Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Pillsbury Crescent Rolls - 3 Different Recipes

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls - 3 Different Recipes


These are very easy and delish! Versatile too! You can just about add anything to these tasty little delights. I did some as the recipe directs, but because there are only two of us in this house, I changed it up a bit and added raspberry jam with the chocolate to a few of them - yummmm.  For the rest I added raspberry jam, chocolate, and cream cheese - double yum!

This delectable dessert comes together so quickly you can make it any day of the week.  I wish I had some bananas on hand - chocolate and banana pastries would be wonderful! Give them a try - I think you'll be glad you did!

  • 1 12 ounce can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Separate dough into 8 triangles.
  2. Place a tablespoon of chocolate chips on the wide end of each triangle. Roll up starting at the shortest side of triangle towards the point. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or ungreased cookie sheet).
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and delicious! Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Pillsbury Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwiches

For a quick breakfast treat make these little sandwiches up ahead of time and then reheat them for a quick, protein packed breakfast as you are headed out the door!

Pillsbury BBQ Chicken Crescents

I made these for dinner this past Friday night, and they didn't last long!  I roasted up some bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts for use in this recipe, but if you have leftover chicken this recipes makes for some yummy leftovers!  When I use up leftovers I like to try to come up with a completely different recipe for them, so it doesn't feel like we are eating the same thing over and over.  This recipe definitely fits the bill and is OH SO EASY!

NOTE:  For all of the above recipes I used the larger 12 oz package of the crescent rolls

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mommy Mondays: 3 Great Reasons to Play With Your Kids

3 Great Reasons to Play With Your Kids

Most parents celebrate when the time finally comes that their kids will play independently or with a sibling. Finally – a few minutes of breathing room for mom and dad to get some things done around the house!

Independent play is important for a child’s development, however, it’s also important to make sure that we are playing WITH our kids on a daily basis.
Playing WITH a toddler may include throwing a ball or role-playing a “pretend” game. “Playing” with a teenager can be a game of backgammon or a round of Wii Golf. “Playing” is what ever the CHILD likes to do for fun.

Here are 3 great reasons to play WITH your kids…

1. Creating Emotional Connection: Much of the daily interaction between parents and children consists of “ordering, correcting and directing.” (“Don’t forget to drink your milk”, “it’s time to take a bath”, “stop hitting your sister”, etc.) When parents order, correct, and direct, they are in the “Parent Ego State” and this type of interaction often invites the “fight or flight” response in our kids, resulting in power struggles.
When parents play on the floor and have FUN with their kids – both the parent and child are operating in the “Child Ego State”. The “child” ego state is where emotional connections are made. It doesn’t require a long time to create emotional bonds – but being INTENTIONAL about spending PLAY time each day with your child in the “child ego state” will do wonders for strengthening the emotional connections.

2. Fewer attention-seeking misbehaviors: When parents play WITH their children, they are PROACTIVELY filling the child’s attention basket in positive ways. Children have a hard-wired need for attention. If parents don’t provide sufficient POSITIVE attention, children will resort to negative behaviors to get it – whining, clinging, helplessness, sibling fighting, etc. When parents implement consistent playtime WITH their children – attention-seeking misbehaviors begin to fall off the radar screen!

3. More cooperative children! As parents fill attention baskets in POSITIVE ways and emotional connection increases, children consistently become MORE COOPERATIVE at other times during the day! When the child’s core emotional requirements for connection and attention are met, he doesn’t feel the need to “fight us” to get negative attention and is more cooperative when asked to do things throughout the day. It’s a beautiful thing!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Brown Sugar Bourbon Ribs with Grilled Sweet Potatoes

 Brown Sugar Bourbon Ribs with Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Brown Sugar Bourbon Ribs with Grilled Sweet Potatoes
    Brown Sugar Bourbon Ribs with Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Brown Sugar Bourbon Ribs with Grilled Sweet Potatoes0out of 5based on0 user reviewsPT0H10MPT1H30MPT1H40MMakes 8 servings.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hrs 30 mins


Brush Grill Mates® Brown Sugar Bourbon BBQ Sauce on baby back ribs and sweet potatoes for rich, layered flavors of smooth bourbon, brown sugar, onion and premium spices like cinnamon and cloves.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fab Fashion: Independent's Day

It Fab Fashion so today let's break out the Red, White and Blue. In honor of the 4th of July, here are some cute little outfits, to look your best the those cookouts, and parties.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Red, White,& Blue Cupcakes

Celebrating the red, white, and blue with cupcakes
Celebrating the red, white, and blue with cupcakes
  • 1 box of white cake mix (I used Pillsbury)
  • Wilton red (no taste) gel
  • Wilton royal blue gel
  • buttercream icing
  • sprinkles
Follow the directions on the box to mix the cake batter. Divide equally into three bowls. Leave one bowl white, and add gel colorings to the other bowls to get red and blue. Layer the batters into your cupcake liners by the spoonful. You can be neat with flat layers or just goop it in for a more swirly effect. Follow the box’s instructions for cupcake baking time. (My box said I should get 24 cupcakes, but I only got 18.)

Recipe: Vanilla Buttercream Icing

  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 1/2 c. confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5-6 Tbsp. milk
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in confectioners sugar and vanilla. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Yields about 3 cups
Celebrating the red, white, and blue with cupcakes

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Patriotic Swirl Sugar Cookie Bars

Patriotic Swirl Sugar Cookie Bars

Can you believe the 4th of July is right around the corner?

Here is a festive Red, White & Blue treats  that you can make for your 4th of July
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 20
  • 1 1/2 C. Sugar
  • 1 C Butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 t. almond extract
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 2 1/2 c. Flour
  • Red Food Coloring
  • Frosting
  • 1/4 c. butter, softened
  • 2 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2-3 T Milk
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • Blue Food Coloring
  • Patriotic Sprinkles
  1. First beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar and egg until nice and frothy. This will take about 4 min.
  2. Add vanilla and almond extract. Beat about 1 min.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat about 2 min. It will be light and fluffy. Separate half of the dough into a small bowl. Add red food coloring and mix well.
  4. Alternate large spoonfuls of dough (i.e. red then white, then red) into greased jelly roll pan. Smooth out dough and run knife through it to swirl it. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. Cool completely.
  5. Frosting – Combine butter and cream cheese. Beat about 2 min. Add the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and food coloring. Mix 1-2 min until smooth. Spread over bars and sprinkle with sprinkles.

Friday, June 6, 2014

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