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Thanksgiving Place-mat: Thankful Writing Activity

We are hosting Thanksgiving this year, usually my parents host and it is a grand and formal affair. When everyone sits around the table we chat, catch-up, and share a little about our year. I love spending the holiday with my family, and my mother is an amazing host. However, I am not my mother, and my style is much less formal. So this year I am choosing to do things my way instead of trying to out-do my mother at something she is far better at.

I have already chosen to seat everyone family style — no kids table. I want the kids to be a part of everything. After all — why should they be separate? Since I am including them I am of course making the table a little less cluttered and more fun to keep the kids involved. I am going to create a special place-mat for everyone. I found this place-mat at Teachers-Pay-Teachers and felt it was the perfect thing to add to my more casual table setting. I am also going to include a small bucket of crayons at each end of the table so that everyone can color and write on their place-mat. I am hoping that everyone is willing to share what they write at the table when we are eating. It will be a great way to learn a little bit about what means the most to everyone in the family. You can learn a lot by what a person is thankful for. Hopefully this helps us all get just a little bit closer this holiday season.

Simple Dinners: BBQ Chicken Tostadas

We are back at school, back at sports, back at work. And I am back at being so busy and so crazy that I can barely get through my day let alone think about preparing a healthy and delicious dinner. Do all you other parents feel me? I have zero energy, zero ideas, and zero time.

My schedule has gone from laid back and easy to run, run, run. But as much as I hate being that busy I enjoy that my kids are in sports, at school, and in school groups that give them joy and teach them about the world. So I am going to suck it, buttercup — and find a way to make dinner happen.

If you are regular readers you will know that I like to think ahead. So I got out my planner and I searched Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook and collected as many ideas as I could. This one was so much fun and so quick I decided to share it with all of you. BBQ Chicken Tostadas.

Now our household loves all things Mexican — tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc. Since we do have some young ones that do not enjoy spicy foods, we tend to tone it down when things are really spicy. This fun recipe is not full of spices and is sweet enough that the kids love it.

Thank you to Cupcakes and Kale Chips for a meal that will please the masses in my household! Head on over there now for the full recipe and tutorial. it was definitely one recipe that required very little from me. Which is always a blessing.

So make sure you have your ingredients and head on over for the full recipe, while you are there check out the rest of her amazing ideas! I know I will.

Ingredients

  • 8 tostada shells or 8 corn tortillas
  • shredded chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce, divided
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 3 green onions, very thinly sliced (optional)

Summer Meals to Beat the Heat!

Here on the west coast, we are in the middle of a heat wave. Triple Digit temperatures are keeping us all inside enjoying our AC, and dreading the moment we have to heat the house by cooking a hot meal.

I scoured my meal ideas for something simple that wouldn’t require me to turn the oven on or brave the triple-digit heat outside to BBQ. I finally found this fun recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling. BLT Chicken Salad Sandwiches to the rescue! Summer meals

We almost always have leftover Bacon on hand since my husband loves to have it for breakfast on the weekend. So in order to prepare this meal, I made sure I had already cooked bacon, and a rotisserie chicken on hand so that I didn’t have to heat the oven. You can get rotisserie chicken at your local grocery store, and they are usually inexpensive. I love that they sometimes have deals to buy two for one, or buy one get one half off. Then I stock up and use them for multiple summer meals.

Lemon Tree Dwelling has the full recipe available now. Just head on over, be sure to check out the other awesome summer meals recipes available. I found several to help keep me from turning on my oven for the rest of the week!