Archive for March 2013

Easter Menu Ideas

March 29, 2013

Have you decided on your Easter menu plan yet?? We're usually last minute, but we discussed what we're bringing to my mom's for dinner earlier in the week. Just in case you need some more idea, I've got you covered! Check out these easy holiday-worthy recipes from yours truly right here at Semi Homemade Mom:

Chocolate Milk Pancakes

Tomato Mushroom Oven Omelette

Strawberry Cheese Danish

Yogurt Cranberry Coffee Cake

Here are a few soup choices to have warming when you get home from church:

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Here are some amazingly easy and delicious sides that go perfectly with the showstopper ham:

Holiday Pineapple Stuffing

Layered Sweet Potato Casserole

Stuffed Corn Bake

Onion Roasted Potatoes

Just in case there's no ham-lovers in your family, here are some fabulous main dish ideas:

Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken

Crockpot Lemon Garlic Chicken & Potatoes

Creamy Baked Ziti

Creamy Tomato Tortellini

And of course, we can't forget dessert!

Pineapple Pecan Carrot Cake

Pastor's Wife Apple Crumb Pie

Tropical Ambrosia Salad

Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

White Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I hope you've found some yummy ideas for your Easter table this weekend! Have a blessed day celebrating our Risen Savior with your family. 

"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believe in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.'" John 11:25-26

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Getting Kids Cleaning with Fish Foam!

March 28, 2013

My cleaning routine has completely changed now that I've discovered Fish Foam window cleaner! I don't know about your kids, but my four year old LOVES to help me when I'm cleaning. He has his own duster to use when I'm dusting. He helps clean all the toys off the floor when I say I'm going to vacuum. He is usually pulling a chair up to the sink when I'm doing the dishes to "help." 

One thing I usually don't let him help me with is cleaning in the windows. I've really only ever used the blue liquid that comes in the spray bottle, I'm sure you're familiar. In fact, when I'm cleaning the windows I always have to tell him to stand far back because it usually sprays everywhere, is invisible to see, and then inevitably drips down the window. It's like an Olympic event spraying the cleaner, putting the bottle out of little hands' reach, ripping off a paper towel, and wiping the window before there's a pool of blue liquid on the sill. And man, for a small townhouse do we have a lot of windows!

Fish Foam contacted me to review their cleaner, and I have to say I'm more than impressed! I absolutely LOVE that when you spray it doesn't drip AT ALL, it foams up the window. Let me show you some before an after shots:

Yes I know my glass door is disgusting, and I have no idea what what was covering their fingers when they wiped them. I have two toddler boys, what can you expect? Actually it looks like they dripped something down the window, only neither of them are that tall. Interesting...

Ok, Silas thought this was the coolest thing ever! When you spray, it foams up. No drips, no rushing to grab the paper towels, no guessing where you sprayed. He thought it looked like snow!

The window was so clean, I couldn't get the camera to focus on it! I was shocked all it took was one spray and wipe down, my usual cleaner would have taken at least two or three wipes to clean up dried on drips like that. You can actually see Silas' reflection in the window saying, "It's all clean, Mommy!" We spent the next 15 minutes running around the house finding windows to clean! 

I HIGHLY recommend Fish Foam to replace your usual window cleaner. Fish Foam has agreed to give away one can to one lucky Semi Homemade Mom reader! The giveaway will close Wednesday, April 3rd so get your entries in today!

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Fish Foam sponsored this post and provided me with a can of their window cleaner to review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Show & Share Wednesday #30

March 27, 2013

Hello everyone! Welcome to another Show & Share Wednesday link party. Let's get right to the features this week:

My Knead for Bread - The Messy Organic Mum

Honey Ham and Monterey Jack Panini - I Thee Cook

Lime Chocolate Chip Muffins - Crumbs and Chaos

Morning Glory Muffins - Joyful Healthy Eats

The Perfect Macaroni Salad - Annie's Noms

Coconut Carrot Cake M&M Cookies - Treats with a Twist

Amazing features!

Show & Share link party rules:

  • Link up your newest recipe, diy project, kid activity, anything you are proud of and want to share.
  • While I love Etsy shops and giveaways, they are not in the spirit of this party.
  • I reserve the right to remove any link that is not family friendly.
  • Grab a button below to display on your post or provide a text link back either in the post or on your link party page.
  • Some link-ups will be featured on Semi Homemade Mom's Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you follow both. Check back next week to see who got the most clicks!

