and then there was 5…

1 Feb 2014 In: Thoughts

“Dad, how much do babies sleep, because Jacob sleeps a lot…”  This is what our first born asked my husband just yesterday.  My husband replied they sleep a lot because that’s how they grow, and also remember your brother came 5 weeks early too.  So all the sleep he is doing he would be doing inside your mom’s tummy if he was still there, like he was suppose to be.

Do you guys remember me telling you all that I was feeling ready for Jacob to come.  I mean I was 35 weeks and I was prepared for him to come two weeks early because that’s how early Julian and Kayla came.  what I was not prepared for was for Jacob to make his appearance 5 weeks early.

At 1:15am on January 19th I was awoken from my bed with my water breaking.  I mean I actually heard it POP!  It was crazy, because I know what it felt like when you water breaks, due it breaking with my daughter but that was 8 years ago, so I was a little rusty.  I rolled my husband over and said, “Uhhh I think my water just broke.”  Next thing I know we are waking the kids up getting ready and driving to the hospital at 3:30am.

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Easy Homemade Chicken Soup

17 Jan 2014 In: Recipes


Brrrr….. Is all I can say right now!

You see I live in Florida and technically we are not supposed to be cold to the point that its 30 degrees outside, it’s just not normal.  Last week we had a day that fell into the 20′s… can you believe that? the 20′s… I thought I was in the twilight zone, because two days after that it went all the way up to the 80′s.

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I know this weather is CRAZY!

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Monkey Bread Muffins

9 Jan 2014 In: Recipes

Monkey bread muffins

Monkey Bread made individually makes life so easy sometimes.  I mean we all have at one time tried and eaten the re-known delicious sweet and sticky treat.  To have the ability to make everyone their own, you see when it comes to desserts, or anything sweet we don’t like to share… LOL!

These babies use so little ingredients and are so kid-friendly to make.  30 minutes and you will have mini cinnamon sugary monkey breads for all to enjoy!

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So the next time your little monkeys are wanting something sweet and tasty make them some of these… YUMMY!

 

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Baked Chicken Tenders

7 Jan 2014 In: Recipes


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Being at home with kids for any duration of time I always try and think of different things we can make for lunch time.  I mean you can only have sandwiches so many times a day during the week.  Coming off of holiday break I made these delicious Baked Chicken Tenders that were coated in Panko.  Yes… Panko… YUM!

These tenders are so simple and easy and they take no time at all to bake.  Plus, you can make them ahead of time and freeze them before the baking process or eat them right out the oven when you do bake them.  Last but not least they are healthier for you too, see there baked not fried.

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Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce… you can never go wrong with barbecue, ketchup or some raw honey.

Let’s just say that after I made them they were gobbled up in 5 minutes FLAT!

I think that might be a new record for us Kennedys! HAH!

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Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

3 Jan 2014 In: Recipes


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I think my family and I have a sweet tooth.  I mean we love food and all but when it comes to desserts we by far have a BIG sweet tooth.  After every meal I ma asked “What’s for dessert?”  We love cookies… chocolate chip cookies of course, especially when there soft and chewy and right out of the oven.

 

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I saw this recipe that included not only soft chocolate chip cookies but a creamy cheesecake filling that was sandwiched between the cookie layers.  All you do is press half of the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan, then pour the cheesecake mixture over the top and then the remaining cookie dough is shaped into discs and placed over the cheesecake.  When the cookie bars are baked they rise and spread and become a delicious mixture of cookies and cheesecake.  Chill them and then serve….

Let’s just say Delicious!

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Wishing You All A Happy New Year!

1 Jan 2014 In: Thoughts

Happy New Year 2014

Holidays are done and 2014 is here.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year!  I am so excited for 2014 this year especially with the soon to be arrival of our third little one Jacob.  I know that 2014 will be a year filled with many blessings, health, and prosperity.

Happy New Year All!

Tasha

Can you believe Christmas is in just two days… Crazy right! I mean I feel like the year had just began and now its over. With Thanksgiving being so close to Christmas I feel like the holidays have been one after the other. To top it off life itself, has been crazy lately. I mean with the kids schedule and me and this pregnancy I feel like I have had no time to do anything anymore. I like to tell people my body has been taken over by the body snatchers. But, we in the ending stretch and coming down the wire, so I am pretty excited.

This year we decided to stay home for the holidays and that means just trying to plan dinners and getting of the gifts for the kiddies and family. One of my favorite places to shop is Target of course, that’s why whenever there is a way to save some money I’ll take it. I’m always looking for easy recipes I can make for a crowd and this holiday I wanted to make a baked artichoke dip… So yummy!

