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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My Not So Cool Recipe Idea for Chicken Breast in the Crock Pot aka Slow Cooker #recipe

I have to admit that this recipe was disgusting to me, but the boyfriend loved it and my daughter enjoyed one tortilla wrap of it…. this is my own creation and was not taken from any cook book nor online resource, just taken from inside my beautiful brain.

Crock Pot Chicken Breast

Crock Pot Chicken Turned Tortilla Meal
A crock pot chicken breast recipe that in turn creates a Mexican style flavor tortilla wrap
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  2. 1 large bottle of Italian dressing
  3. 1 jar of hot, mild or whatever flavor you like salsa
  4. 1 container of sour cream
  5. 1 cup shredded lettuce
  6. 2 cups shredded cheddar & monterey jack cheese
  7. 1 package of soft tortilla shells (or hard taco shells)
Instructions
  1. Combine the 1lb of chicken breast with the 1 large bottle of italian dressing into your crock pot (slow cooker). Use a fork to stab holes into the chicken breast so the italian dressing will bring more flavor to the chicken breast. Set crock pot on low setting for 9 hours.
  2. Close to the 9 hours being done, shred up some lettuce. Place the tortillas, lettuce, sour cream, salsa and shredded cheese in middle of the table so that family or guests may choose which toppings to add to their chicken tortillas (or tacos).
  3. Once 9 hours is over, the chicken is ready to eat. Take chicken out of the crock pot and place on a plate. use two forks to shred the chicken up, for easier placement on tortillas (or tacos). Create your tortilla (or taco) how you wish with the various toppings available to you to place on the shell prior to or after the shredded chicken is on your shell.
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood 101 Heartwarming and Humorous Stories about the Joys of Raising Children of All Ages

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Today I am sharing a Chicken Soup for the Soul book that was released in March of 2013, apologizes on the delay in getting this information to you. I suppose better late than never. As I work to move this week I wanted to make sure that I share this new book with you all because it’s a great read for you all about Parenthood. Parenthood is a tricky thing for us, you see it’s the hardest but most rewarding job I personally have ever had. I bet others may be able to relate to that feeling.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood: 101 Heartwarming and Humorous Stories about the Joys of Raising Children of All Ages is a fun read, and as usual it’s a positive uplifting book for you to enjoy. Stories from Becoming a Family to What Goes Around Comes Around and my all time favorite topic “Love Conquers All”. Each chapter shares wonderful, personal, real life stories from others as they went through parenthood. From stories you can relate to, laugh at, shake your head at and simply enjoy, I think you should go ahead and go see if you can’t purchase this Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood book today for yourself or a loved one.

 

Chicken Soup for the Soul Married Life & Family Caregivers

Chicken Soup for the Soul brand books are amazing and I am excited to be sharing a couple of new books of theirs with you all today!

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Chicken Soup for the Soul – Married Life! 101 Inspirational Stories about Fun, Family and Wedded Bliss

What a great book full of inspirational stories of love and married life. I am not married, but I can still enjoy these wonderful stories. I know all to well that your spouse may not be the most perfect person all of the time, who is?! BUT there are those wonderful moments that keep you all hanging tight in happily ever after together. Think of those happy, loving and silly moments with your spouse while you read aloud together this cute book full of inspirational stories of married life.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Family Caregivers 101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice and Bonding

This topic for a book idea is just wonderful and I felt it would coincide well with sharing the Married Life! book because the two can sometimes go hand in hand. Read stories from all ages of people who take care of family members, at home or in outside facilities. So much emotional and practical advice through stories of various people who want you to read their inspirational stories.

Want to know what else is coming from Chicken Soup for the Soul in 2013? Well go head over to the Chicken Soup for the Soul website where you can purchase books and see what titles are coming soon.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Books Worth Reading & Giving

I talk about Chicken Soup for the Soul often, why? Well because they fit right in with who I am and what I believe in; inspirational, uplifting, honest and powerful stories from real people like you and me. Actually real people submit their stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul to get included, someday maybe I will submit my story for one of their books. Today I do not want to talk about the Chicken Soup for the Soul line in general nor about how my daughter and I enjoy the Mother & Daughter versions of these books, but rather a few copies of their books that will make great holiday gift giving ideas this year!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages From Heaven 101 Miraculous Stories of Signs from Beyond Amazing Connections, and Love that Doesn’t Die

Death takes away the physical presence of your loved ones but not their spirit. You faith will be awakened and renewed with these inspirational stories about faith, life and death. A five year old’s story of having escorted his two year old brother to Heaven after they were in a car accident, came back to talk about it. A late mother who came back to her daughter to tell her about a potentially fatal blood clot that the doctors missed. Amazing, inspirational stories leaving you with goosebumps is what Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven will leave you with.  Share this with your loved ones today or purchase this book for your own self.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Food and Love 101 Stories Celebrating Special Times with Family and Friends … and Recipes too!

Enjoy the stories of food and love, what better way to spend a cold Winter day but curled up in your favorite couch, recliner or other chair and read other peoples wonderful memories around food. This is a book where Chicken Soup for the Soul has put together their most heartwarming and mouthwatering stories as well as recipes for any food lover.  Once you read this you will want to go heat up the kitchen and make your own memories with food, for sure! Check out Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love on Amazon.com and Chicken Soup for the Soul website today!

Chicken Soup for the Soul Stay at Home Moms 101 Inspirational Stories for Mothers about Hard Work and Happy Families

Moms are the unsung heroes of our families, so they say! As a work at home Mom myself I can tell you that this was one of the hardest decisions to make myself and enjoyed reading along with others who talk about their own hard decision to be a stay at home Mom, how they learned to multi-task and have grateful husbands & children. This is not easy task, staying at home with kids, but these stories found in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stay-at-Home Moms (Chicken Soup for the Soul (Quality Paper)) will surely have you leave with a feeling of appreciation and wow with just what is involved in being a stay at home mom!

Well, what are you y’all waiting for? Leave me a comment below telling me what Chicken Soup for the Soul book is your favorite of all time? Would love to hear who else enjoys these series!

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