Recipe Thursday

Chicken and Feta Cheese Wrap
So good you’ll make this over and over again!

2 (4 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup sun-dried tomato dressing
8 sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed)
1 cup boiling water
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
4 cups loosely packed torn fresh spinach
4 (10 inch) whole wheat tortillas
1/4 cup sun-dried tomato dressing

In a large resealable plastic bag, combine chicken breasts and 1/4 cup dressing. Seal, and refrigerate for 4-6 hours.

Preheat grill for high heat. Combine sun-dried tomatoes and hot water in a small bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes, drain, and cut tomatoes into thin slices.
Lightly oil grill grate. Discard marinade, and place chicken on grill. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, turning once, or until done.
Cut chicken into strips, and place in a medium bowl with sliced tomatoes, feta, and spinach. Toss with remaining 1/4 cup dressing. Distribute mixture between the four tortillas, and wrap. Either cut in half and enjoy cold, or place briefly back on grill until the tortilla turns warm and crispy.
Serve with fresh fruit. Enjoy!

Recipe Thursday!

Overnight Blueberry French Toast
Can you say, YUMMY!

12 slices day-old bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup fresh blueberries
12 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup

1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon butter

Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange half the bread cubes in the dish, and top with cream cheese cubes. Sprinkle 1 cup blueberries over the cream cheese, and top with remaining bread cubes.
In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and syrup. Pour over the bread cubes. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.

Remove the bread cube mixture from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cover, and bake 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking 25 to 30 minutes, until center is firm and surface is lightly browned.
In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, cook 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in the remaining 1 cup blueberries. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, until the blueberries burst. Stir in the butter, and pour over the baked French toast. Enjoy!

Monday Mayhem ~ Some Days I Feel Like Screaming!

If you are a mama and you can’t relate to this photo, well then you have got quite a fabulous life my friend!
I have three amazing kids. Three well rounded, super smart and incredibly gracious kids. But there are days that they display annoying habits, sibling rivalry and no manners. *Hence I feel like the picture above
But, we can even make others feel this way about us. Yes, even as adults! I know there are days that my husband is on my last nerve. I never get on his last nerve of course. Kidding, kidding… (wink)
We like to think that we’ve got it all together and we are anything but annoying. But, we are all imperfect people living in an imperfect world. There is no such thing as perfect…it just doesn’t exist. We should not try to reach perfection but rather master placement, respect and peace. Contentment and the ability to exhibit patience with others; your spouse, your children, your friends, your family, your co-workers…
When you exhibit these feelings, your demeanor will rub off on those close to you. Did you know that? So when your child screams at his brother for touching his toy, don’t scream back. You are only giving in to anger which is just what your child displayed. Lovingly correct the behavior. When your husband forgets to pick up milk at the store, don’t roll your eyes and walk away. Tell them that’s okay, you can get it this time. Maybe next time you’ll leave them a sticky note reminder or a voicemail to remind them.
So when someone has upset you, and you feel like the photo above, remember… you are not perfect and neither are they.

Monday Moments ~ The Boundaries of a Toddler

Little angel not quite so angelic anymore? Toddlers love to test boundaries as they discover the world around them. One time or another as parents, we will share a not so soothing moment when our child decides to test the waters of back talk. Here are a few simple ways to redirect and reinstate the proper way to react to and respond when spoken to.

1. Plan ahead. Decide on a consequence that you will implement if your child talks rudely to you. Examples include watching a favorite TV show, taking a favorite toy away for a day or to, or sending them to time out. The rule of thumb for a time out is a minute for each year of their age. So a five year old, will receive a 5 minute time out, a 6 year old a 6 minute time out and so on.

2. Respond decisively. When your child speaks rudely, say “That language (or tone) is not acceptable. As a result, I am taking (fill in the blank) away for today.”

3. Follow through with no further discussion. Do not offer a second chance. Do not negotiate. Avoid the word “if” (as in “If you do that again, I’m going to…”). It makes you sound weak instead of decisive and your child will pick up on that.

4. On a related note, ignore any back talk associated with the consequence. Don’t get drawn into explaining or justifying your position. On the other, don’t punish your child again if he gives you back talk when you enforce the consequence. Treat it as one incident.

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Parfait
A wonderful treat that you’ll enjoy on hot summer days!

1 cup lemon yogurt, divided
2 honey graham crackers, crushed and divided
1/2 cup fresh blueberries, divided

Spoon about half of the lemon yogurt into the bottom of a glass. Layer half the crushed graham crackers atop the yogurt. Pile about half the blueberries atop the graham cracker layer. Repeat layering.

Thursday Thoughts ~ Changing Diapers 101

Changing a diaper takes practice, but one task that you will learn quickly, mom!

Here are just a few hints to make it as quick and easy for you (and baby) as possible….

Take care not to make the diaper too tight. You do want to avoid leaks, however, a too-tight diaper can cause pressure on your baby’s stomach making him more likely to spit up. This is especially true after feedings.

If your baby has a rash that doesn’t seem to be clearing up after a few days, or if he seems to be in a lot of pain and has skin that is red and raw in appearance, contact your health care provider immediately.

If you are using a changing table, always make sure that you use the safety straps. Even when using the straps, never leave a child unattended on an elevated surface.

Some parents don’t like using a changing table. An alternative to this is to use a changing pad on the floor or bed.

Keep diapers are wipes close! Having multiple changing stations throughout the house oftentimes makes diaper changes faster and easier.