Tuesday Tots ~ Cream Cheese & Jelly Finger Sandwiches

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Need a new sandwich idea for your little love? Here is something my kids always, and still do, adore.

1 slice of whole wheat bread

Low fat cream cheese

Jelly (I buy the sugar free strawberry)

Directions

Cover the bread with cream cheese. Add a thin layer of jelly. Fold the bread over, and slice into bite-sized pieces for little hands to hold.

Great for on the go, or an easy afternoon snack!

Foodie Friday ~ Sausage Soup With Tortellini

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1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed (you can use hot Italian sausage if you like things spicy)

1 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

5 cups beef broth

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup red wine

4 large tomatoes – peeled, seeded and chopped

1 cup thinly sliced carrots

1/2 tablespoon packed fresh basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 1/2 cups sliced zucchini

8 ounces fresh tortellini pasta

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

In a 5 quart Dutch oven, brown sausage. Remove sausage and drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of the drippings to saute onions.

Saute onions and garlic in drippings. Stir in beef broth, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano, tomato sauce, and sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

Stir in zucchini and parsley. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. Add tortellini during the last 10 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top of each serving.

Monday Moments ~ Laundry Detergent For Baby

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Do you use a particular brand of detergent for your little love’s laundry? If so, what is it? I made detergent out of all natural products for my youngest. He had very sensitive skin, and I found that making the detergent myself cut down on his sensitivity, and saved me money each month as well. How about you?

Foodie Friday ~ Crispy Garlic Chicken

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1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/4 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Heat olive oil and garlic in a small saucepan over low heat until warmed, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer garlic and oil to a shallow bowl.

Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a separate shallow bowl.

Dip chicken breasts in the olive oil-garlic mixture using tongs; transfer to bread crumb mixture and turn to evenly coat. Transfer coated chicken to a shallow baking dish.

Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink and juices run clear, 30 to 35 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees.

Thursday Arts & Crafts ~ Cling Wrap Creative Painting For Toddlers

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– White paper

– Paint

– Spoons

– Plastic cling wrap

Using a spoon, allow your child to dribble paint onto the paper. Have them use several different colors.

Place a sheet of plastic cling wrap over the paint (make sure the cling wrap covers the entire surface).

Allow them to use their hands to smooth the cling wrap over the paper. After they have done so, carefully peel it off starting from one corner.

Allow the painting to dry.