Summer is in full swing! And with this season comes yummy food! One of my favorite’s is watermelon. It’s so refreshing and delicious. The only problem is I HATE cutting it! I feel like I need to have ninja sword to cut it! So here’s a little trick I’ve learned.
Cut both ends up so that it will stand up without rolling. Then take large knife and go around the sides shaving off the outer layers until all that is left is the red delicious fruit. With the tough outside removed the fruit will be easy to slice up and put in a bowl. Voila!
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This tip with help you shred chicken just like they do in restaurants. I first boil the chicken, but you can use chicken that’s cooked in a slow cooker too. Then put it in your mixer with the paddle attachment and turn it on medium until it shreds it up as much as you want. For me it only about a minute. THAT’S IT! It shreds it up perfectly!
Before I shredded mine I added 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and some taco seasoning. The chicken tasted great!
I can’t believe Summer is almost here!! It felt like just last week that I dropped my little girl off for her first day of preschool and waved good bye as my son went to his first day of middle school. And now it’s the end of the school year, you know what that means…. awards banquets, concerts, summer sports begin, graduations,camps…etc! I thought summer was supposed to be relaxing?!
With all of these activities going on, sometimes it’s hard to find time to have dinner together as a family. Sitting around the dinner table and eating together is something that is really important to me. For those few minutes we get to talk about what has happened that day and plan out what else we need to do. I try everything I can to make sure that we get to eat together. But sometimes time doesn’t allow me to make a meal from scratch. So I’m always on the look out for quick dinner ideas.
The other day when I was at Sam’s Club I found Tyson Chicken Fries. My kiddos love fries, who doesn’t!? I like that they don’t require utensil to eat, so if we need to run out the door to T-Ball practice we can take them with us. They are also the perfect size for little hands. They also only take minutes to make, which is great when you are strapped for time! It’s the perfect quick chicken dinner! You can check out my fun filled trip here in my google+ album!
To make dinner time a little more fun I made muffin tin dinners. Sometime I have a hard time just getting my kids to eat. It’s not that they are that picky, they just are too busy to stop and eat! It’s very frustrating for me. By putting their meals in muffin tin it makes it fun. Each food gets it’s own compartment, even the dippy…aka ketchup! My kids loved this.
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Have a great summer! And remember, there’s always time for a family dinner!
I wanted to share with you a trick that I use. Instead of spending a lot of time carefully slicing carrots I use a vegetable peeler. I use this tip to help save time…which is something we all need more of! I use the carrot shavings to put on top of salads and I use them instead of match stick carrots in fried rice and in stir fry.
What are some of your time saving tips in the kitchen? Don’t keep your smarts to yourself…share them with me @ PrincessLacey@consumerqueen.com
Here’s a kitchen tip to help your wooden spoons last long! Do not wash in dishwasher. (wait, I have to wash them by hand?!) Wash with warm soapy water, pat dry. The Dishwasher will make them break down quicker. I never knew this. I bought a nice big fat wooden spoon recently and it already looks worn out and has a crack down the middle! Now I know better, don’t be lazy by throwing them in the dishwasher!
Want to season them? Wipe them with Olive Oil and bake them in the oven at 350!
Don’t keep your smarts to yourself! If you have any kitchen tips you’d like to share send them to me @ PrincessLacey@Consumerqueen.com I’ll be sure to give you credit!
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This is seriously cool! I’ve done this a few times now and I’m kicking myself for not thinking of this sooner! I try to make a majority of our food from scratch. Sometime that take a lot of work, so anything that can make that easier I LOVE!
I like making my own french fries, I hate slicing the potatoes. Using a apple slicer works perfect. Just wash the potato first. Hold it up length wise and push the apple slicer straight down. It makes the perfect sized potato wedges.
The I normally toss them in oil, sprinkle them with garlic salt and cook them at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes or until reached desired crispiness!
How cute are these?! My amazing friend made these cupcakes for our last Bunco night! (Bunco is a dice game…mostly it’s just an excuse to have a girls night!) She made the dice using gum paste and then dabbed the dots on using melted chocolate and a toothpick. If you don’t want to mold gum pasts into cubes you can also buy sugar cubes. These were a huge hit!