Kid Can Do – Dinner

grilled chicken Since starting all the media stuff for Cleaning House – lots of incredible radio interviews, our little trek to NYC for Fox & Friends, Good Morning Texas, (see: In the News) … – I’ve gotten several questions about what our kids have been up to, sometimes in disbelief. So, I’ve decided themoatblog needs to have a “Kid Can Do” segment every so often. I’m happy to share the recipes, techniques, and ideas (which I hope you will do the same) so we can at least set the kids up for success. Earlier this week, a mom on a call-in-show asked me how our eight year old could make dinner, in that an oven and danger is involved. I knew exactly what she was talking about. It’s hard to ask a little kid to open the oven and retrieve a hot pan of food. That’s why we got creative, kept that kid


The first day of March ushered in a high in the 80’s and what looks to be a quick end to our nonexistent winter. Beautiful sunny weather with a light breezed pulled us like a Star Trek tractor beam to the park. Loads of friends plus relaxed laughter – and did I mention the beautiful light breeze – got us home at dinner time. We’ve been a bit errand-challenged this week, in that none have been run. Zero. Nada. Nothing. So who cares if the milk is expired?… It doesn’t smell. And so what if there’s nothing to eat? We can be creative. Which is what I did. (Yes me. It was my night to cook.) Since the Food Network hosts most of the kids favorite shows, I told the girls that I was opting for a “Chopped” dinner. We didn’t have a basket. But if we did, there wouldn’t be much in it. I looked

Tasty Treat Ideas from Jane

Angel Food Cake With Christmas literally right around the corner, here are some wonderful Jane Jarrell quick ideas on ways to spruce up an Angel Food cake. Whether for kids or neighbors or visiting relatives, nothing beats a light sweet treat … with a cup of coffee, of course. Thanks Jane! … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay Nutella Stack—Cut 1 (9-inch) Chocolate Angel Food cake into thirds, place on a cutting board, using a serrated knife, cut down from the top of the cake and repeat to form three equal parts. Spread nutella between each layer and restack the cake. Top with a chocolate glaze and sprinkle the top with chopped almond Roca. Tiramisu Angel Food Cake–Prepared Angel Food Cake, ¾ cup strong black coffee, ¼ cup coffee liqueur, 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened, ¾ cup powdered sugar, divided, 3 tablespoons

A Cool Tuesday’s Tasty Treat by Jane Jarrell

Today’s tasty tips are nice and cool. Maybe a sweet slice of Lemonade Pie will bring a little perspective and not so hot sunshine into our relentless weather. Thanks Jane!! … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay  Quick Desserts, By Jane Jarrell Got a minute, make a dessert. Too hot to think straight? Try these cool recipes that are fast and refreshing.  Mix a few and easy to find ingredients and you’re ready to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Lemonade Pie 1 stick butter, melted 2 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs ½ cup chopped pecans 2 (8-ounce) cartons Cool Whip 2 (14 ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk 2 (12 fluid ounce) frozen Pink Lemonade Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter, graham cracker crumbs and pecans. Press the crust into the bottom of a 9X13 pan. Bake for 12 minutes or until the crust is a shade darker.
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