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Easy Cake Mix Cookies


1 package of cake mix (any flavor)
1 large egg
1/4 cup of oil
1/4 cup of water
1 cup of chopped nuts, raisins, oatmeal, coconut, chocolate chips, M&M’S® etc. (anything you like in cookies)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine cake mix, egg, oil, and water. Beat until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients. Drop by teaspoon about 1 inch apart onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake 15 minutes or until done.

We used chocolate cake mix and added a half bag of mini chocolate chips, super YUMMY!!!  It was so easy that my 12 and 8 year old were able to do it with no help.  Hope you enjoy all the recipes.  Please follow the blog and leave feadback.

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Painting a Wall Design

STEP 1: Move furniture away from walls. Take off switch plates and any hardware, pictures, or curtains. Tape all edges with painters tape as straight as you can.

STEP 2: Paint all the edges the same color as the ceiling and baseboard. This helps to seal the tape so you have less problems with bleeding under.

STEP 3: Paint wall the desired color in a flat paint.  I chose granite grey by Glidden.

STEP 4: Find the design that you want on your wall and take it to the office store and get it printed on transparency.  Use that transparency on an overhead projector onto the wall until you like where it’s located.  If possible, paint clear paint onto wall where the design is.    ( If you have to trace the design first, do it as lightly as possible.  The pencil lines will show through the clear. )

STEP 5: Paint the design with a clear high gloss paint.  The design will be subtle and catch the light.

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Zesty Meatball Chili

Zesty Meatball Chili


2 cans Mexican style stewed tomatoes

1 large onion chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

3 cups chili cheese flavored corn chips, crushed

1 tablespoon olive oil

5 garlic cloves

Chili powder


1 can tomato sauce

1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 ½ cup water

1 egg

2 tablespoon milk

½ teaspoon salt

1 pound 85% lean ground beef

Shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 425*.  Place oil, onion and bell pepper in pan and cook until tender.  Add two pressed garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon chili powder and 2 teaspoon cumin.  Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, water and half of the crushed chips to dish.  Bring to a gentle simmer; reduce heat to low and cook 18-22 minutes or until thickened.

Combine egg, milk and salt in bow.  Add remaining crushed chips, 3 garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons chili powder, and 2 teaspoons cumin; mix well.  Make small meat ball and place on baking dish over parchment paper.  Bake 8-9 minutes.  Gently stir meatballs into chili; cover and simmer 10-15 minutes.  Serve with cheddar cheese on top.

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Super Easy Pudding

This is great for the kids to make.

Large box of instant pudding mix

1 cup milk

plastic zip bag

mini cones

Put pudding mix and milk into a large zip bag.

knead the bag to mix the ingredients.  I also let the kids do this part.  In a classroom, just pass it around and let everyone have a turn.  Sometimes, we turn on music and dance to mix.

Cut a small corner off the bottom of the bag.  Then squeeze pudding into the mini cones.

Enjoy this super easy treat.

TIP: If you let the kids help to mix this, put it into a second zip bag to prevent messes in case the first bag breaks.

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1 bag salted pretzels, any shape

1/2 cup coarsely chopped honey-roasted peanuts

3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed

Salt and pepper

2 eggs

16 chicken tenders or 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips half an inch thick

1/4 cup EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil (eyeball it)

Honey mustard or barbeque sauce, for drizzling

Preheat oven to 300°F

Place pretzels and peanuts in a food processor or blender and grind until fine. Transfer to a shallow dish, add thyme, season with salt and pepper, and mix to combine.

Crack and beat 2 eggs in a second shallow dish with a splash of water.

Coat the chicken in the ground pretzels and peanuts, then the egg, then the pretzels again.

Preheat a large skillet with EVOO, enough to go 1/4 inch up the sides of the skillet, over medium-high heat. Add coated chicken pieces to the hot oil. Cook in a single layer, in two batches if necessary, about 3-4 minutes on each side, until cutlets’ juices run clear and the breading is evenly browned. Transfer finished chicken strips to the oven to keep warm as you cook remaining strips.

TIP: I used chicken breasts and baked it in the oven at 400* for 40 minutes.

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Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

2 cups Bisquick mix

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

2/3 cup milk

2 Tbsp. butter, melted

2 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 tsp. garlic salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix together bisquick mix, cheese and garlic powder. Add in milk, and stir until well mixed.

Shape the dough into biscuit-sized clumps, and drop onto the baking sheet.

Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until biscuits begin to brown slightly around the edges.

While the biscuits bake, prepare the warm butter mixture by mixing together the melted butter, oregano and garlic salt in a small bowl. As soon as the biscuits are removed from the oven, brush the biscuits with the mixture until they are well-coated.

Serve warm.

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Cornbread Surprise


1 package corn muffin mix

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

4 hot dogs, cut into pieces

Preheat oven to 400*.  Prepare corn muffin mix as directed on package.  Add ½ cup cheese.  Pour into greased 8 inch baking pan.  Put hot dog pieces on top of batter.  Bake for 20-25 minute or until golden brown.  Sprinkle with cheese and bake until cheese is melted.

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I have labels on my toys but none of them matched and I could not find ones to print that I liked and had all the labels I needed.
The ones I made are 3.44 x 2.15 inches  I printed on white cardstock then chalked the sides on the cards.  I then laminated them using Luggage Tag Pouches, they already have holes to hang on baskets and if  you do not need to hang them you could just use contact paper or packing tape to attach to your bin.
Click links below and open or save the labels.  Then print and organize.
Toy Labels 1
Toy Labels 2
Luggage Tag Hot Laminating Pouches:
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7 whole graham crackers, finely crushed

¼ cup powdered sugar

6 tablespoons melted butter

4 bars milk chocolate candy

12 large marshmallows

1. Preheat oven to 350*.  Place graham crackers into a large plastic bad and crush.

2. Combine with powdered sugar and butter in small bowl.  Place small amount of mixture into mini muffin pan.  Press crumbs to form a shallow cup.

3. Bake 4-5 minutes or until edges are bubbling.   When out of oven place one square of chocolate into each cup.  Cut marshmallow in half crosswise.  Place one marshmallow half, cut side down into each cup.

4. Return to oven 1-2 minutes or until marshmallow is slightly softened.  Remove from pan and cool.

5. Break remaining candy bars and melt in microwave.  Dip top of each marshmallow in melted chocolate.  Let stand until it sets.

TIP: I put the pieces of chocolate in a ziploc bag and melted in microwave.  Clipped off the bottom corner of bag and drizzled chocolate over cups.

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Organize Flash Cards

I did have my teaching flash cards in zip lock baggies.  It worked but I was ready for something stronger for travel.  I looked at the dollar tree and found a plastic container that would work.  Luckily our dollar tree is right next to Michael’s, I decided to check and see if they have anything to use my 50% off coupon on.  I found this container-they suggest you use it for your photo’s.  It was a perfect fit even for my larger flash cards!  It came out to be a dollar a box, and is much neater then 16 individual containers.  I then used my label maker and made labels for each bin.

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