Make it Monday

Hello friends, I’m currently pounding out this post at swimming lessons, but at least I’m getting it done. Ha! 

Last night, I threw together one of my favorite slow cooker suppers together- chicken divan. The only person in the house that dislikes it is my husband- and, that’s only because he dislikes cooked broccoli.  This recipe is nutritious and packed full of protein. To make it yourself, find the recipe here.

*Note- I can’t find the recipe I used from Company’s Coming online, so I chose one that sounded delish. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

Hello friends! It’s make it Monday. How does a new recipe sound?

Now that fall has arrived, my slow cooker will start getting its seasonal workout. I tend to use it more during the cold fall and winter months than I do over the summer, and I’ve quickly built up a list of favorite slow cooked meals. My favorite dessert list is substantially shorter, and it’s that recipe I’ll share with you today. (Our favorite slow cooked dessert recipe is only one recipe long, so far). What are your favorite treats that come from your crockpot/slow cooker?

Om nom nom…Apple Crisp! Is there nothing more fall than having an apple crisp for dessert?! I think not. I’m planning to make it again (third time already, in the last month) for Thanksgiving. Eep- so excited!

Here’s the recipe link. If you make it, let me know! I’d love to know what you think of this wonderful dessert!

Make it Monday

Happy Monday, dear friends!

As promised, I have my Grilled Tuna Melt to share with you. If you’re tired of your usual, run of the mill grilled cheese sandwich, then give this recipe a try. It’s great to eat on days you don’t particularly feel like cooking or days that are miserable and cold.  Like yesterday lol. Last night, it dropped to 0° C overnight. Summer is most definitely gone from here!

Instead of typing out the entire recipe here, I’ll just include the Pinterest link to this delicious sandwich. 

Next week, I’ll share a new, tasty and healthy recipe that you and your kids are sure to love snacking on! Mine do- and it has flax seed in it. (I wasn’t sure I was a fan until I tried this recipe). 

Stay tuned for my next Make it Monday post!

Make it Monday

I’m still itching to share my Grilled Tuna Melt Recipe, and I’m hoping that’ll be next weeks’ post, but for now, I’ll share one that’s purely comfort food. 

Banana loaf! (Or, as we call it in our house, banana bread!)

I’ve had two medium bananas sitting in my freezer since the end of July; I figured now was the time to use them up. It’s cold and rainy here these days, and it filled a small portion of a long and boring day at home with the twins yesterday. 

This recipe came from a recipe book that was given to us on our wedding day. It’s pretty tasty! The recipe called for chopped walnuts (optional, of course), but I substituted them for chocolate chips. I’m not a fan of walnuts. 

Banana Loaf 

1 3/4 C flour 

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 C butter (I used margarine)

2/3 C white sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 C banana, mashed

1/2 C chopped walnuts, optional
Sift together flour, baking powder, soda and salt in bowl. Cream together butter, sugar, then add eggs in a separate bowl. Add mashed banana and flour mixture to creamed butter mixture. Stir in walnuts, if desired. Pour into greased Loaf pan. Leave stand in pan for 20 minutes, then bake at 350°F for 50 minutes. 

Enjoy!

How do you like to spend cold and rainy days at your home?

Make it Monday 

Hello, friends.

I’m really excited to share today’s Make it Monday post.  I’ve mentioned this recipe a couple times now, and it’s time I finally shared it!

Truth be told, I finally just made it (which enabled me to take a picture of it), so now I can share it!

This recipe, called Mac Chicken Cacciatore, is another wonderful Kraft Canada creation. It was an instant favorite in my household (though my kids like trying to tell me they hate chicken in their macaroni), and it’s always gobbled up. Quick and easy is key in my household!

Making this meal is easy peasy. Make your Kraft Dinner as per the instructions found on the box. In the meantime, once your chicken is thawed, cut breasts into bite-sized cubes, then brown in a skillet. Season as you like. 

Next, mix cooked chicken into your Kraft Dinner, along with some salsa (I usually mix roughly a 1/2 cup into ours- I make two boxes of KD so there’s enough for all 4 of us to eat).

Voila! Dinner is served! Steamed broccoli pairs nicely with this dish, as does carrots or a salad. 

Bon appétit!

 

Make it Monday

Hello, friends, welcome to another make it Monday!

Next week, I’m hoping to share my Kraft Mac Chicken Cacciatore recipe, and today I’m going to share my Kraft Go-Go Green Smoothie. So delish!

*Note: All images from Kraft Canada.

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe! We just had it for breakfast and is super tasty. I love it and my kids love it. Double score!

Make It Monday 

Are you a smoothie lover? Have you ever made your own smoothies?

I scored big time when I came across a couple Kraft Canada smoothies- I hit the jackpot with the Kraft Peanut Butter Banana smoothie and the Green- Protein smoothie (recipe coming next week). 

The recipe that I pinned says it’s vegetarian and gluten free, for those that prefer a cleaner food choice.

