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I enjoy cooking for my family, trying new dishes and letting my creativity flow in the kitchen. Feel free to try the recipes, tips and meal ideas with your family.

Nesting Peeps Jello Cups

 

Was thinking of some cute and tasty spring treats to make the kids and thought using peeps in these jello cups would be cool.Funny thing is, Jala had never taste peeps until now.I didn’t think she’d like them, but to my surprise she loved them.However, she also loves marshmallows so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised.

When thinking of an option to use so that the peeps could nest, my first thought was to use cereal or something. While looking at the store for some options I came across this edible grass. SCORE!

Ingredients

Multiple Flavors of Jello preferably spring colors (Make according to directions)

Peeps

Whopper Mini Robin Eggs

Edible Grass

Tools

Mixing Bowl

Measuring Cup

Spoon

Glasses (for jello cups)

Quick warning:This sweet dessert is a bit time consuming because you have to wait for each layer to chill.There are directions on the jello boxes to speed up the chill process.I didn’t use this technique until I added the last layer of jello so, use you own discretion.

Let’s get started:

We’re going to begin with our first layer of jello. I began with the watermelon…

After prepping the jello I used a measuring cup to measure out jello to make sure every cup had the same amount (1/2 cup in each cup).Once the jello is poured in each cup I placed it in the fridge to chill.

When the jello was completely filled I began to mix up another flavor.Be sure that once the flavor is mixed you allow it to cool before pouring it in on the previous layer because we don’t want the first layer to melt.Then, you allow this layer to chill in the fridge.

 

We’re going to repeat this process for every layer.The very last layer I used two boxes of jello to make sure the jello cups were full so that when I added the edible decor to the top, It will be visible.

Allow this layer to chill and let’s add the edible grass, rains eggs and peeps.

This is a good time to let the kids get involved.I had to keep my eye on Jala with the peeps.

Hope you and the kids get to make these for spring.Pin the image below to save it for later.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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One Pot Meal-Italian Sausage, Potato & Broccoli

Who doesn’t love a One Pot Meal?I absolute love them because they’re quick, you get to throw everything in one pot and everybody gets full! WINNING!Today I’m sharing a meal that I create in many variations.I hoe you use this recipe to motivate your creativity and of course fill your family’s belly.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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The Pros & Cons of Meal Planning

After attempting to meal plan for the 999th time, I’ve found that there are some pros and cons to meal planning. If you meal plan your family meals or attempt to meal plan, you may fave found that there are pros and/or cons. Check out the video below and see what pros and cons I’ve found.Please share what you’ve found below.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Sriracha Turkey Baked Beans

A quick meal for game night, movie night or just to have a delicious quick and easy meal is always a win in my book.My husband loves everything spicy and me, not so much.I seem to have sneezing, coughing and crying fits if my food is a bit too spicy.This Sriracha Turkey Baked Bean dish has a nice kick and thankfully this kick doesn’t set off my little fit.

Let’s get down to cooking, but first here’s the ingredients you’ll need.

Ingredients

1 lb Busch Baked Beans

1 lb Ground Turkey

1/4 cup Sriracha Sauce

1 tbsp Barbecue Sauce (Brand of your choice)

1 tbsp Wet Minced Garlic (You’re free to use dry if you don’t have wet on hand)

Dry Herb Mix

1 tbsp Rosemary

1 tsp Oregano

1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika

1/8 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Garlic Salt

1 tbsp Minced Garlic

Directions

Let’s begin by cooking our ground turkey and while cooking your ground turkey add in your dry herb mix and stir well.

Once your ground turkey is brown and completely cooked add in your baked beans and stir them in.

Next, add in your Sriracha, Barbecue Sauce and wet Minced Garlic. If you don’t have the wet minced garlic  you can add in 1 tbsp of dry. Allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes and remember to stir frequently so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of your pan.

Serve It Up

The last thing to do is to serve it with crackers, chips or alone as a dish with some green vegetables and you’re good to go.

 

 

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Sriracha Turkey Baked Beans
When Sriracha, Ground Turkey, Baked Beans and garden herbs come together to make a great game night, movie night or you just want to put a delicious one pot dish on the table quick.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
medium bowls
Ingredients
Dry Herb Mix
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
medium bowls
Ingredients
Dry Herb Mix
Instructions
  1. Let's begin by cooking our ground turkey and while cooking your ground turkey add in your dry herb mix and stir well.
  2. Once your ground turkey is brown and completely cooked add in your baked beans and stir them in.
  3. Next, add in your Sriracha, Barbecue Sauce and wet Minced Garlic. If you don't have the wet minced garlic you can add in 1 tbsp of dry. Allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes and remember to stir frequently so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of your pan.
  4. The last thing to do is to serve it with crackers, chips or alone as a dish with some green vegetables and you're good to go.
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(Bonus Video Included) 15 Bean Soup w/Leftover Holiday Ham & Bone

Hoping you all enjoyed your Christmas with your family and friends. We enjoyed our time with our kids and since they’re on winter break we’ll have many more days like this. Today I want to share with you what to do with that holiday ham and bone before you and your family get tired of it.  This meal isn’t necessarily for right after the holiday unless you want to cook it right away.  Otherwise throw it in the freezer and use this recipe for the day you take it out.

 

Ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

1 Leftover ham & bone

1 Bag 15 Bean Soup (ham flavor packet will be added 30 minutes before serving our soup)

1 Medium Onion Diced

1 Lemon Squeezed (will be added 30 minutes before serving our soup)

32 oz. Vegetable Broth

32 oz. Water

2 Tbl Spoons Minced Garlic

***Don’t forget to put yo foot in it***

 

Tools:

Crockpot

 

Let’s get started (finish reading post or watch video directions)

 

We’re going to start by adding our hambone to our crockpot. Once the bone is added we’re going to rinse our beans and add them to the pot as well.

We’re rinsing our beans to make sure we remove any dirt and make sure there’s no foreign objects floating around.

Once your beans have been added to the crockpot, add in your diced onions and pour in your vegetable broth.  Your container of vegetable broth is 32 oz. so, once you’ve emptied the container fill it with water and pour that in too.  You’re more than welcome to use another container of vegetable broth, but since this ham and bone will add so much flavor, we can save the couple dollars and use some agua.

Now, add in your ham.  I’ve diced mine into small to medium size chunks.

Before we add the lid and turn on our crockpot we’ll add in the minced garlic.  Save the squeezed lemon and ham flavor packet for after it’s almost time to serve.

Now, we’re going to turn our crockpot on high for 6 hours *cue jeopardy music*

6 Hours Later

Add in your squeezed lemon juice from your lemon, the ham flavor pack, stir and allow to cook for 30 more minutes.

*cue jeopardy music*

Remove the bone and serve it over some rice or without and add some cornbread or your family’s favorite bread or dinner rolls.

Enjoy this remix on your leftover holiday ham and bone.

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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