Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Honey Curried Chicken

I got this simple recipe from a friend from church.
We've changed it a little, but it sure is tasty!

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (shredded or cubed)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup mustard
1 tsp salt
2 tsp curry powder
1/4 cup melted butter (I just melt it with everything else in the microwave)

Mix together honey, brown sugar, mustard, salt, curry powder, and butter. Heat mixture together in a saucepan or microwavable bowl to make it come together more. Mix chicken in, then pour everything into 9x9. Cook at 375 for about 15 minutes. Serve over rice.

Note: I usually add some extra mustard

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I is for Island - Lilo and Stitch

I is for Island
I've never been to Hawaii, but I would love to go there someday!
It looks absolutely beautiful and I hear that they have plenty of fresh pineapple.
I LOVE pineapple.
I love how it looks, smells, and especially how it tastes.
I even enjoy cutting them.
Pineapple also is what I craved most when I was preggo with little dudeman.
Well, that and Coldstone.
Cheesecake ice cream with raspberries & heath bar.
Try it.
It's pretty spectacular!
Anywho, back to islands.
This island themed week was based off of... 

Church Theme: I am a Child of God
Primary/Church Song: 'I am a Child of God'
Preschool Song: '5 Little Ducks'
Book: The Ugly Duckling by Jerry Pinkney

We sat on our beach towels to watch Lilo and Stitch while eating ham, fresh pineapple, coconut macaroons, cherries, Pudge's peanut butter sandwich sushi, & banana poi (we actually ate banana pudding because I didn't have coconut cream).

Tumbling Tuesday:
We did the hula,
played little dudeman's ukulele,
and danced while listening to some Elvis music.

Word Wednesday:
I am a Child of God letter sheets
We made a hand palm tree decoration

Think About It Thursday:
I am a Child of God math sheets

Field Trip Friday:
We went to the beach last Saturday for a little bit, but it was freezing and windy, so we didn't stay long. Ideally I would love to go to the beach again, preferably when it's warmer though so that we can all enjoy it. So instead, we stayed in our warm 80 degree desert and went to get an ice cream cone! (:

"Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten."

Halloween costumes 2012

I know this is a couple weeks late but better late than never, right?
Happy {belated} Halloween!

 Our little princess was a butterfly fairy.

We already had the purple onesie, found the tutu at Deseret Industries, and my grandma gave her the wings.

Absolutely adorable!

And now for the guys...
Little dudeman was Calvin and hubby was Hobbes.

The Calvin costume started out as a red t-shirt and black pants, and Hobbes was just an orange sweatshirt and orange sweatpants that I ordered on Amazon. Hobbes' belly was made from a pale yellow t-shirt from Deseret Industries. I basically created my own pattern by masking off where I wanted it on the sweatshirt,  then marking it on the t-shirt with chalk (accounting for seam allowance).
Then the cutting and sewing began...
I am definitely no professional when it comes to sewing, and I get REALLY nervous every time I do it. If I had a real pattern for this, I'm not sure I would be able to figure it out and I would probably get a headache trying to do so.
So please excuse me for my lack of correct sewing terminology.
I tend to do better eyeballing it which makes no sense, but it works for me. For now.

Next, I painted the stripes on the Calvin shirt and the Hobbes costume by using masking tape and slightly watered down black acrylic paint. Unfortunately, I think I watered down the paint a little too much a few times that I mixed it, which made the paint bleed underneath the taped off areas as you can see with the top of the Calvin costume. :(

I was able to fix the areas that bled too much on the Hobbes costume since they didn't need to be evenly spaced, but couldn't do anything for the Calvin shirt.

The tail is probably my favorite part of the costume... haha

I made the tail out of an orange t-shirt that I got at Deseret Industries that was a pretty close match to the color of the sweats. I cut out one long, wide strip (making sure to account for room for batting so it would be big enough all the way around). Then I used my sewing machine to sew it together on two sides & turned it inside out so that it was a long tube. I stuffed it with batting and scraps (since I didn't have enough batting on hand), then I taped and painted it. Once the paint was dry I sewed it onto the pants.

The ears were made out of black felt, the pale yellow t-shirt scraps, and pipe cleaners. I got the idea for the ears here, but since I didn't have any no-sew fabric glue I attempted sewing them. I sewed two pieces of felt together, turned them inside out and placed the pipe cleaner inside, then sewed the inner ear on, which held the pipe cleaner against the edge of the ears. I cut the slits into the hood of the sweatshirt and hand-stitched them on. They turned out a little bigger than I had intended, but not too bad for not knowing what I was doing.

In the end, nobody knew who they were. Everyone thought Hobbes was Tigger.
Oh well... I still think they turned out pretty awesome!

Here's a couple Calvin and Hobbes Halloween strips for you to enjoy:

What about me? I threw on a muumuu and handed out candy. I didn't have time to make myself a costume. Maybe I'll have time next year...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Crockpot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

I was so excited when I stumbled across this easy recipe from Six Sisters' Stuff on Pinterest a while back. I love that it's only 3 ingredients and it requires practically no prep (or cleanup for that matter if you use those wonderful Reynolds Crockpot liners).

4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I use frozen ones)
1 bottle Archer Farms Hawaiian-Style Barbecue Sauce (from Target)
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks, drained

Place chicken breasts in the crockpot and cover with sauce. Empty can of drained pineapple chunks on top. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-6 hours. Shred chicken with two forks while still in crockpot so chicken will be well coated with sauce. Serve over rice and enjoy.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Nightmare Before Christmas - Halloween dinner 2012

This year for Halloween instead of doing a "Halloween" dinner,
we did a Nightmare Before Christmas dinner...
It was basically a smaller version of Christmas dinner with a Halloween twist.
(Notice the red Christmas tablecloth)

We had Halloweentown ham shaped like ghosts,

Pumpkin King potatoes,

and Oogie Boogie's rolls (We couldn't forget the dice!).