My kids LOVE this smoothie- it has chocolate milk in it (I make my own using 1% milk and chocolate syrup. That way I can control/monitor how rich it is); that’s their first favorite food. Their second favorite food is bananas. I really enjoy it too! The chocolate flavor appeals to my sweet tooth but the bananas in it packs a bunch of healthy nutrients and a nice balance to the sweetness of the chocolate. 

SO tasty– especially in my little Coca-Cola glass! 

Perfect for a snack or for breakfast, I highly recommend trying this smoothie- it tastes good with strawberries in it, too! 

Try it, I dare you!

Make It Monday

Good morning, dear friends! I’m all showered up (how I missed my shower!!) and ready to take the dog to his spa appointment (groomer). 

We have a slow week to recuperate (unfortunately, my husband doesn’t. They tried sending him to work before we even got home from vacation!), then we have two more weeks of swimming lessons. 

If you’re anything like me, when my husband is away I despise cooking. When it’s just the three of us, I don’t feel like cooking big meals. So, I don’t. I tend to make whatever my husband doesn’t care for, but that the twins love. (Think kraft dinner, chicken fingers, pot pies, etc.) We may have even had toast for supper; I neither confirm nor deny that…

One fateful day in the recent past, I came across a Kraft Canada recipe that the twins were sure to love. It is a cross between grilled cheese and kraft dinner, and it is completely kid friendly!

Introducing Grilled Macaroni and Cheese Cheese Sandwiches! 

This meal is so easy to make. Seriously, here’s what you do: 

Step 1: Make KD as usual

Step 2: Make grilled cheese as usual

Before adding your second slice of bread to your grilled cheese sandwich  (and before grilling), add KD to your sandwich and a second slice of kraft singles cheese.

(Remember, the recipe and link will be included at the end of this post). 

Step 3: Grill, as usual

And, between you and I, this recipe is a heart attack waiting to happen. Lol. All that cheese can’t be very healthy! Pure comfort food, y’all. Seriously. Enjoy with tomato soup and a side of veggies, or a salad, and/or a long, leisurely walk or step aerobics class. 

For me, this recipe fell flat. It was flavorless, and if I make it again, I think I’d add the KD to a grilled Tuna Melt, or I would make my Chicken Cacciatore (both recipes coming up in the near future!) before adding it to a grilled cheese sandwich. (My Chicken Cacciatore recipe is made using Kraft Dinner, as well). I’m not always a huge advocate for meat (I’m ok with meatless recipes; my husband isn’t.) He’s a proud “meatatarian”. This recipe required it, in my humble opinion. Chicken or tuna would pair nicely with this to make a slightly more well rounded meal.

As promised, here’s the Pinterest link to this fabulous, kid friendly recipe. Let me know what you think when you try it! 

Make it Monday 

Hi everyone!

One of my favorite places to turn to when I’m looking for inspiration in the kitchen is Kraft Canada. Their recipes are quick to make, easy to throw together and taste delicious. 

Another favorite tool for finding inspiration is most everyone’s favorite online tool as well- Pinterest. I have sooo many recipes pinned, I may as well try them out. 

Today’s recipe comes from Pinterest. Sorry, I’m not real glamorous and I won’t wow you with recipes I created myself. This will just be a real simple post with real simple recipes I’ve found, tried and want to share with you. I hope you understand- and enjoy!

Late last week, I felt inspired to do some baking, but I didn’t want to bake cookies. Boring. I wanted to bake something else, but didn’t have the ingredients for any of the recipes I thought looked great- until I came across Cinnamon Sour Cream Loaf (link at the end of this post). The original recipe was saved from Inspired by Charm by Michael Wurm Jr. 

Oh yum. And sour cream? I just happened to have a lot of it!

Before throwing it in the oven.

After baking for an hour. 

Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is!

The only thing I’d do different the next time I bake this is bake it at a slightly lower temperature for a little longer (or just slightly less at the recommended temperature). It came out quite well done, though the centre was somewhat moist. Overall, it was very tasty, and it got the seal of approval from both my kids and my dear friends’ eldest daughter. (Hubs and I thoroughly enjoyed it, too!)

Now for the best part- the recipe! (Clicking the link will take you directly to the recipe).

Cinnamon Sour Cream Loaf
If you try this recipe, let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Make it Monday 

Hi everyone, how are you doing?

Mondays had been scheduled for sharing ctmh with you, and you may have noticed those posts have dropped off as of late.

I have been struggling as a consultant- I’ve been fighting a losing battle building up a client base and weathering the economic downturn we’re experiencing here in Alberta.

I can’t afford to keep my status active by placing orders for just myself, so I have let my status slide. I am still active right now, thanks to my dear friend and only customer, but she may not be able to place orders much longer, either.

I’m not here to complain- I’m at total peace with this. I can still purchase scrappy supplies, I’ll just do it elsewhere- when I’m able to afford it!

So, instead of sharing crafty ctmh inspiration, I’m going to start sharing foodie crafty inspiration on Mondays, which I’ll call Make it Monday. 

Stay tuned next week for my first recipe!