Rachel Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday?: Fajita Nachos

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! So I know Renae is going to cook from her pantry this January . I am afraid I can't do that at the moment, since we would be eating holiday candy and cereal! I did look for something that Renae and those of ...

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Ask A Teacher- 10 Family Fun Activities

So taking a break today… Instead I am listing 10 fun activities to do if you are snowed in: 1)   Make snow cream, YUMMY! 2)   Put on some music and do puzzles 3)   Bake a treat 4)   Play board games or interactive games like Win, Loose, or Draw 5)   Let the kids “swim” in the tub 6)   Paint the snow. Take squirt bottles or spray bottles and put some Kool Aid in with a little water or use food coloring and paint away (you can also use the Kool Aid to paint with on paper too) 7)   Write ...

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Rachel Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday? TURKEY CASSEROLE

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... an oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! Why Turkey Casserole? Well we usually have ham and turkey for the holiday so you have to reinvent the leftovers. This is a great way to do so. I also like this casserole because again you can make it quickly ...

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Turkey Lasagna

Enchilada Suiza Mexican Lasagna I love casseroles for around the Holidays because you can make them in advance. They are easy and hearty. They allow you to spend time with your guest since they are easy to cook and they do not require a lot of attention. What are some casseroles that you make? 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) 2 pounds ground chicken or turkey breast 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon ground coriander Salt and pepper One can hominy (15 ounces), ...

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Sausage Rice Pilaf Recipe

Sausage Rice Pilaf Recipe

Sausage Rice Pilaf Recipe When I was young, my mother and grandmother would can sausage. Some of you may not know what that means, but it is a way of preserving meat that few people do anymore. Just like canning vegetables and preserving fruits as jams and jellies, my family would can pork tenderloin and sage sausage. The meats were thoroughly cooked, processed in mason jars, and stored in the pantry. Because this meat was already cooked, sausage was the first meat I ever used in preparing ...

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Ask A Teacher: How do you keep a teen out of trouble?

The best way to keep any person out of trouble is to keep them busy. This does not mean drag them to every activity you want them to do. Rather it means help them find a passion. Then support this passion and enable your teenage to pursue their dreams. I came across this site that helps teens achieve their dreams. The Do Something site provides grants $500 and up to student with innovative ideas. I realize my high school years were filled with tons of fun but also coupled with a lot of ...

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Cooking with Connie: Saturday Night Special

The following recipe is brought to you by Connie! Make sure to check out additional recipes by Connie at her blog Cook With Connie. This time of year is busy for everyone. Christmas parties, shopping, decorating, visiting...all in addition to the regularly scheduled chaos that is LIFE! Right now, I'm baking more than I usually do, so I want suppers that are quick, easy stovetop meals. "Saturday Night Special" is the ticket. When I was a kid, my mom used to make this dish. It's a budget-friendly ...

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Ask A Teacher- Teaching your child what the holiday is about

This is a great one. What are some ways you teach your children to be part of the spirit and not get caught up in the "me" of the holiday? We start early every year we take five birthday gifts and put them away to give to children who do not have much for the holiday. We then have a budget for children in need. We put our coins in a jar. The coins are divided into thirds: 1/3 for our daughters bank account, 1/3 for our sons, and 1/3 for a child in need. My son even does chores to add to the jar. ...

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Rachel Ray What’s for Dinner Wednesday: Chicken and Apple Pot Pies

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... an oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! Problem: My child hates MEAT.. I know the world will not end but I found a way to stick it in ameal and he hasn't figured it out. I thought I would pass on my find in this yummy recipe! Chicken and Apple ...

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