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UltimateMama and her kids had a magnificent time coloring Easter eggs with the PAAS Shake & Color kit.  All you need to do is add rice to the kit’s liquid dye and shaker bag.  A few shakes and you are finished. Don’t forget to rotate the eggs among the various colors for a marbled look!


UltimateMama likes to have an easy night “off” of cooking every once in a while and has found dinner quesadillas to be a nice “break”. They are simple to make and loved by all. To do:

-Grab 2 or 3 cups of filling from canned or cooked beans or any leftovers you have, including cooked shrimp, grilled chicken, vegetables, or rice

-Get 4 large flour or corn tortillas ready

-Shred 1 cup of cheese (cheddar, fontina, Monterey jack, etc.)

-Place tortillas on a warmed skillet or pan and top with the cheese and filling

-Watch for the cheese to melt and carefully check the underside to make sure no burning occurs

-Fold the quesadilla in half and secure with a toothpick

-Move quesadilla to a cutting board and slice as desired

(NOTE: Keep quesadillas warm on a cookie sheet in a 200 degree F oven if you have many to make)

-Serve with guacamole, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes or onions, and chips/salsa! Lime, lemon, or orange slices also add a nice touch.

-Enjoy!


UltimateMama saw the sun for the first time in a week a few days ago so she started up the grill.  Grilling is a great, easy way to break away from your standard spring dinner routine and get a “taste” of summer. To do:

-Marinate chicken breasts all day in Italian dressing (Ken’s Zesty Italian dressing is a family favorite) and grill them to your liking (1 pound)

-Prepare ground beef (we prefer 80% lean/20% fat) with seasonings such as pepper and garlic (or onion) into mini-hamburgers or sliders and grill to perfection (1 pound)

-Grill 4-6 pieces of corn (serve with butter)

-Grill the slider rolls just a quick bit

-Make a quick romaine salad for a side dish using the extra Italian dressing

-Serve and enjoy

 

 


UltimateMama had her kids create a weekend brunch that was healthy and tasty. They opted for bagels and lox with many creative accompaniments.

-Set out your favorite bagels (kids love Tal Bagels in NYC) and slather on some cream cheese

-Place lox on a separate plate

-Dice some cucumbers and tomatoes and place in bowls next to a bowl of carrots to snack on as well


UltimateMama needed a day off from cooking 3 meals a day so she opted for this quick, easy, and nutritious yogurt treat for breakfast.  To assemble:

-Place some Greek yogurt with honey on a platter

-Put some fresh berries in little glass bowls (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries work well)

-Set a bowl of granola in the middle

-Let each child or adult assemble their own yogurt, fruit, and granola parfaits

 


UlimateMama and her kids whipped up a quick, delicious banana bread this morning that delighted all who sampled the end result (our family of 4).  The recipe:

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas (mashed)

1 cup white granulated sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup butter (melted)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 pinch salt

To do:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Grease a 9×5 loaf pan.

Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and butter in a bowl. Mix flour and baking soda in another bowl. Stir into banana mixture gently. Pinch a little salt into the mixture. Pour batter in to prepared loaf pan. Bake in oven about 50 minutes (test at 45 minute mark to see if toothpick is clean)!


UltimateMama wishes all of you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  A few ideas to make this holiday fun for the kids as follows:

-Start the day off with green bagels

-Place festive green napkins at each place setting

-Gift your family members with St. Patrick’s Day headbands (UltimateMama loves the “Kiss Me I’m Irish” variety) or hats

-Read your children a book about St. Patrick’s Day (UltimateMama enjoys The Story of St. Patrick’s Day by Patricia A. Pingry for younger kids)

-Do a St. Patrick’s Day craft project (creating friendship bracelets with green yarn is fun)

-Listen to music from Ireland

-Cut out shamrocks from green construction paper

-Paint nails green

-Bake cupcakes and make green frosting

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


UltimateMama’s girls tried an amazing tie dye kit from Amazon called Make it Mine Premium Tie Dye Brights for their white sneakers.  It was fun, easy, and fast!  The results from their white Converse sneakers were stellar!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


UltimateMama started her Valentine’s Day shopping early this year to ensure everything would arrive on time.  With items from Williams Sonoma, Amazon.com, and Lindt, UltimateMama’s kids will be in for a great holiday treat!

American Girl by Williams Sonoma Cookbooks $11.99 each (from $19.95)

Gray Malin 500 piece puzzle $20.29

Ravensburger 300 piece puzzle $18.49

Lindt assorted chocolates $5.99 (from $11.99)

Disney Frozen II Holiday Mug with Double Chocolate Cocoa Mix & Marshmallow Pop $5.99 each


UltimateMama loves to serve watermelon to her kids after-school or for parties.  The trick is to make the fruit both appetizing and mess-free.  UltimateMama slices it rather thinly then cuts the rind so that only a little “top hat” is left and kids can’t get enough of it!