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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Beach Ball "Getting to know you game"

We recently went to a swimming pool party for my niece, and took her this beach ball game! I bought a cheap beach ball and wrote questions all over it. You toss the ball and whoever catches it,
 has to answer the question that's under (or near) their right hand pointer finger.

 We played the question game, then after that we played beach volleyball! 
Hey! Two games in one, win-win! 

This was simple and loads of laughs! My sister wanted a list of all of the questions I wrote all over the ball because she thought they were so unique and fun! So, I wrote all of them down and made a list for EVERYONE! My kids came up with some of the questions and they were too funny not to include.

This would be perfect for birthday parties, family reunions,
church activities (for ALL ages) etc.
Have fun!

Beach Ball Questions:

What country do you want to visit?
Favorite room in your house?
Favorite Breakfast?
Favorite Dinner?
Favorite Dessert?
Favorite School Subject?
Favorite Birthday Memory?
Favorite Restaurant?
Something you will NEVER do again?
What Super Power do you wish you had?
Favorite Color?
Favorite Radio Genre?
Favorite Piece of Park Equipment?
Favorite Cartoon Movie?
Favorite Food at Thanksgiving?
Favorite Memory with your Dad?
Favorite Memory with your Mom?
Favorite place to visit?
Favorite camping tradition?
Favorite job you've ever had?
Favorite Board Game?
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?
Favorite Toy?
What Animal would you be?
Favorite Holiday?
What are small things that make your day better?
What Olympic Sport would you compete in?
Favorite Candy?
Favorite Fruit?
Favorite Vegetable?
Favorite Smell?
Favorite Sport? Play? Watch?
Favorite Christmas Tradition?
Favorite Trip you've ever been on?
Yuckiest Food you've ever eaten?
Favorite type of Cookie?
Favorite Children's Book?
Recite your favorite Nursery Rhyme.
Favorite Primary Song?
Favorite thing to do in the Summer?
Favorite thing to do in the Fall?
Favorite thing to do in the Winter?
Favorite Super Hero?

Have fun! Xo

Friday, August 18, 2017

Basil Pesto

Need a quick AMAZING fresh pesto recipe? Look no further! I've made 
Lemon Spinach Pesto before (which was DELICIOUS), and this Basil Pesto is just as scrumptious and fresh! Classic and perfect. Not too runny or too thick, honesty, it's just right! We had it for dinner with grilled chicken and fettuccine noodles! Put this on your "Make ASAP" list!

Basil Pesto

In a blender or food processor place:

2 c. Fresh Basil Leaves
2 Garlic Cloves - Minced
1/4 c. Walnuts or Pine Nuts
2/3 c. Olive Oil
2/3 c. Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tsp Salt

Blend until smooth. 

Serve immediately over hot pasta or place in a small sauce pan and cook on medium for 5 minutes.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

I am a soup fanatic! I could eat soup and salad every day of the week, spring, summer, fall and winter! I also LOVE CHICKEN POT PIE! But I am more of a buy a frozen pot pie kind of a lady, instead of a make from scratch 4 hours later lady.
Well, that all changed when I was determined to make a Chicken Pot Pie "inspired" soup and simply put my favorite Buttermilk Biscuits on top! HOLY COW! Our family was in HEAVEN! Hearty, flavorful and DELICIOUS! I will be making this OFTEN!

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

2 T. Olive Oil
3 Medium Carrots - Peeled and Sliced
2 Stalks Celery - Sliced and Cut
1/2 Onion - Minced
2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts- Cubed
1 large Garlic Clove - minced
2 tsp. Salt

(Optional- Add Peas! My husband and kids won't touch peas, so I left them out)

4 Small Potatoes - Peeled and Cubed + 1tsp. Salt

4 c. Milk
1 T. Basil
Salt to taste

1 c. Sour Cream

In a soup pot, place olive oil, carrots, celery and onion. Saute over medium/high heat until onions are transparent. Dash some salt while cooking.

Add the chicken, garlic and salt.

In a small pot place cubed potatoes with enough water to cover the potatoes. Add salt and boil on high until fork tender. Drain and add to the large pot of chicken and veggies

When all is in the large pot add the milk, basil and salt to taste. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes.

While the soup is simmering, make the Buttermilk Biscuits!

Stir the sour cream into the soup a few minutes before serving.

Ladle the soup into bowls and place a Buttermilk Biscuit on top!

Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits

Preheat your oven to 450'

In a bowl place:
2 c. Flour
4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar (Makes them SOOO SOFT!)
2 tsp. Sugar
1/2 c. Soft Butter

Cut ingredients until nice and crumbly.

2/3 c. Buttermilk (I always make my own with milk and a little bit of vinegar. If using "real" buttermilk you may need to use 1/2 c.)
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda

Stir with a wooden spoon to make your dough.

Place your dough on a floured surface. Knead a couple times, then flatten the dough with your hands or with a rolling pin.

Make your dough about 1-1 1/2 inches thick. 

Use a cup/glass you drink from or a 1/2 c. measuring cup to cut your biscuits out! 
This recipe always makes 8 perfect biscuits!

Place your biscuits on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 450' for 10-12 minutes.