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Mealtime Mondays: Pizza Rolls Quick, Easy and Yummy! #Momsathomemeals #Recipes #Food

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3 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (10 ct)
60 pepperoni slices (2 per biscuit)
Block of cheese (Colby/Monterey Jack or Chedder)
1 beaten egg
Parmesan Cheese
Italian Seasoning
Garlic Powder
1 jar pizza sauce

Directions:

Slice cheese into approx. 28 squares. Flatten each biscuit and stack pepperoni and cheese on top (Like in the picture) Gather edges of biscuit and secure on top of the roll. Line rolls in greased 9×13 pan Brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Bake at 425 degrees F. for 18 to 20 mins. Serve with warm pizza sauce for dipping. ENJOY!!

Mealtime Mondays: Corned Beef and Cabbage #Food #Recipes #St.Patricks

corned beef and cabbage

Each Monday I will be publishing a recipe from one of my books. This recipe is featured in the “Boilin’ Over” Section of Moms at Home: A Collection of Recipes available on Amazon in Print. If you use any of these recipes, please take a photo and share with me on my Moms at Home Facebook page or on my professional Facebook page. Or, tweet them to me and use hashtag #MomsatHomeMeals Enjoy!

Get ready for St. Patty’s Day!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Ingredients:

2.5 Lbs Corned Beef Brisket

15 Mins Prep

Cook for 3-4 Hours

1 Pkt Corned Beef Seasoning (packed w/meat)
1 Head Cabbage, Chopped
2 Med Onions, Diced
1 Lb Carrots, Peeled and quartered
2 Lb Potatoes, Peeled and Halved (or about 8-10 New Red Potatoes w/skin)
1 Bay Leaf
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the corned beef, pepper, seasoning packet, bay leaves and salt into a large 8-quart pot along with 3-quarts of water. Cover and set over high heat. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat to low and cook, at a low simmer for 2 1/2 hours.

After 2 1/2 hours, add the carrots, onions, potatoes and celery if desired (3-4 stalks chopped). Return to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add the cabbage and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes and cabbage are tender. Remove the bay leaves and serve immediately.

Thanks Chase and Leanne for featuring our little guy’s funny Summer Memory school paper!!!

Stuff Kids Write

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Six-year-old Connor wrote about his family’s trip to Six Gun City in his “What I Did This Summer” journal.

Judging by that waterslide, it looks like a really fun place.

Who knows? Sex Gun City might be fun, too.

No word on what the waterslides are like there.

*****

Thanks to Erica, Connor’s mom, for sharing his summer memory. Check out her blog here.

Please share your image of a funny piece of children’s writing by submitting to mcfadden.chase@gmail.com or leanneshirtliffe@gmail.com.

If you do, we’ll let you go down that slide.

Or give you a ticket to Sex Gun City.

Whichever you prefer.

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Mealtime Mondays: Lubia (Lebanese Dish) #MomsatHomeMeals #Food #Recipes

lubia

Each Monday I will be publishing a recipe from one of my books. This recipe is featured in the “Lebanese Please” Section of Moms at Home: A Collection of Recipes available on Amazon in Print. If you use any of these recipes, please take a photo and share with me on my Moms at Home Facebook page or on my professional Facebook page. Or, tweet them to me and use hashtag #MomsatHomeMeals Enjoy!

Lubia

This is another one my Uncle Greg’s Lebanese recipes. The Allspice flavoring in this is mouth-watering!

Ingredients:

1.5 Tbs Butter
1.5 Lbs Stew Beef (or Lamb)

Adjust amounts to number of People Served. This is at least 6.

1 Can Diced Tomatoes
2 Cans Tomato Sauce
1 Cans Cut Green Beans, Drained
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
2 Lrg Onions, Chopped
2 Cups Water
1.5 Tsp Allspice
1 Tsp Salt
¾ Tsp Pepper
Serve over rice, egg noodles or in Syrian pockets.

Directions:

Melt butter in large pot. Add beef to pot and turn to cook all sides. Once the beef is cooked on all sides, add the onion and cook until the onions are soft and golden.

Add water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, allspice, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce heat to medium/medium low. Cover and simmer for 2-3 hours until meat is tender and the sauce has thickened/reduced. Be sure to stir the mixture every 30 minutes or so.

Add the green beans during the last 20 minutes of cooking.