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    Milky Way Stuffed Rice Krispie Treats

    March 26, 2013

    Everyone has their favorite candy bar. Three Musketeers, Snickers, Rolos, yum, yum, and more yum. Me? I have ALWAYS been obsessed with Milky Ways. They were always the first to be eaten out of my Halloween candy stash and my Easter basket as a kid. Cadbury Eggs come in a close second around Easter time, but Milky Ways are always my number one.

    What happens when you mix copious amounts of chopped milky ways with classic krispie treats? Heh, wouldn't you like to know. I mean seriously, just look at them. :)

    Milky Way Stuffed Rice Krispie Treats
    an original recipe by Semi Homemade Mom

    1/4 cup butter
    10oz package marshmallows
    6 cups Rice Krispies
    11oz bag Milky Way minis, quartered
    1/4 cup milk chocolate chips

    Melt butter in large stock pot over low heat. Add marshmallows and continue stirring until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in Rice Krispies, turning to fully coat cereal. Stir in quartered milky ways. Press into a greased 9x13 baking dish and allow to cool. Place a wire rack over a cookie sheet. Cut treats into bars and place on wire rack. Microwave chocolate chips on 50% power for 30 seconds; stir. Microwave at additional 10 second intervals until chocolate is fully melted. Using a fork, drizzle chocolate over treats. Place treats in refrigerator until chocolate is set. Allow treats to come to room temperature again before serving.

    Oh my word, I wish we had more of these babies left! This is a great way to use up leftover candy from the holidays you may have laying around. And what a show stopper at your church's next bake sale!

    Here are some more of my favorite treats around here:

    Blueberry Crumb Bars

    Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

    Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies
    This post is part of this week's Iron Chef Mom Challenge! Our secret ingredient this week is Peeps/Marshmallows. Head on over to ADD Housewife to enter your recipe!

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    Crockpot Red Wine Chicken Cacciatore

    March 25, 2013

    Ok, so I'm usually not a fan of slow cooker recipes with more than one step. I know, I know. I just really like the "dump all the ingredients in, and turn it on" factor that I usually pin more complicated recipes, but never get around to trying them. Don't let the extra steps in this one turn you away, it is so SO worth it! Browning the chicken in the skillet before putting it in the crock gives the chicken a different flavor, and it also prevents it from falling apart to shreds. The red wine just takes the flavor up a notch! 

    Crockpot Red Wine Chicken Cacciatore
    adapted from Little Kitchen Big Flavors

    8 chicken thighs
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    14oz Pomi strained tomatoes*
    14oz Pomi chopped tomatoes*
    1 green pepper, sliced
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 teaspoon oregano
    1/2 teaspoon basil
    1/2 teaspoon rosemary
    1/2 teaspoon thyme
    1 cup red wine
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

    *or 28oz crushed tomatoes, divided

    Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken thighs about 7 minutes on each side, just enough to brown the outside, set aside. Spray in the inside of the Crockpot with nonstick spray. To the bottom, add strained tomatoes, sliced green pepper, garlic, seasonings, red wine, and sugar. Layer chicken thighs. Top chicken with chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Serve over rice or pasta.


    Looking for some more slow cooker chicken ideas? Here's a few to try:

    Crockpot Cola Chicken

    Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing

    I am an iPomi ambassador and we are challenged with coming up with a recipe each month using Pomi tomatoes. If you're not familiar, Pomi tomatoes come packaged in BPA free boxes and they're super fresh. You can check out more about Pomi here.

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    Menu Plan Monday 3/25 - Happy Easter!

    March 24, 2013

    Well I just got through a whirlwind of a weekend! My nephew's first birthday was so much fun on Saturday. Today's we celebrated his actual birthday as well as our 6th wedding anniversary! I love having big parties like that and seeing people we rarely see through the year. The only thing I regret is not being able to really talk to everyone! Stay tuned as I'll be sharing details of the party, it turned out super cute. :)

    Moving on to this week, tomorrow we have snow forecasted! So much for spring, huh? Either way the kids will have fun. On Saturday we've decided to dye eggs at my parent's house and then of course we go over there for Easter dinner. Here's the menu plan for the week:

    Creamy Tomato Tortellini Skillet

    Cornbread Salad

    Cheesy Chicken & Rice Bake

    Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

    Salsa Sloppy Joes

    Breakfast - Pumpkin Pie French Toast

    Dinner - Best Ever Baked Pork Chops

    Dinner - Easter Dinner, I'll be bringing Holiday Pineapple Stuffing

    I hope you have a blessed Easter! Check out some more great menu ideas at Menu Plan Monday, Stone Gable, and Scraps of Life.