The Kitchen: Not Just a Place to Cook

If there’s one thing that can tear your youngsters away from their tablets, smartphones or video games, cooking might just be it. Children love working some culinary magic in the kitchen. It gives them a chance to get their hands dirty and, best of all, they can eat the results! Also, you get the chance to spend some quality time with your tots this way, and you can rest assured you’re providing them with some valuable life skills.

There are certain classics that almost all children like to cook, including pizzas, chocolate brownies, and fairy cakes. However, if you’re looking for recipes that are fun and easy to prepare but healthier, reach for your slow cooker. You can use these handy devices to cook nutritious dishes that your youngsters will enjoy creating and eating.

Children and sandwiches go hand in hand. These snacks are perfect for packed lunches and parties. An excellent version to try with your brood is slow-cooked pork. To serve six, you’ll need the following:

  • 2 pounds of pork shoulder
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  •  1 chopped garlic clove
  • 1 pinch of salt and pepper
  •  1/2 cup of cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of barbecue sauce
  • 6 six sandwich rolls
  • Your own choice of salad ingredients.

To make, place the pork in your slow cooker and rub with the brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper. Then add the vinegar plus 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours until the meat is tender. Once removed from the cooker, shred the meat and mix in the barbeque sauce. Serve on the rolls along with a salad. Your children will love the sweet, comforting taste.

The Kitchen: Not Just a Place to Cook

For a hearty family meal, few things beat a stew and this beef version is bound to wet your kids’ appetites. For six servings, you’ll need:

  • 2 lbs of beef stew meat cut into one-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup of plain flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 1.5 cups of beef stock
  • 3 diced potatoes
  • 4 sliced carrots
  • 1 chopped celery stalk.

To prepare, coat the meat in seasoned flour and place in your slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients, cover and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours. The dish works a treat with creamy mash potatoes.

Whichever dishes you decide to create, leave plenty of time and make sure your kids aren’t wearing their best clothes. Children are remarkably adept at decorating themselves with even the most unexpected ingredients! Last but by no means least, remember to have fun. This is as much about the process as the results. 

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What To Make With The Bread Ends from HomeMade Uncrustables #recipe #foodie

Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks Recipe #foodie

Recently I shared a blog post citing that you can make homemade uncrustables way cheaper than by purchasing the store boxed brand Uncrustables. Click here to see that recipe. Today I share with you what I made during my food experiment evening over the weekend using the bread ends leftover from the homemade uncrustables I made for the week.

Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks


  • Greased 13 x 9 pan with bread ends leftover from uncrustables creations covering the length of pan
  • Garlic Powder
  • Garlic Salt
  • Approx 1 1/2 cups of your favorite flavor shredded cheese
  • Butter/margarine

How to Make:

  1.  Make sure the 13 x 9 pan is greased well because you won’t want to have any of the excess cheese baked onto the pan and you will want to have an easier time pulling up the sticks once cooked fully.
  2. Preheat over to 400 F degrees.
  3. Bread one side of the bread ends as you spread butter upon them, place one by one into the pan until you have a single layer of bread ends that fill the pan.
  4. Open the Garlic Powder and sprinkle evenly across the bread ends. Repeat this step with Garlic Salt.
  5. Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over the bread, it’s okay if you get some on the greased pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for about 10 minutes, check and maybe bake another 5 minutes. Basically bake until the bread is somewhat crunchy and the cheese is fully melted.
  7. Let cool down, serve and Enjoy!


{Review & Giveaway} Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces

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My family received a wonderful package that included one each of the 6 varieties of Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces along with a 6 quart programmable slow cooker.  The exciting news is that I get to host a giveaway for one person to win this same package, but first I want to share with you the details of Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces in addition to sharing our thoughts based on taste testing the products.

