Yummy Sour Cream Enchiladas

This is a great way to use leftover chicken or just stick a couple of breasts in the microwave and steam them until done if you like these as much as I do! This recipe came from my piano teacher in Ridgecrest, CA and its one of our faves!!

Sour Cream Enchiladas
2 cups cut up cooked chicken
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 pt. (about 1/2 container) sour cream
1 small can green chiles (opt.) or cut up green onions
1 doz. flour tortillas
grated cheese

Combine first 4 ingredients. Spread on tortillas. Roll up and place side by side in pan. Top with cheese. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes!

Quick Easy and Yummy!! These are great the next day so I make the whole batch! (Usually a 9 X 13 and an 8 X 8)

Try it and tell me what you think!

Tip: I buy sour cream when it is on sale and freeze it. It gets a funny look and kinda runny but it works great for this recipe!

Book Review: 39 Clues

Okay so really this is a series review. It's a new series that came out last year and so far there are 9 books. The basic storyline is that there are these two orphans, Dan and Amy Cahill who had a wonderful Aunt Grace. Aunt Grace passes away in the beginning of book 1. In her will she leaves behind either 2 million dollars or the chance to become the most powerful person in the world through the first of 39 clues that will lead them to a long lost family secret. Amy and Dan take the challenge and head off in an around the world chase to be the first to uncover the set of clues. Of course other members of the family are also searching and they are not above lying, deciet or even murdering to get thier hands on the clues.

These books are a quick read and lots of fun! They take you back through history in various coutries of the world! Russia, Asia, China, Australia, etc. they just continue on. So if you want something fun and enjoyable while keeping you a little on edge, these are the books to read!

ABC's Book

Last but not least in this series of storyboard games is a cute ABC book you can print out and make with your child to help them learn thier ABC's!

Click here to download the pdf

Have fun!

Chicken and Rice

This is a very easy way to make Chicken and Rice and the leftovers make great enchiladas! (Recipe to come:)

Chicken and Rice

2 cups rice
2 cans cream of chicken soup
3 cups milk
5-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 chicken boulion cubes (or 4 tsp. chicken boullion)

Pour rice into a 9X13 pan. Lay chicken breasts on top. Mix cream of chicken soup, milk and boullion in a bowl till smooth. Pour over chicken in pan. Cover and cook at 350 for  1 1/2- 2 hours.

Thats it! Serve with a nice salad and garlic bread (I cheat and butter regular bread and sprinkle garlic powder on top broil for a few minutes and viola!).

To make in a smaller batch for smaller family halve recipe and use an 8X8 pan.

Try it and tell me what you think!

Bear Hunt

So.. the very first time I ever heard this story was from my band teacher at Shoshoni High School, Mr. Mike Powell. I was a student aide in the Kindergarten classroom and he would come in once a week to do story time with the kids. I loved listening to his stories and the way he told them! I quickly caught on to this story (we did it by rote- I didn't even know it was a book!) and it is sort of read like the "The other day.." story/song. I found this storyboard printout of the book that would be fun to do and you don't even have to have the book! Never read it? Check it our from your library and you'll see why it is soo easy to remember and recite:) Nathan has fun with this story and loves to read it!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Now if you haven't read this book.. you are soo missing out!! I loved this book so much as a kid I memorized it and can still read it without looking at the words! The rhythm and rhyme to this book is soo much fun and great for learning your abc's. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.- another classic childrens author. Check it out!

Thanks to kizclub.com for the patterns!

Capri Sun Magazine Holder

So I was tired of finding magazines all over my bathroom, the counters, laudry basket, floor, etc. So I was inspired last night before I fell asleep. Why not make a mag rack out of the capri suns I had saved to make something? Well I am proud to say that I made one and it worked!! Here is how I did it!

First I sewed five strips of three capri suns each (see pic)

Then I sewed three strips of two capri suns each

(I made a mistake and did two with three and realized I didn't need that much so I took off the extra ones)

Then assemble the bag. Remember the capri suns bend a lot more than you think! I sewed the stips to make two flat mats. Then sewed the edges and bottom to make a bag.

Because I wanted it to be a holder I had the front be a row smaller than the back and I had them both facing the same direction so you could see the capri sun design.

Hanging finished product with magazines in it! To make it stronger, I might add button holes where you want to hang it!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Here is another file folder game to the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (one of my favorite kid authors!). These can also be used for flannel boards stories too!!

Click here to download the pdf in color
Click here to download the pdf in b&w

Thanks to kizclub.com for the patterns!!

Face Match Game

Here is a fun game to play and see what combinations you come up with! The download says to make it into a book and cut the pages and use it that way.

I need more quiet activities to do in sacrament meeting so I pasted the pages onto an empty cereal box and empty soda box (its a green activity! I actually felt pretty cool using these instead of throwing them away:)) Then I cut them into strips and then glued strips of flannel on the back of the pieces.

Then I  seperated them into snack bags labeled hats, faces, shirts.

I have a flannel board book we were given for christmas but all you need to do is cover a piece of stiff cardboard with flannel and away you go:)

Finished product!

Hope you enjoy!!

Thanks to kizclub.com for the patterns!

There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly..

... I don't know why she swallowed the fly, I guess she'll die.

This classic song becomes even funner when you have this file folder game to play with it!

Download the pdf here in color
Download the pdf here in b&w

Print, paste on a file folder, add some velcro or felt (it sticks together without much hassle or sound) and you are off to play!!!

Thanks to kizclub.com for the patterns!

Bird's Milk Cake

This a recipe I got from the Lion House International Cookbook. This is a rich, heavenly yummy cake from Russia! You can serve it the day you make it but I love to let it sit in the fridge overnight... it makes it that much yummier!!! It is a little work but oh soo worth it:)
Bird's Milk Cake (Russia)

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons honey
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar

5 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons milk
5 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 cup butter


CAKE: Preheat oven to 350 F. In large saucepan, stir together butter, sugar, honey, eggs and vanilla. Cook on low heat, stirring slowly, until sugar dissovles. Remove from heat and add flour and baking soda. Stir until well mixed. Divide dough into 5 equal parts. Prepare 5 9-inch rounds of parchment/ wax paper by spraying with non-stick spray. Place one of the 5 pieces on each paper round. Roll out to fit round (helps if you let dough cool a bit). Bake 5 min. each. Let cool.

CREAM: Combine flour, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, milk and vanilla in medium saucepan. Boil, stirring constantly, until ingredients are smooth and thickened. Remove from heat and let cool. Beat butter and 3/4 cup sugar together until light and fluffy. Add cooled mixture and beat well. Place one layer of cake on platter and spread with cream; top with next and layer and continue spreading cream between layers. DO NOT CREAM TOP.

GONASH: Melt all ingredients except butter in saucepan. Bring to boil and boil until mixture is smooth and dark brown in color. Remove from heat and add butter; stir until melted. Spread on top layer.

Either serve right away or let sit over night in the refrigerator for yumminess! Store any leftovers in fridge.

Dew This

So here is a new blog that I hope to one day print off for my children. It will have a collection of a little bit of everything: crafts, recipes, books, songs, etc. Things that will help them remember what we did and how we actually did it! Hope you enjoy!! Comments are greatly appreciated as are any ideas you would like to contribute!!