Kraft is excited to hear what you guys are up to for the holidays, and they’ve graciously provided you with up to $20 in coupons when you shop their products at Target. Check out some of the coupons here!

Look how easy it is…

Mix all the ingredients together except the artichoke hearts.

Chop up the artichoke hearts and then add to mixture.

Mix it all together and spread into a greased dish and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until cheese is bubbly and browned.

Serve warm and with pita chips.

Enjoy!

From shopping for gifts to planning family dinners, it’s hard to keep up with all your holiday to-do’s. This year, Kraft is helping out with great weeknight meals and entertaining ideas to make the season a little bit easier. Plus, Kraft is offering up to $20 in coupons, redeemable exclusively at Target, to make food shopping easier and to help you have a happy holiday season.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kraft. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sour Cream Pancakes

7 Nov 2013 In: Recipes

 

sour cream pancakes

Pancakes are such a staple in my house, I think I make them at least once every two weeks, sometimes once a week.  At least I make some version of pancakes… I means I sometimes make Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Cinnamon PancakesChocolate Pancakes, Buttermilk Pancakes or even Biscoff Panckes.  Really I think I can make pancakes with anything. :-)

I used to be so afraid of baking or cooking with sour cream, I don’t know I guess i just thought that whenever you cooked with it your food would just taste like sour cream and because I am not a huge sour cream lover I would always try and stay away from it.  Well not this time.  I had always wanted to try making Sour Cream Pancakes.

I had seen a few different recipes circulating the web and my eyes caught Alice, from Savory Sweet Life’s, recipe on PBS Kitchen Explorers.

These pancakes were fluffy and had such a great taste.  I only recommend eating them right after they’ve been cooked.  They don’t taste the same after.  A definite yummy breakfast recipe to have in my repertoire!

Have you tried Sour Cream Pancakes before?

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Deep Dark Brownies

4 Nov 2013 In: Recipes


deep dark brownies

Before I was pregnant I always had a craving for sweets.  But not candy, sweets… Dessert sweets!  I have always had a sweet spot for chocolate brownies, actually I have always had a sweet spot for any dessert that is chocolate.  Now since I have been pregnant I haven’t really had a sweet tooth for anything which is really strange.  I keep waiting for the cravings to come but they haven’t yet.

Until one day I wanted brownies.  but not just any kind of brownies I wanted an over the top deep chocolate brownie.  I remembered Lori from RecipeGirl sharing a recipe for deep dark brownies and I knew I needed to make it.

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These brownies were soft and fudgy but had a deep dark chocolate flavor that just hit the spot.  The perfect ending for a chocolate craving!

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You guys are all aware of how much my daughter and I love to cook. Well you also may know already that KK loves to cook on her own as well. She has definitely been spreading her wings in the kitchen lately and I absolutely LOVE it!

Ever since she was a little girl she has always loved following me i the kitchen and being my shadow. I think KK partly loves to cook because she loves the ability to be creative and think outside the box. She likes to try and put her own spin on recipes and loves to watch. We especially love to watch other kids cooking on television, like Rachael Ray vs Guy Fieri Kids Cooking Contest and of course Masterchef Junior.

A couple of weeks ago I asked KK if she wanted to enter into Uncle Ben’s Bens Beginners Cooking Contest this year. This contest is a National Contest that empowers and encourages families cooking together and making healthier choices. The contest has received hundreds of entries from families nationwide.

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Of course the minute I mentioned it she absolutely squealed and started jumping up and down saying yes she wanted to enter again. Last year, their first year hosting the contest, she had entered and loved the experience.

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This year we kicked off the voting process by being featured on FOX35 News Good Day Orlando, which for KK was so cool. She was so nervous and giddy but did an awesome job and I was son proud of her.

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Next she was also featured in the Orlando Sentinel talking about the contest and informing people on how to vote.

To Vote for KK and her Cajun Shrimp and Rice CLICK HERE!!!!!

You see the only way to win is to vote. You can vote once a day, every day, every 24 hours. If selected as a grand prize winner, KK could win $15,000 cash and also receive a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for her school, Timber Lakes Elementary. Plus, two members of the family would also appear on the Rachael Ray Show. Pretty cool stuff huh!

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Voting has been going strong and is still going. It will end October 27th! So it is so important to get your vote in ASAP EVERYDAY!!!!!

EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

Thanks so much guys!!!!

Tasha & Kayla

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