, made them a little "chewier," and mixed in a little snickerdoodle inspiration and came up with these Chewy Snickerdoodle Bars!  The folks at small group seemed to enjoy them, so I thought I'd share the recipe!




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hawaiian Chicken (Slow Cooker)

With small kids, I'm always looking for simple, quick recipes.  But finding something my kids will eat without grumbling is difficult.  The smallest ones are in that, "I don't like it - even though I haven't tried it" stage.  Ugh.  I can't stand that stage!  Thankfully, this simple slow cooker Hawaiian chicken is a crowd pleaser! 



Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas

Hi guys!  My very favorite type of recipe, as I've mentioned many times before, is anything I can prep ahead and just toss into the slow cooker or the oven at dinner time.  (Is it just me or do everyone else's kids go absolutely crazy right when it's time to make dinner?)  So I thought I'd share one of our favorites: Baked Chicken Fajitas!


This recipe is so easy to make and so delicious!!! And the best part is that I can mix it up during naptime or - even the night before - and just toss it in the oven at dinner time!   I originally found this recipe at budgetbytes.com (through a search on pinterest) and, as with most of my recipes, I played around with the ingredients a bit and found my own groove,  But you can check out the original recipe HERE if you like!
Whip up some rice and beans, a salad, or some guacamole or salsa and chips, or just eat these alone! Any way you do it, you can't go wrong!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

BBQ Chicken And Black Bean Quesadillas (Freezer Friendly)





If you're familiar with my blog, you may have already seen my recipe for Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken Quesadillas. I'm obsessed with these things - and so are my family.  And it's not just that they are delicious, it's that they are an AWESOME easy meal.  I make bunches at a time (just assembling everything, not baking them), wrap them individually in tin foil, and stick them in the freezer.  Then when I need some dinner help, I pull a few out of the freezer, let them thaw for a few hours in the and bake them for 12 minutes at 375 degrees.  Seriously, it doesn't get much better than that!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Zondervan Gift Ideas for Easter



You guys!  Does it seem like Easter sneaked up on us this year?  I feel like we JUST had Christmas! But that's ok!  We LOVE Easter in our house! And we love to give meaningful gifts!  So we almost always put some great Bible-related books in our kids' Easter baskets!  This year is no exception!  And the wonderful folks at Zondervan have sent me a few of their latest to share with you!  Whether you've got a little girl or boy - or a teen that still loves a good Easter basket - Zonderkidz has something for you!  SO let's get started!

The first one I'm sharing is one of my very favorites!!!  Its the NIV Beautiful Word Bible for Girls!



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas from ZonderKidz

Hi folks!  It's been a little while.  I know.  I'm a bad blogger!  But I'm back!  And I've got a list of some of the best new books from ZonderKidz!!!  At our house, we LOVE to give books for Christmas! Why?  Here are some reasons:
1.) They aren't toys!  Between grandparents and aunts and uncles, our kids get plenty 'o toys for Christmas!  We give them fun things.  We aren't Scrooges!  But we try to find learning toys, creative crafts, and fun books!
2.) When you get a book for Christmas, you get fun AND learning.  That's always a plus!
3.) Books are communal.  When we give our kids books for Christmas, we're giving them something that we can do together - read as a family!

So here are some fabulous new books that your kids will love this Christmas...

 The Beginner's Bible Collector's Edition - The Beginner's Bible is a favorite in our house.  In fact, my oldest just read the whole thing in school this year!  This Collector's Edition is fabulous! Not only does it include the beautifully illustrated, hardcover Bible storybook, but it includes the entire Bible on CD's AND a DVD with animated story videos!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Zonderkidz March and April 2017 Releases - Great Easter Basket Gifts For Kids!

Zonderkidz has some AMAZING new releases for kids of all ages!  These books and Bibles would make great additions to your child's Easter basket!  SO make sure you run out to the store or jump on Amazon and snap them up!!!  Let's dive in!



Ready, Set, Find Easter - We have the Ready, Set, Find Christmas book and love it, so I knew this one would be a hit! Its a board book, so it's perfect for little hands!  Each page has a very small part of the Easter story on it (just 2 or 3 sentences), a cute illustration, and a group of objects for you to find in the picture!  So great for little minds!

9780310757696, Ready, Set, Find Easter



Saturday, February 18, 2017

Quarto Publishing Children's Books Review

I discovered Quarto Knows a year or two ago, and since then I've just been in love!  As a mom of three littles, I'm always looking for new creative and educational books.  And Quarto Knows delivers!  So today I'd like to share some of their amazing books!

Animal Babies Do The Strangest Things


Zonderkidz February Releases - Great Books For Kids!!!

Zonderkidz has some GREAT books releasing this month and I wanted to share some with you!  The first one is AH-MAZING!  The Jesus Storybook Bible is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month!  Can you believe it!?!  If you don't own this book, you need it!  Even if you don't have kids!  The stories are so beautifully written and the illustrations are so unique and colorful!  I NEVER make it through reading one of the stories without choking up!  That's how good this book is!  And just in time for the 10th anniversary, ZOnderkidz has released The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition!  This book is a beautiful robin's egg blue!  Perfect for boys or girls!  And now that I think of it, its the PERFECT EASTER GIFT!!!!!