Grown Up Me An Interactive Lifestyle Assessment College/Career Test #Review

I have a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree. I graduated at the top of my class and was awarded a pretty little plaque with my name engraved that read “Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Criminal Justice Program” The plaque was awarded by Faculty to one student each year. Yay me! I also have a Certificate in Paralegal Studies and an Associate in Arts Degree. But, guess what? I’ve NEVER worked in Criminal Justice, law enforcement or for an attorney. I’ve drafted a LOT of divorce, parenting and other court documents and quick deeds though! For free, of course! What’s my point here? Well, why is my degree in something that I’ve never used and what should I have done differently, if anything? Bottom line, my College Advisor was a former attorney and the head of the Criminal Justice Department. She was a wonderful woman, role model and mentor.
Although I told my family at the age of four that I was going to someday be a Lawyer, and I’m sure that had some weight on my decision to enter the Criminal Justice field of study, I admit, the respect and admiration that I had for my Advisor was a leading factor. Four years later she awarded me that plaque, I had my degree and I moved on. Ultimately, my career path took some pretty drastic turns and an extreme deviation away from anything law related from running a Senior Center and Meals on Wheels Program to reading and coding media clips in an entry-level position to eventually becoming the Director of Research at that particular PR Measurement firm and picking up an Adjunct teaching position in Office Technology to eventually working in media marketing and social media in a variety of capacities It’s been an interesting road and I don’t regret it for a second, but when I look back at all the steps I took and turns I made, I have to wonder if there wasn’t something I missed along the way (like a shortcut?).
That’s why when Grown Up Me offered me their product for free in return for this review I jumped on the chance!
Grown Up Me
I found it interesting the the results that I received matched me quite well in terms of the careers that I already have (Postsecondary Teacher, Writer) and one that has ALWAYS been interesting to me “Sociologists.” In addition to what I “should be when I grow up” Grown Up Me also gives me insights on how much money I’ll need to earn to sustain my lifestyle based on where I want to live and the things that I’d like to do on my down time. Additionally once I chose a career/education focus, Grown Up Me lists colleges that would be a good match for me based on location, Educational programs offered and even campus size and student/teacher ratio.
Here are my results:
My Grown Up Me Results
Sociologists

About Grown Up Me
In talking with schools, counselors, and students, we found a lot of challenges and questions surrounding the college selection process:

1. Students choose a school based on friends’ advice or sports teams, without thinking about what they want to do with their lives.
2. Counselors don’t have the resources to help every student choose a college and career path, and many students prefer to do it themselves.
3. Students go off to college without long-term goals or a clear understanding of how their career will impact budget and lifestyle decisions.
From their site:
“Grown Up Me isn’t an aptitude test. Sure, we want to know what you’re good at, but we also want to know what makes you happy. Our interactive lifestyle assessment takes into account everything that makes you unique, from your preferred work environment and ideal living situation to how you spend your free time. Your answers generate a list of career opportunities that meet both your professional and lifestyle goals. From there, you can explore education and training options to create a solid plan for your future.”

Mealtime Mondays: Chicken and Beef Kabobs #MomsatHomeMeals #Food #Recipes

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Each Monday I will be publishing a recipe from one of my books. This recipe is featured in the “Grillin’ Goods” Section of Moms at Home: A Collection of Recipes available on Amazon in Print. If you use any of these recipes, please take a photo and share with me on my Moms at Home Facebook page or on my professional Facebook page. Or, tweet them to me and use hashtag #MomsatHomeMeals Enjoy!

Oh, snow, be gone! Here’s a couple of facts about me that you probably already know. 1) I’m not a winter kind of person. 2) I love my Jeep and it loves to be naked- no doors, no top! Not possible in freezing temps, sadly. and 3) Cooking on the grill is probably my favorite thing about cooking when it comes to three out of the four seasons! Nothing like watching the kids splash in the pool while standing at the grill cooking up dinner followed by a backyard campfire, more pool splashing and S’mores. Oh, snow, be gone! (2.5 months before I can open my pool! Hopefully less than that before I can find my grill again!)

This is my absolute favorite grilling recipe. And, it’s not really a recipe at all! You can use whatever veggies and meats and marinades you like! Just make sure that you soak the sticks in water while marinading your meats if you plan on using wooden skewers. My Dad makes some amazing metal skewers and I’m hoping to score a set soon! (Hint! Hint!) These Kabobs, Shish Kebab, whatever you want to call them besides AMAZING, are to date my most popular Pin on Pinterest pinned before I was actively blogging so I thought I’d share the recipe here. The photo of my kabobs is even the feature photo on  the cover of my first book. They ARE that good and they look great!

Shish Kebab

Ingredients:

1 Lb Boneless Chicken, 1” Pieces

Adjust amounts to number of People Served. This is at least 6.

1 Lb Steak or Beef Tips, 1” pieces
1 Pkg Jack Daniels Marinade
1 Bottle Teriyaki Marinade (Kikoman is Good)
1 Each Green, Red, Orange & Yellow Peppers
3 Lrg Onions (I like the Red Ones for this)
1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes
1 Pint Small Fresh Mushrooms
1 Can Pineapple Chunks

Directions:

I marinate the Chicken in a Teriyaki marinade and the beef in the Jack Daniels Steak marinade overnight. If you will be using wooden skewers you will need to soak them in water and can also soak those overnight.

About an hour before I am ready to grill, I cut up my veggies. I use a mixture of red, yellow, orange and green peppers, red onions, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and pineapples

Skewer the meat and veggies, alternating. For example, on the chicken kabobs I start with onion, green pepper, pineapple, chicken, onion, red pepper, pineapple, chicken, etc. using all of the colors. Sometimes I use mushrooms on the chicken ones too. I also make kid friendly ones for my picky eaters without onions and peppers.

These are really just suggestions. You can use any meat/veggie combinations you like and even change the marinades. You can add shrimp, zucchini, anything you can think of! (While writing this I thought about Pork pieces with peppers, onions and pineapple and cherries…Hawaiian or Sweet and Sour style! Yum!)