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I posted this 4 years ago…. BUT my girls asked me to make dirt and worms the other day.  I thought I would share the idea again since it is such a fun EASY idea.  Hope you enjoy it too. dirts and worms.jpg

We have been enjoying the  warmer weather and working in the garden.  So last week I decided to make an outdoor themed treat for the kids.  I made Dirt and Worms in a cup and then hid them in the yard for the kids to find.  They LOVED it!

These could not be easier to make, just  whip up some chocolate pudding.  I just used the Jello Instant Pudding mix, pour it into the glass. Stick in your worms or other “gummy bugs” then top with some crushed Oreo’s.

You could do a treasure hunt and have the kids find them in the refrigerator,  but I just set them in the back yard then let my kids run around to find them.   Kids on the loose looking for sugar is always entertaining…lol.

It did not take them long to hunt them down, then gobble them up… it is a simple but fun activity perfect for a summer!

More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids.

Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids
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SNOW-DAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ SNOWMAN COOKIES
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FROZEN DRINKS
 Frozen Popcorn
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HOW TO MAKE MEMORY PLATE
EDIBLE PAINTED BREAD 
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Loaded Chicken Nachos, Money Saving Recipe, Chicken Crock Pot Recipes, Kid Friendly Recipes,The Best Chicken Nachos

Loaded Chicken Nachos

Have you  totally been guilty,  like I have, for buying loaded nachos with all the fancy smancy flavorful shredded meats, melted cheeses, etc. at your favorite restaurant? I’m going to save you some money, are you ready?! Best of all, you get your crock on! Whip that baby out from under the counter, I’ve got a tasty shredded chicken recipe for you! This shredded chicken recipe is very versatile and can be used for nachos, tacos, enchiladas or empanadas.

Sometimes I just need my ooey gooey cheesey chicken nacho fix. Especially on those hectic nights when I don’t feel like cooking up a big ol’ meal. Super duper easy and very very tasty! Plus, it’s a kid pleasing meal! Enjoy.

Notes***

You can totally replace the diced tomatoes and green chilies for 1 can (15oz.) of Rotel tomatoes instead. 🙂

This makes approx. 6 cups of shredded chicken breast. Use or freeze the remainder for later use.

This can be made kid friendly by just leaving out the toppings your child does not prefer.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chili’s
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dried onion
  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • sprinkle of chipotle chile pepper
  • tortilla chips
  • shredded cheese -Mexican, cheddar or pepper jack
  • 1 can (15oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed.
  •  diced onion
  • diced tomatoes
  • sliced olives
  • fresh chopped cilantro
  • sliced jalapeno peppers
  • sour cream
  • salsa

 

Directions

  1. In your crock pot or slow cooker, combine diced tomatoes, green chili’s, chili powder, dried onion, ground cumin; stir. Place chicken breasts in crock pot and scoop some of the tomato mixture on top of breasts. Sprinkle the tops with chipotle chili pepper. Turn crock pot on high, cook for approx. 3-4 hours or until breasts are easily shredded with a fork.
  2. Shred chicken breasts in crock with tomato mixture. Stir and set aside. Keep on warm until ready to use.
  3. On a large baking sheet, layer tortilla chips. Top with shredded chicken, cheeses, black beans and all your desired fixings, except for sour cream & salsa; repeat for second layer. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F. oven until cheese has melted. Approx. 8-10 minutes. Top nachos with sour cream,salsa and fresh chopped cilantro if desired.

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Vegetarian Enchiladas, Freezer Meals, Money Saving Recipes, Freezer Recipes

Vegetarian Enchiladas

Being that I run a household with many different diet requirements, I thought I’d share one of our absolute favorite vegetarian meals – for my vegetarian friends. This recipe is hearty, simple and very satisfying. The carnivores in the house don’t even miss the meat – now that’s saying something!

*Notes* This is a great freezer meal. Make one for now, freeze one for later. To bake frozen enchiladas, remove from freezer, bring enchiladas slightly to room temp. Remove lid, cover with aluminum foil. If covered with plastic wrap and foil, remove plastic wrap, bake as directed. Add additional time to make sure the enchiladas are baked all the way through. Approx. 1 hr.

Ingredients

  • approx. 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 small yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • approx. 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups broccoli slaw
  • handful of fresh chopped cilantro, chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz.) quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 16 flour tortillas
  • medium vintage white cheddar cheese, shredded – desired amount
  • fresh mozzarella, shredded – desired amount
  • 1 can (28 oz.) enchilada sauce ( I use El Pato)
  • 1 can (2.25 oz.) sliced olives

Directions

  1. In a large non stick skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, zucchini, squash, onion, mushroom, red pepper and broccoli slaw. Cook, tossing frequently, until zucchini and squash are slightly fork tender. Reduce heat to low, add drained artichokes and fresh cilantro; toss. Remove from heat. Set aside
  2. Warm tortillas. Keep tortillas warm in a tortilla warmer. This will keep them pliable and easy to fold when making the enchiladas.
  3. Pour approx. 1 1/2 cups of enchilada sauce into a round baking dish.
  4. Dip tortillas in enchilada sauce, fill with approx. 1/4 cup vegetable filling, top vegetables with desired amount of both cheeses; fold. Place enchiladas in TWO 3 qt. baking dishes for a total of eight each, in each dish. Top enchiladas with additional enchilada sauce, vintage white cheddar, mozzarella, remainder vegetables, olives and cilantro if desired. At this point they can be frozen. Cover with lids and freeze. If you do not have lids, cover each baking dish with a layer of plastic wrap and a layer of foil, freeze.  See notes for baking instructions if freezing.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 40 minutes. Serve.

 

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Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal Recipe, Quick and easy healthy meal ideas #Oatmeal, #Blueberry, Greek Yogurt RecipesI am sure I am not the one parent with crazy busy mornings. Trying to get 4 kids ready and out the door with a healthy breakfast in their stomach is not always an easy task.  This oatmeal is a great “make ahead” meal idea.  You can mix it up to suit your families needs by adding different ingredients or flavor combos.

Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal Directions ­

  • 1/4 C. fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 C. old fashioned oats (quick oats will get really soggy)
  • 1/3 C. milk
  • 1/3 C. Greek yogurt (you could also substitute regular vanilla yogurt and omit the honey if you prefer)
  • 1­-2 tbs. of honey to taste
  • 1 8 oz. jelly jar w/ lid

Directions ­

1. Add the oatmeal, Greek yogurt, honey and milk to the 8 oz. jelly jar. Put the lid on and shake well to mix all the ingredients. When you’re done shaking, remove the lid and add the fresh blueberries. Replace the lid and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy in the morning. You eat it chilled.  If your in a rush just grab a jar out of the refrigerator and eat it as an on the go breakfast.

1 8oz. jelly jar = 1 serving.Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal Recipe, Quick and easy healthy meal ideas #Oatmeal, #Blueberry, Greek Yogurt Recipes

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