Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lunchbox Meals : Week 2

My kids were so excited about their first week of school lunches. I was that more excited to work on their second week menu. Here is what they had for the week.

Monday : Grilled bologna and Cheese sandwiches w/ fruit and a pudding

Tuesday: Chicken Noodle soup and crackers

Wednesday: Petite Lasagnas

Thursday:Fiesta Meal

Next week it's going to be soup and pasta as it's the start of Fall and of what I have seen the weather will be chilly.

I'll share what I make for them. What are your favorite soups for the Fall?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Favorite Crockpot Sancho (Spanish Stew)

Woke up Saturday morning  and first thing I thought of was WOW I need to go geta long sleeve shirt and  I need to text Hubby because today is feeling like Sancho weather!

Sancho is a favorite Dominican Stew/Soup that is a SUPER delicious. I remember as a little girl my dad as a special dinner would get all the ingredients to make this and start almost at the crack of dawn to make sure that it would be just right and ready by dinner time.

Enter the awesome crockpot the invention that has grown to be one of my FAVORITE kitchen things. Instead of me having to slave in front of the stove for hours I figured I could just put all the ingredients in the pot and let the magic happen!

Today I'll share the recipe so you could enjoy it as well on a chilly day.

Ingredients :

- 1 medium potato - peeled and chopped into small pieces
-2 plantains -peeled and chopped in small circles
-  cilantro few strands
- 1 or 2 celery sticks- chopped small pieces
-1 or 2 carrots- chopped small pieces
-2 cups of chicken broth
-corn ( I like to use the frozen corn that comes in packs- I'll usually put 4 pieces)
-soup bones (you can get a pack at the supermarket for less then $3)
-chicken breast 2 or 3 pieces ( I usually have at hand in the freezer)

(seasons - to taste that I used is salt,pepper,oregano and adobo)

My Crockpot is a 3qt

You take all these yummy ingredients and put it into the crockpot and just let it cook. You can either cook it on low for 6 hrs. You could put this in the AM and have dinner ready when you get home!
You could also make it a bit quicker and cook for 4 hours on high.

It smells so good while it's cooking. I do like to go and mix it at least once. Not necessary but I just like to open the lid because it smells so good!

I'll also make a small pot of white rice to accompany it. Also if I can I'll add a slice of avocado...OH That is HEAVEN!!! (try it trust me!!)

I hope you'll give this easy and super yum recipe and if you do please do let me know!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


It's been a while since I did one of these so here goes :

Drinking: The last bit of my Iced Pumpkin Iced latte from Dunkin Donuts (sigh...)

Eating: Nothing yet but already know what's for lunch tomato/basil & 

Listening: ESPN in the very far background as Hubby has it on while he sleeps.

Wearing: running clothes...yeah I'm suppose to be going for a run but looks like it wants to rain or just playing w/me.

Feeling: Tired... Isy is napping and I should have joined her..OH well too late she'll be up soon.

Weather: Blah it's cloudy kind of muggy guess the somber day goes w/the Anniversary of 9/11

Wanting: a Me day. Just to get a couple of hours of doing something for myself is REALLY needed.

Needing: Read above statement

Wishing: The kids all have a good day at school. I have been loving that Isaac has a new "Do you know?" for me daily since school started...Seems 6th grade is WAY informative! #yeahLearning

Thinking: I need to go to the supermarket to get a few things for dinner & snack. The Littles requested Broccoli cheese and Potato Soup for afternoon snack.

Loving : Snuggles with her. Even when I say GIRL can Mama get a mini break I have to...cook,clean, pick up the phone,go to the bathroom,etc. because I remember they are only little once.

What have you been up to lately?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Easy Peasy Lunchbox Meals - Week 1

Monday morning..AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH everyone running making sure they have their books in the backpacks. Brush your teeth get some breakfast everyone doing their thing when you hear "Moooommmmm did you make us lunch?"

Hmm sure,sure I did...Run get two slices of bread some cold cuts and a juice and something for snack. Sadly,honestly that was most of last year unless it was Friday where my Littles get the treat of buying lunch at school.

THIS year...THIS year I will conquer (or more like try too) lunch! Ok so the main thing I have learned from my failure to lunch is to plan ahead. With that said. First make a list of food that your kids like to eat make sure if there is a peanut/allergy restriction at your school you are aware of that as well.

Also make sure your kids what they would like. You should have seen the faces on my youngest son when I asked hey what would you like to see in your lunch?

He looked at me with the biggest of smiles and said REALLY...OK mac and cheese please! YAY 1 lunch done 3 more to go (remember Friday is mama free day here!)

So after getting some suggestions from my little girl as well this is what we came up with :

-Monday :Mac and Cheese (my kids like if I mix ham into it)
-Tuesday : Tortilla Ham & cheese rolls (notice it's kind of a sandwich but no squares YAY ME)
-Wednesday: Chicken salad but use a mix of greens like Spinach
-Thursday:  Chicken Alfredo (which was dinner- leftover dinner always taste better next day)

These are Monday,Tuesday since the Easy LunchBoxes come with 4 containers I was able to make 2 days worth of lunch -BOOYA!!