We also had Sally's stuffing, peas & candy corn,

and Halloween jigglers!

We turned the lights out and got to enjoy the meal with our Halloween candles!

We were also going to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas that night since it went with dinner, but time just didn't allow for it so we had to postpone the movie.

Friday, November 9, 2012

H is for Hero - Hercules

H is for Hero.
I could have easily gone with any hero, but Hercules also starts with H so I decided to go with HERCULES...

Ah, this movie brings back so many memories from when it first came out... I remember that I got the soundtrack, then my friend & I memorized all of the songs. We then casted ourselves multiple roles, rehearsed at both of our homes until we had perfected it, and acted out the entire soundtrack in my living room for our families. Good times, good times.

Church Theme: Helaman
Primary/Church Song: 'We'll Bring the World His Truth'
Preschool Song/Rhyme: 'One Two, Buckle My Shoe'
Book: Super Sam by Lori Reis

While watching Hercules we ate a mini hero (I cheated & got Subway), lightning bolt cheese, red grapes (like the ones Phil threw out of the bowl that he ate), Hades' 'devil' food cake cookies, Greek yogurt, & Pegasus' cotton candy clouds.

Tumbling Tuesday:
We trained to be heroes by doing a discus throw (frisbee), jumping jacks, sprinting across the living room, and of course we tested our skills in battling monsters and saving damsels in distress (we used our imaginations, toys, & stuffed animals)

Word Wednesday:
Helaman letter sheets
Hercules coloring pages (I did a Google search to find some)

Think About It Thursday:
Helaman math sheets
We created Stratos (the tornado titan) in a bottle

Field Trip Friday:
We went for a walk on our street and picked up trash to save planet Earth. However, it was really windy which made it kind of difficult to do so we didn't stay out too long. We'll just have to try again another day.

"A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart."

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos

I first saw the idea for this delicious & addicting meal from Six Sisters' Stuff on Pinterest. It became an instant favorite at our house once I finally got around to making it!

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
12 slices of bacon, cooked & crumbled (I usually just use real bacon bits)
4 cups cooked, shredded chicken
1 (1 oz) packet dry ranch dressing mix
2 cups Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
15-20 (6-inch) flour tortillas (recipe calls for 20 but I usually can only make about 15)
Non-stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cover a large baking sheet (or cookie sheet) with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Mix together cream cheese, chicken, cheese, and bacon (I just sprinkle a layer of bacon on top, then mix it until I'm satisfied with the amount since I use real bacon bits.) Add in about 1/2 of the dry Ranch packet, mix well and taste. Add more if you want more of a Ranch taste, then mix well (I use the whole packet). Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture into a tortilla and roll it up. Place taquito seam-side down on baking sheet. Repeat until all of the chicken mixture is inside tortillas (approx 15-20 times). You may need to use two baking sheets depending on how many you make. Once finished, spray the tops of the taquitos with non-stick cooking spray (or you could lightly brush some olive oil on them) and sprinkle with salt. Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges and tops are golden. Let cool for a couple of minutes. We like to eat them with the suggested "Salsa Ranch" dip, which is equal parts salsa and ranch, but she also mentioned dipping them in plain Ranch dressing, or Blue Cheese dressing. Enjoy!

A little side story about the nickname:
We call any sort of Chicken Bacon Ranch meal at our house CBR,
just for the sake of shortening the obvious deliciousness of the Chicken Bacon Ranch combination.
Our son called Taquitos "Tiko Tikos" once, & we liked how it flowed so it just stuck with us.
Hence the nickname, CBR Tiko Tikos...

Detours in LifeMini Van Dreams


Friday, November 2, 2012

G is for Genie - Aladdin

G is for Genie, and my absolute favorite Genie is from... ALADDIN

Now if only I could find a magic lamp so that I can have 3 wishes granted...

Right now I would wish for my house to clean itself (especially the dishes),
for a landscaped yard with grass,
and for more time to spend with family & extended family.

Church Theme: Golden Plates
Primary/Church Song: 'The Golden Plates'
Preschool Song/Rhyme: '3 Little Kittens'
Book: The Fisherman and His Wife by Rachel Isadora

Since Halloween was this week I was busy running errands, preparing our Halloween dinner, & making costumes anytime I got a free second from Monday until Wednesday. This meant my whole week was thrown off and we only did Mommy School on Thursday and Friday. Yep, I'm not very good at keeping up with this daily schedule as you may have noticed. Anywho...

Golden Plates letter & math sheets

Field Trip Friday:
We flew our magic carpets to Agrabah - city of mystery and enchantment! Okay, just kidding... Wouldn't that have been an awesome field trip though? We made a magic carpet to eat our muffin tin meal on as we watched Aladdin.

Here's what we ate...

'Big nabob' mini chicken kabobs (Don't worry, I took the toothpicks out before giving them to little dudeman), 3 marshmallow wishes (since you can wish upon stars), couscous (I had never had it before, but it was pretty tasty), riches from the cave of wonders (I had the hardest time finding chocolate gold coins right now, so we settled on rolos. I may have eaten 2 or 3. Okay, so maybe I had 5), a 'stolen' apple (I know, technically it should be red... but I only had granny smith), homemade baklava (Which I can't stop eating! It sort of reminds me of pecan pie...)

It would have been fun to play The Magic Carpet Game sometime this week, but I think it's either still in my parents' game closet or we may have given it away at some point throughout my life. Oh the memories...
Bring on the nostalgia!

Have a wonderful week & remember to beee yourself!


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