Zucchini Tots – (The Kids Won’t know it’s healthy)

Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 08:01 AM
posted by mrscaz

So, these zucchini tots not only taste much better than tater tots, but they are much healthier and the kids don’t even have to know. I call ‘em yummy tots. They’ll never know…

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray  zucchini
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray a mini-muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • Combine zucchini and carrot in a large bowl. Squeeze out excess water using a paper towel.
  • Mix bread crumbs, feta cheese, basil, egg, salt, pepper, and oregano into zucchini-carrot mixture. Scoop mixture using a mini ice cream scoop or 2 spoons and press mixture into the prepared muffin tin using the back of a spoon.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until tops are golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.

Enjoy!

Recipe by: deliciouslystylish “Crispy, crunchy, veggie-packed, deliciously stylish zucchini tots and cutlets. Because kids eat with their eyes first too!”

This recipe and image are courtesy and sole property of AllRecipes.comdeliciouslystylish

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Indoor Toddler Activity Ideas!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 08:01 AM
posted by mrscaz

I know in some places (not Florida) it’s pretty cold outside, so I’ve come up with a list of links to some pretty great Indoor Crafts for Toddlers. Take a look…

20 best indoor kid crafts and activities for rainy days - ItsAlwaysAutumn.com CLICK HERE! baby-84626_1280

Indoor Activities - Parents.com CLICK HERE!

Top 10 Indoor Activities for Toddlers - HandsOnAsWeGrow.com CLICK HERE!

Indoor Activities For Kids - WhatDoWeDoAllDay.com CLICK HERE!

6 Indoor Activities To Keep Your Toddler Occupied This Winter - Babble.com CLICK HERE!

Now take these tips, and have some fun while stuck inside!

Image courtesy of Pixabay.comPublicDomainPictures 

 

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Honey Garlic Chicken (Slow Cooker)

Monday, January 16, 2017 @ 08:01 AM
posted by mrscaz

Here’s an easy and delicious recipe, guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest eater!

Prep - 10 minutes    Cook - 6 hours    Ready In - 6 hours 10 minutes

Honey-Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs hon-garlic-chick
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Directions:

  • Lay chicken thighs into the bottom of a 4-quart slow cooker.
  • Whisk soy sauce, ketchup, honey, garlic, and basil together in a bowl; pour over the chicken.
  • Cook on Low for 6 hours.

Enjoy!

Recipe By: Myrna
“I have used it often. It’s easy and uses pantry staples. Always a hit with adults and kids. Serve with basmati rice or quinoa and steamed or roasted vegetables.”

The image and recipe are sole property of Allrecipes.com and/or Myrna (creator)

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Tater Tot Taco Casserole – (Just What The Kids Ordered)

Friday, January 13, 2017 @ 08:01 AM
posted by mrscaz

Sometimes you have to make a recipe with the kids (mainly) in mind. This is it, although, I must say this is pretty darn tasty and easy to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef   1095717
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen tater tots
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen Mexican-style corn

Directions:

Prep: 15 minutes –  Cook: 1 hour –  Ready: In 1 hour 15 minutes

  • Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Prepare a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
    Cook the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until completely browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, taco seasoning mix, frozen Mexican-style corn, and black beans to the ground beef; cook and stir another 10 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Combine the ground beef mixture in a large bowl with about 3/4 of the Mexican cheese blend and the tater tots; stir to combine.
  • Pour about 1/3 of the enchilada sauce into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Add the tater tot mixture to the baking dish; lightly pat the mixture down into a solid, even layer. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the tater tot layer.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining Mexican cheese over the casserole and return to oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 5 minutes more.

Enjoy!

Recipe by: Irlynda Smith - “Just what the grandkids ordered. Tater tots, Mexican food, and cheese! This is one of those meals that you can throw together with ingredients you would normally have on hand. Great for pot luck or a quick meal for unexpected company. Some kids don’t like onion or garlic; these can be omitted.”

This recipe and image are sole property of Allrecipes.comIrlynda Smith

 

 

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Organizing Tips For Families! – (New Year, Organized House)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 08:01 AM
posted by mrscaz

It’s a new year and I know a lot of people make a resolution to be more organized, get rid of the clutter and keep a cleaner home. Even if it’s not your resolution, now’s a good time to take action and make your home a smoothly running,  organized and well-oiled machine. :)

I’ve pulled some links from many different sites, I think there might just be something here for everyone:

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  • 37 Insanely Clever Organization Tips To Make
  • Your Family’s Lives Easier – Click here! (Buzzfeed)
  • Top 10 Family Organization Tips | Family Economics – Click here! (scjohnson)
  • 5 Design Pros (and Moms) Share Their Organizing Tips for Every Room – Click here! (HouseBeautiful.com)
  • Ideas for Organization | Focus on the Family – Click here!(FocusOnTheFamily)
  • Mom Bloggers’ Best Organizing Tips –  Click here!(Parents.com)

I hope these tip links help you put some order in your home. Have a great day!