With the main lunch I made sure  to include fruit. and an extra snack.  I am excited about being able to plan ahead.

 Also another time that I find is very helpful is if you can make the lunches the night before.

-Do your kids have a favorite lunch you make for them?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Baby Got Moves Giveaway was acting up so I just printed out all the entries &  Isy picked the winner : Margie Martinez Cortina

It's so much fun seeing my little one growing and one thing that I love that all my kids and I enjoy is dancing so imagine my delight when I found out Pampers is having campaign just to celebrate that!

To celebrate, Pampers is asking parents to show off their baby’s morning dance routine by uploading videos to Instagram and Facebook using hashtag #BabyGotMoves.  Uploaded videos have the chance to appear in a shareable compilation video created by Pampers at the close of the initiative. 

So of course I had to share my sweet girl especially now that my girl is trying to get the hang of walking w/some dancing moves I LOVE it!!


I am having such a blast seeing all the milestones and am so glad that my little one is achieving. Today I actually also have a fun giveaway to share. This is what you could win for your baby.

·      Homedics Jam Plus Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
·      Baby Einstein Octoplush
·      Bright Starts Pretty In Pink Get Movin' Music Player
·      The Baby Hustle: An Interactive Book with Wiggles and Giggles!
·      Pampers Sensitive Wipes
·      Pampers Baby Dry Diapers

All fun goodies for your baby to have a fun in the AM !A dry baby= a happy baby and a happy baby = a happy family.  Therefore, when baby wakes up dry, it’s party time! 

To win all you have to do in enter below. So tell me what is your baby's favorite song. As you can see in this house "Happy" is on repeat! 

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  “This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine."

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Easy Stick in the Oven Chicken Dinner

If you have been stopping by my blog. My motto this school year is make it easier & faster but FUN (or in the case of this blog post YUM)

Ok Confession time how many times does your family have chicken a week.... I'm waiting... being that we are Hispanic around here yeah that means we eat it ALLOT. Hey it's cheap and easy to make and when your on a budget but sometimes you have to get creative.

Bare w/me as I cook from memory unless I am going to throw down and actually go and take the time to follow a recipe but usually 9 out of 10 times it's memory kind of cooking for me.

So tonight I'm about to make a recipe that I got the idea from +Skinnytaste  she of course has AWEEEESOME recipes that I SUPER love.

She has this AMAZING Asian Grilled Chicken recipe that we love here, but right now I'm missing a couple of ingredients and this is when my mind goes into budget frugal cook w/what you got chef.

This is what you'll need :

  • your choice of chicken (today I am using drumsticks -on SALE baby!) I use wings as well they come out just as yummy.
  •  ketchup- yes I'm using Ketchup! ( Just 2 tablespoons don't freak out) 
  •  olive oil (2 tablespoons)
  • garlic powder - A pinch or two of it (or if you want a minced garlic clove)  
  • soy sauce ( 1/2 cup)
  • honey (1 cup)
  • 9x12 pan ( I keep a stash of these when I'm in a hurry..ok,ok and don't want to wash more dishes then I have to  after dinner there I said it! )
Now your going to mix everything but the chicken together to create a marinate. After you marinate mix it into your chicken. I like to do this early in the AM and than put it in the fridge till I am ready to make it.  If you are in a hurry you can cook it once you have done mixing as well but I find it gives the chicken an extra little flavor kick if you do this. 

Take your chicken into a 375 degree oven for an hr you could check your oven at 45 mins. to see if you see some yummy caramelized goodness if so take it out AND ENJOY!

 My family will have this w/yellow rice & beans and a salad. If you try it please let me know. Do you have any super easy recipes that your family loves? I'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Let's Talk School Lunch Shall We..-Part 1

My kids have goals this year which I am their #1 cheerleader and being so I think the best way to do so is by making sure they have Good Eats. Sure they get their food but to actually be excited to check what is in their lunch box would be even more awesome. To be honest here it's usually been a sandwich,drink and snack but this year I'm changing it up. My two younger ones will be having these in their lunchboxes :


I also want to use these as well as I figure I can just put these on the side of each bag for them for extra goodies.

Plus when it gets chiller I'll start making soup for them (make for dinner and save some for their lunch) I was looking at what would be best and I really like this one :

It's the right size and I really like how strong it seems. With my kids who love to through their backpacks they need some thing that will be strong to the "love" they give it and still keep lunch in warm and ready for them.

Now I bet your wondering OK so where are they carrying all of these things?! Well glad you asked here is the lunchbox we ordered the kids.(Well purple for our girl)

I am really excited to be able to do this for my kids and to share what I find works and share it with you guys. Next time I'll share with you what I am doing as far as planning the lunches themselves. I have this week to start my planning as they don't start full days till next week. 

What are some ways you try to make your kids lunches much more fun and nutritious?