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Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces sell for around $2.99 per pouch and are available in the following flavor choices, simply add your own meat -

  • Tavern Style Pot Roast with Mushrooms and Roasted Garlic
  • Apple Bourbon BBQ with Sweet Peppers and Brown Sugar
  • Hawaiian Luau with Pineapple, Mango and Bell Peppers
  • Sweet Korean BBQ with Roasted Ginger and Sesame
  • Mexican Red Chile Taco with Garlic and Bell Peppers
  • Moroccan Spiced Stew with Green Olives and Lemon

I made notes of which meats I needed to get during my recent grocery trip to ensure we could test out these products fully. Since my sons were doing wrestling, it was nice to have a meal ready when we got home from practices. Our first try was the Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces Sweet Korean BBQ with Roasted Ginger and Sesame. I placed the beef in the slow cooker, added the sauce, covered and set the timer for the allotted time. I believe it was 6-7 hours of cooking on low in the slow cooker.

Everyone loved this meal, I cooked mashed potatoes and green beans to go with the sweet Korean BBQ, I also placed the meat over egg noodles. It was a meal to enjoy after a long day of parenthood, working from home and being the Mama taxi driver for my family.

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I happened to run across a buy one get one free deal on boneless, skinless chicken breast so I thought I would switch out the pork for chicken in the Hawaiian Luau with Pineapple, Mango and Bell Peppers. This was a hit, my daughter was ooing and awwing over this decision. The fiance enjoyed it but thinks that this sauce definitely would have been better with pork. Can’t win them all, I can say my daughter talked about it for days after I created the meal with chicken instead of pork. We still have other varieties here to test out, but so far we think this is a great product to keep busy households fed well without taking more time in the kitchen.


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Ground Hamburg and Cheese Grinders Recipe #recipe #foodie

The other day I wanted to find something to do with the pound of hamburg I had thawed out in the fridge, normally one would think of cheeseburgers or maybe making a form of chop suey (I call it goulash) out of it … but I wanted something different and I was craving a steak and cheese grinder …. that is when this recipe idea came to me and it was a HUGE hit in my house with the kiddos {well the 2 kiddos that actually TRY new foods} ….

Cheap Steak n Cheese Grinder RecipeIngredients:

  • 1 lb ground hamburg
  • Frying pan or skillet
  • Garlic Powder {teaspoon or so for flavor}
  • Shredded cheese {any kind you prefer will do}
  • Sandwich rolls or Grinder Rolls
  • Optional additions; other seasonings and/or chopped onions.

Make Your Ground Hamburg and Cheese Grinder

Ground the one pound of hamburg in a skillet or frying pan on stove over low heat. Make sure the meat is browned all of the way, no pink meat.

As the meat browns, sprinkle about a teaspoon of garlic powder {or other seasonings} to add flavor to your meat.

Drain the browned ground hamburg.  Keep brown hamburg in pan.

Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of shredded cheese on top of the browned hamburg while in the skillet or frying pan. Cover or simply let sit on hot burner of stove until cheese is melted.

Prepare the grinder or sandwich rolls, use a spatula to place meat into each roll in an even fashion. Add ketchup or mustard, whatever condiments you wish.

Serve with fries, chips, or a salad.

Servings: Approximately 6 sandwich rolls.

How to Make Poor Man’s Grilled Cheese

Have you ever been in a tight time frame but really wanted a grilled cheese? How about the kids, they are begging for grilled cheese for lunch but you just don’t feel like making it? Maybe you ran out of propane for your gas stove? Whatever the reason this is the BEST idea since sliced cheese!

Poor Man’s Grilled Cheese

Supplies Needed:

  • Microwave
  • Sliced American Cheese { 1-2 per sandwich}
  • 2 pieces of bread per sandwich
  • Toaster
  • Garlic Powder {optional}

How to Make Poor Man’s Grilled Cheese

  1. Toast two pieces of bread per sandwich, a light toasting is best.
  2. Place 1-2 pieces of cheese between the now toasted bread.
  3. Sprinkle the optional garlic powder on the cheese in between the bread slices, or any other seasoning your kids or you enjoy the flavor of.
  4. Place the sandwich, as a whole sandwich, into the microwave & cook on high for 10 seconds at a time for 1 sandwich or 20 seconds at a time for 2+ sandwiches at a time.

Once the cheese is melted to a point of satisfaction, serve with a side of celery or apple slices & enjoy!

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