Thursday, September 11, 2014

Crunchy Biscuit Chicken

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   It's been 4 weeks since the school started and I must say..I was busier than ever. I love the new role though, I love to see our Lucy blossom and experience whole new things. I love picking her up at school and how Lily gets excited when we pick her big sister up. I just adore how Lily and Lucy kiss each other goodbye every morning. Oh ..speaking of busy..How time flies! We are already in the second week of September. If I think I am busy now , well this  "- ber " months is  the beginning of many events..good events in our lives. Birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving , Church events , Christmas etc..and most especially seeing my side of the family..very soon. And because busy moms loves easy meals, here's an easy meal that you can whip up for your family. I did use a can of cream of chicken , you can always make a homemade cream of chicken . See here for the recipe : Creative Homemaking - Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup


Ingredients :

2 cups cooked, diced chicken
1 10oz Cream of Chicken Soup
1 14oz can green beans
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 oz sliced mushroom
1/2 cup mayo
1 tsp lemon juice
1 10oz tube refrigerated flaky biscuit
1-2 tbsp, melted butter
1/4 cup cheddar cheese crushed croutons



Directions:

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees
Combine the first seven ingredients in a saucepan , cook over medium heat just until hot and bubbly.



Pour the chicken mixture into an ungreased baking pan. I used 13 x 9. Separate the biscuit dough into 10 biscuits and arrange the biscuits over the chicken mixture. Brush each biscuit with the melted butter and sprinkle with the crushed croutons.


Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or when the biscuits are deep golden brown.


Creamy chicken with biscuits.. goodness in one bowl.


Serve with fruits.  Enjoy!


 
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Learning Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers Part 2


  Play and exploration are the natural ways our kids learns . It is very important for healthy development. There is nothing like playing outside and exploring nature and for those days and circumstances that outside play and exploration is not applicable, here are some toys that teach.


These Learning toys are for toddlers and preschoolers , however some older children will still enjoy these games and toys.



Candy Land Bingo - A Color Recognition Game

A fun way to play and learn colors! A starter game for toddlers who's starting to learn their colors and our 4 yr old girl loves it. 





Stringing and lacing are great ways to enhance fine skills. They enjoyed stringing each bead and designing it , as they pretended to make necklaces. It is a perfect way to develop hand and eye coordination , an awesome way to teach them how to spell their names too. What I love about this is that it is in a reusable container.



Think fun Roll and Play Board Game

Now this game is awesome for active play and if you want to work on your child's gross motor skills. Perfect for those rainy days and super hot summer days, it keeps your children moving and learning.


 Just simply ask your child toss the big plush cube and identify which colored side faces up. Choose a matching color card and perform the simple activity shown on the card, such as “Make an angry face”, “Play Pat A Cake” or “Find something blue”.  A good bonding time for parents and  child . It is really fun, hubby and I enjoyed it with our girls.

Playskool Play-Doh Fun Factory Super Set 19 oz

Kneading , cutting and pressing the dough are great ways to exercise those fine motor skills.  I love that it also makes them creative and think. Engage with them by asking them what are they making , are they making a pretend cookie? Encourage them to create lots of different things with play doh.

If you are not a big fan of play doh's you can easily make play dough at home,  see here :




You can also purchase tools for play dough like this:



Click here to  purchase: 
Dough Tools - 5 Piece Assortment

You can also find things around your home that they can play with the dough to save money. Like cookie cutters you don't use anymore , straws , rulers, popsicle sticks and lids.


Puzzles

Our eldest Lucy got obsessed with Finding Nemo for a while. I can't even tell how many time she watched it. She also enjoys puzzles. It is a good way to strengthen their fine motor and helps in their focus.
I don't know about you but we do enjoy watching how her face lits up every time she finishes a puzzle. Just be sure to encourage them and offer help when they get frustrated.


Lets Go Fishin

This game is perfect for reinforcing hand and eye coordination , hand dexterity and patience!  If you want to give your kid a little tube and hand held device break, grab this game. They will love it!


Learning Resources Lacing Alphabet

This toy is not for kids under 3 yrs old or kids who still have the habit of putting things into their mouth. The letters are small. If you have a preschooler at home who loves to lace and make words , this is a good set for them.



Brain Quest Preschool, revised 4th edition: 300 Questions and Answers to Get a Smart Start

Do you have an inquisitive young mind at home? If you do, this is awesome to pack in your purse . When your in a waiting room with an antsy kid, this is handy to keep them engaged and thinking.



Melissa & Doug Shape Sequence Sorting Set

This sorting set promotes coordination recognition , memory skills, hand and eye coordination and fine motor skills. There are many ways to use this set and interact with your kid. You can teach them basic math skills like sorting, patterning and counting skills.




Have fun and laugh with your children!



Learning Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers Part 1


Skills Your Preschooler Needs to Know



How To Teach Your Kids to Get Dressed by Themselves



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

No Fail Chocolate Chip Cookies


   A couple of years ago , Thanksgiving dinner.. I still recall how awful my chocolate chips were. The sad part was, I used refrigerated cookie dough. It was as hard as a rock. No kidding! How can I screw up a premade cookie dough right, you just pop them in the oven. Well, my preoccupied mind left it in the oven too long. That did it for me though ( well after the laughs I got..) ..I told myself that I will learn to bake cookies from scratch. I had my fair share of making flat cookies, I think the secret is putting your dough in the fridge for at least a couple of hours before baking it. Made these yummy, chewy and soft cookies several times and I can proudly share it..it is a no fail recipe!


Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 3.5 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
pinch of salt
1-2 cups of chocolate chips ( semi sweet or milk chocolate)



Directions:

I pre made this mix days ahead with  my other mixes that I plan on making soon , If you want to make it all in the same that is more than okay. Just mix all your dry ingredients in a separate bowl - flour , baking soda , pudding mix, and salt. Beat until well combined.



In a separate mixing bowl, combine the butter , sugars , egg and vanilla. Beat until the mixture is creamy.



Slowly add your prepared dry ingredients ( flour mixture) into your wet ingredients ( butter mixture). Beat until just well combined. Scrape down the bowl if necessary, we dont want to waste them goodness!

Add and fold in the chocolate chips.


Put your dough in a plastic wrap and chill the dough for no less than 2 hrs.


Pre heat oven to 350 degrees, Using a cookie scoop or 1/4 measuring cup , form 14 equal size dough balls. Place the dough ( 2 inches apart) on your lined cookie sheet ( parchment is good) and flatten it slightly.  You can put few pieces of chocolate chips on top of it.

Bake it for 11 minutes only and do not overbake. It may looked slightly undone/undercooked , bake just until the edges are set.  Leave your cookies in your cookie sheet for a few minutes so it will continue to
 " bake "or firm up.


Isn't that a gorgeous looking cookie? wait..they don't just look good..that taste really GOOD!


You can strategically place a few chocolate chips on top of the cookie while it is still hot.. after all..we eat our  eyes first.


Store the cookies in an airtight container ( room temparature) for up to a week.



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