Weeknight Chicken and Dumplings

March 27, 2015

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I’m pretty sure when my grandmother reads this recipe (yes, my grandmother visits my blog and uses Facebook daily) I’m going to hear something like, “Cheater, cheater, chicken and dumplin’ eater.” No one makes chicken and dumplin’s (we forego the ‘g’ down here) quite like my grandmother. Dozens of little ladies in my childhood church and during the yearly festival made chicken and dumplings, and I dare say none can hold a candle to my grandmother’s. They were a food staple in my childhood, and they’re definitely a staple in many southern households. I’m sure this is because they aren’t expensive and you can make them in large batches to feed a crowd. It wasn’t uncommon that my grandmother would inexpensively feed 20 or more on a Sunday after church. Preparing them can be time consuming if you include preparing your own chicken stock and rolling out the dough. This cheater version of Chicken and Dumplings is made with Campbell’s Creamy Herb and Garlic with Chicken Stock. The Campbell’s Soup helps you get this southern favorite to the table faster and with less work. They’re easy  and quick enough for a weekday evening dinner, satisfying enough for Sunday supper.

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Ranch Taquito Casserole

March 26, 2015

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It’s game day again! Tournament season keeps us busy cheering on our favorite team. I may have time for more elaborate dinners later, but I want to be able to watch the game with my family. I grabbed some Delimex Taquitos and Rolled Tacos from our local Walmart because they are a game day favorite in our household. I decided that instead of serving them with your typical dipping sauces, I would bake them into a casserole. Paired with a salad, this Ranch Taquito Casserole makes a flavorful, family-friendly dinner. You could even use Delimex Rolled Tacos if you prefer them to Taquitos. Garnish them with a few lime wedges and cilantro, and you’re ready to watch the game. If you want to score a deal check out this coupon for $1 off on any TWO (2) Delimex® Frozen Taquito products (Excluding Fruit Taquito Products) at Walmart. The coupon would help make this simple dinner even less expensive.

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Caprese Pasta Salad with Pepperoni

March 25, 2015

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Three of my favorite cooking ingredients are mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil; one of my son’s favorite ingredients is pepperoni. I wanted to make something quick and simple that both of us would enjoy using some our favorite ingredients. This Caprese Pasta Salad with Pepperoni takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and easily serves a small crowd. It could be a main dish or a side, and it would be a great addition to a pot luck dinner. We used Hormel Pepperoni in our dish, and it was hard to keep a set of little fingers out of the bag. 

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Easter Pudding Cups With Super Snack Pack

March 23, 2015
Easter Pudding Cups

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I can’t believe Easter is just a few weeks away. The farm is filling up with new baby animals including baby chicks. We’ll be coloring Easter Eggs soon enough, and I’m planning our family Easter celebration. I created these Easter Bunny and Sheep Pudding Cups for dinner with the help of Super Snack Pack Pudding Cups. I wanted a fun easy-to-make dessert. These are super simple to make and the kids (and adults too) won’t want to share.

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Chocolate & Tampons: What Do They Have In Common?

March 21, 2015

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The headline pulled you in, didn’t it? It can be be tough to talk about your period, but hopefully with the help of chocolate I can make it less uncomfortable. I remembered as a tween I didn’t want anyone to know I was on my period, even though it was evident given my unpleasant demeanor and my insatiable appetite for chocolate. For years I was mortified to buy feminine hygiene products every month, and this continued through college. I was a cheerleader in college and I was on the swim team for a semester, both sports can be tough when you’re having your period. Bloat combined with bad eating habits before and while I was on my period caused many an ill-fitting uniform. As an adult, I’ve learned to make wiser dietary choices (most of the time) and I definitely don’t have any issues buying tampons. I want to help make your period easier by sharing two things I use to help make mine a little more bearable: Playtex® Sport® and Chia Seed Chocolate Yogurt. The Playtex® Sport® lets me stay active while the Chia Seed Chocolate Yogurt curbs my craving for chocolate and fuels my body with protein and antioxidants.

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Hall Farms Chickens: Wordless Wednesday

March 18, 2015

This is a semi-Wordless Wednesday post about our new chickens. We had a surprise arrival Monday, 21 baby chicks. We knew they were coming, we just thought they were shipping Monday and not arriving. The post office called while we were getting ready to take the dogs to the vet saying we had something that needed picked up immediately. We were only partially prepared for their arrival and we started scrambling to finishing setting things up. I was thankful Jeremy had finished the brooding box the night before. Sadly we lost one chick last night. We have ten Black Australorps and ten Barred Plymouth Rock, and they’re suppose to be all girls. This will be the first flock of chickens for Hall Farms. I’ll share some other photos later, I’m trying to let them adjust before we handle them too much.



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Dog Obedience Basics and Nutrition

March 11, 2015

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I love dogs; our dogs are treated as family and they’re expected to have behave just like any other member of the family. They are given suitable food, water, a bed, toys and a quality lead and collar, similar to those sold by Fetching Ware for example. It takes a lot of patience to own a dog, and time out of your day to make sure they are walked. Some might say they are just like having another child, and to an extent that is true. Just like kids, dogs and puppies don’t come pre-trained and according to Colorado dog trainer Lori Holmberg it’s important to teach them to respect you and to do as you ask. Today I’m going to discuss dog obedience and how it can make your time with your pet more enjoyable. Proper nutrition can play a roll in your dogs behavior. It is important to understand that finding a dog food formula right for your dog is important for their overall wellbeing, and it can be used as a training reward.

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