Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

My favorite sugar cookies are made with my Grandma's recipe. They are soft and chewy and topped with delicious cream cheese frosting.

My oldest daughter needed to make some cookies to take to an activity. She wanted to make sugar cookies, so I decided it was the perfect time to share my favorite sugar cookie recipe. My daughter is 14 now and she is a great little baker. The other night, my youngest two daughters had dance pictures. By the time I got home, she had made dinner, complete with homemade bread sticks. These cookies were a collaboration between the two of us. The batter needs to chill several hours or overnight, so she made it the night before they were needed. She was gone much of the next day, so I baked and frosted them for her.

Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting


Friday, April 21, 2017

Super Easy Hair Clips with Swarovski Accents

It's time for a super easy project. Sometimes I want to create something, but don't have much time. Well, these bejeweled hair clips are perfect for that situation. Simple, easy and beautiful.

Super Easy Hair Clips with Swarovski Accents

How to Make Your Own Bejeweled Hair Clips

You will need:
Hair clips with a round base {I used these from Prima Bead}
flatbacks gems
E6000
tweezers
toothpicks

Super Easy Hair Clips with Swarovski Accents

1 - Pick up each flatback with a pair of tweezers. Add a small dab of E6000 with a toothpick. Place it on the hair clip. I started in the middle and worked my way out.
2 - Repeat until hair clip is sufficiently covered with gems.
3 - Let dry overnight before using.

Super Easy Hair Clips with Swarovski Accents
Get creative and use different sizes or colors of gems. It really is a quick project. And they are so cute!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dinner Meal Plan - Family Dinner Ideas - April

 I was talking to my sister earlier today. Among other things, we talked about dinner and I realized I hadn't shared April's menu yet. She gave me a few easy recipes, that will be showing up on my meal plan next month.  But for now, here's my April Menu Plan.




This month's tip: Be flexible. Just because you've planned ahead and created a menu doesn't mean that things won't come up. Sometimes I forget to thaw meat. Other times there is unexpected activities or sickness. On those days, I just swap meals with another day of the week.

For more ideas see my other menu plans:
January Meal Plan
February Meal Plan
March Meal Plan 


April Dinner Menu Plan


As always I have included the main dish, but for a complete meal, you will need to add your favorite veggies and sides.

Here's a key:
**super easy
* easy
+ new recipe - I haven't tried it yet
^ plan ahead

Printable Menu

For almost all of the meals, I have included links to the recipe. Just click on the meal to be taken to the recipe. If there's not a link, it's because I feel that it's easy or basic enough that you probably know how to make it. However, I would love to answer any questions you may have. Please ask!

Week 1
Sunday: Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and  Rhodes rolls
Monday: Turkey Divan*
Tuesday: Waffles**
Wednesday: Ribs^ & Twice Baked Potatoes^
Thursday:   Beef Stroganoff
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Kraft Mac & Cheese**


Week 2
Sunday: Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Sunday Dinner Rolls
Monday: Manicotti  and Homemade Breadsticks
Tuesday: Sausage and Eggs**
Wednesday:Navajo Tacos
Thursday: Ham Fried Rice
Friday: Parmesan Tilapia*
Saturday: Out

Week 3
Sunday: Sunday Roast, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Grandma's Dinner Rolls
Monday:Chicken and Rice*^
Tuesday: French Toast **
Wednesday: Hamburgars, Hotdogs and Frozen French Fries*
Thursday:  Chef Salad**
Friday: Pizza Loaf
Saturday: 7-up Chicken

Week 4
Sunday: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Sunday Dinner Rolls
Monday: Crescent Chicken Squares
Tuesday: Oven Omelet *
Wednesday: Drumsticks & Twice Baked Potatoes
Thursday: Chicken Caesar Sandwiches & Macaroni Salad
Friday: Mini Pizzas*
Saturday: Chili Dogs**
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