 Image courtesy of Pixabay / Unsplash

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Taco In A Bag! (Kids Will Eat It Up)

Monday, January 9, 2017 @ 08:01 AM
posted by mrscaz

Okay, I must admit these look pretty fun, for the kids that is… ;)

Ingredients:  taco

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 4 (2.5 ounce) packages corn chips
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 chopped fresh tomato
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Directions:

  • Place ground beef in a large skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat until browned. Drain excess oil. Mix in the taco seasoning and prepare according to the directions on the package.
  • With the bags unopened, gently crush the corn chips. Snip the corners off the bags using scissors and slit open the bags along the side edge. Spoon equal amounts of the beef mixture, lettuce, tomato, Cheddar cheese, salsa and sour cream into the bags on top of the crushed chips.
  • Serve in the bag and eat using a fork.

The image and recipe are property of the amazing allrecipes.comJHERCIK

Recipe By: JHERCIK
“I love Taco in a Bag! I had this recipe at the Covered Bridge Festival in Indiana. My family loves them too! The chip bag serves as a shell for the tacos.”

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Chocolate Fun Clay (It’s Edible!)

Friday, January 6, 2017 @ 08:01 AM
posted by mrscaz

This is a lot of fun for the kids, they can shape the chocolate clay into anything they want, decorate, and eat it!

Ingredients:  choc

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon candy sprinkles (or any candy or edible topping)

Directions:

  • Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 3 minutes (depending on your microwave). Do not overheat or chocolate will scorch.
  • Stir in the corn syrup until smooth. Scrape the mixture onto a plate; cover with wax paper. Allow the clay to rest overnight at room temperature.
  • Roll or shape the clay; decorate with candy sprinkles.

Once your done, take some pictures, and then enjoy!

This recipe and image are courtesy of AllRecipes.com / VIRGOVICKY

“This is a fun and edible chocolate clay that kids can mold into little creatures and decorate with sprinkles and candies!! It’s great for parties.”

 

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (Perfect Breakfast Drink)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 @ 08:01 AM
posted by mrscaz

For those of you (us), watching what we eat…this is a perfect breakfast drink. This smoothie will leave you full without guilt!

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

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  • 2 bananas, broken into chunks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Directions:

Prep 5 minutes, Ready In 5 minutes

  • Place bananas, milk, peanut butter, honey, and ice cubes in a blender;
  • blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.

This excellent recipe is courtesy of ALLRECIPES.COM 

Recipe by: Becca “It is so refreshing and it’s sweet and tasty.”

The image is also property of Becca/Allrecipes.com

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Pepperoni Bread – Kids LOVE This!

Monday, January 2, 2017 @ 08:01 AM
posted by mrscaz

Here’s another delicious recipe from AllRecipes.com that I know the kids will love!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1 pound) loaf frozen bread dough, thawed pepperoni-bread
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 ounces sliced pepperoni sausage
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  • Roll frozen bread dough out into a rectangle. Brush dough with beaten egg. Arrange pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese over the dough. Sprinkle on the Italian seasoning. Roll up dough like a jelly roll and pinch seam to seal; place, seam side down, on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until golden.

Enjoy!

The above recipe and image are courtesy of the awesome ALLRECIPES.COM 
Recipe by: Martha Katz “Everyone loves this! It’s so easy and always comes out wonderful. Who could resist the delicious taste of pizza?”

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New Years Eve Tips – (Party planning, Decor, Drinks and more…)

Friday, December 30, 2016 @ 08:12 AM
posted by mrscaz

Okay, so this is supposed to be the big blow-out…let’s do it with style and not break the bank, and yet stay safe while bringing in the New Year. I’ve found a few (or more) sites that offer great ideas and tips for just about anything you might need for that New Years extravaganza…

  • New Year’s Eve: Tips for a Safe and Healthy Holiday – CLICK HERE! (Huffington Post)
  • 10 Tips for Throwing a Great, Cheap New Year’s Eve Party – CLICK HERE! (Money Talks News)
  • New Year’s Eve Party Planning Tips: Drinks, Decor and More! - CLICK HERE! (US Magazine.com)
  • Throw the Easiest New Year’s Eve Party Ever! – CLICK HERE! (Real Simple)
  • 10 Ways to Have the Best (or Worst) New Year’s Eve: Do This, Not That! – CLICK HERE! (Cosmopolitan)

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All of us at Dapper Snappers wish you a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year! 

 

The above image is courtesy of pixabay.com/Covi

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